The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Tess post-script monologue is a well-written piece. Sadly, this character neither got a proper execution nor screentime.
2) Final Trapeze fight.

 

Cons –
1) Both lead actors are unfunny. Also, the jokes are without punchlines. The only funny character in this 117 minutes ordeal was the obese Finnish backpacker.
2) The movie just copied the Jude Law plot-twist from Spy (2015).
3) Ivanna Sakhno as Nadedja – token European weirdo villain.

 

Quote –
Audrey: How do you change gear?
Morgan: What’s a gear?

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Martha’s revelation – from this point onward the cat was out of the bag.
2) A good ensemble of actors.

 
Cons –
1) Average murder-mystery with one plot-twist.
2) 30 minutes too long. Too much time taken in establishing that Rachel got some psychological illness to confuse the audiences.
3) Tate Taylor was clearly trying to recreate the magic of “Gone Girl” but not everyone is as good as David Fincher.

 

Quote –
Facebook and drunk ex-wives do not make good friends.

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.”

Wanderlust (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie exploring absurdism ( and coming back to point zero)
2) Jordan Peele as Rodney

 

Cons –
1) Weak 3rd act
2) Forgettable one-time watch comedy

 

Quote –
Sherm: I’ll be one of those guys who’s just old and ugly, rich, has a hot wife. Like… ah
George: Gollum.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –
1) Naomi Watts as Betty / Diane Selwyn
2) Sunset Blvd with a twist
3) The audition scene

 

Cons –
1) The film is labeled as neo-noir/thriller/mystery but it’s a psychological thriller.I’m feeling cheated.
2) Non-linear story-line is OK but this is a plot full of unanswered questions and unexplained sub-plots (e.g. horrible figure behind the diner, the old couple, cowboy, blue box etc)

 

Quote –
Cowboy: Now… you will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me… two more times, if you do bad. Good night.”

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman – A wealthy insecure narcissistic investment banker living alternate lives of a high-class materialistic, and the other of a psycho killer begging to get caught.
2) Great ensemble of supporting actors
3) The line between fantasy and reality is quite blurred in this screenplay completed with an ambiguous climax.
4) John Cale’s soundtrack.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Patrick Bateman: I have to return some videotapes.