Not A Review: The first Star Wars spin-off finally boards. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a piece of puzzle to connect timeline in the main canon of the saga. Set in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, Rogue One tells a heroic mission carried by the titular squad in stealing Death Star’s plan as told in A New Hope‘s opening crawl.
Though it is a spin-off, Rogue One is still all about the hype. It’s a fan-service spin-off all fanboys and fangirls are waiting for. How it connect story to enrich the main saga is incredible; and the list of references it displayed gets all the fanboys and fangirls scream in excitement. In short, Rogue One is still a certified Star Wars film in and through.
Same as The Force Awakens in 2015, SINEKDOKS isn’t writing a review for Rogue One (although it comes under ‘Movie Review’ category). It’s an appreciation post dedicated to the first official spin-off of Star Wars. SINEKDOKS find 150 favorite moments in the film to share with fellow fans and audiences
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– This post contains soft and hard spoilers for Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Read at your own risk. Continue reading 150 Favorite Moments & Easter Eggs in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Review: The “Makoto Shinkai is the new Hayao Miyazaki” buzz embarks again when his latest feature, Kimi no na wa, or as known as Your Name storms Japanese box office recently. Shinkai (5 Centimeters per Second, Children who Chase Lost Voices, The Garden of Words) is always known for his penchant in crafting picturesque, hyperrealistic 2D animation with heart-wrenching story and viable imagination, which transcends in his natural approach.
Shinkai’s works often radiate idyll from the inside, simultaneously emanate visceral, candid narrative. Kimi no na wa / Your Name is no different; only you might bet that it comes from Shinkai’s wildest dream, rather than from his sober contemplation. It might initially look like a usual gender-swapping drama, but as it goes, it unravels more: from time-travel to disaster-drama and quest for love. Continue reading Your Name / 君の名は。/ Kimi no na wa (2016) – Review
Review: Sailing over idyllic seas with tropical islands as background, our self-proclaimed non-princess Disney Princess is going out of her comfort zone fulfilling her lifetime obsession and, most importantly, saving her world from famine. She is Moana—daughter of a Polynesian chieftain—who voyages to the wilderness to find a demigod Maui and restore what-so-called diamond of Te Fiti back for a quest of a lifetime.
In short, Moana manifests Disney’s commitment into stripping off their Disney princesses’ stereotype. The ‘princess’ character is versatile; she even embodies the ‘sense of empowerment’, shooing away the sexism commentary about prince-charming-centered characters from the golden era. Moana is not an interpersonal love story; it’s more than that; and it’s what makes it unravel a completely new era for Disney. Continue reading Moana (2016) – Review
Review: Expanded from an encyclopaedia of the same title and penned to screenplay by the only J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is surprisingly a fun ride to American non-pretentious wizard world, which goes much more muggle-friendly than its British counterparts in Harry Potter series.
Set in the same universe in which Harry Potter saga takes places, Fantastic Beasts goes further behind in time as it sets in 1926, decades prior to the British counterpart. At the same time, it also goes across the ocean from London to New York in America, where the adventure of Englishman named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) straightforwardly begins. While the spin-off might present some nods to the most famous wizarding world nowadays; it never feels nostalgic nor formulaic because what’s presented here is an original tale, which enriches the existing universe with more than just trivia. Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – Review
Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has expanded at accelerating pace to some level we can fathom where it leads anymore. Along its long run, all Earth’s mightiest heroes in Avengers have contributed to numbers of on-screen collateral damage more than any franchises have ever done. They even acknowledge it in and exploit it as the cause of Civil War, which is a clever move.
Yet, as one character in Marvel’s latest tenure Doctor Strange said, “Avengers protect Earth from physical dangers.” As it highlights the physical attacks hence the collateral damage, how about the supernatural or metaphysical attack? That’s where the Sorcerer Supreme gets his solid slot in MCU.
In fact Doctor Strange is another biggest gamble Marvel ever done since Guardians of the Galaxy. It appears mostly as a stand-alone feature, referencing the renowned MCU at minimum basis (only some direct spoken references and an apparition of Avengers towers), and posits itself in an unknown points at MCU timeline. The only gripe is: it is another origin story along with the cliched formula of origin story. Yet, this is a necessary origin story—for an important character and for an area Marvel has never touched. Continue reading Doctor Strange (2016) – Review
Review: Sebelum A Monster Calls membuatmu merasa sentimental atau malah mengalami gegar emosi, mohon tahan dulu air mata bawangnya sebentar saja. Ketahuilah dahulu bahwa ini bukan sekedar disease-porn atau grief-porn yang cengeng. Namun, ini adalah sebuah kisah yang indah tentang penerimaan dan kebesaran hati untuk merelakan sesuatu. A Monster Calls digambarkan dengan visual yang menakjubkan dan narasi yang mendalam tentang seorang anak dalam mengatasi duka dan depresinya.
Datang dari visi sutradara Spanyol, Juan Antonio Bayona—pengarah The Orphanage yang indah dan The Impossible yang devastating—A Monster Calls adalah kombinasi kisah monster fantasi dan drama coming-of-age yang menyesakkan. Kisah ini berpusat pada seorang anak, actually “too old to be a kid, yet too young to be a man,” bernama Conr O’Malley (Lewis MacDougal). Dalam usianya yang masih sangat muda, ia memiliki hidup yang sangat tidak beruntung; ibunya (Felicity Jones) sakit keras; ayahnya (Toby Kebbell) sudah memiliki keluarga baru jauh di Amerika; teman-teman di sekolah membully-nya; dan bila keadaan memburuk, ia terpaksa harus tinggal bersama neneknya (Sigourney Weaver) yang sama sekali tak cocok dengannya. Tak ada jalan keluar bagi Conor dari kehidupan menyebalkan ini, sampai suatu monster raksasa mendatanginya di suatu malam. Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016): Ode untuk yang telah tiada