A Copy of My Mind (2016) – Review: A copy of Joko Anwar’s mind

Review: A Copy of My Mind is definitely a copy of Indonesian versatile filmmaker, Joko Anwar’s mind towards particular issues in Indonesia, more specifically, Jakarta, as – at least – projected in his social media.

After experimenting with romantic comedy in Janji Joni a.k.a Joni’s Promise (2005), spawning Indonesian first noir in Kala (2007), spilling blood in two consecutive psychological thrillers – Pintu Terlarang a.k.a The Forbidden Door (2009) and Modus Anomali (2012), Mr. Anwar brings his witty, groundbreaking mind home, in seemingly his most deviant/smallest/most hyper-realistic but most personal work. Continue reading “A Copy of My Mind (2016) – Review: A copy of Joko Anwar’s mind”

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Siti (2015) – Review

Review: Siti might flaunt an award-bait starter pack—black-and-white cinematography; pretentious 4:3 aspect ratio; beautifully choreographed long, tracking shots—on the surface, but all of those are no further than a meaningful cover to an intense character study which lies within.

Before the soaring waves of Parangtritis—one of the most famous beaches in Yogyakarta, Indonesia—Siti clamors a rambunctious protest. Not like a highfalutin satire to political issues or modern day slavery, it’s a more traditional and ingrained issue—so ingrained that it is considered a living norm. What Siti attempts to unravel is a tragedy as a result of that issue, wrapped in a modest but essential nod towards role of woman in a patriarch culture.

It’s a story of a woman, the titular character (Sekar Sari)—who breaks the ordinary, working a double job for her family. Continue reading “Siti (2015) – Review”

Pendekar Tongkat Emas (2014)

Pendekar Tongkat Emas is a homage to classic martial art action flick seasoned with Indonesian drama makeover, Indonesian A-listers, and the most mesmerizing savanna from Indonesian most exotic islands. It’s visually beautiful although the story is under-written.

A big-hearted man seeks for nothing but gets everything; while a dwarf-hearted man seeks for everything but gets nothing,” said Angin.

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Supernova: Ksatria, Putri & Bintang Jatuh (2014)

D: Rizal Mantovani C: Herjunot Ali, Raline Shah, Fedi Nuril

VERDICT: Supernova convincingly delivers the drama part of the novel, but neglects the most essential part of it—the juxtaposition of the dramatic romance with the interweaving scientific matters. Seasoned with lack of chemistry and highfalutin dialogues, Supernova looks comical if not for its mesmerizing visuals and production design.

The only certainty is the uncertainty; the only thing you expect is the unexpected,” said Diva.

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2 is simply the greatest, the most complex, a standing ovation worth martial art movie ever made. It has topped the expectation and become a real “face breaking, ass kicking, neck twisting, hammer hitting, bone shattering film I have ever experienced.”

Immediately following the original classic The Raid: Redemption a.k.a Serbuan Maut at its very core, The Raid 2: Berandal ends up establishing itself as a helluva sequel and a more complex expansion to its predeccessor. More bone shattering inside!

Killers (2014)

“Killers is a slow-paced psychological thriller about 2 completely different men who are intertwined by fate. It’s a tale of obsession and awakening the evil within marking Mo Brothers’ leap of directorial career and all casts fabulous act.”

Since their directorial debut Dara (2008), which precedes the extended length Rumah Dara a.k.a Macabre (2009), The Mo Brothers–Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto–never stop spilling blood. While making their gory trademarks with chainsaw and antlers, Timo has expanded their gory universe through Libido, a segment in The ABCs of Death (2012) and Safe Haven in V/H/S 2 marking his collaboration with The Raid’s Gareth Evans. Well, set your thoughts of The Mo Bros’ filmography aside before watching Killers, since this movie is completely in different league from its predecessors. Yet, being different doesn’t then imply that Killers is a subtle one… ’cause it’s not. More killers here!