Ace in the Hole (1951)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This Billy Wilder’s classic is almost 70 years old, still, neither the media nor the public is changed.
2) We have seen glimpses of a similar media circus in Peepli (Live) (2010).
3) The 2006 Prince-Borewell Case eerily shares the same premise which was a defining moment in Indian TV journalism and saw a renaissance of sensationalism in Indian Media.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Charles Tatum: Bad news sells best. Cause good news is no news.

Mohalla Assi (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Chandra Prakash Dwivedi is not just another director. The guy clearly did a lot of homework before making this socio-political satire on one of the oldest city of the world.
2) The razor-sharp dialogues will equally offend and please the Hindu community.
3) The character of Gaya Singh was clearly speaking from the directors POV and sparing no one.
4) Sunny Deol convincingly played an unconventional character.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“brahmano mein tiwari, unth ki sawaari, maibha mahtari, haija ki bimari, kohda ki tarkaari, lalaon mein patwari, aur ameriki naari ka koi bharosa nahin”

Margin Call (2011)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Silence before the storm of the 2008 Financial Crisis. A companion movie to The Big Short (2015).
2) Exceptional cast.
3) The late-night emergency meeting. Jeremy Irons nailed that scene in the room full of acting talents.
4) Wolves by Phosphorescent

 

CONS –
1) Not for the audiences who don’t understand financial jargons.

 

QUOTE –
John Tuld: Let me tell you something, Mr. Sullivan. Do you care to know why I’m in this chair with you all? I mean, why I earn the big bucks.
Peter Sullivan: Yes.
John Tuld: I’m here for one reason and one reason alone. I’m here to guess what the music might do a week, a month, a year from now. That’s it. Nothing more. And standing here tonight, I’m afraid that I don’t hear – a – thing. Just… silence.

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.

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”