Aquaman (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Formulaic super-hero origin story saved by CGI and well-choreographed fight sequences. All credits go to director James Wan.

 

CONS –
1)Run-of-the-mill plot with well-known twist and turns. The movie belongs to the same category of Black Panther (2018) and Wonder Woman (2017).

 
QUOTE –
Orm: Are you invoking the Combat of the Kings?
Arthur Curry: Call it whatever you want. I call it an ass-whooping.

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The Florida Project (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

 

Pros –

1) Brooklynn Prince as Moonee – the kid is a natural
2) An American Tale.
3) Smart screenplay – respects the intelligence of the audiences and gives no silly backstories of the characters

 

 

Cons –

1) Average storyline solely counting on the acting prowess of the young actors.
2) The best part of the film i.e. the kids mischievous and funny business is heavily inspired from “To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

Quote –

Moonee: You know why this is my favorite tree?
Jancey: Why?
Moonee: ‘Cause it’s tipped over, and it’s still growing.

Daybreakers (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Willem Dafoe as “Elvis” – the only character with substance.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable half-hearted sci-fi horror.It’s better to watch a “Black Mirror” episode instead.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Edward Dalton: Is this place safe?

Elvis: Living in a world where vampires are the dominant species is about as safe as bare backing a 5 dollar whore.

What Happened to Monday (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Wednesday fight & chase sequence
2) Action-packed

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre climax
2) Engrossing dystopian concept but poorly explored

 

 

Quote –

 

Terrence Settman: What happens to one of you, happens to all of you.

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with the element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

Cons –
1) Movie poster

Quote –
Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?

The Great Wall (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) “Tao-Ties” – A monster for future spin-off movies.
2) Action packed entertainment with high production value.

 
Cons –

 

1) Boss-fight – too mediocre for such huge built-up.

 
Quote –

 
“William : I’m alive today because I trust no one.”

John Wick (2014)

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

Verdict – 3 /5

 

Pros –
1) Keanu Reeves in a revenge plot.
2) Russian Mafia background.
3) Action-packed ; cinematography
4) Hammer Scene

 

Cons –
1) Shallow character development (makers of this movie need to stop comparing this to Leone’s “Blondie” or Akira’s “Ronin” as an excuse )
2) No comparison to revenge films like Death Wish, Harry Brown or Taken or with any film with an anti-hero with a violent past.

 

Quote –
“Viggo Tarasov: John wasn’t exactly the boogeyman. He’s the one you sent to kill the fucking boogeyman.”