The Help (2011)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A story about African-American women working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s. Racism and civil rights are the primary themes of the movie with a generic white-savior.
2) While Viola Davis was there with her gloomy presence, it was Octavia Spencer’s performance which makes this movie watchable.

 

 
CONS –
1) Movies exploring racism are often emotionally touching and this movie is also counting on the same formula.
2) This 146-minutes period drama is too long for a one time watch.

 

 
QUOTE –
Aibileen: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

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.

Bad Santa (2003)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Bernie Mac and Tony Cox cussing & eyeballing each other is the highlight of this movie.
2) John Ritter as Bob

 

 

Cons –
1) Mickey & Kramer from Seinfeld
2) The “Thurman” subplot is unsettling. Neither funny nor cute.

 

 

Quote –
Gin: You got some lip on you midget.
Marcus: Yeah? Well, these lips were on your wife’s pussy last night.

The Shape of Water (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A fairytale for adults – a love story of a mute girl and a water-beast.
2) 50 Shades Of Green – This color is predominantly used and mentioned in the movie
3) Guillermo del Toro’s best creation since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
4) Michael Shannon as Col. Strickland – Why is he not nominated for an Oscar?
5) Doug Jones – Most popular faceless actor.

 

Cons –
1) Return Of Abe-Sapien
2) If you remove the Russian sub-plot, the story is quite predictable.No reason to watch it again.

 

 

Quote –
Col. Strickland: Fuck. You ARE a god.

Coach Carter (2005)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Not your typical “escape to victory” sports movie
2) The movie is single-handedly driven by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Cons –
1) 136 minutes is little too long for a sports movie with little substance. It should be a TV movie of 90 minutes.
2) Ashanti pregnancy sub-plot is useless and slows down the pace of the movie.

 

Quote –
Principal Garrison: For some of these kids, this basketball season will be highlight of their lives.
Coach Carter: Well, I think that’s the problem. Don’t you.

Zootopia (2016)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/4

 

PROS –
1) Officer Benjamin Clawhauser

 

CONS –
1) Liberals dream-movie; Donald Trump’s Nightmare
2) Predictable plot and stereotyped characters.

 

QUOTE –
“Chief Bogo: Life isn’t some cartoon musical where you sing a little song and all your insipid dreams magically come true. So Let It Go.”

Snowpiercer (2013)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) One of the most influential post-apocalyptic dystopian film.
2) Tilda Swinton as Mason
3) The Train: Cinematography
4) John Hurt Twist
5) Namgoong Minsu and Yona
6) Yekaterina Bridge
7) CW7
8) Chris Evans final monologue

 

Cons –
1) Too many questions left unanswered; an ambiguous climax

 

Quote –
Edgar: They’ve got no bullets!