Alien: Covenant (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) David – His entry scene with signal flare
2) Final Walter/David plot twist
3) James Franco cameo – Hope there is something more in a prequel.
4) That Ozymandias quote never gets old.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is not going anywhere. There seems to be no end to Alien story-arc.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Oram: What do you believe in, David?
David: Creation.

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Steve Jobs (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Structure of film is fascinating. 3 Acts – all before major launch .
2) Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman : I failed to recognize her.
3) Jobs-Sculley Confrontation scene in the 2nd Act.
4) Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak – delight as always.
5) The movie captures the iconic moments of technology.The music , adapted screenplay is oscar worthy and much better than “The Social Network”.

 
Cons –

 

1) The “Lisa” sub-plot.

 

Quote –

 

Steve Wozniak: I’m sorry to be blunt, but that happens to be the truth. The Lisa was a failure, the Macintosh was a failure. I don’t like talking like this, but I am tired of being Ringo when I know I was John.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –

1) The Villain & it’s mythology
2) Kickass Opening sequence
3) Justice done with all characters with ample amount of screen-time (which includes Wolverine’s short & effective cameo)
4) Boss fight
5) Just like the previous film, Peter Maximoff / Quicksilver stole the show
6) Best superhero movie of the 2016 so far : better than both “Civil War” & “Dawn Of Justice”.

 

 

Cons –

1) “The Erik Lehnsherr Conundrum” : the story-line is revolving on the same plot from past 3 movies.
2) Honestly, Oscar Isaac can’t be identified in the movie.Why not make a 100 % CGI character ? Why studios are wasting money on actors when the make-up & CGI will overshadow every possible expression of the actor.

 

Quote –
“Charles Xavier: Thank you for letting me in.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

 

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Sentinels (mash-up of “Destroyer” from Thor, and DC’s Darkseid )
2) Bryan Singer proves again that why he is one of the best directors in this genre; restoring respect.
3) Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver (& the slow-motion scene); Bishop; Fan Bingbing as Blink
4) X-Men reunion climax.
5 ) “Blame-It-To-Nixon-Factor”
6) Stadium around White-House Scene; Paris Montage

 

CONS –
1) 20th Century Fox obsession with Col. William Stryker.
2) Less screen-time to the “Future-X-Men”.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Logan: Patience isn’t my strong suit.”