Deepwater Horizon (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Kurt Russell and John Malkovich face to face having an argument over “negative pressure test”.

 
CONS –
1) If we forget that it’s based on an actual incident, it’s a formulaic disaster film.

 
QUOTE –
Vidrine: I would love to hear exactly what piece of mission-critical equipment are down.
Mike Williams: Shit, where do I start? “A” drilling chair. Process Station 18. BOP control pods. Telephone system. Pipe-racking system. GPS antenna. DirecTV system. Wireless Internet. Iron roughneck. Top drive rack back system. Auxiliary-draw works control. Salt water service pumps. Smoke alarms in the galley. And the reason why you’re sweatin’ so hard is ’cause the compressor for the AC on this deck are down, too.
Kaluza: Everything but the toilets, huh?
Mike Williams: No, no, you got problems there, too, but I don’t do shitters. That’s Engineering.

Spenser Confidential (2020)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) One time watch Sunday afternoon action movie with a possibility of a sequel.
2) The team of Spenser-Hawk is like a modern version Sherlock-Watson duo on steroid.

 
CONS –
1) A half-baked effort from Peter Berg.
2) Alan Arkin wasted.

 
QUOTE –
The FBI does not solve crime, they manage them. They play some big abstract game, trying to trade-up for some vague masterplan, a big fish, which they never do.

Instant Family (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

PROS –
1) Margo Martindale as Sandy – small role but she reigned every time she’s on screen.
2) Tom Segura as Russ got the best lines.

 
CONS –
1) Promising start but the screenplay was too predictable.
2) Lack of good supporting cast – the 3 foster kids were not impressive.
3) Mark Wahlberg sidelined to a supporting role.

 

QUOTE –
Russ: You just spent 30 minutes talking about the deep state. You don’t have an opinion on your own family?
Jerry: None of my business.

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) The thermostat skit – only scene where an effort was made
2) Sully cameo
3) Ebullient chuckle as expected – better than its prequel

 

 

 

Cons –
1) It’s a one-time watch movie full of jokes from 1980s

 

 

Quote –
Brad: The thermostat is a secret covenant!

Daddy’s Home (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The chemistry between Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg – the only reason to watch the movie when you know the entire plot by just watching the trailer.

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable plot – One time watch only
2) Hannibal Buress – miscast. Someone like Kenan Thompson would have rocked in this role

 

Quote –

 

Griff : Christmas? How long was I asleep for?

Boogie Nights (1997)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Heather Graham as “Rollergirl” – An Iconic Character
2) The Raging Bull type final monologue scene with “big” revelation.
3) Goodfellas without the gangsters and narration.

 

Cons –

 

1) Poor man’s Pulp Fiction
2) Too long for a mediocre story-line
3) Too many unwanted characters with no significance in the plot

 

Quote –

 

Floyd Gondolli: I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That’s just me. That’s just something that I enjoy.

Patriots Day (2016)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Excellent thriller – complete encyclopedia about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
2) The epilogue with real people completes the movie.
3) Watertown shootout scene.

 

 

Cons –

 
1) Wahlberg’s fictional character was not needed in this plot.
2) John Goodman – talent wasted

 
Quote –

 

 

Dun Meng: Go catch those motherfuckers!

Three Kings (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) One of the best Black Comedy War film
2) Spike Jonze as Private Conrad ; best character from the movie
3) Slow-motion action sequences
4) “I Get Around” – Beach Boys sequence
5) Cinematography

 

Cons –
n/a
Quote –

“Archie Gates: Hit them with the blinding power of American sunshine.”

Ted 2 (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Obligatory sequel; time waste. Unfortunately, extremely talented Seth MacFarlane’s is not able to deliver something big so far apart from Family Guy. 
2) Not funny at all; can’t make a 2 hrs long movie counting on 4 jokes.
3) Reminds of Seth MacFarlane previous dud “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

 

Quote –
John: That’s great! I mean, just like Sam L. Jackson.
Samantha Jackson: Who is that?
Ted: You ever seen any movie ever? He’s the black guy.