The Man from Earth (2007)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The mind-blowing gripping story – Got to give all credits to Jerome Bixby.
2) The set-up is like a play. Brilliantly adapted.
3) A tinge of 12 Angry Men.
4) The Jesus revelation took the plot to a different level.
5) This movie is a definitive cult and it’s a shame that it missed all mainstrem awards and recognition

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

 

John Oldman: Piety is not what the lessons bring to people, it’s the mistake they bring to the lessons.

Surrogates (2009)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Prophet plot-twist
2) The Dread Reservation chase
3) CGI
4) The primary concept – La Westworld

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Predictable story-line
2) Shallow character development
3) The child-killed-in-a-car-accident sub plot is now used for a zillionth time in hollywood.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Tom Greer: You want to kill everyone? That’s going to heal mankind?
Older Canter: They’re already dead. The died the minute they plugged into those machines.

WALL·E (2008)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –

 

1) Almost silent movie
2) Good sci-fi concept
3) M-O – best character from the movie

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Wall-E regaining his memory is a let down. The sacrifice factor would’ve taken this movie to new height like “The Iron Giant“.

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) David – His entry scene with signal flare
2) Final Walter/David plot twist
3) James Franco cameo – Hope there is something more in a prequel.
4) That Ozymandias quote never gets old.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) The story is not going anywhere. There seems to be no end to Alien story-arc.

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Oram: What do you believe in, David?
David: Creation.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) One hell of a thrill ride, especially the last 30 minutes
2) Unpredictable plot full of twist and turns. Meta-horror.
3) Strong satire and parody of the genre but also riveting at the same time
4) The slash-fest by the plethora of monsters
5) Sigourney Weaver as The Director – Perfect cameo – fits in like the last piece of the puzzle

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Daniel Truman: They’re like something from a nightmare.
Lin: No, they’re something nightmares are from.

Black Mirror (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The National Anthem – Almost vomited in this episode
2) Fifteen Million Merits – Great social satire with a killer monologue.
3) The Entire History of You – The hazards of technology

 

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Bing : All we know is fake fodder and buying shit. That’s how we speak to each other, how we express ourselves, is buying shit. What, I have a dream? The peak of our dreams is a new app for our Dopple, it doesn’t exist! It’s not even there! We buy shit that’s not even there.

eXistenZ (1999)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Mind-fuck sci-fi thriller with element of body-horror
2) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie
3) Strong supporting cast

 

 

Cons –

 

 

1) Movie poster

 

 

 

Quote –

 

 

 

Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth… are we still in the game?