Captain Phillips (2013)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse – born to play this role.

 

CONS –
1) A story worth a Nat Geo documentary, not a feature-length movie
2) 45 minutes too long.
3) Walk in the park role for Tom Hanks. His acting is getting more & more annoying and pretentious.

 

QUOTE –
Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: Look at me.
Captain Richard Phillips: Sure.
Muse: I’m the captain now.

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Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gust Avrakotos: Superb character
2) Explained Birth Of The Mujaheddin
3) Om Puri as Zia-ul-Haq
4) Another great war black-comedy from Mike Nichols after Catch-22 (1970)

 

Cons –
1) Emily Blunt: What was she doing there?
2) Trivializing the history

 

Quote –
Charlie Wilson: What is the U.S. strategy?
Gust Avrakotos: Well, strictly speaking, we don’t have one. But we’re working hard on that.
Charlie Wilson: Who’s ‘we’?
Gust Avrakotos: Me and three other guys.

Bridge of Spies (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
1) Wide-Angle shots
2) Final “Glienicke Bridge” scene

 

Cons –
1) Predictable twist and thrills
2) Steven Spielberg: another “assembly-line” period drama; Oscar bait
3) Weak supporting cast
4) Too long

 

Quote –
“Stoikiy muzhik”

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Saving Mr. Banks

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Colin Farrell as Mr. Goff
2) Emma Thompson – great performance as the apprehensive author.
3) End Credits
4) Big Fish was about Father-Son relation; What’s Eating Gilbert Grapes was about Mother-Son relation and this is all about Father-Daughter relationship.

 

Cons –
1) Historical inaccuracy

 

Quote –
“P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?”

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) The climax being a tribute to An Affair to Remember (1957)
2) The perfect lead actors for a heart-warming story. Meg Ryan is indeed the definitive leading lady of 90s rom-coms.
3) The entire soundtrack is a perfect romantic mix-tape with artist like Jimmy Durante, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion etc.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sam Baldwin: I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You've Got Mail

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Another Nora Ephron rom-com with a “New-York” factor and Meg Ryan.A companion movie to Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
2) Once upon a time when internet romance was new.
3) Entire subtle tribute The Godfather (1972).
4) The entire soundtrack is full of classic tracks

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
The Godfather is the I Ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? ‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli.’ What day of the week is it? ‘Maunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.’ And the answer to your question is ‘Go to the mattresses.’ You’re at war. ‘It’s not personal, it’s business. It’s not personal it’s business.’ Recite that to yourself every time you feel you’re losing your nerve. I know you worry about being brave, this is your chance. Fight. Fight to the death.

Larry Crowne (2011)

Larry Crowne

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Cedric the Entertainer & Julia Roberts
2) Feel good one time watch rom-com

 

Cons –
1) Predictable plot
2) Tom Hanks as the director is playing it safe unlike Tom Hanks the actor.

 

Quote –
Dr. Matsutani: This is college, there’s only two things you can’t do: smoke in the building and use your phone in my class.