Parks and Recreation (Season 6)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Ron meets Ron – Sam Elliott as Ron Dunn

 

Quote –
“Live your life how you want, but don’t confuse drama with happiness.”

We’re the Millers (2013)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) The movie was going to get predictable and plain simple till “The Fitzgerald” entered the plotline and elevated the movie. All credits to Nick Offerman & Kathryn Hahn.
2) Luis Guzmán scene
3) Jennifer Aniston as “Rose” – She broke the thermometer with some steamy scenes.

 

Cons –
1) One time watch comedy with an overstretched third act.
2) Ed Helms as Brad Gurdlinger is really annoying.
3) Some of the jokes are from the 80s

 

Quote –
David Clark: I say, give me somethin’ that says, ‘I get up every morning at 5:30 and commute for an hour and a half to some bullshit job where my jag-off boss expects me to kiss his balls all day just so I can afford to keep my ungrateful, screaming kids decked out in Dora the explorer shit and my wife up to her fat ass in self-help videos until the day I get up the courage to put a shotgun in my mouth.’

Tomorrowland (2015)

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Like Jumanji, it’s highly influential to younger audiences
2) Frank’s home security fighting AAs
3) Nix final monologue

Cons –
1) Disney’s wet-dream
2) Over-stretched and mediocre third act
3) Covert environmental message

Quote –
Casey Newton: There are two wolves and they are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. Which wolf wins?
Eddie Newton: Whichever one you feed.

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.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) The whole concept of a family living outside the materialistic world with minimum exposure and immersing their time in physical training & reading is engaging. Cult already.
2) Sweet Child O’Mine
3) The subtle humor.

 
Cons –

 

1) Sometimes death of a family member brings the whole family closer. “Little Miss Sunshine” all over again.
2) Final act of the film is rushed and also predictable.

 
Quote –
Bo: I know nothing! I know nothing! I am a freak because of you! You made us freaks! And mom knew that! She understood! Unless it comes out of a fucking book, I don’t know anything about anything!

The Visit (2015)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Found footage factor: without this, the movie is plain ordinary.

 

Cons –
1) Few chilling moments only: nothing sort of extraordinary here.
2) Much more expected from M. Night Shyamalan; still better than his last 5 films.

 

Quote –
“Any other crazy bitch-ass fucking people here ?”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Opening Credit
2)”LIFE” magazine factor. This is possibly the best case of product placement since Wilson volleyball in Cast Away (2000).
3) Visually Stunning (better than Gravity & Life Of Pi Combined)
4) Great supporting cast which includes Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine.
5) Space Oddity – Performed by David Bowie and Kristen Wiig.
6) LIFE magazine cover running montage.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”