Black Panther (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Return of Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
2) Michael B. Jordan as “Killmonger” – Villain with a motive
3) Winston Duke as M’Baku – entertaining character

 

Cons –
1) The whole Wakanda civilization is full of contradiction – super advanced science with a functional xenophobic monarchy where the king is chosen by a ritual combat.
2) Entertaining one-time watch origin story- it’s hyperbolically cherished by critics as an emancipating movie for the black community.
3) Forest Whitaker as Zuri – seriously stereotyped.

Quote –
T’Challa: We can still heal you…
Erik Killmonger: Why, so you can lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.

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Love Actually (2003)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A feel good romantic montage – narrated in the epilogue with arrivals at Heathrow and established with the characters in the prologue.
2) Quintessentially British.
3) A huge ensemble beautifully executed with strong fast-paced screenplay.
4) Not to forget cameo by Billy Bob Thornton & Rowan Atkinson
5) Excellent Soundtrack – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go

 

Cons –

 

N/A
Quote –

 

Jamie: A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Sherlock (Season 4)

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

VERDICT– 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Mrs. Hudson driving Aston Martin.

 

CONS –
1) You can’t fool viewers by showing incoherent story-lines, the plot is full of potholes and claim it be a twisted psychological thriller of some sort.
2) This season reduced the iconic detective to a manipulated genius driven by other geniuses beyond his comprehension long before he hit puberty. There was also a hint given that he was brain-washed.

 

QUOTE –
High Rank Police Officer: Do you have any idea what speed you were going at?
Mrs. Hudson: No, of course not! I was on the phone.

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.

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

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

Verdict – 0/5

 

PROS –
1) Being the final chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy.
2) Confirming that Bilbo’s quest was a disaster with a sad ending and it’ll be concluded by Frodo.
3) End credits song by Billy Boyd –  “The Last Goodbye”.

 

CONS –
1) The Title – It was supposed to be “There and Back Again”. The Battle of the Five Armies makes no sense and didn’t justify the title for an epic conclusion.
2) 11 minutes for Smaug ? The “incident with the dragon” lasted less than the discussion.
3) Too much screen time for Ryan Gage as Alfrid.
4) The movie is the worst entry in the entire series. The movie appears hushed. The CGI, the screenplay etc was mediocre and Peter Jackson wrapped up production to conclude the series for the sake of it.

 
QUOTE –
“Thorin Oakenshield: If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Establishing “The Hobbit” trilogy almost neck to neck to the sequel “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
2) Smaug – An epic villain of epic size.
3) Sauron Cameo
4) Legolas Vs Bolg

 

CONS –
1) Less screen time for Gandalf

 

QUOTE –
“Smaug: I am fire… I am death!”

Sherlock (Season 3)

Sherlock (Season 3)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS–
1) The “Mary-CIA” angle

 

CONS-
1) Holmes killing Magnussen was completely against the nature and character of Sherlock Holmes. Epic Fail.

 

QUOTE-
Mrs Hudson : “Oh, the neighbours.”