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

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?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

LIFE ITSELF (2014): An Important Documentary about Roger Ebert, Movie Criticism, and Life Itself

Life Itself

I have never known Roger Ebert before I entered the world of movie-blogging. And to be honest, among other modern movie critics, he is not my most favorite critic. (My fave? James Berardinelli from ReelViews. It’s not a lame choice, isn’t it?) But no man has ever win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism before Roger Ebert and that is among other reasons to make him special. LIFE ITSELF captures the life of Roger Ebert, from the beginning of his career until the day he passed away.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014): Mistrusted Human vs. Civilized Apes

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes

First question: why “Dawn”? I think they choose “dawn” not because it is a more poetic noun than “start” or “beginning” or any other nouns with similar meaning. “Dawn” implies timing rather than activity; something that is perfect to match “rise”. The planet of the intelligent apes has already risen (remember how the intelligent apes claimed their freedom in a spectacular and climactic RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES implies they begin to do a big thing—either in this movie or the next one.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

GONE GIRL Special Edition: Chances in Award Season

GONE GIRL Special Edition: Chances in Award Season

You haven’t seen the movie yet you’re talking about the reception towards it? Are you kidding, bar? No, I think I’m just over-obsessed to it. LOL. We’ve been talking about GONE GIRL in like two weeks, about the cast, the plot, and all things surrounding it. Now it’s time to talk about how GONE GIRL will be received in the market and, especially, in the award season next year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GONE GIRL Special Edition: Analyzing The Trailer and Important Parts of The Book

GONE GIRL Special Edition: Analyzing The Trailer and Important Parts of The Book

This post contains spoilers. Read this post only if you have read the book “Gone Girl” entirely.

First of all, I’d like to say, “Happy Ramadhan, everyone!”. Happy fasting month for all muslim around the world.

Now, back to business. We’ve been in the middle of discussion about GONE GIRL, which we all anticipate so much this year. This post is a great treat for you who have read the novel, because we’re gonna talk about important parts of the book, if they should be changed or kept.