Tuesday, January 26

Month: January 2017

Arrival (2016) – Review
Movie Review

Arrival (2016) – Review

Review: In Arrival, 12 extraterrestrial saucers mysteriously appear and float above 12 different places around the Earth. Clueless of what they may encounter, humanity quickly falls into fears and turmoil. A linguistic professor, Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is summoned into an alien site nearby to decipher the alien's alleged language, to prevent mass hysteria that might lead to a war of the world. David Villeneuve, director of acclaimed grim thrillers (from Incendies to Sicario), picks up where other 'first-contact' predecessors (i.e., The Day the Earth Stood Still or Independence Day) have established and neutralizes it, making it more ambiguous in terms of the hazard. Arrival is presented as a new non-patronizing and non-preachy cerebral sci-fi detailing an mind-bending approach to all...
Thursday Movie Picks #1 – Legal Thrillers
Thursday Movie Pick

Thursday Movie Picks #1 – Legal Thrillers

Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves! I was on a year-long hiatus from this series last year, but I return as immediately as 2017 begins. Should anyone be interested in joining in, feel free to visit the main page here, where the schedule and rules are. The theme for the first week of 2017 is: Legal Thrillers. I am not a fan of such kind of films, seriously; it often contains most sophisticated dialogues and specific terms that always got me cringed. My personal repertoire for legal thriller films is limited, but there are some wild aces that I personally like. (more…)
Cek Toko Sebelah (2016): A treasure no store could sell
Focus: Indonesia, Movie Review

Cek Toko Sebelah (2016): A treasure no store could sell

Review: In his directorial debut, Ngenest, Ernest Prakasa crafts a vocal identity conflict as a man of a Chinese descent living in a country with histories of discrimination towards his people. As much as it is poignant, it hilariously leads the audiences to laugh with, instead of laugh at, the subject matter. The result is witty, ironic self-esteem which works at multi-levels: comedy, romance, and satire. In his sophomore project, Cek Toko Sebelah (literally meaning 'Checking on the store next door'), Ernest takes a completely opposite approach in crafting a comedy that represents his identity. While Ngenest expands the identity issue outwards society, with specific frames to cope up with the quest for acceptance and acknowledgment; Cek Toko Sebelah draws the same issues profoundly in...
Hangout (2016): Hanging out with Death
Focus: Indonesia, Movie Review

Hangout (2016): Hanging out with Death

Review: In Raditya Dika’s Hangout, a mysterious host invites 9 Indonesian foremost celebrities to a lush resort in a remote island for three days with no definite reason. Thinking it is as a secret casting invitation, those 9 brats are coming around. Among those 9 stars, versatile Indonesian director/poker-faced actor/writer/stand-up comedian/YouTube personality, Raditya Dika lurks around after being financially indebted. Along with Dika, Soleh Solihun, a stand-up comedian turned disastrous reality show presenter, also came while holding grudge to Dika for making him losing a role for box office hit called Korea Forever. Aside from the frenemy, other celebs i.e, veteran Mathias Muchus, flamboyant Surya Saputra, adventurousTiti Kamal, filthy Dinda Kanya Dewi, Gading Marten, YouTube vlogger ...

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