Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) That post-credit scene where Pym, Hope, and Janet disintegrate.
2) Return of the Original Wasp.
3) Randall Park as Jimmy Woo proved a better comic relief than Michael Peña as Luis.

 

Cons –
1) The absence of a co-Avenger.Not a single Avenger played a supporting role neither a cameo. Weirdly, the Ant-Man universe is cut-off from the main Avenger universe.
2) Ava Starr / Ghost subplot – unnecessary and absurd sub-plot.

 

Quote –
Scott Lang: Work-in-progress my ass!

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – high octane opening scene!
2) Gally’s return
3) Teresa’s death – Unexpected

 

Cons –
1) 3 years after “The Scorch Trials” – too late
2) Walton Goggins as Lawrence – interesting character but a meaningless subplot.
3) All over – it’s a mediocre end of an epic beginning.

 

Quote –
Minho: Gally, why are you helping us? I put a spear through your chest.
Gally: Well… Nobody’s perfect.

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

The Hateful Eight (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

Predators (2010)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Opening skyfall Scene
2) The planet scene: the sheer thrill of not being on earth
3) Cliffhanger ending

 

CONS –
1) Adrien Brody unnecessary Batman voice.
2) Once the Predators are visible the thrill is gone.

 

QUOTE –
Stans: Wow, what a shithole. You live here?
Noland: Oh, no. No. This is my summer home. I winter in the Riviera. The schools are so much nicer there. And the men… Ooh, la, la!

Machete Kills (2013)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Lady Gaga
2) “Carlos Estévez”

 

Cons –
1) No Grindhouse factor

 

Quote –
Mr. President: Last time I sent a black op team into Mexico, they got dead and I got the Oval ass-fuck.