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.

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Steve Carell & Emma Stone nailed it.
2) The movie on this historic event was long overdue.
3) Great supporting cast.

 

CONS –
1) Antagonizing Margaret Court for being straight? Not Okay.
2) Lesbian saved womankind – that’s the underlying theme of this film.

 

QUOTE –
JACK : I’m not sure you understand. If you’re not in the USLTA, you can’t play the Grand Slams. No Wimbledon, no Palm Springs, no nothing.
BILLIE JEAN: Oh, I get it. But what will your Grand Slams be without the best women players in the world? Not so grand.

The Big Short (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) For those who missed the documentary Inside Job (2010)

 

 

Cons –
1) Everyone is “all-over-the-place”. Too much over-acting or over-reacting.
2) Pseudo-documentary

 

 

Quote –
Ben Rickert: Do you realize what you just did? You just bet against the American economy.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) “Revenge” (featuring The Flaming Lips) – Dark Night of the Soul
2) Plot-Twist
3) Analeigh Tipton
4) It’s more coming-of-age than a Rom-Com-Drama

 

Cons –
1) Hitch Sub-Plot
2) Weak main plot

 

Quote –
Cal: What a cliché.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Brick and Chani (deserves a spin-off)

 

 

CONS –
1) Worst than “The Lost Movie”. This movie is a disaster as compared to its prequel.
2) The Newscasters battle-royale legacy is ruined (Jim Carrey was the only saving grace)

 

QUOTE –
“Ron Burgundy: Who the hell is Julius Ceasar? You know I don’t follow the NBA!”

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.