The Verdict (1982)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A Sidney Lumet classic
2) Birth of a stock character : washed-up alcoholic lawyer returning for “the” case.
3) James Mason as Ed Concannon

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Final monologue : mediocre

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Galvin: “There are no other cases. This is the case. There are no other cases. This is the case”.

Black Mirror (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The National Anthem – Almost vomited in this episode
2) Fifteen Million Merits – Great social satire with a killer monologue.
3) The Entire History of You – The hazards of technology

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Bing : All we know is fake fodder and buying shit. That’s how we speak to each other, how we express ourselves, is buying shit. What, I have a dream? The peak of our dreams is a new app for our Dopple, it doesn’t exist! It’s not even there! We buy shit that’s not even there.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) BEST.MONSTER.MOVIE.EVER.MADE.
2) Even better than Pacific Rim (2013) which followed similar action sequences of giant monster fighting.
3)Full body view of the fight, unlike the disaster Godzilla (2014) which was only showing glimpses of the fight with silly subplots.
4) 70s set up with 70s music
5) Kong in action within 30 minutes into the movie without wasting any time on built up.
6) The movie is not just about Kong but also includes other giants monster on the island.End credits with Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Preston Packard: And remember the story of Icarus, whose father gave him wings of wax. Warned him not to fly too close to the sun. But the exhilaration was too great. So he flew higher and higher, until the sun melted his wings, and he fell into the sea. The US Army is not an irresponsible father. So they gave us wings of hot Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

Better Call Saul (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The show can be called “Better Call Mike”
2) With the presence a major chunk of Breaking Bad Characters – the show is at times better than it’s predecessor.
3) Slow paced and still riveting
4) Courtroom drama

 

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is more or less at the same place after 10 more episodes
2) Mediocre finale

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Gus Fring: Would you care to know why I stopped you from killing Hector?
Mike Ehrmantraut: Like you said, it wasn’t in your interest.
Gus Fring: A bullet to the head would have been far too humane.

American Gods (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The core concept of “belief” is fascinating.
2) Too much built up in first season generating wild anticipation for the second season.
3) Intro of old gods before opening credits
4) Episode 7 is Emmy worthy

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Mr. Nancy: Let me tell you a story. “Once upon a time, a man got fucked.”

Parks and Recreation (Season 2)

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

 

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Ron Swanson : Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He’s a grown man. Fishing’s not that hard.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) In the universe of Ethan Hunt, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, James Bond etc. the aura of John Wick prevails thanks to blade-sharp quotes and long shot action sequences without cut.
2) The movie in the second half gave enough easter-eggs for conspiracy theorists to consider John Wick to be a secret sequel to The Matrix. And why not – Sleek organisation like The Continental, Winston stopping everyone in the park as it was a simulation, and of course Morpheus.
3) 3 super gun-action sequences – Catacombs, Subway and Mirror-Room
4) Presence of Franco Nero

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

John Wick: Do you want a war or do you want to just give me a gun?
The Bowery King: Somebody please get this man a gun!

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”

The Jerk (1979)

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

Verdict – 1/5

Pros –

 

1) Rudimentary version of Forrest Gump
2) M. Emmet Walsh as The Yellow-Page-Serial-Killer

 

Cons –

 

1) Average screenplay ; very few moments of laugh
2) Weak supporting cast

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Sniper: EVERYDAY RANDOM SON OF A BITCH! TAKE THAT YOU RUN OF THE MILL BASTARD! DIE GAS PUMPER!