Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

PROS –
1) A unique movie combining elements of various genres into one story.
2) Great synth soundtrack by John Carpenter.
3) A fun watch action comedy with superior CGI and memorable characters. A sure shot crowd favorite.
4) Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, an over-confident loud-mouthed truck driver.

 

CONS –
1) Weak primary plot.

 

QUOTE –
Jack Burton: Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Story of Le Mans ’66 chronicling the heroics of Ford Motor Company led by Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles.
2) Tragic to know how corporate narrow mindedness cost Ken Miles the racing triple crown.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a one-time watch generic sports drama with predictable twists and turns.
2) After Logan (2017), we’re expecting something bigger from James Mangold.

 
QUOTE –
Carroll Shelby: There’s a point at 7,000 RPM… where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. Just disappears. And all that’s left is a body moving through space and time. 7,000 RPM. That’s where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up on you, close in your ear. Asks you a question. The only question that matters. Who are you?

Southern Comfort (1981)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary paranoia thriller with 9 National Guards running for their lives when the tables are turned.
2) The bayou; the swamps; the entire background of this in-house-Vietnam movie is exasperating.
3) The unsettling dialogue-less climax with the last 2 remaining soldiers trying to escape the Cajuns.
4) Parlez Nous à Boire

 
CONS –
1) A weak cast but still a strong movie.

 
QUOTE –
Sgt. Casper: There’s supposed to be a river here.
Spencer: Them ecology boys must’ve moved it.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Mel Brooks classic horror-comedy in all its glory.
2) The blind man skit with Gene Hackman.
3) Marty Feldman as Igor deserves an Oscar for his role.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

Ad Astra (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The nothingness and emptiness of the space observed by a mad astronaut and his son; both fighting their solitude.
2) The breathtaking LRV chase sequence got to be one of the highlights of this movie.
3) Colonies on Moon and Mars, space baboons, etc. This sci-fi universe has some promising sub-plots.

 

CONS –
1) It appears like a wannabe Interstellar (2014) with a gloomy vibe throughout the movie.

 
QUOTE –
I am looking forward to the day my solitude ends. And I’m home.

The Fountain (2006)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Hugh Jackman – versatile actor proving his knack once again
2) The final tree of life sequence
3) The one sequence where Hugh’s character is lost in his thought while crossing the street and audiences can hear only his footsteps.

 

CONS –
1) The audiences will not waste their time to decipher this boring and philosophical movie with a non-linear storyline.

 

QUOTE–
Isabel: For every shadow, no matter how deep, is threatened by morning light.

Avatar (2009)

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

 

VERDICT  – 2/5

 

PROS  –
1) The epic final battle scene
2) It’s a landmark movie for the special effects used. Visually spectacular.

 

CONS  –
1) The most generic story ever written. Boring and predictable plot laden with stereotype characters.
2) If you replace Pandora with Africa, it’ll save 3 hrs. of our lives. It’s Dances with Wolves (1990) in space.
3) James Cameron is wasting the rest of his talented life making 4 sequels of this crappy movie.

 
QUOTE  –
Jake Sully: Everything is backward now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream.