Kota Factory S2 in Palm Springs: 8 Titles That Are Our Top Picks This Weekend
Streaming giant Netflix is producing one hit after another. While the fifth season of Money Heist and the third season of Sex Education still garner attention, Major OTT released yet another web series worth watching in frenzy. TVF’s second season of Kota Factory is now streaming on Netflix. And, if you’re sure to step out of your house for fun, there’s Jungle Cruise directed by Dwayne Johnson and Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti’s Heartwarming Palm Springs playing in theaters. And that’s not all we have for you this week.
Kota Factory S2: Netflix
The second season of the popular TVF show Kota Factory is now streaming on Netflix. It tells the story of IIT aspirants who move to Kota Rajasthan, a hub of coaching centers. Actor Jitendra Kumar is reprising his role as Jeetu Bhaiyaa who not only teaches physics to his students, but also gives a teen-friendly gyaan. Kota Factory may be focused on young adults, but it appeals to audiences of all ages thanks to its mature storytelling. In her review of the show, Sampada Sharma of indianexpress.com wrote: “That would be a slight exaggeration, but Kota Factory is the closest thing to the Dead Poets Society. At the end of the second season, it feels like entering this territory. “
Read the Kota Factory season two review here.
Foundation: Apple TV +
The sci-fi series is based on the eponymous book trilogy by famous author Isaac Asimov. The show’s official synopsis reads: “Hari Seldon and a group of staunch followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish the Foundation with the goal of rebuilding and preserving the future of civilization. Hari’s claims, the ruling Cleons – a long line of emperor clones – fear their hold on the galaxy will weaken as they are forced to consider the potential reality of losing their legacy forever. ‘This is an adaptation of the book on screen, director David S. Goyer only used the source material for inspiration and gave his show a different take. He changed the characters. and themes to tailor them to viewers’ preferences.The show is engaging even for those unfamiliar with its source material.
Raman Aandalum Ravanan Aandalum: Amazon Prime Video
Actor Suriya’s production company Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. It stars Ramya Pandian, Mithun Manickam and Vani Bhojan in the lead roles. The title of the film is borrowed from a song from the 1978 film by superstar Rajinikanth, Mullum Malarum. But it has a different meaning this time. He says that no matter who is in power, some people’s lives will never change for the better. The film revolves around a media circus against a background of controversy in a remote village. There is a married couple struggling to find their missing bulls, Velaiyan and Karuppan. However, director Arisil Moorthy’s understanding of some of the film’s political and social issues lacks maturity.
Read Raman Aandalum’s review Ravanan Aandalum here.
Sunny: Amazon Prime Video
In Ranjith Sankar’s Malayalam film Sunny, Jayasurya stars as a man “who has lost everything in his life – love, money and his best friend.” Broken and desperate, he leaves Dubai for Kerala in the midst of a global pandemic and cuts himself off from society. Trapped in an emotional turmoil, Sunny befriends a few strangers and they change her outlook on life. Indianexpress.com’s Manoj Kumar R found the film to be “an extrapolation of the trailer with lots of slow panning, close-ups, and deliberate background music. He doesn’t dig deeper and reveals the hidden threads of Sunny’s emotional turmoil, which could draw us into the narrative. “
Read Sunny’s review here.
Jungle Cruise: At the Movies
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt directed Jungle Cruise, which hit theaters on Friday. The movie is a fun, campy movie that you can enjoy as a family. It is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and is based on the merry-go-round at the Disney theme park of the same name. Johnson stars as a riverboat captain called Frank, hired by a scientist called Lily Houghton (Blunt) to transport her through the Amazon rainforest, the location of the tree. Jack Whitehall plays the younger brother of Blunt’s character. Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons and Quim Gutiérrez play the role of antagonists. The film was released internationally in July and received overwhelmingly positive responses.
Read the Jungle Cruise review here.
Palm Springs: in theaters
The romantic comedy, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, has Samberg and Miloti’s characters, Nyles and Sarah, stuck in a time loop in which they are doomed to relive the same day again. JK Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin and Peter Gallagher also star in the film. Shalini Langer of the Indian Express called the film “effortlessly charming and warm”. In her review, she wrote: “What the movie is trying to tell you is as clear as the light shining through Sarah’s eyes when they overflow. That, your past and your future are only as relevant as your present, what you do with it, who you do it with.
Read the Palm Springs review here.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Guddi came out in 1971 and has completed 50 years of its release, but it remains relevant today for his striking take on life when the arc lights are out and the red carpets are rolled up. The film revolves around the main character Guddi, played by Jaya Bachchan, who refuses to marry anyone because she has dedicated her life to movie star Dharmendra. But soon her uncle (Utpal Dutt) shows her the reality of glamor, and she learns that what happens on camera is quite different from what happens behind. Watch the film for an honest portrayal of the film industry where people at the bottom of the ladder are exploited and overworked, and only those in front of the camera are revered.
Learn more about Guddi here.
Missing Girl: Netflix
Based on the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, upon its release, Gone Girl was not only a smash hit at the box office, it was also beloved by critics. Although at first glance the film only seems like an engaging thriller, David Fincher has also managed to show us one of the more dysfunctional marriages through it. In her weekly column, Hollywood Rewind, Anvita Singh of indianexpress.com wrote: “Gone Girl is of course a thriller in the traditional sense. It starts out as a regular thriller, then quickly takes shape and emerges as something more than that. A closer look into the psyche of two broken and troubled people who are bound to each other by the promise of marriage “
Learn more about Gone Girl here.