Miracle Workers (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A light-hearted fantasy black-comedy with a great central concept of God.
2) Great casting. Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi delivered as expected. Karan Soni as Sanjay is clearly the winner of this series. Dopinder was no fluke, Soni is currently the best actor of Indian-origin in Hollywood.
3) The opening sequence with a new version “The Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone.
4) The concept of God’s parents and he being the runt-of-the-litter.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
God: I’ve decided to blow up Earth.

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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Season 1)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) A fitting tribute to Philip K. Dick was long overdue.
2) 10 episodes with a vast range of actors. Most notably Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Buscemi, and Timothy Spall.
3) Best episodes: “Impossible Planet”, “Real Life”, “The Father Thing”, “The Commuter”

 

Cons –
1) A mild version of Black Mirror
2) Boring episodes: “The Hood Maker”, “Crazy Diamond”, “Human Is”, “Kill All Others”

 
Quote –
“Irma: I dreamt you, Mr.Norton.Deep in my heart. And I think maybe you dreamt me too.”

The Week Of (2018)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Funny subplots – Uncle Lustig from WWII, huge booze bottles
2) Katie Hartman as Robin is a revelation
3) Steve Buscemi got best lines

 

Cons –
1) Run of the mill Adam Sandler movie
2) Chris Rock’s half-cooked role

 

Quote –
Airline Staff : This is an airport wheelchair.And I’m actually gonna need it back.Someone needs it more, sir.
Kenny: Oh! Someone needs it more than this guy?

The Death of Stalin (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Text-book example of a good political black comedy. One of the best black comedy I’ve watched since Dr. Strangelove
2) Seasoned actors with witty one-liners
3) When you’re watching a good comedy, it hardly matters if it is historically correct
4) Slow-motion introduction of all major characters
5) Simon Russell Beale as Lavrentiy Beria: A significant historical character who almost led the Soviet Union after Stalin.

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Nikita Khrushchev: This is how people get killed, when your story don’t fit.

Barton Fink (1991)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) Michael Lerner as Jack Lipnick – The ruthless hollywood honcho
2) John Goodman as Charlie Meadows – A mythical character
3) A phychological-thriller which is not phychological. The Coen version of “The Tenant“.
4) The hotel being a “character” in the movie
5) Jon Polito as Lou – excellent screen presence.

 
Cons –

n/a

 

Quote –

 

Barton: I’m a writer, you monsters! I create! I create for a living! I’m a creator! I am a creator! This is my uniform! This is how I serve the common man!

Escape from L.A. (1996)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –
1) Return of Snake (for the fans of the first movie)
2) Steve Buscemi as Map to the Stars Eddie
3) Mentioning The Cleveland Escape
4) Pam Grier as Hershe Las Palmas
5) Bruce Campbell’s Cameo

 

Cons –
1) C-Grade Cheap CGI
2) Same Story – Different City
3) Wasting Peter Fonda as Pipeline – What was he even doing in this movie?

 

Quote –
Malloy: The United States is a no-smoking nation. No smoking, no drinking, no drugs. No women – unless of course, you’re married. No guns, no foul language… no red meat.
Snake : [sarcastic] Land of the free.