Palm Springs (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Andy Samberg’s trademark idiosyncrasies make it watchable.

 

 
CONS –
1) A time-loop fantasy rom-com with a plot extremely similar to Groundhog Day (1993), for the post-millennial audience who missed the 90s classic.
2) The whole “true-love” theme is now done to death.

 

 
QUOTE –
Roy: You gotta find your Irvine.
Nyles: I don’t have an Irvine.
Roy: We all have an Irvine.

His Girl Friday (1940)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A single day story of a ruthless newspaper divorced couple where the ex-husband uses every dirty trick in the book to get rid of ex-wife’s soon-to-be-husband and get her back working on the big story.
2) Dialogues are spoken so fast it’s difficult to catch up and process it at the same time. Howard Hawks’ 1940 wonder can’t find it’s a match even in 2020.
3) Rosalind Russell’s performance as Hildy overshadows every other actor. It’s difficult to imagine to find such a strong, ambitious, and cold-hearted female character in a 1940 movie.
4) This is less of a rom-com and more of black-comedy diving into the vulturous world of print media at the expense of human tragedy and politicians leaving no stone unturned for getting re-elected.
5) Joe Pettibone‘s first scene was one of the most hilarious scenes of the movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Walter Burns: Hey, Duffy, listen. Is there any way we can stop the 4:00 train to Albany from leaving town?
Duffy : We might dynamite it.
Walter Burns: Could we?

Coming to America (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) It’s a seriously made rom-com about a Prince coming to America to find true love.
2) Great production value creating the lifestyle of the Kingdom of Zamunda.
3) There is no way one can tell Eddie Murphy & Arsenio Hall played the barbers and several other characters in the movie. The make-up is top-notch.
4) The Rocky Marciano vs. Joe Louis argument.

 

 

CONS –
1) The director chose not to go for a full-blown comedy. The plot is predictable and by stressing more on the romantic aspect, the director wasted a good opportunity.

 

 

QUOTE –
Lisa: Do you think I overreacted?
Akeem: The first reaction is often correct.

Broadcast News (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The trio of lead actors gave a fantastic performance.
2) Holly Hunter’s character Jane looks like an inspiration for Leslie Knope from Parks And Recreation.

 

CONS –
1) This is not Network (1976). It’s an ordinary love-triangle in a news network office.
2) A boring movie with hardly any funny moments.

 
QUOTE –
Aaron Altman: Ok, I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Nora Ephron magnum opus uplifted with the direction of Rob Reiner.
2) Great editing, great cinematography, effortless performances – a definitive rom-com.
3) Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby will remind anyone of Jerry & George from Seinfeld. The whole conversational screenplay gives a very Woody Allen touch to the movie.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Harry Burns: I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) It’s a Nora Ephron movie not directed by Nora Ephron. A rom-com with a great cast but without any soul.
2) Hugh Grant playing the rich man-child character for the zillionth time.

 
QUOTE –
Tony: All men are pawns when it comes to women.

Long Shot (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The only bearable scenes of the movie are between O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Seth Rogen.
2) Andy Serkis as Parker Wembley – unrecognizable in that makeup.

 
CONS –
1) While the complete movie was already ruined in the trailer, I decided to watch it anyway for the sake of Seth Rogen but the movie is a big bag of disappointment.

 
QUOTE –
Fred Flarsky: I’m a racist, you’re a Republican, I don’t know what the fuck’s going on.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The movie is divided into 2 parts – sports drama and rom-com. While the sports drama part was entertaining, the romantic plot was meh.
2) Good chemistry between Cuba Gooding Jr. & Regina King
3) Decent soundtrack with songs like “Secret Garden”
4) Dicky Fox‘s quotes.

 

CONS –
1) While the first half is fast and promising, the second half is equally dull. This movie is terribly over-rated.
2) 45 minutes too long.

 
QUOTE –
Dorothy: You had me at “hello”.

Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 
Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer as Gus Petch – the man deserves an Oscar for that short role with his iconic catchphrase – I’m gonna nail your ass!
2) Jonathan Hadary as Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy – he stole the entire courtroom scene.
3) Billy Bob Thornton plot twist. Marylin, the ruthless golddigger, planned the perfect revenge but love overshadowed vengeance.
4) Fast paced well-written screenplay. George Clooney & Catherine Zeta-Jones had an amazing chemistry as a power couple.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Miles Massey: Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Henry the Eighth. What do they have in common?
Wrigley: [thinks] Middle name?

Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Great music – all credits to Anand Bakshi and Uttam Singh.
2) One woman show – Madhuri completely overshadowed Shah Rukh Khan – rest all actors are all over the place.

 
Cons –
1) A Yash Raj Fantasy world of larger than life celestial love and product placement.
2) Epic length, weak screenplay, forgettable dialogues
3) Shallow characters. Who is SRK playing in this film? No backstory. His dimwit sidekicks are more annoying than the screenplay.

 

Quote –
“Rahul… Naam toh suna hoga”