Gangs of New York (2002)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher – Probably his definitive role.It’s a shame he didn’t win the Oscar for this role.
2) Music: “Shimmy She Wobble” – Dead Rabbits riot

 

Cons –
1) To make the movie an “epic“, the length is unnecessarily increased. For the first 2 hrs, the story is stuck in the same place.The movie kick-starts once Amsterdam’s identity is revealed.
2) Epic start but not an epic climax.
3) Son returns to avenge his father’s death – secretly working for his father’s killer eventually killing him – every 80’s Bollywood movie ever.

 

Quote –
Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote.

The Great Wall (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) “Tao-Ties” – A monster for future spin-off movies.
2) Action packed entertainment with high production value.

 
Cons –

 

1) Boss-fight – too mediocre for such huge built-up.

 
Quote –

 
“William : I’m alive today because I trust no one.”

The Witch (2015)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A folk-tale presented like a folk-tale without any stupid sub-plot.
2) The backdrop: 17th century New England with the original language.
3) Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
William: Corruption, thou art my father!

Rashomon (1950)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Story: the 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.”

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ranveer Singh : High octane performance with superb execution.Bravo ! Can rank this performance to Prithviraj Kapoor in Mughal-E-Azam.
2) Excellent Supporting cast :Milind Soman / Aditya Pancholi / Raza Murad
3) Great production value with great CGI.
4) Fast paced with great dialogues.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Climax : Historically sad

 

 
Quote –

 

 

“Inki wajah se aaj ye Peshwa zinda hai aur Peshwa ki wajah se Maratha samarajya zinda hai … आला लक्षात !”

Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Great insight on how easily the British took over the Nawabs engaged in leisure and petty quarrels.
2) Impeccable cast.
3) English Characters portrayed by English actors speaking English; Unlike any Manoj Kumar movie.
4) Kanha Mein Tose Hari (Choreographed by Birju Maharaj)
5) Opening Credits
6) The analogy of Chess, and the bloodless annexation of Awadh.
7) The subtle comedy

 

CONS –
n/a

 
QUOTE –
“chal mere pyaade, bismillah”

Lust, Caution (2007)

Lust, Caution

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Rater-R scenes
2) Anupam Kher cameo
3) Period backdrop

 

Cons –
1) Length of the movie (30 minutes too long)
2) Climax disappoints.
3) Movie promoted as a “thriller” while it’s more period “Coming-Of-Age”.

 

Quote –
“Go,Now !”