“Yes Minister” Party Games (1984)

Verdict – 5/5

 

Quote –
Sir Humphrey: “There are certain items of confidential information which while in theory they might be susceptible to innocent interpretation, do nevertheless contain a certain element of, shall we say, ambiguity, so that were they to presented in a less than generous manner or to an uncharitable mind, they might be a source of considerable embarrassment, even conceivably hazard, were they to impinge on the deliberations of an office of more than usual sensitivity.”

Jim Hacker: “I am sorry?”

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The Square (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) The thief subplot
2) Cinematography: long take scenes with the camera planted at the same location.
3) Terry Notary’s ape imitation.

 

Cons –
1) A social satire on contemporary art, censorship and someone’s personal life? What’s the outcome here? What is the story trying to establish?

 

Quote –
Christian: If you place an object in a museum does that make this object a piece of art?

The Death of Stalin (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Text-book example of a good political black comedy. One of the best black comedy I’ve watched since Dr. Strangelove
2) Seasoned actors with witty one-liners
3) When you’re watching a good comedy, it hardly matters if it is historically correct
4) Slow-motion introduction of all major characters
5) Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentiy Beria: A significant historical character who almost led the Soviet Union after Stalin.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Nikita Khrushchev: This is how people get killed, when your story don’t fit.

Court (2014)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Pros –

1) A cinematic triumph.The way an ordinary story is executed breaking 4 language barriers on celluloid is a matter of study.
2) Powerful screenplay – addressed GIANT socio-political issues with the unadulterated simplicity of court proceedings while each sub-plot highlights the people linked with the case.
3) Unique and brave cinematography – most of the scenes are single-take with the camera at a single steady position.
4) Chaitanya Tamhane pulled a miracle from non-professional actors and almost unknown cast.
5) Folk songs with political overtones are also a highlight of this movie.

 

 

Cons –

N/A

 

 

 

Quote –

Vinay: Sir, Where is the bomb?

Newton (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Strong sociopolitical satire
2) No singing-dancing or romantic subplot
3) Pankaj Tripathi’s performance stands-out in this film
4) Powerful supporting cast with Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra

 

 

Cons –

1) Rabidly alt-left movie dismissing the current state of Indian democracy.
2) The film is vilifying Indian Army and undermining their sacrifice.
3) An Oscar nomination will be good for the film but at the same time, this will strengthen the negative prejudice about India in the world.

 

 

 

Quote –

Aatma : Main likh ke deta hoon koi nahi aayega vote dene…
Newton : Likh ke dijiye koi nahi aayega vote dene main ye collector office mein submit kar deta hoon.

Get Shorty (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Barry Sonnenfeld being a long time cinematographer of Coen Bros, the movie appears to be a Coen Bros movie.
2) John Travolta as Chili Palmer – The movie buff loan-shark
3) Outstanding cast
4) Smooth music & sleek fast paced screenplay

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Zimm: I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.”

Okja (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A social satire on big food corps and also on animal-rights activist
2) Strong star-cast
3) Nancy Mirando final monologue

 

Cons –

 

1) The most probable message of this movie is “GO VEGAN !” which is the problem.
2) Bong Joon-ho fans will be left disappointed

 

 

Quote –

 

Jay: Translations are sacred.