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.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The fictional story with possibilities beyond a 2 hrs film.
2) Tom Wilkinson as Hugh Fennyman
3) Colin Firth as Lord Wessex

 
Cons –

 

1) Passionate love story but it’s the most boring sub-plot of the film.
2) Interesting element of the film which could’ve made it funnier are not much explored.

 

Quote –

 
William Shakespeare: You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.

Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Sherlock (Season 4)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

1) Mrs. Hudson driving Aston Martin.

 

Cons –

1) You can’t fool viewers by showing incoherent story-lines, plot full of potholes and claim it be a twisted psychological thriller of some sort.
2) This season reduced the iconic detective to a manipulated genius driven by other geniuses beyond his comprehension long before he hit puberty. There was also a hint given that he was brain-washed.

 

Quote –

High Rank Police Officer: Do you have any idea what speed you were going at?
Mrs. Hudson: No, of course not! I was on the phone.

Paul (2011)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together in a Sci-Fi film.Dessert for all Cornetto-Trilogy fans.
2) Sigourney Weaver as “The Big Guy” : Perfect cameo

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s like an ugly mash-up of Edgar Wright & Evan Goldberg productions.
2) Greg Mottola trying really hard to copy Edgar Wright in the first half of the movie … and failing.

 

Quote –

 

Clive : You know,there are 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe.
Pat : Oh ! Makes you think, doesn’t it ?
Clive : What ?
Pat : Where is everybody ?

Ex Machina (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –

1) Solid story with several plot-twists.
2) Climax : Caleb locked-in and Ava abandoning him is very cliffhanger “Twilight Zone” ending.
3) Visual effects.
4) Highly influential Sci-Fi story.

 

Cons –

1) Weak 3rd Act : Death of Nathan.

 

 

Quote –
Nathan: You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man.

Caleb: If you’ve created a conscious machine, it’s not the history of man. That’s the history of gods.

The Night of the Generals (1967)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –

1) The star-cast
2) Peter O’Toole as General Wilhelm Tanz
3) The backdrop : World War II / Holocaust / Operation Valkyrie / Rommel / French Resistance
4) 3 Murders 3 Cities : Warsaw-Paris-Hamburg

Cons –

1) Too long
2) Bad editing
3) Great historical drama but poor thriller

Quote –

Inspector Morand: But, murder is the occupation of Generals.
Major Grau: Then let us say what is admirable on the large scale is monstrous on the small. Since we must give medals to mass murderers, why not give justice to the small… entrepreneur.