The Descendants (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) It’s the storytelling of Alexander Payne that even the douchebag character of Sid becomes lovable by the end of the movie.
2) The family’s revenge tour to Kauai.How a family tragedy can bring everyone together!
3) Shailene Woodley as “Alex” took the center stage playing the role of a teenage brat.
4) Hawaiian music

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Matt King: [voice-over] Don’t be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen.

Downsizing (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Great Sci-Fi concept. Hoping to see this concept in some sci-fi action thriller.
2) First 1 hr of the movie.

 

 

Cons –
1) The movie started as a comedy sci-fi with huge potential but ended up being a socio-environmental documentary with an unnecessary romantic subplot.
2) I watched this movie for one reason: Alexander Payne, but the movie disappoints with its weird 3rd act and 135 minutes duration.

 

 

Quote –
Dusan Mirkovic: Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I’m a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise, where would shit go out.

About Schmidt (2002)

 About Schmidt

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Narration as a letter.
2) Kathy Bates

 

Cons –
1) A character study of a retired man – a story told and retold a million times.

 

Quote –
Warren Schmidt: Well Ndugu, I’ll close now. You probably can’t wait to run and cash this check and get yourself something to eat.

Nebraska (2013)

Nebraska

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

 

Verdict – 5 /5

 

Pros –
1) A real American movie
2) Very “Coen-ish”. Bruce Dern gave the performance of a lifetime.
3)”Little Miss Sunshine” in Black & White

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“David Grant: Jesus Mom! Was the whole town trying to seduce you?”