The Tashkent Files (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Very informative & an absolute eye-opener revealing hidden facts on Shastri’s death. The death of a PM certainly needs a widespread discussion even with conspiracy theories.
2) HJ Bhabha death, The Mitrokhin Archive, etc are some of the most noteworthy points of the movie which cannot be undermined.

 

CONS –
1) Even with a talented pool of actors, there is less acting and more over-acting.
2) The primary structure is clearly copied from 12 Angry Men (1957)
3) Forgettable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“rajneeti mein jeetna bahut zaroori hai, kyunki haare hue log desh ki taqdeer nahin badal sakte”

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Primal Fear (1996)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A grand debut for Edward Norton. The split personalities he played in his debut film works as a great precursor for his future projects with a similar theme like Fight Club (1999) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)
2) The great climactic plot-twist. Without this twist, the entire plot is stale.
3) Good supporting cast.

 

 
CONS –
1) Slow screenplay which is 20 minutes too long

 

 
QUOTE –
Martin Vail: So there never… there never was a Roy?
Roy: Jesus Christ, Marty. If that’s what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don’t mind telling you. There never was an Aaron… counselor!

Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se… (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha comedic wrangle in the court-room.
2) Surprisingly a good plot with pathetic execution.

 
CONS –
1) Bobby Deol continues to annoy with his over-acting.
2) Binnu Dhillon as Billa was underutilized.
3) Unbearable soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
“jitna dimaag tere paas hai na … utna mera kharab rehta hai”

Thank You for Smoking (2005)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) A beauty of this satire is that the audiences are also rooting for the bad guys.
2) Few good monologues and quotes.
3) Sam Elliot as the Marlboro Man – perfect choice.

 

Cons –
1) This movie is a good watch for aspiring people in the sales industry but this is no Glengarry Glen Ross

 

Quote –
Nick Naylor: That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.

The Verdict (1982)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A Sidney Lumet classic
2) Birth of a stock character : washed-up alcoholic lawyer returning for “the” case.
3) James Mason as Ed Concannon

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Final monologue : mediocre

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Galvin: “There are no other cases. This is the case. There are no other cases. This is the case”.

Jolly LLB 2 (2017)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

1) Saurabh Shukla as Justice Sunderlal Tripathi – connecting link
2) Annu Kapoor as Pramod Mathur – Best monologues.

 
Cons –

1) Movie got a strong supporting cast but very less for everyone to contribute.Sanjay Mishra, Avijit Dutta etc. are wasted.
2) Characters are over the top with very little substance.
3) Kashmir angle is forcibly added.
4) Huma Qureshi tried to play “Tanu” but not convincing enough.

 

 

Quote –

“Mathur : Mushkuraiye aap Lucknow mein hai.”

Paths of Glory (1957)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the best First World War fim.
2) George Macready as General Mireau : The old school scarred officer
3) Battle charge sequence with Kirk Douglas : Vintage Kubrick
4) Final scene : French soldiers humming with the German girl.

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 
Quote –
Soldier 1: If it’s death that you’re really afraid of why should you care about what it is that kills you?
Soldier 2: Oh, you’re too smart for me, Professor. All I know is, nobody wants to die.