Thursday Movie Picks #48: Movies about Royalty

Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves! As for this week, the theme is kinda high-end: Movies about Royalty. But, who knows being a royal figure has never been easy?

There’s been hard times living as a royal figure. From an ill-fated glamorous queen, to an escaping Tsar’s descendant, to a stuttered king; they all live with burdens their name brought, and cinema knows how to capture it.  Continue reading “Thursday Movie Picks #48: Movies about Royalty”


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

Review: Following (another) closeup shot cliffhanger, Mockingjay Part 2 immediately gets into the middle of the war ignited in Part 1. The alliance led by President Alma Coin (Julliane Moore) is prepared to start a blitzkrieg to Capitol. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is still the same Mockingjay—alliance’s pseudo-leader and a property of propaganda. Meanwhile, the brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and others has returned to District 13 differently—bring along newly infused tantrum and paranoia. That alone is a solid reason for Katniss to put her rage to President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a climactic triumph.

For whatever it is, Mockingjay Part 2 still makes a decent conclusion to The Hunger Games series, although it gives a proof that splitting a series finale into two movies isn’t that effective anymore, unless in terms of commercial. After its first part clears the path in an overwhelmed transition, Part 2 shifts the focus to the war to come. With 2 hours duration, though, Part 2 feels constantly flat as its draggy plot lacks of tension.  Continue reading “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)”

Thursday Movie Picks #47: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in South East Asia (Non-Horror)

Finally, I return to Thursday Movie Picks series by Wandering Through the Shelves. As for this week, the theme is kinda close to me: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in South East Asia.

I’d traditionally choose Indonesian flicks for this kind of theme. However, there are other Southeast Asia movies, which really deserves attention. From a Singaporean family drama, Indonesian Alice in the Wonderland to Thai equivalent to Lost in Translation makes my picks for this week.

So, I present you my picks.  Continue reading “Thursday Movie Picks #47: Non-English Language Movies – Asian Language Movies Set in South East Asia (Non-Horror)”

Z for Zachariah (2015) – Movie Review

Review: Loosely based on Robert C. O’Brien’s 1972 novel of the same title, Z for Zachariah turns into a post-apocalyptic love-triangle drama — which you can interpret as a love triangle drama set in a post-apocalyptic world or a post-apocalyptic survival drama with touches of love triangle.

A young nuclear apocalyptic survivor, Ann (Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street), lives a lone, monotonous life in a surprisingly uncontaminated farmland. Therefore, sudden encounter with another survivor, John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) — a fragile former scientist, reignites lights in her heart. Together, they start establishing “life” and connection — Ann nurtures John back to health, while John helps Ann to run the farm with his knowledge of science. Yet, fate gets suddenly twisted when another survivor, Caleb (Chris Pine, Star Trek, Into the Woods), bumps into the routine.  Continue reading “Z for Zachariah (2015) – Movie Review”

The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) – Review

Review: In the same year when The Hurt Locker won the Oscar, the race on Best Foreign Film was as tricky. Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon and Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet were top-tier following buzz in Cannes, however, Argentinian sixth Oscar nominee, The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secretos de sus Ojos) became the one who brought the award home.

Although not as pretentious and vocal as other contenders, The Secret in Their Eyes is simply the most digestible. It might seem like a typical Argentinian CSI-style whodunit with abundant of talky moments; but it certainly more than that. Not only it’s a story of obsession and romance, it’s also a small history of Argentina in a dawn of dictatorial era from the view of law enforcement.  Continue reading “The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) – Review”

Mr. Holmes (2015) – Movie Review

Review: World’s most celebrated detective, Sherlock Holmes returns to screen old and fragile. Without Guy Ritchie’s over-the-top action to Robert Downey Jr.’s fashion or Benedict Cumberbatch’s flamboyance, Mr. Holmes is his sweeter, lite episode with warm performance by Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men franchise, The Lord of The Rings & The Hobbit trilogy) as the titular detective.

In the dusk of his age, the talented Mr. Holmes has abandoned his famous Baker Street house and moved to a solitary farmland by the sea in Sussex, where he lives with a housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her son, Roger (Milo Parker). While his prowess has deteriorated and his memory starts fading, Mr. Holmes is endeavoring ambitiously to recall the last case he handled. Thing is, he hardly remembers names; how would he manage to remember moments?  Continue reading “Mr. Holmes (2015) – Movie Review”