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Tag: Western

Review Buffalo Boys (2018)
Focus: Indonesia, Movie Review

Review Buffalo Boys (2018)

Movie review Buffalo Boys (2018): Mike Wiluan’s directorial debut, Buffalo Boys, breathes the same air as Kim Jee-won’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird in the sense that both brings out Wild West virtues in Far-East settings. If the latter transposes cowboy bonanza into ol’ time Manchurian landscape, the former introduces Western tropes to fictionalized Dutch-occupied Indonesia setting. It’s a full-fledged, faux-historical Western fantasy where English-speaking Dutch colonialism recreates diabolical Southern-slavery as if it’s American Civil War period. The plot revolves around a straightforward homecoming-slash-revenge mission carried by the titular boys—Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso). When their parent and their homeland perished during Dutch’s assaults, the boys were brought in...
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts / Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (2017) – Review
Focus: Indonesia, Movie Review

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts / Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak (2017) – Review

Review: In a cruel world without favor for women, Marlina (Marsha Timothy) refuses to surrender and be a victim; she, instead, embraces her inner strength and decides to fight back against patriarchal tyranny. Exquisite, powerful and poignant, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak), is a tale of empowerment wrapped as a Far-East ‘Western’ revenge thriller with strong femme fatale to root for. It’s a quintessential work for Indonesian female director, Mouly Surya, whose previous works (fiksi. and What They Don’t Talk about When They Talk about Love) revolves around determined female characters, too. (more…)
Blindspot: Dances with Wolves (1990)
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Blindspot: Dances with Wolves (1990)

"My name is Dances with Wolves. I have nothing to say to you. You are not worth talking to," said John Dunbar. By today’s standard, Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves would’ve been received differently, possibly with praise over the film’s respect to representation - the use of native people and native language to depict native American, Sioux and Pawnee. At the same time, it might also receive terrible backlash over its ‘white savior’-esque narrative by today’s critical audiences. However, it stormed of Academy Award in 1991 - nominated for 12 and win 7, including Best Picture. (more…)
Blindspot: Unforgiven (1992)
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Blindspot: Unforgiven (1992)

“I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another,” said William Munny explaining who he was. Clint Eastwood dedicated his final Western film as a director and an actor, Unforgiven,  to the sub-genre that has made great name out of him. More, he specifically dedicated it to people whom he’ll be forever in debt with, Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. And, who knows that a devoted tribute would end up being a milestone to the modern-day Western film. And, who knows that this tribute would be Eastwood’s legacy. (more…)
The Magnificent Seven (2016) – Review
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The Magnificent Seven (2016) – Review

Review: This year’s Magnificent Seven, by nature, is an oddball – a remake of John Sturges’ preserved Wild West classic, which was a result of remaking Akira Kurosawa’s essential Seven Samurai. A simple classic story, which Antoine Fuqua remakes with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk, might only differ a little from whichever source materials it follows; but, in an era of forgettable blockbusters, this one might fade in one or two years, contrasted to the everlasting originals. While it is still the same story where 7 unsung heroes – in this term, gunslingers – assemble; the new Magnificent Seven attempts to Americanize the source of conflicts. Wiping off the classic bandit nature of the villains and substituting it with a greedy, heartless capitalist in face of Barth...
The Hateful Eight (2015) – Review
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The Hateful Eight (2015) – Review

Review: Here comes Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film – a quintessence of his spaghetti western tendency and, mostly, a collection of all his cinematic wonders which serves as a kind of ‘greatest hits compilation’ in The Hateful Eight. By far, this second Western to QT’s universe is the most fun, enjoyable and digestible. Also, this one is possibly the film QT enjoyed most during the ‘troublesome’ making. Entirely shot with 70 MM Ultra Panavision – which I wasn’t fortunate enough to enjoy (lucky those who watched it as it should have been projected; or at least got the correct aspect ratio on cinema), The Hateful Eight is set during a post-Civil War blizzard at Minnie’s Haberdashery, where the titular hateful eight people – plus one least hateful one (who doesn’t get counted) and one surpris...
Slow West (2015) – Review
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Slow West (2015) – Review

"To him, we were in a land of hope and good will," Silas explaining Jay's vision about the West. First time writer-director, John Maclean attempted to revisit Western genre with his poetic vision---an off-beat wild west tale taped with coming-of-age romance and quirky road film like never before. He crafted a cinematic idyll in a form of irony---depicting the wild west with highly fluorescent and picturesque visuals---juxtaposing the highly-unanticipated startling plot.  (more…)
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

David Lowery mewujudkan sebuah cinema poetica yang sepintas mengingatkan saya pada film-film Terrence Malick di dekade '80an. Sebuah perpaduan film western dengan balutan crime dan noir yang sukses di Sundance tahun 2013 tentang pasangan yang melarikan diri--yang diperankan oleh dua bintang yang berciri khas, Rooney Mara dan Casey Affleck dalam Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Well, more about these escapists here, click!

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