Dazed and Confused (1993)

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

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Last day of school with different groups of teenagers in 1976. A single day/night hang-out movie with seniors, juniors, freshmen, losers, intellectuals, dope-heads, bullies, and pushovers. We all can relate to any of these characters back in school.
2) A good mix-tape with popular tracks of the 1970s.

 

 

CONS –
1) It’s a vague documentary about the 1970s American school culture. There is no plot or conclusion. This is somewhere between a John Hughes and Judd Apatow production. We have better movies with similar theme.

 

 
QUOTE –
Don’t let your mouth write a check your butt can’t cash.

Cobra Kai (Season 1)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) The redemption of Johnny Lawrence. It’s mind-blowing how the tables are turned now.
2) Assembling the original cast of a 34-year-old movie is in itself an accomplishment.
3) The show chose to be comedy-drama rather than being an overly-brooding story of a former-bully.
4) 30 minutes running time for an episode is just what we need to avoid unnecessary sub-plots and built-ups.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Johnny: “You can leave your asthma and your peanut allergies and all that other made-up bullshit outside.”

The Karate Kid (1984)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) The story is formulaic, the climax is predictable but the movie is still a good watch especially for young-adult audiences
2) Pat Morita’s performance as Mr. Miyagi is the role of a lifetime.

 

 
CONS –
1) For a karate themed movie, the action is quite underwhelming.

 
QUOTE –
Daniel: I’m not by myself. I’m with you.
Miyagi: To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.

The Goonies (1985)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Pirate treasure, a secret map, a lost ship of a one-eyed dead pirate, booby traps, a “Ma Barker” kind of criminal gang and a group of mischievous kids hell-bent for an adventure. An ultimate adventure movie written by Steven Spielberg.
2) The delightful & memorable cast of young actors.

 
CONS –
1) No doubt the movie is influential but it targets a certain age group. This movie is supposed to be watched at a certain age.

 

 
QUOTE –
Andy: I can’t tell… if it’s an “A sharp” or if it’s a “B flat”!
Mikey: Heh, if you hit the wrong note, we’ll all “B flat!”

Stand by Me (1986)

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

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A classic coming-of-age movie influencing a generation of directors and artists.
2) An adventure of self-discovery by four friends on a hike to find a dead body of a missing boy.
3) End credits: Stand By Me – Ben E King
4) Among the four young actors, River Phoenix’s performance as “Chris” stands out.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”

Treasure Island (1950)

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

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A well-made 96 minutes adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic novel.
2) Robert Newton gave a remarkable Oscar-worthy performance as the central character of Long John Silver. The grey shaded character whom the audiences will equally despise and adore.
3) The pirate language spoken by Long John Silver is the textbook example of “pirate accent”.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Long John Silver: Matey!

Good Boys (2019)

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

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A companion movie to Superbad (2007). The “tweenager” version from Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen.
2) Max’s parents sex-toys running gag.
3) Out of three child actors, Keith L. Williams as Lucas impresses the most.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Max: She’s a nymphomaniac
Lucas: She likes to start fires?

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.”

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.