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.

Madagascar (2005)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien
2) The Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private
3) “I Like to Move It”

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Skipper the Penguin: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Will Ferrell chemistry with John C Riley
2) Sacha Baron Cohen as the gay F1 driver Jean Girard – His intro scene at The Pit Stop is super hilarious
3) Jane Lynch as Lucy – Granny Law

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cal Naughton, Jr.: Shake and bake!
Ricky Bobby: What does that do? Does that blow your mind? That just happened!
Jean Girard: Is that a catchphrase or epilepsy?

Hugo (2011)

Hugo

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

 

VERDICT –3/5

 

PROS –
1) Visually the movie is a treat. The colors, the location, cinematography, and characters are amazing. It’s a story of a boy living secretly alone in a Paris railway station trying to decypher his late father’s automaton.
2) Christopher Lee’s presence in any movie makes it special.
3) Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave is the most well written and lovable character in this movie.
4) Georges Méliès’s movie A Trip to the Moon (1902) is a significant element of the plot.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a type of movie one would expect from Steven Spielberg not Martin Scorsese.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hugo Cabret: Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken.