The Man from Earth (2007)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The mind-blowing gripping story – Got to give all credits to Jerome Bixby.
2) The set-up is like a play. Brilliantly adapted.
3) A tinge of 12 Angry Men.
4) The Jesus revelation took the plot to a different level.
5) This movie is a definitive cult and it’s a shame that it missed all mainstrem awards and recognition

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

John Oldman: Piety is not what the lessons bring to people, it’s the mistake they bring to the lessons.

A Serious Man (2009)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Opening folk-tale scene – better than the entire film.
2) The subtle black-comedy
3) 60s Music – Jefferson Airplane
4) The dentist’s story

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Boring for an average movie-goer.
2) Ambiguous climax

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Rabbi Scott: Just look at that parking lot.

Better Call Saul (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The show can be called “Better Call Mike”
2) With the presence a major chunk of Breaking Bad Characters – the show is at times better than it’s predecessor.
3) Slow paced and still riveting
4) Courtroom drama

 

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is more or less at the same place after 10 more episodes
2) Mediocre finale

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Gus Fring: Would you care to know why I stopped you from killing Hector?
Mike Ehrmantraut: Like you said, it wasn’t in your interest.
Gus Fring: A bullet to the head would have been far too humane.

Boogie Nights (1997)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Heather Graham as “Rollergirl” – An Iconic Character
2) The Raging Bull type final monologue scene with “big” revelation.
3) Goodfellas without the gangsters and narration.

 

Cons –

 

1) Poor man’s Pulp Fiction
2) Too long for a mediocre story-line
3) Too many unwanted characters with no significance in the plot

 

Quote –

 

Floyd Gondolli: I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That’s just me. That’s just something that I enjoy.

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami : Central character and continues where she left last time.

 
Cons –

 

1) Slow 1st half ,rushed 2nd half and over the top climax.
2) 3 hrs running time and only 1 new character added (Kumara Varma)
3) Anushka Shetty as Devasena : Huge miscast for a under-developed character.

 

 

Quote –

 
“Aurat par haath daalne wale ki ungaliyaan nahin kaat tey, kaat tey hain toh gala”

The Intern (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 
N/A

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s neither Devil’s Wears Prada nor As Good As It Gets.
2) Robert De Niro is the title character but mid-way the central story shifts to the relation of Anne Hathaway and Anders Holm which is preposterous for a movie goer like me who is here only for Bobby.
3) Not a single memorable scene.Absolutely avoidable.
4) Anders Holm as Matt – bad casting for an important role.
5) Movie is full of predicatable and stereotypical characters.

 
Quote –

 
Fiona: Sitting is the new smoking.

Manhattan (1979)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Generic Woody Allen film. Woody and his profound love with New York City.
2) Woody Allen monologues
3) There is this uncanny resemblance in Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld universe. In both universe, New York always plays a central character. In this movie, the character of Isaac played by Woody is a perfect amalgamation of Jerry and George.The story is filled with sarcastic dialogues and quick & casual love relationship.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Isaac Davis: Why do you think this is funny? You’re going by audience reaction? This is an audience that’s raised on television, their standards have been systematically lowered over the years. These guys sit in front of their sets and the gamma rays eat the white cells of their brains out!