The Boys (Season 2)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) This season revealed the origin story of Vought International which was founded on Nazi ideology by Frederick Vought. This season focuses on the white supremacist agenda of Vought founder’s widow Stormfront trying to run the company on her terms while the CEO of Vought, Stan Edgar [played by Giancarlo Esposito] trying to get rid of her with the help of Billy Butcher.
2) The show sends a complex socio-political message where it juxtaposes Hitler’s Nazi ideology with the alt-right ideas prevalent in the post-Trump USA. At the same time, the anti-supe liberal congresswoman Victoria Neuman is revealed to be a supe herself in the final episode running her own nasty political agenda.

 

 

CONS –
1) The first season brought us to the world of chemically enhanced Superheroes working for a conglomerative. The second season is a drag with unnecessary sub-plots.


QUOTE –
Stormfront: People love what I have to say. They believe in it. They just don’t like the word “Nazi,” that’s all.

Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another feather in Amitabh’s cap. He played Mirza, an old cunning husband waiting for his old wife to die so that he can inherit the decaying haveli.
2) This is a Panchatantra kind of story where 2 scheming parties are outsmarted by the weak victim.
3) Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala are two excellent actors who played their roles as expected.

 

 

CONS –
1) Ayushmann Khurrana’s role didn’t have much substance. He hardly got any memorable scene.

 

 

QUOTE –
Shukla: ye hoti hai ghar ki pakki deewar. ye nahin ki koi tatti kar raha hai, gir padi sar par.

Paatal Lok (Mini-Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A small-town politician decides to get rid of his rival’s loyal henchman and ends up opening a pandora box. The numerous colorful characters involved in this mess are merely a ruse, irrelevant to the main puppeteer Bajpayee (played surprisingly by Anup Jalota).
2) The sub-plots and backstories are better than the main plot. Without the flashbacks, it’s an ordinary episode of Crime Patrol.
3) Jaideep Ahlawat finally landed up in a show where he can show his true prowess.
4) Fast-paced screenplay and brilliant writing by Sudip Sharma.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“aisa shaastron mein likha hua hai, par maine WhatsApp mein padha hai”

Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai (2019)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/3

PROS –
1) Karunesh Talwar is one of the few genuinely funny artists in the Indian stand-up scene. His bits on Indian-rapper and arrange marriage were funny.

 

CONS –
1) His YouTube channel’s uploads are better than this special.

 

QUOTE –
“The motion has been passed. The bill had become a law.”

Late Night (2019)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury is the only saving grace of this one time watch.

 
CONS –
1) The Devil Wears Prada (2006) revisited.
2) I would not even try to explore the socio-political message hidden in the plot of this average movie.

 
QUOTE –
Katherine: You can’t just download your emotional state onto me and hope that your honesty will somehow exonerate you.

The Boys (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A world where very familiar super-heroes with shady origins are working for a corporate.
2) Eric Kripke chose the perfect subject for his latest project. We live in a time where comic-book superheroes are having their golden-era in Hollywood thanks to MCU. Kudos to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for their 3rd consecutive super-hero black-comedy after Preacher and Future Man.
3) Antony Starr as Homelander. The mash-up of Superman and Captain America is the most fascinating character of all the “Supes”. Flight 37 sequence was most-shocking scene of this season.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Butcher: What’s Sporty Spice up to?
MM: Who?
Butcher: Sporty fucking Spice. What is she up to?
MM: I don’t know.
Butcher: Exactly. How about Posh? You know what she’s doing?
MM: I don’t understand.
Butcher: Making clothes for anorexics. Right? Not exactly a growth market.And Baby? You know what she’s doing?
Fuck all. Not even page six of the Daily Mail.And Scary Spice? Up to her eyeballs in lawsuits and sex tapes. Ginger, on the other hand, has released three albums. Passion, Schizophonic and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. They’ll all make your ears bleed. You see, when they’re apart, they’re absolute fucking rubbish. But, you put them together, they’re the goddamn fucking Spice Girls.

MM: How do you know so much about the Spice Girls?