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.

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Kill the Messenger (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An educational movie for the audiences to understand the CIA-Contra deal to traffic cocaine into the US.
2) Andy García as Norwin Meneses. The flamboyant drug-lord in a Nicaraguan prison.

 

CONS –
1) The biographical tone of the movie is it’s the biggest problem. A story from a different point of view would’ve been more interesting. A TV Series like Narcos explaining how the drug trafficking actually started would be worth watching.

 

QUOTE –
Some stories are just too true to tell.

Apostle (2018)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) A disillusioned preacher rescuing his sister kidnapped by a supernatural cult.A premise similar to The Wicker Man (1973) and a period similar to The Witch (2015).
2) Jeremy’s ritualistic death from his own POV. Some crazy body-horror sequences throughout the movie.

 

Cons –
1) More was expected from the director of the cult-action movie The Raid (2012).
2) 30 minutes too long for a story with little consequences and stock horror movie music.

 

 
Quote –
Andrea: What happened to you?
Thomas: My Faith. I once held fast a belief in the divine. Like you, I knelt before a deity. Armed with the book of Jesus Christ, Ied my parish into the heart of Peking. And we showed them the glory and love of God himself and then they showed us the Devil.

The Damned United (2009)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) It’s NOT the “same-old-miracle-last-minute-triumph” story.
2) Sporting rivalry movie highlighting “Revie Vs Clough”.
3) The “Yorkshire TV” Interview.
4) The “rise” of Derby.

 

CONS –
1) Bad supporting cast.
2) The story was supposed to focus the ill-fated 44 days tenure. But it ended up in built-up.
3) Inaccurate inputs for cheap thrills
4) Making a monster out of Don Revie
5) The rushed climax confirms this is more like a documentary.

 

QUOTE –
“Brian Clough: I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the country. But I’m in the top one.”

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Paris – One of the best portrayal of this city by any director.
2) Sticking to the fantasy adventure theme instead of a hangover dream.
3) Owen Wilson best role to date.
4) Marion Cottilard
5) The awesome ensemble cast.
6) “Gabrielle” – Though not disclosed in the film, Owen Wilson did ask her that she was too young to know all about that music. It appears she is from the future and spending  2010 as her “Golden-Era”.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”

The Queen (2006)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Michael Sheen as Tony Blair

 

CONS–
2) No “Candle In The Wind”….. seriously?

 

QUOTE –
HM The Queen Mother: Don’t be ridiculous. Remember the vow you took?
HM Queen Elizabeth II: I declare that my whole life, rather it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.
HM The Queen Mother: Your whole life. That is a commitment to God, as well as your people.