The Pelican Brief (1993)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An investigative thriller that unfolds slowly like a Jason Bourne movie without the action sequences.

 
CONS –
1) Slow, boring and too long. From the very beginning, the President is revealed to be the real culprit and it became pointless to explore the movie for another 100 minutes.

 
QUOTE –
Prof. Callahan: I’ve decided my agenda for the future. I’ll stay in bed, drink, make love and forget the whole damn business.

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos: Superb character
2) Explained Birth Of The Mujaheddin
3) Om Puri as Zia-ul-Haq
4) Another great war black-comedy from Mike Nichols after Catch-22 (1970)

 

Cons –
1) Emily Blunt: What was she doing there?
2) Trivializing the history

 

Quote –
Charlie Wilson: What is the U.S. strategy?
Gust Avrakotos: Well, strictly speaking, we don’t have one. But we’re working hard on that.
Charlie Wilson: Who’s ‘we’?
Gust Avrakotos: Me and three other guys.

Notting Hill (1999)

Notting Hill

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” – The whole sequence is mesmerizing
2) Rhys Ifans as Spike
3) Hugh Grant in a rom-com written by Richard Curtis set in London  – What more anyone can ask?

 

Cons –
1) Julia Roberts is annoying in this role

 

Quote –
Max: You haven’t slept with her, have you?
William: That is a cheap question and the answer is, of course, no comment.
Max: “No comment” means “yes.”
William: No it doesn’t.
Max: Do you ever masturbate?
William: DEFINITELY no comment.
Max: You see? It means “yes.”

Larry Crowne (2011)

Larry Crowne

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer & Julia Roberts
2) Feel good one time watch rom-com

 

Cons –
1) Predictable plot
2) Tom Hanks as the director is playing it safe unlike Tom Hanks the actor.

 

Quote –
Dr. Matsutani: This is college, there’s only two things you can’t do: smoke in the building and use your phone in my class.