Spotlight (2015) – Review

Review: Tom McCarthy’s Oscar contender follows a special investigation team under ‘The Boston Globe’ in unraveling a circle of child abuse in the Catholic Church. Based on a very harrowing, bitter fact, Spotlight honestly delivers it in a Best Original Screenplay spirit that re-transcends journalism movie into radar.

Spotlight highlights the early coverage of Boston Globes to one of the biggest scandal involving Catholic Church – in which series of child abuses have been going around unnoticed by law. Members of Spotlight – the special team consisting of Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdam), and Matt Carroll (Bryan D’Arcy James) under Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) – started noticing some abnormal law-enforcing patterns involving priests.  It needs new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), to finally break the silence and take the case into concerns. Continue reading “Spotlight (2015) – Review”

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Zootopia (2016) – Review

Review: Wreck-It Ralph director, Rich Moore, is teaming up with Tangled director, Byron Howard, to vivify a literal urban jungle or animal kingdom in Disney’s vibrant, jive, and uplifting Zootopia.

As hinted in the title—which is a coinage of the word ‘zoo’ and ‘utopia’, Zootopia is a high-tech metropolis where arthropomorphic animals of various kinds—mostly mammals—inhabits in peace. Not only they live in one spirit of kinship, they embrace an idea that ‘everyone can be whatever they want.’ Continue reading “Zootopia (2016) – Review”

A Copy of My Mind (2016) – Review: A copy of Joko Anwar’s mind

Review: A Copy of My Mind is definitely a copy of Indonesian versatile filmmaker, Joko Anwar’s mind towards particular issues in Indonesia, more specifically, Jakarta, as – at least – projected in his social media.

After experimenting with romantic comedy in Janji Joni a.k.a Joni’s Promise (2005), spawning Indonesian first noir in Kala (2007), spilling blood in two consecutive psychological thrillers – Pintu Terlarang a.k.a The Forbidden Door (2009) and Modus Anomali (2012), Mr. Anwar brings his witty, groundbreaking mind home, in seemingly his most deviant/smallest/most hyper-realistic but most personal work. Continue reading “A Copy of My Mind (2016) – Review: A copy of Joko Anwar’s mind”

Deadpool (2016) – Review

Review: You probably haven’t seen a “superhero” who had a Liam Neeson nightmare as in Taken trilogy; or one who did 127 Hours to escape; or one who kept spurting out raunchy jokes for more than 100 mins; but Deadpool is going to make you witness one.

Sure thing you might hear about Deadpool is: he’s an awesome and definitely fan-favorite snob who loves breaking the fourth wall to nudge audiences; and, definitely, not the one we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (although Ryan Reynolds is ‘that’ Deadpool). Lucky, this Deadpool brings the cocky, energetic, self-aware Merc with foul mouth at his very core. But, even if you never heard any single thing about Deadpool, that won’t be an issue – because Deadpool loves to do us a courtesy to narrate his own origin story.  Continue reading “Deadpool (2016) – Review”

The Revenant (2015) – Review

Review: Visceral brutality and visual panache are synonymous in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest outing, The Revenant. Over 2 hours and 30 minutes, this tale of wilderness parades a hell of visual grandiose and a roller-coaster of thrills—a beautiful piece of atrocious art.

Adapted from a partially real-life myth of Hugh Glass, written by Michael Punke, The Revenant is a story of a man who got mauled by a grizzly bear, got left for dead by his hunting crews, witnessed the murder of his only son, and crawled around hundred miles of  only for one reason—settling up the score in a Klingon proverb manner: Revenge is a dish, better served cold. Continue reading “The Revenant (2015) – Review”

Siti (2015) – Review

Review: Siti might flaunt an award-bait starter pack—black-and-white cinematography; pretentious 4:3 aspect ratio; beautifully choreographed long, tracking shots—on the surface, but all of those are no further than a meaningful cover to an intense character study which lies within.

Before the soaring waves of Parangtritis—one of the most famous beaches in Yogyakarta, Indonesia—Siti clamors a rambunctious protest. Not like a highfalutin satire to political issues or modern day slavery, it’s a more traditional and ingrained issue—so ingrained that it is considered a living norm. What Siti attempts to unravel is a tragedy as a result of that issue, wrapped in a modest but essential nod towards role of woman in a patriarch culture.

It’s a story of a woman, the titular character (Sekar Sari)—who breaks the ordinary, working a double job for her family. Continue reading “Siti (2015) – Review”