Juno (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) All credits to Jason Reitman for making a movie on a complicated topic as a feel-good funny fairy tale movie.
2) Great casting.Definitive Ellen Page role.
3) Well written screenplay with funny dialogues.
4) Refreshing soundtrack – “All I Want Is You” 
5) Opening credits with rotoscoped Juno.

 

Cons –
1) Teenage pregnancy is no fun topic. Unlike “Knocked Up”, here we have a teenage school kid getting pregnant in a utopian ideal environment and everyone is behaving as if it’s completely normal.
2) Primary plot is ordinary. Even the reaction of Juno is surprisingly calm. Any ordinary kid would freak out in such situation.

 

Quote –
Paulie Bleeker: I still have your underwear.
Juno MacGuff: I still have your virginity.

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Heart-warming high-school romance. The chemistry between Nick & Norah is magical.
2) Single-Night factor
3) Cameos – Kevin Corrigan, Devendra Banhart, John Cho, Seth Meyers, and Andy Samberg

 

Cons –
1) LGBT sub-plot is forcefully rubbed on audiences without any outcome.
2) Average music than expected.

 

Quote –
Norah: It reminds me of this part of Judaism that I really like. It’s called Tikun Olam. It says that the world’s been broken into pieces and it’s everybody’s job to find them and put them back together again.
Nick: Well maybe we’re the pieces. Maybe we are not supposed to find the pieces. Maybe we are the pieces.

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

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

VERDICT – 1/4

 

PROS –
1) Michael Cera as Robin
2) Will Arnett as Bruce Wayne / Batman – Not your regular voice artist, but putting extraordinary effort.

 

CONS –
1) The LEGO movie plots are getting repetitive now.

 
QUOTE –
How many times I gotta tell you? Batman works alone.

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.

This Is the End (2013)

This Is the End

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) It’s a treat for Team Apatow fans. Full of pop-culture references as they are playing fictionalized versions of themselves roasting each other.
2) Cameos: Rihanna, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Channing Tatum etc.
3) Music: Gangnam Style;  final heaven scene with Backstreet Boys is a real show-stopper
4) Craig Robinson and Danny McBride stole the show.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Craig Robinson: Ain’t no party, like a no panty party, cause a no panty party don’t stop!