Batman Ninja (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –
1) Great quality art. Putting Batman in Sengoku Period Japan.
2) Steam-punk time-travel story
3) Robin with Monkichi

 

Cons –
1) Pretty useless Batman, fooled twice by Gorilla Grodd and Joker

 

Quote –
Catwoman: Isn’t a gorilla eating a banana a little cliche?
Gorilla Grodd: Says the cat burglar wearing a cat costume.

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The Garden of Words (2013)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) Ground-breaking animation capturing the beauty of nature in rain.It’s a cinematic triumph!
2) The subtle romance is exhibited in the most touching & elegant way.
3) Running time: If one can convey the plot in 46 minutes, why add unnecessary sub-plots.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Takao Akizuki: In the evenings, before I went to sleep, and in the mornings, in the moment I woke up, I realized I was praying for rain

Audition (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) That final torture scene is one of the most disturbing slasher scene in cinema.
2) The element of body-horror is Cronenberg level.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Ordinary plot but extraordinary direction
2) Eihi Shiina as Asami Yamazaki – not the best actress for an iconic role

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Asami Yamazaki:  Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!

Princess Mononoke (1997)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

 

1) The trademark multi-layered fantasy story-line from Studio Ghibli.
2) Ashitaka – Atticus Finch of this story
3) Lady Eboshi – character who deserves her own film.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Misleading title – Mononoke is definitely not the central character here.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Jigo: So you say you’re under a curse? So what? So’s the whole damn world.

Castle in the Sky (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Another gem from Studio Ghibli with it’s trademark elements of fantasy, music ,female protagonist and cyberpunk machines.
2) Fast paced
3) Mythical Laputa
4) Rich characters like Dola, Muska and Uncle Pomme.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Dola: There’s nothing worse than having your pigtails shot off!

Rashomon (1950)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Story : cornerstone of the movie
2) Cinematography : Vintage Akira
3) Toshiro Mifune as Tajōmaru, the bandit
4) A story of morality, humanity & conflict.
5) One of the most influential story-line in world cinema.

 
Cons –

n/a

 
Quote –
“Commoner: I even heard that the demon living here in Rashômon fled in fear of the ferocity of man.”