Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost 3 hrs but still captivating.A visual triumph – a piece of art.
2) Ana de Armas as Joi – She stole the show.
3) The movie successfully inherited the soul of the original.
4) In-depth character development.

 

Cons –

 

1) Weak primary plot and a disappointing climax.
2) Jared Leto – The most over-rated and most annoying actor in Hollywood.

 

Quote –

 

Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0.

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La La Land (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

 

1) Climactic epilogue with possible alt-ending.
2) John Legend’s monologue on Jazz
3) Cinematography
4) The only romantic scene where the movie clicks was when Mia leaves the restaurant and runs to the theater to watch Rebel Without a Cause with Seb.

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre songs with mediocre dance moves.
2) Too much hyped by 14 Oscar nominations

 

Quote –

 

Keith: How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?

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.

The Big Short (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) For those who missed the documentary Inside Job (2010)

 

 

Cons –
1) Everyone is “all-over-the-place”. Too much over-acting or over-reacting.
2) Pseudo-documentary

 

 

Quote –
Ben Rickert: Do you realize what you just did? You just bet against the American economy.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) “Revenge” (featuring The Flaming Lips) – Dark Night of the Soul
2) Plot-Twist
3) Analeigh Tipton
4) It’s more coming-of-age than a Rom-Com-Drama

 

Cons –
1) Hitch Sub-Plot
2) Weak main plot

 

Quote –
Cal: What a cliché.

Drive (2011)

Drive

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Travis Bickle neo-noir.
2) Retrowave soundtrack – “Nightcall“, “Tick of the Clock
3) That satin jacket with the logo of a golden scorpion on the back
4) Beneath the ultra-violent action, it’s also a great love story.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn’t make it across the river.”