Adventureland (2009)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young graduate with a literature degree starts to work part-time at a local amusement park. The premise is a workplace rom-com.
2) The 1980s soundtrack is the only good thing about this movie.

 

 


CONS –
1) A promising workplace comedy wasted by the director of Superbad (2007). All the boring and sappy sub-plot were highlighted while the most colorful characters played by Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader were sidelined.
2) A pretentious movie without anything new to offer.

 

 


QUOTE –
Sue : What are you majoring in?
Joel: Russian literature and Slavic languages.
Sue : Oh wow, that’s pretty interesting. What career track is that?
Joel: Cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy. The world is my oyster.

The Last Man on Earth (Season 4)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) The show is aging like fine wine. The antics of Tandy are now no longer annoying but the cornerstone of the show.
2) Finale will leave everyone waiting for Season 5
3) Return of Mike

 

Cons –
1) Half-cooked Jasper plot.

 

Quote –
Todd: Boy, damn. Damn you, Zihuatanejo! You lied to me! All of you! The entire production team of The Shawshank Redemption.

Extract (2009)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Another gem from Mike Judge
2) Full of interesting caricatures
3) Ben Affleck as Dean – surprisingly one of his best role

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Dean: You should try smoking a little pot.
Joel: That’s a drug.
Dean: It’s not a drug. It’s a flower.

The Last Man on Earth (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Changing the location to San Jose.The story was going nowhere in Malibu
2) Ep. 10 adding Kristen Wiig as the new character.
3) Radioactive fallout – adding scientific accuracy to the story.

 

Cons –
1) The current cast sucks except Will Forte.All non-comics actors

 

Quote –
Carol Pilbasian: Tandy, you can’t bring dead things back to life.
Tandy: You tell that to Jesus Christ… and his buddy, Frankenstein

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.

Downsizing (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Great Sci-Fi concept. Hoping to see this concept in some sci-fi action thriller.
2) First 1 hr of the movie.

 

 

Cons –
1) The movie started as a comedy sci-fi with huge potential but ended up being a socio-environmental documentary with an unnecessary romantic subplot.
2) I watched this movie for one reason: Alexander Payne, but the movie disappoints with its weird 3rd act and 135 minutes duration.

 

 

Quote –
Dusan Mirkovic: Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I’m a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise, where would shit go out.

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.

Paul (2011)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together in a Sci-Fi film.Dessert for all Cornetto-Trilogy fans.
2) Sigourney Weaver as “The Big Guy” : Perfect cameo

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s like an ugly mash-up of Edgar Wright & Evan Goldberg productions.
2) Greg Mottola trying really hard to copy Edgar Wright in the first half of the movie … and failing.

 

Quote –

 

Clive : You know,there are 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe.
Pat : Oh ! Makes you think, doesn’t it ?
Clive : What ?
Pat : Where is everybody ?

Sausage Party (2016)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) For those who are done watching Disney-Pixar.
2) The Climactic Orgy : came out of nowhere
3) The movies theme : existence of god / religion / politics / xenophobia / drugs / sexual orientation
4) Pop-culture references : Saving Private Ryan, Terminator etc.
5) The ensemble cast of the usuals.

 
Cons –

n/a

 
Quote –
Gum: I am sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol, mannitol, calcium, carbonite, soy lecithin, vegetable, triglyceride and talc. But, for expediency’s sake. You can call me… Gum.

The Martian (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Shallow & cliched characters
2) Predictable story-line
3) No “Ridley Scott” factor here. It’s a star-studded dud.

 

Quote –
“Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”