War & Peace (2016 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A grand adaptation of a grand novel. Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece with a classic happy ending. Primary themes of this classic include love triangles, forgiveness, sacrificing love for family, spirituality, the cycle of karma, etc.
2) Great casting including Jim Broadbent, Brian Cox, Paul Dano, etc.
3) A story is as good as it’s the main villain. This grand story’s grand villain is none other than Napoleon Bonaparte.
4) Rated-R war scenes
5) Andrei and Natasha love story
6) Some of the most fascinating characters of this story are the mild-mannered generous Count Ilya Rostov, and the villain-turned-hero Fedor Dolokhov.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Pierre Bezukhov: They say sufferings are misfortunes. But if I was asked, would I stay as I was before I was taken prisoner, or go through it all again? I would say for God’s sake, let me be a prisoner again.

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Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The post-World War I saga of Shelby crime family. A definitive role for Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the head honcho of the gangster family also fighting his PTSD.
2) Sam Neill as Major Campbell, a no-nonsense officer on a mission under the order of Winston Churchill.
3) The greatest asset of this show is its fantastic cinematography and the brave soundtrack especially featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, right from the opening theme song “Red Right Hand” to great tracks like “Brother, My Cup Is Empty.”
4) Great Costume Design.

 

CONS –
1) The primary run-of-the-mill theme of the rise of a gangster family is now done to death.

 

QUOTE –
Freddie Thorne: You think I can’t handle Tommy Shelby?
Aunt Polly: You can’t. I’m having trouble these days and I’m twice the man you are.

The Favourite (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Yorgos Lanthimos completes his hat-trick of good movies. One of the most gifted contemporary director.
2) A sickly pushover queen finds herself in the middle of two over-ambitious women in early 18th century England.
3) The outstanding trinity of actresses.
4) A tremendous soundtrack for classical music connoisseurs.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Queen Anne: Are the people really angry about the land tax?
Duchess of Marlborough: They’ll be angrier when the French are sodomizing their wives and planting their fields with garlic.

Lord of the Flies (1963)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A story of civilization about how men fall for savagery in the absence of law.
2) The inevitable rise of the alpha male.The birth of mythology, fear of the unknown, the formation of tribes, and conflicts. The weak ones stuck with rules and law while the stronger one lives with absolute anarchy.
3) The haunting choir song Kyrie Eleison

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Kill the pig! Slit her throat! Bash her in!

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) The horrors of War in those trenches. Definitive First World War documentary.
2) This documentary is a triumph, an homage to the greatest generation of Britain. A story much needed to be told.
3) Initial 25 minutes in Black&White, snapping to colour the moment the troops landed the battlefields and switching back to Black&White once the war ends.
4) The intense close combat sequence narrated by soldiers with the first-hand experience through “The War Illustrated” magazine.
5) End credits: “Mademoiselle from Armentières”

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“The only thing that really did annoy me was, when I went back to work after I’d got demobilised, I went down the stores, and the bloke behind the counter was a bloke who I knew. He said, “Where have you been ? On nights ?”

Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 
Pros –
1) One last time revisiting all those bygone eras with a sci-fi plot.

 

Cons –
1) A befitting finale episode but not the funniest.

 

Quote –
Blackadder: You really are as thick as clotted cream, that’s been left out by some clot, and now the clots are so clotted, you couldn’t unclot them with an electric de-clotter, aren’t you, Baldrick?

“Yes Minister” Party Games (1984)

Verdict – 5/5

 

Quote –
Sir Humphrey: “There are certain items of confidential information which while in theory they might be susceptible to innocent interpretation, do nevertheless contain a certain element of, shall we say, ambiguity, so that were they to presented in a less than generous manner or to an uncharitable mind, they might be a source of considerable embarrassment, even conceivably hazard, were they to impinge on the deliberations of an office of more than usual sensitivity.”

Jim Hacker: “I am sorry?”