Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 

PROS –
1) A 1950s America post-retirement of Justice Society. The new and old superheroes assemble to fight the main antagonist called the Centre which aims of the annihilation of all life forms from the earth.

2) Within 75 minutes, the movie summed up the origin story of Green Lantern as well as Martian Manhunter. The climax sets the blueprint of the new Justice League.

3) A superior DCA movie in terms of story and the number of characters involved. The animation retains the essence of the Silver Age.

 

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Batman: I’m not sure what you are or where you come from. But my instincts tell me you’re to be trusted. Make no mistake, I have a $70,000 sliver of a radioactive meteor to stop the one from Metropolis. All I need for you is a penny for a book of matches.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 
PROS –
1) Adventure of a mad scientist with food where he’s saving the world from his own cataclysmic invention.
2) Andy Samberg as “Baby Brent” – the only voice-over artist putting an effort.

 
CONS –
1) Childish predictable plot with familiar stock characters.Nothing new to offer.
2) Mediocre animation quality

 

QUOTE –
Sam Sparks: You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you’ve never seen a shower “meatier” than this.

Starship Troopers (1997)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Some great action sequences at Klendathu, the Arachnids’ home planet especially the scene where Rico fights a tanker bug.
2) Average main actors but good character development – this movie is like a Rated-R plot in the Star Trek universe with great CGI. The movie itself is set in a weird dystopian future where a fascist government is running propaganda videos 24/7.
3) Even with a 100+ million budget, the movie got a weird low production cost appearance like an 80s space movie which is actually giving it the cult status.
4) The audiences will have no sympathy for the main villains – the bugs.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Johnny: M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying.

Undercover Brother (2002)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Unapologetically politically incorrect, racist and funny spoof of blaxploitation genre
2) Dave Chappelle as Conspiracy Brother – he got the best lines in the movie
3) Denise Richards as White She-Devil aka “Black Man’s Kryptonite”

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1. Chris Kattan – over-acting

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Smart Brother: I performed a full range spectral analysis on Miss White She-Devil’s brain waves.Then, I unlocked her subconscious using a special form of hypnosis.Then, I gently brushed her hair.Then, I reached deep within her tight little pockets and I found a list of The Man’s targets.

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – N/A
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 
1) Opening Credits
2) Darker than other DCU movies
3) Batman / Jason Tood / Joker climactic standoff

 

 

Cons –

 
n/a
Quote –

 

 
Jason Todd: What? What, your moral code just won’t allow for that? It’s too hard to cross that line?
Batman: No. God Almighty, no. It’d be too damned easy. All I’ve ever wanted to do is kill him. A day doesn’t go by I don’t think about subjecting him to every horrendous torture he’s dealt out to others, and then end him.
Joker: Awwww, so you DO think about me.
Batman: But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place, I’ll never come back.

Gone Girl (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott Dunne: One of the greatest villain Hollywood has ever seen (giving “Anton Chigurh” a run for his money)
2) Mid-Way plot twist
3) 149 minutes long but gripping.
4) Non-linear narration.
5) Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Nick Dunne: Come home, Amy. I dare you.”

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Sarah Silverman Sub-plot.
2) Cameos (Doc Brown & Django Freeman)

 

Cons –
1) Wannabe “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.
2) The inconsistency in the overall tone; not a comedy, not a western; not a romance. Utter Confusion.
3) Liam Neeson wasted.

 

Quote –
“Hate can move mountains.”