The Twilight Zone (2019) (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) “The Comedian” – Best episode of the season. Tracy Morgan’s cameo was spot-on.
2) “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” – a story with a climactic plot-twist.
3) “The Blue Scorpion” – entertaining story of a legendary gun.

 

 

CONS –
1) “Replay”, “The Wunderkind”, “Point of Origin” – These 3 episodes are simply propaganda stories of Trump-era USA exploring issues of Black Lives Matter, US Presidential Election 2016, and Trump’s immigration reforms.
2) “A Traveler”, “Six Degrees of Freedom”, “Not All Men” – forgettable stories no one can make head nor tail of.
3) “Blurryman” – the finale tried to milk the iconic “Time Enough at Last” but to no avail.

 

 

QUOTE –
Narrator: Society is a fragile ecosystem. Razzle and dazzle people with the right lies and eventually they’ll go blind to the madness right in front of their faces.

Searching (2018)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) 6 minutes quick prologue like Up (2009)
2) Spooky as everyone can relate to it. Most of the movie is in POV mode with all major social media tools & websites. The camera angles are desktop recordings, hidden camera, news footage, facetime etc. A landmark movie for cinematography technique.
3) The Detective Vick twist.
4) Upbeat climax.
5) This movie joins the ranks of other good “missing person” movies like Gone Girl (2014), Changeling (2008), Prisoners (2013),  Taken (2008), The Searchers (1956) etc.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
David Kim: I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan – A good actor added to Star Trek universe

 

Cons –
1) Alice Eve as Lieutenant Carol Marcus: Not sexy but annoying
2) Disappointing sequel as compared to Star Trek (2009). No reason to watch it again.

 

Quote –
My name is… KHAN.