Educating Rita (1983)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The first meeting between Frank and Rita is filled with funny & witty dialogues.
2) Julie Walters as Rita: Her Irish accent is top-notch
3) A great watch for bibliophiles.

 

Cons –
1) My Fair Lady: Redux
2) Poor editing
3) Smartly written first-act but slow second-half with a meaningless climax.

 

Quote –
Dr. Frank Bryant: Found a culture, have you, Rita? Found a better song to sing? No, you found a different song to sing, and on your lips, it’s shrill and hollow and tuneless.

Paddington (2014)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Peter Capaldi as Mr. Curry

 

Cons –
1) Movie only for kindergarten kids

 

Quote –
Clyde: Gentlemen, these were no dumb beasts. They were intelligent and civilized.
Geographer: Come off it, Clyde. They didn’t even speak English.
Clyde: Well, no, but…
Geographer: Did they play cricket? Drink tea? Do the crossword? Pretty rum idea of civilization you’ve got, Clyde.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Feel good movie
2) An ABBA musical
3) Fictional Greek island of Kalokairi

 

Cons –
1) Could be a lot funnier with such an ensemble

 

Quote –
Sophie: I want the perfect wedding, and I want my father to give me away.
Ali: Better be a wide aisle!