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.

The Color of Money (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie started as ‘Fast’ Eddie being a retired pool hustler finding a new talented kid Vincent. But as the movie progresses, the Mentor-Protégé relationship turns into a rivalry.
2) Martin Scorsese gave a proper closure to Eddie’s character.
3) The turning point of the movie is the scene with Amos [played by a young Forest Whitaker] hustling the hustler. It shows how humiliation can invoke dormant pride.

 

 

CONS –
1) Just like it’s predecessor, The Hustler (1961), it’s a one time watch slow sports-drama.

 

 
QUOTE –
Eddie Felson: Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Dianne Wiest as Holly: The runt of the litter with a happy ending.
2) Woody Allen as Mickey: An infertile divorced man with possible brain tumor going through an existential crisis. This plot was extremely amusing and better than the main plot of three sisters and their vexatious lives.
3) Max von Sydow as Frederick: An eccentric old artist living with his protege in a prototypical studio apartment. His ascetic monologue on TV was fascinating.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Mickey: Why all of a sudden is the sketch dirty?
Ed Smythe: Child molestation is a touchy subject and the affiliates…
Mickey: Read the papers, half the country’s doing it!
Ed Smythe: Yes, but you name names.
Mickey: We never-we don’t name names, we say “The Pope”!

Barton Fink (1991)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick – The ruthless hollywood honcho
2) John Goodman as Charlie Meadows – A mythical character
3) A phychological-thriller which is not phychological. The Coen version of “The Tenant“.
4) The hotel being a “character” in the movie
5) Jon Polito as Lou – excellent screen presence.

 
Cons –

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Barton: I’m a writer, you monsters! I create! I create for a living! I’m a creator! I am a creator! This is my uniform! This is how I serve the common man!

Quiz Show (1994)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) John Turturro as Herb Stempel : effortless execution : one of his best role
2) Revealing true face of “show business”.
3) Paul Scofield & Ralph Fiennes : father-son subplot : Brilliant scene at family gathering quoting Shakespeare and summarizing the movie plot.
4) Final Courtroom scene

 

Cons –

 

n/a

 

 

Quote –

Mark Van Doren: It was a goddamn quiz show, Charlie.
Charles Van Doren: An ill-favored thing, sir…
Mark Van Doren: This is not the time to play games!
Charles Van Doren: At mine own, it was mine!
Mark Van Doren: Your name is mine!

The Night Of (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

 

Pros –

1) John Turturro as John Stone : Saved the best of himself for the finale monologue
2) Courtromm drama
3) Riz Ahmed as Naz : The transformation
4) Bill Camp as Dennis Box is a revelation
5) The Cat Subplot analogy with Naz’s.

 
Cons –

1) Poorna Jagannathan as Nasir’s mother : huge miscast, she should’ve been playing the lawyer instead of Amara Karan
2) The mini-series is NOT a murder mystery or Crime Drama or anything of that sort.It’s a cinematographic-crime-murder-mystery which is being captured by expressions of actors which got nothing to do with solving the crime.
3) Unnecessary sub-plots not impacting the story-line

 

Quote –

“Stone : You’re free.”

Transformers (2007)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Giant robo-monsters fight.
2) Scorponok; Qatar battle.
3) BumbleBee / Chevy Camaro & Optimus Prime / Peterbilt 379 .
4) Michael Bay’s direction is undoubtedly certified summer blockbuster.No matter how bad the story is.
5) What I’ve Done (LP)

 

Cons –
1) Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky

 

Quote –
“Optimus Prime: I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars. We are here. We are waiting.”

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

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

Verdict –5 /5

Pros –
1) The sailing Fedora
2)The Thompson
3) Jon Polito & John Turturro

 

Cons –
1) The Love triangle

 

Quote –
“The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson.”