Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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

 

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Primary concept – Amalgamating Western with Sci-Fi

 

 

Cons –

 

1) A half-hearted effort
2) Boring direction with cliched sub-plots and over-stretched climax

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Meacham: Only two kinds of men get shot: criminals and victims. Which one are you?

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Circle (2015)

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

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

 

1) 87 gripping minutes
2) 12 Angry Men with an alien Jigsaw

 

Cons –

 

1) It’s  “Black Mirror” episode with an uncertain climax.
2) Unknown cast
3) It’s like Primer – a good concept but average execution

 

 

Quote –

 

“Oh yeah, he bought us 2 minutes. Throw him a Purple Heart”

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost 3 hrs but still captivating.A visual triumph – a piece of art.
2) Ana de Armas as Joi – She stole the show.
3) The movie successfully inherited the soul of the original.
4) In-depth character development.

 

Cons –

 

1) Weak primary plot and a disappointing climax.
2) Jared Leto – The most over-rated and most annoying actor in Hollywood.

 

Quote –

 

Joi: Mere data makes a man. A and C and T and G. The alphabet of you. All from four symbols. I am only two: 1 and 0.

Future Man (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Unapologetically funny and fast-paced – it’s a time-travel galore!
2) Closest thing we can get to a live-action Rick & Morty
3) Full of pop-culture references – The Last Starfighter, James Cameron, Back To The Future, Terminator etc.
4) The later episodes are more like stand-alone adventures.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The climax would’ve been much better if it was a cliffhanger.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“Josh: It’s time-travel 101”

Predestination (2014)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect sci-fi mind-fuck extravaganza – just one notch below Inception
2) Who came first – Baby Jane or Parents Joe ? Before establishing the predestination paradox – the movie also establishes this chicken-egg-paradox.
3) Sarah Snook – meaty role.
4) Tight screenplay with sweet 97 minutes running time.

 

 

Cons –

 

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

“The snake that eats its own tail, forever and ever”

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The movie negates “Ripple Effect” – Past cannot be altered
2) A similar theme to Blade Runner
3) Movie references and homages : Vertigo, Woody Woodpecker, Monkey Business

 

Cons –

 

1) Brad Pitt as Jeffrey – too much overacting
2) Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly – miscast

 

 

Quote –

 

Jeffrey Goines: There’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s only popular opinion.

Stranger Things (Season 2)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

 

Pros –

 

1) 1984 – The father of all years.This season captivates it perfectly.
2) Sean Astin as Bob
3) The show is full of colorful characters – some cool some annoying
4) Billy vs Steve grand dual
5) Comic Con “Thriller” Trailer – Best trailer this year for any movie or series.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) One season was enough
2) Kali subplot – unnecessary & boring
3) Apart from adding 3 new main characters (Bob/Billy/Max) the show got nothing new to offer

 

 

Quote –

 

“Remember, Bob Newby: superhero.”