Thursday Movie Picks #41: Halloween Edition – Villainous Children

Here comes Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, still in the month of October—the month of Halloween. Therefore, Halloween Edition comes to its second week with a very disquieting theme as suggested by Wendell, Villainous Children.

Villainous children are the worst kind of villain, IMO. Can you imagine those innocent faces turn into sinister grin, which is ready to devour you alive. Other thing is, this kind of villain is tricky. Question is: do you have heart to fight back if your enemy’s little fellas? The answer is NO.  Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #41: Halloween Edition – Villainous Children

Dope (2015) – BALINALE Review

Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa delivers an offbeat comedy in his fast-paced coming-of-age crime-caper Dope. Colourful and stuffed with pop cultural reference, Dope is an euphoric showcase of a dope who deals with another “dope”.

Set in a tough LA neigbourhood, Dope follows an Afro-American student, Malcolm (Shameik Moore)—a straight-A geek who’s obsessed to the 90s hip-hop culture and to enroll in Harvard. Malcolm loves to hang out with his two buddies, Jib (The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), playing in a punk-rap band, rides bikes and skates together.

Going to a wrong side of the road leads them to something larger than life. Continue reading Dope (2015) – BALINALE Review

Thursday Movie Picks #40: Halloween Edition: Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves. Comes October and Halloween follows. Therefore, the whole month is dedicated to Halloween, starting from this week with Alfred Hitchcock Movies as the theme.

To begin with, I’d like to confess that I am a sucker to Hitchcock’s movies. I just started watching his movies earlier this year, and so far, I have just watched 2 movies from his long list of filmography. Therefore, please forgive my picks for this week ’cause I just cheated for this.  Continue reading Thursday Movie Picks #40: Halloween Edition: Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – BALINALE Review

“I have no idea how to tell this story,” Greg (Thomas Mann) opens the story in such fashion; to some points, he’s being honest. In fact, this 2015 Sundance darling (winner of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award) is not as sad as its titular introduction; instead of being tear-jerking, alas, it’s full of clever laugh and spazzing moodbooster. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a celebration of life, death, and friendship—but more than that, it’s a celebration of being youth and quirky.

Greg is an awkward and self-loathing senior student whose school-years were spent to play politics beyond school’s cliques in order to look “invisible.” From her mother, he learns that his friend, whom he never have spoken to since childhood, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is dying of leukemia. Her mother forces him to, once again, befriend Rachel through his desperate time which Greg reluctantly does.  Continue reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – BALINALE Review

Ricki and the Flash (2015) – BALINALE Review

There are some cases where the movie is too little to contain the star factor of its star. Ricki and the Flash is one of them. With Oscar-winning director, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and Oscar-winning writer, Cody Diablo (Juno), as helmers, it is no more than a regular drama with chic and witty dialogues, but mostly, with a serious cliche problem which has gone to “small” to contain 19-times Oscar nominee, Meryl Streep.

The premise is cool, though. Meryl Streep is a rock-chic, Ricki Rendazzo, who chose her rock-and-roll career over her family in the past. Yet, fortune has brought her home when her former husband (Kevin Kline) suddenly reappears. Reason is, her daughter, Julie (Mamie Gummer—Streep’s real-life daughter) is suicidal as a result of her marriage failure. The thing is, home has never been the same for Ricki as she returns and encounters confrontations.  Continue reading Ricki and the Flash (2015) – BALINALE Review

Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review

During the middle act of Güeros—Alonso Ruizpalacios’ whimsical directorial debut, a character talks to another, complaining about Mexican filmmakers make a so-called art film, shoot it in black and white with the infusion of poverty, corruptions, riots, and gangsters in background, then go to overseas festival, attempts to convince French critics about its substance, yet, instead of self-funding it, those filmmakers uses money collected from taxes. While the other character gives an amen to it.

Güeros is self-aware of itself as that movie who tries to be pretentious and artsy as described by its own characters, only in D.I.Y. indie side. That spirit is what the movies tries to depict and emanate—the pretentious rebel of youth in a solid satire of teen angst in a political collapsed country.

Loosely based on the 1999 UNAM student riots in Mexico City, Güeros is a coming of age rebellious act and art. It follows the tail of Federico “Sombra” (Tenoch Huerta), a philosophically depressed student whose life is left to nothingness after the university collapsed. With his buddy, Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris), Sombra spends the day slacking over, doing nothing, and occasionally tricks their disable neighbor to get free electricity.

Life changes when Sombra’s little brother, Tomás is sent by his fed-up mother to live with him.  Continue reading Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review

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