Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) BEST.MONSTER.MOVIE.EVER.MADE.
2) Even better than Pacific Rim (2013) which followed similar action sequences of giant monster fighting.
3)Full body view of fight, unlike the disaster Godzilla (2014) which was only showing glimpses of fight with silly sub-plots.
4) 70s set up with 70s music
5) Kong in action within 30 minutes into the movie without wasting any time on built up.
6) Movie is not just about Kong but also includes other giants monster on the island.End credits with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Preston Packard: Remember the tale of Icarus, whose father gave him wax wings to fly. But he flew too close to the sun, and his wings melted, and he fell into the sea. But our wings are not made of wax, but Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

Better Call Saul (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The show can be called “Better Call Mike”
2) With the presence a major chunk of Breaking Bad Characters – the show is at times better than it’s predecessor.
3) Slow paced and still riveting
4) Courtroom drama

 

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is more or less at the same place after 10 more episodes
2) Mediocre finale

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Gus Fring: Would you care to know why I stopped you from killing Hector?
Mike Ehrmantraut: Like you said, it wasn’t in your interest.
Gus Fring: A bullet to the head would have been far too humane.

American Gods (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The core concept of “belief” is fascinating.
2) Too much built up in first season generating wild anticipation for the second season.
3) Intro of old gods before opening credits
4) Episode 7 is Emmy worthy

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Mr. Nancy: Let me tell you a story. “Once upon a time, a man got fucked.”

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!

The Jerk (1979)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –

 

1) Rudimentary version of Forrest Gump
2) M. Emmet Walsh as The Yellow-Page-Serial-Killer

 

Cons –

 

1) Average screenplay ; very few moments of laugh
2) Weak supporting cast

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Sniper: EVERYDAY RANDOM SON OF A BITCH! TAKE THAT YOU RUN OF THE MILL BASTARD! DIE GAS PUMPER!

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Movie poster

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The “One Arm” running gag with Crispin Glover

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Back To The Future rip-off
2) No chemistry between actors. It would have been a better film with the “frat pack”.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Lou: If that guy doesn’t lose his arm soon, I’m gonna fucking take it from him myself.