Red Heat (1988)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A Russian cop arrives in Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country. He partners with his Chicago police counterpart to track down his enemy.
2) The most fascinating character is definitely Brent Jennings as the blind prisoner Abdul Elijah.

 

 


CONS –
1) A generic one time watch, forgettable buddy-cop movie. Walter Hill’s failed attempt to recreate 48 Hrs. (1982)
2) Arnold’s character is more robotic and expressionless than T-800. Jim Belushi’s character is supposed to be funny but it’s not.

 

 


QUOTE –
Abdul Elijah: Revolutionary political leaders like myself are incarcerated to keep us quiet.
Ivan Danko: What is your political crime?
Abdul Elijah: I robbed a bank.

Passengers (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The first half of the movie is a thought experiment paradox like the “Trolley Problem”. Should he or shouldn’t he?
2) Excellent cast completed with the presence of Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne.

 

CONS –
1) The second half is more like a space disaster movie with a happy ending.

 
QUOTE –
Arthur: I laughed at a man with no pants until I realized I have no legs.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Great action scenes – continuing the legacy in the 3rd installment of John Wick.
2) Tuco gun trick by John Wick: a subtle homage to an iconic movie.
3) There is a strong element of cassette futurism throughout the high table: typewriters, rotary landline phones, switchboard operator, etc.
4) The movie series will be remembered for its exquisite lingo in the crime world: High table, Deconsecrated, Excommunicado, etc.
5) The return of the Bowery King in the climax.

 

CONS –
1) Unnecessary Morocco subplot
2) John Wick is a lone wolf. The presence of Halle Berry as his side-kick in Morocco is annoying.

 
QUOTE –
Winston: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

The Mule (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie deserves a standing ovation just for the sheer commitment of Clint Eastwood at this age to act and direct in a movie.
2) Andy García as Laton: the only actor who was making any effort.
3) Clint Eastwood movies always go hand-in-hand with subtle messages of racism.

 

CONS –
1) Clint Eastwood needs to get over his Bradley Cooper obsession.
2) None of the supporting actors were making their presence felt. Laurence Fishburne and Michael Peña were just sleep-walking in their respective roles.
3) Weak third-act. The entire screenplay is devoid of any thrilling scenes.

 

QUOTE –
Earl Stone: For what it’s worth, I’m sorry for everything.

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.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) That post-credit scene where Pym, Hope, and Janet disintegrate.
2) Return of the Original Wasp.
3) Randall Park as Jimmy Woo proved a better comic relief than Michael Peña as Luis.

 

Cons –
1) The absence of a co-Avenger.Not a single Avenger played a supporting role neither a cameo. Weirdly, the Ant-Man universe is cut-off from the main Avenger universe.
2) Ava Starr / Ghost subplot – unnecessary and absurd sub-plot.

 

Quote –
Scott Lang: Work-in-progress my ass!

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.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –

 

 

1) Knightmare sequence – though unexplained – is the best 5 minutes sequence of the movie.
2) Jimmy Olsen cameo as a CIA agent
3) Bat-mobile chase sequence

 
Cons –

 

 

1) Amalgamation of multiple story-lines (Death Of Superman / Man Who Falls / Dark Knight Returns)
2) Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor : most annoying character
3) Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth: huge miscast

 
Quote –

 
Batman: It’s okay, I’m a friend of your son’s.
Martha Kent: I figured. The cape.

Death Wish II (1982)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) The Shadow Of Vigilante
2) The park shoot-out sequence
3) Return Of Det. Ochoa

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort of director Michael Winner
2) Disappointing sequel
3) Paul Kersey’s romantic angle

 
Quote –
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: Let me get this straight… you and your wife were attacked by four muggers and then all of a sudden this guy comes out from nowhere and begins shooting, killing these two here… and you don’t know what he looks like?
Tourist: He saved our lives dammit! Where were you, giving out parking tickets?
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: I want a description of that guy looked like!
Tourist: He was a very good citizen!