The Invisible Man (2020)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Slow first-half however ominous.
2) It’s not a horror movie but the jumpscares worked.

 

CONS –
1) Weak supporting cast including that of Adrian Griffin, the mad-scientist.
2) Elisabeth Moss is getting seriously type-casted in her perennial victim roles.

 

QUOTE –
Cecilia: I used to feel sorry for you. The blood relative of a narcissist sociopath. Permanent punching bag. Handcuffed to his wallet. But now…I can see you for what you really are. You’re just the jellyfish version of him. Everything but the spine.

Good Boys (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A companion movie to Superbad (2007). The “tweenager” version from Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen.
2) Max’s parents sex-toys running gag.
3) Out of three child actors, Keith L. Williams as Lucas impresses the most.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Max: She’s a nymphomaniac
Lucas: She likes to start fires?

1917 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A cinematic triumph by Sam Mendes. The entire movie appears as one long shot without any cuts.
2) Best Cinematography award confirmed for Roger Deakins for the second time. Not since Birdman (2014), we have watched such wonder.
3) The movie is mainly a one-man show by George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield meeting characters along the way of his mission.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“General Erinmore: Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

The Nude Bomb (1980)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Quite impressive set designs and production value for a spoof-movie.

 

CONS –
1) Better watch any Naked Gun movie starring Leslie Nielsen.

 
QUOTE –
Norman Saint-Sauvage: You’re a strange man, Mr. Smart.
Maxwell Smart: I’m strange?! Listen, fella. Anyone that runs around with pantyhose over their head and tries to make the whole world nude, that’s strange.

Spotlight (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Geat ensemble of actors.

 

CONS –
1) The original story of the investigative journalist “Spotlight” team covering the sex abuse scandal is bigger than the movie.
2) Mark Ruffalo is playing the lead of the Spotlight team but his performance as the eccentric investigative reporter is absolutely annoying.

 

QUOTE –
Mitchell Garabedian: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

Death on the Nile (1978)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) All the heavy-lifting is mainly done by Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. He’s truly an actor’s actor.
2) The movie came into life after the 3rd murder.
3) Another Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery with a pan-European ensemble.
4) The scene at Temple of Amun with all the possible future suspects got to be the best scene of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Quite a generic whodunit plot very similar to Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

 

QUOTE –
Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”

Love Actually (2003)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) A feel-good romantic montage – narrated in the prologue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the epilogue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with a strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.