The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Opening Credit from the Columbia Logo through “Immigrant Song”
2) Rooney Mara attire and appearance.
3) Thriller set in a cold weather (reminds of Polanski’s Ghost Writer)
4) The rape-revenge scene
5) Chris Plummer’s screen presence
6) 2.30 hrs long but still gripping. David Fincher had set the bar too high for any sequel.
7) Daniel Craig’s first role where his acting beat his Bond persona.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Lisbeth Salander: Do you doubt anything I’ve said? Do you doubt what’s in the reports that have followed me around all my life? What do they say, if you had to sum it up? They say I’m insane.

Ip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sammo Hung’s screen presence
2) Louis Fan returning as Kam Shan-Chau
3) The “school ” struggle in Hong-Kong

 

Cons –
1) The final duel – not easy to digest that a Wing Chun Master who can decimate 10 fighters at a time will be on back-foot while fighting a heavyweight boxer.
2) The same old story

 

Quote –
Ip Man: You want to learn Wing Chun?
Wong Shun Leung: Maybe. Just checking it out. I don’t know what Wing Chun is.
Ip Man: Let me give you an introduction. As a matter of fact, Wing Chun is a close combat style from the South…
Wong Shun Leung: No need to tell me all this. Let’s just fight. I’ll pay you the school fees if I lose.
Ip Man: Ok. I am Ip Man of Wing Chun.

Invictus (2009)

Invictus

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

Verdict –2 /5

 

Pros –
1) The SAA jet over the stadium scene.

 

Cons –
1) The actual event is too legendary and larger than the film.
2) Casting Matt Damon (and his accent)
3) Morgan Freeman. His gravitas overpowered his portrayal of Mandela
4) Poor supporting cast

 

Quote –
“I am the master of my fate – I am the captain of my soul.”

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Ip Man vs. 10 Men fighting scene.
2) Fan Siu-wong as Kam Shan-chu (an aggressive northern martial artist).

 

CONS –
1) Though loosely based on real events, it’s too much similar to Cinderella Man (2005).
2) Lack of supporting cast

 

QUOTE –
Miura: What’s your name?
Ip Man: I’m just a Chinese man.

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Beggar So – larger than life character.
2) The Cat vs Snake Scene
3) Hwang Jang Lee as the leader of Eagle Clan – equally powerful antagonist.

 

CONS –
-n/a-

 

QUOTE –
Pai Chang-tien: Don’t reveal what you’ve learnt, unless conflict is unavoidable.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Epic Story
2) The Green Destiny
3) The Comb War
4) Jade Fox
5) Zhang Ziyi as Jen Yu (her petulance)
6) Yuen Wo Ping’s action choreography

 

Cons –
-n/a-

 

Quote –
1)True strength is light as a feather.No assistance, no growth.No reaction, no explanation.No control, no desire. Give yourself up and find yourself again. Here’s a lesson for you on life.

2) Jade Fox: You know what poison is? An eight-year-old girl full of deceit. That’s poison!

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The Title and the Poster
2) The line-up scene
3) Kevin Spacey’s Walk
4) Benicio del Toro’s accent
5) The myth of Keyser Söze
6) The final plot-twist – the father of plot-twist.

 

Cons –
1) Chazz Palminteri as U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan

 

Quote –
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

21 Jump Street (2012)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Ice Cube opening monologue at the Korean church. The entire church scene is super hilarious.
2) Johnny Depp Cameo
3) End-Credits
4) Jonah Hill – everything that came out of his mouth was comedic gold.

 

CONS –
1) Dakota Johnson in that minor role?

 

QUOTE –
Captain Dickson: That’s you, man. Don’t do it. Keep that dirty dick inside your pants. Don’t fuck no students, don’t fuck no teachers…

Schmidt: Sir, I know we may look like a couple of lady-killers, but me and my partner will be super professional…

Captain Dickson: Clearly I wasn’t talking to you, big-titties. You cherub-looking motherfucker. I was talking to your partner, fake-ass Handsome McGee here. When I’m talking to him, I’m talking to him. When I say “shut the fuck up,” I’m talking to you.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) The Tunnel Drive
2) Heroes (David Bowie)
3) Ezra Miller as Patrick

 

Cons –
1) Generic coming-of-age School drama
2) Paul Rudd wasted

 

Quote –
“You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.”

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Kra_ _ Gl_e.
2) Mugatu + Megamind = Lord Business (and also Will Ferrell’s live-action scenes)
3) Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius & Jonah Hill as Green Lantern
4) Star-Wars cameo.
5) The Double Decker Couch
6) “Everything is Awesome”

 

Cons –
1) Though the overall theme depicts a powerful satire on the current generation, the predictable nature of story is a minus point.

 

Quote –
“Release the Kragle”