Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Annie Hall / Manhattan spin-off with a mystery.
2) Woody’s character – not forgetting to deliver his one liners even when facing a gun.

 

Cons –

 
N/A

 
Quote –

 
Larry Lipton: Claustrophobia and a dead body – this is a neurotic’s jackpot!

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This Is 40 (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Albert Brooks as Larry – he got the best lines in the movie.
2) Melissa McCarthy cameo – and her extended ad-libbed end credit rant.

 

Cons –

 

1) Chris O’Dowd – wasted talent
2) 30 minutes too long for a rom-com.

 

Quote –

 

Ronnie: Keith Richards looked 70 when he was 40. And now that he’s 70 he looks 69. He’s regenerating.

The Killing (1956)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Cult heist movie – non-linear story-line – Huge influence on Reservoir Dogs.
2) 85 minutes running time – A definitive pulp fiction.
3) Marie Windsor as Sherry – The epitome of a deceitful wife.
4) Kola Kwariani as Maurice – the chess loving wrestler – short but unforgettable role.

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 
Quote –

 

Fay: Johnny, you’ve got to run!
Johnny Clay: Eh, what’s the difference?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Fast paced – action packed – to the point. Only star war film with no annoying sub-plot.
2) AT-AT, hyperspace, light-saber fight – what more a fan can ask !
3) Darth Vader in his prime.
4) CGI likenesses of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher is criticized in some media forums and I disagree with it. If we can recreate our favorite characters for the story, there is nothing wrong with that. It gives more authenticity to the movie.
5) K-2SO & Chirrut Îmwe are the best outcomes.
6) Star destroyer crash scene

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Jyn Erso: We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope!

Manhattan (1979)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Generic Woody Allen film. Woody and his profound love with New York City.
2) Woody Allen monologues
3) There is this uncanny resemblance in Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld universe. In both universe, New York always plays a central character. In this movie, the character of Isaac played by Woody is a perfect amalgamation of Jerry and George.The story is filled with sarcastic dialogues and quick & casual love relationship.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Isaac Davis: Why do you think this is funny? You’re going by audience reaction? This is an audience that’s raised on television, their standards have been systematically lowered over the years. These guys sit in front of their sets and the gamma rays eat the white cells of their brains out!

Patriots Day (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Excellent thriller – complete encyclopedia about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
2) The epilogue with real people completes the movie.
3) Watertown shootout scene.

 

 

Cons –

 
1) Wahlberg’s fictional character was not needed in this plot.
2) John Goodman – talent wasted

 
Quote –

 

 

Dun Meng: Go catch those motherfuckers!

Coach Carter (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Not your typical “escape to victory” sports movie
2) The movie is single-handedly driven by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) 136 minutes is little too long for a sports movie with little substance.It should be TV movie of 90 minutes.
2) Ashanti pregnancy sub-plot is useless and slows down the pace of the movie.

 

Quote –

 
Principal Garrison : For some of these kids, this basketball season will be highlight of their lives.
Coach Carter: Well, I think that’s the problem. Don’t you.