Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) The epic saga comes to an end with the death of Lord Voldemort after the destruction of all the six Horcruxes. Harry himself being the 7th Horcrux was a major revelation.
2) Epic moments: The shyest character of this epic saga, Neville Longbottom, decapitating Nagini (the 6th Horcrux) with the Sword of Gryffindor; Minerva McGonagall‘s duel with Snape to save Hogwarts; Harry, Ron, and Hermione quest to the Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault at Gringotts bank to retrieve Helga Hufflepuff‘s cup (the 4th Horcrux).
3) The Tale of the Three Brothers – This story remains the crux of the saga. The 3 Deathly Hallows defined the destiny of Voldemort, Snape, and Harry.
4) Hedwig’s Theme – Not playing this theme in the end credits would’ve been a disappointment.

 

 

CONS –
1) The uneventful death of Severus Snape. This major character died without any major fight.
2) The epilogue was quite unnecessary and also depressing up to an extent.

 

 

QUOTE –
Dumbledore: After all this time?
Snape: Always.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The Harry Potter saga took a grim turn after the death of Cedric Diggory. The movie follows the turmoil at Hogwarts where Dumbledore acknowledges the return of Voldemort, while the Ministry of Magic is reluctant to believe it.
2) Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge gave an everlasting performance as the new boss bitch of Hogwarts with an irritating smug on her face.
3) Death of a major character (Sirius Black); Lucius Malfoy is finally exposed & sent to Azkaban; the film ends with a kick-ass boss fight between Lord Voldemort & Albus Dumbledore.
4) “The Ministry Of Magic” with a sample of “One Day More” from Les Misérables.

 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

 

QUOTE –
Snape: You and Black, you’re two of a kind. Sentimental children forever whining about how unfair your lives have been.Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Gary Oldman’s performance as Count Dracula stands out. The entire movie is sympathetic to Dracula making it more of a romantic film.

 

 
CONS –
1) The terrible casting of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the lead roles.
2) Incoherent screenplay and bad acting. Even a veteran like Anthony Hopkins playing Van Helsing can’t do any justice to his character with such bad writing.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dracula: I have crossed oceans of time to find you.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Music – not great but at least they tried
2) The Surprise odd couple – Samuel L. Jackson & Salma Hayek
3) Gary Oldman as Dukhovich – unrecognizable !

 

Cons –

 

1) A similar comic theme like last years’ under-rated The Nice Guys – but this movie is burdened with a cliched plot.
2) Generic potboiler – One-time watch only.

 

 

Quote –

 

Michael Bryce: This guy single-handedly ruined the word motherfucker.

Léon: The Professional (1994)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One of the boldest love story on silver-screen
2) Definitive performance by Jean Reno & Natalie Portman
3) Gary Oldman as Norman Stansfield – A cult character
4) Cinematography
5) Gun Action
6) The movie was summarized in the Gene Kelly scene from “I Like Myself” from “It’s Always Fair Weather

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Léon: You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots.

The Fifth Element (1997)

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

 

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Gary Oldman and Ian Holm: Great supporting cast.
2) The opening sequence in Egypt.
3) The comedy (ruined by Chris Tucker).
4) Fast-paced and entertaining.

 

Cons –
1) Cliched story a stereotyped hero (with unknown “Mondoshawans ” and “evil”)
2) Diva Plavalaguna

 

Quote –
“Mondoshawan: Time not important. Only life important.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) The final scene which shows the effect of ALZ is fading.
2) The final battle scene where apes are fighting humans while riding horses shooting guns.
3) Koba will remain the most memorable character from this movie.

 

CONS –
1) Full of cliched characters; both humans and apes.
2) Gary Oldman wasted
3) Caesar’s family sub-plot

 

 
QUOTE –
Koba: Apes not kill apes.
Caesar: You are no ape.

True Romance (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Tarantino created the character of the movie-buff Clarence on himself working in a video store. (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines).
2) Elvis appearing as a Jesus like metor.
3) Even minor characters are memorable. Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp, Bum Brad Pitt.
4) Christopher Walken Sicilian scene with Dennis Hopper.
5) This movie is full of countless movie and pop-culture references. Even a fictional movie like “Coming Home in a Bodybag” sounds fascinating.
6) James Gandolfini Murder Scene

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.