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 : return of 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 leg work ; 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”

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.”