Fyre Fraud (2019)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 
PROS –
1) Ultimate millennials meltdown. Rich spoiled attention-seeking millennials cheated in broad daylight by their favorite medium – the social media. This Instagram armageddon is the exemplary example of blind consumerism in the era of so-called “social media influencers”.
2) Billy McFarland’s FYRE festival was a scam from the word go. The shocking thing is how the super investigative western media played along Billy and promoted this shitstorm without an iota of scrutiny.

 
CONS –
1) This documentary documents Billy’s history and the events run-up to the disastrous festival but not the actual chaos on the Bahamian island. Very little time is given to actual festival attendees.

 
QUOTE –
“a drunk mind speaks a sober tongue”

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The Sultan and the Saint (2016)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
1) A short chapter of history

 
CONS –
1) A ridiculous attempt to trivialize history by portraying all the Christians as cruel attackers provoked by the Pope and the Muslims rulers as merciful and kind.
3) 53 minutes of cringe-worthy political correctness with made-up words like “dehumanization”

 

QUOTE
Bloodshed and war didn’t end with the Sultan and Saint Francis Angry dehumanizing words spark violence today as before.

Wild Wild Country (Mini-Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Osho owes his empire in Oregon to Ma Anand Sheela. The foul-mouthed no-nonsense boss bitch is possibly the most under-rated Gujarati of all time. One can wonder what she’d have done as a politician or as a businesswoman.
2) Building Rajneeshpuram: A Shangri La destined to doom. The disillusioned architects of this paradise were as corrupt as anyone outside. In the hindsight, it’s fascinating how Osho was talking about “deprogramming” USA while hiding behind the same US constitution.
3) Muddy Ranch to Antelope to Wasco County – A new “Mayflower” community within the USA. A perfect case study to understand how US voting laws can be misused.
4) One of the most gripping and binge-worthy Netflix documentary series.Kudos to Netflix for producing this long-overdue documentary about the cult of a dopehead sex maniac conman called Osho and his overly possessive secretary Ma Anand Sheela.
5) Great soundtrack: Void Vision – Sour

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE
Ma Anand Sheela: Rajneeshpuram is a big living opera.Sheela a soprano.Bhagwan a tenor.Rajneeshpuram the setting. Operas are, at the end, always tragic. But there were so many facets, so many dimensions in this opera.I would like to say, “People of Oregon…think yourselves lucky that this opera came your way.”

Batman & Bill (2017)

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

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) Marc Tyler Nobleman quest for the justice for the man who created possibly the greatest comic character of all time. A documentary 10 years in the making.
2) The motion comic effect used gives the documentary astounding authenticity.
3) The fulfilling climactic scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) where Bill Finger got his due credit.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“There are so many fans who clamber for justice for the creators. I think in the end it takes more than this amorphous mass of fans. There has to be one person who steps up and leads the charge.”

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 ?”

Jerry Before Seinfeld (2017)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/3

 

Pros –
1) Finally – a stand-up act from Jerry Seinfeld
2) Climactic end footage with Johnny Carson

 

Cons –
1) 75 % Old material – was expecting lots of new internet age jokes (e.g. Uber joke)

 

Quote –
“I was either eating 100% sugar, or airborne.”

Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Story of one of the greatest king-maker in the modern-day USA. A must watch for a political science student.
2) The step by step timeline run up the 2016 campaign.
3) Stone’s rules

 

CONS –
1) Plane narrative. No juicy event-montage with a classic number in the background.

 

QUOTE –
“Politics is show business for ugly people.”