Baby Driver (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The character of a music-obsessed driven criminal.One scene in particular where he can’t get the stolen car started mid-way a police chase without getting the right song from radio-station.
2) Jamie Foxx as Bats – one step away from Anton Chigurh.
3) There are few Tarantino-esque moments of intense uncertainty and anticipation
4) Gunsmiths massacre scene where gunshots sync with music.

 

Cons –

 

1) 4 Years wait for an Edgar Wright movie and not worth it. Frustrating to see a director with huge potential wasting his talent on such story. While James Cameron is already wasting rest of his life in Avatar sequels it’s sad to see Edgar Wright do something similar.
2) Ansel Elgort as Baby … Why ?
3) The climax … Dream or reality ?

 

 

Quote –

 

Baby: You and I are a team.
Doc: Don’t feed me any more lines from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ It pisses me off!

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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.

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 Great Wall (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) “Tao-Ties” – A monster for future spin-off movies.
2) Action packed entertainment with high production value.

 
Cons –

 

1) Boss-fight – too mediocre for such huge built-up.

 
Quote –

 
“William : I’m alive today because I trust no one.”

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami : Central character and continues where she left last time.

 
Cons –

 

1) Slow 1st half ,rushed 2nd half and over the top climax.
2) 3 hrs running time and only 1 new character added (Kumara Varma)
3) Anushka Shetty as Devasena : Huge miscast for a under-developed character.

 

 

Quote –

 
“Aurat par haath daalne wale ki ungaliyaan nahin kaat tey, kaat tey hain toh gala”

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Birth of the stock-character. Copy book womanizer macho man.
2) 60’s counter-culture backdrop.
3) Tisha Sterling as Linny

 
Cons –

 

1) No action sequence worth remembering.
2) Petty antagonist

 
Quote –

 
Taxi driver: That’s $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Tell me, how may stores are there named Bloomingdales in this town?
Taxi driver: One, why?
Coogan: We passed it twice.
Taxi driver: It’s still $2.95, including the luggage.
Coogan: Yeah, well there’s $3.00, including the tip.

Léon: The Professional (1994)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One of the boldest love story on silver-screen
2) Definitive performance by Jean Reno & Natalie Portman
3) Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield – A cult character
4) Cinematography
5) Gun Action
6) The movie was summarized in the Gene Kelly scene from “I Like Myself” from “It’s Always Fair Weather

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Léon: You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots.