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.

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –

1) A ruthless madman’s wild goose chase
2) Opening scene : Cinematography
3) “Apocalypse Now” in Amazon

Cons –

1) The title character hardly matches the superlatives
2) Highly influential 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.

Bahubali: The Beginning (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) 2h 39m of sheer epicness.
2) Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami
3) Sathyaraj as Katappa
4) Epic opening scene / Lifting Shivling / Jal Parvat
5) Epic battle
6) Climactic plot-twist revelation
7) Part 2 will be most anticipated sequel in hindi film history.
8) End Credit Song : Jeeva Nadhi

Cons –

1) We still can’t get over “Mahabharata” references

Quote –

“Sivagami: My word is my regime !”

The Ten Commandments (1956)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Epic treatment of an epic event.
2) 4 Hrs long but still not boring.
3) Yul Brynner as Rameses.
4) CGI : as per 1956 standard
Cons –

n/a
Quote –

Moses: What change is there in me? Egyptian or Hebrew I am still Moses. These are the same hands, the same arms, the same face that were mine a moment ago.