The Pelican Brief (1993)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An investigative thriller that unfolds slowly like a Jason Bourne movie without the action sequences.

 
CONS –
1) Slow, boring and too long. From the very beginning, the President is revealed to be the real culprit and it became pointless to explore the movie for another 100 minutes.

 
QUOTE –
Prof. Callahan: I’ve decided my agenda for the future. I’ll stay in bed, drink, make love and forget the whole damn business.

Margin Call (2011)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Silence before the storm of the 2008 Financial Crisis. A companion movie to The Big Short (2015).
2) Exceptional cast.
3) The late-night emergency meeting. Jeremy Irons nailed that scene in the room full of acting talents.
4) Wolves by Phosphorescent

 

CONS –
1) Not for the audiences who don’t understand financial jargons.

 

QUOTE –
John Tuld: Let me tell you something, Mr. Sullivan. Do you care to know why I’m in this chair with you all? I mean, why I earn the big bucks.
Peter Sullivan: Yes.
John Tuld: I’m here for one reason and one reason alone. I’m here to guess what the music might do a week, a month, a year from now. That’s it. Nothing more. And standing here tonight, I’m afraid that I don’t hear – a – thing. Just… silence.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) 3 Finger Salute
2) No more “Battle Royale. Now it’s La “Truman Show”
3) District 13 twist
4) Mockingjay Dress

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“President Snow: Fear does not work as long as there is hope.”

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Hunger Games

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Dystopian future plot
2) 3 Finger Salute

 

Cons –
1) Battle Royale rip-off
2) Shallow characters, unlike the Japanese movie.
3) 142 running time for a young-adult movie

 

Quote –
“May the odds be ever in your favor! “