The Shape of Water (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A fairytale for adults – a love story of a mute girl and a water-beast.
2) 50 Shades Of Green – This color is predominantly used and mentioned in the movie
3) Guillermo del Toro’s best creation since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
4) Michael Shannon as Col. Strickland – Why is he not nominated for an Oscar?
5) Doug Jones – Most popular faceless actor.

 

Cons –
1) Return Of Abe-Sapien
2) If you remove the Russian sub-plot, the story is quite predictable.No reason to watch it again.

 

 

Quote –
Col. Strickland: Fuck. You ARE a god.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Despite being a Harry Potter Spin-off, it doesn’t carry the burden of being a prequel.It’s somewhat enchanting for younger audiences like watching Steven Spielberg’s Hook.
2) CGI – great action sequences especially towards the climax with Obscurus
3) Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski & Alison Sudol as Queenie: This charming couple keeps the film alive with their positive presence.
4) Johnny Depp appearance in the climax as Gellert Grindelwald – his star presence can never be undermined.

 

 

Cons –
1) Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: Was he acting to be a weird introvert or was he playing himself? Anyways not the best actor for this colorful role.Also, Ezra Miller is miscast.
2) The plot is predictable after watching 30 minutes of the movie.
3) 133 minutes for a fantasy film targetting young audiences?

 

 

Quote –
Newt Scamander: I think you’ll find the best wizarding school in the world is Hogwarts.
Queenie: *Hogwash*.

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) One of the most unexpected heartbreaking climax.
2) Mia Farrow as the naive wide-eyed movie lover and timid wife.This movie can be called “The Tragedy Of Cecilia”.
3) Woody Allen’s avoided being over-melodramatic with an 82-minutes running time.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.

The Brand New Testament (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Remarkable concept exploring absurdism
2) Interesting first half

 

 

Cons –
1) The black-comedy could’ve been funnier with this concept.
2) Uncertain climax

 

 

Quote –
God: Law 1522: If one day you fall in love with a woman there’s a great chance you will not spend your life with her.

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The primary plot of “Particle Accelerator” reveals that the Cloverfield monster is a result of some ripple in the space-time continuum which has altered all timelines.
2) Magno-Putty: a realistic future tech

 

Cons –
1) Casting – Daniel Brühl & Chris O’Dowd in supporting role while actors with zero screen presence are leading.Hollywood is surely going places for the sake of diversity.
2) Ava Hamilton family sub-plot – predictable.

 

Quote –
Volkov: We’re definitely not in Kentucky anymore.
Mundy: Kansas.
Volkov: Kansas? Really? Who gives a shit?
Mundy: People from Kansas.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

1) One time watch light-hearted comedy.

 

 

Cons –

1) Production value – $15 million budget but still not attractive.
2) The bollywood adaptation of Harry Segall’s play is surprisingly more entertaining and fulfilling.

 

 

 

Quote –

Mr. Jordan: The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Eerie soundtrack and cinematography along with signature dead-pan dialogue delivery from lead actors.
2) Yorgos Lanthimos truly inherited the legacy of body horror from Cronenberg. From the very scene of the film, the subtle body horror factor dominates the plot.
3) Barry Keoghan as Martin – the most punchable face in the town.
4) Screenplay – it’s shocking that the movie is not even nominated for any Golden Globe or BAFTA award for at least this category.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Being a fantasy horror film, many questions are left unanswered like how Martin’s curse was actually working.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Kim Murphy: Can I have your MP3 player when you are dead?