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

Kill the Messenger (2014)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An educational movie for the audiences to understand the CIA-Contra deal to traffic cocaine into the US.
2) Andy García as Norwin Meneses. The flamboyant drug-lord in a Nicaraguan prison.

 

CONS –
1) The biographical tone of the movie is it’s the biggest problem. A story from a different point of view would’ve been more interesting. A TV Series like Narcos explaining how the drug trafficking actually started would be worth watching.

 

QUOTE –
Some stories are just too true to tell.

Identity (2003)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie. The final twist came when the audiences thought the movie is already over.
2) The whodunit premise – a convict, a patient, adverse weather, and 10 strangers.

 

Cons –
1) I lost interest when 20 minutes before the climax, it’s revealed that the entire action is taking place inside the fat man’s head. A major flaw in the screenplay.

 

Quote –
As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish I wish he’d go away.

Wanderlust (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie exploring absurdism ( and coming back to point zero)
2) Jordan Peele as Rodney

 

Cons –
1) Weak 3rd act
2) Forgettable one-time watch comedy

 

Quote –
Sherm: I’ll be one of those guys who’s just old and ugly, rich, has a hot wife. Like… ah
George: Gollum.

Observe and Report (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) The movie started like The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)  and ended like Taxi Driver (1976).
2) Very dark-themed at some time
3) “When I Paint My Masterpiece” by The Band,”Brain” by The Action
4) Anna Faris as Brandi.

 

CONS –
1) The story is trying to run 2 personalities of Seth Rogen at the same time.
2) Aziz Ansari: subplot wasted.

 

QUOTE –
“Ronnie Barnhardt: The world has no use for another scared man. Right now, the world needs a fucking hero.”

Cop Land (1997)

Cop Land

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Best Stallone (non-action) film
2) NY Confidential
3) No unnecessary subplot

 

CONS –
1) Too little screen time for De Niro

 

QUOTE –
“Bein’ right is not a bulletproof vest, Freddy.”