Batman & Bill (2017)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Marc Tyler Nobleman quest for the justice for the man who created possibly the greatest comic character of all time. A documentary 10 years in the making.
2) The motion comic effect used gives the documentary astounding authenticity.
3) The fulfilling climactic scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) where Bill Finger got his due credit.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“There are so many fans who clamber for justice for the creators. I think in the end it takes more than this amorphous mass of fans. There has to be one person who steps up and leads the charge.”

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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) The horrors of War in those trenches. Definitive First World War documentary.
2) This documentary is a triumph, an homage to the greatest generation of Britain. A story much needed to be told.
3) Initial 25 minutes in Black&White, snapping to colour the moment the troops landed the battlefields and switching back to Black&White once the war ends.
4) The intense close combat sequence narrated by soldiers with the first-hand experience through “The War Illustrated” magazine.
5) End credits: “Mademoiselle from Armentières”

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
When I went back to work after I got released from army, I went down the store the bloke on the counter he said where have you been ?

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The 18 inch Stonehenge megalith with dwarves dancing around – side-splittingly funny!
2) Smell the Glove black cover
3) Death of drummers under bizarre circumstances.
4) The scene where the band members are lost backstage.
5) Rob Reiner as Marty Di Bergi – stone face comedy

 

Cons –
1) 82 minutes long SNL skit

 

Quote –
“Money talks, and bullshit walks.”

Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/3

 

Pros –
1) Finally – a stand-up act from Jerry Seinfeld
2) Climactic end footage with Johnny Carson

 

Cons –
1) 75 % Old material – was expecting lots of new internet age jokes (e.g. Uber joke)

 

Quote –
“I was either eating 100% sugar, or airborne.”

Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Story of one of the greatest king-maker in modern day USA.A must watch for a political science student.
2) The step by step timeline run up the the 2016 campaign.
3) Stone’s rules

 

Cons –

 

1) Plane narrative. No juicy event-montage with a classic number in the background.

 

Quote –

 

“Politics is show business for ugly people.”

Inside Job (2010)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –
1) Exposing the fact that Top Financial Services CEOs are nothing but crime bosses without the gun.
2) “It’s a Wallstreet Govt.”
3) Dangerous incentives lead to the crisis: Incentive structures generated huge cash bonuses based on short-term profits but imposed no penalties for later losses. These incentives encouraged bankers to take risks that might eventually destroy their own firms or even the entire financial system.

 

Cons –
1) Complicated for someone with less knowledge of market/banking and jargons. A second viewing is required.
2) Michael Moore ruined it for everyone.

 

Quote –
Andrew Sheng: Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer builds bridges. A financial engineer builds dreams. And, you know, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it.