Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dumbo shines in a new trailer that gives me chills. This teasing many Disney fan and may wondering many expectation to this live-action. And gladly this directed by Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and practically has a sense of dark in every his films though it is a fantasy. Which Dumbo has that and it's basically connected to what we know about Tim Burton. Me personally, hoping much that this is gonna be wonderful.

Let's take a look at this snippet.

And here's the new poster and it's release month.

"What do you think? Let me know down below, how excited you are?"

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Columbus is an aesthetically cinematic experience. A story with a masterful approach in a subtle, calm like its making us for a moment to be meditating. Profoundly not in a complete way because its audience have to complete its piece by exploring, and looking further like solving the riddle that words can’t express it, but emotion can.

This is his directorial debut, Kogonada creates a wonderful, alive and true art. It resonates its story through a divine cinematography, seeing every modern architecture in Columbus that is not just stand as it just as a functional. But how this thing has a soul for one who can see and knowing it.

This film brings about family sacrifices toward dream, love, even when you are in the moment, where we not understand why or we refuse to acknowledge it. It’s a story that feels personal but universally related. It’s a critique of critique that testing its audience to see, understand, and appreciate it.

Some of my interpretation comes from its profound narrative and no doubt, the characters has become a tour guide of life in this film. That interpretation is not enough to represent everything that appear in film. Seeing the character moving one place to another, looking their life, looking the character sharing story one to another and done. It’s not that, but it invites you to explore, to make you actively sense and realize that life is not a tutorial and it’s already start from its early existence.

John Cho has a consistency performance. It’s great to see him in this film. Also when it interact to another character by Haley Lu Richardson that brings the character alive as a guider. Every exposure of their emotion is detail. Seeing them traveling from one place to another, interact and trying to understand one another even tho they really don’t understand or handle well of their each problem.

From beginning to the end, with the total shot, it assure you that you are an observer to the film. With the color grading that feels natural and the shot like a painting. The approach is precise and it clearly that the aspect of the film is inspired from Tokyo Story. With subtle tone creates a contemplating experience as we traveled along to the object of the story that beautifully immerse. 

The film makes me more believe in cinema, where it really can transcend a vision that amazing to feel it. Kogonada gave me something that I will never forget. Through this friendship melancholy, I found no flaw and if it was there, there’s always reason behind it.

To be true, since I watch this for the first time (now already three times, probably gonna more) it make me speechless. Sometimes there’s a moment where you can’t use words, or probably just make it a key.

It’s not for everyone, of course. It’s sounds boring, artsy, there’s nothing interesting. It’s up to you, this is just my love letter to the film. It’s simple, just about a human story in a true art. I really thankful to Kogonoda to create this such a beautiful cinematic experience, it’s calming, and your film will stuck in my mind always and ever be.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Lately I've been looking for films that may be missed from radar, and I found this, and blew my mind. Sylvio has the simplicity of telling the story of self-discovery in a unique way, fresh, and pretty absurd. It’s underrated that this film deliver its story with quirky, comical and so indie but no doubt, affectionate.

With Kickstarter, about Sylvio, a gorilla who stuck in working life as a debt collector and always wants to express himself through puppet shows that highlight the moment of silence, though he being mute all the time. Then, accidently famous on TV, and having an event 'What's the Ape gonna break?' something bothered his feeling, on his now achievements that affect his life.

From here, Sylvio lead into his quiet and cold life. But slowly, it transitions into a funny warm moment by using comical quirky humor and little absurd. It’s interesting to know that this story leads to something completely unknown and just flowing like a water. The formula is already commonplace, but in this film, the formula is not wasted with the concept and a goal that this movie wants to achieve. Reaching for the self-questioning moment, "Is it really you?" which each of us has ever felt in that situation.

It’s inventive, and not just echoing about self-discovery, but about dreams, self-expression, and a little touch about humanism and entertainment. As if, it proves that this film has a depth on the material. Moreover, surreal moments are also used. No doubt too, the character Sylvio has a very precise depth.

Forget the minor problem that exist, this story honestly wrapped in unique, fresh. It delivers the story slowly from emptiness, then the absurdity that become enjoyable and fun. But that sense will be broken when it goes to the final round, the third-act where all transitioned to emotional and touching. Utilizing the last moment in closing the story with a slick and full of spirit in life.

Different experience and underrated. Well, some point seems like a simplistic decision, but I thought it’s kind of a reasonable. It's worth watching and definitely going into my list of underrated movies of 2017 soon. Please do not expect nothing on this, because the movie itself does not expect anything from you except you have a pure intention to explore this story not just enjoying what it has. So, "Are you in?" 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Akhir-akhir ini aku banyak nyari film-film yang mungkin saja terlewatkan oleh radar, and I found this, and blew my mind. Sylvio punya kesederhanaan dalam menceritakan pencarian jati diri dalam kemasan unik, fresh, dan absurd. Saking underrated dan terlewat dari radar, film ini memainkan unsur kikuk dan rada komikalnya dengan smooth dan so indie.

Bermodalkan dari hasil galangan dana Kickstarter, cerita yang ditawarkan cukup sederhana namun begitu terasa saat selesai menontonnya. Sylvio, seorang gorilla yang dulunya kerja di bagian penagihan hutang, menemukan dirinya terkenal saat tak sengaja masuk ke acara televisi dan mengira, dia bintang tamu yang diundang buat juggling. Padahal niatnya mau nagih hutang orang itu. Terkenal saat dirinya dengan konyol memecahkan properti yang mesti dia juggling. Hingga akhirnya, acara What’s The Ape, Gonna Break menggaungkan namanya, tapi sesuatu yang mengganjal yang Sylvio rasakan.

Bukan tipikal cerita self-discovery biasa dan diselipkannya sequence surreal, film ini punya approach yang menarik. It’s not just about self-discovery bila approach yang digunakan demikian, banyak hal yang lain dikupas, mengungkit soal humanis dan tayangan hiburan.

What I really admire sebenarnya ialah, bagaimana kisah yang udah dikemas dengan unik, fresh, dibangun dengan awkward hingga enjoyable dan absurd yang ga ketinggalan, hal itu berubah 180 derajat menjadi babak yang di luar ekspetasi dan sungguh emosional. Babak itulah yang buat aku berdecak kagum, merinding, dan begitu menyentuh.

Benar-benar punya experience yang berbeda dan underrated. Well, terlebih film ini absurd, walau ga terlalu banget (bagi yang udah biasa), tapi trust me, setiap menit akan terbiasa dan semakin get along dengan Sylvio. It’s worth watch and definitely going into my list of underrated films of 2017 soon. Please don’t expect nothing on this, karena filmnya sendiri tak mengharapkan ekspetasi apa-apa dari penontonnya kecuali bagi yang benar-benar melibatkan jiwanya untuk benar-benar menyelami kisah satu ini. So, “Are you in?”

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"sederhana namun begitu berasa dan bagaimana mengemas cerita dengan rasionalitas tapi tetap menarik dan beda"

Love For Sale adalah ‘her’ dengan kearifan lokal dengan kisah nyesek namun lepas. Dengan premis yang menarik dan sesuai dengan adanya, realitanya, dimana cinta bagai permainan dan berpengaruh. Dan film yang disutradarai Andi Bachtiar ini betul-betul memberikan sajian bittersweet yang tepat dalam mengisi list one of the best indonesian romance dalam sinema mainstream lokal.

Gading Marten dipercayakan untuk memerankan tokoh Richard, jomblo ngenes tapi pengusaha namun hidup sengsara dengan ritual galer. Namun kesengsaraan itu ditimpakan pada karyawannya yang suka telat dan Richard betul-betul menghargai waktu. Malam, pas nobar bola, kawannya ngajak Richard untuk hadir di nikahannya tapi harus bawa pasangan. Kawan lainnya membuat taruhan buatnya. Namun Richard menganggapnya taruhan harga diri, ya lo mungkin kalo diposisinya juga menganggap hal sama-lah, lek. Muncul-lah brosur yang memikatnya dan bertemu perempuan bernama Arini dan jatuh hati padanya.

Kisah cinta yang ditawarkan dari Love for Sale begitu real dengan humor satirnya yang menambah kesan realism. Mulai dari dialog antar karakter yang berhasil membangun pondasi cerita yang kian menarik, bagaimana mengulik karakterisasi para tokoh dan membuat setiap tokoh di dalamnya punya interaksi menarik dan kuat, itu berhasil ditunjukkan. Santai, dan tidak terlalu di bentuk banget, seperti membiarkan benih-benih yang udah dikasih ke karakter dan berkembang dengan sendirinya lewat dialog yang membaur ke ceritanya. Semua kata-kata yang dilontarkan tokoh berhasil membuat pengembangan karakter dan cerita menjadi baik. Lewat dialog, mengulik kisah Richard dengan kawannya, karyawannya, bahkan Arini. Mengikuti kisahnya yang tenggelam dalam cinta namun hati-hati dan siapkan hati saja buat selanjutnya. Like I said, bittersweet romance.

Sungguh menarik bahwa naskahnya begitu rapi dan arahannya yang santai namun begitu afeksi. Hal ini dikarenakan semua begitu pure terpancar apa yang ingin di sampaikannya. Mulai dari realita, kemanisan romansa,  interaksi yang menarik, bahkan sajian pahit namun lepas. Kenapa lepas? Karena ending yang nantinya bakal antiklimaks dan di tutup dengan konklusi perasaan batin Richard bahwa cinta itu resiko--resiko yang dimaksud bukan artian negatif--, dan disini cinta itu sebuah pengalaman rasa dan bagaimana menghandle-nya, saat maupun after. Realita disini ditunjukkan lewat bagaimana pressure dari sosialnya yang rasanya menganggap cinta bagaikan benda, bukan perasaan mencinta yang alamiah.

Banyak applause buat lu bang Gading Marten, memainkan tokoh Richard dengan amat baik. Apalagi pemeran Arini, Della Dartyan sebagai penyokong performa baik Gading dan menciptakan benih chemistry yang indah. Other cast was also good. Dua karakter yang diperankan Gading dan Della ini bakal menghipnotis dan mengundang senyum tanpa sadar.

Jujur, tonton film ini. Kisah yang begitu sederhana namun begitu afeksi di hati. Pemilihan ending demikian begitu tepat agar materi bisa terngiang dan dipikirkan, apalagi eksekusi kemanisan romansa yang dibuat seperti momen yang nantinya bakal berputar di memori. Sajian yang baik dan mesti kalian tonton segera. Ajak pacar kalo perlu, dan hati-hati yang jomblo. Well, me? I am okay. Yea. *sobbing Kadarshian-ly*

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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synopsis: Orbiting a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis, and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.

Fall into a disappointment with its bigger responsible as a connector but somehow it’s worth to see by its matter.

Marketing tak bisa disalahkan, sebenarnya great job buat mereka apalagi untuk tipe film begini. Tak bisa disalahkan juga diriku yang tak bisa enjoy film ini dengan kekacauannya bahkan masih enakan yang sebelumnya yang lebih mencekam, menegangkan dan memuaskan. Banyak orang yang berantisipasi dan terkejut saat filmnya keluar setelah superbowl. Ya, gua punya niat besar untuk nonton langsung film ini dan tetap mengambil pencegahan dengan menurunkan ekspetasi. Dan hal itu terjadi. WHAT. THE. FUCK!

Jujur, film ini tak hanya datang mengejutkan tapi juga selesai dalam keadaan yang sama dengan tambahan gelengan kepala saat aku menyaksikan film ini. Jujur, film ini tak bisa disalahkan akan kekurangannya tetapi disisi lain, film ini tetap harus ditonton. Why? Gua elaborate dulu penilaianku soal film ini.

First thing first, film ini mengambil set di luar angkasa dimana mereka menghidupkan particle accelerator untuk menyelamatkan krisis energi yang sedang terjadi di bumi. Tak tahu juga tahun berapa-an, tapi yang jelas situasi di bumi sering gelap-gelapan, hadeh. Orang-orang yang ada di luar angkasa ini, bukannya berhasil meruntuhkan krisis energi malah berhadapan pada masalah yang di luar akal manusia, di mulai ketika mereka menyadari bahwa bumi tiba-tiba saja hilang.

Jujur, film ini memiliki beban besar terhadap konektivitas film lainnya, mulai dari Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), dan juga yang akan datang Overlord (2018) di bioskop nanti. Hanya saja, membawa materi untuk menjawab beberapa pertanyaan di film-film sebelumnya, hanya sekedar begitu-begitu saja, biasa. I can say film ini seperti film kausalitas dari kondisi yang telah terjadi. Hanya saja, banyak kegagalan di dalamnya yang membuat film ini jatuh ambruk dalam kekecewaan.

Kegagalan film ini ialah konstruksi atau membangun tensi ketegangan. Di first-act ketika bermunculan hal-hal aneh yang bikin kening mengernyit cukup menarik tetapi bagaimana eksekusi di second-act bahkan third-act nya kian melemah. Film ini tidak begitu mencekam seperti pendahulunya, atau setidaknya memberikan experience yang menarik lewat misteri udah cukup, tak perlu memberikan sensai menegangkan bila akhirnya begini. Tak hanya itu, dialognya bahkan tidak berhasil menyelamatkan film ini dari kegagalan tersebut. Ketika dialognya demikian, beruntunlah pada pengembangan karakter yang juga melemah, bahkan ketika keinginan director untuk menyisipkan drama di third-act, terlambat sudah akibat beberapa aspek yang kian rendah. Dan tinggallah hanya memberikan jawaban-jawaban tanpa ada kemasan menarik di dalamnya, seakan film ini pelengkap dalam kemasan buruk.

Kalau yang tadi kegagalan aspek-aspek di dalamnya, yang ini malah sia-sia, dan beberapa plot-hole. Kemudian di bagian score yang rasanya tidak sesuai bahkan tidak bisa membantu memberikan rasa ketegangan yang ended-up nanggung. Kemudian di bagian cast yang terasa wasted disini, seperti Gugu Mbatha-Raw yang memerankan tokoh Hamilton di film itu. Akting dan performanya sudah bagus, dan lainnya sebenarnya juga lumayan untuk film ini, hanya saja terhambat karena dialognya.

Buang hal buruk tadi, sekarang bagian kesukaanku di film ini. Hal yang paling kusuka hanyalah bagian awal dan akhir. Bagian akhir seperti menebar minyak pemuas dan menutup dengan pertanyaan yang memutar otak dalam menyusun kejadian demi kejadian di Cloverfield Universe.

Film ini masih interesting di sisi lain, dan worth to see, atau ngelihat spoiler dari orang mengenai ceritanya kalau mau menghemat 1 jam 42 menit. Semua keputusan terserah kalian, bukan maksudku untuk membuat kalian agar tidak menonton film ini, ini semua hanya pendapat dan pemikiranku mengenai film ini. Film itu subjektif, ada yang suka, ada yang tidak, semua tergantung selera dan pandangan anda. Yang jelas, to me, film ini kacau.

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Fall into a disappointment with its bigger responsible as a connector but somehow it’s worth to see by its matter.

I can’t blame the marketing, they did a great job for a type of film like this. I can’t blame myself for not enjoying much on this one and prefer the previous one which more, more thrilling and satisfying. So much people anticipated this and surprised when it comes right after the superbowl. Yes, I have a bigger intention and take a precaution by decreasing my expectation. Then, it happens. WHAT. THE. FUCK!

Honestly, this film is not just surprising as it comes to the world but also done in a surprising way with my head shaking a little. This film somehow it is worth to see but if you just wanna take a spoiler from your friend, then that’s yours, haha.

First thing first, this film taking a set from outer space where they have a mission to save the energy crisis by turning on the particle accelerator. I don’t know which year they were but to be clear that earth is in dark. People in a spaceship is not succeed but facing another problem, begin with realizing that the earth is gone. Just gone.

To be honest, this film has bigger load for the connectivity of other film in one film universe, starts from Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), and also soon Overlord (2018) in your near cinemas. It’s just, carrying this story to answer few questions from previous films, and just that, it’s not like making its experience become better or at least good. It’s a big disappointment for this one.

So many failure in a messy way. First one, is building the tension, building the thrill, gripping or at least create a fascinating way by taking its mystery in a great packaging. Turns out no, so much potential in this film that just wasted. Then, the dialog that cannot save this film from its failure. When the dialog has a failure, then it goes to the character development that also fail. Even when the film wants to create a drama moment in the third-act before it ended with seconds of satisfying moment, it feels empty even the cast is already putting much effort. Everything left with just answering and knowing the fact and it’s over. It’s a bad wrapped.

Failure in a few aspects, then it’s about the plot, score and cast. Yes, plot-hole is everywhere but not entire, yes, I know if you put attention into the news and other things, but I think some of it still a plot-hole that doesn’t make any sense. Then, the score that it’s weak. You know, score can also build the tension for a bit, take an example like, Life (2016). Next, is the cast. I think this department is pretty wasted. Gugu Mbatha-Raw has a good performance and put a good effort in it, it’s just the story and the constructions of it cannot embrace it.

Let alone that negative points, then going into moments that I really liked. What I really liked is just the beginning and ending. The ending is predictable but it’s still sparkling and satisfying, seeing that thing, roaring and closed by questions that giving duty to your brain, thinking and arranging events in Cloverfield Universe.

Somehow this film is kind of pretty interesting, but I won’t see this again, anymore and have a big regret. If you don’t want to waste your 1 hour 42 minutes just for this crap, it’s all yours. It’s not my decision to hold you up and not watching this one, I am really not, I just put my thoughts about this film and I think this film is not satisfying me. It’s all yours, it’s up to you, your taste and your point of view. Obviously for me, this film is a total messy.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

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synopsis: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.--A24


“luar biasa dengan kejujuran yang membuat film ini bernyawa dalam hangat dan tawa dikepahitan realita”

Ketika yang lain berkutat pada eksplorasi di romansa, histori perang, fantasi sementara film ini mencoba mengajakmu pada realita pahit yang perlu kamu rasakan disetiap menitnya. Jujur, film yang disutradarai Sean Baker memberikan sebuah kejujuran dalam kehangatan, humor, intim, pertualangan summer pada sekelompok dari kacamata anak kecil dan orang dewasa.

Pada dasarnya seperti pertualangan drama pada realita, Mooney, perempuan manis kecil tinggal di balik megahnya istana Walt Disney, berpetualang kemana saja bersama temannya yang memiliki ibu yang lepas kontrol tapi tetap mengalir rasa kepedulian, kasih sayang bagi anaknya. Ceritanya memang begitu simpel, cuma pertualangan realita hidup tapi dampak setelahnya begitu mendalam.

Hasil ramuan Sean Baker dan seluruh tim krunya membuat film ini begitu hangat sehangat summer dan senyuman anak kecil, lucu dan sangat simpatik. Hal yang membuat film ini bekerja dengan baik ialah kejujuran di dalamnya. Kejujuran disetiap scene yang membuat film ini bernyawa walau kita tak menyadari fakta bahwa kita sudah begitu intim dengan cerita dari keseharian suatu kelompok dari setiap problemnya, pertualangan dari anak dan orang dewasa juga konflik karakter yang membawa penontonnya berlabuh di titik ending, titik dimana tangis tak terbendung, I mean how can you hold your tears for that. Benar-benar kisah pahit yang diramu dengan eksekusi yang tepat. Melihat semuanya dalam kedetilan dan penjajaran kisah yang terasa nyata.

Depiksi anak kecil di film ini betul-betul lugu polos, petualang, namun bebas kemana saja mencari kesenangan tanpa memikirkan beban apapun, walau es krim baginya sudah menjadi hal yang dirasa paling istimewa baginya. All this works because of this sweet, Brooklynn bersama cast anak kecil lainnya. Bria Vinaite memerankan karakter ibu yang totally buruk, hancur, bisa dibilang emang ga cocok menjadi seorang ibu tapi bagaimana setiap kali permasalahan anaknya, dia tetap peduli, dia tetap memberikan sebisanya kasih sayang, dengan itu tercipta hubungan ibu-anak telihat kuat disini. Kemudian manager motel yang betul-betul penuh tanggung jawab, keayahan, kebaikan hatinya, diperankan dengan luar biasa oleh William Dafoe—jarang-jarang loh liat dia dapat role orang baik haha apalagi dapat nominasi oscar, ye kan? Bila ada kategori Best Actress buat anak kecil di Oscar, I bet my life for Brooklynn manis.

Sinematografi yang apik memberikan gambaran betapa luasnya dunia, betapa luasnya bayangan dibalik megahnya bangunan tinggi, menyembunyikan realita yang pantas dipertanyakan dan direnungkan. Bagaimana kehidupan seorang anak harusnya menyenangkan, hidup jauh dari kepahitan yang tak harus dipikirkannya, dan menetap dalam kebahagiaan dimana dunia miliknya dan tak seorangpun boleh mengganggu dan merenggut senyuman seorang anak, walau betapa pedihnya realita itu. Memang bukan hanya soal anak tapi juga orang yang hidup disana. Sungguh prihatin. The Florida Project, bukanlah sebuah film melainkan refleksi nyata yang menarik kepala anda untuk melihat apa yang ada di balik bayangan yang akan disaksikan, dan dirasakan.

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“truly remarkable by its poignant honesty of a community and surround with joyful warm”

When another film is busy to explore the romance, war history, fantasy, superhero while this one guided you into the poignant reality that you have to see and feel every minute. When I say poignant reality, doesn’t mean it’s gonna be melodramatic, directed by Sean Baker and he gives honesty to it in warm, joyful, intimate, summer adventure on a community lives in a shadow from perspective of kids and adult.

Basically just adventure on a bitter sweet story, Mooney, little sweet girl living behind the gorgeous big city where Disneyland stand, adventure to anywhere she can with her friends and having a troubled mother that loving her much in her mother’s way. The story is simple, because it’s reality but you have to put your sense so it can transcend its emotion.

Sean Baker did it again on this one, it’s warm as summer as the kids smiling, joyful humor, and very sympathy. Those things works very well because of its honesty. I feel the soul of this film alive because of its honesty and we unaware of facts that the story and character is so intimate through the everyday life of the community, the problems, kids perspective and so the adult until the conflict of the characters bring us into the place where it ends with tears, I mean how can you hold your tears. That ending is so incredible. How poignant in a right execution and makes it real with its detail of life.

The depiction of kids that so playful, adventurous, free to anywhere else they can go, finding happiness even just the ice cream is the perfect menu in the world for them. All this works because of this sweet, Brooklynn with another little cast. Bria Vinaite showing her range in first role, playing a mother that totally broke, rebellious but having much care and love for her kid, and how Vinaite create such a solid bond to children and it’s beautiful. Then the motel manager that full of respect and fatherness, kindness, played by William Dafoe—it’s kinda rare to me seeing him in that kind of role. If there’s best children actress/actor on Oscar, I bet my life for Brooklynn.

The gorgeous and epic cinematography captured on how big this world, how big the shadow behind ‘the building’, hiding the reality that needs to be question and think. How the life of that kids needs to be safe and nice, living in ‘that’ reality that shouldn’t be thought of, and just live in happiness where the world just for them and nobody can steal the smile. I know it’s not just about a children but also the community behind. I really loved this work. The Florida Project, is not a film but a truth reflection that grab your head to see what’s going on and think and realize about it.

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