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.

Marriage Story (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) The fiery arguments between Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are one of the highlights of the movie.
2) The movie remains engaging thanks to three colorful divorce lawyers. The expensive and brash Ray Liotta, the swanky and flamboyant Laura Dern, and finally the bumbling Alan Alda.

 
CONS –
1) The movie is equally pretentious like Noah Baumbach’s previous venture. There are already a dozen movies directed by Woody Allen with the same theme.
2) It should’ve been titled “Divorce Story”.

 

 

QUOTE –
Ted: Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The movie gives Jesse a much needed proper ending.
2) This movie is ominous in nature from the very first minute. The audience knew what was coming to them.
3) Vince Gilligan’s directorial debut film sticks to its roots with character-driven lengthy Tarantinoesque sequences.
4) Robert Forster as Ed the Disappearer played his parting shot.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Heisenberg: You didn’t have to wait your whole life to do something special.

Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A treat for the fanboys of Between Two Ferns.
2) “Walking On A String” by The Nationals Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers

 
CONS –
1) One time average movie with a cliched and mediocre climax.

 
QUOTE –
Zach: Are you a practicing Jew?
Paul Rudd: No. I’m not a practicing Jew. I perfected it.

Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (2019)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/3

 
PROS –
1) Bill Burr got a particular niche audience. We know what to expect from him and he delivered as expected.
2) Extremely politically incorrect not holding back any punches targeting Michelle Obama, male feminists, and even #MeToo.
3) He kinda explained the reason for his temper in the final bit about letting go of his dog and bottling up all the emotion.

 

CONS –
1) Most of the jokes are somewhat familiar from his multiple appearances on Conan.

 

QUOTE –
“Someday, there’s going to be the first female president, which means there’s going to be the first male First Lady, And you wait, you fucking wait… The first time that dude opens his mouth about some political shit, you watch all these feminists: ‘You shut the fuck up! It is her time now. She was elected, not you. Go pick out some plates, bitch.’

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (2019)

CONTENT – 1
EXECUTION – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 3/3

 

PROS –
1) Dave Chappelle in all its glory.
2) Louis C.K. did an SNL monologue on child molester and pedophiles. That bit pushed the envelope by making jokes out of this extremely inappropriate topic. Dave Chappelle clearly tore the envelope this time.
3) How Twitter screenshots from yesteryears are destroying careers. How T is different from L, G, & B. How anyone with a dick should shut up on abortion laws. How gun laws can be amended only if black people start hoarding guns.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Seriously, I wanna know. Like, wh-why is it… why is it that… that I can say the word “nigger” with impunity……but I can’t say the word “faggot”?”And she said, “Because, David, you are not gay.” I said, “Well, Renée…I’m not a nigger either.”

Sacred Games (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) An Osho like Guru running a drug-fueled mission to bring Sat Yug post-nuclear winter. The plan is executed by a Muhammad bin Qasim fanatic, completing his dream of Gazwa-E-Hind.
2) Full of smart references like Dawood Ibrahim, Karan Johar, RGV, Kangana Ranaut, Divya Bharti, etc.

 
CONS –
1) The entire Kenya sub-plot doesn’t add anything to the story.
2) The cliffhanger ending is pointless as all the secrets are already out. Also, with most the main character being dead, what’s left for next season?
3) The mob-lynching plot is clearly part of Anurag Kashyap’s personal outrage rather than adding anything to the story.

 
QUOTE –
Aham Brahmasmi