Yellowstone (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Grand production value and grand landscapes – a neo-western completed with Ram Trucks and helicopters.All credits to the cinematographer.

 
CONS –
1) An extremely mediocre primary-plot

 

QUOTE –
“Leverage is knowing that if someone had all the money in the world, this is what they’d buy.”

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Breakout (1975)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.

Bringing Down the House (2003)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Joan Plowright as Virginia Arness – The dinner scene is the highlight of this movie.
2) Great chemistry between Steve Martin & Queen Latifah
3) Good fun one-time watch even with stereotyped characters

 

Cons –
1) No effort from the director to add any fresh jokes.

 
Quote –
Man: What’s on your mind, player?
Peter: What’s with you? You been drinkin’ some of that haterade?
Man: What’s up, Flavor? Where you from?
Peter: From the hood and misunderstood.
Man: How’s your pimp hand, dog?
Peter: Strong, baby, strong.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/4

 
Pros –
1) Being the first Elseworlds story, Gotham by Gaslight is a milestone in DC Comics history. This movie is not faithful to that comic book, however, have a life of its own.
2) 78 minute running time
3) Unexpected Gordon twist.

 

Cons –
1) N/A

 

Quote –
“Bruce Wayne: One of my mentors says – When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Daredevil (Season 3)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) Matt getting rid of the costume. Now he’s Marvel’s own Batman and probably larger than Batman.
2) Agent Dex – right from his intro shootout – this character was amazing.
3) Prison hallway fight – single camera and hand to hand combat without annoying cuts; in fact the entire prison escape sequence was awesome.
4) 3 major fight sequences – the first encounter of DexDevil and Matt at New York Bulletin office, second encounter inside the Church, and final tripartite boss battle.
5) The real might of Kingpin is unleashed in this season – His true powers as the master puppeteer of Hell’s Kitchen.
6) Hattley plot-twist
7) Agent Nadeem – superb subplot with a tragic end.

 

 

Cons –
1) Karen’s backstory
2) Sister Maggie – except the revelation of she being Matt’s mother – the entire subplot was completely avoidable.

 

 
Quote –
Matt : I beat you !

Serial (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 
Pros –
1) A ground-breaking radio podcast in the era of internet taking investigative journalism to new heights.
2) The amount of time, money and effort invested in this podcast is truly remarkable.
3) The analysis of a murder case from every possible aspect counting every tiny evidence.
4) Great instrumentals and sound-mixing

 

Cons –
1) The conclusion was not as expected. The entire investigation led us back to square one.

 

Quote –
“Laura: Well then who the fuck did it? Like why would. . .like why would. . .it doesn’t make sense – why would k-why would, if alleg-why would? Hae wouldn-why wouldn’t? I’m probably just as confused as you are. . .”

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) Kwame Ture powerful speech.
2) Great promising first-hour.

 
Cons –
1) This is not a movie. It’s one of the events in the series of post-Trump USA. Inherently biased and one-sided.
2) Literally juxtaposing the events of the 1970s with real-footage of 2017 is not the job of the director. The viewers don’t need to be spoon-fed.

 

Quote –
Ron Stallworth: Are-uh you sure you don’t know who he is? Are-uh you absolutely sure? ‘Cause that nigga, coon, gator bait, spade, spook, Sambo, spear-chucking jungle bunny, Mississippi wind chime detective is Ron Stallworth, you racist, peckerwood, redneck, inch worm, needle-dick motherfucker!