Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You

Even the title is very young. “10 Things I Hate About You” is so teenager and light, could just be another kind of rom-com, and so cheerful that it is needless to frown or scowl to watch this flick. This is the kind of movie you could enjoy with your friends (or, especially, with your girl/boyfriend) and a bowl of popcorn and a glass of soda in your spare time. “10 Things I Hate About You” is actually a modern-day adaptation of classic play by William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew” (and you can see some references and clues about it in the movie), but, regardless of that, it is just an easy movie.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Les Misérables (2012)

Les Misérables

Maybe this is the first time I watch a purely musical movie like this, where every single line of the dialogues is sung by the actors. It may seem awkward if you haven't seen any like this one, but for me, "Les Misérables" just blows my mind. Phew. It is based on the similarly-titled musical play by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in fact based on “Les Misérables”, a classic novel written by Victor Hugo. Actually there have been a lot of movie adaptations of “Les Misérables” previously—the last movie of “Les Misérables” was in 1998, starring Uma Thurman and Liam Neeson—but this year, Tom Hooper tried to re-visualize it in the newest “Les Misérables” in a way considered as “a world’s first”, since they live-recorded every song instead of prerecorded it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hitchcock (2012)


One of the reasons I eagerly want to watch a movie is to see good acting. I'm intrigued to see how the actors and actresses of a movie did a great  transformation into somebody else or, particularly, a real-life person. That's why I listed "Hitchcock" in the last year's watchlist. I see Anthony Hopkins physically transformed into a guy known as a legendary director as well as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and taking an outlook of behind-the-scene of his masterpiece, "Psycho", as a premise may become a guarantee that "Hitchcock" is a movie that you just can't miss. But did it even help?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Carnage (2011)


It’s another black comedy. “Carnage” was adapted from the play “Le Dieu du Carnage” or “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, a French playwright. After having a great success in France, the play was re-produced for Broadway in 2009, gaining Reza a Tony Award for Best Play. Then, Roman Polanski co-wrote and directed it for big screen under an international co-production of France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. It is shot in France, not USA, due to Polanski’s legal conviction in USA. It is also shot in real time without breaks.

Friday, January 25, 2013

My 101st Post!

101st post

Haha, I have just realized it when I was done writing my review on "Magnolia". It's my 100th post! I should have celebrated it, shouldn't I? But, I won't revert the review to draft so I could post my 100th post and push the review as 101st. Finally, here it is. This is my 101st post. Sounds funny, eh? Haha.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Magnolia (1999)


"One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do..." I sing that song while writing this review. “One” by Aimee Mann may be one of so many things I loved from “Magnolia”, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Laugh at me: this is the first time I watch any of his works. While I so eagerly wanted to watch his latest movie, “The Master” (but until now I haven’t got a chance to watch it), I got a recommendation by Nugrosinema to watch “Magnolia”, which he considered as the masterpiece of Anderson. So, I try it. And I agree that it is a very nice movie and attracting me to watch more of his work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Compliance (2012)


“Compliance” made its premiere on last year’s Sundance Film Festival and received generally positive review from critics. HollywoodReporter made a report of the situation of the premiere, which was full of shouting and tension due to the controversy and the overall topic that “Compliance” raised. Maybe the fact that the topic was a true event is what makes “Compliance” a controversy. This independent film talks about a prank call that ends in sexual assault to women. Trust me, after having a chance to watch it, I feel the film itself is kind of annoying and unbelievably stressful. Read more to understand why.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Watchlist

2013 Watchlist

Done reading my 2012 recap? Great. Now it's time to have a sneak-peek of what movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year. Of course, when I am saying "this year" it does not always come with a real release date of this year. There are perhaps some films that have to be postponed to the next year due to uncertain reasons. And hoping it will be screened here, in the local cinemas, right on the worldwide release date is truly a doubtful thing :) but at least I just want to share my curiosity of some of the films planned to be released this year.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2012: A Year Recap

2012: A Year Recap

No, it's not about Me On The Movie's anniversary (we're celebrating birthday on May!). It's a recap of all the 2012 films I have watched. Too late? Maybe. But, whatever. I just feel like I want to make it :) If you track my previous film reviews you may find that I don't watch too many films released in 2012. Yeah, I admit that. In my record, I only watched 26 films of 2012 while there are tons of them out in cinemas and download links DVDs. And that's why I post this recap today. I have at least three additional weeks to watch some films in my watch-list.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook

I’m so curious with this film because from its outlook, it doesn’t offer something promising that worth a bunch of nominations of Golden Globe or Oscar. It seems like another rom-com, except that it contains a good cast and a well-acclaimed director. “Silver Linings Playbook” is one of the contenders of this year’s Academy Award’s Best Picture, and before watching it, I erased all the Golden Globe and Oscar buzz in my mind so I could see it as it purely is. Then, we will examine if it really worth its acclaim.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow has broken the record by being the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director in Academy Awards 2009, with her film, “The Hurt Locker”, who also brought an Oscar for Best Picture. While “The Hurt Locker” talks about the activity of US elite soldiers in Iraq, “Zero Dark Thirty”—her newest film—still talks slightly the same topic. Although she lost her chance to win her second Best Director accolade after the Academy surprisingly snubbed her from the nominations, but “Zero Dark Thirty” still gets its chance to win Best Picture. What makes “Zero Dark Thirty” so promising?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Django Unchained (2012)

Django Unchained

If you ask me to mention a name of a Hollywood director who always boldly shows off an eccentric style in every work he or she makes but still receives acclaim and sympathy from the moviegoers and award-voters in all around the world, the answer musts be Quentin Tarantino. Last month he came back with his newest film, “Django Unchained”, which recently becomes one of the contenders of this year’s Academy Award’s Best Picture, although I doubt that it can get its chance to win. “Django Unchained” is a real proof that this guy will still (and always) exist with all his styles and trademarks in his every work.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Headhunters (2012)


I have been planning to watch “Headhunters” since, I think, I read its review on Vampibots blog, but I’ve just eagerly wanted to watch it after that blog listed it as one of the best films of 2012 and BAFTA granted it a nomination in “Best Film Not in the English Language” recently. “Headhunters” is a Norwegian film, adapted from a thriller local novel titled “Hodejegerne”—translated as “Headhunters” in English—written by Jo Nesbø, which has been discussed by many people as the next generation of “Millennium”, a popular thriller novel trilogy written by Steig Larsson, for it has a big chance to be adapted by Hollywood filmmakers. What kind of thriller will “Headhunters” bring to us?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

20 Something (2011)

20 Something

“20 Something” is both a short and a documentary created by Lanze Spears, an American indie filmmaker. Lanze Spears, the single person behind this film, did almost everything by himself: he wrote, edited, directed, and produced it. “20 Something” seems so indie, so low-budgeted, and so unpromising. There is no spectacular wrap-up it offers to the viewers, except that it is very spirited to capture such a typical and so-so topic about some young persons pursuing their dreams and building up career. It’s good that it was edited nicely as it appears to be more artistic and dynamic.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

To be honest, I’m a little bit shy to tell you that I watched this one of the most awaited films of 2012 just yesterday, concerning that I have even re-watched the three films of “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy as a preparation for this one. It’s a luck for me that “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is still showing in the cinemas nearby, although it’s only the 2D version. I guess yesterday was the last day show of “The Hobbit”, I don’t even expect to watch the High Frame Rate (HFR) 48 fps version because having a chance to watch it right in the cinemas is, indeed, a luck. So, if you have waited for me to review it earlier (if there is any of you that have waited for it), well, I am so sorry.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ted (2012)


I like “Family Guy”. It’s a hilarious TV series. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy”, came last year with his very first feature film titled “Ted”, featuring a fluffy teddy bear that comes to life. What could be any more inappropriate than seeing this lovable teddy bear smokes pot, insults, and picks girl? Seth MacFarlane destructed the cuteness of this all kids’ favorite playmate and turned it into the funniest adult comedy of the year. He co-wrote it, directed it, and voiced for the leading role, Ted, that was created with a stunning computer-generated imagery.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a film adapted from a modern-classic novel written by Stephen Chbosky. Not only wrote the novel, Chbosky also adapted it into a screenplay as well as directed it. As a novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” became more popular after some school libraries banned it for some sexual and gay-positive topic it raised. Some may think that it was an exaggeration, because although “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” does contain sexual topic, it didn’t explicitly described. As a film? Well, I guess “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” was one of the closest film to the youngsters.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Argo (2012)


Without a careful hand, a political-history film can lose its entertaining power. However, what Ben Afflect did in his newest directorial work is a masterpiece. “Argo” is where a classified political story blends greatly with thrills. “Argo” is among the 2012 films highly considered as the contenders of this year’s Oscar, and many recognition it received from many critics circle, awards, and reviewers become an undoubted proof. Some said that “Argo” captured a very detailed portion of the true events (although I believe some parts of it were a little bit dramatized), but I bet you might be surprised to know if the story was a real true story.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane

“Citizen Kane” was released in 1941; even my country hasn’t got its independence yet. “Citizen Kane” is highly-appreciated (or overrated) by many movie reviewers and media. It’s always enlisted in every “Great Movies of All Time” list ever made in the world. It topped “Sight & Sound” poll on the greatest movies ever made (“Sight & Sound” is the most popular movie magazine based on UK) and American Film Institute’s “100 Years... 100 Movies” list. It became more popular when the Academy snubbed it by giving it only 1 win out of 9 nominations, as more appreciation went to its competitor, “How Green Was My Valley”, which was considered a little bit worse than it. How could “Citizen Kane” be this highly-acclaimed?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Amélie (2001)


Have you ever felt like being proud of yourself for you have anonymously helped others, and then inspired to do more kindness to more people, just because of the previous little success? That's what Amélie Poulain felt. Predictable to be a single-character centered film, yet "Amélie" spoke more via its dynamic, fast-paced shots. "Quirky" maybe the best term to describe it in short, although I doubt that "quirky" also means "pretty". Jean-Pierre Jeunet invited us to join a quite hysterical but joyfully exciting real-life experience of Amélie, with her views and plans. This French film was one of the most favored foreign language film in Academy Award 2002, while it’s currently ranked on Top 250 IMDB for years.