Persepolis (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) This movie is a crash course on the Iranian Revolution
2) Black-and-white animation kept the feel of reading a graphic novel.
3) A great blend of historical facts from one person’s POV.
4) Emotional and funny at the same time.
5) The defiant character of Marjane’s grandmother.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Marjane: I remember I led a peaceful, uneventful life as a little girl. I loved fries with ketchup, Bruce Lee was my hero, I wore Adidas sneakers and had two obsessions: Shaving my legs one day and being the last prophet of the galaxy.

Beauty and the Dogs (2017)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) The slow and vicious wheels of govt. bureaucracy. From the hospital to the police station.
2) From the birthplace of the Arab Spring comes a powerful film with some great performances especially from the lead actress – Mariam Al Ferjani. Even the movie trailer was brilliant with Battle Cry by Wild Yawp.
3) A story from dusk till dawn. Superb screenplay divided into 9 chapters.
4) Great Cinematography – most of the scenes are single sequence shot.

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“My whole life is a zombie movie. The walking dead run after me, trying to bite me.I’m trying to save myself. Sometimes I get away and sometimes, they get close to me. I might let them eat me.I’ll become a zombie and rest.”

Le Samouraï (1967)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Alain Delon as Jef Costello: The sociopathic hitman with stylish fedora, pale trench coat, and his iconic car keychain.
2) The police line-up scene – almost 20 minutes long.
3) Jef’s analogy to the caged bird.
4) The Samurai killed his Master and he must honor his profession by either completing the contract or by committing the ritual suicide.
5) A highly influential movie for modern directors and glimpses of this character is seen in many future movies.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Valérie: Why Jeff?
Jeff Costello: I’ve been paid to.

The Night Eats the World (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Study of paranoia while alone

 

Cons –
1) In an era of “The Walking Dead”, this movie is redundant and sub-standard
2) Meaningless climax – in fact, there is no climax.
3) Sarah – unnecessary sub-plot adding nothing to the story.

 

Quote –
Sarah:… that you’re the last human on earth? Sorry to disappoint you.

The Professional (1981)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone
2) It’s a neo-western in Paris completed with a gun-dual.
3) The climactic slow walk from the palace to the helicopter – unseen badassery
4) Cyrielle Clair as Alice – femme fatale !

 

Cons –

 

1) The climax is sad as it makes the entire plan of Beaumont appear like a suicide mission.

 

 

Quote –

 

“The croissant is on my friend there.”

Léon: The Professional (1994)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One of the boldest love story on silver-screen
2) Definitive performance by Jean Reno & Natalie Portman
3) Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield – A cult character
4) Cinematography
5) Gun Action
6) The movie was summarized in the Gene Kelly scene from “I Like Myself” from “It’s Always Fair Weather

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Léon: You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots.