Patriot Games (1992)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Retired CIA analyst Jack Ryan on vacation accidentally foils plans of an IRA splinter group’s attempting a political assassination. Now, the brother of the dead assailants vows revenge from Ryan’s family.

 

 


CONS –
1) The problem with Jack Ryan‘s character is that he is an analyst, unlike other fictional CIA field agents.
2) Tediously formulaic, and slow spy-thriller.

 

 

QUOTE –
Robby: So, you just waded on in like John Wayne. Why’d you do it? What were you thinking, man?
Jack Ryan: I don’t know. I wasn’t thinking.

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

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.

Blade Runner (1982)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Music: Blade runner blues. A feast for retrowave lovers.
2) Sci-Fi Noir
3) Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty
4) “Tears in Rain” soliloquy
5) Edward James Olmos as Gaff
6) Zhora’s death sequence
7) Ambiguity on Deckard: human or replicant?

 

Cons –
1) A slow and boring screenplay for an average movie-goer.

 

Quote –
Batty: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –

1) Return Of The original cast
2) BB-8
3) TR-8R
4) Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
5) Starkiller Base destroying the Republic
6) The screen presence of Max von Sydow
7) Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron : The rightful successor of Luke Skywalker

Cons –

1) Death Of Han Solo
2) Adam Driver as Kylo Ren : Unmasked
3) Captain Phasma
4) John Boyega as Finn
5) Final scene with Luke could’ve been more epic.

Quote –

FN-2199: [to Finn] TRAITOR!

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine
2) Unmasking Darth Vader
3) Luke’s twin sister: Leia
4) Alec Guinness’s screen presence

 

Cons –
1) Hutt & Ewoks : “The Muppets Show” in Space

 

Quote –
Luke: The Force runs strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And… my sister has it.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Darth Vader revealing his true identity.
2) AT-AT Walkers.
3) Han-Leia romantic subplot.
4) Cloud City

 

Cons –
1) Tauntauns
2) Yoda’s training session – boring.

Quote –
Princess Leia: I love you.
Han Solo: I know.

The Expendables 3 (2014)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Antonio Banderas as Galgo

 

Cons –
1) It fails its core fan-group; No great action scenes
2) Wasting time with new-comers while seasoned Expendables are just bench-warming.
3) Bad timing and overexposure of Arnold. (He needs to work out)
4) Why Patrick Hughes?
5) Mel Gibson fails the expectations if you are expecting a JCVD.

 

Quote –
Galgo: I need a job! All I know what to do is kill! Goddammit!

The Conversation (1974)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Guilt Ridden sleuth
2) The wrong interpretation of the conversation and the final Twist
3) Opening sequence
4) Supporting cast
5) Final failed house debugging scene and subsequent surrender.
6) Saxophone
7) Harry Caul’s distinctive plastic raincoat.

 
Cons –

 

1) Boring film with action only in last 10 minutes

 

Quote –

 

“We’ll be listening to you.”

 

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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

 

VERDICT  – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi
2) Tatooine binary sunset with Force Theme by John Williams
3) Landspeeder
4) Darth Vader
5) Stormtrooper costume
6) That iconic poster

 

CONS –
1) Annoying Droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO) as comic-relief

 

 

QUOTE –
“Obi-Wan Kenobi: Remember…the Force will be with you, always.”