Funny Games (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) It’s a meta home-invasion thriller where two sleek psychopathic young men are jumping house to house killing wealthy homeowners in their vacation lake houses.
2) While in front of the camera we see the two psychopaths forcing their victim to participate in a number of sadistic games, in hindsight the director is playing a similar frustrating sadistic game with the audiences. The antagonist is frequently breaking the fourth wall, directly challenging the audiences. Even the customary retaliation by the victim is “rewinded” by the antagonist by a remote much to the annoyance of the viewers.

 

 
CONS –
1) The entire home-invasion plot bears an uncanny resemblance to the A Clockwork Orange (1971). The sadist nature of the two young men is strikingly similar to Alex DeLarge & Co.

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Anna: Why don’t you just kill us?
Peter: You shouldn’t forget the importance of entertainment.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes (2001)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) “CAution LIve aniMAls” twist.
2) Charlton Heston cameo as Zaius gives a perfect homage to the original version.

 

 

CONS –
1) Though the climax is unexpected, it’s ambiguous.
2) We already have a definite version i.e. Planet of the Apes (1968) and this Tim Burton effort is not adding anything new.
3) Ari’s romantic angle is just making the movie more tedious.

 

 

QUOTE –
Captain Leo Davidson: The smarter we get, the more dangerous we become.