Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A scientist died leaving his unfinished humanoid in the Gothic mansion full of steampunk equipments. He’s brought into the town’s community by a woman and soon he becomes the talk of the town attracting new friends and foes.
2) Tim Burton’s trademark gothic protagonist straight out of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In the movie, Burton created 2 distinct worlds. While Edward Scissorhands is dark & gothic, the town is vividly colorful.
3) It’s basically a bedtime fairy-tale of “a beauty and a beast” told by an elderly woman to her granddaughter. The theme is similar to King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Bill: Sweetheart, you can’t buy the necessities of life with cookies.

Beetlejuice (1988)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
1) A dead couple trying to drive away the new owners of their home, take help from a mischievous spirit called Betelgeuse.
2) Though the title character got very brief screen-time, the character is quite fascinating.
3) Notable set-design and special effect.
4) “The Banana Boat Song” and “Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)” – Harry Belafonte

 

 
CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Beetlejuice: Go ahead, make my millennium.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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

 

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Gary Oldman’s performance as Count Dracula stands out. The entire movie is sympathetic to Dracula making it more of a romantic film.

 

 
CONS –
1) The terrible casting of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in the lead roles.
2) Incoherent screenplay and bad acting. Even a veteran like Anthony Hopkins playing Van Helsing can’t do any justice to his character with such bad writing.

 

 
QUOTE –
Dracula: I have crossed oceans of time to find you.

Destination Wedding (2018)

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

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Odd couple falling in love
2) A two-hander movie.

 

Cons –
1) Horrible comic-timing by both actors. Post Stranger Things Winona Ryder still appears like a psychologically disturbed mother with weird expressions while Keanu Reeves appears like a hitman who will pull a gun anytime.
2) Nice try by the director but didn’t work out. This domain belongs to Nancy Meyer and Richard Curtis.

 
Quote –
Lindsay: Why didn’t we meet seven years ago?
Frank: Just lucky I guess.

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.”

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) Underwater action
2) Winona Ryder droid twist
3) Final ruined Paris scene

 
Cons –

1) Boring first half
2) Silly primary plot of Ripley resurrection – should’nt have killed her in first place.

 

 

Quote –

 
Ripley: Roll over, play dead, heal.

Stranger Things (Season 1)

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

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) This show is the ultimate tribute to ’80s pop culture & kids growing up in the ’80s.
2) Kids behaving like kids; referring to pop-culture stuff like Star Wars/ Lord Of The Rings / D&D / X-men spontaneously unlike “Big Bang Theory”.
3) Overall Soundtrack / Opening sequence / Title card(especially White Rabbit)
4) Bold references like Radagast, Mirkwood, Demogorgon, Lando Calrissian etc.
5) 4 Kids ( especially Dustin).
6) Nancy-Jonathan-Steve Sub-plot

 
Cons –
n/a

 
Quote –
“Dustin Henderson: Lando”