Gone Girl (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott Dunne: One of the greatest villain Hollywood has ever seen (giving “Anton Chigurh” a run for his money)
2) Mid-Way plot twist
3) 149 minutes long but gripping.
4) Non-linear narration.
5) Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Nick Dunne: Come home, Amy. I dare you.”

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Spectre (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Christoph Waltz as Blofeld
2) SPECTRE meeting in Rome: the return of a classic villain
3) Bond torture scene
4) Aston Martin: Rome chase
5) Train fight with Dave Bautista
6) Culminating Craig’s series of films together with an overarching story-line.

 

Cons –
1) No epic boss fight; Blofeld without any backup plans.
2) Bond meets Blofeld without any legwork and escapes conveniently.
3) mediocre opening scene before credit.
4) “Writing’s on the Wall”

 

Quote –
Blofeld: [to Bond] Cuckoo!

Bridge of Spies (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Wide-Angle shots
2) Final “Glienicke Bridge” scene

 

Cons –
1) Predictable twist and thrills
2) Steven Spielberg: another “assembly-line” period drama; Oscar bait
3) Weak supporting cast
4) Too long

 

Quote –
“Stoikiy muzhik”

Memories of Murder (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Cinematography – it’s a bible for people who are learning cinematography.
2) Elements of  black comedy
3) Though the climax is ambiguous, the movie is gripping unlike Fincher’s criminally long “Zodiac“.
4) Chase sequence

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Detective Park Doo-Man: It’s said, Korean detectives investigate with their feet.”

The Lobster (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Background score
2) Body-horror factor
3) Vigorously romantic
4) Cinematography
5) Supporting cast
6) An uncanny analogy with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Léa Seydoux/Nurse Ratched, Blind lover/ lobotomy, final escape)

 

Cons –
1) Ambiguous climax
2) I watched it as a sci-fi fan completely ignoring the subtle social satire.

 

Quote –
“Hotel Manager : What does the photograph show?
Lisping Man : A naked woman on a horse in the country
Hotel Manager : If I were in your shoes I would not be
ogling the naked woman but the horse”

The Abominable Bride (2016)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –

1) The Victorian Version of the episode.The Strand.
2) Benedict Cumberbatch uncanny resemblance to Jeremy Brett : The definitive Holmes
3) The first half of the episode.
4) Going back & forth in the two eras.

Cons –

1) The Suffragettes twist
2) Annoying Climax & needless twists covered by drug hallucinations.
3) 2 story-lines and no conclusion.
4) It was supposed to be a “One-shot” “Elseworlds” story.

Quote –

“Moriarty: Dead is the new sexy.”