Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A textbook romantic movie from Nancy Meyers – An odd couple, initial hiccups, a rough patch and final happy ending in Paris
2) A cakewalk for Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton

 

Cons –

 

1) Keanu Reeves & Frances McDormand – shallow roles
2) No reason for a re-watch.

 

Quote –

 

Harry Sanborn: Some people consider rap poetry.
Erica Barry: C’mon, how many words can you rhyme with bitch?

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Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Bhumi Pednekar as Sugandha completely overshadows Ayushmann Khurrana
2) Seema Bhargava & Brijendra Kala – these 2 actors have now become the quintessential part of any movie exploiting the small-town middle-class DNA
3) Opening Bollywood flashback collage.

 

Cons –

 

1) Over the top climax – The plight of Erectile Dysfunction was ridiculed to a funny sub-plot
2) Now, these movies are becoming more and more predictable – arrange marriage fiasco in the first half, a jagrata remix song before intermission, hero’s sidekick, and loud climax.

 

 

Quote –

 

Sugandha : Aapko WhatsApp chalana aata hai ?
Father : Arrey, mera to FB pe bhi account hai.Lekin mein password bhool gaya. Pata nahin “SherawaliKiJai” tha ya “JaiSheraWaliki” ?

 

Behen Hogi Teri (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Plight of bhai-zoned community
2) Presence of old-timers – Gulshan Grover & Ranjeet

 

Cons –

 

1) Rajkummar Rao surprisingly disappoints

 

 

Quote –

 

“Gattu : Romeo Must Die.”

Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Fast paced movie with a subtle climax and a social message
2) Despite being a Bollywood movie the melodrama level is surprisingly and pleasantly less.
3) Outstanding supporting cast.
4) Sahil Vaid as Somdev

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

“Middle class baap se provident fund ke paise maangna … unki kidney maangne barabar hai”

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Groundhog Day (1993)

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

Verdict – 5 /5

 

Pros –

 

1) A great spiritual experience – like a Chekhov’s short story.
2) One of the best fantasy film after It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
3) The circle of love, life, desires, destiny, and death – all summed up in 101 minutes.

 
Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –

 
Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?
Ralph: That about sums it up for me.

Manhattan (1979)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

 

1) Generic Woody Allen film. Woody and his profound love with New York City.
2) Woody Allen monologues
3) There is this uncanny resemblance in Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld universe. In both universe, New York always plays a central character. In this movie, the character of Isaac played by Woody is a perfect amalgamation of Jerry and George.The story is filled with sarcastic dialogues and quick & casual love relationship.

 
Cons –

 

N/A

 
Quote –

 
Isaac Davis: Why do you think this is funny? You’re going by audience reaction? This is an audience that’s raised on television, their standards have been systematically lowered over the years. These guys sit in front of their sets and the gamma rays eat the white cells of their brains out!