Les Misérables (2012)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A lifelong journey of an ex-convict Jean Valjean whose life is transformed after witnessing an act of mercy by a Bishop. Throughout his topsy-turvy journey, he’s chased by a police inspector called Javert who dedicated his life to imprison Valjean once again.
2) Great production-value and a huge star-cast.
3) Epic length musical with parallel themes of justice, romance, and revolution but most importantly self-sacrifice.
4) One Day More

 

 

CONS –
1) Average singing performances.

 

 

QUOTE –
Marius: Oh, my friends! My friends, don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for! Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends shall sing no more.

Macbeth (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A decent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
2) A Scottish general murders his King after getting instigated from his ambitious wife following a prophecy from a mysterious trio of witches. The film encapsulates the tyrannous advent and downfall of the power-hungry warrior committing murder after murder of his close aides to save his throne.
3) The battle sequences are worth watching.

 

 

CONS –
1) An underwhelming performance by Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.
2) Shakespearean English is not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

 

 
QUOTE –
Macbeth: Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect, whole as the marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air. But now I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound into saucy doubts and fears.

The Irishman (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Martin Scorsese returns to his favorite genre with an epic cast and he started where he left us last time in Goodfellas (1990).
2) 209 minutes running time ensures an ample amount of screen-time to all legends. A tough fight between Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for the Best Supporting Actor category.
3) It’s not just another movie but a movie event for the cineaste.
4) “In the Still of the Night”
5) The entire de-aging effect is a grand success.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy Hoffa: I heard you paint houses.
Frank Sheeran: Yes, I do.

Spartacus (1960)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Kirk Douglas as Spartacus with his impressive toned build.
2) Even in presence of legends like Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov as Batiatus outplayed all other actors.
3) Huge production value, epic battles, and moving climax.
4) Snails & Oysters conversation between Crassus and Antoninus. Subtle and impressive.
5) Charles Laughton as Gracchus got the wittiest dialogues as the shrewd Roman senator.
6) “I’m Spartacus!” scene is so powerful and influential that it’s now done-to-death in cinema all across the world.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Gracchus: In Rome, dignity shortens life even more surely than disease.”

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An epic Jewish gangster movie of epic length.
2) Sergio Leone crafting tension in the scene using sounds: that opening sequence with a telephone ring across different scenes – or that coffee stirring scene with De Niro.
2) That iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge before Dominic is killed.
3) Non-linear Rated-R screenplay and great cinematography.
4) Cockeye’s Song by Ennio Morricone
5) Secretary Bailey twist
6) The young actors playing the younger version of the main characters were equally brilliant.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Dominic: Noodles… I slipped.

Gangs of New York (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher – Probably his definitive role. It’s a shame he didn’t win the Oscar for this role.
2) Music: “Shimmy She Wobble” – Dead Rabbits riot

 

CONS –
1) To make the movie an “epic”, the length is unnecessarily increased. For the first 2 hrs, the story is stuck in the same place. The movie kick-starts once Amsterdam’s identity is revealed.
2) Epic start but not an epic climax.
3) Son returns to avenge his father’s death – secretly working for his father’s killer eventually killing him – every 80’s Bollywood movie ever.

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ranveer Singh : High octane performance with superb execution.Bravo ! Can rank this performance to Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughal-E-Azam.
2) Excellent Supporting cast :Milind Soman / Aditya Pancholi / Raza Murad
3) Great production value with great CGI.
4) Fast paced with great dialogues.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Climax : Historically sad

 

 
Quote –

 

 

“Inki wajah se aaj ye Peshwa zinda hai aur Peshwa ki wajah se Maratha samarajya zinda hai … आला लक्षात !”

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A ruthless madman’s wild goose chase for El Dorado in the 16th century.
2) Opening scene: Cinematography.
3) Breathtaking forest locations.
4) Haunting soundtrack by the German band Popol Vuh.

 

 

CONS –
1) The title character hardly matches the superlatives
2) A highly influential film for movie-makers but not for movie-goers.

 

 

QUOTE –
Aguirre: I am the great traitor. There must be no other.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Return Of The original cast
2) BB-8
3) TR-8R
4) Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
5) Starkiller Base destroying the Republic
6) The screen presence of Max von Sydow
7) Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron : The rightful successor of Luke Skywalker

Cons –

1) Death Of Han Solo
2) Adam Driver as Kylo Ren : Unmasked
3) Captain Phasma
4) John Boyega as Finn
5) Final scene with Luke could’ve been more epic.

Quote –

FN-2199: [to Finn] TRAITOR!

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
2) Unmasking Darth Vader
3) Luke’s twin sister: Leia
4) Alec Guinness’s screen presence

 

Cons –
1) Hutt & Ewoks : “The Muppets Show” in Space

 

Quote –
Luke: The Force runs strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And… my sister has it.