Green Book (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An Italian bouncer with a huge appetite employed by an uptight gay negro pianist in 1960s United States for a musical concert tour.
2) From the director of one of the funniest road-movie Dumb and Dumber (1994) comes another heartful road-movie addressing racism.
3) The allegation of this movie being a “white savior” movie is absurd. If this is a “white savior” movie, The Intouchables (2011) should be regarded as a “black savior” movie. The themes are strikingly similar.
4) Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali both deserved Oscars for their roles. Viggo’s physical transformation was unbelievable.

 

 

CONS –
1) Music of a biopic about a musician could’ve much better.

 

 

QUOTE –
Tony Lip: You know, Doc, something’s been eatin’ at me this whole trip.
Dr. Don Shirley: Hmm?
Tony Lip: That Titsburgh was a major disappointment. I didn’t notice any difference at all.

Gerald’s Game (2017)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A compelling performance from Carla Gugino as Jessie. The audiences will sense the entrapment along with the main protagonist just like Rear Window (1954).
2) This movie is neither a survival film like 127 Hours (2010) nor a slasher film like Saw (2004). This Stephen King‘s story is about a sexually abused woman fighting her childhood nightmares and finally coming out triumphantly.
3) Carel Struycken as “the man made of moonlight”.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Jessie Burlingame: You’re so much smaller than I remember.

The Odd Couple (1968)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Two divorcee friends poles apart from each other living together for 2 weeks. One is a reckless sportswriter and the other is an emotional person with OCD.
2) The well-written screenplay covers 3 major sequences from the first Friday gambling night to the third gambling night.
3) Walter Matthau as Oscar got the most colorful dialogues. His sarcastic phone conversations with his unseen wife are priceless.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Murray: A suicide telegram? Who sends a suicide telegram?
Oscar Madison: Felix, the nut, that’s who! Can you imagine getting a thing like that? She even had to tip the kid a quarter.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie blooms very slowly. The first act promised a mediocre western about a farmer avenging the murder of his family. However, by the climax, even with a huge body count, the movie gave a strong anti-war message from the laconic “man without a name”.
2) Mano a mano blood-pact scene between Comanche tribe leader, Ten Bears and Josey Wales. The scene is drenched with machismo and “iron words”.
3) Chief Dan George as Lone Watie definitely deserved an Oscar for best supporting actor for this role.
4) Life gathers around revenge stricken Josey Wales gradually. An intriguing caravan of victims accompanied him to the symbolic abandoned ranch.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
1.
Senator: There’s an old saying: To the victors belong the spoils.
Fletcher: There’s another old saying, Senator: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.
2.
Ten Bears: There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life… or death. It shall be life.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Visually one of the best super-hero movie. The third-act was psychedelic and trippy. The animation quality raised the bar too high for any future super-hero animation movie.
2) The plot follows King-Pin employing lady Doc Ock to resurrect his dead family by some particle collider. The experiment causes different versions of Spider-Man to appear in the same primary timeline. Out of all the dimensions, Peter B. Parker storyline and character was most interesting.
3) The Prowler is the Ebony Maw of this movie.
4) Sunflower (Post Malone and Swae Lee song)

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Stan: That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.

Instant Family (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

PROS –
1) Margo Martindale as Sandy – small role but she reigned every time she’s on screen.
2) Tom Segura as Russ got the best lines.

 
CONS –
1) Promising start but the screenplay was too predictable.
2) Lack of good supporting cast – the 3 foster kids were not impressive.
3) Mark Wahlberg sidelined to a supporting role.

 

QUOTE –
Russ: You just spent 30 minutes talking about the deep state. You don’t have an opinion on your own family?
Jerry: None of my business.

Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The post-World War I saga of Shelby crime family. A definitive role for Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the head honcho of the gangster family also fighting his PTSD.
2) Sam Neill as Major Campbell, a no-nonsense officer on a mission under the order of Winston Churchill.
3) The greatest asset of this show is its fantastic cinematography and the brave soundtrack especially featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, right from the opening theme song “Red Right Hand” to great tracks like “Brother, My Cup Is Empty.”
4) Great Costume Design.

 

CONS –
1) The primary run-of-the-mill theme of the rise of a gangster family is now done to death.

 

QUOTE –
Freddie Thorne: You think I can’t handle Tommy Shelby?
Aunt Polly: You can’t. I’m having trouble these days and I’m twice the man you are.

Harold and Maude (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An absurdist coming-of-age black comedy about a suicidal wealthy teenager boy in love with a psychopathic holocaust survivor octogenarian woman.
2) Their romantic hangouts at cemeteries, demolition sites, and industrial wastewater drew a stark analogy to their fascination with morbidity and death. David Fincher‘s Fight Club clearly borrowed heavily from this plot. Just like Tyler Durden and Marla Singer find their mental solace in support groups, Harold and Maude found each other at attending stranger’s funeral service.
3) A fresh soundtrack including “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens.
4) Harold’s hilarious suicide enactments to drove off his potential girlfriends.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Psychiatrist: A very common neurosis; particularly in this society, whereby the male child subconsciously wishes to sleep with his mother. Of course what puzzles me, Harold; is that you want to sleep with your grandmother.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Robert Walker as Bruno Antony: A lunatic with a theory of criss-cross murders.
2) The tension built-up during Guy’s tennis match and Bruno trying to pick the lighter from the storm drain.
3) The climax on the out of control carousel.

 

CONS –
1) The greatest flaw of this movie is the absence of mystery. The audiences are only waiting for the culprit for getting caught.

 
QUOTE –
Bruno Anthony: Don’t worry, I’m not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother.

Creed II (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Creed desert training – “Runnin (feat. A$AP Rocky & Jacob Banks)”
2) Creed with his baby in the gym. A well-written scene but badly executed.

 

CONS –
1) The entire Tessa Thompson plot was tedious
2) The climax was supposed to give some redemption to Ivan Drago but by the end of the movie, you feel bad for this character.
3) We already knew about the regular “come-back” plot but this sequel haven’t got the soul of Rocky. The direction is awful.

 

 

QUOTE –
Ivan Drago: Because of you… I lose everything. My country. Respect. You ever see stray dogs in the Ukraine? They go for days without food. People spit on them, they are nothing. No home. Only will to survive… to fight. I have son. All he knows…… is this.