Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

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Logan Lucky (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Soderbergh returns to his favorite genre with Hillbilly characters.
2) Prison riot scene with “Game Of Thrones” reference.
3) Dwight Yoakam as Warden Burns
4) Movie is fast paced and genuinely funny even with a well-known plot
5) Daniel Craig as Joe Bang explaining the chemical equation to the Logans about his plastic bag explosive

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

Joe Bang: Is it 20 or is it 30 ?… We are dealing with science here!

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!

Quantum of Solace (2008)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A much-awaited sequel.
2) Bolivia
3) Aston Martin car chase around Lake Garda ; Siena Chase

Cons –
1) Dominic Greene as the main villain
2) Eco Hotel, Atacama Desert climactic battle : mediocre

 

Quote –
“James Bond: I don’t think the dead care about vengeance.”

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Opening Credit from the Columbia Logo through “Immigrant Song”
2) Rooney Mara attire and appearance.
3) Thriller set in a cold weather (reminds of Polanski’s Ghost Writer)
4) The rape-revenge scene
5) Chris Plummer’s screen presence
6) 2.30 hrs long but still gripping. David Fincher had set the bar too high for any sequel.
7) Daniel Craig’s first role where his acting beat his Bond persona.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Lisbeth Salander: Do you doubt anything I’ve said? Do you doubt what’s in the reports that have followed me around all my life? What do they say, if you had to sum it up? They say I’m insane.