L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

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Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

The Artist (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cinematic Beauty – Beautifully directed.
2) Courageous for the director and studio.
3) Jean Dujardin – The man of expressions.

 

Cons –

 

1) Simple Story – “Sunset Blvd” revisited

 

Quote –
“George Valentin: If only he could talk.”

The Queen (2006)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Michael Sheen as Tony Blair

 

CONS–
2) No “Candle In The Wind”….. seriously?

 

QUOTE –
HM The Queen Mother: Don’t be ridiculous. Remember the vow you took?
HM Queen Elizabeth II: I declare that my whole life, rather it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.
HM The Queen Mother: Your whole life. That is a commitment to God, as well as your people.