Spartacus (1960)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Kirk Douglas as Spartacus with his impressive toned build.
2) Even in presence of legends like Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov as Batiatus outplayed all other actors.
3) Huge production value, epic battles, and moving climax.
4) Snails & Oysters conversation between Crassus and Antoninus. Subtle and impressive.
5) Charles Laughton as Gracchus got the wittiest dialogues as the shrewd Roman senator.
6) “I’m Spartacus!” scene is so powerful and influential that it’s now done-to-death in cinema all across the world.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Gracchus: In Rome, dignity shortens life even more surely than disease.”

The Killing (1956)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cult heist movie – non-linear story-line – Huge influence on Reservoir Dogs.
2) 85 minutes running time – A definitive pulp fiction.
3) Marie Windsor as Sherry – The epitome of a deceitful wife.
4) Kola Kwariani as Maurice – the chess loving wrestler – short but unforgettable role.

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 
Quote –

 

Fay: Johnny, you’ve got to run!
Johnny Clay: Eh, what’s the difference?

Paths of Glory (1957)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the best First World War fim.
2) George Macready as General Mireau : The old school scarred officer
3) Battle charge sequence with Kirk Douglas : Vintage Kubrick
4) Final scene : French soldiers humming with the German girl.

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 
Quote –
Soldier 1: If it’s death that you’re really afraid of why should you care about what it is that kills you?
Soldier 2: Oh, you’re too smart for me, Professor. All I know is, nobody wants to die.

Room 237 (2012)

Room 237

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR –0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 0/4

 

PROS –
1) Can agree with Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Indian Agenda and Kubrick’s obsession with number 42.

 

CONS –
1) The documentary ignores all continuity errors assuming that Kubrick is doing that “on purpose”.
2) The entire theory of movie running backward is ridiculous.
3) As per this documentary, every time there is blood on the screen, it means Nazi.

 

QUOTE –
I think Stanley retreated after Barry Lyndon. And he began working on
a new kind of film, a film that had never been made before, a film that was made by a bored genius who had thoroughly emptied the jug of everything that could be done in filmmaking.