Dirty Harry (1971)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The character of Dirty Harry played by Eastwood still stands out even after multiple copies of this character over the years.
2) Andy Robinson as “Scorpio” – cold-blooded psychopath killer. His insanity can be summed up in one of the scenes where he pays $200 to got himself beaten black and blue to make his court case strong against Callahan.
3) The Stadium scene – the camera zooming out while Harry is standing on Scorpio’s wounded leg.Cult scene.
4) Climactic monologue with .44 Magnum.

 

Cons –
1) Reni Santoni as Inspector Gonzalez – this weak character doesn’t add anything to the plot.

Quote –
Harry Callahan: Uh-uh. I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

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Le Samouraï (1967)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Alain Delon as Jef Costello: The sociopathic hitman with stylish fedora, pale trench coat, and his iconic car keychain.
2) The police line-up scene – almost 20 minutes long.
3) Jef’s analogy to the caged bird.
4) The Samurai killed his Master and he must honor his profession by either completing the contract or by committing the ritual suicide.
5) A highly influential movie for modern directors and glimpses of this character is seen in many future movies.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Valérie: Why Jeff?
Jeff Costello: I’ve been paid to.

Sacred Games (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

Get Carter (1971)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Michael Caine as Jack Carter: The cold-blooded remorseless misogynist anti-hero
2) Quintessential Michael Caine film completed with his iconic black-trenchcoat and 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
3) Music: “Carter Takes a Train” – Carter’s journey from London to Newcastle.
4) Final “J” plot twist. This elevates the movie reputation to a confirmed cult.
5) Definitive British gangster film.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Jack Carter: I’m the villain in the family, remember?

Talvar (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) The real-life incidence itself is so intriguing that a 133 minutes cinematic adaptation without any songs is extraordinarily gripping.
2) Brilliant casting
3) Rashomon effect amalgamated with the most notorious unsolved murder mystery in India.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Saboot aur saza jaise jachcha aur bachcha … tandurust jachcha toh mazboot bachcha”

Touch of Evil (1958)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Orson Welles as Captain Quinlan – unrecognizable with heavy make-up as the obese limping police captain
2) Opening scene – one continuous crane shot from the Mexican border to the bomb explosion

 

Cons –

 

1) The screenplay is incoherent with multiple sub-plots with ordinary outcomes
2) Marlene Dietrich – half-baked character

 

Quote –

 

Quinlan: That’s the second bullet I stopped for you.

The Third Man (1949)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect film-noir. The editing and cinematography is out of the world. However,a pinch of Casablanca can’t be denied.
2) The climactic sewer chase. Pure cult.
3) Final scene – the tragic theme – the open ended finish – the longest walk – the cold heartedness of Anna analogous to the falling leaves of autumn.
4) The first appearance of Orson Welles as Harry Lime – The character was well developed before he even appeared.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Lime: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.