The Madness of King George (1994)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One man show : Nigel Hawthorne as King George III
2) Zadok the Priest – perfect timing

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s very light hearted film even when primary plot concerns the regency crisis

 

 

Quote –

 

Dr. Willis: I have You in my eye, sir. And I shall KEEP You in my eye until You learn to behave and do as You’re told.
George III: I am the King. I tell, I am not TOLD. I am the VERB, sir, not the OBJECT.

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller together

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s a Wes Anderson movie not directed by Wes Anderson
2) Pretentious movie – Wannabe Nebraska
3) Dustin Hoffman as Harold – one annoying character

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Harold: It’s called flirting when you’re young. I’m not sure what it’s called when you’re over 70.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The insanity of a yesteryears’ star – craziness 1 notch above Norma Desmond
2) Final plot-twist revelation
3) The rivalry of the leading ladies behind scenes makes it a must watch

 

Cons –

 

1) 30 minutes too long due to needless Edwin plot

 

 

Quote –

 

Blanche: We’re sisters, Elvira. We know each other very well.

 

The Cider House Rules (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An emotional roller-coaster ride at the orphanage
2) Strong screen-play – a companion movie to What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
3) Alluring shooting locations

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!”

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Definitive Aubrey Plaza film. A must watch for millennials.
2) A loser goes west to find another loser just like her.
3) A modern day horror tale of social media obsessed people chasing pseudo-celebrities and seeking validation from strangers in form of likes and emojis.
4) The climactic #iamingrid is even more horrifying as a sociopath like Ingrid who tried committing suicide is venerated as a role-model and inspirations by millions.The irony.

 

Cons –

 

1) n/a

 

Quote –

 

#iamingrid

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A must watch for moviegoers to know why Katharine Hepburn is the greatest female star.60 year old Hepburn playing Queen Eleanor opposite to 25 years younger Peter O’Toole.
2) The realistic approach by director showing the king Henry II ruling a palace which looks like a cow-shed.
3) The whole movie is filled with witty one-liners.
4) The chemistry of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown as an epitome of love-hate relationship of a power-couple.
5) Probably one of the greatest Christmas film where Christmas is the not the central theme like Die Hard.

 

Cons –

 

1) 134 minute running time will make this historical drama tedious.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Henry II: It’s heavy… Oh Eleanor, you’ve brought me my tombstone! You spoil me!

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.