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!