Oblivion (2013)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Great CGI with innovative designs (Tower Post)
2) The primary concept of the movie – Just like “The Island” the primary characters were given a false narrative about the fate of the earth
3) Morgan Freeman as Malcolm Beech – The moment he lights his cigar making his entry was super awesome.

 

Cons –
1) Movie Title “Oblivion” – could’ve been better.

 

Quote –
How can man die better: than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods.

Assassins (1995)

Assassins

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Antonio Banderas’ swag in all its glory.
2) Great cinematography and some good action scenes.  This movie is high on style.
3) It’s a classic 90s action extravaganza which will attract viewers every time it’s on TV.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Once upon a time, there was this little sparrow, who while flying south for the winter froze solid and fell to the ground. And then to make matters worse the cow crapped on him, but the manure was all warm and it defrosted him. So there he is, he’s warm and he’s happy to be alive and he starts to sing. A hungry cat comes along and he clears off the manure and he looks at the little bird and then he eats him. And the moral of the story is this: everyone who craps on you is not necessarily your enemy, and everyone who gets you out of crap is not necessarily your friend, and if you’re warm and happy wherever you are you should just keep your big mouth shut.

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman – A wealthy insecure narcissistic investment banker living alternate lives of a high-class materialistic, and the other of a psycho killer begging to get caught.
2) Great ensemble of supporting actors
3) The line between fantasy and reality is quite blurred in this screenplay completed with an ambiguous climax.
4) John Cale’s soundtrack.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Patrick Bateman: I have to return some videotapes.

The Queen (2006)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Michael Sheen as Tony Blair

 

CONS–
2) No “Candle In The Wind”….. seriously?

 

QUOTE –
HM The Queen Mother: Don’t be ridiculous. Remember the vow you took?
HM Queen Elizabeth II: I declare that my whole life, rather it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.
HM The Queen Mother: Your whole life. That is a commitment to God, as well as your people.

Blades of Glory (2007)

Blades of Glory

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Will Ferrell as “Chazz” Michael Michaels. He took the character of an over-confident self-obsessed skater to another level.
2) A side-splitting comedy movie, full of memorable jokes and characters.
3) Great skating choreography.
4) The whalebone comb called Verticoli. The intensity by which Will Ferrell describes it, explains the caliber of this actor.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Chazz: Hey. They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was gonna go to the moon. Now he’s up there, laughing at them.

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Starsky & Hutch

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Huggy Bear and
2) Iconic Gran Torino
3) The dance-off scene with Patton Oswalt commentary
4) Will Ferrell as Big Earl

Cons –
1) Vince Vaughn as Reese

 

Quote –
Starsky: In Bay City, when you cross the line, your nuts are mine.

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.