Circle (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) 87 gripping minutes
2) 12 Angry Men with an alien Jigsaw

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s  “Black Mirror” episode with an uncertain climax.
2) Unknown cast
3) It’s like Primer – a good concept but average execution

 

 

Quote –

 

“Oh yeah, he bought us 2 minutes. Throw him a Purple Heart”

Triangle (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Well-structured movie exploring destiny and choice
2) Another mind-fuck thriller with cult written all over it – even with relatively unknown cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) An over-stretched “Twilight Zone” episode amalgamated with the legend of Sisyphus.

 

Quote –

 

 

Driver: I’ll leave the meter running. You will come back, won’t you?
Jess: Yes. I promise.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The insanity of a yesteryears’ star – craziness 1 notch above Norma Desmond
2) Final plot-twist revelation
3) The rivalry of the leading ladies behind scenes makes it a must watch

 

Cons –

 

1) 30 minutes too long due to needless Edwin plot

 

 

Quote –

 

Blanche: We’re sisters, Elvira. We know each other very well.

 

Split (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

 

 

1) An ordinary movie catapulted by the final scene.The concept of Split personalities is known and explored numerous times.However the character of “The Beast” with superpower strength and bulletproof skin separates this movie from a psychological thriller.The final scene with David Dunn vindicates the entire plot.
2) The courage of M. Night Shyamalan returning to make the sequel and hiding it all along.
3) This mainly serves as an anthology film in the MNS universe and the sequel will be a real treat for all Unbreakable fans.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 
The Beast: The broken are the more evolved.

Enemy (2013)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Another kafkaesque mindfuck starring Jake Gyllenhaal , the crown prince of psychological thriller.
2) The basic plot of doppelgängers chasing each other is intriguing.

 

Cons –

1) The climax is neither ambiguous nor meaningful for an average moviegoer.Comparing the movie to Memento or Inception is idiotic.
2) Mediocre supporting cast.

 

Quote –

 

Title Card: Chaos is order yet undeciphered.

The Handmaiden (2016)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An erotic masterpiece from Chan-wook Park.
2) A powerful layered thriller.
3) Splendid adapted screenplay,the “Japanese-occupied Korea” setup is captivating.
4) Beautiful cinematography

 
Cons –

 

n/a

 

 

Quote –

 

Sook-Hee: Where I come from, it’s illegal to be naive.