The Apartment (1960)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A lonely man sacrificing his personal life and comfort in order to climb the corporate ladder until he had enough of it.
2) A romantic story of two broken people.
3) Billy Wilder’s crisp writing and tight screenplay without any boring sub-plot.
4) All in all, it’s a Jack Lemmon’s show playing the lovable and pitiful character of C.C. Baxter.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ruined by unofficial Bollywood remakes like Raaste Kaa Patthar (1972) & Yes Boss (1997).

 

 

QUOTE –
C.C. Baxter: Ya know, I used to live like Robinson Crusoe; I mean, shipwrecked among 8 million people. And then one day I saw a footprint in the sand, and there you were.

The Remains of the Day (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A heartfelt story of an old diligent workaholic butler making a last attempt to revive his unfinished and repressed love story.
2) The World War II / Nazi backdrop is only a ruse in this poignant love story of two duty-bound people.
3) Anthony Hopkins’s performance is Oscar-worthy. His stone face reactions as the duty-bound butler concealing his emotions even during the death of his father, or him refusing to answer any auxiliary question to his master’s guests deserve special mention. He was acting through his eyes.
4) The final goodbye in the rain is one heart-rending scene

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Stevens: In my philosophy, Mr. Benn, a man cannot call himself well-contented until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer. Of course, this assumes that one’s employer is a superior person, not only in rank, or wealth, but in moral stature.

A Walk to Remember (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Small town teenage love story of a tough guy and a simple girl with a tragic ending.
2) A decent soundtrack but for a particular audience.

 
CONS –
1) Run-of-the-mill cliched teenage romance from Nicholas Sparks. There is one available for every generation.

 

QUOTE –
Landon: I’m sorry she never got her miracle.
Reverend Sullivan: She did. It was you.

War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A love story of a sociopath. I see shades of Marty (1955).
2) Unique soundtrack by Jon Brion including “Hands and Feet”.
3) Adam Sandler vs Philip Seymour Hoffman epic confrontation over the phone.
4) Exceptional cinematography by Robert Elswit

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

Warm Bodies (2013)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A story with great potential if it was made with a better cast. This movie belongs to Judd Apatow and his “Frat Pack”.
2) A romantic soundtrack with Feist, Bon Iver, M83, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Guns&Roses.

 

CONS –
1) A half-hearted effort from Jonathan Levine

 
QUOTE –
R: This date is not going well. I want to die all over again.

Marty (1955)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Two good-natured, plain-looking introverts falling in love with each other. The climactic call by Marty to Clara includes the central theme of the plot of listening to your own heart irrespective of others views.
2) 90 minutes running time with only one other subplot.
3) A role tailor-made for Ernest Borgnine.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Marty: All my brothers and brothers-in-laws tell me what a good-hearted guy I am. You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.

2.
Ms. Piletti: Two women in the same kitchen, the house burns up.

Manmarziyaan (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A new age romance which is a soft reboot of Tanu Weds Manu (2011) with elements of Dev D (2009).
2) Saurabh Sachdeva as Kakaji – Best outcome of this movie
3) “Daryaa” by Ammy Virk, Shahid Mallya

 

CONS –
1) Meaningless movie title.
2) Nothing extraordinary for the fans of Anurag Kashyap.

 

 
QUOTE –
“main tenu phir milangi … shayad ek khayal banke”

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Supporting cast – the usuals from new-wave middle-class backdrop bollywood
2) Fast paced execution – few intense moments
3) Characters of grey shades – no one is right or wrong in this story

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary 3rd act – the film should’ve ended 20 minutes earlier

 

Quote –
“Everything is fair in love and war … love is over … now war begins”

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) One of the most unexpected heartbreaking climax.
2) Mia Farrow as the naive wide-eyed movie lover and timid wife.This movie can be called “The Tragedy Of Cecilia”.
3) Woody Allen’s avoided being over-melodramatic with an 82-minutes running time.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional but you can’t have everything.