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.”

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Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Pretentious and greedy art aficionados got themselves in a vicious trap of cursed paintings.

 
CONS –
1) Quite a lazy title for the movie where the Velvet Buzzsaw is of little significance that too for only one character.
2) Unnecessary sub-plots. Instead of working on the primary supernatural theme, the entire first hour is wasted in art exhibition politics.

 
QUOTE –
Morf Vandewalt: A bad review is better than sinking into the great glut of anonymity.

Bird Box (2018)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Sandra Bullock as Malorie Hayes – a one-woman show.

 

CONS –
1) A story full of loopholes. The core supernatural phenomenon is never explained.
2) The post-apocalyptic drama follows the routine of a typical zombie movie. Only the element of blind-folds is new.
3) John Malkovich – talent wasted
4) The entire blind-folded river journey with two kids is implausible.

 

QUOTE –
“Douglas: All of us, collectively, are making the end of the world … great again!”

Preacher (Season 3)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Best season so far. While most of the season 2 was spent at Denis’ dilapidated house, this season was at Angelville. Probably the best supernatural black-comedy on TV right now.
2) Exciting new characters like Satan and Allfather were introduced however Betty Buckley as Marie “Gran’ma” L’Angelle and Colin Cunningham as T.C. will take the top spot.
3) Each episode was better than the previous one with the story unfolding with new subplots and new characters.

 

Cons –
1) “Les Enfants du Sang” – this entire sub-plot for Cassidy was boring.

 

Quote –
TC: What’s a Genesis?
Featherstone & Tulip: A band!

A Quiet Place (2018)

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

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) A post-apocalyptic world where a Predator-like creature with hypersensitive hearing is ruling earth.
2) The grain-silo scene; the childbirth scene
3) The “silence” factor.

 

 

Cons –
1) While the primary concept is very intriguing, I’ll wait for a sequel to know more about this world.
2) While the plot is established in the first few minutes, an entire hour is wasted for built-up.

 

Quote –
Evelyn: Your father will protect you. Your father will always protect you.

It : Chapter One (2017)

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

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The Rated-R story and execution.
2) Teenage kids defeating a supernatural-clown. “The Losers Club” is not your typical nerdy, adventure loving Goonies.They are a wild bunch of foul-mouthed badass.
3) The sink-blood-fountain scene; Pennywise in the projecter scene.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) A creepy town with zero concerned parents. What kind of town is this? School bullies killing pushover kids, carving their initials with a knife on their victims. Psychopathic mother feeding pills to her kid and a father sexually assaulting his daughter.
2) To beat this kind of shapeshifting supernatural villain, it usually needs Batman, Justice League and the entire Avengers team.

 

 

Quote –

 

Eddie Kaspbrak: They’re gazebos! They’re bullshit!

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.”