Chicago (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) All publicity is good publicity. Although the movie is set in the 1920s, it eerily summarises the modern media, making and breaking a person’s public image, creating false gods & celebrities for gullible readers & audiences with a short attention span.
2) Great screenplay and editing amalgamating the entire movie with jazz performances.
3) John C. Reilly as Amos, the simpleton pushover husband of Roxie Hart.
4) Magnificent musical numbers moving the story forward.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
1.
Billy Flynn: This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.
2.
Roxie: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Matron Mama Morton: You’re talking to the wrong people.

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Martha’s revelation – from this point onward the cat was out of the bag.
2) A good ensemble of actors.

 
Cons –
1) Average murder-mystery with one plot-twist.
2) 30 minutes too long. Too much time taken in establishing that Rachel got some psychological illness to confuse the audiences.
3) Tate Taylor was clearly trying to recreate the magic of “Gone Girl” but not everyone is as good as David Fincher.

 

Quote –
Facebook and drunk ex-wives do not make good friends.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

1) Tim Burton’s dark take on Dr. Seuss
2) Simple story like “Cat In The Hat”, but a haunting chapter for Children’s literature.
3) Celebration of 2 holidays

 

Cons –

1) Though unique but average animation quality
2) Mediocre music

 

Quote –

Jack Skellington: Eureka! This year, Christmas will be – OURS!

Nacho Libre (2006)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) A promising story of a monk who aspires to be a luchador.
2) Ana de la Reguera as Sister Encarnación
3) Spiritual connection between Little Chancho and Nacho

 

Cons –
1) The movie never clicked in spite of having a similar tone of Napoleon Dynamite.
2) Inches away from being a cult classic – lacks the cutting edge.

 

Quote –
“Nacho: Precious Father, why have you given me this desire to wrestle and then made me such a stinky warrior?”