Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Some great Rated-R cyborg battle sequences. Always exciting to watch some good cyberpunk actions.
2) The Hunter-Warriors: Zapan, McTeague, Master Clive Lee, etc.
3) A sequel looks promising with Edward Norton as Nova

 

CONS –
1) The romantic sub-plot with Hugo was slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Alita: I do not standby in the presence of evil!

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) As funny as the prequel. A new plot for the sequel instead of recycling the same story.
2) Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia is as impressive as before. Kevin Spacey prison visits were hilarious.
3) The wobbling trio of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day ensures the audiences will get their money’s worth.
4) A good supporting cast including Christoph Waltz & Jonathan Banks. Chris Pine as Rex surprises in his comedic role. Jamie Foxx as MF Jones returns for one hell of a police car chase

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Bert Hanson: I hate to break it to you, but the American dream is made in China.

Carnage (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) It’s a stage-play. Even with cuts and editing, this 80 minutes comedy-drama looks like a play.
2) Characters gradually dropping the facade. Except for Christoph Waltz’s character, all 3 characters were pretending to be someone else at the beginning of the film and as the film progresses the true self emerges.

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Alan Cowan: Penelope, I believe in the god of carnage. The god whose rule’s been unchallenged since time immemorial.

Downsizing (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Great Sci-Fi concept. Hoping to see this concept in some sci-fi action thriller.
2) First 1 hr of the movie.

 

 

Cons –
1) The movie started as a comedy sci-fi with huge potential but ended up being a socio-environmental documentary with an unnecessary romantic subplot.
2) I watched this movie for one reason: Alexander Payne, but the movie disappoints with its weird 3rd act and 135 minutes duration.

 

 

Quote –
Dusan Mirkovic: Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I’m a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise, where would shit go out.

Spectre (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Christoph Waltz as Blofeld
2) SPECTRE meeting in Rome: the return of a classic villain
3) Bond torture scene
4) Aston Martin: Rome chase
5) Train fight with Dave Bautista
6) Culminating Craig’s series of films together with an overarching story-line.

 

Cons –
1) No epic boss fight; Blofeld without any backup plans.
2) Bond meets Blofeld without any legwork and escapes conveniently.
3) mediocre opening scene before credit.
4) “Writing’s on the Wall”

 

Quote –
Blofeld: [to Bond] Cuckoo!