Vivarium (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The surreal premise with great production value. It’s like a darker version of The Truman Show (1998).

 
CONS –
1) The story explains nothing but will leave the audiences with unanswered questions. Is it even sci-fi or plain super-natural horror?
2) For me, it was one of the most anticipated sci-fi movies of the year. Disappointed.

 

QUOTE –
Gemma: All we wanted…was a home.
Boy: Silly Mother. You are home.

Dracula (2020 Miniseries)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Ep 1: Gripping screenplay; the first episode was somewhat faithful to the original book and also the best in the series.
2) Agatha Van Helsing vs Count Dracula grand dual at the gate of the convent.
3) Ep 2: Climactic 123 years time-leap was surely surprising.
4) Witty one-liners by Count Dracula in all 3 episodes.

 

CONS –
1) Lucy Westenra sub-plot in Ep 3 was utterly useless. The entire modern-day England twist was disappointing.
2) The quality of the show goes down with every passing episode.
3) Climactic revelations establish Dracula as an ashamed warrior with survival guilt.

 

QUOTE –
She: What’s the state of him?
Dracula: He’s downstairs.
She: Drunk?
Dracula: Well, that’s certainly one way of putting it.

The Abominable Bride (2016)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The Victorian version of the series.
2) Benedict Cumberbatch uncanny resemblance to Jeremy Brett: The definitive Holmes
3) The first half of the episode.
4) Going back & forth in the two eras.

 

 

CONS –
1) The Suffragettes twist
2) Annoying Climax & needless twists covered by drug hallucinations.
3) 2 story-lines and no conclusion.
4) It was supposed to be a “One-shot” story.

 

 

QUOTE –
“Moriarty: Dead is the new sexy.”