“Into the Dark” – The Body (2018)

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

 

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Neither horror nor funny. This is a formulaic slasher movie with a bad cast.
2) The entire movie appears like a parody of the slasher genre.

 

 

QUOTE –
Hell’s empty and all the devils are here.

The Twilight Zone (2019) (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) “The Comedian” – Best episode of the season. Tracy Morgan’s cameo was spot-on.
2) “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” – a story with a climactic plot-twist.
3) “The Blue Scorpion” – entertaining story of a legendary gun.

 

 

CONS –
1) “Replay”, “The Wunderkind”, “Point of Origin” – These 3 episodes are simply propaganda stories of Trump-era USA exploring issues of Black Lives Matter, US Presidential Election 2016, and Trump’s immigration reforms.
2) “A Traveler”, “Six Degrees of Freedom”, “Not All Men” – forgettable stories no one can make head nor tail of.
3) “Blurryman” – the finale tried to milk the iconic “Time Enough at Last” but to no avail.

 

 

QUOTE –
Narrator: Society is a fragile ecosystem. Razzle and dazzle people with the right lies and eventually they’ll go blind to the madness right in front of their faces.

Silver Blaze (1977)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Christopher Plummer’s debut as the legendary detective.

 

CONS –
1) A forgettable adaptation of “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”.
2) 30 minutes run time can by no means give proper justice to the story. There is neither any depth in writing nor there is any character development.

 

 
QUOTE –
Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you wish to draw my attention?
Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog when the horse was led out from the stable.
Inspector Gregory: But the dog did nothing when the horse was led out from the stable.
Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 7)

VERDICT – 3/5

 

QUOTE –
Captain Holt: I’m off to walk my beat again, much like Sisyphus, condemned to push the same boulder up the same hill day in and day out.
Sergeant Jeffords: You know, according to French Philosopher Albert Camus, Sisyphus achieved happiness in that absurd repetition.
Captain Holt: Any French philosophy post-Rousseau is essentially a magazine. You rube.

“Columbo” Murder by the Book (TV Episode 1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) The story started with the execution of the crime. The entire plot was unraveled from the very beginning to the audiences. The element is how Columbo catches the murderer.
2) The birth of a clumsy and persistent homicide detective.
3) Jack Cassidy playing the suave perpetrator.
4) Barbara Colby as the nervous blackmailer.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Lieutenant Columbo: Suddenly I thought of something. How clever that first murder was. The phone gimmick, working late in the office – brilliant.
Ken Franklin: Are you awarding gold medals today?
Lieutenant Columbo: Yes. For the first one. Not for the second one. That was sloppy. Mrs. Melville, she’d have been very disappointed.

Better Call Saul (Season 5)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Gus Fring taking out his frustration on Lyle, one of his puny employees of Los Pollos Hermanos. This will go down as the best scene of this season.
2) Mike’s character getting better with every passing episode.
3) Lalo Salamanca as another fearful member of the Salamanca family.
4) Hank Schrader & Steven Gomez coming back for a cameo.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Mike: I don’t think fear is a great motivator.
Gus: A dog who bites every owner he’s had…can only be disciplined with a firm hand.Or… put down.

Vishwamitra (1995 TV Series)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) This Indian mythological series reconfirms how important is the roles of Sages and Rishis in Indian culture. Their might and glory is unmatched. Vishwamitra’s story is very unique in nature. He’s arrogant as a King and also as a Sage but he’s still diligent with an unflagging attitude.
2) A great supporting cast including Arun Govil, Arvind Trivedi, etc. Bhanupriya as Menaka is spot on.
3) This is probably Mukesh Khanna’s best performance in the furious sage’s role. He was in his prime way before Shaktimaan.

 

CONS –
1) Mediocre soundtrack as compared to other mythological shows. The music is predominantly Carnatic.

 
QUOTE –
“ashambhav shabd hamare shabkosh mein hai hi nahin rishivar”

Dracula (2020 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep 1: Gripping screenplay; the first episode was somewhat faithful to the original book and also the best in the series.
2) Agatha Van Helsing vs Count Dracula grand dual at the gate of the convent.
3) Ep 2: Climactic 123 years time-leap was surely surprising.
4) Witty one-liners by Count Dracula in all 3 episodes.

 

CONS –
1) Lucy Westenra sub-plot in Ep 3 was utterly useless. The entire modern-day England twist was disappointing.
2) The quality of the show goes down with every passing episode.
3) Climactic revelations establish Dracula as an ashamed warrior with survival guilt.

 

QUOTE –
She: What’s the state of him?
Dracula: He’s downstairs.
She: Drunk?
Dracula: Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it.

Family Guy (Season 16)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS-
1) HTTPete – best episode

 
CONS-
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Sorry, I was too busy taking a selfie while shooting a Snapchat while periscoping that Snapchat while Instagramming latte art while Shazaming the Weeknd while streaming Master of None while retweeting George Takei while saying, “This wins the Internet!” while still being #SoooBored.