John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Great action scenes – continuing the legacy in the 3rd installment of John Wick.
2) Tuco gun trick by John Wick: a subtle homage to an iconic movie.
3) There is a strong element of cassette futurism throughout the high table: typewriters, rotary landline phones, switchboard operator, etc.
4) The movie series will be remembered for its exquisite lingo in the crime world: High table, Deconsecrated, Excommunicado, etc.
5) The return of the Bowery King in the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary Morocco subplot
2) John Wick is a lone wolf. The presence of Halle Berry as his side-kick in Morocco is annoying.

 
QUOTE –
Winston: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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Head of State (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Entire Bernie Mac’s campaign for the vice-president is the best part of this movie. The NATO bit was top notch.

 

CONS –
1) Terrible execution. It’s a 5-minutes worth of stand-up comedy act stretched for 95 minutes with little consequences.
2) Disappointing soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
Host: What about NATO?
Mitch: I never met Nato. I don’t talk about people behind their back.
Host: NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Mitch: I thought you were talking about this guy named Nato.
Host: But you have to know these things. You’re running for public office.
Mitch: Do you know Nato Jacobs? Do you know Nato Jacobs?
Host: I’m sorry, I haven’t met the gentleman.
Mitch: That’s what I said. You know nothing about Nato? I know nothing about NATO.

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?

Long Shot (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The only bearable scenes of the movie are between O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Seth Rogen.
2) Andy Serkis as Parker Wembley – unrecognizable in that makeup.

 
CONS –
1) While the complete movie was already ruined in the trailer, I decided to watch it anyway for the sake of Seth Rogen but the movie is a big bag of disappointment.

 
QUOTE –
Fred Flarsky: I’m a racist, you’re a Republican, I don’t know what the fuck’s going on.

The Driver (1978)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A definitive cult movie by Walter Hill.  The godfather of all modern car-racing games and numerous Hollywood heist movies like Driver (2011), Baby Driver (2017), etc.
2) All the characters are nameless. That’s how brave the director is.
3) High octane car chase scenes
4) Every major and minor character seems the central character of the movie including the Exchange Man.

 
CONS –
1) A kickass soundtrack is missing. What a shame!

 

 

QUOTE –
The Detective: I respect a man that’s good at what he does. I’ll tell you something, I’m very good at what I do.

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Some great Rated-R cyborg battle sequences. Always exciting to watch some good cyberpunk actions.
2) The Hunter-Warriors: Zapan, McTeague, Master Clive Lee, etc.
3) A sequel looks promising with Edward Norton as Nova

 

CONS –
1) The romantic sub-plot with Hugo was slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Alita: I do not standby in the presence of evil!

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A love story of a sociopath. I see shades of Marty (1955).
2) Unique soundtrack by Jon Brion including “Hands and Feet”.
3) Adam Sandler vs Philip Seymour Hoffman epic confrontation over the phone.
4) Exceptional cinematography by Robert Elswit

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Barry: I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.