Cosmopolis (2012)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) “Mecca” by K’naan
2) Some clever one-liners.

 
CONS –
1) Surreal but pretentious. Low production value, disappointing CGI, amateurish cinematography, and sloppy acting. Robert Pattinson as the lead is miscast.
2) A social commentary on the capitalist system but not at all gripping as a movie.

 
QUOTE –
Didi Fancher: Talent is more erotic when it’s wasted.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Heart-warming high-school romance. The chemistry between Nick & Norah is magical.
2) Single-Night factor
3) Cameos – Kevin Corrigan, Devendra Banhart, John Cho, Seth Meyers, and Andy Samberg

 

Cons –
1) LGBT sub-plot is forcefully rubbed on audiences without any outcome.
2) Average music than expected.

 

Quote –
Norah: It reminds me of this part of Judaism that I really like. It’s called Tikun Olam. It says that the world’s been broken into pieces and it’s everybody’s job to find them and put them back together again.
Nick: Well maybe we’re the pieces. Maybe we are not supposed to find the pieces. Maybe we are the pieces.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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

VERDICT – 0/4

 

PROS –
1) Main protagonist losing his 1 leg in the end. You don’t see that everyday in an animated film targeted for kids. Ballsy move.
2) Boss fight.
3) Viking set-up

 

CONS –
1) Predictable plot-line full of stock characters.

 

QUOTE –
Stoick: When we crack this mountain open, all hell is going to break loose.
Gobber: And my undies. Good thing I brought extras.

Fanboys (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Nerd Factor
2) Cameos

 

Cons –
1) Bad direction
2) Shallow character development.
3) TBBT set the bar too high for any nerd movie (a half-hearted mediocre attempt is not enough)

 

Quote –
“Hutch: Nobody calls Han Solo a bitch!”

This Is the End (2013)

This Is the End

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) It’s a treat for Team Apatow fans. Full of pop-culture references as they are playing fictionalized versions of themselves roasting each other.
2) Cameos: Rihanna, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Channing Tatum, etc.
3) Music: Gangnam Style;  final heaven scene with Backstreet Boys is a real show-stopper
4) Craig Robinson and Danny McBride stole the show.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Craig Robinson: Ain’t no party, like a no panty party, cause a no panty party don’t stop!