Monday, November 17, 2014

BEGIN AGAIN (2013): Simple Romantic-Drama Meets Joyful, Heartwarming Musical Adventure

Begin Again

Have I written about CHEF here? Not yet? Well, I should have because it feels that for me BEGIN AGAIN is as joyous as CHEF. I love how filmmakers use music to enliven their films, and John Carney (the guy that brought you the romantic-musical ONCE) did it wonderfully in this latest feature. From the story only, BEGIN AGAIN is not perfect, but the use of surprisingly easy-listening songs make it more enjoyable to watch.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

INTERSTELLAR (2014): Travelling Beyond Science Boundaries


This is INTERSTELLAR, or I might give it another title: BEYOND BOUNDARIES. As far as I know, math and physics haven't even come as close as what Christopher Nolan offered in this incredible work of fiction, but he deliberately pushed viewers to understand debatable theories so we together can travel way way further than we could imagine. Some (or perhaps most) of us won't enjoy this travel that much (for them this is either too complicated or too flawed) but all I'm trying to do is appreciating that someone (who is not even a scholar from the field he traveled to) invites not only himself but also many people to discover what is outside the boundaries of modern science.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

BOYHOOD (2014): A Movie that Moves with Time


Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater wrapped a life of a kid named Mason from age 5 to 18, all in just 165 minutes. The result is BOYHOOD, a coming-of-age so real it moves with time, becoming an experience viewers have never felt before. And as the movie goes, the characters grow up (literally). Things happen, conflicts lit, emotions involved, loves arisen. Sure, lessons are learnt, and wisdom, courage, and perspectives are created. BOYHOOD is, in two words, life itself.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FURY (2014): David Ayer's Descriptive—yet Uneven—Take on WWII


Hello again! Nothing to talk about my disappearance for about two months; life is getting me away from not only writing reviews but also watching movies (but I keep tweeting, ask why!). Half of the reasons has something to do with my effort to put myself together for the fact that finally GONE GIRL wasn’t coming into my country because of Ben Affleck’s dick the censorship; I think I should have predicted it so but the social-media folks were raising my expectation of its screening. Yeah, whatever.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014): Delightful, Comedy in Disguise

Guardians of the Galaxy

So Vin Diesel was paid a lot just to do some hum and repeat “I am Groot” in different tones? Just kidding. Again, the hype attracted me into seeing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY because if it didn’t, I guess the Marvel movie timeline had been too complicated to follow (read: you know I’m not so fond of this genre!), but it turned out that the movie was a good one. I could say that I did laugh (out loud!) while watching it and it’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

10 Best Films of 2014 So Far

10 Best Films of 2014 So Far

I think it's about six months after my post of the best films of 2013, so this time it feels more appropriate to post the best films of 2014 so far. We've been halfway through 2014, and actually there are not many films came into my watched list because it's still in summer, and you know how I am not a summer movie guy :P 

If you want to see all 2014 movies I have seen so far, you can go to my Letterboxd page (and follow me there!)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

LOCKE (2013): An In-Depth Look of A Man's State of Mind


LOCKE is the (last) name of the only character appears on this film, Ivan Locke, which is portrayed so genuinely by the only actor appears on screen, Tom Hardy. The other actors' performances are voice-only, because the entire story of LOCKE takes place on a car: Ivan is driving while making/receiving tens of phone calls to and from them. Many filmmakers are dealing with some big-budgeted film projects that involve some bunches of actors in some spectacular shooting locations, but here Steven Knight is writing and directing a small film with BIG performance that dictates genuineness in its truest definition.

Monday, July 28, 2014

THE ZERO THEOREM (2013): Zeroing Everything (Including A Good Performance by Two Times Oscar Winner) to Nothingness

The Zero Theorem

Why is there this kind of movie that takes a rewatch to be fully understood? Why can’t it be understood in its first viewing? In the case of Terry Gilliam’s latest feature THE ZERO THEOREM, the answer would be because it is too confusing to grasp in its first, or perhaps second, watch. Too bad I don’t have too much time in my hand to ‘join the excitement’; I don’t usually watch a movie two or three times just to understand it. But there’s a catch: are you sure THE ZERO THEOREM worths your next viewing?