Body of Lies (2008)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A spy-thriller set in the middle-east where relations between a ground CIA operative and his superior are strained over differences in their approaches to track down the head of a terrorist group.
2) In the towering presence of Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, the applause goes to Mark Strong’s convincing performance as head of the Jordanian Intelligence, Hani Pasha.
3) Alexander Witt’s cinematography is praiseworthy.
4) Russell Crowe’s opening monologue summarizes his character.

 

 


CONS –
1) It’s a boring spy-thriller with a generic plot where on one hand we have a cold-hearted no-nonsense CIA boss and on the other hand, we got an emotional CIA ground operative tired of the travesties of war.
2) After spending more than 2 hours in the movie, the output is close to nothing.

 

 


QUOTE –
Our enemy has realized that they are fighting guys from the future. Now, ahem, it is as brilliant as it is infuriating. If you live like it’s the past, and you behave like it’s the past then guys from the future find it very hard to see you. If you throw away your cell phone, shut down your e-mail pass all your instructions face-to-face, hand-to-hand turn your back on technology, and just disappear into the crowd No flags. No uniforms. You got your basic grunts on the ground there. They’re looking going, “Who is it we’re fighting?” In a situation like this, your friends dress just like your enemies and your enemies dress like your friends. What I need you to fully understand is that these people, they do not wanna negotiate. Not at all. They want the universal caliphate established across the face of the Earth and they want every infidel converted or dead.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Sherlock Holmes foils Professor Moriarty‘s grand plan to instigate a world war among European countries by assassinating one of the ambassadors in a peace summit in Switzerland.
2) The action cinematography makes this movie worth watching. Even a mediocre story is elevated with slow-motion fight sequences and bullet-time scenes.
3) The movie can be deconstructed into major action scenes. The Watson’s bachelor party; Shootout On The Train; Arms-factory scene; Forest Chase Scene, and the climactic chess scene over Reichenbach Falls.
4) Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes was a treat.

 

 


CONS –
1) The entire sub-plot with Noomi Rapace finding her brother was a drag.

 

 

QUOTE –
Professor Moriarty: You see, hidden within the unconscious, there is an insatiable desire for conflict. So, you’re not fighting me, so much as you are the human condition. All I want to do is own the bullets and the bandages.

Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A prisoner lures two sons of U.S. Marshal Cahill to rob a bank in his absence. In an unusual heist, the robbers return to the prison while the money is hidden by the young kid. Now the robbers want their share while the marshal is tracking the perpetrators with his Indian partner Lightfoot.
2) A unique John Wayne western, focussing on the relationship between him being a law enforcer, and his two disgruntled sons.

 

 


CONS –
1) A mediocre and forgettable John Wayne film.

 

 


QUOTE –
J.D. Cahill: I thought an Indian didn’t show pain.Especially a bona fide Comanche war chief.
Lightfoot: Who in the hell ever told you that a damn white man?

Mad Max (1979)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) In a dystopian Australia, Max Rockatansky is a top pursuit man of highway patrol unit. The roads are terrorized by a crazy biker gang led by their psychopathic leader called Toecutter. Max took matters in his own hands after his family is attacked by the gang.
2) The violence and gore level is astonishing for a 1979 movie. An instant cult for that generation.
3) High octane chase and crash sequences.

 

 

CONS –
N/A


QUOTE –
Toecutter: That there is Cundalini… and Cundalini wants his hand back!

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

 


PROS –
1) Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman quest to planet Apokolips to bring back Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl abducted and brainwashed by Darkseid.
2) Andre Braugher’s voice as Darkseid is quite effortless.


CONS –
1) Mediocre animation quality.
2) Forgettable Supergirl origin movie.

 

 


QUOTE –
Superman: Her name is Kara Zor-El, from Krypton. She’s my cousin.
Batman: You’re cousin just torched $50,000 worth of custom hardware.
Superman: Send me the bill.
Batman: On a reporter’s salary, right.

The Client (1994)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A 11-yr old street-smart kid witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer. Before the lawyer killed himself he gave sensitive information to the kid for which now he’s wanted by the mafia as well a flamboyant US Attorney with political ambitions. The only person he can trust now is a female lawyer with a troubled past.
2) Brad Renfro as Mark Sway is the star of the movie. He doesn’t play a typical “scared witness” but rather a go-getter kid with a witty and confident attitude.
3) John Grisham’s story assures entertainment with legal knowledge. The screenplay is fast-paced and gripping.
4) Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon one-on-one against each other is the highlight of the movie.

 

 


CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Lawyer’s Secretary: Where are your parents?
Mark: Where are yours?
Lawyer’s Secretary: Are you even injured?
Mark: Do I look injured?
Lawyer’s Secretary: Well, we only do injuries.
Mark: Well, I’ll just go get hit by a truck and come back.

Batman: Year One (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 

 


PROS –
1) A flawless and faithful adaptation of Frank Miller’s story which recounts Jim Gordon‘s first year in Gotham City, and Batman’s first year as a crime-fighter.
2) The animation quality did justice to the story. Bryan Cranston’s voice acting as Jim Gordon is cherry on top.
3) The screenplay is almost scene to scene from it’s original comic-book source.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Batman: Twelve years. And the ache is still fresh. Like a raw angry nerve. But this isn’t about healing. I’m not looking for closure.

Under Siege (1992)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An ex-CIA operative goes rogue and seize control of a U.S. battleship. Now, an ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can save the ship’s company and stop the terrorist from selling the ship’s nuclear-tipped Tomahawks to North Korea.
2) Tommy Lee Jones’ performance as the wacky villain compensates for Steven Seagal’s stone-faced acting.
3) It’s an obligatory must-watch 90s action movie with great entertainment.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Strannix: Meet at the bird cage as planned, Roadrunner, out!
Krill: You’re the roadrunner?
Strannix: Yeah, never been caught. Mee-meep.

In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5


PROS –
1) An insurance investigator is hired by a publishing house to investigate the disappearance of popular (and eccentric) horror novelist, Sutter Cane, and recover the manuscript for Cane’s final novel. The search led him to Hobb’s End, the fictional setting for many of Cane’s works.
2) A meta-horror movie where the book central character finally realizes that he was a character in the book all along.
3) Another John Carpenter homage to H. P. Lovecraft.


CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“The thing I can’t remember is what came first. Us or the book.”

Batman: Hush (2019)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 

PROS –
1) Riddler uses the Lazarus Pit to cure his inoperable brain tumor and learn Batman’s secret identity. He assumes the secret identity of Hush to take revenge from fellow villains for disrespecting him and obliged all major Batman villain to destroy him.
2) Superman’s extended cameo.
3) The Bruce Wayne- Selina Kyle romantic angle was fully explored as per the comic-book.


CONS –
1) Although it’s a well-made feature-length Batman movie, it’s an underwhelming adaptation of the original source.
2) The strongest aspect of Batman : Hush comic book is it’s art by Jim Lee. Unfortunately, the art quality in this animated version is substandard.

 

 

QUOTE –
Catwoman: You and your goddamn code. And you’ll die because of it, you know this, right? Will that make it all better?
Batman: Without a code, I’m no better than them.