Paper Towns (2015) – Review

You will go to the paper towns and you will never come back?” Q tried to recite Margo’s clue.

With The Fault in Our Stars’ stellar reception (in box office and, somehow, to the critics), second adaptation of John Green’s young adult novels is definitely around the corner. And by sooner or later, perhaps people will label him as the new Nicholas Sparks (with younger audience)—if you know what I mean.

Paper Towns is Green’s fourth novel and, yeah, another best-selling. It takes advantages of its completely different take from its previously adapted tear-jerking predecessor.

Referring to a phrase for fictional town made by cartographer to protect the map, Paper Towns is a more vigorous coming-of-age story of being lost and found. Continue reading Paper Towns (2015) – Review

Thursday Movie Picks #35: All in the Family Edition – Stepfamilies

End of August is around the corner; and since this is the last Thursday in August, Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves returns with All in the Family Edition. As for this month, the specific theme is Stepfamilies.

Although I had it in mind from the beginning, please rest assured, Cinderella is not on my list. Yet, I promise there will be no happy movies picked. Beware, there will be spoilers; read on your own risk.  Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #35: All in the Family Edition – Stepfamilies

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Review

Don’t kill your partner on your first day,” said Sanders.

Adapted from 1960s TV series of the same title, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an essential entry to espionage-thriller sub-genre dubbed as the American counterpart of 007.  In its era, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a phenomenon for pairing an American agent with a Russian agent for world’s most dangerous missions.

Twenty bucks said most viewers nowadays, including me, never heard of or watched it prior to this adaptation started buzzing.

Lucky enough, the filmmakers knew how to make this adaptation connects to today’s audience pretty well. Continue reading The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Review

BLINDSPOT: The Game (1997)

They just fuck you and they fuck you and they fuck you, and then just when you think it’s all over, that’s when the real fucking starts!” said Conrad to his brother.

Speaking of The Game, we might as well speak about how it becomes David Fincher’s less-remembered work. People remember the twist, but barely remember that it’s Fincher’s work. In fact, The Game has all Fincher-ian elements plus twist.

People always make comparisons between this and Fincher’s earlier work Se7en for its tone and uneasy atmosphere. For me, who watched the feats separately (without chronological back-story), they are completely two different entities. Continue reading BLINDSPOT: The Game (1997)

Inside Out (2015) – Review + Lava

Do you ever look at someone and wonder, ‘What is going on inside their head?’” Joy opened the movie.

After 2 years of hiatus, Pixar finally returns with a very ambitious 2-film rampage—Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.

Approximately 2 months following the US release, Inside Out finally hits Indonesian theatre. Expectations are sky-high, considering positive reviews by critics and that 98% tomato score in Rotten Tomatoes.

Inside Out, hereafter, could top my sky-is-the-limit expectation with a clever drama and, most importantly, a personal emotion roller-coaster in Pixar’s inventive way. Continue reading Inside Out (2015) – Review + Lava

Thursday Movie Picks #34: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in East Asia (Non-Horror)

Thursday Movie Pick by Wandering Through the Shelves goes East now. The quest is: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in East Asia (Non-Horror). My kind of movies. Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #34: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in East Asia (Non-Horror)

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