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MUST HAVE APPS

Better Mental health apps
Pacifica
This app teaches you how to improve your mood and mental health.

Peak
This app helps in enhancing brain activity and development.

Breathe and relax
It provides detailed information on effects of stress and instructions and practices excising to help users learn the stress management.

Calm
This app helps you relax and free your mind after a stressful day or long  hours of reviewing for exams.

Sleep cycle
This app analyzes your sleep and wakes you up when you will feel most rested.

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Academic based apps
Mathway
This app fixes math problems, graphs and more complex operations.

Mind vector
It helps you create mind maps , flow charts for you to easily understand concepts and branches for your tangled thoughts

Quizlet
This app is perfect for people who use flashcards. This app has fun way for definitions, formulas etc.

Magoosh vocab builder
This app is for English and Vocabulary. It uses things such as word of the day and is a fun way to learn new vocabulary.

Refme
This is an referencing app. It is mainly for bibliography for projects.It saves a lot of time, instead of going back for citations.

Student Agenda
This app is a calendar with reminders. It is easy to use and very colourful to look at.
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For better Focusing
Forest
This app is for all you’ll ‘I can’t get off my phone keepers’ Forest helps you stay off your phone when you need to focus.

Be focused
This app tracks your study time to avoid procrastination and makes sure you are using your time wisely. It sets goals for productivity.

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Instapaper
It helps you read online articles offline

Hopper
This app is for our frequent travellers. It tells you exactly when to buy flights at their cheapest.

Good And Co
This app lets you take fun quizzes,matches you with companies based on culture fit as personal strengths

Polar steps
This is a cool app for all the travellers and bloggers there! It tracks your route when you travel and creates a digital journal that you can order as a photo album at the end of your trip.

Google opinion rewards
This app is for all Android users. By doing simple surveys you can earn points what can pay for paid apps on the play store.

Habitbull
This app tracks your habits. It allows you to make small actions leading to long term goals. It uses graphs and gives you detailed analysis

Dropbox
This app comes really handy when you need an important document offline. It  could be installed on a computer or laptop for easy access.


STRANGER THINGS REVIEW

A GUIDE TO THE UPSIDE DOWN

This article swears to reveal no spoilers, at all times.

With the release of the second season of Netflix’s most popular series on television right now, Stranger Things has won hearts and minds, all over the globe. With its season two premier merely a week ago, fans have already binge-watched the show more than twice! However, if you’re new to this fandom filled with Eggo (waffle) addicts and lovers of an ‘eleven’ year old who can kill grown men with her mind, here’s a guide to the world of Stranger Things and advice on how and why you should to binge watch it, especially if you’re a newbie.

Even though the Netflix series premiered only last year for the first time, it has spread around like wildfire. Brimming with cliff-hangers and mind-blowing plot twists, the show makes sure that you’ll be back for more. The story zooms in on a quartet of middle-school boys- Mike, Lucas, Will and Dustin. It’s set in the quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana. It simultaneously revolves around the story of another character the beloved ‘Eleven’, aka, ‘El’.

While the first episode is an adorable portrayal of our little nerds, things take a sharp turn after Will’s disappearance. When the police proclaim him to be dead, the rest of his party members take it upon themselves to find him and bring him back. The jigsaw pieces start coming into place slowly, when their world collides with Eleven-who happens to be an experiment of the Hawkins Lab, enforced with unimaginable psychokinetic abilities. Together, the kids uncover an alternate dimension which they call the ‘Upside Down’. But little do they know, that this goes way beyond their young minds, cultivating into something terrifying and monstrous.

The best and worst part about this series is that all episodes are released on the same day. You think that’s good? Wait till you end up with wet tissues, empty popcorn bowls and dark circles. So, here are a few safe ways to watch the show without blowing up your whole life. Preferably start with it on a Friday night, if you absolutely want to binge. However, a smart way of watching it would be to space it out. This gives you the time to ‘be left in the dark’ as well as energy for your real-life events. A healthy portion would be two episodes per day.

Another method that child prodigy Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) suggested was to watch till the second last episode of season 2, space it out, and then watch the last episode the day before the third season premieres. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, it’s your choice. I would definitely recommend experiencing the thrill of Stranger Things, and would rate it an eleven on ten.

-Tanaya Ranade, 11 A


Wonder Woman

“It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love. Only love will truly save the world.”
Diana Prince, more popularly known as Wonder Woman says and very strongly believes in this saying. Thus, it is on this very thought that the latest edition of Wonder Woman movie is based.
Since this was an original story of one the heroes from the Justice League, some may argue that the movie was rather ‘drab’. But I beg to differ.
The movie revolves around how Diana Prince, the daughter of Zeus, travels to “Mans World” to finish what she believes, her kind had started. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, Diana discovers her full powers and her true destiny. Don’t let the sedate start of the movie deceive you. The movie is undoubtedly filled with many action-packed scenes and mind-blowing twists.
It’s interesting to see how the DC universe is merged with Greek mythology in the movie, although the storyline in the original comic book may vary. It is also the first female-led superhero movie in this particular era. It depicts that Wonder Woman is not all love and peace, because when evil strikes, she strikes back…hard! It gives us a glimpse of what exactly her powers are and how she wields them. However, there are instances in the movie which proves that problems can be resolved not only using power but instead, through endearment.
I personally had a wonderful time watching this film since it was very different from the basic superhero movies that have come out over the years. I think it is a ‘must watch’ for all DC fans as it brings us closer to the blockbuster Justice League movie that is coming out soon. And if you’re not a DC fan, Gal Gadot will make you one- not only of the comics but also of her adorable self!

– Varun Venugopal, 12C


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A Thousand Splendid Suns

“And I remember what Babi would always say- One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs or the thousand splendid suns that hid behind her walls.”

                                        This is the spirit of the Afghans. The spirit of those who have seen glory, pain, torture, agony. The spirit of those who sent their sons to fight the war only to bury them into the ground they once laughed, played and lived on. Afghanistan itself is like a book. Each page was written by the blood of a woman oppressed, by a child who will not have a childhood, by the man who would do anything to survive.
The author of the book ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, Khaled Hosseini himself was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. In all his books, he reminds us how long his people have been struggling to triumph over the forces of violence. Forces that continue to threaten them even today.
This book is for the women. It is by the women. Mariam is a fifteen-year-old girl who unwillingly got married to a forty-year-old man, Rasheed. Two decades later, fate brings her together with a girl named Laila, who is like a daughter to her. This beautiful, engaging story shows us how love is nothing without sacrifice. It tells us how like a compass needle pointing north, the world’s accusing fingers will always point towards the women. Mariam and Laila were beaten, locked in rooms and weren’t fed for days together. Their husband, Rasheed would justify everything with the fist of his hand. They couldn’t leave Kabul, for women weren’t allowed to leave their house without the accompany of men. They weren’t allowed to meet Laila’s daughter in the orphanage. Rasheed sold her. Women weren’t allowed to show their faces outside the four walls of their house, laugh, look at the Taliban, wear anything other than black or even talk.And what did Mariam do? She killed Rasheed, while he was choking Laila to death, she killed him. Mariam was shot in the middle of a football ground in front of a thousand Afghans while Laila had started her new life in Murree, Pakistan with her childhood lover, Tariq.
Laila and Mariam both had their secrets, dark ones. The past never lets them live their present or even hope for a future.They were just existing. Mariam’s mother committed suicide and Laila’s parents were killed by bombings.Mariam and Laila gave me the strength and courage to fight injustice. I admire the women and their personalities. I love their positivity, their power to forgive. And this is why I fell in love with the book. It is raw, realistic and takes me to another world. We all must find that one piece of writing that totally drowns us in its brilliance. The last chapter made me cry at two in the morning, and I was awake till four. Just because I couldn’t let go.
Nor could Laila. Only a year after living in Pakistan, she returned to Kabul in 2002, when things were almost peaceful. Maybe she wanted to be there to count each of the thousand splendid suns that set in Afghanistan.

                                                                                              -Ishani Ray, 11A


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Where To Find Fantastic Beasts…
…In the cinema of course!
Where else is it that you will see woven literary magic come to life than in the movie that will make you question what is truly real and what is not?
Eddie Redmayne, moulds himself into the cast of every character he plays, he played the most convincing Dr. Stephen Hawking in his movie ‘The Theory Of Everything’ and now he enchants and mystifies with his role  of Mr. Newt Scamander in ‘Fanatastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’.
    Somehow, Mr. Scamander, a man who is in love with misunderstood and ginormous beasts, has a caring and calm personality no matter what trouble ( or creature) is thrown at him. His love and passion is what drives him to protect them from even the evil of Gellert Grindelwald, played by one-who-shall-not-be-known-till-the-end.
J.K. Rowling has obliterated all boundaries of imagination and given us silver eggs and snakes that have wings, to a metamorphosis of a Rhino and an elephant to dream of.
This truly wild journey, will drive your imagination wild, entirely.
Later, there are even very ‘Lestrange’ encounters and a love story between Newt and Tina Goldstein (played by the beautiful Kate Waterstone) blossoms, along with that, a ‘No- Maj’ and a witch , who could read his mind before it was even made up, develop a quirky relationship.
The story takes you through ups and downs and twists and plots and characters whom you may have never expected to encounter in the movie, let’s just say you won’t just be at the edge of your seat, your mind will ‘wand’er to a world beyond ours, movies require one to willingly suspend disbelief and if you do, this Fantastic movie is probably the Be(a)st, and will surely leave you stupendously stupefied.
-Aarushi Z., 11A

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Doctor Strange

I have been waiting for Dr. Strange to release since so long and now that it is here, I have to say that it didn’t disappoint! It is one of the best Marvel films I have watched to date. Dr. Strange has it all: humour, sarcasm, a thrilling climax with plot twists that will take you to the edge of your seat, but most of all, it does justice to the comics, which is what every super hero fan is looking for. I was left wanting more.  Even the humour in this superhero movie had a ‘strange’ way of hooking me in.
Dr. Strange is an egoistic, arrogant neurosurgeon and the king of sarcasm. Benedict Cumberbatch, our very own Sherlock and the perfect actor for this role, portrays him to be the best snarky alien-magician ever. He is basically a cross between Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark.  However, his cool and haughty attitude quickly changes when he loses the use of his hands to a car accident. Unable to accept this, he embarks on a journey of healing and instead, finds himself in a world of the mystic arts. After all the modern medicines fail to heal him, Strange goes to look for a solution at Kamar Taj, a community of sorcerers in Kathmandu, Nepal, training to protect the world, and healing themselves. He was exactly whom the Ancient One(Master of the mystic arts) was looking for. He trains, and we see him progressively change from an arrogant and selfish neurosurgeon to a brave and selfless sorcerer. However, even before his training is over, he is forced to face the evil and, in my opinion, slightly delusional Kaecilluis, a follower of Dormammu, the ruler of the Dark Dimension.
This movie shares quite a few similarities with The Matrix: the reluctant chosen one, the mystic guide who educates the said chosen one, the megalomaniac super-villain who wants more power for himself and the generally ignorant public who are completely unaware of the magic around them.
One of the best features of this film would have to be the visual effects, a delight for the fans of comic book artist, Steve Ditko’s iconic work. More than two thirds of the movie is solely comprised of different types of effects. The best scenes in the movie were when the Ancient One exposes Strange to the Multiverse and the battle in the end. I won’t reveal details, tempting as it is, but believe me, it is a feast for the eyes. The humour, which adds to the entertainment factor to the movie, had me doubling over with laughter.
The mid-credit scene of the movie was hilarious, too. It shows Dr. Strange with Thor who has a self-refilling beer mug. It basically hinted towards a Dr. Strange cameo in Thor: Ragnorak, which I am extremely excited for! And the last scenes were what I was most excited for as the good sorcerer who trains with the Doctor, eventually turns bad.
This isn’t really a spoiler, as Mordo is evil in the comics, so don’t get mad at me!

The thing I love most about Dr. Strange is that it is unlike any of the other Marvel films. It’s the first of its kind as it involves magic. All the actors did a tremendous job. I couldn’t find any fault in the casting. Even though the Ancient One was supposed to be an Asian male, Tilda Swinton plays the eclectic role perfectly. People out there may hunt for flaws in the movie, but for me this movie was completely flawless, and by far my favourite super hero film including all those from the Marvel Universe and DC Universe.

-Sabah Mehta, 11A


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Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer, born in Boston. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry.

Fun fact: She published her first poem, “Poem,” in the Boston Herald in 1941. She was nine years old! At twelve, her IQ was recorded at around 160.

This issue the Zeitgeist can’t help but recommend a handpicked list of Plath’s poetry that we feel everyone must read.

  1. Tulips
  2. Mad Girl’s Love Song
  3. Lady Lazarus

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NOT QUITE MY TEMPO

Jazz is often considered as the most favourable genre of the elite, however, in recent times, with the rise of precarious genres all around the globe, with special preference to the pulsating and highly promising but soon to be decadent EDM genre, Jazz has been given the backseat and has been given the title of a retro genre, which in other words is a formal and polite way of saying ‘Jazz is a thing of the past’. A typical jazz song is characterized by the dominating trumpets and drums section, followed by rhythmic pieces on the piano and finally concluded with a nostalgic voice, which speaks volumes of the plight musicians often go through.

Being a major fan of Jazz music, though not completely learned of the nitty gritties of the genre, I prefer listening to the moving tunes of the Thelonious Monk and the uplifting masterpieces of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, often considering myself as retrograding from the mainstream hits of Zayn Malik, Halsey and Yo Yo Honey Singh (sounds more like an African- Punjabi version of Lil Wayne). However, it would be unusual to say, that I detest mainstream songs, the powerful lyrics of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the unusually haunting melodies of George Ezra, fill up the space. Irrespective of the recent backseat this legendary genre is going through, it has produced not only Grammy-Award winning artists, but also soulful tunes and reverberating renditions, which magically come in sync, with any activity one is doing.

In India, EDM has dominated the music fraternity, every other teenager will know about the likes of Axwell Ingrosso, Avicci and Major Lazer,which is likely to happen, keeping in mind the fact that festivals are set up just to dance off to the electronic tunes and beat drops which sound more like the ‘incessant drilling of a machine into a brittle wall’. Festivals are often platforms to showcase crop tops, rather than beat drops, making it more like a pretentious get together of a North Indian family, ‘replete with cacophony and deprived of quality’.

This piece of writing is not targeted towards any genre, it is simply voicing the opinion of a teenager, who wants equal importance to be given to the decadent genre of Jazz. In India, the only time, we hear about Jazz, is in the news, when we see jazz concerts being held by Mr Barack Obama, to assert the presence of this beautiful part of musical history. It’s time we give equal weightage to this genre, before we miss out on good music and our lives are dominated by heavy electronic rythms, that sound less like music and more like the passionate mating of two Transformers.

If anybody has any idea, about upcoming jazz concerts, please send in the details to the Newsletter. Any willing and interested person doing so, would be subject to reverential and sincere respect from my end.

-Siddhant Sharma 12A


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Captain America: Civil War

The third instalment of the Captain America trilogy, aptly titled ‘Civil War’, is a film that all die-hard fans of the Marvel Universe (cinematic or otherwise) have been waiting for since the end credits rolled on The Winter Soldier in 2014. Needless to say, it did not disappoint.

As soon as the movie starts, we are thrown right into the lives of Steve Rogers and his fellow Avengers, many of whom are trying to absolve the guilt from missions that have gone askew over their time as a team. As seen in previous films, there have been epic battles, but those battles have also had heaps of collateral damage that were brushed under the rug in the spirit of victory. Owing to this, the United Nations decides to step in and passes a resolution stating that the Avengers would now operate under them. Immediately the group is torn apart, where some, like Tony, believe signing in is the right thing to do, while others, like Steve, refuse, equating the Accords to the Avengers losing their freedom.

Matters are further complicated when an element from Captain Roger’s past is pulled into the mix, the reappearance of Thaddeus Ross and the antics of a hidden puppeteer orchestrating a plot of his own.

Whether you walk into the theatre sure you’re Team Cap, or you may take your seat convinced that even though it is, in fact, a Captain America movie, your loyalties will remain with Team Iron Man, I think it’s safe to assume that as soon as you catch up to the story, all lines are blurred. The entire movie is set in shades of grey, where nothing is just black and white; no one is wrong, but neither team handles it right either.

Even though almost the entire band is back together for the new movie (we do miss you, Banner and Thor) and we are introduced to fantastic new characters (welcome aboard, T’Challa and Spidey) this is very clearly not just the MCU’s attempt to make up for disappointing its audience in the last Avengers feature. One of the best parts of this movie was that every character got its well-deserved importance and attention,but despite that, no one can complain that the Captain himself got lost in the hustle bustle.In the end, it remained true to its franchise and managed to not turn into ‘Avengers Part 3’.
In spite of the fact that the movie only bore the most basic of similarities with the comic issue after which it was titled and the number of superheroes in the feature was only a meagre fraction of those on paper, the diverted storyline still held the audience captive, leaving almost no room to complain. That, coupled with beautifully choreographed fight scenes, phenomenal acting, and the entire time that Tom Holland’s Spiderman decided to grace us with his presence, resulted in a spectacular end to the Trilogy of the First Avenger.

-Tisha Virani 12A


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X-MEN Apocalyse

Marvel’s X-Men series has been a part of our lives for over 16 years now, and with the release of it’s sixth edition, X-Men Apocalypse taken from the comic, Age of Apocalypse, has received quite a lot of hate. To start off, Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a vomit-covered 47%. Any guesses as to which horrible movie beat that rating? It’s none other than Twilight. Yes, that movie about creepy love triangles, werewolves and glittering vampires was obviously much better than an action packed Marvel movie.

Although the movie was a bit disappointing for die hard fans, when it came to plot holes or the accuracy to the comics it was still able to be par excellence in its own different, unique packages.

To begin with,
A movie revolving an exceptional and dimensional villain – check.
The antagonist of this film is a character originating from the comics itself called Apocalypse. Much like his name suggests, Apocalypse signifies the probable doom and end of the entire world. His powers are so extraordinary and endless that he is often considered as a God. Apocalypse was believed to be the first mutant ever, born multiple centuries ago and always believed to have travelled with his four horsemen, much like the Apocalypse from the Bible. (or wait did the Bible get it from him?) His main goal is to eliminate the weaker species, to kill anyone who stands in the way of his plan and to build a better world from the ashes of the one he destroys.

A Marvel movie expected to deliver get levels of well defined action. Check.
The X-Men series has a set of movies which sometimes have a prequel story line and sometimes a sequel story line.
Apocalypse as a movie did not only fulfil our desire of skilfully delivered action packed scenes, but also tie the knots between the missing time period and getting the chronological order of the series aligned.
The movie fills our hearts with a warm, fluttering feeling when we witness the usual young, lost mutants completely unaware of their powers. We see them when they’re raw, uncontrolled and practically dangerous. Seeings these characters fight is a literal feast to our eyes. The final fight against Apocalypse was so well crafted as well, and just when you think he possibly couldn’t have any more powers, he comes to prove you wrong.
And I definitely doubt that the sight of a single locket killing ten people at once isn’t the most common.

Amazing special effects that keep one flabbergasted and serve as the cherry on top of this brilliant cake. Check.
It would be unfair not to mention the famous character, Quicksilver who is capable of being quite so literally, as fast as lightening or in this case, even faster. A small five minute scene featuring this character took the editors 3 entire painstaking months to portray on the screen and words couldn’t describe how cool it was. The flying, the lazer beams, the clawed hands, the metal wings all seemed so genuine. It was perfect.

Apart from this, the movie gives us an insight to the actual story lines of our favourite characters, making us fall even more in love with them. One would probably not expect themselves to relate to a movie about people with literal superpowers trying to save the world, but the directors have managed to completely shatter than opinion. Topics such as love, loyalty, friendship, being completely lost on what to do, not being able to tell right from wrong or even believing in yourself is something everyone will share in common with the movie.
The movie showcases character development and interesting dramatic as well as funny dialogues which helps balance out the movie and keep it interesting through out.

Yes the movie was not a Civil War, but it was definitely NOT a sparkly vampire movie, and i can happily give it two thumbs up.

-Shaivi Srivastava 12A


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Maybe it’s just the Star wars in me talking, but in hindsight, it’s hard not to see “Kung Fu Panda 2” as “The Empire Strikes Back” of animated mammals and martial arts epics.Darker and scarier than the original “Kung Fu Panda”, Kung Fu Panda 2 took the happy tale of a bouncy black-and-white furball, added traumatic layers of backstory, and climaxed with a startling revelation of parental identity. Despite a long-overdue family reunion, it’s a pleasure to report that “Kung Fu Panda 3” is much more than the mere franchise equivalent of “Return of the Jedi.” Emotionally, dramatically and perhaps most of all visually (it’s worth seeing in 3D), this delightful movie is almost as generously proportioned as its cuddly hero, restoring a happy sense of completeness to the trilogy at the end making it seem as if everything is finally in place.
Animated sequels don’t usually have the best track record, but 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 was an exception to that rule, in my opinion. Not only did it capture the action and humor of the first movie but also built on the mythos and told a new and exciting story. Thankfully, Kung Fu Panda 3 follows in the sequel’s footsteps and proves that the series still has plenty “skadoosh” left to offer.
Meanwhile, the reliably game Jack Black is back as the voice of Po, and he is, as always, the heart and soul of this movie. Not surprisingly, some of the biggest laughs come from him, along with his character’s expressions. Granted, Po faces many of the same challenges he supposedly overcame in Kung Fu Pandas 1 and 2, some scenes felt redundant as a result. That said, there’s a lot of new stuff in this movie too.
All in all I give this movie a big thumbs up and pray that DreamWorks leaves this complete trilogy alone.

-Yohann Mathew 12B


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The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book has been a children’s favourite story since time immemorial. The fascinating world of a jungle in which animals actually talk and live in peace and harmony, is one that does not leave much to be desired.
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s collective works, The Jungle Book is the story of little Mowgli, a man-cub living amongst a pack of wolves in the jungle, trying to desperately to fit in. In the world of the wolves, the Mowgli finds himself lonely in his ways of survival. His best friend is none other than the beloved Bagheera, a panther, who helps him cope with the ways of the jungle.
For the young man-cub, it is essential to be on guard all the time, for it is none other than the fierce tiger-Shere Khan- who is hunting him. Somewhere along the way, Mowgli bumps into Baloo, a brown bear who teaches him how to enjoy, live life to the fullest, and also teaches that it’s okay to bend the rules every once in a while.
The movie guides us through the ups and downs of young Mowgli’s adventures, taking us through his tumultuous journey of trying to locate his roots- in which he ends up finding himself.
The excellent animation, sound and dialogue will make sure that the audience is completely engrossed in the movie, and leave them wondering on the exciting adventure you and Mowgli will embark on next.

-Kashish 11 C


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DC v Critics: Dawn of a Positive Review

Critics tore into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, tearing apart Zack Snyder’s latest work. With a 29% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and generally negative reviews from all kinds of critics (from Time’s Stephanie Zacharek to vox.com’s Alex Abad-Santos), the general movie-going populace should have been influenced to believe that the movie was total rubbish, even before they had sampled the latest in what seems to be shaping up into a generation of cinema that is slowly being defined by the “superhero” genre. Then, despite the worst Friday-Sunday dip in history, the movie made 420 million US dollars. The critics, may, have been wrong.

On it’s face, Batman v Superman (BvS) is not a bad movie. It’s actually pretty good, and it managed to accomplish what Warner Bros. set out to do in the first place, all the while doing it to the tune of Hans Zimmer’s marvellous (and weirdly unappreciated) Original Soundtrack (OST). BvS suffered from doing what it was designed to do, as a litmus test for WB’s upcoming 10 DC Comics movies in the next 7 years, the movie was built up to a giant expectation fuelled by a 150 million dollar ad campaign and most importantly, as a foundation stone for WB to build the backstories for the DC Trinity (the nigh unbeatable triumvirate of Batman, Wonder Woman & Superman). This is vastly important, because the Trinity form the founder core of The Justice League of America (JLA, or Justice League), DC Comics’ hero collective, something akin to Marvel’s The Avengers Initiative. However, Disney’s Marvel started setting up for Avengers (2012) with Iron Man (2008), and then released a spew of movies over the next 4 years to establish their characters. WB had to set up Justice League (2017) with just Man of Steel (2013) and BvS (2016). It led to the movie ultimately having to cram the nearly twenty hours it deserved into two, which obviously meant omissions and severe plot changes from the original comic line. Consequently, most comic buffs worth their salt (yours truly included) walked out of the theatre with a look of vague confusion on their faces, while your normal moviegoer was utterly perplexed.

It is imperative to know that a vast majority of the movie’s flaws stem from the studio trying to do too much in terms of story, and the only reason there is such a vast disparity between critics (29%) and moviegoers(83%) is because critics are incapable of adequately judging this movie primarily because most critics don’t have an experience with comic lore, and so the idea of what WB & DC are trying to do, has completely gone over their heads. It in no way counts against them, but in my opinion a large proportion of the negative criticism finds its basis in this.

The movie did not entirely fail, and the idea of the JLA has indeed been seeded, and the whole set up has been somewhat established, so even if the storyline is a little botched, its okay because the movie is fun, tremendously well-executed (except for the weird clay monster oddity that somehow passes for the feared entity of Doomsday, a being that in comic lore, cannot stay dead).

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent (aka Superman) is, despite his lack of dialogue, remarkably human, yet effortlessly godlike, in a a graceful way, something that has come to define the Man of Steel of the comics. Ben Affleck (an extremely controversial choice, given his absolute butchering of Daredevil, so many years ago that only we fanboys still feel angst about it) is a unique Batman, where all his predecessors have played the Caped Crusader (from Bale to Keaton & Clooney) as a dark vigilante who patrols from the shadows and who has been fighting crime for a relatively short while, he has played the Bat differently. Affleck’s Dark Knight is a veteran, who has fought evil for over 20 years and is highly cynical, extremely decisive, painfully ruthless and rather than patrol from the shadows, almost seems to be a part of the darkness, a shadow himself. And let’s face it, Affleck’s 6’ 4” built frame is the closest to the Batman of the comics that any actor has been so far. The real shocker and powerhouse is Gal Gadot’s masterful, efficient and elegant Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) which has redefined the image of the Amazon Warrior Princess, something that has been based on a 50-year-old television show and animated movies and cartoons. Jesse Eisenberg’s Alexander Joseph “Lex” Luthor is unique, destructive, psychopathic, sociopathic, cunning, violently power-hungry, energetic, scheming, and manipulative, your typical, quintessential comic book villain come to life. HIs joking, almost sardonic manner is remarkable and a delight to watch.

As aforementioned, the OST is phenomenal, accentuating and gorgeous and while the cinematography leaves something to be desired and is somewhat lacking in consistency of movement and perspective, the editing and production as a whole is definitely above average. But this movie isn’t all butterflies, unicorns, fairies and rainbows, it has its fair share of annoying flaws. Chief among them are Batman’s primary moral code being violated (this is especially harrowing as a transgression, since Batman is built as a character on the murder by gun of his parents in front of his eyes, and it builds an uncrossable line in Bruce Wayne’s psyche where he never uses guns; in the movie he does.) I was shocked, saddened and horrified. A whole lot of storylines from across the multiverses of DC’s multiverses have been carelessly abandoned and character back stories have been mercilessly disfigured and ripped to shreds in some cases.

On a whole, unless you are a comic buff/geek/nerd/fanboy/fangirl, its a movie you will enjoy despite its flaws. If you are any of the comic somethings, you will love it because its the Trinity and there are massive comic lore Easter Eggs.

The best thing to do is to ignore all one-star and negative reviews, watch the movie and judge for yourself. But if you ask me and take my word for it, it was pretty awesome.

-Rushabh Kapasi 12B


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Zootopia

The movie Zootopia has repeatedly been mentioned as a Disney movie unlike any other; a movie that sets itself apart from the rest.
Being an excellent animated movie, Zootopia is quite captivating and entertaining, but it brings so much more to the table.

Setting aside the brilliant and unique animation, sound, dialogue delivery and inclusion of modern pop-culture, the movie also manages to address far more important and relevant topics of our generation.

The story revolves around a seemingly harmless and adorable bunny-rabbit, Judy Hopps and how she does everything in her power to be respected at the very brutal and rough police department of the mammal-inhabited town of Zootopia.
This primary plot-line highlights most of the main themes of the movie – appearances can be deceiving; don’t judge a book by it’s cover; or first impressions should never be the last.
Another reason why it was such a great movie is that it was able to throw light on heavy topics such as racism and sexism in the world and the effects it has on people. It is commendable that such subjects were incorporated in a children’s movie.

An important factor that makes this movie so different from the others is the antagonist of the plot. The villain of this tale is not a witch who castes curses, or a monster, or even an evil step-mother – it is a politician. This makes the story so much more real and relatable to the audience, specially the older crowd.

The movie very skilfully explains the need to break stereotypes that society forms for different types of people, yet again proving not only to be an excellent animated movie but also something more educational and enlightening than most adult movies.

“It made me want to look at all the issues that are going on in our world right now. The chance to explore that artistically was very interesting to me. It’s really a personal movie,” says the writer of the script of the film, Michael Giacchino.

The movie thus sheds light on a lot of dark elements and evils of the world and how they must be dealt with; it teaches adults and children never to change themselves to fit into society’s stereotypes; and does so much more, all through humorous, child-friendly plots and characters.

As a part of the next generation, and the change of the world, the movie seemed very important – a milestone, really. To see such important matters being expressed, viewed and thought over by millions of people in this world is a great feat.
I personally loved this movie and would recommend it to all and sundry. Whoever said ‘animation is just for children’ truly wasn’t thinking straight.

-Shaivi Shrivastav 12A


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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Poe was an American poet, writer and literary critic who’s poetry and story themes revolved mainly around mystery and the macabre. He was regarded as the central figure of Romanticism in America and is considered the ‘inventor’ of the Detective Fiction genre.
Out of his marvellous collection of poems, we have painstakingly shortened our list to three that, we believe, are almost a crime against literature, not to read.

1. The Raven

2. Annabel Lee

3. A Dream Within A Dream.


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THE INDIEN PLAYLIST

Have you ever had those days, when you don’t know what to do, when life seems nothing but a long endless journey, where you are just a traveller, an explorer of your unknown self and the mysteries of the world. Where you have given up, on what the world demands from you, and you take up the much awaited quest of self recognition?

Are we humans?

Or are we dancers?

Are we dancers, to the demands and expectations of this world? Are we dancers to our own fate?  Just sit back and enjoy this magical mystery ride. Activate your musical self, pamper yourself with some good, soul satisfying music.

Laura Palmer – Bastille
Poet – Bastille
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
Fluorescent Adolescent- Arctic Monkeys
A certain romance – Arctic Monkeys
Money for nothing – Dire straits
Reptilia – The Strokes
You only live once – The Strokes
Under the sun – DIIV
Creep- Radiohead
There is a light that never goes out-The Smiths
Song 2- Blur
Wonderwall- Oasis
Fake plastic trees- Radiohead
Absolutely – Ra Ra Riot
TV queen – Wild Nothing
Help me run
Somebody told me – The Killers
Smoke and mirrors- Imagine Dragons
Monster – Imagine Dragons
Hard to explain – Strokes
Humans- The Killers
Miss Atomic bomb- The Killers
Just another Girl- The Killers
Shot at the night- The Killers
Empire- Of Monsters and Men
Snake Eyes- Mumford and Sons
Tompkins Square Park- Mumford and Sons
Stressed Out- Twenty One Pilots
Work Song- Hozier
Blue Moon- Beck
Take me to Church- Hozier
Gold- Chet Faker
No diggity- Chet Faker
No no no- Chet Faker
Ugh!- 1975
Robbers – 1975
Icarus – Bastille
Pumped up kicks – Foster the people
Skinny love – Bon Iver/Birdy

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