The Favourite (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Yorgos Lanthimos completes his hat-trick of good movies. One of the most gifted contemporary director.
2) A sickly pushover queen finds herself in the middle of two over-ambitious women in early 18th century England.
3) The outstanding trinity of actresses.
4) A tremendous soundtrack for classical music connoisseurs.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Queen Anne: Are the people really angry about the land tax?
Duchess of Marlborough: They’ll be angrier when the French are sodomizing their wives and planting their fields with garlic.

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Maniac (2018 miniseries )

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Cassette Futurism – A great entry in this genre.A dystopian future with Russian speaking USA.
2) Sonoya Mizuno as Dr. Azumi Fujita – Best character from the show with a distinctly 80s look.
3) Billy Magnussen as Jed singing “Every Breath You Take” unplugged
4) Multiple anthology stories inside one show. Both lead and supporting characters playing distinct roles from different eras with different personalities.
5) There are only 2 confirmed aspects of this story which are occurring in the real world – The mother-son rivalry and the Milgrim courtroom trial. Rest all can be psychological.

 

Cons –
1) Upbeat climax but mediocre third act.

 

Quote –
“Every mistake I’ve ever made started with it’s too good to be true.”

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Steve Carell & Emma Stone nailed it.
2) The movie on this historic event was long overdue.
3) Great supporting cast.

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Antagonizing Margaret Court for being straight? Not Okay.
2) Lesbian saved womankind – that’s the underlying theme of this film.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

JACK : I’m not sure you understand. If you’re not in the USLTA, you can’t play the Grand Slams. No Wimbledon,no Palm Springs, no nothing.
BILLIE JEAN : Oh, I get it. But what will your Grand Slams be without the best women players in the world? Not so grand.

La La Land (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –

 

1) Climactic epilogue with possible alt-ending.
2) John Legend’s monologue on Jazz
3) Cinematography
4) The only romantic scene where the movie clicks was when Mia leaves the restaurant and runs to the theater to watch Rebel Without a Cause with Seb.

 

Cons –

 

1) Mediocre songs with mediocre dance moves.
2) Too much hyped by 14 Oscar nominations

 

Quote –

 

Keith: How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist?

Birdman (2014)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) This movie is a milestone in world cinema
2) The similarity between Reel-Life and Real-Life Of Keaton
3) The Music (Drumrolls)
4) Cinematography (long shots); Visually stunning
5) Great supporting cast.
6) Trailer and Poster
7) Ambiguous Climax
8) His alter-ego as his inner conflict (and the Batman gruff voice)
9) The Times-Square Scene

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“Riggan: [as Birdman] The Clown doesn’t have half your talent and he’s making a fortune in that tin-man getup.We’re the real thing Riggan.We had it all.We gave it away.We handed these posers the keys to the kingdom.”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) “Revenge” (featuring The Flaming Lips) – Dark Night of the Soul
2) Plot-Twist
3) Analeigh Tipton
4) It’s more coming-of-age than a Rom-Com-Drama

 

Cons –
1) Hitch Sub-Plot
2) Weak main plot

 

Quote –
Cal: What a cliché.

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.