Holmes & Watson (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The plot-twist where Mrs. Hudson is revealed as the daughter of Prof. Moriarty.

 
CONS –
1) A great opportunity wasted. One of the most awaited movie in recent times starring the greatest comedic-duo of our times was ruined by caricaturish performances and witless writing.

 
QUOTE –
Holmes: When one eliminates the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.
Watson: But this is absurd. Holmes, you must know in your heart…
Holmes: The heart is for pumping blood. The truth is the truth!

The Hurt Locker (2008)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) Sniper shootout alongside the mercenaries.

 
CONS –
1) It’s really baffling that good war movies like Black Hawk Down (2001) or even Three Kings (1999) aren’t even nominated for Best Picture Category at the Oscars while over-rated lifeless forgettable movies like this went on to win 6.
2) No character development, no noteworthy scenes, no interesting sub-plots. This movie is a sheer disappointment.

 
QUOTE –
Staff Sergeant William James: [Speaking to his son] You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your mommy, your daddy, your nature pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yeah. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things that you love might not seem so special anymore, you know? Like your Jack-in-a-Box. Maybe you’ll realize it’s just a piece of tin and a stuffed animal, but the older you get, the fewer things you really love, and by the time you get to my age, maybe it’s only one or two things. With me, I think it’s one.

In Bruges (2008)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) It’s having all the elements of a Coen Bros. film. Gory with dark humor- very much like Fargo .
2) Principled Goodfellas.
3) Little conversation like Jules and Vincent in Pulp Fiction. Lollipop man, purgatory, Uzi, midget, black vs white war etc.
4) Uncertain climax

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Marie: Why don’t you both put your guns down, and go home?
Harry: Don’t be stupid. This is the shootout.

The Constant Gardener (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Rachel Weisz as Tessa
2) The African back-drop

 
Cons –

 

1) One boring movie.Under-average thriller with a hopeless predictable plot.
2) The director is confused to make it a thriller or a romantic film.

 
Quote –

 

Tessa Quayle: I thought you spies knew everything.
Tim Donohue: Only God knows everything. He works for Mossad.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

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

VERDICT – 1/4

 

PROS –
1) Michael Cera as Robin
2) Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman – Not your regular voice artist, but putting extraordinary effort.

 

CONS –
1) The LEGO movie plots are getting repetitive now.

 
QUOTE –
How many times I gotta tell you? Batman works alone.

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle : he’s a revelation
2) Jonah Hill as Joseph Silverman : Best character from the movie

 

Cons –

1) Generic Coen Bros film , missing the cutting edge. One step away from being next lebowski.Good to see Coen Bros returning to their roots after the disaster called “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
2) Small characters were better than lead characters.

 
Quote –
Hobie Doyle: It’s complicated.

Quiz Show (1994)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) John Turturro as Herb Stempel : effortless execution : one of his best role
2) Revealing true face of “show business”.
3) Paul Scofield & Ralph Fiennes : father-son subplot : Brilliant scene at family gathering quoting Shakespeare and summarizing the movie plot.
4) Final Courtroom scene

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 

 

Quote –

Mark Van Doren: It was a goddamn quiz show, Charlie.
Charles Van Doren: An ill-favored thing, sir…
Mark Van Doren: This is not the time to play games!
Charles Van Doren: At mine own, it was mine!
Mark Van Doren: Your name is mine!