Persepolis (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) This movie is a crash course on the Iranian Revolution
2) Black-and-white animation kept the feel of reading a graphic novel.
3) A great blend of historical facts from one person’s POV.
4) Emotional and funny at the same time.
5) The defiant character of Marjane’s grandmother.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Marjane: I remember I led a peaceful, uneventful life as a little girl. I loved fries with ketchup, Bruce Lee was my hero, I wore Adidas sneakers and had two obsessions: Shaving my legs one day and being the last prophet of the galaxy.

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Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Batman vs Shredder opening fist fight.
2) Bane ended up breaking his knee trying to do a “Batman: Knightfall” on Donatello.
3) End credits-roll with all Batman/TMNT crossover comic-book covers.

 

CONS –
1) Suitable only for younger audiences.

 

QUOTE –
Joker: Better listen to the bat, turtle boy. Take it from me. One reptile to another.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) An immortal classic novel adapted by Disney with an alternate and happy ending. Adapting a huge novel into a 90 minutes long musical animation is a triumph itself.
2) Frollo’s song “Hellfire“. Through this song, his entire character is summarised.
3) The primary theme of the movie remains racism and immigration.
4) Quality animation, fast screenplay, and apt soundtrack.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Quasimodo: SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!

Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/4

 
PROS –
1) Tharok, Persuader, and Mano – one helluva trio of super-villains

 
CONS –
1) A boring animation movie with Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern in the lead.

 
QUOTE –
Superman: You really kept your cool in a dangerous situation.. But next time, it’s okay to run.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 
PROS –
1) Adventure of a mad scientist with food where he’s saving the world from his own cataclysmic invention.
2) Andy Samberg as “Baby Brent” – the only voice-over artist putting an effort.

 
CONS –
1) Childish predictable plot with familiar stock characters.Nothing new to offer.
2) Mediocre animation quality

 

QUOTE –
Sam Sparks: You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you’ve never seen a shower “meatier” than this.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Visually one of the best super-hero movie. The third-act was psychedelic and trippy. The animation quality raised the bar too high for any future super-hero animation movie.
2) The plot follows King-Pin employing lady Doc Ock to resurrect his dead family by some particle collider. The experiment causes different versions of Spider-Man to appear in the same primary timeline. Out of all the dimensions, Peter B. Parker storyline and character was most interesting.
3) The Prowler is the Ebony Maw of this movie.
4) Sunflower (Post Malone and Swae Lee song)

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Stan: That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.