Searching (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) 6 minutes quick prologue like Up (2009)
2) Spooky as everyone can relate to it. Most of the movie is in POV mode with all major social media tools & websites. The camera angles are desktop recordings, hidden camera, news footage, facetime etc. A landmark movie for cinematography technique.
3) The Detective Vick twist.
4) Upbeat climax.
5) This movie joins the ranks of other good “missing person” movies like Gone Girl (2014), Changeling (2008), Prisoners (2013),  Taken (2008), The Searchers (1956) etc.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
David Kim: I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.

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Population Zero (2016)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The “Vicinage Clause” element.

 

CONS –
1) Julian T. Pinder as the main lead directing the mockumentary – not at all convincing
2) A mediocre twist in the thriller

 
QUOTE –
“You know, you put a man through what he went through, I guess everybody would have a breaking point”

Vikram Vedha (2017)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A modern retelling of the legendary folktale Baital Pachisi.
2) Multiple plot-twist towards the climax.
3) The open-ended climax with both Vikram & Vedha in a standoff.
4) Performance of Vijay Sethupathi clearly over-shadowed R. Madhavan in this thriller.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Vedha: There is always an unthinkable perspective for any story.”

Apharan (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Extensively shot in real locations.
2) Weak start but strong third act and final twist.
3) Varun Badola and Saanand Verma performances stand out.

 

CONS –
1) Random misuse of classic Bollywood songs without any context. Legendary songs are forcefully added in various situations.
2) While the supporting cast is great, the lead actors Arunoday Singh and Nidhi Singh are not convincing at all.

 
QUOTE –
“jab insaan sab kuch haar chuka ho, to wo sirf jeet hi sakta hai”

Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Urmila Matondkar in her full glory. The entire prison drama is the core of this movie.
2) Gripping first half.

 
CONS –
1) Supporting cast lacking any memorable role.
2) Weak cinematography and screenplay.

 
QUOTE –
“sher har ek ke andar hota hai, unglee karne wala chahiye”

Tigers (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) It was brave of Danis Tanovic to make a movie on this issue.
2) Great supporting cast – Adil Hussain’s performance stands out.

 
CONS –
1) Good story, mediocre screenplay and editing. The movie looks more like a stale documentary.

 

QUOTE –
“bahut sataye lagte ho beta, tabhi to murgi ke goo mein bhi umeed talash rahe ho”

The French Connection (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Charnier waving goodbye to “Popeye” Doyle after outsmarting him at Grand Central station.
2) High octane car-train chase scene

 
CONS –
1) Stakeout, Chase, Repeat – An average cop thriller with sloppy editing and weird climax.

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle: What is this, a fuckin’ hospital here?