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 –
“The only thing that really did annoy me was, when I went back to work after I’d got demobilised, I went down the stores, and the bloke behind the counter was a bloke who I knew. He said, “Where have you been ? On nights ?”

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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
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Story of one of the greatest king-maker in the modern-day USA. A must watch for a political science student.
2) The step by step timeline run up 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.”

Where to Invade Next (2015)

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

VERDICT – 3/4

 

PROS –
1) Good Watch and very informative
2) Berlin Wall reference
3) Covered many social issues : Labor rights / education policy / Work-life balance / drug policy / Prison policy / Women rights
4) Revealing how all these ideas originated from the USA
5) Post-Credit Scene: Hammer.Chisel.Down

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“I read an interesting article about the average time an American spends watching the Kardashian show. Why do you spend your time for this? You invented the most powerful weapon in the world–it’s Internet, guys. Use it the right way.”

When We Were Kings (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) One of the best sporting documentaries ever made.
2) Ali monologues
3) Black pride
4) Mobutu’s instrumental role for making “Rumble in the Jungle” a reality.

 

Cons –
n/a

Quote –
Ali: I want the man. When I get to Africa we gonna get it on because we don’t get along.I don’t like him, he talks too much.

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.

The Imposter (2012)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) One hell of a thriller.
2) The Family-Murderer Twist
3) Frédéric Bourdin – Tricked the family and eventually the audience.
4) Cinematography
5) Bart Layton – The Director
6) The unsolved mystery

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
“They killed him.Some of them did it.Some of them knew of it.Some of them choose to ignore it.”