The Social Dilemma (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/4

 

 


PROS –
1) The film explores the rise of social media and the damage it has caused to society, focusing on its exploitation of its users for financial gain.
2) The docudrama highlights the unfair advantage of the cabal of silicon valley social media platforms run by an army of techies with the help of AI against a human brain not meant to perceive or tackle this onslaught.

 

 


CONS –
1) Liberal cry-babies last attempt to influence the 2020 US Presidential Election. They still can’t get over the fact the Hillary was a weak candidate against Trump in the 2016 Election. The third act of the documentary is using classic scare tactics to potential voters conclusively implying that Russia extensively used Facebook to influence the 2016 Election.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Social media isn’t a tool that’s just waiting to be used. It has its own goals, and it has its own means of pursuing them by using your psychology against you.”

Project Power (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A pill that can give its users unpredictable superpowers for 5 minutes. The source of the pill is Art (Jamie Foxx) who was the original subject of a medical experiment, and his daughter who inherited the traits from her father.
2) A high-octane movie in line of similar sci-fi movies like Limitless (2011) & Lucy (2014).
3) It’s an action-packed entertainer which will keep the audiences at the edge of seats.

 

 


CONS –
1) The third act is mediocre.

 

 


QUOTE –
Art: “Am I lying?”

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (2020)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/3

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Jerry Seinfeld said almost 20 years ago ‘I’m Telling You for the Last Time’ (1998), but he coming back to the same material over-and-over again.

 
QUOTE –
But that’s what marriage is. It’s two people…trying to stay together without saying the words “I hate you.”

Shaft (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Good ol’ fun-action watch with all juicy dialogues from Samuel L. Jackson enough to burn the entire snowflakes generation. No doubt the movie got better audiences ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

 
CONS –
1) Tediously formulaic plot.

 
QUOTE –
John Shaft II: I’m an equal-opportunity ass-whooper!

Uncut Gems (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) How Much Land Does a Man Need? Safdie Brothers recreated Leo Tolstoy’s classic tale of greed. A gambling addict risked it all but paid with his life.
2) Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner gave his performance of a lifetime. Never Before.
3) The movie reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956), where the audiences are rooting for the protagonist to win but the climactic twist will leave everyone shell-shocked.
4) Kevin Garnett’s playing himself gives great weightage to the plot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Howard Ratner: I know, I know. Jews and colon cancer. What’s is that? I thought we were the chosen people.

Dracula (2020 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep 1: Gripping screenplay; the first episode was somewhat faithful to the original book and also the best in the series.
2) Agatha Van Helsing vs Count Dracula grand dual at the gate of the convent.
3) Ep 2: Climactic 123 years time-leap was surely surprising.
4) Witty one-liners by Count Dracula in all 3 episodes.

 

CONS –
1) Lucy Westenra sub-plot in Ep 3 was utterly useless. The entire modern-day England twist was disappointing.
2) The quality of the show goes down with every passing episode.
3) Climactic revelations establish Dracula as an ashamed warrior with survival guilt.

 

QUOTE –
She: What’s the state of him?
Dracula: He’s downstairs.
She: Drunk?
Dracula: Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it.

Marriage Story (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The fiery arguments between Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are one of the highlights of the movie.
2) The movie remains engaging thanks to three colorful divorce lawyers. The expensive and brash Ray Liotta, the swanky and flamboyant Laura Dern, and finally the bumbling Alan Alda.

 
CONS –
1) The movie is equally pretentious like Noah Baumbach’s previous venture. There are already a dozen movies directed by Woody Allen with the same theme.
2) It should’ve been titled “Divorce Story”.

 

 

QUOTE –
Ted: Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The movie gives Jesse a much needed proper ending.
2) This movie is ominous in nature from the very first minute. The audience knew what was coming to them.
3) Vince Gilligan’s directorial debut film sticks to its roots with character-driven lengthy Tarantinoesque sequences.
4) Robert Forster as Ed the Disappearer played his parting shot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Heisenberg: You didn’t have to wait your whole life to do something special.

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.

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/3

 
PROS –
1) Bill Burr got a particular niche audience. We know what to expect from him and he delivered as expected.
2) Extremely politically incorrect not holding back any punches targeting Michelle Obama, male feminists, and even #MeToo.
3) He kinda explained the reason for his temper in the final bit about letting go of his dog and bottling up all the emotion.

 

CONS –
1) Most of the jokes are somewhat familiar from his multiple appearances on Conan.

 

QUOTE –
“Someday, there’s going to be the first female president, which means there’s going to be the first male First Lady, And you wait, you fucking wait… The first time that dude opens his mouth about some political shit, you watch all these feminists: ‘You shut the fuck up! It is her time now. She was elected, not you. Go pick out some plates, bitch.’