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?”

Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 15 minutes of superb comedy writing full of side-splitting one-liners.
2) Great acting talents – British humor in its full glory.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Baldrick: I have a cunning plan to save the king.
Edmund Blackadder: Ha! Well forgive me if a don’t do a cartwheel of joy; your family’s history in the department of cunning planning is about as impressive as Stumpy O’Leg McNolegs’ personal best in the Market Harborough marathon.

Toast of London (Season 1-3)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Matt Berry as the central character – the reason why I decided to watch this show.Genius actor!
2) It’s a dry-humor sitcom of characters. All with unique dresses, mannerisms, expressions, and antics.
3) The “Clem Fandango” running gag.

 

Cons –
1) The song sequences in the middle of the episodes.

 

Quote –
Clem Fandango: “Hello Steven, this is Clem Fandango, can you hear me?
Toast: “Yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango.”

The African Queen (1951)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) An African Safari with 2 greatest Hollywood stars at the beginning of World War I.

 

Cons –
1) An ordinary romantic movie with very few memorable moments and an abrupt ending.

 

Quote –
Charlie Allnut: “A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.”
Rose Sayer: “‘Nature,’ Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above.”

Educating Rita (1983)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) The first meeting between Frank and Rita is filled with funny & witty dialogues.
2) Julie Walters as Rita: Her Irish accent is top-notch
3) A great watch for bibliophiles.

 

Cons –
1) My Fair Lady: Redux
2) Poor editing
3) Smartly written first-act but slow second-half with a meaningless climax.

 

Quote –
Dr. Frank Bryant: Found a culture, have you, Rita? Found a better song to sing? No, you found a different song to sing, and on your lips, it’s shrill and hollow and tuneless.