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.”

Rushmore (1998)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

PROS –
1) A very peculiar love-triangle with hilarious consequences.
2) Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer. The entire character of Max is intriguing. School’s most extracurricularly active and least academic student.
3) Wes Anderson movies are known for three things. Deadpan comedy, symmetrical compositions in cinematography, and the soundtrack from the 60s & 70s. This movie excelled in all 3 departments.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Herman Blume: She’s in love with a dead guy anyway.

Ghostbusters (1984)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) It’s a landmark movie for nerds community
2) Rick Moranis as Louis Tully – The freindzoned next door
3) Sigourney Weaver – Posing for some iconic and striking poses

 

Cons –

 

1) Low quality CGI

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Ray: Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve WORKED in the private sector. They expect *results*.

Groundhog Day (1993)

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

Verdict – 5 /5

 

Pros –

 

1) A great spiritual experience – like a Chekhov’s short story.
2) One of the best fantasy film after It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
3) The circle of love, life, desires, destiny, and death – all summed up in 101 minutes.

 
Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –

 
Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?
Ralph: That about sums it up for me.

The Jungle Book (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Christopher Walken as King Louie
2) Visually good ( but not “Life Of Pi”)
3) “The Bare Necessities”

 
Cons –
1) Nice effort but still short of a “definitive Jungle Book movie”. All wait for the Andy Serkis version.

 
Quote –
“Mowgli: I am Mowgli of the Seoni, and this is my home!”

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Visual extravaganza; colorful adventure film with caricaturish characters. A standard “WA” grand ensemble movie with a fast-paced screenplay. A comic-thriller story-line with subtle horrors of war.
2) A story within a story
3) The Society of the Crossed Keys

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“M. Gustave: Keep your hands off my lobby boy!”

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Just for old times’ sake.
2) Return of Billy in 4C
3) Kidney prank ( though it was ruined in the trailer)
4) “Bush Club”, “The Old Stinkeroo”
5) Captain Lippencott’s camouflage bodysuit gags

 

CONS –
1) A sequel too delayed
2) One-time watch
3) Bad supporting cast.

 

QUOTE –
“GOT YOU!”

Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee
2) 33 Rules
3) Bill Murray cameo

 

Cons –
Jesse Eisenberg –  not a good actor in this zombie-comedy

 

Quote –
Tallahassee: Out west, we hear it’s back east. Back east, they hear it’s out west. It’s all just nonsense. You know, you’re like a penguin on the North Pole who hears the South Pole is really nice this time of the year.