Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Piece of My Thoughts about Oscar 2013

Argo winning Best Picture Oscar 2013

First of all, call me a real amateur movie-buff. Then you will understand why this post is gonna end this suck. So, if you expect to have a deep analysis and review, you’ll probably just have to skip this one. Haha. Anyway. Oscars was just held. It’s a climax for all movie enthusiasts and filmmakers all around the globe, including me. I feel like I wanna share my (shallow) thought about this so-called the biggest movie award in the planet (and knowing that I haven’t posted anything for the past week is kinda pushing me to, at least, write something :P). Do I feel pleased with the results of this award?

Monday, February 18, 2013

5 Best Animated Short Films Academy Award 2013

5 Best Animated Short Films Academy Awards 2013

The idea of this post came when I was writing my previous post, 7 short movies about love. I snapped into this cool website, http://shortoftheweek.com, a website that focuses to gather and review short movies. So, here it is. There are five shorts competing for this year’s Oscar in category “Best Short Film (Animated)”; they are “Adam & Dog”, “Fresh Guacamole”, “Head over Heels”, “Maggie Simpsons in ‘The Longest Daycare’”, and “Paperman”. I’m trying to review each of them from my point of view, and because I’m reviewing short movies, I’m trying to write as short as I can.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project

What really makes human scared? The answers of this question may be so much different among people. Some may find crime as a terrifying thing, some others may be scared only by ghosts or inexistential beings, while the rests may be frightened by blood and gore. There might be a reason of cultural background that affects people to have different answers. Filmmakers also have different ways to show up their own creativity of “scaring viewers” in order to make a good horror movie. While many other movies struggling with how to choose good horrors, “The Blair Witch Project” struggled with how to deliver horror well. And it turns into a great success.

Rectoverso (2013)

Rectoverso

Adapting a novel into a movie is not an easy job, I tell you. The magic of a novel is in the words, while the magic of a movie comes from its visual and story. It’s no wonder that there are many novel-into-movie adaptation do not work out. For me, “Rectoverso” is better be enjoyed as a novel instead of a movie. It’s actually a compilation of short stories by Dewi Lestari, one of the most well-known and highly-acclaimed author in Indonesia. I remember I had a chance to read one of the short stories in “Rectoverso”, and I recalled that experience as an amazing one. Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari had a rare ability to play with metaphors in words, and while the book itself has a sense of audio-visual imagination—more than just words—“Rectoverso” the movie is not as good as the book.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

7 Short Movies About Love for Your Valentine


I don’t usually celebrate February 14th, but I think it’s a good opportunity for you, movie-holic, to celebrate this so-called Valentine’s Day with some good romantic movies. But how if you don’t feel like going to cinema to watch romantic movies (although there’s a bunch of ‘em currently showing in cinemas), or you haven’t even bought any DVDs to watch, or you don’t even have a girlfriend? Don’t worry, with a good internet connection you can still enjoy this day with some short movies available in Youtube. Here are my picks of 7 romantic short movies (both animation and live-action) for your Valentine, in no particular order.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Run Lola Run (1998)

Run Lola Run

Run, Lola! Run! She ran for like 3/4 parts of the duration and she should have burnt much calories. Haha. “Run Lola Run” is a Germany movie by Tom Tykwer, yet it’s more than just a movie of a girl named Lola who ran to reach something. I’d like to call it an out-of-ordinary movie, because it contains three parallel plots going in their own ways, and is served in a very dynamic presentation with a bunch of transition (even with an animation). It may seems untidy, but it is undoubtedly different from any other movies. Clocking for only 81 minutes, “Run Lola Run” will make you as exhausted and sweaty as the non-stop running Lola.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

There is Something with the Censorship...

Censorship
picture taken from movieretrospect.blogspot.com

This is the "next post" I meant in my review on "Killer Joe". So here's the story. Last Thursday I finally got a day-off (since I got no classes in that day), so I went to the cinemas. Actually there's no movies I eagerly wanted to see, but I just felt like I wanna go watching two movies in that day. Yes, two movies. I picked "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Killer Joe". I checked the showtimes via internet, and because I feel it's kinda boring to watch two movies in the same cinema, so I went to two different cinemas to watch these two movies. Haha.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Killer Joe (2012)

Killer Joe

I’ve never known that this movie was previously rated NC-17, before finally re-rated R in exchange to some cuts on inappropriate scenes. Maybe, if I’d known it before, I wouldn’t have watched in cinemas (lol). Also, I have never known that “Killer Joe” was directed by William Friedkin, an Oscar-winning director for the legendary horror “The Exorcist”. The thing is, this black-comedy would have been more entertaining if these inappropriate scenes were clearly shown on its screening in cinemas. Well, I think I’m gonna write another post about that.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The ABCs of Death (2012)

The ABCs of Death (segment "I is for Ingrown")

Did any of you notice that I put this movie in the considerable part of my 2012’s year-end watchlist? There are two big reasons why I did that. First, it’s kinda cool seeing 26 horror short films wrapped in a movie. “The ABCs of Death” can be the first movie in history that make this nightmarish idea possible. Second, Timo Tjahjanto is one of the director whose short films included in this omnibus. He’s an Indonesian director. It’s a rare opportunity seeing a product of our local cinemas packaged together with many other directors from many countries and released in Hollywood. Therefore, I watched this flick and hoped that I won’t have any nightmares in my sleep after watching it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel were two little children. They were left by their father in the woods because of their stepmother’s evil plan. In the wood, Hansel and Gretel found a house made out of candies. An old woman opened the door for them and asked them to come in. Later they found out that the old woman was a wicked witch, who then put Hansel into jail and forced Gretel to be a slave. But the witch didn’t know how smart the siblings were: they tricked the witch, burnt her, brought all her treasures to home, and then lived happily ever after. Oops, although both share the same leading roles, unfortunately “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is far less exhilarating than the aforementioned fanciful fairy tale and, of course, not addressed to under-aged viewers.