Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A 70-yrs old witty and talkative black chauffeur hired to drive around a reluctant old Jewish lady. It’s a feel-good comedy-drama exploring racism and prejudice in 1950/60s America through the eyes of an odd couple
2) The make-up of the lead actors is noteworthy.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Hoke: Did I ever tell you about the first time I ever been outside the state of Georgia?
Daisy: No, when was that?
Hoke: Oh, a few minutes ago.

The Lion King (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a carbon copy of the original with nothing new to offer. Completely avoidable.
2) The “photorealistic” version is, by all standards, inferior to the original.

 
QUOTE –
Simba: My father once told me: protect everything the light touches, if I don’t fight for it who will?

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost 3 hrs but still captivating.A visual triumph – a piece of art.
2) Ana de Armas as Joi – She stole the show.
3) The movie successfully inherited the soul of the original.
4) In-depth character development.

 

Cons –

 

1) Weak primary plot and a disappointing climax.
2) Jared Leto – The most over-rated and most annoying actor in Hollywood.

 

Quote –

 

Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0.

Dunkirk (2017)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Music and Cinematography – Top notch! Hans Zimmer’s music will keep you on edge of your seat throughout the movie.
2) Opening ambush scene – Open matte.
3) “We shall fight on the beaches”.

 

Cons –
1) Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy – meaningless roles. While one is shell-shocked in a boat doing nothing, the other’s face was shown 2 times in the entire film
2) There are claims that Atonement‘s one-track-shot of Dunkirk is better than this entire movie – well those are not entirely wrong. The emotion captured in that 5-minutes scene is way strong and captivating than this entire 100 million adventure.
3) No doubt there are few great moments in the movie but the movie as a whole is like a war documentary with unknown nameless characters.

 

Quote –
Captain Winnant: What do you see?
Commander Bolton: Home.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –

 

 

1) Knightmare sequence – though unexplained – is the best 5 minutes sequence of the movie.
2) Jimmy Olsen cameo as a CIA agent
3) Bat-mobile chase sequence

 
Cons –

 

 

1) Amalgamation of multiple story-lines (Death Of Superman / Man Who Falls / Dark Knight Returns)
2) Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor : most annoying character
3) Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth: huge miscast

 
Quote –

 
Batman: It’s okay, I’m a friend of your son’s.
Martha Kent: I figured. The cape.

Madagascar (2005)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien
2) The Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private
3) “I Like to Move It”

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Skipper the Penguin: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.

Rush (2013)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) One of the best sporting rivalry movie.The real-life drama of 1976 F1 Season.
2) Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda; Memorable performance one after another (Future Oscar Winner)
3) Cinematography; Hans Zimmer’s music (The climactic music awesome)

 

CONS –
1) “Rush” is not an apt title.

 

QUOTE-
“Niki Lauda: A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

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.

The Last Samurai (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Beautiful cinematography of Japanese bucolic life.Entertaining and colorful movie.
2) The war of 2 different worlds. The movie is like an epic poem.
3) The initial battle sequence where the Samurai made their entry.
4) Great cast.
5) Hans Zimmer’s music

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.”