The Mule (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie deserves a standing ovation just for the sheer commitment of Clint Eastwood at this age to act and direct in a movie.
2) Andy García as Laton: the only actor who was making any effort.
3) Clint Eastwood movies always go hand-in-hand with subtle messages of racism.

 

CONS –
1) Clint Eastwood needs to get over his Bradley Cooper obsession.
2) None of the supporting actors were making their presence felt. Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña were just sleep-walking in their respective roles.
3) Weak third-act. The entire screenplay is devoid of any thrilling scenes.

 

QUOTE –
Earl Stone: For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything.

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

Apharan (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Extensively shot in real locations.
2) Weak start but strong third act and final twist.
3) Varun Badola and Saanand Verma performances stand out.

 

CONS –
1) Random misuse of classic Bollywood songs without any context. Legendary songs are forcefully added in various situations.
2) While the supporting cast is great, the lead actors Arunoday Singh and Nidhi Singh are not convincing at all.

 
QUOTE –
“jab insaan sab kuch haar chuka ho, to wo sirf jeet hi sakta hai”

The French Connection (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Charnier waving goodbye to “Popeye” Doyle after outsmarting him at Grand Central station.
2) High octane car-train chase scene

 
CONS –
1) Stakeout, Chase, Repeat – An average cop thriller with sloppy editing and weird climax.

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle: What is this, a fuckin’ hospital here?

Better Call Saul (Season 4)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 
Pros –
1) Great finale! Jimmy’s character is fascinating and a matter of study. Someone who enjoys crime and mischief; someone who’ll always cut corners. He may look like a victim every now and then however his true self will remain Slippin’ Jimmy.
2) Werner’s death scene is now bigger than Gale’s death scene in Breaking Bad.
3) Mike’s no-nonsense character is now getting iconic.
4) Huell’s rescue plot.
5) Ep.7 brilliant split-screen time jump sequence between Jimmy and Kim. Frank and Nancy can’t be much prouder.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Kim: “What?!”
Jimmy: “S’all good, man!”

Blood Simple (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A story driven by decisions made by characters. Every next move depends on the characters involved.
2) M. Emmet Walsh as Private Detective Visser – cold-blooded rat.
3) Great editing and score.
4) The climactic scene where Abby drives the knife through Visser’s hand.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Ray: Never point a gun at anyone, unless you mean to shoot him And if you shoot him, you better make sure he’s dead. Because if he ain’t dead, he’s gonna get up and try to kill you. That’s the only thing they taught us in the service that’s worth a god damn.

Beauty and the Dogs (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The slow and vicious wheels of govt. bureaucracy. From the hospital to the police station.
2) From the birthplace of the Arab Spring comes a powerful film with some great performances especially from the lead actress – Mariam Al Ferjani. Even the movie trailer was brilliant with Battle Cry by Wild Yawp.
3) A story from dusk till dawn. Superb screenplay divided into 9 chapters.
4) Great Cinematography – most of the scenes are single sequence shot.

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“My whole life is a zombie movie. The walking dead run after me, trying to bite me.I’m trying to save myself. Sometimes I get away and sometimes, they get close to me. I might let them eat me.I’ll become a zombie and rest.”