The Favourite (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Yorgos Lanthimos completes his hat-trick of good movies. One of the most gifted contemporary director.
2) A sickly pushover queen finds herself in the middle of two over-ambitious women in early 18th century England.
3) The outstanding trinity of actresses.
4) A tremendous soundtrack for classical music connoisseurs.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Queen Anne: Are the people really angry about the land tax?
Duchess of Marlborough: They’ll be angrier when the French are sodomizing their wives and planting their fields with garlic.

The Fountain (2006)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Hugh Jackman – versatile actor proving his knack once again
2) The final tree of life sequence
3) The one sequence where Hugh’s character is lost in his thought while crossing the street and audiences can hear only his footsteps.

 

CONS –
1) The audiences will not waste their time to decipher this boring and philosophical movie with a non-linear storyline.

 

QUOTE–
Isabel: For every shadow, no matter how deep, is threatened by morning light.

The Constant Gardener (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Rachel Weisz as Tessa
2) The African back-drop

 
Cons –

 

1) One boring movie.Under-average thriller with a hopeless predictable plot.
2) The director is confused to make it a thriller or a romantic film.

 
Quote –

 

Tessa Quayle: I thought you spies knew everything.
Tim Donohue: Only God knows everything. He works for Mossad.

The Lobster (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Background score
2) Body-horror factor
3) Vigorously romantic
4) Cinematography
5) Supporting cast
6) An uncanny analogy with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Léa Seydoux/Nurse Ratched, Blind lover/ lobotomy, final escape)

 

Cons –
1) Ambiguous climax
2) I watched it as a sci-fi fan completely ignoring the subtle social satire.

 

Quote –
“Hotel Manager : What does the photograph show?
Lisping Man : A naked woman on a horse in the country
Hotel Manager : If I were in your shoes I would not be
ogling the naked woman but the horse”

Constantine (2005)

Constantine

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An entertaining, stylish and highly rewatchable movie from Francis Lawrence
2) Cinematography
3) Climax with “Lu”
4) Soundtrack – “Passive” by A Perfect Circle & “Constantine End Titles”
5) “Got a light” scene; “Close Your Eyes” scene

 

Cons –
N/A

 
Quote –
“They call it the balance. I call it hypocritical bullshit.”