Sacred Games (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

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Black Mirror (Season 4)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Most uplifting Black Mirror season so far. Less disturbing, more entertaining.
2) USS Callister: Nerd Rage – The movie.
3) Hang the DJ: A Black Mirror romance with an advanced dating app.
4) Metalhead: The 4-legged robotic dog will go down in history as a serious competition to T-800 and Omnidroid
5) Black Museum: Dr. Dawson subplot is better than rest of the episode.

 

Cons –
1) Arkangel: Hazards of advance technology as already explored in season 3
2) Crocodile: As already explored in Season 1 (The Entire History of You)

 

Quote –
Nanette Cole: Okay, stealing my pussy is a RED FUCKING LINE !

The Week Of (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Funny subplots – Uncle Lustig from WWII, huge booze bottles
2) Katie Hartman as Robin is a revelation
3) Steve Buscemi got best lines

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Adam Sandler movie
2) Chris Rock’s half-cooked role

 

Quote –
Airline Staff : This is an airport wheelchair.And I’m actually gonna need it back.Someone needs it more, sir.
Kenny: Oh! Someone needs it more than this guy?

The Defenders (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Plot-Twist: Elektra killing Alexandra
2) Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra – Great casting
3) Stick cutting his own hand – badass!

 

Cons –
1) Stick’s death – end of a very powerful character.
2) Over-stretched climax with lousy action sequences. The hand-to-hand combat is ruined by excessive cuts and editing.
3) Iron Fist – probably the weakest super-hero of MCU

 

Quote –
Jessica Jones: Nice ears.
Daredevil: They’re horns.

1922 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) It’s classic retelling of “The Legend of Bishop Hatto“. Stephen King’s original story borrowed heavily from this Robert Southey’s classic.

 

 

Cons –
1) Not scary at all.It’s a moral science story of karma of what goes around comes around

 

 

Quote –
Wilfred James: In the end, we all get caught.

Annihilation (2018)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Great visuals and psychedelic production design.

 

Cons –
1) Boring flashbacks & very few moments of entertainment.
2) It’s as lethargic and pretentious as Arrival (2016) with as little outcome.
3) The movie is more about the characters than the actual event of the meteor strike and mimicking alien.

 

Quote –
The Biologist: You’re not Kane, are you?
Kane: I don’t think so. Are you Lena?

Godless (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Finale: Epic gun battle in the final episode
2) Jeff Daniels: the Central character of this mini-series. Possibly his definitive role.
3) The “Indian Ghost” plot-twist – I’m considering it was a joke
4) Some good cinematography and scenic locations
5) Christopher Fitzgerald as Valentine: The best actor in the entire show.Less screen-time but great performance.

 

Cons –
1) A lot of characters like Logan, Whitey were highlighted in all episode however with a dissatisfying conclusion.
2) This miniseries could’ve wrapped up in 3 episode max.
3) Jack O’Connell as Roy Goode – They could’ve found a better actor for such an important role.

 

Quote –
Pastor Moore: ‘Tis a fearful thing, to love what death can touch.