Monthly Roundup: August 2015

August Roundup: What happened in Sinekdoks during the 31 days of August 2015—along with review and blogathon directory.


August means summer blockbusters at its finest—ranging from a very worst to a possibly best one. It’s the month where some eventual reboot and sequel are piling up in cinemas and there’s nothing to do but to watch them all.

But, first let’s rewind to August in 2013, where I reviewed one of the best Danish movie ever made, The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg; then to 2014, where I reviewed one of Marvel’s best punch-drunk hit, Guardians of the Galaxy.

But, yeah, this is the recap of new movies I watched in August 2015.  Continue reading “Monthly Roundup: August 2015”

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Paper Towns (2015) – Review

Paper Towns is a quite enjoyable YA drama with more optimism than any other YA adaptation I ever known. It’s well-acted and the story is inventive, had the story-telling found balance, it could’ve been a more memorable one.

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

VERDICT: Bearing the stylish vintage details but suffering from lack of plot development and text-bookish characterization, that’s what makes U.N.C.L.E.

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

For kids, Inside Out might be a visually stunning find-a-way-out adventure. Yet, for grown-ups, Inside Out is a rollercoaster of emotion.

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”