Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

 


PROS –
1) Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman quest to planet Apokolips to bring back Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl abducted and brainwashed by Darkseid.
2) Andre Braugher’s voice as Darkseid is quite effortless.


CONS –
1) Mediocre animation quality.
2) Forgettable Supergirl origin movie.

 

 


QUOTE –
Superman: Her name is Kara Zor-El, from Krypton. She’s my cousin.
Batman: You’re cousin just torched $50,000 worth of custom hardware.
Superman: Send me the bill.
Batman: On a reporter’s salary, right.

Red Heat (1988)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A Russian cop arrives in Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country. He partners with his Chicago police counterpart to track down his enemy.
2) The most fascinating character is definitely Brent Jennings as the blind prisoner Abdul Elijah.

 

 


CONS –
1) A generic one time watch, forgettable buddy-cop movie. Walter Hill’s failed attempt to recreate 48 Hrs. (1982)
2) Arnold’s character is more robotic and expressionless than T-800. Jim Belushi’s character is supposed to be funny but it’s not.

 

 


QUOTE –
Abdul Elijah: Revolutionary political leaders like myself are incarcerated to keep us quiet.
Ivan Danko: What is your political crime?
Abdul Elijah: I robbed a bank.

The Gentlemen (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A cannabis baron [Mickey] decides to sell-off his empire to a billionaire for $400 million. The billionaire plans to lower down the offer by disclosing one of the locations of Mickey’s operation. This starts a chain of action involving a Russian oligarch, a Chinese gangster, a tabloid editor, a private investigator, and a street gang led by “Coach“.
2) Guy Ritchie in all it’s glory with a Tarantinoesque non-linear screenplay.
3) Opening credit song : David Rawlings – Cumberland Gap, and El Michels Affair – Shimmy Shimmy Ya
4) Excellent casting. Colin Farrell’s character Coach deserves his own spin-off movie.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Mickey Pearson: There’s only one rule in the jungle: when the lion’s hungry, he eats!

Indecent Proposal (1993)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young couple’s relation is turned upside down after a billionaire offers one million dollars to them for one night with the wife.
2) Robert Redford plays the suave billionaire John Gage, who believes everything’s for sale in this world for a price.
3) Scintillating Demi Moore in her prime.

 

 

CONS –
1) While the first act is fast and rich, the remaining movie is a formulaic sappy drama without any interesting outcome.

 

 


QUOTE –
Diana: Someone once said, if you want something very badly, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t, it was never yours to begin with.

The Client (1994)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A 11-yr old street-smart kid witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer. Before the lawyer killed himself he gave sensitive information to the kid for which now he’s wanted by the mafia as well a flamboyant US Attorney with political ambitions. The only person he can trust now is a female lawyer with a troubled past.
2) Brad Renfro as Mark Sway is the star of the movie. He doesn’t play a typical “scared witness” but rather a go-getter kid with a witty and confident attitude.
3) John Grisham’s story assures entertainment with legal knowledge. The screenplay is fast-paced and gripping.
4) Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon one-on-one against each other is the highlight of the movie.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Lawyer’s Secretary: Where are your parents?
Mark: Where are yours?
Lawyer’s Secretary: Are you even injured?
Mark: Do I look injured?
Lawyer’s Secretary: Well, we only do injuries.
Mark: Well, I’ll just go get hit by a truck and come back.

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Society in 2021 is controlled by large corporations and is suffering from an internet disease called “NAS“. Johnny Mnemonic is a “human flash drive” carrying information (cure for NSA) which exceeds his current memory capacity. Now he’s on the run to deliver the information before he’s killed by the overflow or the Yakuza.

 

 


CONS –
1) The screenplay is so boring and incoherent that it’ll put audiences to sleep. Even by 1995 standard, the CGI is pathetic.
2) Forgettable acting from all lead actors.

 

 


QUOTE –
Johnny Mnemonic: Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT’S where I’m supposed to be. Not down here with the dogs, and the garbage, and the fucking last month’s newspapers blowing *back* and *forth*. I’ve had it with them, I’ve had it with you, I’ve had it with ALL THIS – *I want ROOM SERVICE*!

Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) Sebastian Medina killed his adulteress wife and adulterer brother in his castle’s torture chamber. History is now repeating itself in the Medina family when his son Nicholas Medina is getting similar disloyalty from his wife and friend.
2) Top-notch macabre horror. Vincent Price’s performance single-handedly takes the movie to another level.
3) The plot-twist of Barbara Steele coming out of the tomb alive was unexpected. Her frightful eyes in the final horrifying scene being trapped in the iron maiden, is one blood-chilling climax.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Don Nicholas Medina: You are about to enter Hell, Bartolome, HELL!… The netherworld.The infernal region, The Abode of the Damned… The place of torment. Pandemonium. Abbadon. Tophet. Gehenna. Naraka. THE PIT!… And the pendulum.

Charley Varrick (1973)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A former stunt pilot with his wife, and an accomplice rob a rural bank in New Mexico. The heist is successful but he later realizes that the bank manager was secretly involved in money laundering operation and the money they robbed belongs to mafia. Now Charley Varrick need to outsmart the police as well as the mafia.
2) Walter Matthau’s performance as Charley Varrick was outstanding. Even the audiences will left surprised with his unexpected elaborate planning.
3) Main Theme by Lalo Schifrin.
4) A lesser known and underrated Don Siegel film.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 


QUOTE –
Molly: I don’t sleep with whores… at least, not knowingly.

Adventureland (2009)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young graduate with a literature degree starts to work part-time at a local amusement park. The premise is a workplace rom-com.
2) The 1980s soundtrack is the only good thing about this movie.

 

 


CONS –
1) A promising workplace comedy wasted by the director of Superbad (2007). All the boring and sappy sub-plot were highlighted while the most colorful characters played by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader were sidelined.
2) A pretentious movie without anything new to offer.

 

 


QUOTE –
Sue : What are you majoring in?
Joel: Russian literature and Slavic languages.
Sue : Oh wow, that’s pretty interesting. What career track is that?
Joel: Cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy. The world is my oyster.

The Social Dilemma (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 


PROS –
1) The film explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain.
2) The docudrama highlights the unfair advantage of the cabal of silicon valley social media platforms run by an army of techies with the help of AI against a human brain not meant to perceive or tackle this onslaught.

 

 


CONS –
1) Liberal cry-babies last attempt to influence the 2020 US Presidential Election. They still can’t get over the fact the Hillary was a weak candidate against Trump in the 2016 Election. The third act of the documentary is using classic scare tactics to potential voters conclusively implying that Russia extensively used Facebook to influence the 2016 Election.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Social media isn’t a tool that’s just waiting to be used. It has its own goals, and it has its own means of pursuing them by using your psychology against you.”