Sacred Games (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An Osho like Guru running a drug-fueled mission to bring Sat Yug post-nuclear winter. The plan is executed by a Muhammad bin Qasim fanatic, completing his dream of Gazwa-E-Hind.
2) Full of smart references like Dawood Ibrahim, Karan Johar, RGV, Kangana Ranaut, Divya Bharti, etc.

 
CONS –
1) The entire Kenya sub-plot doesn’t add anything to the story.
2) The cliffhanger ending is pointless as all the secrets are already out. Also, with most the main character being dead, what’s left for next season?
3) The mob-lynching plot is clearly part of Anurag Kashyap’s personal outrage rather than adding anything to the story.

 
QUOTE –
Aham Brahmasmi

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The Kominsky Method (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Sarcastic conversation between Sandy and Norman.

 
CONS –
1) Average comedy show with exceptional acting talent.

 
QUOTE –
Norman: You talk to one ghost, and suddenly you’re in a Yiddish version of Macbeth.

Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 3/3

 

PROS –
1) A calmer Aziz post #MeToo, lampooning the hyper-woke culture.
2) The “Nazi-Pizza” bit.
3) The bit on R. Kelly and Michael Jackson, reigniting the argument on separating the man from his art.
4) An emotional climax.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
But now, when I see you guys here, it hits me in a different way. I think about what it means that all you guys, you drove down here, you waited in line. And you did all of this stuff just to hear me talk into a microphone for, like, an hour or so. And it means the world to me, ’cause…I saw the world…where I don’t ever get to do this again.

Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

Murder Mystery (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie kind of pan-European whodunit murder-mystery with a diverse list of suspects. Instead of Hercule Poirot, it’s the bumbling couple of Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

 
CONS –
1) One time watch.
2) A better supporting cast would’ve been nice.

 

QUOTE –
Charles Cavendish: That is the Quince dagger. Chinese steel, jewels from across the Orient. A gift to the family from Marco Polo. Or so the legend says.
Audrey Spitz: God. Nick’s grandmother gave us a toaster from Sears. Or so the legend says.

I Am Mother (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An AI decides to eliminate flawed humanity and rebooting it with “ideal” human beings.
2) Hilary Swank plot-twist. She was nothing but a pawn planted by the same AI for the final psychological test of the daughter,  before handing over the responsibility of embryos to the daughter.
3) No sub-plots slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
AI: Tell me…do you remember your mother? Curious, isn’t it?

Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019)

CONTENT – 0
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 1/3

 
PROS –
1) Ray Romano’s self-pity comedy remains his main USP. This time he shared his experience of being a 60-year-old family man.
2) Climax with his real family

 

CONS –
1) Average content, no big laughs

 
QUOTE –
“I think men know the dilemma, here.No witnesses, nobody…”