Blog

Memento: A Review… But More of an Analysis of Film Editing

Every once in a while, someone produces a film that is so different, it sparks a massive fan following and invites people to speculate about it and create theories – which can neither be proven true or false – to boost the popularity and impact of the film.

This can only happen if a film is able to stand out. This is especially difficult today, when over two thousand films are released a year. Nobody is marveled by the concept of the moving image anymore. Nobody is amazed by synchronised sound anymore. Nobody is in awe at CGI that looks like it’s completely real anymore.

Cinema has evolved so much that things that would have been unimaginable only half a century ago are common standing. Would anyone who was in a theatre watching 2001: A Space Odyssey have possibly thought that one day, a film like Guardians of the Galaxy would ever exist?

So what does it take to be etched into film history forever?

This is a question I would like to answer with a few examples, but first let me talk a little bit about the film that actually has a place in the title.

Memento is Christopher Nolan’s first widely released film, from the year 2000, and is quite frankly a work of genius. The film follows Guy Pearce’s Leonard Shelby, a man with a condition which disables him from producing any memories at all, which he received after an incident involving the rape and ‘murder’ of his wife. His ultimate goal in this movie is to find the culprits and kill them.

Given his condition, however, this isn’t particularly easy. And that’s where the true genius of this film lies.

Christopher Nolan has always been one to fiddle around with chronology and time. Even though this was questionably done in Interstellar, its subtle influence on Dunkirk was a welcome feature of the film. However, that would seem like child’s play in comparison to Memento.

Here is where I answer my own question. Films that will forever be etched into history, at least for me, are those that are able to be original even today. How this is achieved is a result of a filmmaker’s vision.

An example that comes to mind is Pulp Fiction (obviously). Similar to Memento, the narrative isn’t exactly chronological, and the chunky puzzle of a story is what makes the movie so beloved. A little further down the line, there’s Fight Club, a movie that failed miserably at the box office but has one of the most passionate fan bases ever. Why? It’s a film that ends in a way that makes you look at it in a completely different light, encouraging you to watch it again in order to view the story from a different perspective. A film that’s a little more recent and will most definitely be remembered for decades to come is Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which is unique in the way it’s made. The entire film is one long take, and even though there is one cut in the film, there are even theories regarding why that cut exists.

ffc39ebe6c87b384c277ca8ce3a63ba4Fight Club (1999) Edward Norton and Brad Pitt (Screengrab)2_img_inset.jpg

The point is, all of these films make two things very clear:

  1. Editing is an aspect of film that is often overlooked, but when something that is unconventional, not entirely chronological or completely original pops up, receives the biggest spotlight.
  2. The biggest reason all of them are so good is that they had visionaries at the helm. I strongly doubt any of them could have been nearly as good if Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher or Alejandro González Iñárritu weren’t in their respective director’s chairs. On that note, it is strikingly clear that Christopher Nolan is also a pioneering filmmaker.

Memento is quite possibly edited in an even more special way than all of those films. There is a narrative that both goes forward in time and in reverse, at the same time. This is rather difficult to explain, but I can try.

The events going forward are in black and white and exist to add context to the story. The events going in reverse are in colour and are connected as they go along, but the point of everything going in reverse is to make the viewer feel as if they are the protagonist, someone who cannot remember anything and has to photograph, write or tattoo everything to have some sort of recollection.

Clearly, this is something that can go horribly wrong if not done properly, and Nolan is able to craft a film that gives you the answers before the questions. How many times has anything ever done that?

This is strongly aided by the fact that Guy Pearce’s performance reeks of magnificence. There is an air of innocence to the character that makes it completely believable that he has the condition that he has.

What Memento does to you by the end of it is have you really appreciate the value of editing. Why else would I have written this extensive analysis? Sure, the conventional way of telling a story on screen is fine, but when it’s told a little differently, it can make a film seem so much more special. If one thinks about it, Memento wouldn’t have been nearly as good if the whole movie was told in the right order. Really, it’d just be a much worse version of John Wick. But when this sort of thought was put into it, it was made into something that is unforgettable (pun intended) in the mind of any film lover.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Memento: MIHIR

The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy (Episode 5): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

Season three of Rick and Morty appears to have come full circle midway through the season.

Having the first episode focus on Rick, the second on Summer, the third on Beth and the fourth on Morty, The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy is a Jerry-centric Rick and Jerry adventure, in which Jerry gets involved in a bit of a mess, and Summer turns into a giant version of herself with Beth refusing to call Rick for help.

Having Jerry back in such an important role is refreshing and nice to see, as he’s been largely absent this season. Having the focus of the season be the impact of Jerry and Beth’s divorce is a smart move on the part of the creators, because it’s the cause of some wonderful story-telling. On this occasion, we see Jerry and Rick go to heads with each other about Beth and Jerry’s marriage, Beth trying to cope by trying to accomplish something big without Rick, Summer going to extreme lengths to try and deal with a teenage girl problem and Morty simply trying to hold everyone together.

I do, however, feel that this is the weakest episode of the season so far, because there are a couple of lazy areas when it comes to the writing, once in the middle (what really sets off the dispute between Rick and Jerry) and towards the end (the culmination of the giant Summer story).

Having said that, it should be known that this is an episode in which the characters really open up about themselves, and that is truly something great to see. There are two conversations in particular that stand out, and those are between Morty and Beth, and Jerry and Rick. It also feels like an old episode of the show, in which the five main characters are divided into two equally important stories. That hasn’t really existed this season.

Ultimately, this is an episode about Jerry Smith and the growth of his character, which is displayed quite well. Jerry says things and learns things through this episode that do change him a little bit, but in the end he is still Jerry. And that’s not a bad thing. It really highlights how much heart is in this show, hidden under the strange humour, dark humour, crazy stories and every other insane thing that goes into the Rick and Morty formula.

rick-and-morty-season-3-episode-5-the-whirly-dirly-conspiracy

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy: MIHIR

I hoped I would go through the whole season giving every episode a full rating, and this episode really does deserve it, but I can’t ignore the plot conveniences I mentioned.

Anyone Who Doesn’t Love The Defenders Will Have a Hard Time Defending Their Case

Is that a Defenders and Daredevil pun? In the same sentence? With my Hand over my heart, I will admit that it is.

Now that this review is off to a wonderful start and I’ve probably lost every reader by now, let’s get into it.

Marvel’s The Defenders is the show to watch on Netflix. Bringing together the heroes of the four Marvel Netflix shows thus far, The Defenders is a culmination of the stories introduced in Daredevil and Iron Fist, and is a brilliant culmination at that.

The first interesting feature of this show is that it is only eight episodes long, rather than the staple thirteen that every previous Marvel series has had. While this does leave you painfully longing for more, it is good for the show, because it’s a compact, no-nonsense punch from start to finish.

The Defenders is a show that has been anticipated for a little too long, and usually this does bring with it disappointment. I never tend to put anything I’m excited for on a pedestal, so I am thoroughly satisfied with this show. Anybody who expected an eight-episode team-up, though, will be disappointed, because this show takes its time to bring the four heroes in question together, and this is really a plus point for the show. All four are given equal importance at the start, of course, but they are all pursuing their own stories, which come together by coincidence. It isn’t like all four of them just decide, at the start, to get together to deal with something. This is a smart, rather mature way of writing this story.

In doing so, it also establishes that all of these characters are faithful to themselves and none of them have to be written out of hand to suit the story. Luke Cage is still just out to help. Danny Rand is still not-quite-so-mature and is only out for The Hand. Matt Murdock is trying to deal with the loss of Elektra and understand how to live his life after the events of Daredevil season two. Jessica Jones is still stuck up and trying to stay away from as much complication as possible. Everything about the way these four characters are written is so truthful to themselves, it’s wonderful.

Throughout all of this, everyone – including Finn Jones, although I really never understood why anyone would think his performance in Iron Fist wasn’t good – delivers powerful performances. This includes the great supporting cast as well, in which Claire Temple, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing and Stick are the most important. While the focus of the show really isn’t on them, the way they are used is smart.

Another excellent performance comes from Sigourney Weaver, who plays The Hand leader Alexandra. Her character is also something the Marvel Netflix shows have been consistently boasting with their villains: compelling.

413_GT_102_Unit_01529CR.jpg

In general, The Hand is an aspect of this show that I thought was handled (I can’t stop with these puns. I’m sorry) surprisingly well. The organisation is not one in which they have a dimly lit villainous round table conference room where everyone laughs hysterically as their leader spills out evil information. They are humans (well… The way they work together, at least). The greatest antagonists are those that are vulnerable, and The Hand is no different. Alexandra goes in a direction that many may not like, but having seen the whole show and having observed it overall, I think everything that happens is for the best.

What’s even more surprising is the role that Elektra (previously seen dead at the end of Daredevil season 2) has in this series. The character receives a lot more justice in this than in Daredevil, at least, in terms of being interesting.

On that note, I do feel the need to feel happy in saying that Iron Fist is probably the most important Defender in this series (bar maybe Daredevil). This isn’t something that can’t really be avoided. This is The Hand. He is the immortal Iron Fist. Ultimately, this is his fight above everybody else. But having everyone else does help. It helps his character itself in a few ways. Iron Fist himself is really great in this show. I think it’s a good thing that he is so immature. You can see the character grow over his own show and this. Of course, every character is really good in their own way. This isn’t a team-up series. This is a series about four incredibly written individual characters that are then incredibly written together.

262_GT_105_Unit_02737R.0.jpg

The relationships and arcs between the four heroes can be called cliche, but I would call it necessary. Knowing all four characters, there was nothing else that could have been done. But it was done very well.

Finally, on a technical note, the action is generally well choreographed, as usual, but also, the score is masterful. All shows leading up to this have had decent scores (Daredevil the best, Iron Fist the worst), but with this show, listening to it makes the series so much more epic, and it’s exactly what it needed. Marvel scores aren’t always the best, but this one sure is.

The Defenders is as perfect as it could possibly be. It is written particularly well, and in its eight episodes it has a story that is so cohesive and gripping, only intricate planning and effort by everyone involved could have made it as great as it is.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Marvel’s The Defenders: MIHIR

I am truly upset that I finished it, but the last episode has a post-credits teaser for The Punisher that is just mouth-watering. Damn it Marvel, how do you keep doing it?

1503065386618

 

 

Ranking Every Marvel Netflix Series Leading Into The Defenders

What an incredible world to live in. It’s actually not so incredible in a lot of ways, but salvaging what is incredible, let’s take a look at entertainment right now. Marvel has already dazzled us all with their ability to craft such a masterful cinematic universe. They’ve taken it a step further by expanding into Netflix, on which they have their most mature content. When Daredevil went live in 2015, it took everyone by storm, being so gritty and grounded that it didn’t make sense how Marvel would even produce something like it. However, the biggest takeaway was how brilliant it was.

Marvel have since continued to build a Netflix presence, and the time has come for all of their shows to collide in one sure-to-be-mouth-watering series.

But in the spirit of this spectacle, one has to wonder which of these shows so far has been the best. I reckon I might as well share my opinion, given that that’s sort of what I do here. So below is a small list, ranking every Marvel series to date leading into The Defenders. I don’t think I share the popular opinions here.

5: Marvel’s Luke Cage

pops-luke-cage.jpeg

Did I just rank Luke Cage below Iron Fist? I think I did.

Luke Cage is really the Iron Man 3 of the Marvel Netflix Universe. Something happens in the middle of the series that really split fans right down the middle, and just like I stand on Iron Man 3, I was one of the fans that took the negative side.

Don’t take that comparison too much to heart, though, because Luke Cage is much, much better than Iron Man 3. The problem here is that the first half of the show was just so damn good that it really fell from grace afterwards. Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth was a far more compelling villain than Diamondback was ever going to be, thanks in part to Ali’s great performance, and really it felt like a completely different show after the incident happens with Cottonmouth.

I didn’t like Mike Coulter much in Jessica Jones, but in his own series, he brings a stellar performance.

4: Marvel’s Iron Fist

1200.jpg

I do not hate this show as much as the rest of the world does.

Of course, I don’t particularly like it either. There are a million and one problems with Iron Fist, but Finn Jones is not one of them. He acted with what he was given, and he did a great job of that.

The problems, I’ve listed at the link above. The only reason I placed this above Luke Cage is that it is consistent. It is nowhere near as good as the first half of Luke Cage, but there is no significant drop in quality at any point. In fact, it tends to only get better as it goes along.

3: Marvel’s Daredevil (season 2):

Daredevil-01.jpg

There are very few things I was as excited for as the second season of Daredevil. And it did not disappoint. It wasn’t as good as the first season, but that’s only because the bar was set so high. Click the link for my full review.

Off the bat, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher was something to behold. The character has an interesting role in the series, and everything that he is involved in is intriguing.

The show does dip a little with the Elektra elements of the season, but not like Luke Cage. It just isn’t as interesting as the Punisher story elements.

Add to that the fact that there is no villain like Wilson Fisk in this season, and it just makes it a weaker season overall than season one. However, that does not mean it isn’t excellent.

Plus, this season has the greatest ten minutes of television I have ever seen, and probably will ever see, in my life. Episode four. The graveyard. You know what I’m talking about.

2: Marvel’s Daredevil (season 1):

daredevil-costume1.jpg

There isn’t a season of television as perfect as the first season of Daredevil. Not even the number one ranked show on this list.

Daredevil was the first Netflix series from Marvel and nobody was expecting it to be as enthralling as it was. It is darker, grittier and somehow better written than most Marvel movies, and its villain is probably the most surprising element of the show.

Sure, Charlie Cox playing a blind person effortlessly is remarkable, but Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, or the Kingpin, was just flawless. An entire episode is dedicated to his origin. Everything about the character is endearing. Never had a villain been written like this in the Marvel universe before.

I have a lot more to say about the first season of Daredevil, which you can read at the link above. But for now, all I’ll say is that once you start, you can’t stop.

1: Marvel’s Jessica Jones

23462464_large.jpg

I can’t believe this show is so often overlooked, because there is nothing quite like it.

Jessica Jones is (not by very far) the best Marvel Netflix series, at least in my mind, and quite honestly I could just base that whole statement on the performances of, and dynamics between, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones and David Tennant’s Kilgrave, because everything was gold. I thought Wilson Fisk was great, but Kilgrave is something else. The way the character is tied in with the main character is genius, and honestly I could watch anything with the two of them forever.

My full review is at that link. I know this feels like a self-advertising article, but it’s not. I just placed those links there in case anyone wants to read further.

Jessica Jones stands out in my mind because I didn’t feel as invested as I did (which is really saying something) in any of the other series. The show did a fantastic job of getting into the head of its main character, and it’s really a journey through her. It’s truly commendable.

So, that’s that. I’m afraid my Defenders review may take some time (I can’t run through it in one and half day like I did Iron Fist) because I will be a little occupied, but it will arrive soon. For now, I will end with this cute photo of the main cast.

The-Defenders-cast-photo.jpg

 

 

Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender (Episode 4): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

Taking a serious jab at superheroes this week, Rick and Morty’s third season rolls on in spectacular and emotional highs.

Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender sees Rick and Morty travel to a gathering of superheroes known as the Vindicators, who Morty idolises and Rick hates. While the intention is to stop the villainous Worldender from… Ending stuff… Things take a rather awkward turn thanks to Rick’s alcoholism.

No matter what the online Rick and Morty community seems to think (I will talk a little bit about them later), this season has been one home run after the other. Episode four is no different. The episode is a series of events that ultimately highlights a clash of mindsets between Morty and Rick, and is yet another deep episode in this third season. And of course, it’s cleverly hilarious.

There is really nothing else to say. When a show is this consistent, you could have an episode a day and never get tired of it. However, having come four episodes into this season, I would like to talk a little bit about the Rick and Morty fandom, who have seemingly had a problem with this season, without real reason.

Apparently the idea of Summer being a little more important this season (even though she has about one line in this episode) is a bad one. There’s been a wave of negativity towards the show’s new female writers, for some reason, and honestly, it’s stupid. The only thing different about this season is that it’s been more emotionally-driven than the previous two, and that only makes it better. Having watched the first two seasons a few too many times to be proud of, there is nothing so different about this season that automatically turns it into a worse show. If Pickle Rick was something existed in the last season, it wouldn’t have received as much criticism as it did, for reasons that aren’t exactly justified. If you don’t want the show to progress and to just be stuck where it was, don’t watch anything past the first two seasons. Stop trying to ruin what the rest of us love. Rant over.

Also, I swear Noobnoob, a character in this episode, is the same species as Mr Poopie Butthole from season two. He even sounds like him.

On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender: MIHIR

Pickle Rick (Episode 3): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

It’s amazing that we live in a world where this exists. 

Rick and Morty’s third season rolls on with Pickle Rick, an episode in which Beth, Summer and Morty all go to family therapy to deal with Beth and Jerry’s divorce, and Rick turns himself into a pickle to get out of going with them. 

Off the bat, let me just say that this season of Rick and Morty has been surprisingly deep, and it’s no different with this episode. 

While the family sits through therapy, a series of events leads Rick through a gory action adventure of survival as a pickle, through the sewers and then trying to escape some sort of high security action movie clichéd villain’s headquarters. 

The only thing I knew about this episode was that Rick was going to be a pickle (let’s be honest, that’s all you need to know), but I certainly did not expect it to be as awesome as it was. I did not think it possible to centre a hardcore action story around a pickle, but I was wrong. 

Ultimately, the episode is about Rick’s ability to be open with his daughter Beth and how much he really loves her. Sure, it is told in the most Rick and Morty way possible, but it is still great to see how this season is more than just out-of-this-world weirdness (although, of course, that is still there). 

Pickle Rick is as weird as it is brilliant. If you told me a half hour was ever going to be focused on a sentient scientist pickle, I’d call you insane. But something like this could only be a result of insanity, so I’m not complaining.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Pickle Rick: MIHIR

10 Netflix Comedy Specials of 2017 (so far) That Deserve to Be Watched

Netflix produces or orders a lot of original content, and a large chunk of that content is standup specials. Netflix’s library of comedy specials is vast, and it appears to be the platform any comedian would like to be featured on.

Setting aside the whole library, this article will focus on ten comedy specials from this year, and to be clear, this is a ranked list.

Coming up are ten Netflix comedy specials from this year that can’t be overlooked.

10: Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire

046a17082c24675ede0a7795834211b3

Actor-comedian Chris D’Elia, who also featured in last year’s Netflix film XOXO, came out with a comedy special this year primarily focusing on the idea that most people, including himself, can never truly be special, or can never be the ‘man on fire’.

Delivered in a brutally honest fashion, D’Elia leaves you sadly laughing at your own misfortunes. It ranks the lowest on this list because a lot of it fell flat, but there are great moments to be watched and it is worth checking out.

9: The Standups

my-guide-on-the-standups.jpg

The Standups is a six-part stand up series, featuring six comedians who each have a half an hour segment.

The Standups is very clearly a mixed bag of great and really not great. While Nate Bargatze, Beth Stelling and Dan Soder had well written material, Fortune Feinster, Deon Cole and Nikki Glaser failed to hit the mark. So really, you should watch episodes 1, 5 and 6. The ones in between can be avoided.

8: Louis CK 2017

12001.jpg

The biggest reason Louis CK is on this list is simply because he is Louis CK. His 2017 Netflix special is no different than his usual gig, encompassing dark humour and tragedy and making you question yourself with ‘should I be laughing at this?’.

While I do feel that the ones above this are definitely better, this is still a great watch and proves why Louis CK is as big a name as he is.

7: Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special

joe-mande.jpg

Created with a gimmick that comic Joe Mande wanted to achieve his life-long dream of winning the ‘American Humour Award’, Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special really is just your standard special with a little extra. Of course, what helps is the fact that Mande had some great content, so really if the gimmick was to win an award, then that’s what it deserved.

Doing nothing more than share personal stories, Mande manages to make the idea of winning the award itself something funny. It’s an overall compact hour of entertainment that leaves you gasping for breath every now and then.

6: Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust

i-3-Sarah-Silverman-Had-To-Almost-Die-to-Make-The-Comedy-Special-Of-Her-Life.jpg

Bouncing off of a significant health scare, renowned comic Sarah Silverman’s comedy special focuses on her health, her life and the idea of really existing in show business.

Silverman brings a confidence that is interlaced with intentional insecurity, adding levity to her act and making it seem as if she is actually trying hard to be relevant. It’s a nice touch given everything I mentioned already about this special.

Ranking everything so far was easy. The top five, though… They were a little difficult.

5: Jo Koy: Live From Seattle

jo_koy-1.jpg

In what is the least creatively-named special on this list, Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy shares stories about being raised by his Filipino mother, and the contrast with how he raises his own son.

Koy’s very personal piece is one that invites for infinite amounts of laughter and intimate understanding of his life. Despite it being fifth on this list, I don’t think it could have been any better.

4: Maz Jobrani: Immigrant

48f8ad0dd3e5504d70afaee683b6de8586341e87.jpg

The most recently released entry on this list, Immigrant is a political and cultural special told very lightheartedly.

Iranian comic Maz Jobrani expresses the life of an immigrant in America today, and the cultural significance immigrants have. It is both an eye-opener and eye-waterer, as Jobrani brings out a laugh at every opportunity he can find. Complete with his dancing entrance and exit, this newly released special has to be on your radar.

3: Vir Das: Abroad Understanding

b1b148e1495c4067adf0b4c5b3c8d4f29ff0e225.jpg

Perhaps the most uniquely-produced special on this list, Abroad Understanding is Indian actor-comedian Vir Das’ first Netflix special.

The image featured at the beginning of the article is from New Delhi, and this one here is from New York, yet they are both from the same special. Das performed in both places, and the special cuts back and forth between the two performances.

This is a brilliant concept, especially since the entire focus of the show was on the clash of American and Indian cultures. Seeing both audiences react differently is a nice touch. On top of this, the material is hilarious, and no matter how unique a stand-up act is, that is the core, and it delivers spectacularly.

2: Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark

Trevor-Noah-Afraid-of-the-Dark-Netflix-B.jpg

Daily Show host Trevor Noah pulled off the most surprising comedy special of the year with Afraid of the Dark, a telling of the South African’s tales from around the world, with underlying themes of acceptance and broadening the mind.

At once, Noah is able to make you laugh and develop his perspective of life, and it is truly an enticing experience to watch. Putting this in number two was not an easy decision, but at the end of the day, number one is just a tad bit more special (pun intended).

1: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

1200.jpg

Has a stand-up special ever made you cry?

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj goes hands-free and sets the stage on fire with Homecoming King, his first special which he intentionally set in his hometown of Davis, California.

Over the course of one hour – with visual aids – Minhaj takes you through the story of his life and the challenges of being an Indian Muslim growing up. While it is exceptionally funny, I do not think I’ve ever watched any standup act with as much heart as this. Being completely free to express himself without a handheld microphone, Minhaj gets your eyes to tear up multiple times as you both laugh at and appreciate his struggles, and the story he is telling. It is as emotional as is it is funny, and quite honestly, it makes you want to give him a standing ovation even if you’re watching on your television at home.

With that, this article comes to a close. If ever there is a time you need to laugh, look no further than these ten places.

Suits (seasons 5 and 6) Refuses to Be Anything Short of Brilliant

I don’t know how this show does it, but it somehow manages to outdo itself with every season.

Suits season 5 focuses primarily on Mike Ross’ fraudulent career as a lawyer, and season 6 deals with the aftermath of this.

Season 5 manages to take every character on the show and elevate them tremendously. Its story is by far the most engaging so far, and the stakes are higher than ever. It is sort of like the fifth season of Arrow in the sense that it feels like closure for the first five seasons, and it’s great. I can’t say much about this because I’d be giving away spoilers, but I will say that it was the best season of the show.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Suits (season 5): MIHIR

Having said that, it should be noted that the fifth season of Suits was the best, until season six came along. I will not reveal any plot details because it would involve spoilers for season five.

Season six is shorter than any of its predecessors and in being so, it is the most compact and most engaging, with every single moment being of utmost relevance. However, there is one subplot with Louis Litt that I feel is really unnecessary, although it could have relevance in season seven.

Everything about season six is perfect, except what I just mentioned. It’s almost completely independent of every other season and is just a tight, gripping story. And it ends on an apparent fresh start for the show.

Even with that strange subplot, I can’t help but give the sixth season of Suits the full rating too.

Suits (season 6): MIHIR

Rickmancing the Stone (Episode 2): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

Rick and Morty season 3 is back, and the first episode to air upon its return is Rickmancing the Stone, set immediately after Beth and Jerry’s divorce from the first episode of the season.

Inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road, this episode takes Summer, Morty and Rick to a post-apocalyptic Earth in which people scavenge for food and basically exist the same way as the characters in the aforementioned film. Summer displays a new aggressiveness to her character and falls for one of the scavengers, while Rick gives Morty a severed arm which has a mind of its own. Back home, Rick creates cyborg versions of himself, Morty and Summer so that Beth thinks they are all still there.

Usually, a synopsis like that is reserved for the weirdest of things, and this is Rick and Morty after all.

Following in the footsteps of the opening episode of the season, this is a surprisingly heartfelt episode, and what’s most striking is that the events that occur are all metaphors for Morty and Summer trying to deal with their parents’ divorce. As wildly entertaining as everything is, there are layers to this episode, and we may even see more of this to come over the course of the next eight episodes.

The biggest takeaway I have from Rickmancing the Stone is how much it caught me off guard with its oddly poetic nature. Sure, it’s still as insane and cleverly stupid as this show is meant to be, but it’s a nice touch, seeing that there are human consequences among everything as well.

I don’t think there’s ever been an episode of Rick and Morty that hasn’t been entertaining, but there haven’t been that many that have been this deep.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Rickmancing the Stone: MIHIR

The Rickshank Rickdemption (Episode 1): Rick and Morty Season 3 Review Run

I usually make a pun out of my post titles, but given that every episode of Rick and Morty does that already, I decided to be a little generic.

Rick and Morty, undeniably, is freaking awesome. Season three has been a long time coming, and given that the second episode of the season airs tonight (after the first aired exclusively on April Fools’ Day), I decided to review that first episode, and every episode of the season as we go along. Why? Because I want to. And also because a prominent feature on my homepage banner is Rick and Morty, and, well… I’ve never talked about it.

The Rickshank Rickdemption kicks off where season two left off, and is (as the title suggests), centred around Rick Sanchez’s escape from Intergalactic Prison after he turned himself in at the end of the last season. On Earth, the Intergalactic Empire has invaded, and life is very different.

The first time I watched this episode, I thought it was the best one so far, and I still hold that judgement. The Rickshank Rickdemption is intriguing in a number of ways. First, we see a glimpse of Rick’s possible past. This hadn’t been seen before, and adds a rather dark element to Rick’s character. Everyone in the Smith family has given up on Rick – even Morty – except Summer, because she hasn’t seen much of Rick’s bad side. Therefore Morty takes it upon himself to show his sister this side – including a trip to the original world that Rick and Morty abandoned back in season one – and is really a strong episode for the bond between them.

Beyond the deep significance of this episode, it is also extremely entertaining. Rick escaping and then working his way through the Citadel of Ricks is watchable over and over again forever, and as usual with this show, it is unbelievably clever.

The end of this sequence is something that hit me in the face, because Morty does something that says a lot about his character that we haven’t seen before.

The very end of the episode, of course, is a parallel to the first ever episode, and really, it shows a side to Rick that we’ve seen before, but never to that scale.

And it goes without saying that the episode is hilarious.

The second episode of the season, very clearly inspired by one Mad Max: Fury Road, a film I love, looks great, and I can’t wait to review it tomorrow.

On a scale where M is the lowest and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

The Rickshank Rickdemption: MIHIR