TRON (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Master Control Program (MCP), the faceless digital antagonist like HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), SkyNet from The Terminator (1984).
2) A sci-fi concept way ahead of its time.
3) Light Cycles and Recognizers.

 

CONS –
1) A super-concept like this deserves better CGI and better synth music.
2) The movie title should’ve been FLYNN instead of TRON.

 
QUOTE –
Dumont: All that is visible must grow beyond itself, and extend into the realm of the invisible.

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Robin Williams’ one-man show. Probably his best.
2) Opening radio monologue. In fact, every time Robin Williams is DJing is pure unbridled entertainment.
3) Great soundtrack.
4) Bruno Kirby as Lt. Steven Hauk, the constant killjoy. Not easy to play the heavy against crowd favorite.

 

CONS –
1) The entire anti-war sub-plot with Trinh & Tuan is absolutely boring.
2) Every time when Robin Williams is not on the screen, the movie is unbearable.

 
QUOTE –
Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn’t we keep the PC on the q.t., because if it leaks to the VC, he could end up an MIA, and then we’d all be put on KP.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Spider-Man inside the drone-driven illusion of Quentin Beck.
2) Good to see Nick Fury and Happy Hogan in light-hearted roles.
3) J. K. Simmons appearance as J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene. This was mind-blowing!

 

CONS –
1) One time watch MCU checklist.

 
QUOTE –
Quentin Beck: People… need to believe. And nowadays, they’ll believe anything.

The Lion King (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a carbon copy of the original with nothing new to offer. Completely avoidable.
2) The “photorealistic” version is, by all standards, inferior to the original.

 
QUOTE –
Simba: My father once told me: protect everything the light touches, if I don’t fight for it who will?

Frozen (2013)

Frozen

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Opening “Frozen Heart” Chain-gang song

 

CONS –
1) A movie made for children only.
2) Disney’s latest princess is as cliched as any other princess. Also the characters like the sidekick animal and the evil Duke etc. are equally annoying.
3) Second rate animation
4) Irritating comic-relief snowman

 

QUOTE –
“The cold never bothered me, anyway.”