Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) An ordinary story elevated by the performance of Penélope Cruz as María Elena. Notably, her screen time is less than 15 minutes.
2) Though the movie is a generic rom-com, at times it appears as a great satire on characters like Cristina who are confused about their life and sexuality.
3) The first meeting of Juan Antonio with Vicky & Cristina.Brazenly outspoken.

 

Cons –
1) This primary plot is of little consequences. A one time watch.

 

Quote –
Cristina: If you don’t start undressing me soon this is going to turn into a panel discussion.

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Huge ensemble but it’s a David Strathairn show – The defiant cigarette smoking broadcast journalist.

 

Cons –
1) It’s a documentary – if any movie is using prime elements of the plot from archive news footage, don’t sweat to call it a feature film.
2) Pretentious movie – lacking adrenaline of a newsroom.

 

Quote –
Edward R. Murrow: This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge

 

Cons –
1) Weak screenplay & predictable twists
2) Going nowhere: without a finale

 

Quote –
“Brenda: Hope is a dangerous thing.”

The Maze Runner (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) The story being told from the POV of Thomas.
2) Lord Of The Flies? Anyone?
3) Battle Royale: Original
Hunger Games: Too long Rip-Off
Maze Runner: Fast Paced Rip-Off
4) Fast Paced storyline and a climax full of twists.
5) The poster is amazing. Great set design of the gigantic maze.

 

Cons –
1) My greatest fear is its sequels will ruin the legacy.

 

Quote –
“Wicked is good.”