Thursday, April 17, 2014

My (Late) Review of THE RAID 2: BERANDAL: Beautiful Art of Violence with Unexpectedly Too Much of A Thinking

The Raid 2: Berandal

You can say that last night was my second visit to THE RAID 2: BERANDAL (my first visit was on March 28 when it first released in Indonesia—until a sudden chat message broke my mood into pieces and got me walked out of the cinema before the film ended). Note: this is the first film I see in Bandar Lampung! (please say, "YEAAH!!", just to make me feel better).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SNOWPIERCER Offers A Smart, Styled, and Detailed Dystopian Theme that Could be Better


Imagine an earth fully covered by snow and ice. Imagine an earth so cold that no living creatures can live outside so they look for shelters to live. That would be the earth the story of SNOWPIERCER takes place. Perhaps it would be hard for me to mention two or three other movies about dystopia and surviving, but I am sure I already knew the big line of SNOWPIERCER before actually watching it because, beside of its outstanding production design, costume design, and cinematography (and some acting!), there is nothing fresher that Bong Joon-ho offers in his debut in Hollywood.

NOTE: some parts of this review may contain clues about the story of the film. Although I don’t consider them a spoiler, you who prefer knowing very little about the film before watching it are suggested to read this review only after watching it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

How DANCER IN THE DARK Excruciates Viewers by Penetrating Bold Negativity and Cynicism

Dancer in the Dark

That Saturday afternoon was a torture. I mean, in a good way: the kind of torture you enjoy only for the first time because you know it will be too painful to have it the second time. But who in the world enjoy being tortured? That afternoon I was watching Lars von Trier’s DANCER IN THE DARK, an irritating but frank story of how we areactually living in hell; we are just pretending that we’re not.

NOTE: some parts of this review may contain clues about the story of the film. Although I don’t consider them a spoiler, you who prefer knowing very little about the film before watching it are suggested to read this review only after watching it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where have you been, Akbar?

It’s nearly a month away to Me On The Movie’s 2nd Anniversary but, hey, where have you been, Akbar?

You haven’t posted anything in a month! Guys, this is probably gonna be an emotional story to tell. LOL.

Nah, just kidding. But in a way, it might be not. The thing, I’ve just moved to a whole different city.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Love, Warmth, Loneliness, Originality, and the Future: Why I Consider HER the Best Film of 2013


In this review I'm pointing out the reasons of why I consider HER the best film of 2013. Some people shortly address HER, written and directed by Spike Jonze, as “an unlikely love story of a lonely man and a female-voiced computer” which, in a way, I find underestimating. It's your right to call it whatever you want, but hell, I personally disagree with it. My call is, it's “a love story that proposes an interesting idea about the future”. I tell you why.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Trades Off the Famous “This is Sparta!” with A Seductive, Villainous Woman Warrior

300: Rise of An Empire

No more “This is Sparta!!!”, no more kicking into that deep pit. 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE changes the focus of the before-century heroic legend into a more common war story that simply happens to take place in Greece. We’re no longer talking about the Spartans. We’re no longer talking much about the history itself. And even no longer Zack Snyder directing (director Noam Murro helmed the project since Snyder was busy with MAN OF STEEL). Instead, everything turns into continuous battles that suddenly feature a female villain so convincingly and so sharply performed by Eva Green.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Piece of My Thoughts about Oscars 2014

Oscars 2014

Well just like last year, I couldn’t watch or stream the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which aired on ABC Sunday, March 2nd, starting at 5:30 pm Pacific Time. It was around 7:30 am in Monday here in Indonesia. Yeah, Monday is an office day, I have to go to work, so all I could do was monitoring what happened both at the red carpets and the ceremony. (I can’t concentrate on whatever I was working on at office that morning!!). I won’t talk much about how Ellen DeGeneres, the presenter of the show, did her job (and opening monologue!) or how excellent the performers (gosh I really wanted to see Karen O performing “The Moon Song”!), but I have things to say about the winners.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Me On The Movie's Choice of 20 (Alternative) Films to See in 2014

20 (Alternative) Films to See in 2014

After a series of post of 2013 Recap, now we see my choice of anticipated films of 2014. Well, probably you might already be familiar with my taste on movies, so you won’t see blockbuster films like Godzilla, I, Frankenstein, or Robocop which are released this year, in this list. I mean, I might see them but I’m not really excited with them. What I list here is mostly the films I found quite noteworthy to be kept under radar; the kind of movies directed, performed, or produced by people who already showed their quality in their previous works (phew!). Alternative choices, you know. Something like that.