Horrible Bosses (2011)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Seth Gordon’s laugh-riot about three employees trying to murder their respective bosses with the help of a video bootlegger called “MF” Jones. That’s how you make a good black-comedy movie.
2) Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia. She still keeps on surprising the audiences with her various shades.
3) Great supporting cast completed with Kevin Spacey & Colin Farrell.
4) Even in the presence of Jason Sudeikis & Jason Bateman, Charlie Day as Dale clearly stole the show.
5) End credits: How You Like Me Now? (The Heavy song)

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Kurt:  I’d like to bend her over a barrel and show her the fifty states.

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1)The chances of this Jane Austen classic being ruined with slow-paced storytelling were too high but to my surprise, the movie is a well-made rom-com with some memorable romantic sequences (especially the climactic scene where Darcy is walking toward Lizzie at dawn).
2) A supporting cast with the likes of Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
3) Only the second feature film adaptation of the novel after 1940 – any such adaptation won’t be required for at least another 50 years.
4) Good amount of comedy
5) Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy – it’s never easy to step into Colin Firth’s shoes.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Mr. Darcy: I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
Elizabeth Bennet: I don’t understand.
Mr. Darcy: I love you.

Space Cowboys (2000)

Space Cowboys

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

Verdict –3 /5

 

Pros –
1) “One-Last-Time” themed story never gets old.
2) Fast paced
3) VFX
4) 1958 Opening Scene
5) Jay Leno

 

Cons –
1) Shallow character development
2) Marcia Gay Harden nerdy look ( big let down for Miller’s Crossing’s fans)
3) Half-Cooked subplot (nuclear missiles etc.)
4) Cliched comic elements

 

Quote –
Col. William ‘Hawk’ Hawkins: What is a pancreas, anyhow? I mean, I don’t know what the damn thing does for you, besides give you cancer.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) 3 Finger Salute
2) No more “Battle Royale. Now it’s La “Truman Show”
3) District 13 twist
4) Mockingjay Dress

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“President Snow: Fear does not work as long as there is hope.”

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Dystopian future plot
2) 3 Finger Salute

 

Cons –
1) Battle Royale rip-off
2) Shallow characters, unlike the Japanese movie.
3) 142 running time for a young-adult movie

 

Quote –
“May the odds be ever in your favor! “

Lord of War (2005)

Lord of War

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Opening Scene (For What It’s Worth)
2) The cargo plane disintegration scene
3) Captivating monologues – from the opening scene to the end scene

 

Cons –
1) This movie is style over substance

 

Quote –
Yuri Orlov:  There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?