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Why You Should Watch ‘A Star is Born’

Reposting a thread I wrote on Twitter. Find the original here. 

  • Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine is a fucking rock god. Right from the first scene, he is immersed in his music, rocking his heart out. Cooper is invisible. He’s slipped into Maine’s character.
  • Lady Gaga’s performance of La Vie En Rose is one of the most beautiful and haunting renditions of Edith Piaf’s original. The moment you hear it, you know that Lady Gaga’s Ally is a diva. Needless to say, she fits into the part effortlessly. A marvellous acting debut.
  • ‘Shallow’ is a duet for the ages. Jackson and Ally make surreal music out of their vibrant connection, and it’s fucking magical.
  • The movie’s soundtrack is a mixture of old-school rock and modern pop which will stay with you long after you’ve left the cinema hall.
  • If you’re a musician, this movie will speak to you on so many levels. It’s about diving into your soul. It’s about finding yourself in the 12 notes of the octave.

What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

Had written this post on Quora as the answer to the question,”What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

You can read the Quora post here .

I’ll be listing one film each from 10 major genres-action, comedy,crime, drama,horror,romance,science-fiction,thriller, war,western.


Die Hard

One of the most badass heroes of all time, New York Police officer John McLane, is up against 12 terrorists who have taken a Los Angeles skyscraper hostage. Epic action sequences, memorable dialogues and sheer thrill makes this one of the greatest action movies ever.


The Big Lebowski

A slightly offbeat movie from Oscar-winning auteurs, the Coen Brothers, this hilarious, quirky and entertaining film inspired a whole new religion(Dudeism) and an annual convention.

The Dude abides.



One of the best films ever made by Martin Scorsese, this gripping gangster film delves into the inner workings of the mafia, and draws out memorable performances from the cast.


Dead Poets Society

The legendary Robin Williams delivered one of his most memorable performances as the inspiring English teacher John Keating. A movie that will inspire you and tug at your heartstrings. Keating’s mantra of ‘Carpe Diem!'(Seize the Day) still reverberates through time.


The Silence of the Lambs

One of only three movies to win the Big Five Academy Awards(Best Picture, Director,Actor, Actress and Screenplay), The Silence of the Lambs follows a young FBI trainee who is assigned to catch a brutal serial killer with the help of the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. One of the greatest films of all time, it combines police procedural work with a psychological examination of the lead characters.


Midnight in Paris

Beautifully shot and brilliantly written, this film brings out the beauty and charm of Paris, and explores the themes of post-modernism and romance through the eyes of Gil Pender, a burnt-out screenwriter on a visit to Paris with his grumpy fiancee.



Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus takes us on a beautifully haunting journey through outer space. Stunning visuals, Hans Zimmer’s awe-inspiring background score and the core theme of love make Interstellar one of the greatest movies in the sci-fi genre.


The Machinist

A dark multi-layered psychological thriller which explores the themes of paranoia and delusion. This film grows on your mind. Christian Bale took method acting to a whole new level by shedding 60 pounds for his role as an insomniac.


Saving Private Ryan

Legendary director Steven Spielberg won the Oscar for Best Director for his realistic, graphic and masterful World War II drama which takes you directly into the heat of battle. The opening sequence depicting the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach, Normandy, is a masterclass in direction and cinematography.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Clint Eastwood’s iconic portrayal of ‘The Man With No Name’ features in this epic western, the last in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. Revenge and buried treasure lead the three main characters into a high-octane adventure featuring epic gunfights ,beautiful terrain and memorable dialogues.

What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?

Had originally written this post on Quora as the answer to the question ,”What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?”

You can read the Quora answer here.


Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 16

After the carnage unleashed by Walter White, resulting in the destruction of the  supremacist gang, we see Walt handing the power to Jesse, who refuses to kill him. When Lydia calls Todd’s phone, Walter answers, telling her that she has been poisoned with ricin.

We then see Jesse head towards Jack’s car. Before getting into the car, he looks at Walt for one last time. Walt nods towards him. Jesse, contemplating for a moment, nods back.

Although this particular exchange didn’t contain any dialogue, it seemed as if the characters were nodding in acknowledgement of the ordeal, the drama, the hatred, and other unsaid emotions they had shared, all of which made Breaking Bad one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Definitely one of the deepest and most gut-wrenching moments of Breaking Bad.

Here are some great closing lines from films:

Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still here. Do I believe the world’s still here? Is it still out there?…Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.Now…where was I?

Rocky Balboa(2006)

“Yo Adrian!We did it.”

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

“Sell me this pen.”

Dead Poets Society(1989)

“O Captain!My Captain!”

Mr Keating:”Thank you boys.Thank you.”

Movie Recommendations: #75

The Godfather(1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan,Robert Duvall,Talia Shire, Diane Keaton.

One of the greatest and most influential films  of all time, The Godfather is a crime drama film based on Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel of the same name.

The Godfather depicts the workings of a fictional New York crime family, the Corleones, with the powerful Don Vito Corleone(Marlon Brando) at its head. After a gang war results in Vito being shot, it is up to Vito’s youngest son, Michael(Al Pacino) assume leadership and protect the family.

Under the masterfully artistic direction of Francis Ford Coppola,the cast delivered marvellous performances.Marlon Brando was magnificent as Don Vito, a man whose influence and power knows no bounds. Al Pacino was brilliant as his character transformed from a reluctant outsider into a ruthless Mafia kingpin.

The film won three Academy Awards-Best Picture,Best Actor for Brando,and Best Adapted Screenplay.The Godfather is a film not to be missed by even the most reluctant of movie-watchers.

Fun Fact

Paramount studio heads were opposed to casting Marlon Brando due to his reputation for difficulty and his long string of box office flops.

Eventually three conditions were set for his casting: That he would have to take a fee far below what he typically received; he’d have to agree to accept financial responsibility for any production delays his behaviour cost; and he had to submit to a screen test.He  was signed for a low fee of $50,000.

The Godfather was a mid-career turning point for Brando, putting him back in the Top Ten Box Office Stars and winning him his second Best Actor Oscar.

Movie Recommendations: #6

The Silence of the Lambs(1991)

Director:Jonathan Demme

Starring:Anthony Hopkins,Jodie Foster.



The Silence of the Lambs is a crime/horror thriller film based on Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name. It is one of only 3 movies to have won the ‘Big Five’ Academy Awards(Best Picture,Best Director,Best Screenplay,Best Actor and Best Actress).

The film follows FBI trainee Clarice Starling(Jodie Foster), who seeks the help of the brilliant psychiatrist and serial killer Dr.Hannibal Lecter(Anthony Hopkins), to catch another serial killer known as  ‘Buffalo Bill’.

The lead actors delivered bedazzling and memorable performances, which culminated in Dr.Hannibal Lecter being placed #1 villain in the American Film Institute’s List of ‘100 Years,100 Heroes and Villains’, while Clarice Starling was named #6 hero.




Movie Recommendations : #5


Director:Christopher Nolan

Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss,Joe Pantoliano.




Memento is a neo-noir psychological thriller film which follows Leonard Shelby, who suffers from anterograde amnesia(inability to form new memories), and is on the hunt for his wife’s killers.

The beauty of the film lies in its screenplay,which received an Academy Award nomination .The film progresses in two different interspersed sequences- a black-and-white sequence which moves chronologically, and a colour sequence progressing in reverse order.Both sequences merge at the end of the film to produce one cohesive storyline.

The ending of the film is the subject of widespread debate and speculation even today, 15 years after its release.




Movie Recommendations : #1

The Deer Hunter(1978)
Director:Michael Cimino
Starring:Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep.

The Deer Hunter is an epic war film which follows three friends from a small town in the US, as they volunteer to serve in Vietnam. It was one of the first films to explore the ground reality of the US involvement in Vietnam.
The film lays bare the emotional trauma, anguish and sheer madness that defined the Vietnam War.The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino, and Christopher Walken’s performance earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Watch out for the haunting, terrific and brilliantly filmed Russian roulette scenes.