The Firm (1993)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A young lawyer, stuck in a shady law-firm, trying to regain his life while also ensuring not getting disbarred.
2) Watching a John Grisham movie guarantees getting a lot of free legal information.
3) Good supporting cast.

 
CONS –
1) 30 minutes too long.
2) Complex legal plot for the average moviegoers.

 
QUOTE –
Avery Tolar: Being a tax lawyer’s got nothing to do with the law. It’s a game. We teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich. The IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Huge ensemble but it’s a David Strathairn show – The defiant cigarette smoking broadcast journalist.

 

Cons –
1) It’s a documentary – if any movie is using prime elements of the plot from archive news footage, don’t sweat to call it a feature film.
2) Pretentious movie – lacking adrenaline of a newsroom.

 

Quote –
Edward R. Murrow: This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Well directed and kept the audience busy.
2) Music
3) The ensemble cast
4) Maggie Smith

 

Cons –
1) There is no story, just too many subplots around a wedding.
2) Dev Patel – looks like a 17 years old kid.

 

Quote –
Sonny Kapoor: Why die here… when I can die there!

Godzilla (2014)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Final Dual – Godzilla Vs. MUTO
2) Opening Credits
3) Full body shots of Godzilla (beats Transformers)
4) Reiterating and re-establishing Godzilla as the “King Of The Monsters”.

 

Cons –
1) Too much time wasted in built up. All peek-a-boo and blink-and-miss will only frustrate the audiences.
2) Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston wasted.
3) Worst Lead actors possible; bad casting.
4) Terrible “family-sub-plot”
5) As a summary, “Godzilla” is the first 2 minutes of “Pacific Rim“.

 

Quote –
“Look, Mommy! Dinosaurs!”