The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Linda Hunt as the male dwarf Billy Kwan gave a performance of a lifetime. A female actress winning an Oscar for playing a male character is no small achievement. The romance angle is a sub-plot around Billy playing the central character. His final monologue revealing himself as the master puppeteer is extremely moving.
2) L’enfant by Vangelis.
3) A rare movie featuring turbulent politics of 1960s Indonesia, Sukarno, and 30 September Movement.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a one-time watch boring romantic-war-drama.

 
QUOTE –
Billy Kwan: I believed in you. I thought you were a man of light. That’s why I gave you those stories you think are so important. I made you see things. I made you feel something about is right. I gave you my trust. So did Jill. I created you.

The Defenders (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Plot-Twist: Elektra killing Alexandra
2) Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra – Great casting
3) Stick cutting his own hand – badass!

 

Cons –
1) Stick’s death – end of a very powerful character.
2) Over-stretched climax with lousy action sequences. The hand-to-hand combat is ruined by excessive cuts and editing.
3) Iron Fist – probably the weakest super-hero of MCU

 

Quote –
Jessica Jones: Nice ears.
Daredevil: They’re horns.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller together

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s a Wes Anderson movie not directed by Wes Anderson
2) Pretentious movie – Wannabe Nebraska
3) Dustin Hoffman as Harold – one annoying character

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Harold: It’s called flirting when you’re young. I’m not sure what it’s called when you’re over 70.

Ghostbusters (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s a landmark movie for nerds community
2) Rick Moranis as Louis Tully – The freindzoned next door
3) Sigourney Weaver – Posing for some iconic and striking poses

 

Cons –

 

1) Low quality CGI

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Ray: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*.

WALL·E (2008)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 

PROS –
1) Almost silent movie
2) Good sci-fi concept and super emotional
3) M-O – best character from the movie

 

CONS –
1) Wall-E regaining his memory is a letdown. The sacrifice factor would’ve taken this movie to new heights like The Iron Giant“.

 

QUOTE –
AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One hell of a thrill ride, especially the last 30 minutes
2) Unpredictable plot full of twist and turns. Meta-horror.
3) Strong satire and parody of the genre but also riveting at the same time
4) The slash-fest by the plethora of monsters
5) Sigourney Weaver as The Director – Perfect cameo – fits in like the last piece of the puzzle

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Daniel Truman: They’re like something from a nightmare.
Lin: No, they’re something nightmares are from.

Avatar (2009)

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

 

VERDICT  – 2/5

 

PROS  –
1) The epic final battle scene
2) It’s a landmark movie for the special effects used. Visually spectacular.

 

CONS  –
1) The most generic story ever written. Boring and predictable plot laden with stereotype characters.
2) If you replace Pandora with Africa, it’ll save 3 hrs. of our lives. It’s Dances with Wolves (1990) in space.
3) James Cameron is wasting the rest of his talented life making 4 sequels of this crappy movie.

 
QUOTE  –
Jake Sully: Everything is backward now, like out there is the true world, and in here is the dream.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Underwater action
2) Winona Ryder droid twist
3) Final ruined Paris scene

 
Cons –

1) Boring first half
2) Silly primary plot of Ripley resurrection – should’nt have killed her in first place.

 

 

Quote –

 
Ripley: Roll over, play dead, heal.

Alien 3 (1992)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley – badass bald look
2) Lance Henriksen as damaged Bishop – The only worth-watching CGI scene.

 

Cons –

1) 3 Alien movies and still no Weyland-Yutani sub-plot.
2) Wrong set-up.Deserted prison with no sci-fi.Also too long for such a story-line
3) Unlike Aliens, it’s about just 1 alien. The climax of bait-and-chase plan with closing door is disaster.
3) Ripley’s death. Bad CGI & Anti-Climax.

 

 
Quote –

 

 
Ripley: You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.

Aliens (1986)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Solid excution by James Cameron – especially the boss fight with exosuit cargo-loader.
2) PTSD, lone wolf, badass – Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley is the John Rambo of Sci-Fi
3) Bishop’s slaughter scene
4) Mad gun battle sequences

 
Cons –

 

1) Newt – Slowing down the pace though being the only sub-plot
2) Predicatable story-line
Quote –

 

Ripley: Get away from her, you bitch!