True Detective (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A must watch detective crime thriller of epic proportion with 17 years of non-linear storyline. It’s HBO’s reply to Memories of Murder (2003).
2) Matthew McConaughey as Detective Cohle gave a great performance of a sociopathic cop.
3) Opening song: “Far from Any Road”
4) Unapologetically good ol’ misogynist show with a high level of testosterone.
5) The climactic fulfilling scene between Rust & Marty

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Marty: A man’s game charges a man’s price. Take that away from this, you’ve nothing else.”

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Riverdale (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary teen-drama adaptation of Archie Comics characters from light-hearted comic-book stories to a well-executed dark murder-mystery.
2) Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones occupied the slot of central characters. Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom is also noteworthy.
3) Good soundtrack through-out the 13 episodes. e.g. Dean Lewis – Waves

 
CONS –
1) This show is riddled with aesthetic faces and that’s what keeps the show gripping even with mediocre sub-plots.
2) Every character is having multiple romantic link ups with every other character in every other episode. After a few episodes, the audiences will lose count.
3) Concepts of homosexuality, incest, forbidden love etc. are added left, right and center.

 

 
QUOTE –
Jughead: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m weird. I’m a weirdo. I don’t fit in, And I don’t want to fit in.

The Invisible Guest (2016)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Devasted parents of a murdered son plan out the ultimate ploy for justice.
2) Ana Wagener as Elvira. Hiding in plain sight throughout the movie.
3) It’s a courtroom-drama enacted completely outside the courtroom with shades of Rashomon effect.
4) Mediocre first-half but exceptional second-half with the story unfolding with multiple plot twists.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
In my 30-year career, I’ve met two types of clients. Those who accept their situation and cooperate, even if it means going where they don’t want to go, and those that think they’re smarter than I am and want me to get them off without getting dirty. You’re the second type. But let me be clear on this. There’ll be no salvation without suffering, and you’re not smarter than I am.

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A modern-western set-up in Sparta, Mississippi. Released at the height of the Civil Rights movement in the USA, the movie captures racism in a very pragmatic way.
2) Sharp screenplay, memorable music, and great cinematography.
3) A small town whodunit murder-mystery with subtle elements of a buddy-cop movie.
4) Rod Steiger as Chief Gillespie was an absolute charm to watch.

 
CONS –
1) Rod Steiger won Academy Award for Best Actor for his role but wasn’t he the second lead?

 

QUOTE –
Gillespie: “Virgil”? That’s a funny name for a nigger boy to come from Philadelphia. What do they call you up there?
Virgil Tibbs: They call me MISTER TIBBS!

Mystic River (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A riveting small-town murder-mystery from Clint Eastwood.
2) Sean Penn as James “Jimmy” Markum led the pack playing the grieving father of a murdered daughter hell-bent for revenge. The scene where he discovers his dead daughter and he’s restrained by the cops is extremely moving.
3) Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste – Apart from Sean Penn, her performance as the timid scared wife of Dave Boyle is worth noticing.
4) Eli Wallach as Mr. Loonie – The sheer presence of this legend on screen even for a minute is huge.

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dave: Neighborhood needs a fucking crime wave. Get property values where they belong.

The Girl on the Train (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Martha’s revelation – from this point onward the cat was out of the bag.
2) A good ensemble of actors.

 
Cons –
1) Average murder-mystery with one plot-twist.
2) 30 minutes too long. Too much time taken in establishing that Rachel got some psychological illness to confuse the audiences.
3) Tate Taylor was clearly trying to recreate the magic of “Gone Girl” but not everyone is as good as David Fincher.

 

Quote –
Facebook and drunk ex-wives do not make good friends.

Rope (1948)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A single location thriller with long takes like Dial M for Murder (1954).The real background of the Manhattan skyline from daylight to night adding authenticity to the entire plot.
2) John Dall as Brandon Shaw – a suave supervillain. His spineless accomplice Phillip got him caught which otherwise was a perfect murder.
3) The macabre plot of a dinner party over a dead body and handing over the murder weapon to the victim’s father as a gift. The whole discussion of murder being an art was fascinating.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Rupert: You were right, Phillip. Those books were tied clumsily.