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Tag: Coming of Age

My Generation (2017) – Review: Young blood runs hot
Focus: Indonesia, Movie Review

My Generation (2017) – Review: Young blood runs hot

Review: For as long as history repeats itself, an endless generation clash would always be an intriguing topic to ponder on. No matter how much technology or lifestyle or virtue have changed, the fundamental difference which always leads to rift between older generation and younger one has never ceased to exist. Basically, that discourse is emanated through Upi’s My Generation, despite its retro-millennial presentation. My Generation deliberately and solely takes the younger generation’s stance in this all-out generation wars. As young blood runs hot, we are taken to observe how the film’s millennial protagonists—Zeke (Bryan Langelo), Konji (Arya Vasco), Orly (Alexandra Kosasie) and Suki (Luthesa)—become the anti-hero, the victim and the antagonized party at once. The older generation, rep...
Posesif (2017) – Review: A juggernaut of teenage romance
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Posesif (2017) – Review: A juggernaut of teenage romance

Review: This is Lala’s first love; yet, Yudhis wants it to be their forever. That’s how Posesif abridges its powerful content. It’s a high-school meet-cute that blossoms, escalates, grows as quickly as it spirals out of control. It’s a portrayal of how love is addressed as a tool to possess and how immaturity is outdoing the typical puppy love tropes and ending up in a chain of abusive relationship. (more…)
Moss (2017) – BALINALE Review
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Moss (2017) – BALINALE Review

Review: It’s difficult to grasp what Daniel Peddle’s Southern coming-of-age drama, Moss, tries to emanate. Shot in the midst of lush Pleasure Island, North Carolina with casts of local people (who mostly have no acting resume), this film remains quiet, restraint, compelling but unfocused in narrating a fateful day for the titular protagonist. The story only revolves on a single day, which happens to be Moss’ (Mitchell Slaggert) 18th birthday. Moss’ mother died giving birth to him, triggering a rift between the young guy and his father (Billy Ray Suggs). Moss’ birthday only reminds his father to the grief he’s been denying all the time. Moss deals with the boy’s newly responsibility as a young adult to deliver meds to his grandmother; but, he’s drifted between the temptation of immaturity, ...
A Season with: Riverdale (2017) – Season 1
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A Season with: Riverdale (2017) – Season 1

Review: For starter, Riverdale “borrows” super-likable characters from your childhood Archie comics – from red-haired jock-musician wannabe, Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), the good girl Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), smoky hot rich Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), quirky Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) to the thorn girl, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), throws them into a bleak, neon-bathed YA world, and give them a completely new storyline. While appearing campy and soapy for the whole season, the series has proven to be another guilty pleasure entry from the CW, which surprisingly works. Set in a fictional town named Riverdale – hence the title – this series practically kicks off with the mysterious murder of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), a brother to Cheryl and a lover to Betty’s sister. From t...
A Silent Voice / 聲の形 / Koe no Katachi (2017) – Review
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A Silent Voice / 聲の形 / Koe no Katachi (2017) – Review

Review: In its 130-min duration, Koe no Katachi a.k.a. A Silent Voice tackles a complex coming-of-age drama of consequences, self-alienation and reconciliation. Sometimes it staggers, sometimes it falls into melodrama; but, in the end, it passes a meandering way with subtlety and grounded intricacy. Naoko Yamada’s first feature is adapted from a manga series by Yoshitoki Oima. The story orbits on a bittersweet connection between Shoya Ishida (voiced by Miyu Irino) and Shoko Nishimiya (Saori Hayami). As a kid, Shoya, not knowing the consequences of his deeds, bullies and abuses hearing-impaired Shoko. When consequences finally catch him up, all he has done to Shoko return to haunt him – excommunication, persecution, and all. Since then, he decides to prefer solitary, avoid contacts with peo...
A Season with: 13 Reasons Why (2017)
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A Season with: 13 Reasons Why (2017)

Review: A teenage girl, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) committed suicide. Instead of leaving suicide notes, she left seven double-sided cassette tapes – in which she stated a reason and tagged a person ‘responsible’ for her demise in each side of the tape but one; hence, 13 Reasons Why. Ever since the first episode, the show is narrated by a dead girl pointing out who share the responsibility of killing her, as listened by a clumsy school boy, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who is eager to find out his school’s dirty little secrets. This series is adapted from Jay Asher’s best-selling young-adult fiction which defies the convention of YA tropes. As much as it is accessible and binge-worthy, this somber, grim teen-angst ridden series is surprisingly taut and thought-provoking, despite rev...
Dear Nathan (2017): A grey-and-white meet-cute
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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. (more…)
Sing Street (2016): Antara Dublin, ballad 80-an, cinta pertama dan John Carney
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Sing Street (2016): Antara Dublin, ballad 80-an, cinta pertama dan John Carney

Review Sing Street: Tak berlebihan jika menyebut John Carney sebagai sutradara musikal paling prominent saat ini. Ia telah meresap ke dalam musik pop dan memaknainya dengan motion picture, seperti terbukti lewat banjir pujian pada Once (2006)---yang membawa pulang Oscar lewat single-nya 'Falling Slowly'---serta Begin Again (2013)---yang meraih nominasi Oscar untuk 'Lost Star.' Karya terbarunya, Sing Street sendiri terasa seperti karya Carney paling personal---sebuah surat cintanya pada Dublin circa 80an, yang menderita ekonominya namun menggelora semangatnya. Ballad 80-an dan kisah cinta pertama bertautan dalam kisah yang nampak sederhana, tapi kaya akan subtext dan referensi. (more…)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016): Antropologi kehidupan jocks era 80-an
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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016): Antropologi kehidupan jocks era 80-an

Review Everybody Wants Some!!:  Lewat Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater kembali berhura-hura setelah sebelumnya berkontemplasi dengan menyelesaikan Before Trilogy serta magnum opus-nya, Boyhood. Dalam film yang disebut-sebut sebagai ‘spiritual sequel’ Dazed and Confused ini, Linklater mengunjungi kembali tema yang pernah membesarkan namanya. Kalau Dazed and Confused, yang bersetting 70-an (tapi dibuat di era 90-an), menampilkan keliaran 24 jam terakhir siswa-siswa high school sebelum summer break; Everybody Wants Some!! justru sebaliknya. Bersetting musim gugur 80-an (tapi dibuat di era millennium), film ini menggambarkan keliaran 3 hari terakhir sebelum perkuliahan reguler dimulai.  (more…)
The Diary of A Teenage Girl (2015) – Review
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The Diary of A Teenage Girl (2015) – Review

Short Review: "I had sex today," Minnie Goetze opens The Diary of a Teenage Girl in a rollicking, proud gesture. That uncensored, honest confession leads to a quirky coming-of-age humor, this adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's self-inspired graphic novel might be: A very heart-pounding sexual odyssey, which doesn't judge. (more…)
The 5th Wave (2016) – Review
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The 5th Wave (2016) – Review

In a wave of dystopian young adult novel adaptations – in which 3-4 teenage spirits of similar theme released every year – J Blakeson’s adaptation of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave might just be “another entry” to the genre tropes. It has another girl to change the world in Chloe Grace Moretz; it has an effective background to the dystopian world; but most importantly, it has every cliché that you have ever seen in a YA adaptation. Moretz is Cassie Sullivan, an ordinary high school girl in Ohio; she’s a going-home-on-time kind of girl and her family is a lively one. Yet, it’s all short-lived when a mysterious alien spacecraft suddenly appears on the sky. What makes the alien different is: it’s not a once-for-all apocalypse bringer. They instead deliver the apocalypse in multiple modes, hence...
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – BALINALE Review
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – BALINALE Review

"I have no idea how to tell this story," Greg (Thomas Mann) opens the story in such fashion; to some points, he's being honest. In fact, this 2015 Sundance darling (winner of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award) is not as sad as its titular introduction; instead of being tear-jerking, alas, it's full of clever laugh and spazzing moodbooster. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a celebration of life, death, and friendship---but more than that, it's a celebration of being youth and quirky. Greg is an awkward and self-loathing senior student whose school-years were spent to play politics beyond school's cliques in order to look "invisible." From her mother, he learns that his friend, whom he never have spoken to since childhood, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) is dying of leukemia. Her mother forces him...
Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review
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Güeros (2015) – BALINALE Review

During the middle act of Güeros---Alonso Ruizpalacios' whimsical directorial debut, a character talks to another, complaining about Mexican filmmakers make a so-called art film, shoot it in black and white with the infusion of poverty, corruptions, riots, and gangsters in background, then go to overseas festival, attempts to convince French critics about its substance, yet, instead of self-funding it, those filmmakers uses money collected from taxes. While the other character gives an amen to it. Güeros is self-aware of itself as that movie who tries to be pretentious and artsy as described by its own characters, only in D.I.Y. indie side. That spirit is what the movies tries to depict and emanate---the pretentious rebel of youth in a solid satire of teen angst in a political collapsed co...
Paper Towns (2015) – Review
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Paper Towns (2015) – Review

"You will go to the paper towns and you will never come back?" Q tried to recite Margo's clue. With The Fault in Our Stars’ stellar reception (in box office and, somehow, to the critics), second adaptation of John Green’s young adult novels is definitely around the corner. And by sooner or later, perhaps people will label him as the new Nicholas Sparks (with younger audience)---if you know what I mean. Paper Towns is Green’s fourth novel and, yeah, another best-selling. It takes advantages of its completely different take from its previously adapted tear-jerking predecessor. Referring to a phrase for fictional town made by cartographer to protect the map, Paper Towns is a more vigorous coming-of-age story of being lost and found. (more…)

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