The Sitter (2011)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Colorful cinematography; Single-Night story.
2) Karl’s surreal den.
3) Special mention for Landry Bender as Blithe.

 
CONS –
1) Sloppy writing; predictable jokes.
2) Forgettable one time watch

 
QUOTE –
Tina: I got your back now Noah because I found out you got some big ass balls, man!
Noah Griffith: Can’t buy underwear, balls don’t fit.

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.”

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Great Supporting cast: Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig & Jonah Hill. They are the only reason anyone can sit through this film.
2) Hawaii – The most important element of the story
3) Dracula musical song

 

Cons –
1) Main roles Peter and Sarah Marshall are ruined by both the main actors
2) Unnecessary sex scenes do not make it a sex-comedy. One time watch.

 

Quote –
Kunu: When life gives you lemons, just say ‘Fuck the lemons,’ and bail.

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.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

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

VERDICT – 1/4

 

PROS –
1) Michael Cera as Robin
2) Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman – Not your regular voice artist, but putting extraordinary effort.

 

CONS –
1) The LEGO movie plots are getting repetitive now.

 
QUOTE –
How many times I gotta tell you? Batman works alone.

Moneyball (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Jonah Hill as Peter Brand : His best non-comedic performance so far.

 

Cons –

 

1) Same old “escape to victory” plot.
2) No heated argument scene between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Brad Pitt –  even for the sake of artistic liberty.
3) Chris Pratt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright : good actors with no scope in the story-line.

 
Quote –

 
Billy Beane: When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt him.

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.