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.

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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.

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 – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) 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 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!