The Upside (2017)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Neil Burger added nothing new to the Hollywood remake of The Intouchables (2011).
2) I wonder how Nicole Kidman agreed for this petty role.

 

QUOTE –
Dell Scott: You can have any girl you want. What about this lady with all the Botox? You’re perfect for each other. You can’t move your body, she can’t move her face.

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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A fitting tribute to Philip K. Dick was long overdue.
2) 10 episodes with a vast range of actors. Most notably Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Buscemi, and Timothy Spall.
3) Best episodes: “Impossible Planet”, “Real Life”, “The Father Thing”, “The Commuter”

 

Cons –
1) A mild version of Black Mirror
2) Boring episodes: “The Hood Maker”, “Crazy Diamond”, “Human Is”, “Kill All Others”

 
Quote –
“Irma: I dreamt you, Mr.Norton.Deep in my heart. And I think maybe you dreamt me too.”

Contagion (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Seems scientifically accurate with recent similar outbreaks of H1N1 and SARS.
2) Climax explaining the source of the virus.
3) This movie appears like a prequel of those post-apocalyptic movies and TV series where a deadly virus had swept Earth population.

 

Cons –
1) This movie is not an action adventure disaster movie but only a scientific mock-drill of possible events in a virus outbreak.

 

Quote –
Dr. Sussman: Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.

All the Way (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) 5 minutes into the movie and you forgot the guy is Bryan Cranston.Splendid !
2) Great production value.
3) Captivating screenplay.No idea why the producer decided to make it a TV movie.This is Oscar stuff.

 
Cons –

 

1) Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King, Jr. : Very Weak portrayal.

 

Quote –

 

“LBJ : People think I want great power, but what I want is great solace.A little love.That’s all I want.”

Godzilla (2014)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Final Dual – Godzilla Vs. MUTO
2) Opening Credits
3) Full body shots of Godzilla (beats Transformers)
4) Reiterating and re-establishing Godzilla as the “King Of The Monsters”.

 

Cons –
1) Too much time wasted in built up. All peek-a-boo and blink-and-miss will only frustrate the audiences.
2) Ken Watanabe and Bryan Cranston wasted.
3) Worst Lead actors possible; bad casting.
4) Terrible “family-sub-plot”
5) As a summary, “Godzilla” is the first 2 minutes of “Pacific Rim“.

 

Quote –
“Look, Mommy! Dinosaurs!”

Drive (2011)

Drive

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Travis Bickle neo-noir.
2) Retrowave soundtrack – “Nightcall“, “Tick of the Clock
3) That satin jacket with the logo of a golden scorpion on the back
4) Beneath the ultra-violent action, it’s also a great love story.

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“You know the story about the scorpion and the frog? Your friend Nino didn’t make it across the river.”

Larry Crowne (2011)

Larry Crowne

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer & Julia Roberts
2) Feel good one time watch rom-com

 

Cons –
1) Predictable plot
2) Tom Hanks as the director is playing it safe unlike Tom Hanks the actor.

 

Quote –
Dr. Matsutani: This is college, there’s only two things you can’t do: smoke in the building and use your phone in my class.