Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Innocent but Insightful Clay Animation "Mary and Max" Describes Distant, Unlikely, and Emotional Friendship

Mary and Max

I know it might seem silly but to be honest I’ve watched “Mary and Max” twice around this week and it keeps me sobbing. LOL. I mean, I never watched a clay animation so rich with insights from two innocent characters whose names belong to the film’s title—Mary and Max—while at the same time describes loneliness so powerful due to their unique point of view about life. This is the kind of film you should watch when you’re alone (or lonely), and it will invite you into an emotional up-and-down ride with both laughs and tears.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon" Resembles Rom-Com Beyond Weak 'Porn-Addiction' Topic

Don Jon

Why should a film about porn addiction shows a lot of footage from real porn videos? The first ten minutes of “Don Jon”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut, is half porn for both real porn clips inserted and many of his half naked body (and while he showed so many of his bare chest, we won’t see any of Scarlett Johansson’s bare breasts, LOL). Dynamic, interesting, young, but weakly written, “Don Jon” is too proud of being a study of a porn addict.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Coen Brothers' Comedy about Baby-Kidnapping, "Raising Arizona", is Light and So Much Fun

Raising Arizona

This post is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen".

Like you might have wondered, the word Arizona in the title refers to two things: the baby’s name and one of the US states. And, yes, in “Raising Arizona”, the duo auteurs are playing with babies. This is a comedy that—I can say—guarantees that you’re gonna laughing, even if there are (always) subtle philosophical messages in it. It is light, if not foolish, comedy that you can enjoy without having too much of a thinking.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Blood Simple.": A Brilliantly-Styled Crime Started Simple, but Grew Complicated

Blood Simple.

This post is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen amd Ethan Coen".

What is interesting from “Blood Simple.”, the Coens’ debut film, is its originality. It was a classic, low-budgeted crime-thriller from which Joel and Ethan Coen started to get attention from Hollywood. You can even tell what an indie project “Blood Simple.” is just by counting down the film goofs (which are apparent to see), but no one will doubt the originality of both the film’s story and style.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"The Hudsucker Proxy" Delivers Cartoon-Like Comedy with Outstanding Cinematography

The Hudsucker Proxy

This post is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen"

So we’ll encounter another kind of films by Joel and Ethan Coen; something that experts would refer as a screwball comedy, although I don’t really understand what it means. Whatever term they use, you can easily tell that “The Hudsucker Proxy” is a distinguished comedy, especially by seeing how different the dialog and the actings are. But, difference does not always offer a good return: “The Hudsucker Proxy” is a big flop at the time it was released, perhaps because it feels like an overdone tease—at least for me.

The Elegant, Black-and-White "The Man Who Wasn't There" Comes with Sorrowful Mood but Half-Cooked Philosophical Messages

This post is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen"

Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen put something particularly new into his filmography: a black-and-white film. Some may consider it risky, while some other see it as a breakthrough that worths our attention. I think, despite of the black-and-white coloring, "The Man Who Wasn't There" is not really far from the genre that "the two-headed directors" are acknowledged for: a saddening, philosophical story wrapped with crime. Give it an old-fashioned cinematographical touch, put some strange characters, but do it the Coens' way; and you'll get a seemingly noir film that almost lost its charm.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" is Joyous with Lovely Country Songs, but Too Many Characters Around

This review is written as part of the series "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen"

When receiving his Oscar for winning Best Adapted Screenplay for "No Country for Old Men", Joel Coen jokingly said, " "I think whatever success we've had in this area has been entirely attributable to how selective we are--we've only adapted Homer and Cormac McCarthy." Cormac McCarthy is, of course, the author of the novel from which the Coens adapted into "No Country", but Homer? "The Odyssey" by the greatest Greek poet is indeed listed as the work adapted by the Coens for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", but the fact is, they have never really read it. It has just inspired them.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Barton Fink" Rounds Up Metaphors and Criticisms about Film Industry with Solid Characterization

Barton Fink

This post is written as a part of the series of "the films of... Joel Coen and Ethan Coen"

Perhaps “Barton Fink” is one of the rarest film to win all three most prestigious categories in Cannes: Best Actor (for John Turturro), Best Director (for Joel Coen), and Palme d’Or, because recently Cannes prohibits film to win more than one award at one time. But it does not matter; you can just say that “Barton Fink” delivers criticism about the struggling life of Hollywood viewed from the religious metaphor of heaven and hell or good and evil. From here you can just say that “Barton Fink” describes how free ideas meet the urge of business matter, and how Hollywood hides the pain and bitter pills that finally build up its glamour under the name of creativity.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

the films of... JOEL COEN and ETHAN COEN

the films of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

I hope this is gonna be a routine feature of Me On The Movie (!) but, anyway, I proudly present to you my tribute to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Some of you who followed me on Twitter must have known that the two are the directors whose works I have been admiring since last month. The idea of this feature suddenly pops into my mind, perhaps since I watched the thought-provoking “A Serious Man” or the finely-written “No Country for Old Men”. So, I start collecting all of his films and watching them one by one.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Early Talk on 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Films: “Jagten” vs. “The Past”

Early Talk on 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Films: “Jagten” v.s “The Past”

It’s still October, dammit! But with the record-breaking 76 countries submitting their films to compete for the 86th Annual Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Films, who on earth does not feel excited about it? Because I feel really excited! Best Foreign Language Films always becomes a getaway if you feel bored with all these similarly-themed Hollywood films playing on cinemas. And with the new regulation made by AMPAS that allowed countries to submit films not in their mother-tongue language, we can feel the heat even before the real competition is begun. Why? Because many of them have become champion in numerous international film awards, not to mention the two I’m gonna discuss in this post.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Melancholy of “Melancholia”: Wedding-Gone-Wrong, World's End, and Thoughts about Human Despair


Note: this review might reveal some clues about the movie’s plot (which you might find a bit spoiler-y) but I assure you it won’t ruin your excitement in watching the movie. I don’t know much about Lars von Trier previously, but some internet browsing got me informed about the Danish director’s style of filmmaking. And “Melancholia”, the second film in his “Trilogy of Depression” after “Antichrist”, describes a pretty blatant controversy about despair and melancholy in the time when earth is about to collide with an alien planet.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Brilliance of "Gravity" and Why It Is The Best Movie of 2013 So Far


I’m not exactly sure about how I should start my writing about “Gravity”, not because the movie is so bad that I can’t crystalize my opinion about it (and not because I haven’t written anything in the last three weeks either), but I am afraid my poor English can not describe how spectacular “Gravity” is. But let me put it this way: “Gravity” does not only offer a story—it offers an unforgettable cinematic experience you can’t buy by watching it on DVD. Edgar Wright once tweeted that we should watch it on the biggest screen we can find in our town, again because Alfonso CuarĂ³n does not only deliver a sci-fi with lots of visual effects—he brings a bare side-by-side comparison between human powerlessness and the enormity of the universe.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Grotesque Horror "Berberian Sound Studio" Gives You A Different, Full Sensory Horror Experience

Berberian Sound Studio

Once I lost my faith in horror films. Nothing they could do to reinvent horror films, I once thought, so this genre might be just full with remakes and old formulas. "Berberian Sound Studio" breaks that assumption. I'm not saying that this film is really that great, but I'm just so surprised by how different this film delivers horror to the viewers. Call me exaggerating, but my call is "Berberian Sound Studio" never tries to scare the viewers; instead it puzzles them and leaves them in mild confusion—which is worth the same to being scared that any mainstream horrors even fail to do.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

When You Fail Appreciating The Films Many People Love

When You Fail Appreciating Films Many People Love

Since I started writing reviews on this blog, I always try to balance myself by watching both newly released films and old films. It's simply because I believe that you will know movies better if you watch more. Thanks to many friendly blogger fellows and communities, I’m introduced with a bunch of films considered as great. You know, from lists like “IMDb Top 250” or “Academy Awards Best Picture Winners” or “AFI Greatest Films” or else, I get informed about films many people considered as diamonds—films that many people refer as something you must see before you die. Of course these lists raise my curiosity, so I start looking for those “great” films and watching them one by one. And, yes, I also start building my own opinion about them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Coming-of-Age Dramedy "The Kings of Summer" Brings Forgettable Fun about Teens

The Kings of Summer

Why live when you can rule? The freshest, Sundance-entry coming-of-age “The Kings of Summer” by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta is kinda reminding me of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” or Rob Reiner’s “Stand By Me”, except that we are having three teenage boys looking for freedom. It was a sweet escape, both for them and for the viewers, and however shallow and superficial the plan turns out to be, it’s still a journey of fun to get through for one and a half hour of duration.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

"The East" Presents A Provocative Thriller about Eco-Terrorism and Freeganism

The East

It might sound silly that I have not heard anything about Brit Marling. It turns out that this actress is also a script writer and a producer. “The East” is one of the films that she takes part not only as an actress but also as a screenwriter (together with director Zal Batmanglij) and a producer. Marling and Batmanglij have spent some months experiencing freeganism and joining anarchist groups before writing the script of this provocative thriller. It might become a proof of how original “The East” is, regardless of whether it is as amusing as it is original or not.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

"Disconnect" Delivers Criticism to Our Tech-Based Life with Honesty


Internet has become our second life. We are currently wired in a new world where to know about something you prefer doing a Google search to finding a book about it in the library. Students prefer knowing about the new boy in the classroom from Facebook to greeting him directly. The advancement of technology has entirely changed the way we live and—most noticeably—the way we interact to each other. “Disconnect” rounds them up, as it proposes some of the most familiar issues in our current internet-based social life.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

This film is a real fun. What can you expect from a crime or gangster movie, beside its American-styled jokes and characters? “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” has all of them, except that it comes from United Kingdom. Director Guy Ritchie wrote a story that connects four friends, weed sellers, gangsters, debt collectors, and loan sharks with lots of British punchlines, bleak jokes, and—the most interesting—accents in a very interesting approach.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Hours (2002)

The Hours

To watch “The Hours” is to understand the beauty of a novel-into-film adaptation. Adapted from a Pulitzer-winning novel of the same title by Michael Cunningham, “The Hours” received positive reviews and acclaims from critics and awards, especially for its exceptional script and poignant performances by the leading actresses. This is no ordinary drama; this is a multi-layered film wrapped in a different way—it’s even different from other multi-plot films like “Magnolia” or “21 Grams”, I noticed. I also have to admit that for me, “The Hours” is quite heavy and hard to digest, but lucky that after reading the ending credit, the whole plot (and greatness) of this film unravel.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome, September!

Welcome, September!

Hello, September! This is the first post in the last three weeks. August was incredibly busy because we have Eid Al-Fitr here in Indonesia, then I have this employment test I have to pass through and also some other post-grad stuffs (and my birthday!). In less than three months I’m gonna start working at office so... I don’t know, I hope I can still post regularly like before. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sightseers: A Comedy with No Manner


Everything starts like a "normal" drama. Carol (Eileen Davies) does not like Chris (Steve Oram) for some reasons. That's why, when her daughter Tina (Alice Lowe) decides to go on a romantic trip with him, Carol does not seem agree with the idea. But they have been a good couple and they have prepared for the trip, so they still execute the plan anyway.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Bling Ring: The Hollywood Portrayal

The Bling Ring

A Guest Post by Carly Ledbetter.

When it comes to movies that are "based on real events," simply put, the facts sometimes get twisted around for the movie. But, in the case of The Bling Ring, the story is about as real as it gets. Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is based on the Vanity Fair article, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales. The article itself is centered on real-life events that happened in 2008 and 2009 in Los Angeles, when a group of celebrity-obsessed teenagers began robbing celebrity homes.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Liebster Award, Sunshine Award, and Stuffs


Hi! The first post in August and also the first post in two weeks. Wow, I have never expected that time goes this fast. Next week is Eid Mubarak here in Indonesia, and during this Ramadhan things are quite busy. You know, post-grad stuffs. I am quite busy with preparing for my job applications and tests and all, and I have this current job that occupied me for the last two weeks.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Best Movies vs. Favorite Movies

Best Movies vs. Favorite Movies

The two are different, at least for me. Some movies I consider the best sometimes are not the ones I consider my favorites, and vice versa. You can check My Favorite Films page, and you will find that not all (or even none) of them achieved my 5-star rating. I am gonna share my opinion about this topic—again, just based on my opinion—and, of course, you’re free to share your opinion too in the comment box.

Friday, July 19, 2013

15 Best Movies of 2013 So Far

15 Best Movies of 2013 So Far

First I have to admit that I am a total beginner who spent not a great deal of my time watching newly coming movies, so until now I haven’t watched a significant amount of movies. I even missed lots of movies in this summer so probably I’m gonna tight up my watching schedule around the end of this year. LOL.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines

Never heard of Derek Cianfrance before this, even with his popular "Blue Valentine". Some people consider "The Place Beyond the Pines" as (arguably) one of the earliest Oscar contenders, although for me it's a pure exaggeration. This is a good film, so good that I was about to give it my precious 4.5 stars before I finally rethink about it. But, of course, this is a rich-valued gem everyone should see this year.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Trance (2013)


I have never predicted that “Trance” can do more than I expected. It’s been so long for me not seeing such a twisting, un-predictable, multi-layered crime-thriller like this one. I didn’t keep good track on Danny Boyle’s filmography but I’m sure that he is also the one who turns the great story into such a tidy, chic presentation. I just think that this is the movie every crime-thriller lover should see. Read more to understand why.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Spring Breakers (2012)

Spring Breakers

I didn’t expect “Spring Breakers” more than just a film of four college girls hanging around at parties only in bikinis, just like what is seen from the trailer. But, recently some fellow-bloggers positively received it, and it eventually makes me a bit more interested in seeing “Spring Breakers”. It is clear that this is not a special film, but still it’s a quite fresh and surprisingly thoughtful film to be enjoyed in this summer.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Quick Review: 4 Movies in 1 Post

Quick Review

The first question: where have you been, Bar? The answer: nowhere. I have been nowhere, but I am busy with my mind and I lost my mood to write, so... I spent a week with not even a single writing posted. The second question: what movies have you watched in cinema recently, Bar? The answer: I haven’t gone to cinema for the past two weeks (the last time I went to cinema is to watch “Man of Steel”) so perhaps I skip “World War Z”, “Monsters University”, “White House Down”, and more. Sigh. Anyway, I have been watching some past-year movies and in case I can not write one review for each of them, I wrapped them into one post. Here they are:

Sunday, June 23, 2013

4 Thriller/Mystery Short Films

4 Thriller/Mystery Short Films

Currently we have “World War Z” and “Monsters University” newly coming to our local cinema but I haven’t watched them. Poor me. LOL. Anyway, in my spare time I often browsed for some one-shoot entertainments in the internet. I mean, yeah, short films! I always love short films because there are times when I don’t have enough time to watch full-length films, or I’m just too lazy to do it. So all I had to do is opening either Youtube or Vimeo, and searching for short films.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Amour (2012)


There’s a lot of love for “Amour” in the Oscar last February, although in the end it only won one out of several nominations it gained. Like what I wrote in this post, I guess the warmth of love of this French-language Austrian film didn’t last long. I, honestly, don’t really like this film—although it is undoubtedly a qualified representation of modern cinema. This is the first chance for me to watch any of Michael Haneke’s works and, well, I can say that I need more time to adapt with his style before starting to know him via “Amour”.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Stoker (2013)


This is Park Chan-wook’s debut film in Hollywood. The most popular film from this South Korean director, “Oldboy”, is one of my favorites. However, I can say that compared to “Oldboy” or any other Park’s films, “Stoker” is much tamer. No blood, not even thrills. Supported by great performances from actors like Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman, is it fair to conclude that “Stoker” is not as interesting as “Oldboy”?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel

Woohoo! I watched “Man of Steel” this afternoon and the excitement I had is kept afresh in my mind so I’m trying to write this review as soon as possible (at least I don’t wanna have the same fridge logic I had when I watched “Now You See Me”). “Man of Steel” has become one of the movies listed in my 2013 watchlist. The more it released its trailer, the more excited I became. I’m a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy and here he becomes the producer. Now you get the idea why this film becomes my most anticipated film in 2013.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

After Earth (2013)

After Earth

There's a little bit intention in my mind, before I watched M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth", that all I was about to do in the theater is sitting down and proving if this movie is as terrible as what the critiques said. Actually, most sci-fi movies never excite me (except in some cases), and just by the trailer, I knew that "After Earth" is not gonna be my choice. But then, as I eventually had a chance to watch it in the cinema (together with my students :D), I tried to clear my mind up from any negative reviews it received before entering the theater.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Serious Man (2009)

A Serious Man

You know, there are certain movies that are actually just so-so, but because they matched your mood when you're watching it, they turned to be so enthralling. "A Serious Man" is probably like that. One of a few indie movies by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man" needs you to be open-minded before starting watching it. There are plenty of references about Jew in this movie, but with the help of tidy screenplay, nice directing, and good performances by the cast, everyone could easily capture the big idea of this movie—which is so heart-pleasing.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me

Now you see me. Now you don't. Okay. When a few friends of mine knew that "Now You See Me" is about magicians and stuffs, they asked me, "So what makes it different from, say, Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige'?". All I could tell them is that "Now You See Me" is a more than just a sort of mysterious, grand magic performances. There's a taste of heist crime in this movie, there's a lot of it. I mean, imagine what will happen if four talented magicians team up to rob a bank. It surely will bother the cops, right?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Second Kinetic Typography Animation

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is not a movie review or a post about movies. You've been warned.

Well, I know that this is supposed to be a movie blog but this somehow also becomes my place to share things and get noticed about the things I've done. LOL. It's not that I haven't watched any movies for the past week so I couldn't write anything (actually I watched two movies: "A Serious Man" and "Mr. Nobody"; I'm currently writing about the two), but I wanna spread that I FINALLY FINISHED MY SECOND KINETIC TYPOGRAPHY ANIMATION!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pieta (2012)


“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

The Vanishing (1988)

The Vanishing

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

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead

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

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby

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

Me On The Movie's 1st Anniversary: Author's Note

1st Anniversary

This is gonna be a very very long post, I warn you.

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

Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects

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

Up in the Air (2009)

Up in the Air

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

Upstream Color (2013)

Upstream Color

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

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013)

What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love

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.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lessons from Movies: The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network

You may have known this: David Fincher's "The Social Network" is my favorite movie. I don't know how many times I have re-watched it (more than ten times?). I even remember some of its dialogue. "The Social Network" is, without many argues, one of the most highly acclaimed movies of 2010, but some said that this is not the one most people would regard as their most favorite movie. But, you know what? I don't care. LOL. I come across with an idea of writing more about this movie in my blog, so I will feature it in this month's "Lessons from Movies" monthly post.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

To The Wonder (2012)

To The Wonder

I was so amazed by "The Tree of Life", the only movie by Terrence Malick I have ever seen, that I put it in my favorite movies list. I had a very pretentious and awe-inspiring introduction to his work and I learn that although it is not so friendly, "The Tree of Life" give me a heart-pleasing thought and experience in appreciating movies. Now that I have been waiting (and excited) to "To The Wonder", in most parts it is disappointing. "To The Wonder" is tiring. It visualizes so much but it is shallow when it comes to the story, emotions, and characterization.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Oblivion (2013)


Honestly, I'm not a sci-fi movie lovers. I have less experience about this genre. Some reviews said that the less you see any other sci-fi movies previously, the better "Oblivion" will be. It means that I, who don't watch sci-fi movies a lot, should have been thrilled and amused by "Oblivion". Technically, I appreciate this movie, but by story and characters, I'd rather say that this is just an okay film. But, before I continue writing, I wanna ask this thing straight: have you seen Duncan Jones' "Moon"? In fact, I have.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Berlin File (2013)

The Berlin File

"The Berlin File" is, again, my random choice. It's currently the number one box office in South Korea. "Akbar, wait, it's a Korean movie?" Yes, it absolutely is. I am not a fan of Korean movie, but I think, it's kind of rare seeing such an espionage thriller from that country. "The Berlin File" may sound a little bit ambitious for Korean movie industry, because this is the genre where Hollywood has a great expertise. It takes place mostly in Latvia and Germany, has dialogues written in three languages (Korean, English, and Germany), includes foreign actors as well as Korean actors, and scopes multinational conflicts as a main plot—not to mention, a conflict to the neighboring country, North Korea.