The Promotion (2008)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
N/A

 

 

CONS –
1) This workplace comedy was expected to be out an out laugh riot with 2 assistant managers of a corporate grocery store outdoing each other for promotion. But sadly even with genuinely funny actors like Seann William Scott & John C. Reilly, this tepid comedy is a sheer disappointment.

 

 
QUOTE –
Richard: We’re all just out here trying to get some food… sometimes, we bump into each other.

Anger Management (2003)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A girl secretly hatches a grand plan (with the help of an eccentric psychiatrist) to instigate his submissive boyfriend who is constantly bullied in his personal and professional life.
2) A comedy of odd couple,  full of quirky characters and witty dialogues. A sure shot Adam Sandler entertainer.
3) An effective supporting cast and memorable cameos by Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, & Heather Graham.

 

 

 

CONS –
1) The cameo by Rudy Giuliani and the Yankees Team at the end is equally cringy.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dr. Buddy Rydell: Let me explain something to you, Dave. There are two kinds of angry people in this world: explosive and implosive. Explosive is the kind of individual you see screaming at the cashier for not taking their coupons. Implosive is the cashier who remains quiet day after day and finally shoots everyone in the store. You’re the cashier.
Dave Buznik: No, no, no. I’m the guy hiding in the frozen food section dialing 911. I swear.

Hard Eight (1996)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A guilt-ridden professional gambler Sydney is helping out a young man by teaching him the tricks of the trade. What the young man doesn’t know is that Sydney killed his father years ago.
2) A solid crime thriller with an ominous theme. There is very little action that too towards the end of the movie but still, we can anticipate the forthcoming violence.
3) Philip Baker Hall’s performance as Sydney is single-handedly elevating the movie. His background is not widely elaborated but his expressions and mannerism speak for themselves.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Sydney: Never ignore a man’s courtesy.

Chicago (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) All publicity is good publicity. Although the movie is set in the 1920s, it eerily summarises the modern media, making and breaking a person’s public image, creating false gods & celebrities for gullible readers & audiences with a short attention span.
2) Great screenplay and editing amalgamating the entire movie with jazz performances.
3) John C. Reilly as Amos, the simpleton pushover husband of Roxie Hart.
4) Magnificent musical numbers moving the story forward.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
1.
Billy Flynn: This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.
2.
Roxie: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Matron Mama Morton: You’re talking to the wrong people.

Holmes & Watson (2018)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 

 
PROS –
1) The plot-twist where Mrs. Hudson is revealed as the daughter of Prof. Moriarty.

 

 

 
CONS –
1) A great opportunity wasted. One of the most awaited movie in recent times starring the greatest comedic-duo of our times was ruined by caricaturish performances and witless writing.

 

 

 
QUOTE –
Holmes: When one eliminates the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, is the truth.
Watson: But this is absurd. Holmes, you must know in your heart…
Holmes: The heart is for pumping blood. The truth is the truth!

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 
PROS –
1) Bill Hader as J.P. Spamley and his sidekick Gord were definitely the two best characters.
2) John C. Reilly as Ralph delivered as expected. The post-credit rick-rolling was spot on.

 
CONS –
1) The countless pop-culture references in every other movie are not making it better. It’s rather getting sickening.
2) The entire BuzzzTube plot was very dystopian and probably planted in the plot on purpose.

 
QUOTE –
J.P. Spamley: Wanna get rich playing video games?

The Sisters Brothers (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A story of two hitmen brothers, poles apart with conflicting personalities caught up in the California Gold Rush.
2) Hermann Warm‘s formula. I wasn’t expecting it to work. Moreover, the entire “phalanstery project” appeared as a scam.
3) A very fulfilling climax with both brothers returning home.
4) John C. Reilly as Eli Sisters is clearly one notch above every other actor in this movie.

 

CONS –
1) What is the central plot? The gold rush, Eli Sisters‘ reluctance or Charlie Sisters‘ greed? Whatever it was, it achieved nothing spectacular when the credit rolled.

 
QUOTE –
Charlie Sisters: You do realize that our father was stark raving mad and we got his foul blood in our veins? That was his gift to us. That blood is why we’re good at what we do.
Eli Sisters: Our father drank, Charlie.
Charlie Sisters: Touché.

Carnage (2011)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) It’s a stage-play. Even with cuts and editing, this 80 minutes comedy-drama looks like a play.
2) Characters gradually dropping the facade. Except for Christoph Waltz’s character, all 3 characters were pretending to be someone else at the beginning of the film and as the film progresses the true self emerges.

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Alan Cowan: Penelope, I believe in the god of carnage. The god whose rule’s been unchallenged since time immemorial.

Gangs of New York (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill the Butcher – Probably his definitive role. It’s a shame he didn’t win the Oscar for this role.
2) Music: “Shimmy She Wobble” – Dead Rabbits riot

 

CONS –
1) To make the movie an “epic”, the length is unnecessarily increased. For the first 2 hrs, the story is stuck in the same place. The movie kick-starts once Amsterdam’s identity is revealed.
2) Epic start but not an epic climax.
3) Son returns to avenge his father’s death – secretly working for his father’s killer eventually killing him – every 80’s Bollywood movie ever.

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: That, my friends, is the minority vote.

The Little Hours (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Nick Offerman as Lord Bruno – Delivered as expected

 

Cons –

 

1) Expectation was a mad reefer comedy but not a single compelling scene
2) Waste of a great ensemble

 

 

Quote –

 

Lord Bruno – Bring me his goddamn balls.