Green Book (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An Italian bouncer with a huge appetite employed by an uptight gay negro pianist in 1960s United States for a musical concert tour.
2) From the director of one of the funniest road-movie Dumb and Dumber (1994) comes another heartful road-movie addressing racism.
3) The allegation of this movie being a “white savior” movie is absurd. If this is a “white savior” movie, The Intouchables (2011) should be regarded as a “black savior” movie. The themes are strikingly similar.
4) Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali both deserved Oscars for their roles. Viggo’s physical transformation was unbelievable.

 

 

CONS –
1) Music of a biopic about a musician could’ve much better.

 

 

QUOTE –
Tony Lip: You know, Doc, something’s been eatin’ at me this whole trip.
Dr. Don Shirley: Hmm?
Tony Lip: That Titsburgh was a major disappointment. I didn’t notice any difference at all.

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) The whole concept of a family living outside the materialistic world with minimum exposure and immersing their time in physical training & reading is engaging. Cult already.
2) Sweet Child O’Mine
3) The subtle humor.

 
Cons –

 

1) Sometimes death of a family member brings the whole family closer. “Little Miss Sunshine” all over again.
2) Final act of the film is rushed and also predictable.

 
Quote –
Bo: I know nothing! I know nothing! I am a freak because of you! You made us freaks! And mom knew that! She understood! Unless it comes out of a fucking book, I don’t know anything about anything!

The Two Faces of January (2014)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) A tight story with few characters.
2) The 60s European setup

 

Cons –
1) Only a few moments of thrills.
2) Shallow character development
3) No intense scenes

 

Quote –
Chester MacFarland: I’m sorry I disappointed you.