Atomic Blonde (2017)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) John Woo redefined stylized action movies 30 years ago. David Leitch is adding a new chapter in this genre. Neon lightings, retro wave music, hand-to-hand combat, single sequence shot are key elements of his direction.
2) End Credits : Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie
3) James McAvoy as Percival – his hungover, show-up-late, don’t-know-which-way-is-up act.

 

Cons –
1) Mediocre cold-war spy-thriller. Style over substance.

 

Quote –
“It’s a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”

Roseanne (Season 10)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Working-class sit-com; not too many around nowadays.
2) Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris – the best character of the series
3) “Go Cubs” – best episode

 

Cons –
1) It’s not a laugh riot. Treat for old fans but not for new viewers.

 

Quote –
Roseanne: Did she just call you ‘Darlene’?
Darlene: Yeah, so what? I don’t have a problem with that.
Jackie: It’s very modern, Roseanne. It allows the parents and the kids to communicate as equals.
Becky: See you, Jackie.
Jackie: Call me ‘Aunt Jackie’, it’s the only title I have.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) BEST.MONSTER.MOVIE.EVER.MADE.
2) Even better than Pacific Rim (2013) which followed similar action sequences of giant monster fighting.
3)Full body view of the fight, unlike the disaster Godzilla (2014) which was only showing glimpses of the fight with silly subplots.
4) 70s set up with 70s music
5) Kong in action within 30 minutes into the movie without wasting any time on built up.
6) The movie is not just about Kong but also includes other giants monster on the island.End credits with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Preston Packard: And remember the story of Icarus, whose father gave him wings of wax. Warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But the exhilaration was too great. So he flew higher and higher, until the sun melted his wings, and he fell into the sea. The US Army is not an irresponsible father. So they gave us wings of hot Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

Patriots Day (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Excellent thriller – complete encyclopedia about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
2) The epilogue with real people completes the movie.
3) Watertown shootout scene.

 

 

Cons –

 
1) Wahlberg’s fictional character was not needed in this plot.
2) John Goodman – talent wasted

 
Quote –

 

 

Dun Meng: Go catch those motherfuckers!

Barton Fink (1991)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick – The ruthless hollywood honcho
2) John Goodman as Charlie Meadows – A mythical character
3) A phychological-thriller which is not phychological. The Coen version of “The Tenant“.
4) The hotel being a “character” in the movie
5) Jon Polito as Lou – excellent screen presence.

 
Cons –

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Barton: I’m a writer, you monsters! I create! I create for a living! I’m a creator! I am a creator! This is my uniform! This is how I serve the common man!

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.”

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) One of the best Sci-Fi movie in recent years after Looper (2012)
2) Better than it’s spiritual prequel.
3) Final 15 minutes
4) Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle: Dawn Of The New “Ellen Ripley”
5) John Goodman as Howard Stambler

 

CONS –
1) As the movie got no connection with its predecessor, the name Cloverfield works as a spoiler.

 

QUOTE –
**Radio Broadcast**

“The Military Has Taken Back The Southern Seaboard.”
“If You Are Hearing This And Aren’t In A Safe Zone,”
“Head North Of Baton Rouge.”
“But If You Have Any Medical Training Or Combat Experience, We Need Help.”
“There Are People In Houston.”
“There Are Survivors At Mercy Hospital.”
“Please Help.”
“Repeat. There Are People In Houston Who Need Our Help.”
“Come Join Us.”
“We’ve Taken Back The Southern Seaboard.”
“And We’re Winning.”