The Boys (Season 2)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) This season revealed the origin story of Vought International which was founded on Nazi ideology by Frederick Vought. This season focuses on the white supremacist agenda of Vought founder’s widow Stormfront trying to run the company on her terms while the CEO of Vought, Stan Edgar [played by Giancarlo Esposito] trying to get rid of her with the help of Billy Butcher.
2) The show sends a complex socio-political message where it juxtaposes Hitler’s Nazi ideology with the alt-right ideas prevalent in the post-Trump USA. At the same time, the anti-supe liberal congresswoman Victoria Neuman is revealed to be a supe herself in the final episode running her own nasty political agenda.

 

 

CONS –
1) The first season brought us to the world of chemically enhanced Superheroes working for a conglomerative. The second season is a drag with unnecessary sub-plots.


QUOTE –
Stormfront: People love what I have to say. They believe in it. They just don’t like the word “Nazi,” that’s all.

The Mandalorian (Season 1)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The best thing happened to Star War since Rogue-One. Honestly, the Lukewalker Saga is now milked enough and the entire storyline around the Lukewalker family doesn’t resonate with this generation.
2) A huge round of applause to Jon Favreau for giving a new breath of life to this franchise. He is the founding father of MCU and he proved his mettle once again.
3) Jaw-dropping concept art montage in each episode’s end credits.
4) The surprise element of “Baby Yoda” is massively promising.
5) Speeder-Bike, AT-ST, Bounty robot IG-11, etc. are some brand new addition to Star Wars tech.
6) The Mandalorian theme by Ludwig Göransson

 

 

CONS –
1) This space western got huge influences from Lone Wolf and Cub, Seven Samurai (1954), etc.
2) Moff Gideon [played by Giancarlo Esposito ] – dumb boss villain.

 

 

QUOTE –
“This is the way.”

Better Call Saul (Season 5)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Gus Fring taking out his frustration on Lyle, one of his puny employees of Los Pollos Hermanos. This will go down as the best scene of this season.
2) Mike’s character getting better with every passing episode.
3) Lalo Salamanca as another fearful member of the Salamanca family.
4) Hank Schrader & Steven Gomez coming back for a cameo.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Mike: I don’t think fear is a great motivator.
Gus: A dog who bites every owner he’s had…can only be disciplined with a firm hand.Or… put down.

The Boys (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A world where very familiar super-heroes with shady origins are working for a corporate.
2) Eric Kripke chose the perfect subject for his latest project. We live in a time where comic-book superheroes are having their golden-era in Hollywood thanks to MCU. Kudos to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for their 3rd consecutive super-hero black-comedy after Preacher and Future Man.
3) Antony Starr as Homelander. The mash-up of Superman and Captain America is the most fascinating character of all the “Supes”. Flight 37 sequence was most-shocking scene of this season.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
Butcher: What’s Sporty Spice up to?
MM: Who?
Butcher: Sporty fucking Spice. What is she up to?
MM: I don’t know.
Butcher: Exactly. How about Posh? You know what she’s doing?
MM: I don’t understand.
Butcher: Making clothes for anorexics. Right? Not exactly a growth market.And Baby? You know what she’s doing?
Fuck all. Not even page six of the Daily Mail.And Scary Spice? Up to her eyeballs in lawsuits and sex tapes. Ginger, on the other hand, has released three albums. Passion, Schizophonic and Scream If You Wanna Go Faster. They’ll all make your ears bleed. You see, when they’re apart, they’re absolute fucking rubbish. But, you put them together, they’re the goddamn fucking Spice Girls.

MM: How do you know so much about the Spice Girls?

Better Call Saul (Season 4)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 
Pros –
1) Great finale! Jimmy’s character is fascinating and a matter of study. Someone who enjoys crime and mischief; someone who’ll always cut corners. He may look like a victim every now and then however his true self will remain Slippin’ Jimmy.
2) Werner’s death scene is now bigger than Gale’s death scene in Breaking Bad.
3) Mike’s no-nonsense character is now getting iconic.
4) Huell’s rescue plot.
5) Ep.7 brilliant split-screen time jump sequence between Jimmy and Kim. Frank and Nancy can’t be much prouder.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Kim: “What?!”
Jimmy: “S’all good, man!”

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – high octane opening scene!
2) Gally’s return
3) Teresa’s death – Unexpected

 

Cons –
1) 3 years after “The Scorch Trials” – too late
2) Walton Goggins as Lawrence – interesting character but a meaningless subplot.
3) All over – it’s a mediocre end of an epic beginning.

 

Quote –
Minho: Gally, why are you helping us? I put a spear through your chest.
Gally: Well… Nobody’s perfect.

Okja (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A social satire on big food corps and also on animal-rights activist
2) Strong star-cast
3) Nancy Mirando final monologue

 

Cons –

 

1) The most probable message of this movie is “GO VEGAN !” which is the problem.
2) Bong Joon-ho fans will be left disappointed

 

 

Quote –

 

Jay: Translations are sacred.

Better Call Saul (Season 3)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The show can be called “Better Call Mike”
2) With the presence a major chunk of Breaking Bad Characters – the show is at times better than it’s predecessor.
3) Slow paced and still riveting
4) Courtroom drama

 

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is more or less at the same place after 10 more episodes
2) Mediocre finale

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Gus Fring: Would you care to know why I stopped you from killing Hector?
Mike Ehrmantraut: Like you said, it wasn’t in your interest.
Gus Fring: A bullet to the head would have been far too humane.

The Jungle Book (2016)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Christopher Walken as King Louie
2) Visually good ( but not “Life Of Pi”)
3) “The Bare Necessities”

 
Cons –
1) Nice effort but still short of a “definitive Jungle Book movie”. All wait for the Andy Serkis version.

 
Quote –
“Mowgli: I am Mowgli of the Seoni, and this is my home!”

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

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

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge

 

Cons –
1) Weak screenplay & predictable twists
2) Going nowhere: without a finale

 

Quote –
“Brenda: Hope is a dangerous thing.”