Kota Factory (Season 1)

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

VERDICT – 2/5

 

PROS –
1) Vaibhav’s inorganic chemistry rant.
2) Jeetu’s 21 days challenge

 

CONS –
1) The first black and white web series in India. What purpose is it serving?
2) Annoying Ahsaas Channa
3) Average primary plot with predictable outcomes.

 
QUOTE –
“Grow karne ke liye, move on karna padta hai.”

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) An influential coming-of-age drama which will reignite the passion for poetry among its audiences.
2) A huge round of applause for Tom Schulman for the story and the original screenplay.
3) Robin Williams as John Keating – less screentime but one of his most memorable role.
4) Climactic rebellion by students by standing on their desks.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Oh captain, my captain.

Rushmore (1998)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

PROS –
1) A very peculiar love-triangle with hilarious consequences.
2) Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer. The entire character of Max is intriguing. School’s most extracurricularly active and least academic student.
3) Wes Anderson movies are known for three things. Deadpan comedy, symmetrical compositions in cinematography, and the soundtrack from the 60s & 70s. This movie excelled in all 3 departments.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Herman Blume: She’s in love with a dead guy anyway.

Harold and Maude (1971)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) An absurdist coming-of-age black comedy about a suicidal wealthy teenager boy in love with a psychopathic holocaust survivor octogenarian woman.
2) Their romantic hangouts at cemeteries, demolition sites, and industrial wastewater drew a stark analogy to their fascination with morbidity and death. David Fincher‘s Fight Club clearly borrowed heavily from this plot. Just like Tyler Durden and Marla Singer find their mental solace in support groups, Harold and Maude found each other at attending stranger’s funeral service.
3) A fresh soundtrack including “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” by Cat Stevens.
4) Harold’s hilarious suicide enactments to drove off his potential girlfriends.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Psychiatrist: A very common neurosis; particularly in this society, whereby the male child subconsciously wishes to sleep with his mother. Of course what puzzles me, Harold; is that you want to sleep with your grandmother.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Another John Hughes’ heart-warming classic chronicling a single day’s adventures of a high school senior.
2) Ferris Bueller on a parade float lip-syncing “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”
3) Charlie Sheen’s cameo.
4) Jeffrey Jones as Edward R. Rooney – a man of expressions and eye-rolls.
5) Climactic run – March Of The Swivel Heads by The English Beat. In fact, the entire soundtrack is awesome

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Risky Business (1983)

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

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Refreshing direction with smart editing and great sound mixing.
2) Home Alone: Teenage edition
3) Subway scene – one of the greatest erotic scene on screen with “Love on a Real Train” by Tangerine Dream
4) A satire on capitalism.”Human fulfillment” is just a sugar-coated word for pimping.
5) Great soundtrack where apart from the original score songs like “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Every Breath You Take”, and “In the Air Tonight” are added at the right time.
6) Rebecca De Mornay as Lana – breathtaking beauty

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Joel Goodson: My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?

Juno (2007)

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

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) All credits to Jason Reitman for making a movie on a complicated topic as a feel-good funny fairy tale movie.
2) Great casting.Definitive Ellen Page role.
3) Well written screenplay with funny dialogues.
4) Refreshing soundtrack – “All I Want Is You” 
5) Opening credits with rotoscoped Juno.

 

Cons –
1) Teenage pregnancy is no fun topic. Unlike “Knocked Up”, here we have a teenage school kid getting pregnant in a utopian ideal environment and everyone is behaving as if it’s completely normal.
2) Primary plot is ordinary. Even the reaction of Juno is surprisingly calm. Any ordinary kid would freak out in such situation.

 

Quote –
Paulie Bleeker: I still have your underwear.
Juno MacGuff: I still have your virginity.