Les Misérables (2012)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A lifelong journey of an ex-convict Jean Valjean whose life is transformed after witnessing an act of mercy by a Bishop. Throughout his topsy-turvy journey, he’s chased by a police inspector called Javert who dedicated his life to imprison Valjean once again.
2) Great production-value and a huge star-cast.
3) Epic length musical with parallel themes of justice, romance, and revolution but most importantly self-sacrifice.
4) One Day More

 

 

CONS –
1) Average singing performances.

 

 

QUOTE –
Marius: Oh, my friends! My friends, don’t ask me what your sacrifice was for! Empty chairs at empty tables, where my friends shall sing no more.

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Star-studded cast.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a bad western from all standards. It’s neither a conventional western nor it is revisionist. Too much style over substance.
2) You can smell the Harmonica like revenge plot from a mile. The primary “Lady” plot with Sharon Stone, in fact, is the most boring plot.
3) Leonardo DiCaprio as “The Kid” is quite annoying.

 

 
QUOTE –
Scars: I need a woman.
Ellen: You need a bath.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A cop-drama about corruption-riddled LAPD in the 1950s. Three cops unearthing multiple layers of corruption whose foundation was laid by other three cops years ago.
2) Climactic shoot-out.
3) The two stars of this movie are Kevin Spacey as the morally corrupt detective Jack and Russell Crowe as hot-headed cop Bud.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Kim Basinger plot as Veronica Lake look-alike was pretentious and sluggish.

 
QUOTE –
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn’t trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whiskey in Ireland.

The Insider (1999)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Some intense monologues from Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer
2) The opening prologue with Hezbollah
3) Bruce McGill: Deposition in Mississippi scene – best scene of the entire movie!

 

CONS –
1) 157-minute long boring movie with very few good moments.
2) Russell Crowe is performance is annoying and pretentious.
3) Too much time wasted in building up and make this entire project an Oscar bait.

 

QUOTE –
Ron Motley: Boy, you got rights… and lefts. Ups and downs and middles. So what? You don’t get to instruct anything around here! This is not North Carolina, not South Carolina, nor Kentucky! This is the sovereign State of Mississippi’s proceeding. WIPE THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR FACE! Dr. Wigand’s deposition will be part of this record! And I’m gonna take my witness’ testimony whether the hell you like it or not!

The Nice Guys (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Old school detective story
2) “The Big Lebowski” in “Chinatown” with Rick Ford
3) Strong character development
4) Ryan Gosling as Holland March – Cult character
5) Sequel possibility
6) Matt Bomer as John Boy

 

CONS –
n/a

 

QUOTE –
Judith Kuttner: My name is Judith Kuttner. I work for the Department of Justice.
Holland March: Okay. Well, that explains basically nothing.

Man of Steel (2013)

Man Of Steel

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Last 2 Minutes

 

Cons –
1)Hans Zimmer’s music is surprisingly mediocre.
2)Killing Pa Kent for a silly reason.
3)Amy Adams as Lois Lane – miscast
4)How come a Superman movie so dark?

 

Quote –
Lara Lor-Van: He will be an outcast. They’ll kill him.
Jor-El: How? He’ll be a god to them.