Terms of Endearment (1983)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A movie exploring the ups and downs in a mother-daughter relationship over a span of 30 years.
2) Jack Nicholson as Garrett Breedlove provides some comic relief as the flamboyant and lecherous retired astronaut.
3) Shirley MacLaine as Aurora is the cornerstone of this movie. Indeed an Oscar-worthy performance.

 

 

CONS –
1) A sappy family drama with its fair share of infidelity, melodrama, and cancer.
2) A 2-hrs long boring movie without any reason to rewatch.

 

 


QUOTE –
Garrett: Do you want to know what bothers me? None of us ever got together in one room, locked all the doors, and compared notes on the experience. I think there was a rule we had to pretend that it wasn’t the fun that it was.

Adventureland (2009)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young graduate with a literature degree starts to work part-time at a local amusement park. The premise is a workplace rom-com.
2) The 1980s soundtrack is the only good thing about this movie.

 

 


CONS –
1) A promising workplace comedy wasted by the director of Superbad (2007). All the boring and sappy sub-plot were highlighted while the most colorful characters played by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader were sidelined.
2) A pretentious movie without anything new to offer.

 

 


QUOTE –
Sue : What are you majoring in?
Joel: Russian literature and Slavic languages.
Sue : Oh wow, that’s pretty interesting. What career track is that?
Joel: Cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy. The world is my oyster.

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A 70-yrs old witty and talkative black chauffeur hired to drive around a reluctant old Jewish lady. It’s a feel-good comedy-drama exploring racism and prejudice in 1950/60s America through the eyes of an odd couple
2) The make-up of the lead actors is noteworthy.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Hoke: Did I ever tell you about the first time I ever been outside the state of Georgia?
Daisy: No, when was that?
Hoke: Oh, a few minutes ago.

The King of Staten Island (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) The story of a 24-yrs old unemployed pothead and wannabe tattoo artist. This semi-biographical Pete Davidson movie is as hopeless and unfunny as it can be. A movie without Team Apatow is not a Judd Apatow movie.
2) The last good movie directed by Judd Apatow was Funny People (2009). He should concentrate more on producing movies rather than directing them.
3) Pete Davidson is not a good actor. Him being the central character doesn’t make any sense. It appears Apatow made this movie for him out of pity to prevent him from committing suicide.

 

 
QUOTE –
Margie: Kids don’t do stuff like this. He did the second-worst thing you could do to a kid in the woods.

Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another feather in Amitabh’s cap. He played Mirza, an old cunning husband waiting for his old wife to die so that he can inherit the decaying haveli.
2) This is a Panchatantra kind of story where 2 scheming parties are outsmarted by the weak victim.
3) Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala are two excellent actors who played their roles as expected.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ayushmann Khurrana’s role didn’t have much substance. He hardly got any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Shukla: ye hoti hai ghar ki pakki deewar. ye nahin ki koi tatti kar raha hai, gir padi sar par.

Cobra Kai (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The redemption of Johnny Lawrence. It’s mind-blowing how the tables are turned now.
2) Assembling the original cast of a 34-year-old movie is in itself an accomplishment.
3) The show chose to be comedy-drama rather than being an overly-brooding story of a former-bully.
4) 30 minutes running time for an episode is just what we need to avoid unnecessary sub-plots and built-ups.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Johnny: “You can leave your asthma and your peanut allergies and all that other made-up bullshit outside.”

Panchayat (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Light-hearted fresh story of a young reluctant panchayat secretary stuck in a village.
2) In the presence of veterans like Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, Jitendra Kumar – the highlight is grabbed by newcomer Chandan Roy as Vikas and Faisal Malik as Prahlad.
3) Fast-paced screenplay without any distracting sub-plot.
4) Looking at TVF’s track-record, a second season is very unlikely to happen. But it’ll be awaited for sure.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
N/A

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Robin Williams’ one-man show. Probably his best.
2) Opening radio monologue. In fact, every time Robin Williams is DJing is pure unbridled entertainment.
3) Great soundtrack.
4) Bruno Kirby as Lt. Steven Hauk, the constant killjoy. Not easy to play the heavy against crowd favorite.

 

CONS –
1) The entire anti-war sub-plot with Trinh & Tuan is absolutely boring.
2) Every time when Robin Williams is not on the screen, the movie is unbearable.

 
QUOTE –
Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn’t we keep the PC on the q.t., because if it leaks to the VC, he could end up an MIA, and then we’d all be put on KP.

The Bucket List (2007)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Two Hollywood stalwarts in a light-hearted but heart touching adventure movie, on a journey of self-discovery.

 
CONS –
1) Not the best Rob Reiner movie. The writing is plain and predictable from beginning to end. We all know where it’s going.

 
QUOTE –
Edward Cole: 3 things to remember when you get older: never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart.

Zeroville (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is watchable only when Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson are on the screen.

 
CONS –
1) Overblown story of “cineautistic” film editor obsessed with A Place in the Sun (1951).
2) Such a waste of talents like Jacki Weaver and Will Ferrell.

 
QUOTE –
Fuck continuity.