War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A top-secret mission on the eve of the D-Day invasion. A must watch Robert Aldrich classic with all the elements of a great war adventure.
2) Definitive Lee Marvin movie as Maj. Reisman
3) Great production value.
4) A very influential film which inspired many future movies like Inglorious Basterds (2009), The Expendables (2010), and Suicide Squad (2016).

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1. Down to the roadblock, we’ve just begun 2. The guards are through 3. The Major’s men are on a spree 4. Major and Wladislaw go through the door 5. Pinkley stays out in the drive 6. The Major gives the rope a fix 7. Wladislaw throws the hook to heaven 8. Jimenez has got a date 9. The other guys go up the line 10. Sawyer and Lever are in the pen 11. Posey guards points five and seven 12. Wladislaw and the Major go down to delve 13. Franko goes up without being seen 14. Zero-hour: Jimenez cuts the cable; Franko cuts the phone 15. Franko goes in where the others have been 16. We all come out like it’s Halloween

Catch-22 (1970)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

Overlord (2018)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Opening plane shot with paratroopers.
2) End-credits: Nas-Bridging The Gap
3) Corporal Ford vs Captain Wafner

 

CONS –
1) The movie blended two of the most bankable plots of World War II – Operation Overlord and Josef Mengele. Unfortunately, this zombie movie never clicked.
2) Not a single reliable actor with any screen-presence.
3) The entire movie got a very B-grade look.

 
QUOTE –
A thousand year Reich needs thousand year soldiers.

The Hurt Locker (2008)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Sniper shootout alongside the mercenaries.

 
CONS –
1) It’s really baffling that good war movies like Black Hawk Down (2001) or even Three Kings (1999) aren’t even nominated for Best Picture Category at the Oscars while over-rated lifeless forgettable movies like this went on to win 6.
2) No character development, no noteworthy scenes, no interesting sub-plots. This movie is a sheer disappointment.

 
QUOTE –
Staff Sergeant William James: [Speaking to his son] You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your mommy, your daddy, your nature pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yeah. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things that you love might not seem so special anymore, you know? Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you’ll realize it’s just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal, but the older you get, the fewer things you really love, and by the time you get to my age, maybe it’s only one or two things. With me, I think it’s one.

The Sultan and the Saint (2016)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) A short chapter of history

 
CONS –
1) A ridiculous attempt to trivialize history by portraying all the Christians as cruel attackers provoked by the Pope and the Muslims rulers as merciful and kind.
3) 53 minutes of cringe-worthy political correctness with made-up words like “dehumanization”

 

QUOTE
Bloodshed and war didn’t end with the Sultan and Saint Francis Angry dehumanizing words spark violence today as before.

The Undefeated (1969)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Confederates and Union army soldiers stuck in the middle of the war between Juaristas and Emperor Maximilian’s forces
2) Hudson vs Wayne: 2 Hollywood stalwarts as 2 Colonels post Civil War.
3) “Fourth of July” party drunken brawl.
4) A herd of 3,000 wild horses – high production value.

 

CONS –
1) The missing finale battle. Instead of fighting the Juaristas, Thomas and Langdon paid the ransom and returned back home empty-handed. The climax is unfulfilling.

 

QUOTE –
Ann Langdon: You went out there to talk, why did you have to shoot the man?
John Henry Thomas: Conversation kinda dried up, ma’am.