Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Beggar So : family introduction
2) Hwang Jang Lee as Rubber Legs : and the Drunk Mantis music
3) The Grand Duel : Beggar So Vs Rubber Legs
4) Revelation of a astonishing mythology : “Books, Magic, Sickness and Wine”
5) Linda Lin Ying as Beggar So’s wife

Cons –

1) Yuen Shun-yee as Foggy

Quote –

“He’s like a dragon – he exists, but no one knows where.”

Ip Man 3 (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –

1) Zhang Jin as Cheung Tin-chi the jinrikisha puller

Cons –

1) Lacking a good story or the emotional factor
2) Dying Wife angle
3) Tyson’s bad acting
4) No epic / worth remembering fight sequences
5) No antagonist
6) Bruce Lee’s angle wasted ; poorly written

Quote –

“Nothing is more important than being around your loved ones.”

The Big Short (2015)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –

1) For those who missed the documentary (Inside Job)

Cons –

1) Everyone is “all-over-the-place”. Too much over-acting or over-reacting.
2) pseudo-documentary

Quote –

Ben Rickert: Do you realize what you just did? You just bet against the American economy.

Inside Job (2010)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

Pros –

1) Exposing the fact that Top Financial Services CEOs are nothing but crime bosses without gun.
2) “It’s a Wallstreet Govt.”
3) Dangerous incentives lead to the crisis : Incentive structures generated huge cash bonuses based on short-term profits, but imposed no penalties for later losses.These incentives encouraged bankers to take risks that might eventually destroy their own firms, or even the entire financial system.

Cons –

1) Complicated for someone with less knowledge of market/banking and jargons. A second viewing is required.
2) Michael Moore ruined it for everyone.

Quote –

Andrew Sheng: Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer build bridges. A financial engineer build dreams. And, you know, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren ; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth ; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

Cons –

1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen : wasted

Quote –

John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth:No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash (2016)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –

1) Thoroughly entertaining
2) LEGO humor
3) Funny but tight screenplay ; better than many live-action films.

Cons –

n/a

Quote –

Cyborg : Guys, Good luck !
Batman : I don’t believe in luck.
Cyborg : What do you believe in ?
Batman : Batman !