March 2017 – A Recap

My birthmonth has coming to its end with lots of things going on in my blog. First of all, I decided to resurrect A Season with series for appreciation towards selected TV series. Second, I start initiating Alien marathon (but only watched first two titles so far), which I plan to finish before Alien: Covenant. Third, I also initiated a self-program I call “A Hitchcock Film A Month” which hopefully will help me clearing my own palette. That’s some update about what’s going on with my blog routine.

Now, here’s a recap to help readers digest what have been going on Sinekdoks along March 2017! Continue reading March 2017 – A Recap

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Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Review

Review: In a futuristic Blade Runner-esque city – cramped with neon-blaring buildings and hologramscapes – multi-national/multi-racial humans and humanoid androids mingle and blend in together. A cybernetic counter-terrorist operative, The Major (Scarlett Johansson) – naked in prosthetic and occasionally stealth-camouflaged – along with her Section 9 comrades, hunt down a silhouetted cyber villain, Kuze (Michael Pitt with Carmen middle name). During her mission, truth about her identity begins to unravel and distract her from her operation.

There’s no real ghost or seashells in Ghost in the Shell. The title refers to Johansson’s Major – a consciousness or ‘ghost’ (like in Holy Ghost) from a woman she used to be which is implanted to a cybernetic ‘shell.’ Physically, she’s more of a machine than human; but, her ‘ghost’ is what makes her ‘human.’ In a world where the line between human and machine is independently blurred, people start losing their identity. And, that alone should’ve been a big theme to probe in; and yet, this film consciously takes that for granted. Continue reading Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Review

Dear Nathan (2017): A grey-and-white meet-cute

Review: Dear Nathan is a clear-cut boy-meet-a-girl story. A bon-chic-bon-genre girl, Salma (Amanda Rawles) unexpectedly meets a violent, rich yet troubled greaser, Nathan (Jefri Nichol), after both come late for school with opposite reasons. Salma’s simple act of compassion, to which Nathan returns with a completely different act of valor, leads these two youngsters into the offspring of coming-of-age romance fraught with cute moments and teen angst at once.

People are aware that coming-of-age romance is prone to uninviting clichés and hormone-induced exaggeration. With all those traits, there’s this thought that this genre is designed solely to its target audiences – adolescences, mostly adolescent girls; and, audiences outside that circle (adolescent boys and grown-ups) will find it tedious and delusional. On the surface, Dear Nathan – adapted from a sensation-laden Wattpad phenomenon – is exactly ‘that kind of coming-of-age romance.’ It’s cliché-ridden, saccharine-laced and unfocused; but it’s grounded to reality and, more importantly, accurate. Continue reading Dear Nathan (2017): A grey-and-white meet-cute

Blindspot: Schindler’s List (1993)

“Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don’t,” said Oskar Schindler.

Based on a real story about Oskar Schindler – a German businessman who saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied German during the World War II, Schindler’s List stormed the Oscars in 1994 with 12 nominations and won 7 of it, incl. Best Picture, Best Director for Steven Spielberg and Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Zaillian. A story as epic as it is, narrated in 3-hour long black and white motion, is definitely a story of a lifetime; and I am pleased to finally watch it after nearly 24 years after it first screened.  Continue reading Blindspot: Schindler’s List (1993)

The Devil’s Candy (2017) – Review

Review: A fatherly painter, Jesse Hellman (Ethan Embry), who happens to be a death metal aficionado, moves to a bigger, new house along with his wife, Astrid (Shiri Appleby) and his ‘daddy’s little wanna-be’ daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco). With beard like Jesus and skinny, tattooed body – almost always naked or wrapped with either Metallica or Slayer tees, Jesse is instantly possessed by an unseen power which makes him paint a satanic figure devours suffering children.

On the opposite end, an overweight, mentally disturbed man, Ray Smile (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who almost always wears red tracking suit, is plagued by the satanic voice. Pleasing his lord/taunting Jesus with full-amped distortion from his Gibson Flying V is one thing that the voice told him to; his main goal is: killing children because they are the devil’s candy. Continue reading The Devil’s Candy (2017) – Review

A Season with: Iron Fist – Season 1 (2017)

Review: Welcome the final-yet-weakest member of The Defenders – Marvel’s street level vigilantes who fight criminals around New York City – Iron Fist! What I am saying in this opening isn’t exaggerating, although Iron Fist is often associated with martial arts master who owns iron fists that, if done properly, can break everything. However, in Netflix’ latest outing, what he breaks is his own potentials.

Prior to Iron Fist, we’ve fought with other Defenders meaningfully – Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil deals with laws and disability; Jessica Jones over empowerment; and Luke Cage over black people issues around Harlem. Danny Rand (Finn Jones, Ser Loras Tyrell from Game of Thrones) found his way back to New York from his alleged death (which isn’t real; since he’s been residing and training in a mythical town K’un-Lun) in a similar fashion to Oliver Queen a.k.a. Green Arrow (DC Comics represents). Danny also fights, but what he fights isn’t as influential as his other comrades. At first, he fights for his fortune that has been usurped following his ‘death’; later, he fights against a familiar, evil organisation that has leeched upon his father’s legacy, Rand Enterprises. He fights for himself. Continue reading A Season with: Iron Fist – Season 1 (2017)