Saturday, November 27

Tag: Coming of Age

The Garden of Words / 言の葉の庭 / Kotonoha no Niwa (2013)
Focus: Asia, Movie Review

The Garden of Words / 言の葉の庭 / Kotonoha no Niwa (2013)

Clocking in at 46 minutes, The Garden of Words briefly wraps up all Makoto Shinkai's earmarks, with gorgeous Malickian pictures and a heart-wrenching story told mostly in monologues. As proof of his natural approach (shown in the visual elements and the lack of fantasy taste), this movie has been my second favorite feature of Shinkai's masterpiece (after 5 Centimeters per Second). Baca review ini dalam Bahasa Indonesia: klik di sini! The story revolves around, Takao (voiced by Miyu Irino), a 15-year-old boy, who dreams of being a shoemaker. On rainy days, he likes to skip classes and goes to a garden to practice making real shoes. There, he meets a much older woman, Yukino (Kana Hanazawa), who he finds very mysterious by a chance. Every rainy day, both of them meet in that gard...
Short Term 12 (2013)
Movie Review

Short Term 12 (2013)

Short Term 12 is simply: the winner of  the Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award and the Narrative Audience Award in SXSW 2013, an adaptation of the original 2008 short of the same name written by Destin Daniel Cretton, and a great movie I missed in 2013. More... inside!
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Movie Review

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Superhero tanpa kekuatan super? Berkostum hijau? Originally dork? Kick Ass! Sang jagoan kembali lagi setelah vakum selama 3 tahun, masih bersama sidekick-nya, jagoan perempuan berwig ungu Hit Girl (yang lebih cocok disebut Mean Girl, actually). Sekarang mereka kembali dengan casts bernama panjang yang sama, namun dengan permasalahan yang lebih "muda" dan "modern": the coming-of-age dan status kesuperheroan mereka (hey, bahkan di adaptasi modern, Batman dan Superman juga mengalaminya). Namun, permasalahan paling mendasar yang harus dihadapi Kick-Ass adalah treatment sutradara barunya Jeff Wadlow terhadap kenyataan bahwa Kick Ass telah menjadi franchise baru sekarang ini. Well, more superhero-wanna-be inside. Click here!
Spring Breakers (2012):Disney Girls Gone Bad!
Movie Review

Spring Breakers (2012):Disney Girls Gone Bad!

Meskipun terlihat vulgar dan seronok dengan beach party dan bravura-nya, Spring Breakers bukanlah film "murahan" maupun komedi sensual yang memberi label buruk pada film-film coming of age. Dengan menampilkan dua mantan Disney princesses beserta teman-teman sexy-nya, ditambah aktor yang sedang naik daun, serta dibesut oleh sutradara film-film semi-arthouse macam Gummo dan Mister Lonely; Spring Breakers bukanlah sekedar film coming-of-age biasa-- it's a breaker for usual spring-break movies! (more…)

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