Bad Santa (2003)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Bernie Mac and Tony Cox cussing & eyeballing each other is the highlight of this movie.
2) John Ritter as Bob

 

 

Cons –
1) Mickey & Kramer from Seinfeld
2) The “Thurman” subplot is unsettling. Neither funny nor cute.

 

 

Quote –
Gin: You got some lip on you midget.
Marcus: Yeah? Well, these lips were on your wife’s pussy last night.

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) The thermostat skit – only scene where an effort was made
2) Sully cameo
3) Ebullient chuckle as expected – better than its prequel

 

 

 

Cons –
1) It’s a one-time watch movie full of jokes from 1980s

 

 

Quote –
Brad: The thermostat is a secret covenant!

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Great story challenging faith and common sense.
2) Macy’s vs Gimbels plot
3) Courtroom Drama: A feel good trial

 

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) remains the best Christmas film.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Fred Gailey: We intend to prove that Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus.

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A must watch for moviegoers to know why Katharine Hepburn is the greatest female star.60 year old Hepburn playing Queen Eleanor opposite to 25 years younger Peter O’Toole.
2) The realistic approach by director showing the king Henry II ruling a palace which looks like a cow-shed.
3) The whole movie is filled with witty one-liners.
4) The chemistry of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine is shown as an epitome of love-hate relationship of a power-couple.
5) Probably one of the greatest Christmas film where Christmas is the not the central theme like Die Hard.

 

Cons –

 

1) 134 minute running time will make this historical drama tedious.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Henry II: It’s heavy… Oh Eleanor, you’ve brought me my tombstone! You spoil me!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/4

 

Pros –

1) Tim Burton’s dark take on Dr. Seuss
2) Simple story like “Cat In The Hat”, but a haunting chapter for Children’s literature.
3) Celebration of 2 holidays

 

Cons –

1) Though unique but average animation quality
2) Mediocre music

 

Quote –

Jack Skellington: Eureka! This year, Christmas will be – OURS!

The Night Before (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Michael Shannon as Mr. Green: A mythical character bound to develop a cult following in coming years.
2) James Franco cameo.

 

Cons –
1) Pathetic stoner movie with zero entertainment value
2) Even Miley Cyrus cameo can’t save this half-baked Christmas disaster.

 

Quote –
Mr. Green: About 20 Years ago, I read “The Great Gatsby”. I love the book. Movie’s alright .. 3D give me a headache .. but I’m a sucker for Leo.

Die Hard (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) An era-defining action movie from John McTiernan; one of the most under-appreciated director of our time.
2) One man against all odds theme.Possibly the greatest Christmas action movie.
3) Nakatomi Plaza
4) Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber: an Iconic villain.
5) Iconic explosions sequences

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Hans Gruber: Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?
John McClane: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.