What the Hell …oween! #4: The Sacrament (2013)

Tepat di malam Halloween, terbitlah pula post terakhir dari serial What the Hell …oween! A Collaborative Post persembahan sinekdoks dan hzboy a.k.a. Hestia ini. Masih dengan tema orang-orang yang jauh dari society, kali ini film yang diangkat adalah tentang sekte sesat. Familiar?

Film tentang sekte selalu memberi perasaan haunted yang menyebalkan. Bukan karena praktik sekte tersebut atau tentang brainwashing yang biasanya dilakukan, tapi karena ada perasaan tidak nyaman selalu muncul. Seri terakhir ini akan membahas sebuah film tentang sekte rahasia, The Sacrament — yang merupakan film Ti West paling “sopan” dan mainstream.

So, let’s check Hestia’s take for this! Continue reading What the Hell …oween! #4: The Sacrament (2013)

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Doctor Strange (2016) – Review

Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has expanded at accelerating pace to some level we can fathom where it leads anymore. Along its long run, all Earth’s mightiest heroes in Avengers have contributed to numbers of on-screen collateral damage more than any franchises have ever done. They even acknowledge it in and exploit it as the cause of Civil War, which is a clever move.

Yet, as one character in Marvel’s latest tenure Doctor Strange said, “Avengers protect Earth from physical dangers.” As it highlights the physical attacks hence the collateral damage, how about the supernatural or metaphysical attack? That’s where the Sorcerer Supreme gets his solid slot in MCU.

In fact Doctor Strange is another biggest gamble Marvel ever done since Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears mostly as a stand-alone feature, referencing the renowned MCU at minimum basis (only some direct spoken references and an apparition of Avengers towers), and posits itself in an unknown points at MCU timeline. The only gripe is: it is another origin story along with the cliched formula of origin story. Yet, this is a necessary origin story—for an important character and for an area Marvel has never touched. Continue reading Doctor Strange (2016) – Review

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) – Review

Review: Bridget Jones was a phenomenon; she’s undeniably a woman empowerment icon when the milennium’s still early. Bridget (from-Texas-to-England, Renee Zellweger) is a singleton with plausible retorts, bad-fortune magnet and quirky personality; caught up in a bizarre love triangle with her charismatic boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) and an England top man, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).

Adapted from Helen Fielding’s Pride and Prejudice inspired novel of the same title, Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) was a triumphant victory, especially for the actress, who eventually took over the early years of the 2000s following Oscar nom for this film. The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, though, failed to replicate the predecessor’s hit despite having the same cast and managing to have fun with Madonna’s Like A Virgin. There’s where Bridget Jones’s diary ends for the 2000s.

12 years a downer, Bridget Jones returns with a new journey, apparently, a terrific one (hint: the title) in a good ol’ drama, brand new conflict, Bridget Jones’s Baby. While the title says it all (read: what Bridget Jones would deal for the rest of the movie), it never really wants to give it up that easy; reason is: Bridget Jones, however old she’s become, is still the same ol’ Bridget Jones. Continue reading Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) – Review

What the Hell …oween #3: We Are What We Are (2013)

Terlambat 3 hari dari deadline-nya, akhirnya post #3 dari serial What the Hell …oween! A Collaborative Post dari Sinekdoks dan Hzboy a.k.a. Hestia Istiviani ini akhirnya naik juga. Setelah mengulas dua film yang baru saja tayang di bioskop (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children dan Blair Witch X The Blair Witch Project), di minggu ketiga ini, kami throw back ke beberapa tahun sebelumnya; kami mengulas We Are What We Are (2013), sebuah remake dari film Mexico berjudul sama.

Filmnya sendiri sebenarnya cukup menimbulkan buzz bagi para horror aficionado pada tahun 2013, namun skalanya yang kecil membuatnya mudah tertumpuk film-film lain di daftar must-watch, hingga kini ia tergali lagi. Filmnya sendiri cukup misterius, lihat saja posternya or judulnya. So, let’s see Hestia’s take. Continue reading What the Hell …oween #3: We Are What We Are (2013)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) – Review

Review: Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns after his underseen tenure in Jack Reacher. Never Go Back, as a sub-title, might contradict with the idea of a sequel, but it might also means something else. Meaning to say, Jack Reacher isn’t the same thing as he was in the 2012 film: the helmer, the dynamic and the pace is completely different. Yet, seriously, both underlying meanings of the sub-title are true.

Reacher comes back as a solitary man who repetitively claims himself to be an ex-Major. He fights again for justice when Major Turner (Cobie Smulders), a female major who sits in his former position, is arrested for a mysterious cause which, according to Reacher’s instinct, might lead to a conspiracy in military. Meanwhile, he also just knows that he might allegedly have a 15-year-old daughter (Danika Yarosh), and he’s eager to find her to unravel the real relationship between them. Little does he know that both threads might be intertwined as he goes deeper into his fighting for justice. Continue reading Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) – Review

A Monster Calls (2016): Ode untuk yang telah tiada

Review: Sebelum A Monster Calls membuatmu merasa sentimental atau malah mengalami gegar emosi, mohon tahan dulu air mata bawangnya sebentar saja. Ketahuilah dahulu bahwa ini bukan sekedar disease-porn atau grief-porn yang cengeng. Namun, ini adalah sebuah kisah yang indah tentang penerimaan dan kebesaran hati untuk merelakan sesuatu. A Monster Calls digambarkan dengan visual yang menakjubkan dan narasi yang mendalam tentang seorang anak dalam mengatasi duka dan depresinya.

Datang dari visi sutradara Spanyol, Juan Antonio Bayona—pengarah The Orphanage yang indah dan The Impossible yang devastating—A Monster Calls adalah kombinasi kisah monster fantasi dan drama coming-of-age yang menyesakkan. Kisah ini berpusat pada seorang anak, actually “too old to be a kid, yet too young to be a man,” bernama Conr O’Malley (Lewis MacDougal). Dalam usianya yang masih sangat muda, ia memiliki hidup yang sangat tidak beruntung; ibunya (Felicity Jones) sakit keras; ayahnya (Toby Kebbell) sudah memiliki keluarga baru jauh di Amerika; teman-teman di sekolah membully-nya; dan bila keadaan memburuk, ia terpaksa harus tinggal bersama neneknya (Sigourney Weaver) yang sama sekali tak cocok dengannya. Tak ada jalan keluar bagi Conor dari kehidupan menyebalkan ini, sampai suatu monster raksasa mendatanginya di suatu malam. Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016): Ode untuk yang telah tiada