Vice (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The transformation of Adam McKay from a full-fledged comedy director to political black comedy is remarkable.
2) The false end credits in the middle of the movie. It can’t get more audacious than that.
3) Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney gave her best performance to date.

 
CONS –
1) While the movie is indeed informative, it’s trivializing and simplifying history at the same time.

 
QUOTE –
Anonymous: Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.

The Big Short (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) For those who missed the documentary Inside Job (2010)

 

 

Cons –
1) Everyone is “all-over-the-place”. Too much over-acting or over-reacting.
2) Pseudo-documentary

 

 

Quote –
Ben Rickert: Do you realize what you just did? You just bet against the American economy.

The Machinist (2004)

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

 

Verdict – 4 /5

 

Pros –
1) Great screenplay/direction/cinematography of a mediocre story
2) Christian Bale’s physique transformation
3) Miller’s arm chopped scene
4) Route 666 scene
5) Police chase to metro sewer

 

Cons –
1) An ordinary story of a guilt-ridden character.

 

 

Quote –
Trevor Reznik: Right now I wanna sleep. I just want to sleep.”

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman – A wealthy insecure narcissistic investment banker living alternate lives of a high-class materialistic, and the other of a psycho killer begging to get caught.
2) Great ensemble of supporting actors
3) The line between fantasy and reality is quite blurred in this screenplay completed with an ambiguous climax.
4) John Cale’s soundtrack.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Patrick Bateman: I have to return some videotapes.