Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) This meta-movie will age fine with time. It’s the first major interactive film of its kind on Netflix. The amount of easter-eggs and interpretations will surely get this movie it’s own fandom. The sheer amount of effort made by the makers of this film is huge.
2) Colin Ritman‘s surreal monologue

 

CONS –
1) For an average moviegoer, it’s neither possible to watch all endings nor the patience for exploiting all narratives.
2) What genre is this? Sci-Fi or psychological thriller?

 

QUOTE –
“People think there’s one reality but there’s loads of them, all snaking off, like roots. And what we do on one path affects what happens on the other paths. Time is a construct. People think you can’t go back and change things, but you can, that’s what flashbacks are, they’re invitations to go back and make different choices. When you make a decision, you think it’s you doing it, but it’s not. It’s the spirit out there that’s connected to our world that decides what we do and we just have to go along for the ride. Mirrors let you move through time. The government monitors people, they pay people to pretend to be your relatives and they put drugs in your food and they film you.There’s messages in every game. Like Pac-Man. Do you know what PAC stands for? P-A-C: “Program and Control.“He’s Program and Control Man,the whole thing’s a metaphor,he thinks he’s got free will but really he’s trapped in a maze, in a system, all he can do is consume, he’s pursued by demons that are probably just in his own head, and even if he does manage to escape by slipping out one side of the maze, what happens? He comes right back in the other side. People think it’s a happy game, it’s not a happy game, it’s a fucking nightmare world and the worst thing is it’s real and we live in it. It is all code. If you listen closely, you can hear the numbers. There’s a cosmic flowchart that dictates where you can and where you can’t go.”

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 !

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.

Black Mirror (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The National Anthem – Almost vomited in this episode
2) Fifteen Million Merits – Great social satire with a killer monologue.
3) The Entire History of You – The hazards of technology

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Bing : All we know is fake fodder and buying shit. That’s how we speak to each other, how we express ourselves, is buying shit. What, I have a dream? The peak of our dreams is a new app for our Dopple, it doesn’t exist! It’s not even there! We buy shit that’s not even there.