Haywire (2011)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An ex-marine super soldier on her final assignment is betrayed by her boss.
2) A must-watch for the lovers of hand-to-hand combat actions. Gina Carano’s performance as Mallory Kane is franchise worthy like John Wick and Jason Bourne.
3) Watch out for the hotel fight scene between Michael Fassbender & Gina Carano.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a mediocre story with limited action scenes. The huge ensemble of stars is not helping.

 

 

QUOTE –
Paul: I’m assuming the motive of everyone involved is strictly professional?
Kenneth: Paul, the motive is money. The motive is always money.

Fatal Attraction (1987)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A happily-married lawyer’s one-night stand became a nightmare when the woman turns out as a psychopathic stalker who makes his life hell. 
2) The plot can be summarised in one line however the entire movie is elevated by some intense performances from Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. The 2 fight scenes in the last 15 minutes are brilliantly executed.
3) Glenn Close’s performance is definitely Oscar-worthy. Her performance in the movie is a final warning signal for all wannabe adulterer. 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Alex Forrest: Well, what am I supposed to do? You won’t answer my calls, you change your number. I mean, I’m not gonna be ignored, Dan!

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) The epic finale of the 11-year-old journey culminating with the 22nd film. A journey started by Jon Favreau, led by Joss Whedon, and concluded by the Russo brothers. A rare grand emotional movie event of this generation.
2) The time travel plot enabled the screenwriters to add all the good & bad, major & minor characters from the franchise to make one final cameo in this grand finale.
3) Captain America lifting Mjolnir is got to be the most epic scene of this movie. A scene 4 years in the making.
4) A fulfilling climax for Steve Rogers.
5) Fun filled storyline with great comic-relief from Ant-Man and Thor “The Dude” Lebowski.
6) An epic finale needs an epic sacrifice. It had to be Tony Stark.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Rocket: What did you do?
Thor: I went for the head.

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!

Basic Instinct (1992)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) This erotic thriller is an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) – a detective with mental issues, blonde femme fatale, San Francisco, very similar musical score, driving scenes.
2) The interrogation scene.
3) Final scene leaving the audiences to decide who the real killer is.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Catherine: Killing isn’t like smoking. You can quit.

Falling Down (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The ultimate meltdown of an everyday-man against society, consumerism, and political correctness.
2) Frederic Forrest as Nick
3) Redemption of both the lead character by the end of the movie.
4) The opening scene with Michael Douglas stuck in the traffic. Excellent sound-editing whenever we see Michael Douglas’ character on screen.
5) A precursor to Fight Club (1999). Probably the best Joel Schumacher film.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill Foster: I am not economically viable.

The Game (1997)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Multiple plot-twist towards the climax will keep the viewers on the edge of their seats.
2) Michael Douglas as Nicholas van Orton – One man show
3) It’s like a “Twilight Zone” episode

 

 

CONS –
1) The final twist somewhat brought the whole movie down. With Nicholas dying by suicide he actually beats the game but he surviving means the game won, as planned.

 

 

QUOTE –
Feingold: This is fucking dangerous.
Nicholas: You don’t seem to understand. Right now — I’m dangerous.

Ant-Man (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Cameos : Wasp / Falcon / Bucky
2) Michael Peña as Luis : Interesting character
3) Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
4) Subatomic Quantum realm

 

CONS –
1) Silly Main Plot: Heist
2) First MCU film without the trademark “Jon Favreau” essence since Iron-Man (2008). It’s just a check-list.
3) Main Villain: Yellowjacket
4) Paul Rudd: seems constrained by the director
5) It was supposed to be an “Edgar Wright” movie

 

QUOTE –
“Scott Lang: Pick on someone your own size!”