The Girl on the Train (2016) – Review

Review: Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is reasonably dubbed as Gone Girl of 2015 when it became a bestselling phenomena awhile ago for sharing some mutual qualities with Gillian Flynn’s. Both are being written by former-journalist female authors, describing specific girls on the title, involving missing girls, devising unreliable narrators, and being bestselling thrillers.

When Gone Girl results in a compelling adaptation by David Fincher, the odds are high for Paula Hawkins’ to be adapted into silver screen. Yet, this time, The Girl on the Train adaptation simply is not the Gone Girl of 2016 if you might expect. Continue reading “The Girl on the Train (2016) – Review”

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Passengers (2016) – Review

Review: “Kita adalah sepasang kekasih yang pertama bercinta di luar angkasa. Seperti takkan pernah pulang, kau membias di udara dan terhempaskan cahaya…”

That piece of beautiful metaphor-ridden lyrics from Indonesian indie hero, Melancholic Bitch, heaves as my mind  attempts to internalize the whole sense in Morten Tyldum’s Passengers. Roughly, those lyrics tells a story of the first couple of lovers, who make love in space despite the tragic life they’re living in. Sounds familiar It’s Passengers’ plot in brief.

Passengers is a journey, an unexpected journey set in Avalon, a starship transporting 5000 cryo-sleeping passengers to Homestead II, a new human colony, 120 years away from Earth. Unfortunately, a malfunctioned pod accidentally wakes a passenger, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years before the arrival. The closest help is 30 years away behind him; the fastest assistance he can have needs 55 years to reach him. Out of isolation, Jim befriends a bartender android, Arthur (Michael Sheen), and does whatever he can do with the facilities, e.g., playing basketball, watching films, playing augmented reality game, or space-walking. Bottom line: he is isolated from “living” human. Continue reading “Passengers (2016) – Review”

Assassin’s Creed (2016) – Review

Review: Crafted from a game of the same title with movie-material gameplay and interesting pseudo-sci-fi premise; then helmed by Justin Kurzel, the man who successfully adapted the cursed play, Macbeth, along with the stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard; Technically, Assassin’s Creed would have made ‘the first’ beautifully compelling video-game adaptation. Yet, it simply doesn’t.

Apparently, the culprit is the script, written by Michael Lesslie (Macbeth) and retouched by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Exodus, Allegiant), which cannot accommodate the sense of excitement the game offers, and instead overplots it. Instead of moving the story forward, this Assassin’s Creed is slowing it steps down with uneffective faux complexities. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed (2016) – Review”

150 Favorite Moments & Easter Eggs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Not A Review: The first Star Wars spin-off finally boards. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a piece of puzzle to connect timeline in the main canon of the saga. Set in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New HopeRogue One tells a heroic mission carried by the titular squad in stealing Death Star’s plan as told in A New Hope‘s opening crawl.

Though it is a spin-off, Rogue One is still all about the hype. It’s a fan-service spin-off all fanboys and fangirls are waiting for. How it connect story to enrich the main saga is incredible; and the list of references it displayed gets all the fanboys and fangirls scream in excitement. In short, Rogue One is still a certified Star Wars film in and through.

Same as The Force Awakenin 2015, SINEKDOKS isn’t writing a review for Rogue One (although it comes under ‘Movie Review’ category). It’s an appreciation post dedicated to the first official spin-off of Star Wars. SINEKDOKS find 150 favorite moments in the film to share with fellow fans and audiences

P.S.:
– This post is a very long post.
– This post contains soft and hard spoilers for Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Read at your own risk. Continue reading “150 Favorite Moments & Easter Eggs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)”

Announcing The Blind Spot Series 2017 Participation

After failing to complete Blind Spot Series 2015 and missing the whole challenge in 2016, Sinekdoks returns for Blind Spot Series 2017 hosted by Ryan McNeill of The Matinee. The idea is: picking 12 films to watch; one film each month for the course of a year. However, it is not merely a shame-list or to-watch list; there must be a sense of purpose to arrange the list.

As for 2017, I dedicate this year’s series as a homage to several Oscars’ Best Pictures I missed from the beyond the 2010s, which I can get the access to watch. I am gonna watch the films in reverse-chronological order to signify the flashback (except for two titles I cannot watch in backwards). Continue reading “Announcing The Blind Spot Series 2017 Participation”

Under the Shadow (2016) – Review

Review: “They travel on the wind, moving from place to place until they find someone to possess.” Let’s agree that the quote isn’t specifically describing a nature of some entities. Make it as if the quote, being stripped off its intrinsic connection, is an allusion of ‘horror’ in general; it might appear in any form, any place and to any people, just like ‘travelling on the wind.’ Be it that way, Babak Anvari’s British-Qatar-Jordan funded horror, Under the Shadow,  is understandably frightening even from the subtitle precedes the whole picture.

Taking place in Tehran, Iran during the decade-long Iran-Iraq war in circa 1988, the horror in Under the Shadow is polymorphic. Nightmare comes along the missile war and the casualty, but it’s not the only form. The “other forms” are far more harrowing and suffocating; but, is Under the Shadow a simple juxtaposition of war and ghost story? Continue reading “Under the Shadow (2016) – Review”