Naked Lunch (1991)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) An exterminator’s drug-induced journey to the nightmarish surreal world of bugs, centipedes, shape-shifting talking typewriters, spies, and homosexuals.
2) Grotesque as expected from Cronenberg with some fascinating practical effects with prosthetics.

 

 

CONS –
1) Surreal set-up but an incomprehensible plot. It’s non-sense fiction.

 

 


QUOTE –
“Homosexuality is the best all-round cover an agent ever had.”

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 

 


PROS –
1) Society in 2021 is controlled by large corporations and is suffering from an internet disease called “NAS“. Johnny Mnemonic is a “human flash drive” carrying information (cure for NSA) which exceeds his current memory capacity. Now he’s on the run to deliver the information before he’s killed by the overflow or the Yakuza.

 

 


CONS –
1) The screenplay is so boring and incoherent that it’ll put audiences to sleep. Even by 1995 standard, the CGI is pathetic.
2) Forgettable acting from all lead actors.

 

 


QUOTE –
Johnny Mnemonic: Listen. You listen to me. You see that city over there? THAT’S where I’m supposed to be. Not down here with the dogs, and the garbage, and the fucking last month’s newspapers blowing *back* and *forth*. I’ve had it with them, I’ve had it with you, I’ve had it with ALL THIS – *I want ROOM SERVICE*!

JL 50 (2020) – (miniseries)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A mad scientist in 1984 cracked an ancient time-travel code and conducted his experiment on a passenger plane named JL 50. He miscalculated and instead of returning in 35-hrs, the plane crash-landed after 35 years.
2) Project Ashoka – The space-time experiment with a Mauryan connection.
3) A remarkable series in terms of story, direction, screenplay, and of course performance from a brilliant cast including Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur, and Piyush Mishra.
4) Amongst the plethora of web-series available on OTT platforms, this sci-fi miniseries is a must-watch.

 

 


CONS –
1) The cliched explanation of wormholes using a sheet of paper and a pencil.
2) The cop investigating the case, going through a divorce is also now done to death.

 

 


QUOTE –
Das: We made it!

Hardware (1990)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A scrap experimental combat robot capable of self-repair comes back to life and goes on a violent rampage in an apartment
2) “The Order Of Death”
3) A post-apocalyptic plot with Cassette Futurism set-up and synthwave soundtrack. The RJ Angry Bob on radio gives great dystopian insight.

 

 

CONS –
1) Most of the movie is inside an apartment with dark lighting. The entire M.A.R.K. 13 cyborg is a Terminator rip-off.

 

 

QUOTE –
Angry Bob: This is Angry Bob, the man with the industrial dick, coming to you loud and clear on W.A.R. Radio with the good news and the bad news. Bad news is the heatwave’s not going to let up. It’s expected to hit ninety downtown before nightfall, although weather control keeps promising that rain is on the way. The foul up on the launch pad at terminal eight doesn’t look like it’s gonna clear for another half hour and holiday air traffic is still stacking up over the CBD and all outlying districts. But traffic control promises that if you all keep cool they’ll get you home in time for Christmas. As for the good news – There is no fucking good news! So let’s just play some music!

Project Power (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A pill that can give its users unpredictable superpowers for 5 minutes. The source of the pill is Art (Jamie Foxx) who was the original subject of a medical experiment, and his daughter who inherited the traits from her father.
2) A high-octane movie in line of similar sci-fi movies like Limitless (2011) & Lucy (2014).
3) It’s an action-packed entertainer which will keep the audiences at the edge of seats.

 

 


CONS –
1) The third act is mediocre.

 

 


QUOTE –
Art: “Am I lying?”

Black Mirror (Season 2)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) “Be Right Back” – A dead man recreated as an identical android whose behavior is based on his social media activity.
2) “White Bear” – A dystopian world where a “Justice Park” is executing daily psychological torture of criminals for the amusement of visitors.
3) “The Waldo Moment” – People disillusioned from the democratic system relying more on a computer-animated character than a live politician. We see something similar in Volodymyr Zelensky winning the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Jack: Look we–we don’t need politicians, we’ve all got iPhones and computers, right? So any decision that has to be made, any policy, we just put it online. Let the people vote–thumbs up, thumbs down, the majority wins. That’s a democracy. That’s a–that’s an actual democracy.
Jamie: So’s YouTube, and I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but the most popular video is a dog farting the theme tune to Happy Days.

An American Pickle (2020)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 

PROS –
1) A man woke up after 100-years of getting brined in a vat of pickles, trying to fit in the modern-day New York City with his great-grandson. The first original film released by HBO Max finally marks the return of Seth Rogen in a quality role since Steve Jobs (2015).
2) The movie showcases the clash of generations by addressing modern social phenomena like free speech, cancel culture, capitalism, religion, and family values from the perspective of a 19th-century man.
3) Fast-paced and funny screenplay.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Host: Tell me, Herschel. How do you respond to those who have called your belief system abhorrent?
Herschel: I would tell these people I do not understand what this word means.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A scientist died leaving his unfinished humanoid in the Gothic mansion full of steampunk equipments. He’s brought into the town’s community by a woman and soon he becomes the talk of the town attracting new friends and foes.
2) Tim Burton’s trademark gothic protagonist straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the movie, Burton created 2 distinct worlds. While Edward Scissorhands is dark & gothic, the town is vividly colorful.
3) It’s basically a bedtime fairy-tale of “a beauty and a beast” told by an elderly woman to her granddaughter. The theme is similar to King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: Sweetheart, you can’t buy the necessities of life with cookies.

The Mandalorian (Season 1)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The best thing happened to Star War since Rogue-One. Honestly, the Lukewalker Saga is now milked enough and the entire storyline around the Lukewalker family doesn’t resonate with this generation.
2) A huge round of applause to Jon Favreau for giving a new breath of life to this franchise. He is the founding father of MCU and he proved his mettle once again.
3) Jaw-dropping concept art montage in each episode’s end credits.
4) The surprise element of “Baby Yoda” is massively promising.
5) Speeder-Bike, AT-ST, Bounty robot IG-11, etc. are some brand new addition to Star Wars tech.
6) The Mandalorian theme by Ludwig Göransson

 

 

CONS –
1) This space western got huge influences from Lone Wolf and Cub, Seven Samurai (1954), etc.
2) Moff Gideon [played by Giancarlo Esposito ] – dumb boss villain.

 

 

QUOTE –
“This is the way.”

RoboCop (1987)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A dystopian Detroit city where a big corporation called OCP is running the police department.
2) Great CGI and ultra-violent action (thanks to bullet squibs).
3) Future tech gun: Cobra Assault Cannon
4) The fake news broadcasts throughout the movie reporting crimes, unemployment, space tech, and commercials selling weird products make the entire set-up more fascinating.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Reporter: Robo, excuse me, Robo. Any special message for all the kids watching at home?
RoboCop: Stay out of trouble.