John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Great action scenes – continuing the legacy in the 3rd installment of John Wick.
2) Tuco gun trick by John Wick: a subtle homage to an iconic movie.
3) There is a strong element of cassette futurism throughout the high table: typewriters, rotary landline phones, switchboard operator, etc.
4) The movie series will be remembered for its exquisite lingo in the crime world: High table, Deconsecrated, Excommunicado, etc.
5) The return of the Bowery King in the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary Morocco subplot
2) John Wick is a lone wolf. The presence of Halle Berry as his side-kick in Morocco is annoying.

 
QUOTE –
Winston: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Introduction of Statesman: American cousins of Kingsman
2) Supporting Cast: Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal
3) Elton John’s extended cameo – Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
4) Some good action sequences

 

Cons –
1) Similar story to its prequel – A insane villain trying to take over the world.

 

Quote –
President of the United States: Let the junkie scum go down in flames!

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Sentinels (mash-up of “Destroyer” from Thor, and DC’s Darkseid )
2) Bryan Singer proves again that why he is one of the best directors in this genre; restoring respect.
3) Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver (& the slow-motion scene); Bishop; Fan Bingbing as Blink
4) X-Men reunion climax.
5 ) “Blame-It-To-Nixon-Factor”
6) Stadium around White-House Scene; Paris Montage

 

CONS –
1) 20th Century Fox obsession with Col. William Stryker.
2) Less screen-time to the “Future-X-Men”.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Logan: Patience isn’t my strong suit.”