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

Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A movie following 2 major sub-plots. An accomplished ophthalmologist’s extra-marital affair and a two-bit film-maker trying to start one.
2) Prof. Louis Levy sermons.
3) Woody Allen in his usual self with funny one-liners. Lester’s documentary rough-cut was hilarious.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clifford Stern: Listen, I don’t know from suicides. Y’know, where I grew up, in Brooklyn, nobody committed suicide. Y’know, everyone was too unhappy.

What Women Want (2000)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A Nancy Meyers rom-com with an element of fantasy
2) Mel Gibson dancing to Frank Sinatra – I Won’t Dance

 

Cons –
1) Run-of-the-mill rom-com with a predictable outcome.

 

Quote –
Darcy McGuire: What kind of knight in shining armor would I be if the man I love needs rescuing and I just let him walk out my door?

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!