Tales from the Darkside (1990)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A young boy is captured by a modern-day witch, and the witch is planning to cook him for the dinner party. To stall her plan, the boy tells her three horror stories.
2) Cat from Hell – A hitman hired by a wealthy man to kill a cat. While the story is mediocre, the entire sequence where the cat kills the hitman by forcing itself down his throat and into his stomach was horrifying.
3) Lover’s Vow – A folklore sort of story where a demon spares a man’s life when he swears never to reveal what he saw or describe its appearance to anyone. The final scene where Carola begins transforming back into the monster is an achievement for the special effect team. The scene rivals the transformation scene from An American Werewolf in London (1981).

 

 

CONS –
1) Lot 249 – Michael McDowell failed to give justice to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic horror short story. Even with a good star-cast, the screenplay and execution is childish. The iconic story deserves a full-length movie.

 

 

QUOTE –
Carola: You promised you’d never tell!

Mr. Robot (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT  – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The lovechild of V for Vendetta & Fight Club.
2) Plot twists revealing the psychological state of the main protagonist
3) Christian Slater is a great addition to the cast.
4) A realistic approach to hacking.

 

 

CONS –
1) The first few episodes were just great but later episodes including the climax was a letdown.
2) Martin Wallström as Tyrell Wellick: discount American Psycho (2000).
3) All in all, it’s a Fight Club rip-off. No motivation to watch the second season.

 

 

QUOTE –
Edward Alderson: Is any of it real? I mean look at this. Look at it. A world built on fantasy.Synthetic emotions in the form of pills. Psychological warfare in the form of advertising. Mind-altering chemicals in the form of food. Brainwashing seminars in the form of media. Controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks.

Real?

You wanna talk about reality? We haven’t lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century. Turn it off, take out the batteries. Digital displays, hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen. You’d have to dig pretty deep, kiddo before you can find anything real.

The Name of the Rose (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The Premise: 14th Century Abbey murder-mystery
2) The Rivalry: William of Baskerville vs Bernardo Gui
3) A good ensemble of actors.
4) The labyrinthine library.
5) The conflict between religion and logic.
6) Ron Perlman as the hunchback Salvatore.

 

 

CONS –
1) The unnecessary romantic sub-plot.
2) Rushed climax.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Jorge de Burgos: Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith because without fear of the Devil, there is no more need of God.”

True Romance (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Tarantino created the character of the movie-buff Clarence on himself working in a video store. (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines).
2) Elvis appearing as a Jesus like metor.
3) Even minor characters are memorable. Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp, Bum Brad Pitt.
4) Christopher Walken Sicilian scene with Dennis Hopper.
5) This movie is full of countless movie and pop-culture references. Even a fictional movie like “Coming Home in a Bodybag” sounds fascinating.
6) James Gandolfini Murder Scene

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.