London Has Fallen (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Agent Banning again on the President’s rescue, this time in London, fighting Pakistani terrorists. A better story and better action sequences than the prequel.
2) The single-take shootout scene was straight out of an RPG game.

 

 
CONS –
1) The last movie wasted talents like Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, and Melissa Leo in meaningless roles. This time they added Jackie Earle Haley to the list.

 

 
QUOTE –
Mike Banning: Why don’t you boys pack up your shit and head back to Fuckheadistan or wherever it is you’re from.

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A secret service agent on a lone mission to evacuate US President held hostage in the White House bunker by North Korean terrorist.
2) A full-blown action pot-boiler.
3) Rick Yune as Kang was an apt choice for the role. No action movie is noteworthy without a memorable villain.

 

 

CONS –
1) Gerard Butler as the main protagonist is the biggest flaw of the movie. This level of movie in the 90s featured the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Any contemporary action star like Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or even Liam Neeson would have fitted the bill.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Lynn : Banning is ex-special forces. Ranger battalion. He will move mountains or die trying!”

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The movie gives Jesse a much needed proper ending.
2) This movie is ominous in nature from the very first minute. The audience knew what was coming to them.
3) Vince Gilligan’s directorial debut film sticks to its roots with character-driven lengthy Tarantinoesque sequences.
4) Robert Forster as Ed the Disappearer played his parting shot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Heisenberg: You didn’t have to wait your whole life to do something special.

The Descendants (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) It’s the storytelling of Alexander Payne that even the douchebag character of Sid becomes lovable by the end of the movie.
2) The family’s revenge tour to Kauai.How a family tragedy can bring everyone together!
3) Shailene Woodley as “Alex” took the center stage playing the role of a teenage brat.
4) Hawaiian music

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Matt King: [voice-over] Don’t be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Naomi Watts as Betty / Diane Selwyn
2) Sunset Blvd with a twist
3) The audition scene

 

Cons –
1) The film is labeled as neo-noir/thriller/mystery but it’s a psychological thriller.I’m feeling cheated.
2) Non-linear story-line is OK but this is a plot full of unanswered questions and unexplained sub-plots (e.g. horrible figure behind the diner, the old couple, cowboy, blue box etc)

 

Quote –
Cowboy: Now… you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me… two more times, if you do bad. Good night.”