Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) As funny as the prequel. A new plot for the sequel instead of recycling the same story.
2) Jennifer Aniston as Dr. Julia is as impressive as before. Kevin Spacey prison visits were hilarious.
3) The wobbling trio of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day ensures the audiences will get their money’s worth.
4) A good supporting cast including Christoph Waltz & Jonathan Banks. Chris Pine as Rex surprises in his comedic role. Jamie Foxx as MF Jones returns for one hell of a police car chase

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Bert Hanson: I hate to break it to you, but the American dream is made in China.

Miracle Workers (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A light-hearted fantasy black-comedy with a great central concept of God.
2) Great casting. Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi delivered as expected. Karan Soni as Sanjay is clearly the winner of this series. Dopinder was no fluke, Soni is currently the best actor of Indian-origin in Hollywood.
3) The opening sequence with a new version “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone.
4) The concept of God’s parents and he being the runt-of-the-litter.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
God: I’ve decided to blow up Earth.

Catch-22 (1970)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

Lean on Me (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) From time to time, it falls to one man to lead his people out of the valley of shadows. This time, it landed on Morgan Freeman as Joe Louis Clark to resurrect a dying school. Way before Denzel got Remember the Titans (2000), Samuel L. Jackson got Coach Carter (2005), it was Morgan Freeman who did Lean on Me (1989).
2) This 30 years old movie is still relevant in today’s time of over political correctness.
3) Lynne Thigpen as Mrs. Barrett – the personification of loudmouthed wench.
4) Great one-liners and refreshing soundtrack
5) Two good dialogues scenes: “HEAD NIGGER IN CHARGE” scene between Dr. Napier and Joe, and the “They are sick of it, and so am I!” scene between Ms. Levias and Joe.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Joe Clark: You’ll be dead in a year, son. Hear what I’m saying? You’ll be dead in a year!

Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/3

 
PROS –
1) Ray Romano’s self-pity comedy remains his main USP. This time he shared his experience of being a 60-year-old family man.
2) Climax with his real family

 

CONS –
1) Average content, no big laughs

 
QUOTE –
“I think men know the dilemma, here.No witnesses, nobody…”

Riverdale (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An extraordinary teen-drama adaptation of Archie Comics characters from light-hearted comic-book stories to a well-executed dark murder-mystery.
2) Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones occupied the slot of central characters. Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom is also noteworthy.
3) Good soundtrack through-out the 13 episodes. e.g. Dean Lewis – Waves

 
CONS –
1) This show is riddled with aesthetic faces and that’s what keeps the show gripping even with mediocre sub-plots.
2) Every character is having multiple romantic link ups with every other character in every other episode. After a few episodes, the audiences will lose count.
3) Concepts of homosexuality, incest, forbidden love etc. are added left, right and center.

 

 
QUOTE –
Jughead: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m weird. I’m a weirdo. I don’t fit in, And I don’t want to fit in.

Bumblebee (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Just another sci-fi movie exploiting the 1980s nostalgia.
2) What is the point of making a soft-reboot-prequel of a movie which is barely 10 years old?

 
QUOTE –
Agent Burns: They literally call themselves Decepticons. That doesn’t set off any red flags?