Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 
Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer as Gus Petch – the man deserves an Oscar for that short role with his iconic catchphrase – I’m gonna nail your ass!
2) Jonathan Hadary as Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy – he stole the entire courtroom scene.
3) Billy Bob Thornton plot twist. Marylin, the ruthless golddigger, planned the perfect revenge but love overshadowed vengeance.
4) Fast paced well-written screenplay. George Clooney & Catherine Zeta-Jones had an amazing chemistry as a power couple.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Miles Massey: Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Henry the Eighth. What do they have in common?
Wrigley: [thinks] Middle name?

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The Descendants (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) It’s the storytelling of Alexander Payne that even the douchebag character of Sid becomes lovable by the end of the movie.
2) The family’s revenge tour to Kauai.How a family tragedy can bring everyone together!
3) Shailene Woodley as “Alex” took the center stage playing the role of a teenage brat.
4) Hawaiian music

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Matt King: [voice-over] Don’t be fooled by appearances. In Hawaii, some of the most powerful people look like bums and stuntmen.

Tomorrowland (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Like Jumanji, it’s highly influential to younger audiences
2) Frank’s home security fighting AAs
3) Nix final monologue

Cons –
1) Disney’s wet-dream
2) Over-stretched and mediocre third act
3) Covert environmental message

Quote –
Casey Newton: There are two wolves and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins?
Eddie Newton: Whichever one you feed.

Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Huge ensemble but it’s a David Strathairn show – The defiant cigarette smoking broadcast journalist.

 

Cons –
1) It’s a documentary – if any movie is using prime elements of the plot from archive news footage, don’t sweat to call it a feature film.
2) Pretentious movie – lacking adrenaline of a newsroom.

 

Quote –
Edward R. Murrow: This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Alden Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle : he’s a revelation
2) Jonah Hill as Joseph Silverman : Best character from the movie

 

Cons –

1) Generic Coen Bros film , missing the cutting edge. One step away from being next lebowski.Good to see Coen Bros returning to their roots after the disaster called “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
2) Small characters were better than lead characters.

 
Quote –
Hobie Doyle: It’s complicated.

Three Kings (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the best Black Comedy War film
2) Spike Jonze as Private Conrad ; best character from the movie
3) Slow-motion action sequences
4) “I Get Around” – Beach Boys sequence
5) Cinematography

 

Cons –
n/a
Quote –

“Archie Gates: Hit them with the blinding power of American sunshine.”

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Premise: Tarantino Universe
2) Regular QT and RR actors (Salma Hayek as Santánico Pandemonium / Cheech Marin in triple role / Danny Trejo as Razor /Tom Savini as Sex Machine and his crotch gun/ Michael Parks)
3) Titty Twister Mexican rock party.
4) The final scene with the Aztec temple
5) Black-comedy: Its sense of humor is heavily influenced by Evil Dead.

 

Cons –
1) The movie progresses as a regular crime film for the first half and out of nowhere it became a B-Grade slasher Grind-house extravaganza.

 

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