Maniac (2018 miniseries )

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Cassette Futurism – A great entry in this genre.A dystopian future with Russian speaking USA.
2) Sonoya Mizuno as Dr. Azumi Fujita – Best character from the show with a distinctly 80s look.
3) Billy Magnussen as Jed singing “Every Breath You Take” unplugged
4) Multiple anthology stories inside one show. Both lead and supporting characters playing distinct roles from different eras with different personalities.
5) There are only 2 confirmed aspects of this story which are occurring in the real world – The mother-son rivalry and the Milgrim courtroom trial. Rest all can be psychological.

 

Cons –
1) Upbeat climax but mediocre third act.

 

Quote –
“Every mistake I’ve ever made started with it’s too good to be true.”

Hereditary (2018)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) This movie belongs to a certain group of films which includes Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining and most recently The Witch. Evil exists in shadows and it prevails eventually.
2) Toni Collette as Annie gave the performance of a lifetime. Her emotional paranoia of a mother losing her child is extraordinary.
3) Unsettling third act.
4) Joan plot-twist

 

Cons –
1) First one-hour is slow and without much action (except Charlie’s death) like a family drama.

 

Quote –
Annie: DON’T you swear at me, you little shit! Don’t you EVER raise your voice at me! I am your mother! You understand? All I do is worry and slave and defend you, and all I get back is that fucking face on your face! So full of disdain and resentment and always so annoyed!

The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspects

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) The Title and the Poster
2) The line-up scene
3) Kevin Spacey’s Walk
4) Benicio del Toro’s accent
5) The myth of Keyser Söze
6) The final plot-twist – the father of plot-twist.

 

Cons –
1) Chazz Palminteri as U.S. Customs Special Agent Dave Kujan

 

Quote –
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

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

Verdict –5 /5

Pros –
1) The sailing Fedora
2)The Thompson
3) Jon Polito & John Turturro

 

Cons –
1) The Love triangle

 

Quote –
“The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson.”