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.

Us (2019)

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

VERDICT – 0/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) This is some seriously mediocre govt-conspiracy-horror movie from Jordan Peele where an army of scissors-wielding undergrounds doppelgangers with speech impairment are killing their counterparts to achieve the goal of “joining hands across the country”.
2) It took 60 minutes of built-up to take off the story. This movie is 30 minutes too long.
3) None of the actors are convincing in their respective roles. I wonder what Elisabeth Moss was doing in that “blink & miss” role.
4) I feel pity for those critics who are digging hidden “socio-cultural” meaning in this over-hyped movie.

 

QUOTE –
Kitty Tyler: Ophelia, call the police.
Ophelia: OK. Playing “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.

Wanderlust (2012)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) A movie exploring absurdism ( and coming back to point zero)
2) Jordan Peele as Rodney

 

Cons –
1) Weak 3rd act
2) Forgettable one-time watch comedy

 

Quote –
Sherm: I’ll be one of those guys who’s just old and ugly, rich, has a hot wife. Like… ah
George: Gollum.

Get Out (2017)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Brutally racist : A movie with the cult level of House on Haunted Hill . Brave debut for Jordan Peele.
2) Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with Rosemary’s Baby
3) Lil Rel Howery as Rod Williams

 
Cons –

 
n/a

 

Quote –

 
Rod Williams: Man, I told you not to go in that house.

Fargo (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) “Anton Chigurh” meets “The Man Who Wasn’t There” in “Fargo”.
2) Blizzard gunfight
3) Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
4) Keith Carradine as Lou Solverson / Bob Odenkirk as Chief Bill Oswalt
5) Episode 9: A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage
6) The shooting rampage in Fargo, North Dakota
7) Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard: His metamorphosis

 

CONS –
1) Allison Tolman as Deputy Molly Solverso: mono expression face
2) Unlike “Breaking Bad”, the screenplay is full of loopholes and deus ex machina

 

QUOTE –
Lorne: Lester, is this what you want? … Yes or no?
Lester: Yes.
Lorne [After killing three people]: That’s on you.