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Catch-22: Miniseries

Abbott sweats just as the creator does and we do, it is good, but you can see the extra effort being applied.


Luke Davies and David Michod distributes caution flyers before their play starts up. It has a catch. They have tried to walk that fine line between comedy and drama, it may serve the purpose but it may not be served up front. You, as an audience, are asked to compromise, to let go off plenty of things before you join in on their camp and work hard and earn your price. Joseph Heller's adaptation of this novel has had better versions. It certainly is more engaging and crowded but it also takes up a notch, for the shocks and thrills; unfortunately it doesn't bode well especially when it goes dark.

Out of many, many elements spread around the six chapters, the "missions remaining" countdown on the screen is the best and the most successful one. The annoyance of our lead character, Christopher Abbott communicates with us and the anger shared. On terms of humor, Hugh Laurie as an utterly confident Major gets a huge chunk of it along with his co-star and dear friend George Clooney sharing the laughs with a stereotypical commands-gone-wrong gags. There is a certain amount of light in your eyes visible as soon as they appear on screen.

Abbott as the frustrated and often flawed protagonist ultimately- after a long tiring and effortful battle with us- gets the empathy from us. With undergone loads of jarring information about the day to day politics of this camp, Abbott learns to be shameless like them, in the end, literally! Often the series tends to stretch, just for one joke or one punch which can be a test of patience for the viewers to sit through it. The term Catch-22, just like it is defined in the series, is confined in its self-created loop and no one, no one has the guts to break that wheel.

Escape at Dannemora: Miniseries

Money On A Losing Bet.

Escape At Dannemora

Johnson and Tolkin's prison environment is possibly the most spatial yet palpable tone that was ever projected on screen. And with Stahl, they have written an explicit script that oozes power and mature sequences that pushes your boundaries and takes you to newer territories. But this is as much as Stiller's tale as much as it is the creators', with a keen sense of awareness of the trajectory, his execution is off the charts. His knack for imputing music in the narration is one of his primary strength that helps him jump from one scene to another.

He has certainly evolved as a director over the years, he is enjoying his current state more than any actor, he savors each moment with a slow pill that never over chews stuff. The conversation are not only practical but very carefully written and even though the narration is crypted at times, Stiller's work is to simplify it on screen and he is thoroughly competent in his work. It is smooth as a butter and sharp as a knife, it cuts deepest and surfs through the emotions with a balanced pace.

Casting such actors is one thing, and utilizing them to their best is another. Del Toro is the reserved-mobster-natured persona that you are looking for. And parallel to him rides Dano whose character is much more three dimensional than Del Toro's and he has the potential to pull it off easily. And on the other hand, Arquette's is the scariest of all, her character somehow resembles with Freeman's Fargo version; it can go sinister at any snap and Stiller makes sure you are afraid of her. The structure of the script isn't familiar either, it focuses on the core material and works on the details. Escape At Dannemora is not your usual prison escape case, it peels off the flesh with thorough analysis of the nature it thrives upon.

Maniac: Miniseries

may be terrifying, but it's the good kind..


Maniac is a character driven mini-series about two unique personas that decides to go under a scientific experiment and finds themselves bonding and exploring a newer world together. Created by Fukunaga and Sommerville, this sci-fi drama won't let you think that it is merely a series, for its set-pieces, production and art design along with jaw dropping visual effects gives you the apt cinematic experience.

Along with these rich technical aspects, its comic based background score and stunning cinematography celebrates and justifies this tricky and twisted concept. The narrative is often stretched and too thin, but has gripping and adaptive structure to hold on to and since its premise allows it to jump from one illusion to another, its sub-plots and short stories are enough to attain the satisfying closure in each episodes.

The zest to tell an honest and uncompromising tale fuels this sometimes emotionally shallow drama into a more raunchy and gut wrenching tale whose credit goes to none other than Fukunaga whose precision is far beyond one's imagination, he can easily surprise you through his sharp insight of the character's perspective. His creative world actually runs on subconscious thoughts and the major strength of his, is to not only fiddling with those characters but also the viewers where the entire frame of the screen along with props and background score that are used competently.

Stone has emotions on the surface and with her expressive portrayal of a disturbed girl is amazing and on the other hand Hill is more reserved and subtle and addition to that, the supporting cast like Theroux and Field too delivers. The dark humor that runs smoothly which not only draws laugh but can scare you at times, the sweat drop precision of Fukunaga and the metaphorical concept that literally is imputed in each frame, are the high points of the mini-series.

Maniac is more sane than regular tales, it doesn't overchews stuff, it doesn't take its enhanced concept for granted, it pushes the actors and viewers to newer territories that may be terrifying, but it's the good kind.

Sharp Objects: Miniseries

mocks over misogyny..

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects is a character driven miniseries created by Marti Noxon that depicts an emotionally challenged reporter whose current project or case has got her into revisiting her hometown and past that eventually spirals out series of dreadful events.

It is rich on technical aspects like stunning background score, metaphorical cinematography, fine art designing and perfect editing. The camera work is something to look forward to as it is shot beautifully with amazing visuals that seeks viewers' attention through it.

The three dimensional characters, eerie resonance with practicality and its tendency to go mild with a shock-and-awe policy are the high points of the series. It's finely detailed script and awareness of the surrounding offered to the characters which the makers uses it wisely, helps a lot for it to convey the message.

As much as complex and mysterious the relationship is between the mother and the daughter, the chemistry that stands out is between Adams and Curry and the primary reason to that would be its fragility and the perspective that it depicts it with (all the conversation on the phone are beautifully written).

The adaptation by Gillian Flynn; who also wrote the original novel, is smart and explicit if not gripping and the primary reason it keeps the audience tangled in its web is the awareness of the characteristics of the characters and the palpable tone offered to it.

Jean-Marc Vallee; the director, is bang on his bucks on executing such a dark and fragile concept where he visits place with bold approach and unflinching argumentative revelations. The performance is utterly dependent on its protagonist Amy Adams that delivers the expected stellar performance and is supported decently by Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina.

Sharp Objects eradicates one's usual judgements and mocks over misogyny on such large scale that the audience writhes on the seat in an awe of its excellence.

Band of Brothers: Season 1

a brief anthology of the horrendous symphony that nature is..

Band Of Brothers

4 Out Of 5

Band Of Brothers is a character driven mini-series that is at best, precisely and probably an almost documentary but with a taste of theatrical that might easily leaves the viewers' pallet shook.

First and foremost the credit does and should go to the research team that offers an unforgettable experience to the viewers of the field work on an ongoing battle; you are more exhausted than the characters.

Despite of having such a wider range and scale the makers wisely makes a choice on narrowing down the priorities to the theme of "nature" where each part of it (there are 10 chapters), plays and projects a vital side of it.

The adaptation of Ambrose's novel is smart, exquisite and brimming with writhing emotions where the rest of the work is left up to execution which is undeniably excellent; the quality surpasses one's usual feature.

The series is also emotionally fueled where the manipulated audience finds itself on the melted side of the aisle with a cathartic energy that pumps up the heartbeat.

If the camera work is beautiful with some appealing live locations then it also has some brutal and inedible sequences where the art designers have done a tremendous work.

It is rich on technical aspects like metaphorical cinematography, stunning and cringe-worthy visuals, sharp sound effects, behemoth production designs, accurate costume designs and again the choreography of each battle sequences; all blends in and rains on the audience leaving them breathless.

The cast too have invested all their chips in which pays well, especially Lewis and Levingston. The chemistry among the characters, makers' non-biased world and the awareness of each and every details are the high points of this mini-series.

Band Of Brothers is a brief anthology of the horrendous symphony that nature is along with the repercussions that it ought not but inevitably breeds.

The Night Manager: Miniseries

"the dirty work" is left upto viewers' imagination..

The Night Manager

3 And A Half Out Of 5

The Night Manager is a character driven mini-series adapted from the novel by John Le Carre, that swept away three Golden Globes on the acting category and was nominated for the best series too.

As much as simple the plot is, despite of its genre, it doesn't unnecessarily grows convoluted or even attempts to make impossible possible. And such simplistic reasons is why it connects with the audience instantly and stays true to its tone throughout the course of it.

The adapted screenplay by Farr is smart as it glorifies each little moments with equal dignity keeping the audience enchanted in its self-created tense bubble that doesn't pop but explodes. Addition to that, it not only is edited perfectly but each character's perspective is accounted in perfectly for it to justify the actions.

It is rich on technical aspects like sharp sound effects, stunning live locations, alluring costume design and metaphorical cinematography that seeks viewers' attention through it.

Beir; the director, is ahead of her game and the viewers, for her description of a sequence is not only electrifying but thought-provoking too; she is in your head from the start. The performance objective is the ace in the hole for the series, since the casting pays off more than well, as Hiddleston, Laurie and Colman have genuinely invested their heart in it.

Pragmatic conversations, three-dimensional characters, tense environment and stellar performances are the high points of this mini-series. Beir's world in here is bolder, faster and scarier than it may seem and no matter how many times the makers plays their "close call" theme, it never gets old, it never gets dull.

The Night Manager isn't shady or twisted as one's usual spy thriller and is instead beautiful on visual aesthetics and neat on terms of projecting the questionable morality where "the dirty work" is left upto viewers' imagination; a slick move.

Patrick Melrose: Miniseries

an atrocious confession portrayed through beautiful performance..

Patrick Melrose

The rudimentary process is the only weakness in this masterpiece where craft and hard work touches over the horizon that cannot be anything but utterly mesmerizing. The writing is edgy, brutal and dark with a hint of amusement in each character that helps it ground the characters and offer them the appropriate gravitas. The execution and editing is eerie yet familiar especially in such a tone that focuses primarily on character development. Addition to that, the heart of the feature lies upon the stellar performance by the protagonist who is genuinely investing all his chips in; Benedict is a revelation. He is supported too by a brilliant supporting cast like Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving. The series is shot beautifully with amazing cinematography, production and costume design that is utterly rich and satisfying to look upon. It is a character driven series containing some concrete material to offer and so what if they make the audience work for it; it's worth joining it and is supremely entertaining and thought-provoking. Patrick Melrose is an atrocious confession portrayed through beautiful performance where the makers being aware of its fragile premise, chooses its moment wisely and offers an amazing experience.

Episodes (US): Season 5

hold your line for..


Not much shows nowadays, walks on smart comedy and more importantly keeps it to the point and these are the reasons why it stands alone and will be a bit eerie to encounter by the normal sitcom viewer. David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik's vision seems wide and is approached too with appropriate care and understanding of the whole tone and the 'backstage' world they have projected in here. Matt Le Blanc in the centre of it is doing some of his career's best work in here and is supported too with a great cast like Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. Episodes is not your usual sitcom that takes its time to prove a point; its hits fast, hard and even brutal sometime along with a proper understanding of character development that arcs its way up perfectly to the mark.

The Office: Season 9
The Office: Season 9 (2012-2013)

that's what she said..

The Office

It defines smart comedy but there is a quirkiness in it which increases as the show ages making the audience cringing on their seat for it takes too much time to digest or settle on their tone. The Office is definitely not for everyone for it is dark and too-much-human but having said that it has a soul somewhere in there that makes you wanna feel for the characters floating around it now whether it be then the excellence of the writers or the actors. One of the weakness of the show is of course the absence of the lead character in the final act for it makes the whole investment on it redundant. It also stretches its way down to the end especially post 5th season leading into a disappointing climax but all in all, The Office is definitely a one-time watch for the human-ness in it.

Breaking Bad: Season 5

i'm the one who knocks..

Breaking Bad

It is a brilliant tale of a chemistry teacher who turns into a drug lord, is not only strong on the acting part but also in writing. A tight script with lots of surprising elements will easily hook you into it from the beginning, after which the character development is the strength of the series.

House: Season 8
House: Season 8 (2011-2012)

everybody lies..

House M.D.

Portraying the real idea behind the character Sherlock Holmes, Hugh Laurie steals the show and won't let you leave it. Other characters besides Gregory seems a bit under-cooked but it is a minor flaw in this whole beautiful and long journey of house. It seems a bit stretched after the fifth season but gives you a satisfactory end.

Two and a Half Men: Season 12

i ain't cleaning that up..

Two And A Half Men

It starts off with some brilliant one liners but doesn't have much in the writing part besides that. The only thing that keeps you invested is the character Charlie Harper which eventually fades out. It could have been way better if not stretched for 12 seasons as they didn't have enough meat in it. It's a one time watch for Chuck Lorre's unique characters.

How I Met Your Mother: Season 9

hhhhaaaave you met ted..

How I Met Your Mother

The strength of the series is the way how they play with the time-line but this is also the reason why you will be disappointed in the end. Depicting a beautiful concept which could have been mind-blowing if taken care of, is still a definite one time watch for all the characters.

Hannibal: Season 3

please, come in..


Projecting such a dark topic is very tricky but the creator here keeps it smart by letting the audience imagine it until the series has taken hold of you and then shows you its real tone which is not easy to watch especially post second season. Its stage is really set in a more metaphorical way which opens a dreadful door of the combination of horror and thrills that easily gives you the goosebumps. And in the end the heart of the series lies within the relation between the lead actors which is beautifully poetic.

Hannibal: Season 2

please, come in..


Projecting such a dark topic is very tricky but the creator here keeps it smart by letting the audience imagine it until the series has taken hold of you and then shows you its real tone which is not easy to watch especially post second season. Its stage is really set in a more metaphorical way which opens a dreadful door of the combination of horror and thrills that easily gives you the goosebumps. And in the end the heart of the series lies within the relation between the lead actors which is beautifully poetic.

Hannibal: Season 1

please, come in..


Projecting such a dark topic is very tricky but the creator here keeps it smart by letting the audience imagine it until the series has taken hold of you and then shows you its real tone which is not easy to watch especially post second season. Its stage is really set in a more metaphorical way which opens a dreadful door of the combination of horror and thrills that easily gives you the goosebumps. And in the end the heart of the series lies within the relation between the lead actors which is beautifully poetic.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

did you do it?

American Crime Story

The People V OJ Simpson

A mighty old familiar tale rebooted and upgraded in a more than a cinematic way where the process, execution, cast and the craft touches the high scale of dreadful emotions, dysfunctional characters and a divergent point of view.