Die Hard (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An era-defining action movie from John McTiernan; one of the most under-appreciated director of our time.
2) One man against all odds theme.Possibly the greatest Christmas action movie.
3) Nakatomi Plaza
4) Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber: an Iconic villain.
5) Iconic explosions sequences

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.

Wayward Pines (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) “Truman Show” meets “Lost” in “The Twilight Zone”
2) Solid execution of a perfect sci-fi script.
3) The ensemble cast.
4) The final cliffhanger twist.
5) Absolved M. Night Shyamalan from his first major disaster: “The Village”

 

CONS–
1) Season 2 might be in progress.

 

QUOTE –
“Peter McCall: “Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.” That’s Robert Frost. Which is it? Is it keeping us in? Or something else out?”

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) 2 Stalwarts: Gregory Peck vs. Laurence Olivier
2) The Nazi Factor
3) The final segment in the darkroom : Cliffhanger
4) Gregory Peck as Dr. Josef Mengele: evil mad scientist

 

Cons –
1) Climactic thrill revealed too early.

 

Quote –
“Dr. Josef Mengele: The right Hitler for the right future! A Hitler tailor-made for the 1980s, the 1990s, 2000! “

The Host (2006)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Little Miss Sunshine: Korean Monster Edition

 

CONS –
1) The confused storytelling. Is it a monster movie and or a comedy?
2) Average CGI monster.
3) Terribly over-rated movie.

 

QUOTE –
“Park Hie-bong: When a parent’s heartbreaks, the sound can travel for miles.”

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie’s classic “plot twist” story
2) Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich
3) English humour

 

CONS –
N/A

 

Quote –
Brogan-Moore: Touching isn’t it? The way he counts on his wife.
Sir Wilfrid: Yes, like a drowning man clutching at a razor blade.

Snowpiercer (2013)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) One of the most influential post-apocalyptic dystopian film.
2) Tilda Swinton as Mason
3) The Train: Cinematography
4) John Hurt Twist
5) Namgoong Minsu and Yona
6) Yekaterina Bridge
7) CW7
8) Chris Evans final monologue

 

Cons –
1) Too many questions left unanswered; an ambiguous climax

 

Quote –
Edgar: They’ve got no bullets!

Spy (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Jason Statham as Rick Ford: One of the most interesting movie character developed in recent movie history after Jack Sparrow.
2) Melissa McCarthy in her typical style.
3) Peter Serafinowicz as Aldo
4) Director: Paul Feig
5) Jason Statham’s monologues

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Rick Ford: I once used defibrillators on myself. I put shards of glass in my fuckin’ eye. I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show! I’ve swallowed enough microchips and shit them back out again to make a computer. This arm has been ripped off completely and re-attached with *this* fuckin’ arm. During the threat of an assassination attempt, I appeared convincingly in front of Congress as Barack Obama.I watched the woman I love get tossed from a plane and hit by another plane mid-air. I drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while it was on fire. Not the car, *I* was on fire.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Well directed and kept the audience busy.
2) Music
3) The ensemble cast
4) Maggie Smith

 

Cons –
1) There is no story, just too many subplots around a wedding.
2) Dev Patel – looks like a 17 years old kid.

 

Quote –
Sonny Kapoor: Why die here… when I can die there!

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) “Reservoir Dogs” without the violence
2) The twists & the monologues
3) Great ensemble cast
4) Cinematography – Rain factor
5) Jack Lemmon – outstanding performance

 

CONS –
1) The Title – could be much better.

 
QUOTE –
“Blake: As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”