The Promotion (2008)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) This workplace comedy was expected to be out an out laugh riot with 2 assistant managers of a corporate grocery store outdoing each other for promotion. But sadly even with genuinely funny actors like Seann William Scott & John C. Reilly, this tepid comedy is a sheer disappointment.

 

 
QUOTE –
Richard: We’re all just out here trying to get some food… sometimes, we bump into each other.

The Mist (2007)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This movie would have ended as just another sci-fi horror movie without the character of Mrs. Carmody [played by Marcia Gay Harden]. The entire movie came into life, when this bible-bashing boss-bitch character took the central stage, leading her minions like Jack in Lord of the Flies.
2) Lovecraftian giant creatures from a parallel universe came into our world through some portal thanks to a failed military scientific experiment.
3) The climax is unsettling. Just unsettling.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
i]
Ollie: As a species, we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

 

ii]
Amanda Dunfrey: People are basically good; decent. My god, David, we’re a civilized society.
David Drayton: Sure, as long as the machines are working and you can dial 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, you scare the shit out of them – no more rules.

The Road (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) A poignant father-son survival story in a post-apocalyptic world battling nuclear winter, hunger, and cannibals.
2) Intriguing cinematography.

 
CONS –
1) It’s a drama with familiar elements of a survival film without action and zombies.

 
QUOTE –
The Man: Do you ever wish you would die?
Old Man: No. It’s foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.