The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An imposter on a murder spree to hide his misdeeds.
2) Mostly shot in scenic Italy.

 

 
CONS –
1) Tedious first half, boring screenplay overall. The movie is 30 minutes too long. It’s more drama and less thriller.

 

QUOTE –
Tom Ripley: I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

Contagion (2011)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) It seems scientifically accurate with recent similar outbreaks of H1N1 and SARS.
2) Climax explaining the source of the virus.
3) This movie appears like a prequel of those post-apocalyptic movies and TV series where a deadly virus had swept Earth’s population.

 

CONS –
1) This movie is not an action-adventure disaster movie but only a scientific mock-drill of possible events in a virus outbreak.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Sussman: Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with the element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

Cons –
1) Movie poster

Quote –
Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?

Spy (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Jason Statham as Rick Ford: One of the most interesting movie character developed in recent movie history after Jack Sparrow.
2) Melissa McCarthy in her typical style.
3) Peter Serafinowicz as Aldo
4) Director: Paul Feig
5) Jason Statham’s monologues

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Rick Ford: I once used defibrillators on myself. I put shards of glass in my fuckin’ eye. I’ve jumped from a high-rise building using only a raincoat as a parachute and broke both legs upon landing; I still had to pretend I was in a fucking Cirque du Soleil show! I’ve swallowed enough microchips and shit them back out again to make a computer. This arm has been ripped off completely and re-attached with *this* fuckin’ arm. During the threat of an assassination attempt, I appeared convincingly in front of Congress as Barack Obama.I watched the woman I love get tossed from a plane and hit by another plane mid-air. I drove a car off a freeway on top of a train while it was on fire. Not the car, *I* was on fire.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Visual extravaganza; colorful adventure film with caricaturish characters. A standard “WA” grand ensemble movie with a fast-paced screenplay. A comic-thriller story-line with subtle horrors of war.
2) A story within a story
3) The Society of the Crossed Keys

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“M. Gustave: Keep your hands off my lobby boy!”

Hugo (2011)

Hugo

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

 

VERDICT –3/5

 

PROS –
1) Visually the movie is a treat. The colors, the location, cinematography, and characters are amazing. It’s a story of a boy living secretly alone in a Paris railway station trying to decypher his late father’s automaton.
2) Christopher Lee’s presence in any movie makes it special.
3) Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave is the most well written and lovable character in this movie.
4) Georges Méliès’s movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) is a significant element of the plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a type of movie one would expect from Steven Spielberg not Martin Scorsese.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hugo Cabret: Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.