Vice (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The transformation of Adam McKay from a full-fledged comedy director to political black comedy is remarkable.
2) The false end credits in the middle of the movie. It can’t get more audacious than that.
3) Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney gave her best performance to date.

 
CONS –
1) While the movie is indeed informative, it’s trivializing and simplifying history at the same time.

 
QUOTE –
Anonymous: Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.

The Sitter (2011)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Colorful cinematography; Single-Night story.
2) Karl’s surreal den.
3) Special mention for Landry Bender as Blithe.

 
CONS –
1) Sloppy writing; predictable jokes.
2) Forgettable one time watch

 
QUOTE –
Tina: I got your back now Noah because I found out you got some big ass balls, man!
Noah Griffith: Can’t buy underwear, balls don’t fit.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS  –
1) “Crips & Bloods” monologue with Father Montgomery
2) Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes – An unapologetic character
3) One shot scene – Red Welby threw off the window.
4) Woody Harrelson’s suicide note
5) Exemplary soundtrack by Carter Burwell – the highlight will be Mildred burning the police station with Molotov Cocktails with The Last Rose of Summer playing in the background.
6) Screenplay – new unpredictable events keep coming in this movie every 10 minutes.
7) Sam Rockwell as Officer Jason Dixon and his chemistry with his mother.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE  –
Mildred Hayes: So how’s it all going in the nigger-torturing business, Dixon?
Dixon: It’s ‘Persons of color’-torturing business, these days , if you want to know. 

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

Quote –
Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

Moon (2009)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) Brilliant sci-fi concept with survival theme
2) Another superb performance from Sam Rockwell
3) Modest budgeted 1 actor’s show : directorial achievement
4) Climax respecting the intelligence of audience.

 
Cons –

 

n/a

 
Quote –
“Sam Bell: That’s enough. I want to go home.”

The Way, Way Back (2013)

The Way Way Back

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

Verdict –2 /5

Pros –
1) AnnaSophia Robb as Susanna
2) Sam Rockwell

 

Cons –
1) Generic coming-of-age drama
2) One time watch

 

Quote –
Betty: That’s exactly the kind of suit that got me pregnant the first time.