Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Supporting cast – the usuals from new-wave middle-class backdrop bollywood
2) Fast paced execution – few intense moments
3) Characters of grey shades – no one is right or wrong in this story

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary 3rd act – the film should’ve ended 20 minutes earlier

 

Quote –
“Everything is fair in love and war … love is over … now war begins”

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Tumhari Sulu (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Santanu Ghatak as Sanjay
2) Vijay Maurya as “Baaghi”

 

 

Cons –
1) Stale & long first half where the movie is taking too much time to built up. 140 minutes for this average story is anyhow long.
2) The impending scene where the main character should berserk out her frustration is missing.

 

 

Quote –
“upar chadhte waqt, neeche mat dekh – dar jayegi”

The Fountain (2006)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Hugh Jackman – versatile actor proving his knack once again
2) The final tree of life sequence
3) The one sequence where Hugh’s character is lost in his thought while crossing the street and audiences can hear only his footsteps.

 

 

Cons –
1) The audiences will not waste their time to decipher this boring and philosophical movie with a non-linear storyline.

 

 

Quote –
Isabel: For every shadow, no matter how deep, is threatened by morning light.

Citizen Kane (1941)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Biography of Charles Foster Kane – a selfish and arrogant millionaire maverick media mogul from the perspective of 5 different people.
2) The story, non-linear screenplay, cinematography, sound-editing is way ahead of its time.
3) Some iconic shots – the election campaign speech sequence is astonishing.The sequence showing Kane & Emily at the breakfast table as their love fades away with time is amazing.
4) Citizen Kane – The Wolf Of Yellow-Journalism – correctly predicts the influence of mass media conglomerates in future
5) Make-up & set-design: some ground-breaking achievement in these departments

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.

The Florida Project (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

 

Pros –

1) Brooklynn Prince as Moonee – the kid is a natural
2) An American Tale.
3) Smart screenplay – respects the intelligence of the audiences and gives no silly backstories of the characters

 

 

Cons –

1) Average storyline solely counting on the acting prowess of the young actors.
2) The best part of the film i.e. the kids mischievous and funny business is heavily inspired from “To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

Quote –

Moonee: You know why this is my favorite tree?
Jancey: Why?
Moonee: ‘Cause it’s tipped over, and it’s still growing.

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Surreal meta-drama full of analogies, motifs, and symbolism

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Incomprehensible, pretentious and boring like an abstract art.What’s the purpose of making a feature film if the main intention is to confuse average audience? It’s a movie only for film festivals.
2) Unexplained weird time-leaps. Halfway through, the movie stops making any sense at all.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Die”

 

Haraamkhor (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Effortless execution from lead as well as supporting actors
2) Shweta Tripathi – playing a character less than half of her age.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Pedophilia is not humorous – irrespective of the context.If the director wants to play discount Nobokov, a half-hearted effort is not enough.
2) The sub-plot involving kids slows down the story.
3) Telefilm level material. Gross and disturbing.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Very good, Shaktimaan!