The Terminator (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) James Cameron’s genre-defining masterpiece. One of the greatest Sci-Fi movie ever made.
2) Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800 “Model 101”, the relentless cyborg with a mission. A career-defining role, tailor-made for him.
3) “The Terminator Theme” by Brad Fiedel.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“I’ll be back

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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Some great Rated-R cyborg battle sequences. Always exciting to watch some good cyberpunk actions.
2) The Hunter-Warriors: Zapan, McTeague, Master Clive Lee, etc.
3) A sequel looks promising with Edward Norton as Nova

 

CONS –
1) The romantic sub-plot with Hugo was slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
QUOTE –
Alita: I do not standby in the presence of evil!

Love, Death & Robots (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/4

 
PROS –
1) I’ll rate LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS better than Black Mirror and Electric Dreams. The core of any sci-fi story can be explained in a few minutes and we don’t a 90 minutes episode for character development. The short duration of each episode is the biggest asset of the show.
2) Stories from various genres including Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Fantasy, Post-Apocalypse, Absurdism, Cyberpunk, etc.
3) Exceptional animation quality from various studios around the world. Every next episode is a surprise.
4) “Good Hunting” – Exploring the Huli jing mythology in Cyberpunk Hong-Kong
5) “Suits” – Who is the real invader?
6) “Zima Blue” – Absurdist robot.
7) “When the Yogurt Took Over” – A warning for the inevitable economic collapse.
8) Matthew Perryman Jones – Living in the Shadows

 

 
CONS –
1) “Sucker of Souls” – a plain storyline
2) “The Witness” – a mind-fuck story told for a zillionth time now.
3) “Helping Hand” – 127 Hrs in space
4) “Fish Night” – Great animation with a mediocre story

 

 
QUOTE –
“Zima: My search for truth is finished at last.I’m going home.”

I Am Mother (2019)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) An AI decides to eliminate flawed humanity and rebooting it with “ideal” human beings.
2) Hilary Swank plot-twist. She was nothing but a pawn planted by the same AI for the final psychological test of the daughter,  before handing over the responsibility of embryos to the daughter.
3) No sub-plots slowing down the pace of the movie.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
AI: Tell me…do you remember your mother? Curious, isn’t it?

Bumblebee (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) Just another sci-fi movie exploiting the 1980s nostalgia.
2) What is the point of making a soft-reboot-prequel of a movie which is barely 10 years old?

 
QUOTE –
Agent Burns: They literally call themselves Decepticons. That doesn’t set off any red flags?

A.I. Rising (2018)

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

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Stoya as Nimani

 

CONS –
1) Average AI futuristic movie with forced dystopian undertones of socialism without any consequences. A classic exhibition of style over substance.
2) Lazar Bodrosa is clearly heavily inspired by the visual theme of Blade Runner (1982). An average episode of Black Mirror or Electric Dreams is far better than this 85 minutes long abomination.

 
QUOTE –
A Yugoslav, therefore, oedipal by definition.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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

VERDICT – 2/4

 
PROS –
1) Adventure of a mad scientist with food where he’s saving the world from his own cataclysmic invention.
2) Andy Samberg as “Baby Brent” – the only voice-over artist putting an effort.

 
CONS –
1) Childish predictable plot with familiar stock characters.Nothing new to offer.
2) Mediocre animation quality

 

QUOTE –
Sam Sparks: You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you’ve never seen a shower “meatier” than this.