Non-Stop (2014)

Non-Stop

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Vintage Liam Neeson playing one man army. He’s the new Charles Bronson.
2) Flight Factor.

 

Cons –
1) A promising start and disastrous climax.
2) The motive of revenge failed to capitalize.
3) Julianne Moore wasted.

 

Quote –
Bill Marks: I hate flying.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The portrayal of childhood innocence
2) The local legends, the acrobats, and the summer friend
3) The Promethean character of Atticus Finch.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
” Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin … to kill a mockingbird.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Sentinels (mash-up of “Destroyer” from Thor, and DC’s Darkseid )
2) Bryan Singer proves again that why he is one of the best directors in this genre; restoring respect.
3) Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver (& the slow-motion scene); Bishop; Fan Bingbing as Blink
4) X-Men reunion climax.
5 ) “Blame-It-To-Nixon-Factor”
6) Stadium around White-House Scene; Paris Montage

 

CONS –
1) 20th Century Fox obsession with Col. William Stryker.
2) Less screen-time to the “Future-X-Men”.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Logan: Patience isn’t my strong suit.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) “Revenge” (featuring The Flaming Lips) – Dark Night of the Soul
2) Plot-Twist
3) Analeigh Tipton
4) It’s more coming-of-age than a Rom-Com-Drama

 

Cons –
1) Hitch Sub-Plot
2) Weak main plot

 

Quote –
Cal: What a cliché.

About Schmidt (2002)

 About Schmidt

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Narration as a letter.
2) Kathy Bates

 

Cons –
1) A character study of a retired man – a story told and retold a million times.

 

Quote –
Warren Schmidt: Well Ndugu, I’ll close now. You probably can’t wait to run and cash this check and get yourself something to eat.

The King of Comedy (1982)

The King of Comedy

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Subtle dark humor.
2) “Stalker” de Niro.
3) Martin Scorsese Cameo.
4) Gripping screenplay with no loose ends.
5) Hints of Kubrick-ish set designs and non-linear story-line in the first half.

 

Cons –
1) It started as a character study of a struggling ‘persistent’ artist and ended up as “Dog Day Afternoon”.
2) Elements of fantasy.

 

Quote –
“Rupert Pupkin: Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

The Man Who Wasn't There

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

Verdict –1 /5

 

Pros –
1) Husky voice narration
2) Great ensemble cast
3) Subtle UFO humor (La Easy Rider)

 

Cons –
1) Unnecessary Scarlett Johansson angle.
2) Fake neo-noir
3) Boring overall

 

Quote –
Reidenschneider: No talking out of school. What’s out of school? Everything’s out of school. I do the talking. You keep your trap shut. I’m an attorney. You’re a barber. You don’t know anything.