The Upside (2017)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Neil Burger added nothing new to the Hollywood remake of The Intouchables (2011).
2) I wonder how Nicole Kidman agreed for this petty role.

 

QUOTE –
Dell Scott: You can have any girl you want. What about this lady with all the Botox? You’re perfect for each other. You can’t move your body, she can’t move her face.

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Aquaman (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Formulaic super-hero origin story saved by CGI and well-choreographed fight sequences. All credits go to director James Wan.

 

CONS –
1)Run-of-the-mill plot with well-known twist and turns. The movie belongs to the same category of Black Panther (2018) and Wonder Woman (2017).

 
QUOTE –
Orm: Are you invoking the Combat of the Kings?
Arthur Curry: Call it whatever you want. I call it an ass-whooping.

Paddington (2014)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry

 

Cons –
1) Movie only for kindergarten kids

 

Quote –
Clyde: Gentlemen, these were no dumb beasts. They were intelligent and civilized.
Geographer: Come off it, Clyde. They didn’t even speak English.
Clyde: Well, no, but…
Geographer: Did they play cricket? Drink tea? Do the crossword? Pretty rum idea of civilization you’ve got, Clyde.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Eerie soundtrack and cinematography along with signature dead-pan dialogue delivery from lead actors.
2) Yorgos Lanthimos truly inherited the legacy of body horror from Cronenberg. From the very scene of the film, the subtle body horror factor dominates the plot.
3) Barry Keoghan as Martin – the most punchable face in the town.
4) Screenplay – it’s shocking that the movie is not even nominated for any Golden Globe or BAFTA award for at least this category.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Being a fantasy horror film, many questions are left unanswered like how Martin’s curse was actually working.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Kim Murphy: Can I have your MP3 player when you are dead?

The Others (2001)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect horror-mystery. The horror movie from “the other” perspective.
2) Nicole Kidman as Grace Stewart
3) Fionnula Flanagan as Bertha Mills
4) 100 minutes of sheer thrill & suspense with excellent background score to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.The final plot-twist is remarkable.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Grace: Where are we?

Stoker (2013)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

1) Cinematography
2) “Summer Wine”
3) Matthew Goode as Charlie Stoker

Cons –

1) Ordinary story with predictable twists
2) Mia Wasikowska as India Stoker
3) Ambiguous ending
4) Park Chan-wook’s talent wasted in a half-baked story

Quote –

Evelyn Stoker: You know, I’ve often wondered why it is we have children in the first place. And the conclusion I’ve come to is… At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, “You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed.” Because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me… Personally speaking I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart.