Monday, November 26, 2012

Pi (1998)

Pi (film)

3.14159265... to countless digits beyond: it’s pi, a mathematical constant taken from Greek alphabet π that implies the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter. Many years spent by mathematicians all around the world, even until now, to reveal and find a pattern of this limitless number. This film, “Pi”, emerges as a different outlook of this mathematical irrationality using a surrealist portrayal displayed in grainy black-and-white tint. Like many other films that set out mathematics as a main topic, “Pi” tried (so hard) to be different from other by enthusiastically relating this often-ignored and almost-forgotten number to a dramatically bigger mystery of universe, using a geekiness and psychological disturbance of a man as a medium. This is a feature film directorial debut of Darren Aronofsky, the director of 2010’s award-winning “Black Swan”, and here he also became a screenwriter.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Rashomon (1950)

Rashomon

I was referred to watch “Rashomon” while I was reading a book that mentioned this film as one of the most influencing films in history, more because of its plot and technique. From its title, of course you will know that “Rashomon” came from Japan. This 1950 film was made by Akira Kurosawa, the director that also brought you “Seven Samurai”. As I recalled, I guess “Rashomon” could be the third or the fourth black-and-white film I have ever watched.

Friday, November 16, 2012

L.A. Confidential (1997)

L.A. Confidential

“L.A. Confidential” is one crime-drama film that enliven the 1998’s Academy Awards Best Picture competition. Lost to “Titanic”, it’s then known as one of the best police detective story of all time. Adapted from James Ellroy’s novel, “L.A. Confidential” was then brought to screen by director Curtis Hanson who also brought this year’s “Chasing Mavericks”. Well, I thought that “L.A Confidential” would be as boring as other similar films. Did it go so?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Seven Psychopaths

When I recalled why I eagerly wanted to see this movie, I got lost. I mean, I don’t really understand why I’m interested in watching it in the first place. Wednesday was the first day release of “Seven Psychopaths” in Indonesia and I rushed myself to the cinema to watch it like for no reason. Oh, maybe the cast, yeah, maybe the cast that attracted me. Well, at least there’s Christopher Walken in it. Oh, there’s also Olga Kurylenko who had made her chance to be Bond’s girl in “Quantum of Solace”. Oh, Sam Rockwell is also there. Colin Farrell is also there. Phew, what a cast package.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty

You’ve already watched “Skyfall”, right? And you know who directed it? It’s Sam Mendes, and “American Beauty” is his debut in directing a feature film. Suprisingly, it brought him his first Oscar! Yes, “American Beauty” took five Oscar statues home after being nominated in eight categories on Academy Award 2000.  Scoring 8.5 out of 10 on IMDB, “American Beauty” is now positioned on #48 in Top 250 Film. What kind of “beauty” does it bring?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom

From the trailer, you’ll imagine that this film is gonna be a quirky one. Then, right after I finished downloading started watching it, I knew that it’s rather to be an ethnique one. “Moonrise Kingdom” is a Wes Anderson’s work after his latest live-action film release, “The Darjeeling Limited”, on last 2007. He didn’t only direct it, but also wrote the screenplay together with Roman Coppola, whom he also collaborated with in writing “The Darjeeling Limited”. Some who have seen its poster will presumably think that “Moonrise Kingdom” is a film about kids. Is it true?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Separation (2011)

A Separation

Oh, this is the film that makes every movie-lover from all around the world pay close attentions. “A Separation” is an Iranian film that won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film last February (and was also nominated for Best Screenplay). It also won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Languange Film, three Berlin Bears in Berlin International Film Festival, and a bunch of other remarkable international achievements. What makes it so spectacular?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Relax, relax, quit yourself from the euphoria of “Skyfall”. Let’s get things less seriously, shall we? Well, a couple of days ago I watched “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” for the second time after first-viewing it a year ago, and I realized that I haven’t made a review on it. And I felt like I must review it! Why? That’s because, as one of the major works of Edgar Wright, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is really attracting, at least for me.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall

Like what I have written in my previous post, “Skyfall” is considered as one of my must-watch films in these last months of 2012. Honestly, I don’t really track all Bond movies from the beginning until this 23rd release. Yet, I paid concern to it since Daniel Craig played 007, which means from “Casino Royale”. Celebrating the 50 year of James Bond, “Skyfall” has been proclaimed to be a grand festivity for this legendary film character. Then, what do you think I will say about “Skyfall”?