The Shape of Water (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A fairytale for adults – a love story of a mute girl and a water-beast.
2) 50 Shades Of Green – This color is predominantly used and mentioned in the movie
3) Guillermo del Toro’s best creation since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
4) Michael Shannon as Col. Strickland – Why is he not nominated for an Oscar?
5) Doug Jones – Most popular faceless actor.

 

Cons –
1) Return Of Abe-Sapien
2) If you remove the Russian sub-plot, the story is quite predictable.No reason to watch it again.

 

 

Quote –
Col. Strickland: Fuck. You ARE a god.

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Behen Hogi Teri (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Plight of bhai-zoned community
2) Presence of old-timers – Gulshan Grover & Ranjeet

 

Cons –

 

1) Rajkummar Rao surprisingly disappoints

 

 

Quote –

 

“Gattu : Romeo Must Die.”

Master Of None (Season 2)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ep 1 – A modern homage to Bicycle Thieves
2) Ep 6 – A New York Anthology culminating with all watching Death Castle
3) Ep 8 – Thanksgiving – Maybe one of the best TV episode ever – A story of conflict and acceptance
4) This season took the series to new heights even better than the first season
5) “Onscreen Texting” on TV/films got revolutionary changes after-Sherlock.However, MON used close-ups of phone ‘coz texting is actually a important part of the show.
6) No matter how turbulent emotional is the sitaution, Dev will berserk the hell out his inner conflicts to Arnold in a comic way.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The Francesca arc.Dull and boring.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Dev : Grandma Ernestine, your yams turned out really nice this year!You add a little nutmeg?

Grandma : Hmm?

Dev : “I SAID YOUR YAMS TURNED OUT REALLY NICE THIS YEAR. DID YOU ADD ANY NUTMEG?”

Joyce : She added nutmeg! Don’t you ask another fucking question! Nutmeg, cinnamon, whatever the hell! You know what go in the damn yams!

 

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

La La Land (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

 

1) Climactic epilogue with possible alt-ending.
2) John Legend’s monologue on Jazz
3) Cinematography
4) The only romantic scene where the movie clicks was when Mia leaves the restaurant and runs to the theater to watch Rebel Without a Cause with Seb.

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre songs with mediocre dance moves.
2) Too much hyped by 14 Oscar nominations

 

Quote –

 

Keith: How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?

Happy Bhaag Jayegi (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Jimmy Shergill as Bagga
2) Piyush Mishra as Afridi
Cons –

1) Good story, terrible execution
2) Diana Penty as “Happy”: worst possible choice to play the lead
3) No juicy dialogues despite the Ind/Pak story which is full of possibilities.Director ruined it.

 
Quote –

Guddu: Paaji, Ek gal puchu ?
Afridi : Kashmir chhod ke kuch bhi pooch lo.