Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A fitting tribute to Philip K. Dick was long overdue.
2) 10 episodes with a vast range of actors. Most notably Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Buscemi, and Timothy Spall.
3) Best episodes: “Impossible Planet”, “Real Life”, “The Father Thing”, “The Commuter”

 

Cons –
1) A mild version of Black Mirror
2) Boring episodes: “The Hood Maker”, “Crazy Diamond”, “Human Is”, “Kill All Others”

 
Quote –
“Irma: I dreamt you, Mr.Norton.Deep in my heart. And I think maybe you dreamt me too.”

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Sunshine (2007)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Ensemble cast
2) Oxygen garden
3) The primary concept of a dying Sun and frozen Earth

 

Cons –
1) Ordinary mission messed up by silly mistakes
2) Presence of Pinbacker makes the movie less scientific

 

Quote –
Capa: Icarus… who is the fifth crew member?

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?

Black Mirror (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Ep.1 : Nosedive – Hazards of internet and social media – Ingrid in dystopia.
2) Ep.2 : Playtest – Hazards of increasing video-game technology.Nasty plot-twist.
3) Ep.3 : Shut Up and Dance – Hazards of internet and social media.
4) Ep.6 : Hated in the Nation – Hazards of internet and social media – better than many feature-length movies in past 20 yrs.
6) The dominant theme this season was coming future with internet and technological advancement.

 

Cons –
1) Ep.4 : San Junipero – 61 minutes of LGBT propaganda
2) Ep.5 : Men Against Fire – Anti-war propaganda episode

 

 

Quote –
That Internet stuff drifts off like weather. It’s half hate. They don’t mean it.

Doctor Strange (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Visual delight
2) Honestly speaking, I was waiting for the post-credit scene the whole time and it wasn’t disappointing.
3) Cloak of Levitation

 
Cons –

 

1) Generic origin story – nominal villain, token boss-fight.
2) They should have brought Thor much before post-credit scene.

 
Quote –

 

The Ancient One: We never lose our demons, we only learn to live above them.

The Martian (2015)

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

Verdict – 0/5

Pros –
n/a

 

Cons –
1) Shallow & cliched characters
2) Predictable story-line
3) No “Ridley Scott” factor here. It’s a star-studded dud.

 

Quote –
“Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”