Spotlight (2015)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Geat ensemble of actors.

 

CONS –
1) The original story of the investigative journalist “Spotlight” team covering the sex abuse scandal is bigger than the movie.
2) Mark Ruffalo is playing the lead of the Spotlight team but his performance as the eccentric investigative reporter is absolutely annoying.

 

QUOTE –
Mitchell Garabedian: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

The Station Agent (2003)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) It’s a hang-out movie. 20 minutes into the movie and you’d also want to hang-out with Fin, Joe, and Olivia near the abandoned train station.
2) Possibly one of the best non-fantasy film featuring a dwarf actor.

 
CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
“Finbar McBride: Here I am! Take a look. TAKE A LOOK!”

Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Just like the first installment, it’s a nice enjoyable zombie-comedy. The movie gets into the mood from the Columbia/SONY intro itself.
2) Luke Wilson as Albuquerque
3) One scene where Columbus and Flagstaff are wrangling over their respective rules and commandments.

 

CONS –
1) Nothing extraordinary added to the franchise, rather it’s a sequel too late.

 
QUOTE –
“They say when something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you.”

Housefull 4 (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 
CONS –
1) Our expectations were already low, but Holy Fuck…!
2) Crass potty jokes, slapstick comedy, ripped off songs. A total time-waste

 
QUOTE –
Ga Ma Ma Re Ga !

Joker (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Some actors like Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey are born to play the role of Joker. They could nail this role anytime with a good director. Heath Ledger gave an everlasting performance thanks to visionary Christopher Nolan. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance reflects his hard work and dedication. Seeing his body of work, it’s not surprising to get such performance from him
2) I’ve always considered Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) as the ultimate lonely man. Even Gotham City in this movie looks like a decaying NY. He was always one step away from being a super-villain like Joker and he kinda became one. The personality of Arthur Fleck has a stark resemblance to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) and Rupert Pupkin from The King of Comedy (1982). The presence of Robert De Niro completes the circle.
3) Batman’s original universe is built around Thomas Wayne being a saintly figure who died trying to redeem Gotham. Here he appears as a negative character with the possibility of being Joker’s father.
4) Interestingly, Joaquin Phoenix was part of a weird controversy in David Letterman’s show. Now after this movie, any late-night show host would think twice before inviting him.
5) All in all, it’s a decent origin movie for both Joker and Batman.
6) Songs: “That’s Life” and “Rock and Roll Part 2”.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE
Arthur Fleck: Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is funny from the first minute to the last. It’s not a parody of blaxploitation movies like Undercover Brother (2002) or Black Dynamite (2009). It’s an authentic biographical movie about an aspiring and ambitious man.
2) Eddie Murphy is finally back on the big screen after a hiatus and what a comeback! The writing is great and ain’t pretentious at all.
3) A great all-black cast including Craig Robinson, Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Keegan-Michael Key, etc.
4) Though the movie shares a plot similar to The Disaster Artist (2017) and also Ed Wood (1994), Eddie Murphy’s performance elevates this movie to another level.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Rudy Ray Moore: Dolemite is my name, and fuckin’ up motherfuckers is my game!

Young Frankenstein (1974)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Mel Brooks classic horror-comedy in all its glory.
2) The blind man skit with Gene Hackman.
3) Marty Feldman as Igor deserves an Oscar for his role.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You know, I’m a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump.
Igor: What hump?

Dream Girl (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Annu Kapoor as Jagjeet distinguished himself in this ensemble-comedy.

 

CONS –
1) 2/3rd of the movie already revealed in the trailer.
2) Apart from the primary plot, the two hrs. long screenplay is terribly weak.
3) Nushrat Bharucha in a meaningless token role.

 

QUOTE –
“duniya mein har koi galat hai … aur sahi woh hai joh kam galat hai”

Marriage Story (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The fiery arguments between Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are one of the highlights of the movie.
2) The movie remains engaging thanks to three colorful divorce lawyers. The expensive and brash Ray Liotta, the swanky and flamboyant Laura Dern, and finally the bumbling Alan Alda.

 
CONS –
1) The movie is equally pretentious like Noah Baumbach’s previous venture. There are already a dozen movies directed by Woody Allen with the same theme.
2) It should’ve been titled “Divorce Story”.

 

 

QUOTE –
Ted: Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst

Ad Astra (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The nothingness and emptiness of the space observed by a mad astronaut and his son; both fighting their solitude.
2) The breathtaking LRV chase sequence got to be one of the highlights of this movie.
3) Colonies on Moon and Mars, space baboons, etc. This sci-fi universe has some promising sub-plots.

 

CONS –
1) It appears like a wannabe Interstellar (2014) with a gloomy vibe throughout the movie.

 
QUOTE –
I am looking forward to the day my solitude ends. And I’m home.