The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Music – not great but at least they tried
2) The Surprise odd couple – Samuel L. Jackson & Salma Hayek
3) Gary Oldman as Dukhovich – unrecognizable !

 

Cons –

 

1) A similar comic theme like last years’ under-rated The Nice Guys – but this movie is burdened with a cliched plot.
2) Generic potboiler – One-time watch only.

 

 

Quote –

 

Michael Bryce: This guy single-handedly ruined the word motherfucker.

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Game of Thrones (Season 7)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Olenna’s badass confession.
2) Bronn almost killing Drogon.
3) Bran & Arya’s return to Winterfell.
4) Suicide mission beyond the wall led by Jon Snow. Beric & Thoros fighting wights with flaming swords was truly amazing.
5) Uncle Benjen’s 2nd rescue beyond the wall. Under-rated character deserves a big spin-off.

 

Cons –

 

1) Way too fast as compared to past 6 seasons.
2) Too many online theories corrupted the show for us.We are ourselves to blame.
3) Unnecessary obligatory sex-scenes

 

 

Quote –

 

Sansa : “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies,but the pack survives.”

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A fitting conclusion with intersecting time-lines and rich back-story
2) The “other world” of Insidious universe got an uncanny similitude to Stranger Things’ “inside-out”.
3) Final cliffhanger with Lin Shaye means James Wan got few more cards under his sleeves

 

Cons –

 

1) A horror story always lose it’s shine when the story unfolds and viewers start to connect the dots.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Elise Rainier: In my line of work things tend to happen when it gets dark.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Agatha Christie’s story remains the backbone of this movie.
2) Huge ensemble cast.
3) Ingrid Bergman as Greta Ohlsson – her broken English and timid character is first-rate.

 

Cons –

 

1) Hercule Poirot will remain the most annoying character ever created in English literature and Albert Finney can’t do anything to fix it.

 

 

Quote –

 

Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading “Love’s Captive,” by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it’s about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.

Network (1976)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A true prequel to Fight Club, a strong satire with timeless characters way way ahead of it’s time
2) Monologues. 3 monologues from Mad Prophet, 1 from Jensen, 2 from Schumacher, 2 from Diana.Apart from mad prophetic rant from Beale, Jensen blunt acceptance was top notch – “We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale.”
3) Must give credit to Paddy Chayefsky for the Original Screenplay.
4) Faye Dunaway as Diana Christensen – A ruthless corporate mad about ratings.
5) Strong supporting cast.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

“I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

The General (1926)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Buster Keaton’s epic masterpiece. Highly influential.
2) Greatest movie stars with expertise in physical comedy from past 100 years – Buster Keaton with Gene Kelly and Jackie Chan will top the list.
3) Real dangerous stunts, high production value and minimum title cards.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Recruiter: Occupation?
Johnnie Gray: Soldier!

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A must watch for moviegoers to know why Katharine Hepburn is the greatest female star.60 year old Hepburn playing Queen Eleanor opposite to 25 years younger Peter O’Toole.
2) The realistic approach by director showing the king Henry II ruling a palace which looks like a cow-shed.
3) The whole movie is filled with witty one-liners.
4) The chemistry of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown as an epitome of love-hate relationship of a power-couple.
5) Probably one of the greatest Christmas film where Christmas is the not the central theme like Die Hard.

 

Cons –

 

1) 134 minute running time will make this historical drama tedious.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Henry II: It’s heavy… Oh Eleanor, you’ve brought me my tombstone! You spoil me!