The Hitcher (1986)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A psychopathic hitchhiker is after a young man who initially escaped from his murderous plan. The hitcher is not just chasing him relentlessly like a ghost but also framing the young man of all the murders.
2) Rutger Hauer played the intimidating title character of the remorseless killer without any motive.

 

 


CONS –
1) It clearly borrowed the plot from Steven Spielberg’s Duel (1971).
2) The hitcher’s motive is never revealed. The whole movie is a violent thriller without any back-story.

 

 


QUOTE –
Jim Halsey: They’ll catch you.
John Ryder: Yeah… sure. So what?

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) An inexperienced man is made the president of a company as part of a stock scam.
2) The fictional invention of the “hula hoop” is the central element of the plot.
3) A comedy movie with caricaturish stock characters. The dystopian mailroom of Hudsucker Industries was surreal.

 

 
CONS –
1) The climactic fantasy element of freezing time by stopping the giant clock was baffling. The supernatural element doesn’t fit with the movie.

 

 
QUOTE –
Norville: You know, for kids.

Annihilation (2018)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Great visuals and psychedelic production design.

 

Cons –
1) Boring flashbacks & very few moments of entertainment.
2) It’s as lethargic and pretentious as Arrival (2016) with as little outcome.
3) The movie is more about the characters than the actual event of the meteor strike and mimicking alien.

 

Quote –
The Biologist: You’re not Kane, are you?
Kane: I don’t think so. Are you Lena?

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Surreal meta-drama full of analogies, motifs, and symbolism

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Incomprehensible, pretentious and boring like an abstract art.What’s the purpose of making a feature film if the main intention is to confuse average audience? It’s a movie only for film festivals.
2) Unexplained weird time-leaps. Halfway through, the movie stops making any sense at all.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Die”

 

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with the element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

Cons –
1) Movie poster

Quote –
Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

The Machinist (2004)

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

 

Verdict – 4 /5

 

Pros –
1) Great screenplay/direction/cinematography of a mediocre story
2) Christian Bale’s physique transformation
3) Miller’s arm chopped scene
4) Route 666 scene
5) Police chase to metro sewer

 

Cons –
1) An ordinary story of a guilt-ridden character.

 

 

Quote –
Trevor Reznik: Right now I wanna sleep. I just want to sleep.”