The Gentlemen (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A cannabis baron [Mickey] decides to sell-off his empire to a billionaire for $400 million. The billionaire plans to lower down the offer by disclosing one of the locations of Mickey’s operation. This starts a chain of action involving a Russian oligarch, a Chinese gangster, a tabloid editor, a private investigator, and a street gang led by “Coach“.
2) Guy Ritchie in all it’s glory with a Tarantinoesque non-linear screenplay.
3) Opening credit song : David Rawlings – Cumberland Gap, and El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
4) Excellent casting. Colin Farrell’s character Coach deserves his own spin-off movie.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Mickey Pearson: There’s only one rule in the jungle: when the lion’s hungry, he eats!

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The love-life of 2 sisters’ devastated by their respective love interests. One man who kept his promise and the other who failed. It’s fascinating to see how much the modern-day rom-coms are influenced by Jane Austen’s classic novels.
2) A huge round of applause for Ang Lee & Emma Thompson for such a delightful adaptation of the classic novel. Emma’s performance was equally gracious.
3) Such a great ensemble of actors. The stoic performances of Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson stand out.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Marianne: Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?
Elinor Dashwood: What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I’ve had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A heartfelt story of an old diligent workaholic butler making a last attempt to revive his unfinished and repressed love story.
2) The World War II / Nazi backdrop is only a ruse in this poignant love story of two duty-bound people.
3) Anthony Hopkins’s performance is Oscar-worthy. His stone face reactions as the duty-bound butler concealing his emotions even during the death of his father, or him refusing to answer any auxiliary question to his master’s guests deserve special mention. He was acting through his eyes.
4) The final goodbye in the rain is one heart-rending scene

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Stevens: In my philosophy, Mr. Benn, a man cannot call himself well-contented until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer. Of course, this assumes that one’s employer is a superior person, not only in rank, or wealth, but in moral stature.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Nora Ephron movie not directed by Nora Ephron. A rom-com with a great cast but without any soul.
2) Hugh Grant playing the rich man-child character for the zillionth time.

 
QUOTE –
Tony: All men are pawns when it comes to women.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Though Sharon Maguire is the official director here, all credits go to Jane Austen and the undisputed king of Brit-Rom-ComRichard Curtis
2) Presence of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth makes it a must watch.
3) The love story of an insanely lucky over-weight slacker.
4) Soundtrack (“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison)
5) Colin Firth – definitive Darcy

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mark Darcy: I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.

Love Actually (2003)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A feel-good romantic montage – narrated in the prologue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the epilogue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with a strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” – The whole sequence is mesmerizing
2) Rhys Ifans as Spike
3) Hugh Grant in a rom-com written by Richard Curtis set in London  – What more anyone can ask?

 

Cons –
1) Julia Roberts is annoying in this role

 

Quote –
Max: You haven’t slept with her, have you?
William: That is a cheap question and the answer is, of course, no comment.
Max: “No comment” means “yes.”
William: No it doesn’t.
Max: Do you ever masturbate?
William: DEFINITELY no comment.
Max: You see? It means “yes.”