War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

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Arjun Reddy (2017)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The love story of an alpha-male surgeon with major anger management issues. The character of Arjun Reddy is the embodiment of the ultimate Indian male fantasy. Self-destructive characters which come close to this are Radhe Mohan from Tere Naam (2003) and Dev from Dev.D (2009)
2) The primary theme is heavily inspired by Devdas but with more character study.
3) Sumanasa Vandita by Bombay S.Jayashri
4) The realistic approach to the medical profession.

 

CONS –
1) The third act of the movie is clearly inspired by Flight (2012).
2) 186 minutes of running time. The movie is criminally long. The final hour is stretched to its limit.
3) The happy ending climax goes completely against the built up.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Suffering is very personal, let him suffer!”

Perfect Strangers (2016)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A stage-play adapted as a movie.
2) The revelation of the secret lives of people, trapped inside their phones.

 
CONS –
1) Very similar to Carnage (2011).

 

QUOTE –
Because we’re breakable… all of us, some more than others. You’re right, this has become our black box, it’s got everything inside. Perhaps too much.

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Cleganebowl. Sandor Clegane will go down as the most remembered character of the series.
2) A moment of appreciation for Peter Dinklage playing Tyrion Lannister.
3) Beric Dondarrion dying to save Arya, Jorah Mormont dying to save Dany. Theon dying to save Bran.
4) Lyanna Mormont‘s giant-killing act.

 

CONS –
1) A rushed final season. A series which could’ve been the greatest series of all time choked during the final season.
2) “The Long Night”. The grand battle ruined thanks to bad cinematography, which included a lame death scene of the grand-villain.
3) All the fan theories, all the wild guesses about the Azor Ahai, etc. were whimpered down by this unfulfilling season full of bad writing.

 

QUOTE –
“love is the death of duty”

Dead Poets Society (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An influential coming-of-age drama which will reignite the passion for poetry among its audiences.
2) A huge round of applause for Tom Schulman for the story and the original screenplay.
3) Robin Williams as John Keating – less screentime but one of his most memorable role.
4) Climactic rebellion by students by standing on their desks.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Oh captain, my captain.

Lean on Me (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) From time to time, it falls to one man to lead his people out of the valley of shadows. This time, it landed on Morgan Freeman as Joe Louis Clark to resurrect a dying school. Way before Denzel got Remember the Titans (2000), Samuel L. Jackson got Coach Carter (2005), it was Morgan Freeman who did Lean on Me (1989).
2) This 30 years old movie is still relevant in today’s time of over political correctness.
3) Lynne Thigpen as Mrs. Barrett – the personification of loudmouthed wench.
4) Great one-liners and refreshing soundtrack
5) Two good dialogues scenes: “HEAD NIGGER IN CHARGE” scene between Dr. Napier and Joe, and the “They are sick of it, and so am I!” scene between Ms. Levias and Joe.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Joe Clark: You’ll be dead in a year, son. Hear what I’m saying? You’ll be dead in a year!

Cosmopolis (2012)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) “Mecca” by K’naan
2) Some clever one-liners.

 
CONS –
1) Surreal but pretentious. Low production value, disappointing CGI, amateurish cinematography, and sloppy acting. Robert Pattinson as the lead is miscast.
2) A social commentary on the capitalist system but not at all gripping as a movie.

 
QUOTE –
Didi Fancher: Talent is more erotic when it’s wasted.