Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

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

 

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 

PROS –
1) The young trio is running from the Death Eaters without any mentor while Voldemort is busy securing the Elder Wand.
2) Dobby giving the ultimate sacrifice while saving Harry, Ron, and Hermione along with Luna, Ollivander, and Griphook.
3) “The Tale of the Three Brothers”
4) Ron, Harry, and Hermione quest to Ministry of Magic, disguising themselves as Ministry employees to steal the locket from Dolores Umbridge.

 

 


CONS –
1) The lighting is so dark that it’ll give audiences a headache to watch it. The colour themes are so dark even Tim Burton wouldn’t dare to watch it.
2) The screenplay is boring and half of the time we see a despaired Harry and Hermione in the wilderness.

 

 


QUOTE –
Bellatrix Lestrange: How dare you defy your master!
Dobby the House Elf: Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf, and Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) Tom Riddle aka Lord Voldemort divided his soul into seven pieces by creating Horcruxes. Dumbledore deploys Harry to figure out this hidden secret from the Potions professor Horace Slughorn. The major chunk of the movie is spent in this plot.
2) Severus Snape, the title character, the man torn between two vows.
3) Death of another major character [Albus Dumbledore].

 

 

CONS –
1) Ron Weasley‘s romantic sub-plot with an overly attached girl-friend was completely futile.
2) No major battle sequences and neither any appearance from Voldemort. Without much action, the 153-minute run-time is a drag.
3) One can understand that the story is getting thematically darker but at the same time, the director shouldn’t make it “literally” dark up to an extent where it’s impossible to figure out what’s happening. The lighting in the film is so annoyingly dark that hardly anything is visible.

 

 

QUOTE –
Professor Minerva: Why is it, when something happens, it is always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I’ve been asking myself the same question for six years.

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 Damned United (2009)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) It’s NOT the “same-old-miracle-last-minute-triumph” story.
2) Sporting rivalry movie highlighting “Revie Vs Clough”.
3) The “Yorkshire TV” Interview.
4) The “rise” of Derby.

 

CONS –
1) Bad supporting cast.
2) The story was supposed to focus the ill-fated 44 days tenure. But it ended up in built-up.
3) Inaccurate inputs for cheap thrills
4) Making a monster out of Don Revie
5) The rushed climax confirms this is more like a documentary.

 

QUOTE –
“Brian Clough: I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the country. But I’m in the top one.”

The Last Samurai (2003)

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

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Beautiful cinematography of Japanese bucolic life.Entertaining and colorful movie.
2) The war of 2 different worlds. The movie is like an epic poem.
3) The initial battle sequence where the Samurai made their entry.
4) Great cast.
5) Hans Zimmer’s music

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.”