Black Mirror (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) “Be Right Back” – A dead man recreated as an identical android whose behavior is based on his social media activity.
2) “White Bear” – A dystopian world where a “Justice Park” is executing daily psychological torture of criminals for the amusement of visitors.
3) “The Waldo Moment” – People disillusioned from the democratic system relying more on a computer-animated character than a live politician. We see something similar in Volodymyr Zelensky winning the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Jack: Look we–we don’t need politicians, we’ve all got iPhones and computers, right? So any decision that has to be made, any policy, we just put it online. Let the people vote–thumbs up, thumbs down, the majority wins. That’s a democracy. That’s a–that’s an actual democracy.
Jamie: So’s YouTube, and I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the most popular video is a dog farting the theme tune to Happy Days.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Will Forte as Doug Kenney – The Wolf Of Lampoon Street.

 

Cons –
1) A futile attempt to recreate the magic of Man On The Moon but David Wain is no Miloš Forman
2) Too many characters, too little time.
3) This biopic follows the same rise and fall formula as used in Goodfellas, Scarface and The Wolf Of Wall Street.

 

Quote –
Tom Snyder: Mr. Kenney, it’s a fine line between being clever and offensive, isn’t it?
Douglas Kenney: Look, if I could just say something in defense of National Lampoon for one moment…
Tom Snyder: Please.
Douglas Kenney: We come from a tradition of truth-tellers. A long time ago, there was someone else society found offensive. They thought that what he did was radical – dangerous. They persecuted him… and eventually killed him. Of course, I’m referring to Dracula.

Ex Machina (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –

1) Solid story with several plot-twists.
2) Climax : Caleb locked-in and Ava abandoning him is very cliffhanger “Twilight Zone” ending.
3) Visual effects.
4) Highly influential Sci-Fi story.

 

Cons –

1) Weak 3rd Act : Death of Nathan.

 

 

Quote –
Nathan: You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man.

Caleb: If you’ve created a conscious machine, it’s not the history of man. That’s the history of gods.