Primal Fear (1996)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A grand debut for Edward Norton. The split personalities he played in his debut film works as a great precursor for his future projects with a similar theme like Fight Club (1999) and The Incredible Hulk (2008)
2) The great climactic plot-twist. Without this twist, the entire plot is stale.
3) Good supporting cast.

 

 
CONS –
1) Slow screenplay which is 20 minutes too long

 

 
QUOTE –
Martin Vail: So there never… there never was a Roy?
Roy: Jesus Christ, Marty. If that’s what you think, I am disappointed in you, I don’t mind telling you. There never was an Aaron… counselor!

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Mystic River (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A riveting small-town murder-mystery from Clint Eastwood.
2) Sean Penn as James “Jimmy” Markum led the pack playing the grieving father of a murdered daughter hell-bent for revenge. The scene where he discovers his dead daughter and he’s restrained by the cops is extremely moving.
3) Marcia Gay Harden as Celeste – Apart from Sean Penn, her performance as the timid scared wife of Dave Boyle is worth noticing.
4) Eli Wallach as Mr. Loonie – The sheer presence of this legend on screen even for a minute is huge.

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dave: Neighborhood needs a fucking crime wave. Get property values where they belong.

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Mr. Holmes (2015)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Sherlock Holmes factor

 

Cons –
1) Without Sherlock’s name – this movie is dead.
2) Weird connections – Japanese Prickly ash/bees & wasps
3) Boring dud thriller

 

Quote –
Roger: But all that just told you he was married. How did you know he’d come to see you about his wife?
Sherlock Holmes: [smiles] Because when you’re a detective, and a man comes to see you, it’s usually about his wife.