Best of 2016, So Far…

Usually, the ‘good movies’ which make the final best-of-the-year lists would not be coming out before September or October or what so called ‘Award Season.’ Meanwhile, the year’s most fun movies would only be unleashed during the summer time, which apparently starts with the end of the first semester.

Lucky, I have found and watched a handful of movies, which could make into a small, possibly best 15 of 2016 so far. For my complete and comprehensive movie diaries, you can check my Letterboxd, which helps counting all movies I’ve watched so far; as for this year, the counters only hits 64 movies.

So, here’s list of Best movies of 2016 so far (by June 30) presented in chronological order with one-word review.  Continue reading “Best of 2016, So Far…”

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – Review

Review:  “We had 20 years to prepare,” said the tagline in Independence Day: Resurgence poster, which poses as a meta-explanation of the filmmakers’ temporal preparation, especially Roland Emmerich, for this sequel. Interestingly, that sentence isn’t the only meta-explanation to be displayed.

“I’ve had years to get us ready. We never had a chance,” David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) – one of the recurring characters from Independence Day – confessed in remorse as if he’s confessing this sequel’s fundamental sin. Resurgence has wasted most years in dormant only to launch a sequel, which offers nothing new but summer blockbuster entertainment at Emmerich’s finest.

Yet, Resurgence has truly prepared a counter argument for that – the way former President Whitmore (Bill Pulman) responds to David’s confession. He said, “We didn’t last time, either,” Resurgence has said it loud and clear that the atonement it takes is by manifesting itself as a carbon copy of the predecessor, in a positive way.  Continue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – Review”

Southbound (2016): 5 segmen omnibus yang ‘go south’

Review Southbound: Ada satu istilah Bahasa Inggris yang tepat untuk menggambarkan omnibus karya pembesut V/H/S ini, yaitu “go south” yang artinya “berakhir buruk atau kacau.” Southbound merangkai 5 segmen berbeda dengan satu rangkaian yang dihubungkan satu jalan – yang mengarah ke selatan (?) yang ‘go south.’

Kelima segmen ini, selain dihubungkan oleh satu jalan itu, juga punya tema yang mutual: penyesalan. Meskipun ditulis dan disutradarai oleh filmmaker yang berbeda di setiap segmen-nya, kelimanya menyatu bagaikan satu siklus purgatory berantai tanpa henti. Kelima segmennya unik, horrornya tidak kacangan – ada rasa Twilight Zone di mana-mana – kadang tak terlalu seram, tapi selalu disturbing.

Kelimanya berkisah tentang perjalanan yang pada akhirnya ‘go south’, kacau secara harafiah maupun non-harafiah. Berikut sinopsis kelima segmen Southbound. Continue reading “Southbound (2016): 5 segmen omnibus yang ‘go south’”

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016): Campy dan patriotik, hasil persiapan 20 tahun Emmerich

Review Independence Day: Resurgence: “We had 20 years to prepare,” ungkap tagline Independence Day: Resurgence yang secara meta juga telah mendeskripsikan rentang waktu yang dimiliki filmmaker-nya, terutama Roland Emmerich, untuk menyiapkan sekuel ini. Menariknya, kalimat tersebut bukan satu-satunya hal meta yang ditampilkan film ini.

“I’ve had years to get us ready. We never had a chance,” ungkap David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), salah satu karakter yang kembali dari Independence Day, seolah mengakui dosa sekuel ini. Benar saja, Resurgence punya waktu untuk mematangkan diri namun, ketahuilah sebelumnya, sekuel ini tak menghadirkan apapun kecuali summer blockbuster entertainment ‘at its finest’ setidaknya sesuai standar Emmerich. Alhasil, seperti tanggapan mantan presiden Whitmore (Bill Pullman) kepada David, “We didn’t last time, either,” Resurgence pun menebus dosanya dengan menjadikan dirinya carbon copy predesesornya. Dan, untuk diketahui, itu hal yang positif. Continue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence (2016): Campy dan patriotik, hasil persiapan 20 tahun Emmerich”

Finding Dory (2016) – Review

There was a tale about a father who goes voyaging across the ocean only to find his missing son; that moving tale is sweetly narrated by Pixar into Finding Nemo (2003). It was a story of parental bond, specifically a father-son bond; however, the show-stealer was apparently not the main characters. It was instead a sidekick: an annoying Ellen DeGeneres-voiced blue tang fish which suffers from short-term memory loss. It’s undoubtedly Dory.

Apparently, 13 years have passed since Finding Nemo, but Pixar senior, Andrew Stanton is seemingly has more materials to tell. Taking place on year after the quest for Nemo, Dory suddenly gets a glimpse of childhood memories about her parent. This sudden revelation pushes the forgetful Dory against her limits to another voyage across the ocean. Then it leads to another quest for Marlin (Andrew Brooks), the legendary dad, along with his son, Nemo (now voiced by Hayden Rolance), to find Dory, who tries so hard finding her parent. It’s a finding-ception after all. Continue reading “Finding Dory (2016) – Review”

Nina Forever (2016): Alegori ‘gagal move on’ yang sexy dan gory

Review Nina Forever: Kisah cinta segitiga dan problematika moving on belum pernah digambarkan se-sexy dan se-gory ini. Hanya dalam Nina Forever – debut film panjang Blaine bersaudara – perasaan ‘dihantui’ oleh mantan pacar ditampilkan secara literal namun penuh alegori.

Siapa menyangka bila setiap kali Rob (Cian Barry) dan kekasih barunya, Holly (Abigail Hardingham), hendak bercinta, Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) – mantan pacar Rob yang tewas dalam sebuah kecelakaan lalu lintas – tiba-tiba muncul dari balik selimut, lengkap dengan luka-luka dan tulang yang patah sambil bermandikan darah segar? Apakah kemunculan Nina membuat kedua pasangan ini turned off atau sebaliknya? Apakah Nina Forever film horror, ataukah ini film black comedy yang sangat pahit? Semua pertanyaan ini hanya akan terjawab ketika menyaksikannya dengan mata kepala sendiri.  Continue reading “Nina Forever (2016): Alegori ‘gagal move on’ yang sexy dan gory”