“Pieta” is a Renaissance masterpiece sculpture made by Michelangelo, depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the corpse of Jesus. Kim Ki-Duk loosely adopt the idea of the sculpture into a movie “Pieta” that brought him a Golden Lion statue from the 69th Venice International Film Festival. In brief, “Pieta” is a depressing parable of modern relationship of mother and son. With its intense sexual and violence content, “Pieta” might not be a film that everybody can enjoy. I found that it’s really bleak, but successfully touched me right on the soul.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I was intrigued to watch "The Vanishing", a 1988 movie from Netherlands, after reading an article on the internet. I don't put the link here because I'm afraid the article is a bit spoiler-y (and I actually only read the first paragraph of it to avoid getting spoiled). The author of the article addressed one of the character in this movie as the most terrifying psychopath in movies he has ever seen. For me, it gave me a different look on sociopath which has never been done in any other movies. A very different presentation of a thriller with twist that terrifies me mostly because of its appropriateness and normal-ness.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This is gonna be a ridiculous review, LOL. First, I've never seen Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead", from which this movie was remade. Second, I'm an anti-gore viewer. You may laugh. I can't resist seeing a movie with so much gore scenes and blood (I believe I have this sort of phobia to blood and violence; what's it called?). But I was so intrigued by Fede Alvarez's version of "Evil Dead", that in the last minute after reaching the end of the queue before buying the ticket, I finally made up my mind and decided to watch it. And then my blood rushed from my head to my feet all of a sudden. LOL.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby”, has been taken into a vibrant, grotesque movie by the hand of Baz Luhrmann. And I never expected that such classic story was also adapted for a 3D movie, which at first I thought would be just too much. Critics seem don’t like it, because their reviews on this movie was mixed. I think I’m gonna be against them: I love this movie (but I don’t really like Luhrmann’s style), maybe because of the fact that I haven’t either read the novel or watch the previous movie. This is a saddening, sorrowful story of The Great Jay Gatsby, despite of its glamorous package.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Akbar Saputra | 17 replies
The first post I made for this blog is a review on "50/50", a comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. It was written in an evening, back when I was in the last semester of college, in my boarding house. It was not long before I spread the release of my new movie blog to my friends, and since I was writing in Bahasa Indonesia, many of them found that my blog was interesting. And since then, many of them started to ask me about whether they should or shouldn't watch certain movies. They asked me for movie recommendations. Seriously, although it made me proud of myself, I didn't know much about movies.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
As a beginner movie-buff, I don’t know Steven Soderbergh that much. To be honest, the only film of him that I have watched is “Contagion”, and I wasn’t very impressed by it. That’s why, the news of him de-listing himself from the world of cinema after directing “Side Effects” may be not that fantastic for me (at least, compared to how fantastic the news of Sir Alex Ferguson retiring is, LOL). But, I did list “Side Effects” in my watch-list this year because of some reasons. Is it really a nice closing for the director’s career?
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Some movie-buffs said, if you think drama movies are suck, try watching “Up in the Air”. This idea has never come across my mind, but for me “Up in the Air” is a good proof that a drama-comedy can turn out to be both heart-pleasing and entertaining. Jason Reitman, as both the director and the screenwriter of this movie, is the guy behind two other popular drama-comedy: “Thank You For Smoking” and “Juno”. Let’s see what makes “Up in the Air” could be placed as one of his bests.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
I was mind-blown, for sure. "Upstream Color" got me blown. Shane Carruth's previous flick, "Primer", takes more than a single view to understand (and I understand it after a second-viewing; in my first view I was like, "What the hell is this movie?") because Carruth likes to make his own law in a world he created for the movie. Now, it takes only a first attempt to not only understand, but also be blown by it (maybe because I have prepared my mind before watching it?). Yes, this is the kind of movie you have to anticipate not by preparing snacks and cola, but by setting up your mood and refreshing your brain instead. Pay close attention to what is happening and make sure you notice every detail.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 by Akbar Saputra | 5 replies
I rarely had free time to go to the cinema these weeks and when I did have, I skipped “Iron Man 3” and chose “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” instead (I’ll shorten this too long title just as “Don’t Talk Love"). “Don’t Talk Love” had its premiere on this year’s Sundance Film Festival as one of the contenders of Grand Jury Prize in category “World Cinema – Dramatic” and, proudly, this is the first Indonesian movie that goes to Sundance. Mouly Surya, the director, has impressed me with her latest film, “fiksi.”, so it didn’t take long for “Don’t Talk Love” to be included in my watchlist.