Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is funny from the first minute to the last. It’s not a parody of blaxploitation movies like Undercover Brother (2002) or Black Dynamite (2009). It’s an authentic biographical movie about an aspiring and ambitious man.
2) Eddie Murphy is finally back on the big screen after a hiatus and what a comeback! The writing is great and ain’t pretentious at all.
3) A great all-black cast including Craig Robinson, Wesley Snipes, Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Keegan-Michael Key, etc.
4) Though the movie shares a plot similar to The Disaster Artist (2017) and also Ed Wood (1994), Eddie Murphy’s performance elevates this movie to another level.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Rudy Ray Moore: Dolemite is my name, and fuckin’ up motherfuckers is my game!

Head of State (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Entire Bernie Mac’s campaign for the vice-president is the best part of this movie. The NATO bit was top notch.

 

CONS –
1) Terrible execution. It’s a 5-minutes worth of stand-up comedy act stretched for 95 minutes with little consequences.
2) Disappointing soundtrack.

 

QUOTE –
Host: What about NATO?
Mitch: I never met Nato. I don’t talk about people behind their back.
Host: NATO is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Mitch: I thought you were talking about this guy named Nato.
Host: But you have to know these things. You’re running for public office.
Mitch: Do you know Nato Jacobs? Do you know Nato Jacobs?
Host: I’m sorry, I haven’t met the gentleman.
Mitch: That’s what I said. You know nothing about Nato? I know nothing about NATO.

The Week Of (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Funny subplots – Uncle Lustig from WWII, huge booze bottles
2) Katie Hartman as Robin is a revelation
3) Steve Buscemi got best lines

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Adam Sandler movie
2) Chris Rock’s half-cooked role

 

Quote –
Airline Staff : This is an airport wheelchair.And I’m actually gonna need it back.Someone needs it more, sir.
Kenny: Oh! Someone needs it more than this guy?

Chris Rock: Tamborine (2018)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/3

 

 

Pros –
1) Chris Rock – Divorce mellowed down this artist but still good.One-third act was on relationship and divorce.
2) The bit questioning education system and bullies was solid.

 

 

Cons –
1) Police brutality, gun violence racism, guns – cliched jokes

 

 

Quote –
“You can be ANYTHING you’re good at…as long as they’re hiring.”

Madagascar (2005)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien
2) The Penguins: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private
3) “I Like to Move It”

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Skipper the Penguin: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave.

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Grown Ups 2

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The 80’s Themed Party

 

Cons –
2) Deer urine humor. That scene summarises the level of effort made in this movie.

 

Quote –
Kurt McKenzie: I can’t believe nobody’s even scared of a black guy anymore! Damn you, Obama!