Spring (2019)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 

 


PROS –
1) The mythology of spring explained in seven minutes.
2) Andy Goralczyk achieved something impactful in a 7 minutes shorts without dialogues that Disney can’t achieve in a 2-hrs long feature film.
3) The music along with foley sound effects enhances the entire experience.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
N/A

Hulk Vs Wolverine (2009)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 


PROS –
1) Canadian govt. employs Wolverine to hunt down Hulk causing havoc. He is able to track down Hulk only to realize that it was all a set-up by the Professor [along with Deadpool, Omega Red, Sabretooth, and Lady Deathstrike] to use Hulk and Wolverine in the Weapon X Program.
2) Quality animation and great action sequences, unlike lengthy and boring fight scene in DC Animated Universe.
3) The images used during the end-credits from the various comics rather than images from the animated movie.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Omega Red: We kill Wolverine now. That is all that matters.
Deadpool: Whatever you say, ponytail. Who am I to say no to a little murder?

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.

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.

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.

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 
PROS –
1) A frozen in time Lex Luthor returns from the 31st century with the help of Time Trapper and sends Baby Kal-El back to space, thus eliminating the entire Justice League.
2) The central characters of this movie are 2 teenage superheroes-in-training from the future, Dawnstar and Karate Kid. Time Trapper with the Eternity Glass is one strong villain with time-altering powers.
3) The 52-minute run-time is a charm. The climax also gives a Planet of the Apes (1968) kind of twist.

 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Super-Man: Time Trapper, time’s up!

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 

 
PROS –
1) In a post-apocalyptic world filled with poisonous forest swarming with giant mutant insects, two kingdom fight for a “Giant Warrior“, while the main protagonist Princess Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind tries to find a way for giant insects and humans to co-exist.
2) Hayao Miyazaki’s mesmerizing world of creatures with magical powers, and mankind with steampunk technology.
3) An epic storyline heightened by great animation.
4) The prophetic glider-riding hero of the story, Nausicaä herself is a giant character.
5) Nausicaä opening theme – Kaze no Tani no Naushika.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Nausicaä: You must not burn down the toxic jungle! You should have left the giant warrior beneath the earth!… Asbel, tell them how the jungle evolved and how the insects are guarding it so we won’t pollute the earth again. Asbel, please!

Coco (2017)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 

 
PROS –
1) A wannabe musician boy’s accidental adventure to the Land Of The Dead where he discovers his family’s past.
2) The movie reaffirms the importance of Día de Muertos & the significance of family ofrenda in Mexican culture.
3) Quality animation & vividly colorful cinematography. The biggest asset of the movie is its rich storyline with various twists and turns. One of the best Pixar film since Up (2009), and best Disney animated movie since Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
4) “Remember Me” – The context of the song in the movie is better than the song itself.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
“When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you…you disappear from this world. We call it the final death.”

Toy Story (1995)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 
PROS –
1) Adventure of toys who pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans. Disney struck the gold-mine with this story.
2) Great characters and great voice-actors.
3) Final rescue adventure with the rocket.

 

 

CONS –
1) Computer-animated movies cannot match traditionally animated movies. Even by 1995 standard, the 3-D animation is poor.

 

 

QUOTE –
Buzz: To infinity, and beyond!

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

 
PROS –
1) A poor boy named Arthur who will the future king of England. The movie is mainly highlighting his adventure with Merlin, the wizard.
2) Merlin vs Madam Mim.
3) The entire bit with squirrels.

 

 

CONS –
1) Walt Disney’s presentation for a specific audience.

 

 
QUOTE –
Arthur: Merlin, look! I’m a squire!
Merlin: Yes, indeed. A fine monkey suit for polishing boots.