Dazed and Confused (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Last day of school with different groups of teenagers in 1976. A single day/night hang-out movie with seniors, juniors, freshmen, losers, intellectuals, dope-heads, bullies, and pushovers. We all can relate to any of these characters back in school.
2) A good mix-tape with popular tracks of the 1970s.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a vague documentary about the 1970s American school culture. There is no plot or conclusion. This is somewhere between a John Hughes and Judd Apatow production. We have better movies with similar theme.

 

 
QUOTE –
Don’t let your mouth write a check your butt can’t cash.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A treat for the fanboys of Between Two Ferns.
2) “Walking On A String” by The Nationals Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers

 
CONS –
1) One time average movie with a cliched and mediocre climax.

 
QUOTE –
Zach: Are you a practicing Jew?
Paul Rudd: No. I’m not a practicing Jew. I perfected it.

True Detective (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A must watch detective crime thriller of epic proportion with 17 years of non-linear storyline. It’s HBO’s reply to Memories of Murder (2003).
2) Matthew McConaughey as Detective Cohle gave a great performance of a sociopathic cop.
3) Opening song: “Far from Any Road”
4) Unapologetically good ol’ misogynist show with a high level of testosterone.
5) The climactic fulfilling scene between Rust & Marty

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Marty: A man’s game charges a man’s price. Take that away from this, you’ve nothing else.”

Interstellar (2014)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) “Dustopian” Future
2) Matt Damon Plot-Twist
3) Michael Caine Space Voice Over
4) Fifth Dimension Portrayal
5) Nolan’s obsession with “limbo”.Nolan is clearly exploring the “relativity of time” factor as he did it in Inception.
6) Planet Lazarus
7) Cliffhanger ending
8) Ellen Burstyn as Elderly Murph (reminds me of Vanessa Redgrave in Atonement).

 

Cons –
1) Often more like a documentary during the first half.
2) Concepts of wormhole, black-hole, relativity,5th Dimension etc. introduced and twisted as per director’s convenience to cover up plot-holes.
3) There is a certain resemblance to Shyamalan’s Universe.
4) Cooper’s Station looks like the space station from Elysium
5) Morse Code Communication

 

Quote –
“Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street

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

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Goodfellas in White Collar
2) “Popeye-Spinach-Cocaine-Shot” rivals “Pulp-Fiction-Injection-Shot” Scene
3) LEMMON 714
4) Jean Dujardin

 

Cons –
1) Matthew McConaughey & Jon Favreau: Talent wasted.
2) Same old rise-and-fall themed story as seen earlier in Goodfellas /American Gangster / Casino / Scarface etc.
3) 3 Hours Long duration

 

Quote –
My Killers..My Killers..who will not take a “NO” for an answer…My fucking warriors ..who will not hang up the phone until their clients either buys or fuckin’ dies.

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Jared Leto playing a transwoman: Incredible physical transformation

 

Cons –
1) The entertainment factor is below zero. Over-rated movie.
2) Not a story worth making a film, also pathetic direction.

 

Quote –
Dr. Eve Saks: None of those drugs have been approved by the FDA.
Ron Woodroof: Screw the FDA. I’m gonna be DOA.