The Hitcher (1986)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A psychopathic hitchhiker is after a young man who initially escaped from his murderous plan. The hitcher is not just chasing him relentlessly like a ghost but also framing the young man of all the murders.
2) Rutger Hauer played the intimidating title character of the remorseless killer without any motive.

 

 


CONS –
1) It clearly borrowed the plot from Steven Spielberg’s Duel (1971).
2) The hitcher’s motive is never revealed. The whole movie is a violent thriller without any back-story.

 

 


QUOTE –
Jim Halsey: They’ll catch you.
John Ryder: Yeah… sure. So what?

An American Pickle (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A man woke up after 100-years of getting brined in a vat of pickles, trying to fit in the modern-day New York City with his great-grandson. The first original film released by HBO Max finally marks the return of Seth Rogen in a quality role since Steve Jobs (2015).
2) The movie showcases the clash of generations by addressing modern social phenomena like free speech, cancel culture, capitalism, religion, and family values from the perspective of a 19th-century man.
3) Fast-paced and funny screenplay.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Host: Tell me, Herschel. How do you respond to those who have called your belief system abhorrent?
Herschel: I would tell these people I do not understand what this word means.

The Sign of Four (1983)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Ian Richardson & David Healy’s spot-on performance as Holmes & Watson. The further episodes were canceled due to the arrival of the Granada TV series otherwise these two actors would have given Jeremy Brett & Edward Hardwicke a run for their money.
2) A wholesome Sherlock Holmes adventure which covers almost all aspect of the character. Sherlock in disguise, the irregulars, Watson’s affinity to the female character, Inspector Layton in place of Inspector Lestrade, etc.
3) There is no element of surprise in the movie as the audiences are already made aware of the happenings however the screenplay is still gripping.

 

CONS –
1) Absence of Mrs. Hudson.

 

 
QUOTE –
“Sherlock Holmes: The best place to hide a needle is not in a haystack, but among a lot of other needles.”

True Detective (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A must watch detective crime thriller of epic proportion with 17 years of non-linear storyline. It’s HBO’s reply to Memories of Murder (2003).
2) Matthew McConaughey as Detective Cohle gave a great performance of a sociopathic cop.
3) Opening song: “Far from Any Road”
4) Unapologetically good ol’ misogynist show with a high level of testosterone.
5) The climactic fulfilling scene between Rust & Marty

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Marty: A man’s game charges a man’s price. Take that away from this, you’ve nothing else.”

Chernobyl (miniseries)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Chernobyl (2019) will go down as one of the greatest mini-series in the history of TV along with Band of Brothers (2001)
2) Thanks to this series we now know the level of disaster and how entire Europe was at stake due to this man-made catastrophe.
3) The series provides great insight into the sacrifices made by Russian miners, soldiers, doctors and the common Russians conscripted in the Exclusion Zone, contrary to the constant negative portrayal of Russians in Hollywood movies.
4) Storytelling: The series is based on a real-life disaster which is part of documented history. The makers of this show did an exceptional job pulling a thriller out of it.
5) The finale with Legasov explaining how an RBMK reactor explodes. The ease with which the Nuclear disaster was explained was exemplary.
6) The eerie dosimeters clicking soundtrack will make any viewer experience the dangerous level of harmful radiations.

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid.”

Barry (Season 2)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Fast paced witty screenplay
2) The comedic duo of Cristobal & NoHo Hank
3) Finale shootout
4) Ep #5 “ronny/lily : The entire Taekwondo dual between Ronny and Barry was very impressive. We will possibly see more from the mysterious “mutant” like the character of Lily.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gene Cousineau: Are you not familiar with the Japanese ritual of harakiri?
Barry Berkman: The baseball announcer?

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Cleganebowl. Sandor Clegane will go down as the most remembered character of the series.
2) A moment of appreciation for Peter Dinklage playing Tyrion Lannister.
3) Beric Dondarrion dying to save Arya, Jorah Mormont dying to save Dany. Theon dying to save Bran.
4) Lyanna Mormont‘s giant-killing act.

 

CONS –
1) A rushed final season. A series which could’ve been the greatest series of all time choked during the final season.
2) “The Long Night”. The grand battle ruined thanks to bad cinematography, which included a lame death scene of the grand-villain.
3) All the fan theories, all the wild guesses about the Azor Ahai, etc. were whimpered down by this unfulfilling season full of bad writing.

 

QUOTE –
“love is the death of duty”

Westworld (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Core sci-fi concept of a future park.
2) Anthony Hopkins as the lead character.The hero and the villain.
3) “Man in Black/William” twist: the sub-plots were actually different timelines.
4) Bernard Lowe/Arnold twist

 

CONS –
1) 4 episodes too long.
2) Thandie Newton as Maeve: most boring sub-plot.
3) Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores subplot: too much philosophy
4) The main plot-hole of the story is Ford. He is the ringleader. No matter how hard the host tries, their final move is just another narrative. So no plot-twist can alter the climax when it is already decided by Ford.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Robert Ford: Since I was a child… I always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth.

Game of Thrones (season 5)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Last 3 episodes
2) Hardhome Battle
3) Drogon killing Sons of the Harpy and taking away Daenerys
4) Arya’s revenge
5) Tyrion with Daenerys
6) Cersei’s walk of shame

 

 

CONS –
1) Killing Jon Snow; Anti-Climax
2) Stannis vs Boltons battle; the battle we never saw
3) With too many main characters being dead, the show seems to be going nowhere.

 

 

QUOTE –
“For the watch”

Game of Thrones (Season 4)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) Tyrion’s Court Speech
2) Mountain bursting Oberyn’s Skull
3) Arya-Hound Duo
4) The wildlings Giants
5) Joffery’s Death
6) Bran-Hodor Combo
7) Lysa’s Death

 

CONS –
1) Disappointing season finale
2) Daenerys Targaryen (finally proved that she’s an over-rated character)

 

QUOTE –
Tyrion Lannister: I’m guilty of being a dwarf. Oh, yes I am. I’ve been on trial for that my entire life. I did not kill Joffery, but I wish that I had! Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores! I wish I was the monster you think I am! I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you! I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it! I will not give my life for Joffery’s murder and I know I’ll get no justice here, so I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat!