Hamilton – Review
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Hamilton recorded a Broadway musical of the same name (three shows put together to be precise) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. We are invited to sit with the audience at the Richard Rogers Theater where we can hear laughter and applause throughout the performance. But not even once we are brought up on stage. The camera always captures events from the front, even in multiple shot setups (including 13-14 musical numbers) taken using a Steadicam, crane and dolly.

As if there was a barrier that director Thomas Kail didn’t want to penetrate. The film allows the stage reality to remain on the stage, separating it from the real reality in the audience seats. Because what you want to give is the viewing experience. When close ups are used, the aim is not to diffuse reality, but merely to “compensate” for the atmosphere that will not be felt when watching on the screen. A conventional approach may lead to stronger musicals, but this is the best result to be had from the above objectives. Top Movie Site

Miranda’s manuscript adapted Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography. Quite a bold adjustment, applied. Some of the most notable are the use of modern hip hop music, and the use of non-white players to play the founding fathers of the United States. Miranda made a “very white” story that became rich in diversity. Racist humans and adherents of white supremacy will undoubtedly burn their beards hearing the lyrics “Immigrant, we get the job done!”.

Miranda himself plays Hamilton, an immigrant from the Caribbean Island of Nevis, whom we follow along the 160-minute journey. Starting from his arrival in New York in 1776; involved in the resistance to colonialism King George III (Jonathan Groff) and his friends, including the French aristocrat, Marquis de Lafayette (Daveed Diggs) and Hercules Mulligan (Okieriete Onaodowan) the spy of Irish descent; became George Washington (Christopher Jackson’s) right hand man during the United States Revolution; until he assumed the post of Minister of Finance after independence.

If you are not used to watching musical sung-throughs, you may find it difficult to catch a line of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “history lessons”. Moreover, it is not just sung, the majority of the dialogue is rapped. But for those who are familiar, will easily be amazed, both by the show itself, and the translation into film media. I was amazed by the actors, who were still at their prime, moving vigorously to every corner of the stage while throwing rap verses, which required a combination of stamina with extraordinary breathing techniques. Best Movie

I was amazed by the aesthetic. Lighting games, changing sets that blend seamlessly with the dance, to the center stage which can be rotated 360 degrees as a means of playing with blocking, where perfect timing of the movements and singing of the players is a must.

Regarding the film, assisted by the editing of Jonah Moran, Kail was able to strengthen the emphasis of the moment, which was achieved on stage through the play of lights and the motion of the actors. Kail knows when to use wide shot, medium shot, tracking shot, and close-up, to bring the impression as close as possible to watching it live in the theater. Although it must be admitted that Hamilton’s achievements clearly depended on the quality of his performances.

Meanwhile, the choice of music is a high achievement. Hip hop is full of sharp words as a platform for creative creativity, including when heated cabinet meetings are transformed into rap battles, R&B, to pop and ballads, coming together to create a variety of colors and flavor effects. The adrenaline was spurred on, the tears flowed several times. Meanwhile, the most laughter was present every time George III appeared. His figure is like a clown, as a satire of his cruelty, who says he wants to express his love for the people through massacres. I also chuckled to hear his surprise at George Washington’s resignation as President, because he did not know that the country’s leader could resign.

Arrogance, plus power, might make George III forget, or even care less, how history recorded his name. But Hamilton cares. Likewise Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.). Both may have different ideologies. Hamilton always stepped on the gas, while Burr chose to wait patiently. However, when the nation was formed, they both wanted to lay the foundation for their respective children. “Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son”, said Hamilton with teary eyes.

But when legacy matters clash with political filth, it’s not that easy to implement. There were actions of attacking each other, betraying each other, and even tragedy. From there we see if this film (automatically the show is the same) refuses to cult the protagonist. Hamilton is far from being holy, but that doesn’t mean his legacy is useless. The closing moment conveyed that, when his wife, Eliza (Phillipa Soo) sang an emotional number, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story. Actually, Eliza was not the only time to steal the show. Every appearance always provokes emotion. Movie Review

Eliza is not the main character. The titles of films and shows do not bear his name. However, like other figures, he is a substantial part of the narrative recorded in history and his legacy will always be remembered. And of course, that “gasp”. Little closing gesture that raises lots of questions. Why did Eliza gasp? Did he break the boundaries of the realities of space and time and then see how his legacy was passed down along with the development of the nation he witnessed its birth? Or was it the “breaking the fourth wall” moment where Eliza made eye contact with the audience, realizing that her legacy formation had always been witnessed? Or the form of an “exclamation mark” from Lin-Manuel Miranda, to close his story which is like a series of emphatic statements?

The Babysitter: Killer Queen – Review
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The Babysitter: Killer Queen amplifies the original feel of the first film, making it a parody, or even a shitpost. Yes, the form of uploads on the internet (the majority of which are comedic) were deliberately made carelessly in order to provoke a strong reaction. Whether or not you can enjoy this film depends on “Can you receive a shitpost?”. If the answer is “capable”, then you will love the absurdity and like when the film suddenly features a Street Fighter-style battle scene, complete with a life bar and fireball skills.

Two years after the events of The Babysitter (2017), Cole (Judah Lewis) is now in high school, still a victim of bullying due to being considered insane. Due to the lack of evidence, people refuse to believe that Cole was nearly killed by Bree (Samara Weaving) and the devil worshipers. Only her best friend, Melanie (Emily Alyn Lind) believes. Top Movie Site

Cole still likes Melanie. Every time he interacted with his crush, the people around Cole moved slowly, as if the world belonged only to the two of them. But like the joke of “Good girls like bad guys”, Melanie is actually dating Jimmy (Maximilian Acevedo), a handsome, burly man with a typical frat boy annoying personality. When he finds out that his parents are secretly sending him to psychiatry school, Cole accepts Melanie’s invitation to run away to spend a weekend at a party on a lake with Jimmy and his friends.

Cole thought, this is his chance to win back the girl’s heart. A large condom has been prepared, and everything seems to be going well at first, until the bloody terror of the devil worshiper group returns to Cole. I’m not going to reveal how that happened, but don’t forget, it’s a “film shitpost”. The script by director McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation, The Babysitter), along with three other writers, offers no plausible explanation based on logic.

All origin, all inconsequential. Including when The Babysitter: Killer Queen made the mystical element — which was guarded by its ambiguity by the first film — into reality, in order to bring back the bloodthirsty teenagers who we know very well their characteristics from death. But now Cole is not alone. Phoebe (Jenna Ortega), a new student with a dark past, is also dragged into the chase that spills more blood. Best Movie

Remember when Bee and his friends slaughtered a geeky teenager and made his blood spurt like being thrown from a bucket? The scene appeared more and more frequently, with nearly every death, which McG, executed in a more gory, more over-the-top manner, with a creativity that still deserves praise. And as already mentioned, some random, absurd scenes are tucked in every now and then, which in effect, can be annoying, but can also add to the enjoyment. I felt a second impact.

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Not much ….. well, to be precise there is nothing this film has to offer but gallons of blood. Issues such as PTSD, to teen angst, which involve discussion of the use of various types of drugs by teenagers in order to survive the hardships of life, are all just patches. But who expected in-depth exploration of a film called The Babysitter: Killer Queen? And when Samara Weaving came back, with an aura that was still just as strong, her comforting power was complete. No matter it appears it is deus-ex-machina (or diabolus-ex-machina?) Which solves all problems.

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There will certainly be many comparisons between this Malayalam film and Searching (2018), considering that both of them carry the desktop film sub-genre, as well as stories about cases of missing persons. I am always excited about this kind of spectacle. The spectacle that requires the scriptwriter to think creatively creates a solid story amidst limitations. C U Soon himself was completely shot with the iPhone, and was produced from May to July during the pandemic.

Set in Dubai, for about 98 minutes, the flow is conveyed through applications on laptop and smartphone screens (WhatsApp, Team Viewer, Google Hangouts, etc.), which begins with a meeting between Jimmy (Roshan Mathew) and Anu (Darshana Rajendran) in the application. date. Every day they talk via chat and video call. Jimmy, who recently ended his relationship, seems more aggressive. Meanwhile, Anu, despite giving a positive response, seemed to be hiding something. Top Movie Site

Mahesh Narayan, as the director and scriptwriter, was able to imply that Anu has a secret. The audience is led to make guesses, which makes the first half so interesting, even before there really is a significant conflict, thanks to the good storytelling pacing. In fact, about the first 45 minutes, we were only treated to the PDKT process of two lovebirds, until finally, Jimmy proposed to Anu even though he only knew him a few weeks ago and had never met face to face.

The real mystery arrives when Anu disappears. There were several incidents between the proposal and the disappearance of Anu, but for the sake of watching pleasure, I will not describe them. In order to find his fiancé, Jimmy asks his cousin Kevin (Fahadh Faasil), who happens to be a software expert, to help. Together with Kevin’s investigation, C U Soon established a mystery that succeeded in getting the audience to guess, and was also good at tricking us into thinking about wrong conclusions.

The limitations of the media are barely noticeable when Mahesh deftly moves his investigation from one application to another, from one web to the next, embarking on the exciting journey of “bread crumbs”. Gopi Sundar’s music always accompanies it, with an impact that is not always positive. The investigation becomes even more tense, but when it arrives at the dramatic moment, the music stands out too much, stripping away the “raw” impression that should have been a feature of desktop films as the evolution of the found footage subgenre.

Back to talking about limitations, not only the script being tested, also acting. Darshana Rajendran is not confined by a narrow space, mostly only able to reveal the faces of the actors. Through expression alone, we can see Anu’s pain, which also implies ambiguity and limitless possibilities. Meanwhile, Roshan Mathew has clearly put in her best efforts, but unfortunately, Jimmy’s character made it difficult for me to feel sympathetic to her. Best Movie

Jimmy is hard to like. He is often pushy. For a moment, Anu didn’t reply, he immediately bombarded him with chat or a series of calls. Jimmy was in a hurry in his relationship, often ignoring what his partner said. Maybe C U Soon really wanted to convey about the absence of a long thought process in a relationship where lovers don’t really know each other. When Anu disappears, Jimmy doesn’t know who his future wife’s friends are, or the places he might visit. Even if that was the goal, couldn’t the script still give the protagonist one or two positives?

After her intense investigation, C U Soon stumbled when it was time to answer a question, which actually contained an important issue regarding human trafficking. The presentation was draggy due to trying too hard to build a melodrama through endless vlogs. And after Kevin’s extraordinarily hard work, it seemed that all was in vain, because elsewhere Jimmy had gotten the answer easily. I also asked, “What’s the use of this film?”. Cheer up? Of course. Vain? Unfortunately, yes. Movie Review

Dream House – Review
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Have you ever imagined that a small incident would change the entire course of a human’s life? Or have you ever wondered how much someone’s neglect of work will mess up someone else’s life? If you are curious about these questions, maybe Dream House (2011) will give you a little idea of ​​how one person’s small negligence can change all the dreams of others.

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Dream House is a psychological thriller genre film that tells the life of a family who has just moved house to a small town. Will Atenton (Daniel Craig), the head of the family works as editor of a publication and has a wife named Elizabeth who is familiarly called Libby (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters, Beatrice / Trish (Taylor Geare) and Katherine / Dee-Dee (Claire Geare ). They are a happy little family, but the busyness of Will Atenton (I myself caught Will here as a workaholic) makes Libby and her two children feel lonely, especially in a new neighborhood. That’s why Will’s decision to resign from his office was welcomed by his wife and children. He returned home, relieved and saddened by leaving his job.

Will’s return is followed by a series of strange events that occur in his new home. Dee-Dee had seen a strange man in the window and watched their house from outside and there was a mystery which was later revealed that in the house there was a family who was slaughtered by Peter Ward, the head of the family itself. Libby’s confusion about their new home makes Will try to find out what really happened in that house. Her neighbor, Ann Paterson (Naomi Watts), a wife who has separated from her husband and is struggling to get custody of her only child, looks uncooperative when asked by Will. Whereas Ann’s house is right across from Will’s and she has lived there for many years. Finally, after finding out that Peter Ward, the killer is being held in a mental hospital, Will goes there and starts investigating what happened. From this point on, the entire film’s plot changes. Will’s appearance underwent a transformation (most notably Daniel Craig’s hairstyle, which I think was Dedi Corbuzier’s model and really doesn’t fit. Hahaha) because Will is actually Peter Ward himself. He is accused of being the mastermind behind the deaths of his wife and children. The name Will he created himself when he experienced periods of mental illness and did not accept the fact that he was accused of being the slaughter of the family he loved so much.

But behind all the surprises, the main actors of the mystery are the Patterson family. Ann’s husband, whose name is Jack, apparently married Ann just to take Ann’s inheritance, because that’s why he is fighting for the custody of Chloe (Rachel G. Fox), their only child, because if Chloe’s custody is obtained, then he will inherit Ann. Jack then contacted someone who was to kill Ann and gave Ann’s home address on the same day Peter (Will) came home from work the day he resigned. What happened then? The person Jack had ordered turned out to be wrong to visit Ann’s house and he killed the wrong person, the victims of which were Libby and her two daughters. Incidentally, Peter came home at the same time and while trying to incapacitate the man he was holding the gun that was used to kill his family. He also became the only person living in his family and accusations of murder were directed to him. Best Movie

But behind all the surprises, the main actors of the mystery are the Patterson family. Ann’s husband, whose name is Jack, apparently married Ann just to take Ann’s inheritance, because that’s why he is fighting for the custody of Chloe (Rachel G. Fox), their only child, because if Chloe’s custody is obtained, then he will inherit Ann. Jack then contacted someone who was to kill Ann and gave Ann’s home address on the same day Peter (Will) came home from work the day he resigned. What happened then? The person Jack had ordered turned out to be wrong to visit Ann’s house and he killed the wrong person, the victims of which were Libby and her two daughters. Incidentally, Peter came home at the same time and while trying to incapacitate the man he was holding the gun that was used to kill his family. He also became the only person living in his family and accusations of murder were directed to him. Movie Review

All Together Now – Review
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Four years after winning the hearts of the audience when filling in the voice of Moana, Auliʻi Cravalho finally had the opportunity to make her live action debut in the adaptation of Matthew Quick’s Sorta Like a Rockstar, who is also the author of the novel The Silver Linings Playbook. Cravalho immediately exuded his charm from the first minute through singing, little dancing, and big smiles, while teaching English to Korean mothers through Shirley Ellis’ The Clapping Song. I believe, after this his name will take off, even though All Together Now is not a spectacle that will be remembered.

Cravalho plays Amber, a cheerful teenager with a noble heart. Every weekend she volunteers at a nursing home, accepting only generous donations as payment for teaching English, as well as leading her school friends to organize talent shows with the aim of helping those in need. He likes to help, but is reluctant to accept the helping hand of others, as taught by his mother, Becky (Justina Machado).

She held that principle, until Amber told no one that now she and her mother were homeless, after leaving the house of Becky’s violent lover. Luckily, Becky works as a school bus driver, so that the two of them can secretly take shelter for a while on the bus that he drives. The two of them love each other, but Becky has a problem. He’s an alcoholic. And no matter how many times Amber expressed disapproval, Becky still wanted to go back to her boyfriend. In fact, in addition to having “played hands”, it was this man who also dropped him into the abyss of alcoholism.

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Of course Amber refused to remain silent. He wants to improve his mother’s life. He also dreamed of continuing to study at Carnegie Mellon University, which was also his late father’s alma mater, in order to hone his talent for singing. But as soon as Amber puts up a fight, All Together Now presents a surprise. Surprise, unfortunately, is also a form of simplification of conflict. Becky died in an accident. Then, as if all his sins were erased and forgotten. The film moves into the realm of superficial melancholy drama, which turns a blind eye to the complexities of the parent-child relationship, from communication to the way each party shows affection. The exploration opportunity was thrown away. Becky is suddenly a faultless, loving mother. Best Movie

When Amber’s cheerfulness is gone, so is the charm of this film, which in the previous minutes, was so dependent on Cravalho’s energy. His dramatic acting is realistic, but the script by director Brett Haley (Hearts Beat Loud, All the Bright Places) with Matthew Quick and Marc Basch is like being confused about the protagonist’s grief. Instead of exploration, repetitions are carried out. The script repeats the depiction of how sad and hopeless Amber is, and how those around her try to provide support in the same way. Amber was tired of being constantly offered help, I was tired of the reps of her films.

But as the title implies, All Together Now is still a hopeful treat, with an important message that is quite relevant, considering that many individuals today are starting to become apathetic to togetherness in the social sphere. Accepting favors and / or gifts does not indicate weakness, nor is it wrong, especially if we really need it.

The talent show that filled the third round is indeed another form of simplification, with a presentation that could have been stronger if Amber and her friends’ relationship filled the screen more often, but it must be admitted, an appearance as the highlight of the show, managed to appear both warm and touching. Smiles and tears coincide, while perfecting the message about the social dynamics. Movie Review

GET DUKED! – Review
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Get Duked! is the funniest comedy I’ve watched in 2020. A typical British comedy full of tickling chirps, plus black comedy, trippy sequences, and relevant messages about social class, race, and distance between generations. Once upon a time four young people participated in a self-development training program, in which they had to navigate the Scottish highlands, well equipped. Abilities such as determining direction to teamwork are assessed. If declared to have passed by Carlyle (Jonathan Aris) as supervisor, the four of them are entitled to receive The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As the name suggests, the award was originally initiated by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinbugh in 1956. Top Movie Site

Three of the four teenagers are schoolmates. Duncan (Lewis Gribben), Dean (Rian Gordon), and DJ Beatroot (Viraj Juneja). The three of them were sent to the program for causing chaos, including blowing up the toilet and its “contents.” Another teenager named Ian (Samuel Bottomley). Unlike his three colleagues, Ian participated on his own, in order to obtain a certificate, which he thought would be useful when registering for college.

The difference that arises is that, unlike the trio of troublemakers, Ian comes from an upper middle class family. While other children are having fun joking around, Ian is busy reading maps or filling out checklists containing team performance assessments. “Work hard on what you do and everything would come true”, said Ian, to which Dean only responded with laughter. There is a real gap in strata and privilege. When Ian set out to study law at a top university, Duncan and Dean eagerly looked forward to a £ 6.5 per hour fishing job.

But in the eyes of The Duke (Eddie Izzard) and The Duchess (Georgie Glen), all four are the same: pests. In the midst of a journey that is already full of obstacles, the lives of the four of them are in fact threatened, when the blue blood couple chases them. Like many whites in power, The Duke and Duchess saw themselves as superior. Like many generations of boomers, The Duke and The Duchess blame the current generation for destroying the world, even though in reality, they are the ones who inherit the destruction of the world. Best Movie

Simultaneously, the local police under the leadership of Sergeant Morag (Kate Dickie), who were previously busy investigating the bread theft case, began to shift their focus to hunting down terrorists. What does this have to do with the journey of our four protagonists? Later, the common thread will be revealed through intriguing stories about the incompetence and racism of the apparatus, which complements the success of Ninian Doff (also sitting in the director’s chair) in producing a sharp script in criticism without losing his antics.

The humor varies, from the satire resulting from communication difficulties between individuals of different classes, to the idiocy of their character, which, although extreme, is not surprising, because they are children who blow up toilets for content (and attention). The humor in the story full of chaos makes the film appear dynamic, especially when Doff’s powerful directing is supported by hip hop songs, some surreal visuals where each character eats “something”, and the acting of the four main characters which ultimately makes the audience willing to support them, no matter how much Ian whines, or how crazy or stupid his three friends behave. Movie Review

Raat Akeli Hai – Review
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Raat Akeli Hai – Review

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Raat Akeli Hai (“The Night is Lonely ‘in English) is a whodunit with a dysfunctional family background similar to Knives Out (2019), with a policeman as the protagonist who, throughout the investigation, often clashes with corrupt power holders, while trying to maintain objectivity when the romance begins. cross over it. J. J. “Jake” Gittes, the main character in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), was struggling more or less. Is the script inspired directly by the two titles above? Maybe. Is the quality at the same level? Unfortunately no.

The opening sequence features an accident at night. A car was hit by a truck. But it wasn’t an accident. A man accidentally crashed his truck, then killed the two car passengers, then obliterated their bodies. Five years later, another murder case occurred. Raghuveer Singh (Khalid Tyabji) is found dead in a room, right after getting married to a much younger girl named Radha (Radhika Apte). Radha is Raghuveer’s second wife, after his first wife died five years ago. Top Movie Site

Inspector Jatil Yadav (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is in charge of investigating the case. Suspicion certainly leads to Radha, but Jatil simply refuses to believe it. Despite facing a lot of opposition, from partners who consider him “looking for something that doesn’t exist”, to members of the legislative assembly who happen to have close ties with the Singh Family, Jatil still believes that this case is both bigger and more complex than it looks. But really? Was Jatil really a careful investigator, or was he only distracted by feelings of sympathy (which later turned into love) for Radha?

Many — though not all — of the whodunit treats are set in one location, in order to maintain focus and increase intensity in the puzzle-solving process, while strengthening characterizations and interactions between individuals. Raat Akeli Hai chose the opposite approach. The scale is enlarged, the conflict is enlarged. The problem is that Smita Singh’s writing has not been that solid, resulting in a complexity that is often confusing rather than fun to solve. After an early half that aroused curiosity, the intensity in the following minutes weakened, along with the increasing problems of the location visited by the inspector. Best Movie

I understand that Smitha has a lot of worries about social issues. Power abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, beauty standards, and others. But not all of them need to be included, so as to make the film roll for nearly two and a half hours. Some points are of inferior substance. One of them was about Jatil, who was demanded to get married immediately by his mother (Ila Arun), which was included only as a pioneer for an element of romance which also did not need to exist, because: 1) It did not enrich the story; and 2) Without a commensurate emotional payoff.

A myriad of characters appeared, but due to the lack of color typical of each other, nothing really interesting to follow. There is one character who has a big role in the final half (including bringing up an important issue), but as long as the duration is not given adequate portions, it strips away the impact when he finally gets the spotlight. At least, our protagonist is more complex. Coupled with the fearless appearance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a fearless law enforcer in black glasses and leather jacket, Jatil is not a holy protagonist. His anger often exploded, he did not hesitate to give slaps to those who disturbed the investigation. Meanwhile, Radhika Apte is good at processing feelings, even though his character stops at the level of “an accused” and “a candidate for Jatil’s mate” rather than an individual who stands alone. Even though there is a potential for gender issues to be raised from the figure.

Honey Trehan, previously known as casting director, is making her directorial debut here. The results weren’t bad. The storytelling is dynamic, even with the help of Pankaj Kumar’s camera system and the artistic department team, Honey is able to polish Raat Akeli Hai to spoil the eyes. Even so, it is still green and not capable enough to be able to save the weakness of the script, including the moment of explaining the answer which should be the highlight of a whodunit, but instead is presented with minimal intensity due to hasty execution, which is no less confusing than the investigation. Movie Review

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl – Review
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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl – Review

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Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl caused some controversy ahead of its release. First, the issue of nepotism related to the election of Janhvi Kapoor as part of the Kapoor dynasty, which has been sticking out since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Second, about the depiction of sexism in the IAF (Indian Air Force) which is considered excessive. Even the original Saxena gossip acknowledged differences. But to think completely wrong is not quite right. Top Movie Site

Several informants stated that (at least in the past) there was discrimination, as well as some confusion regarding how to treat female soldiers. Outside of the IAF, the Indian navy only had female pilots in 2019, and the army aviation division has yet to open its doors. This means that although the accuracy surrounding the conditions of the IAF is debatable, sexism in the military space, which is synonymous with masculinity, is not making it up.

Once upon a time, Gunjan Saxena (Janhvi Kapoor), daughter of a retired military officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Anup Saxena (Pankaj Tripathi), dreams of becoming a pilot. Despite her father’s support, her mother (Ayesha Raza Mishra) strongly opposes, while her older brother, Anshuman (Angad Bedi), who is a member of the army, expressed disapproval. “I’m worried about Gunjan’s safety,” he told his father. Don’t we often hear sexism under the guise of such caring? In line with, “Women do not wear sexy clothes, it is dangerous, men can be seduced”.

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The script by director Sharan Sharma with Nikhil Mehrotra summarizes various forms of sexism, from the subtle to the overt. The first half brings Gunjan struggling to break down family opposition. She finally managed to become the only woman accepted into the IAF. But the next challenge is much tougher, because Gunjan is faced with stigmas in the military unit. She was alienated from social life, was often late due to the absence of toilets and women’s changing rooms, and did not even have the opportunity to fly because the pilots were worried, “the woman was screaming in fear”. The question, “Who is really afraid?”.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl highlights the fragility of male masculinity, which is summed up perfectly by the protagonist’s punchy line to his boss: “The problem is not my weakness, but your fear. You’re afraid that if I become superior, everyone has to pay respect. That will be the end of your manhood. Throughout the film, you will often find similar quotable sentences. The sentences that are arranged so neatly by the two writers, without losing honesty.

But if this film carries empowerment, why does Gunjan often need men’s help to get out of trouble? I don’t see it as a “men savior” narrative, but a message to privileged holders so they don’t stand idly by. So that as Gunjan said to Anshuman, each individual must change first, so that the world may also change. It should be noted, Gunjan does not depend on it. If the world doesn’t give it a chance, it creates the opportunity itself, just like when it created an impromptu dressing room. However, there are doors that are impossible to enter in a world full of injustice. Here, it is the duty of Anup and Commander Gautam Sinha (Manav Vij) to open the door as privileged owners.

Making his directorial and writing debut, Sharan Sharma, who was previously assistant director Karan Johar, proved his ability to speak military-flavored emotional dramas. His air sequence, culminating in a mission in the Kargil War (1999), was executed fairly solidly. At least, managed to avoid the artificial impression.

As a scriptwriter with Nikhil, Sharan follows the signature winning formula of Bollywood, wherever the issues raised are sure to boil down to the family sphere. Gunjan fights not only for himself, for his father, and unconsciously, for all Indian women. These are women who “only” want to realize their dreams, then contribute to changing the face of the country.

The song lines contain uplifting arrangements and lyrics that are suitable for building a positive mood of hope, while Sharan shows off his ability to direct warm moments. Of course the ranks of players made a big contribution. Pankaj always reconciles, not only for Gunjan, but also for the audience. Meanwhile, Janhvi will make the audience sympathize and believe that he is Gunjan Saxena the talented pilot. Was the Janhvi election a form of nepotism? Most likely so. But does he deserve this role? Of course! Movie Review

The Passion Of The Christ – Review
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The Passion Of The Christ – Review

Historical drama film depicting 12 hours before Jesus Christ died on the cross. It was during these 12 hours that we were shown Jesus’ torture from being flogged to being crucified and dying there.

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As the title describes, the word passion does not refer to a strong emotional desire or desire, but rather to another meaning, namely to suffer, which is rooted in the Latin word pati and means suffering. This film by Mel Gibson succeeds in depicting the suffering of Jesus Christ, so that this film has become a kind of Christian mandatory film to this day.

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However, behind the many appreciations from Christians, it turns out that the film Passion of the Christ also invites controversy from various parties for their own reasons. Passion of the Christ is considered too brutal and sadistic to describe the suffering of Jesus. Critic Roger Ebert called it the saddest film he had ever seen. To the Jewish community, this film seemed like anti-semitism. Because the Jews there were shown to be a really bad person. They were impressed that they really enjoyed the suffering that Jesus experienced.

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Interestingly, as the director of this film, Mel Gibson is also known as a racist figure. So that he had difficulty promoting this film. Therefore, Mel Gibson used the church as a means of promotion. He spreads promotional materials from one church to another, including how to insert ad-libs in sermons. Although many were criticized by the church, this proved to attract the attention of the audience.

Mel Gibson was inundated with harsh criticism. The film was deemed too brutal and disturbing, the torture scene was denounced and deemed inappropriate for being appointed to the big screen. In addition, many think that Gibson puts forward anti-Semitism too much, because Gibson is considered to portray Jews as cruel.

The latest controversy, Passion of the Christ’s marketing team claimed that the film was accurate and recognized by the Pope. The Vatican swiftly denied that the Pope had made this statement. Many people suspect that the Passion of the Christ marketing team only fabricated this statement to increase the hype of this film. Despite the controversy, this film is still worth watching during the Easter period. It reminds us of Jesus’ suffering before dying on the cross.

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The Interview – Review
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The Interview is a comedy film that leads to American-North Korean political problems. As you know, the relationship between the two countries is not harmonious, well, in this film, the relationship between the two countries is slightly teased through the packaging of vulgar comedy that has political smell. But fortunately this controversial film was not banned by the US, because this country is indeed the most liberal and protects the right to vote. In flashback, films like The Absolute Power and mini series 24 that offend the US frontally are also not silenced by them.

This film is not really WOW. However, the comedy which is a bit sarcastic and vulgar plus the setting of the story in North Korea is what makes the film appeal. So he said, yesterday’s attack on the Sony database and hackers from the North Korean cyber army was also triggered by this film. Top Movie Site

The initial story of this film is that there are 2 very famous presenters from America, their name is Dave Skylark (James Franco). He has a talk show called “Skylark Tonight” whose producer is his own friend, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen). Their talk shows always invite famous celebrities who also make controversial statements, for example Eminem who claims to be gay.

Gradually, they are even bored with the success of their talkshow. And finally Dave had an idea for an interview with Kim Jong Un! Aaron was already skeptical and said it was impossible, but it turned out that Kim Jong Un happened to be a fan of the Skylark Tonight event. Thinking that these two are a golden opportunity, apart from interviewing other guests than others, this will make Skylark Tonight even more so.

The Interview
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After Aaron arranged a schedule with a representative from North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un, they were finally invited to North Korea. However, the news that they wanted to have a live interview with Kim Jong Un was heard by the CIA. The CIA has a plan to kill Kim Jong Un, through Dave Skylark’s hands. In Dave’s hand, it will be stuck like a sticky tape whose surface is poison, now it is poison if it comes into contact with the skin, it can cause death. Kim Jong Un will be expected to die of the poison, when Dave gives a shaking hand. Best Movie

Did this plan work? The problem is, when they arrived in North Korea, they were greeted very, very well, lol. Kim Jong Un became Dave’s best friend, they were really close. Drinking Margaritas together, listening to each other’s curses, playing with tanks, playing basketball, etc. This actually made Dave’s judgment on the figure of Kim Jong Un, who he said had changed, Kim Jong Un was not a bad person, and he didn’t even become killed Kim Jong Un.

This film is also full of provocative propaganda so that the North Korean people carry out a coup. Because “this film also made North Korea fire its beard. They immediately hacked Sony’s server, Sony Pictures officials were threatened to be killed, then this film was also temporarily postponed. Finally, on December 25, 2014, this film was released by Sony for the first time to the internet (rent $ 6, buy $ 15 on Google Play and XBOX).

As for acting, Seth Rogen is not bad. “His acting is always okay to be the second actor like in 50/50, Neighbors, and The Green Hornet. Now the problem is in James Franco, according to my subjectivity, he is rather over acting, then trying for Mike Myers and Jim Carrey are really wannabe.But yes, thumbs up is enough, for some scenes he’s been successful, how come he laughs. Movie Review

Slay The Dragon – Review
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Slay The Dragon – Review

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Audiences outside the United States may ask whether or not we can enjoy Slay the Dragon, which even compared to some other political-themed documentaries, has a much more foreign subject. Knock Down the House (2019), for example, which, although filled with election trivia, tends to prioritize women’s empowerment. Meanwhile, the film by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, although carrying a universal theme related to democracy, specifically explores the practice of gerrymandering.

Since the opening of the film, Gary Lionelli’s music has immediately invaded the audience’s ears with an orchestra like from a suspense film, which seems to emphasize the high urgency of the issue. But then again, can audiences outside America understand the urgency? Because, let alone the definition of gerrymandering, not necessarily have an understanding of the electoral system and its political atmosphere. Even the film itself shows that there are still many local people who don’t understand this. Top Movie Site

This is where the quality of the film’s storytelling is tested. Like a teacher who is not only smart for himself, but is good at sharing his knowledge with others, Slay the Dragon is able to explain gerrymandering in a concise and clear manner, thanks to the resource person who is good at composing sentences plus effective visualization. It is not just about “what”, the reason for the practice is cheating which injures democracy is well conveyed.

You can see the full explanation directly from the film, but in short, gerrymandering is the practice of dividing electoral boundaries with the aim of seeking profit for certain political parties, which occurs every 10 years, when each state in the United States carries out redistricting. Through gerrymandering, the parties in power can ensure that in the next election, victory is still theirs.

The term “gerrymandering” was used after in 1812, the governor of Massachusetts, established a new map shaped like a salamander. After Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 election, the practice went crazy, after the Republicans who were cornered, started the REDMAP project. The division of electoral districts is increasingly absurd. Some are shaped like a dragon (the origin of the film’s title), until one of the strangest, Goofy kicks Donald Duck. Apparently that was only the beginning.

Apart from gerrymandering, the Republic has implemented other methods to minimize the chances of Democrats, including issuing regulations requiring voters to have Voter Id. The result was Trump’s victory in the 2016 election. As many as 45,000 people in Wisconsin were not allowed to vote, giving Trump victory in the state, where he has 22,000 votes. Best Movie

There are still many other facts provided by Slay the Dragon, making it an informative documentary, which will amaze ordinary audiences, especially those from outside the United States. We know that politics, including elections, is full of dirty intrigue, but bringing the audience to know how far and how systematically these intrigues are the hallmarks of Slay the Dragon. Although it must be admitted, it is likely that not all of them will be accommodated considering that so much data is present in a short time, plus cultural barriers (read: political culture) that limit the processing of information.

Besides being informative, Slay the Dragon also wants to be an inspirational documentary by describing the struggles of Katie Fahey, an activist from Michigan who is passionate about running a grassroots campaign to end gerrymandering, together with the Voters Not Politicians (VNP) organization she founded. The hope is that VNP’s journey from a small ripple that is doubtful will be able to collect 350,000 signatures on the petition into a national scale action that shakes the corrupt system, can move the hearts of the audience through the message “People’s voice will win”.

But there is one important point that the film forgets. It was stated that VNP had succeeded in reversing observers’ predictions, where the majority doubted their capacity. The question is: How? When many people don’t even know the meaning of gerrymandering, how has that success been achieved? Slay the Dragon forces the audience to accept the “miracle” as an inspirational achievement, at a time when it is not a miracle. There are many details that require understanding. But as a knowledge enhancer, this film is definitely worth watching. Movie Review

La LLorona – Review
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Although both based on the folklore La Llorona, this Guatemalan film has nothing to do with The Curse of La Llorona (2019) which is part of the series The Conjuring. In the hands of director Jayro Bustamante, who also co-wrote the script with Lisandro Sanchez, the subtext on “women’s retaliation for men’s crimes” was strengthened, then implemented to the plight of the Guatemalan people who lived under the tyranny of a heinous dictator.

The opening moment immediately left an impression, even before the first image appeared, when a woman whispered a prayer. The owner of the voice is named Carmen (Margarita Kenéfic), who sits in a circle with a group of women. What are they praying for? Apparently, Carmen’s husband, Enrique (Julio Diaz), who his subordinates call “General”, is awaiting trial, to determine whether it is true that he committed genocide against the Maya. Top Movie Site

The General and his troops were accused of murdering and raping the Maya, as justification for the eradication of communism. Watch Enrique’s face. His white hair, thick mustache. Then look for the picture of Efraín Ríos Montt. Similar? Of course, because Bustamante and Sanchez really wanted to make La Llorona a reflection of reality as well as revenge for the nation’s wounds. More specifically, a woman’s wound.

The court found Enrique guilty, but the decision was overturned due to lack of evidence. As a result, dozens (or hundreds?) Of residents demonstrated in front of Enrique’s house, leaving the occupants of the house, including the General’s daughter and grandson, Natalia (Sabrina De La Hoz) and Sara (Ayla-Elea Hurtado), locked up for days. Occasionally the audience is invited to take a peek at the conditions outside the gate, but we hear more of the demonstrators’ non-stop screams, while the activities in the house are going on, as the rulers shut their ears to the people’s cries. Best Movie

Maybe in the eyes of many people, La Llorona is not horror, and Bustamante does not apply the mainstream pattern. No jump scares, no occult interruptions, at least not overtly and not in the first hour. La Llorona tends to put fear first. The fear of a dictator who was in power likes to spread fear. Even before the trial, Enrique is overpowered by fear. At midnight, he admits that he heard the cries of women, so he believes there are spies in the house. Whether the cry is indeed supernatural terror or just in Enrique’s head doesn’t matter. The point is, how after being stripped of power, the dictator is nothing more than a weak and pitiful old man.

Even though he doesn’t spit out terror openly, Bustamante ensures that the tense nuance is maintained. When assisted by the thick creepy images directed by Nicolás Wong, he creates an atmosphere full of anxiety and fear, as a representation of Enrique’s family’s heart. Then comes Alma (María Mercedes Coroy), a young girl who comes to replace the servants who in congregation decide to leave. Of course it is not difficult to guess Alma’s true identity, because along with his presence, terror becomes even more real. Following that is the process of uncovering the details of the truth through the carefulness of the script to spread clues, from Alma’s frequent “training” of Sara’s ability to hold her breath in water, to a series of nightmares that her character experiences every night. Do not miss the hint of the dark secret of the Enrique family.

Once on the third act, the payoff intensity offered was not too strong nor was the quantity too short, but it did not diminish the power of La Llorona’s storytelling, especially about empowerment. The film again emphasizes that in acts of harassment, sin does not only belong to the perpetrator, but also to those who choose to ignore it. Movie Review

Scoob – Review
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Did you know that Scoob! is the first big screen animation to adapt the Scooby-Doo? Previously there were 33 animated films that have been made, including the crossover between Scooby and Batman (Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and WWE (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery and Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed ​​Demon), but all of them are in direct-to-video status.

Naturally, the story begins with the first meeting of Shaggy (Will Forte) and Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker, the only voice actor for the original Scooby-Doo animated series, Where Are You! Who returns), when the two of them were still kids. The answer to the question “Which came first? Scooby-Doo or Scooby Snacks? ” was also given. Animated series Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! has also touched on the issue, even though the answers given are different. Best Movie

After one emotional moment — which should have gotten a payoff if the conclusions weren’t simplified — a minute after the next that will make fans feel nostalgic through the appearance of various features of the series. Sound effects, signature humor that involves disguising acts to outwit the “ghosts”, the words “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids” that criminals utter after being arrested, to the best of them, are them. re-intro with its iconic theme song.

Scoob‘s early half! managed to restore childhood memories, as well as sparking enthusiasm waiting for what kind of mystery Mystery Inc. will investigate. this time. It is said, Fred (Zac Efron), Daphne (Amanda Seyfried), and Velma (Gina Rodriguez), felt that it was time for Mystery Inc. growing, by investigating bigger cases for more money. Simon Cowell (played by Simon himself) is ready to become an investor, with one condition: Shaggy and Scooby not involved. Through his trademark scathing comments, Simon felt that both of them were useless for the team. Top Movie Site

Heartbroken, Shaggy and Scooby, who were exasperating while playing bowling, were attacked by a group of small robots belonging to Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs), who for some reason tried to kidnap Scooby. Luckily, they are rescued by the superhero idol Shaggy as a child, Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg), along with his robot dog, Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), and Dee Dee Skyes (Kiersey Clemons) as the pilot of his pride, Falcon Fury.

Fans must be aware that these characters, even though they belong to Hanna-Barbera properties, are not from the Scooby-Doo series. The reason is predictable. Scoob! it was intended as an opening to the Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe. In fact, the Avengers-style crossover is an interesting prospect, given the uniqueness of each character. Unfortunately, similar to other cinematic universes, the effort to build a future destroys the present.

Scoob! swerved into a large-scale superhero film. Apart from the cinematic universe, bringing an animated series with a duration of 20-30 minutes containing light mystery investigations interspersed with chases and naming “ghosts”, to a 94-minute long film medium does need modification. But that does not mean being a superhero film full of bombastic action, with only a bit of the process of solving a mystery, which even seems to be summarized forcefully through a convoluted line of verbal exposition.

Even later, fantasy elements are included, bringing Scooby and friends to fight real monsters instead of humans in the guise of ghosts. Doesn’t that go against the essence of the series? Even more ironic, considering the birth of Scooby Doo, Where Are You! based on Hanna-Barbera’s intention to create non-violent cartoons to satisfy a group of parents, who were protesting against the superhero-themed spectacle wave in the mid-1960s.

Betray the foundation? Maybe, but minimal, Scoob! not tilled carelessly. The visuals feast on the eyes through sharp high contrast visuals, which also wrap up a climax that appears exciting thanks to director Tony Cervone’s dynamic direction. If only his efforts to “build the future” had been more careful. Movie Review

Ordinary Love – Review
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Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville) have been married for many years. Their daily life? Debate (in a playful way) around nontrivial matters. For example about a juice maker that they don’t have. It is even more romantic than other expressions of love which at first glance are more passionate, such as love poetry. The two of them are already in a phase where love does not need to be expressed every day, as a result of long-term togetherness. But that doesn’t mean that love is gone. On the contrary.

Tom always had a stock of humor to answer what Joan said, as if he was never serious. “Can you just act normal once?” Asked Joan. But we know, Tom’s “abnormality” is the reason his wife felt at home for so long, even after a tragedy that tested their strength. Until the next test comes. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer. How big will the challenges be in the future? What if the worst case scenario approaches? Worries took over their minds. Top Movie Site

It is true that the story centers on the cancer that the protagonist suffers from, but viewers who expect the usual tearjerker are likely to be disappointed to find the film too “cold”. Of course, in recent years the intensity of conflict has increased, but overall, this is not a porn disease that relies on hyperbole emotions. Written by Owen McCafferty who has had experience in producing theater scripts, it is not surprising that Ordinary Love became a “chatty” film. Maybe this is the result if there is a Before Midnight character who gets cancer.

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Tom and Joan spoke softly, even whispering occasionally. The camera never takes too far from the two of them, only moves when needed, even then at a slow tempo, as if the director duo Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn want to put the audience in the intimate space of the two protagonists. Meanwhile, the music by David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger, Logan Lucky) brings out familiar notes through melancholy piano accompaniment, occasionally added with dreamy synth nuances.

As already mentioned, Tom and Joan tend to talk about trivial matters with a lot of jokes. Even after the chemo process started, Tom’s chirps still made Joan (and the audience) laugh. Everything seems ….. ordinary. At first glance there is nothing extraordinary, but that does not mean it is not special. Because love, even in its most ordinary form, is already extraordinary.

Even though its approach is to stay away from the clichédness of porn disease, Ordinary Love seems to be stuck with templates. In the middle of treatment, Joan meets Peter (David Wilmot), her daughter’s former teacher, who is suffering from terminal cancer. Meanwhile, Tom (only in one sequence), shared his feelings with Peter’s partner, Steve (Amit Shah). The meeting of two individuals with the same fate which ends up strengthening each other is a familiar element in a disease-themed film. Ordinary Love does not make a difference, even as if it only includes it for the sake of fulfilling obligations, without having a significant impact, either in the form of emotions or understanding more about dealing with cancer.

Neeson performed well, reminding that even though he was later better known as a champion of action, he had first made his name as an actor full of sensitivity. This time, his deep voice was not used to intimidate criminals, but to calm his wife’s heart through expressions of affection. Meanwhile, from Manville, we can feel that a pile of things is raging in Joan’s heart, even though it is not visible from the outside. And when — like the opening scene —Ordinary Love closes the story at Christmas to create a full circle, we know that it’s not only the setting of the time that is “immutable,” their love is too. Movie Review

Double World – Review
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I haven’t had a chance to check the promotional materials and the reviews, I think, Double World – as an adaptation of the MMORPG game of the same name – is a war movie set in the past of the ordinary Chinese empire. Until the opening sequence of the action displays gore, monsters, also set designs that look a bit more modern. Interesting! The attraction that unfortunately slowly fades as execution fails to fulfill its potential.

The story takes the setting of a fictional country named South Zhao, which has long been arguing with North Yu. After an assassination attempt on the South King Zhao by North Yu spies, Grand Tutor Guan (Hu Ming) plans to hold a martial arts tournament to gather the greatest fighters from around the country. The purpose? Preparing South Zhao to face war. But Guan secretly has other intentions. Top Movie Site

Each clan in South Zhao was ordered to send three representatives. Our protagonist, Dong Yilong (Henry Lau), who is notorious for causing trouble and being called “rogue” by the citizens, surprisingly expressed his desire to participate. Yilong hopes to find out his origin (the mother died after giving birth, the father is unknown). Even though Yilong often provokes noise, he is a good kid. More precisely naive. Later in the tournament, he refused to kill opponents, even willing to help The Beast King, a wild giant snake whose head continued to drain blood due to a war helmet that was forced to be forced by South Zhao’s soldiers, to make it look even more terrifying in the middle of the battlefield.

Joining Yilong is Chu Hun (Peter Ho), a deserter who holds a desire for revenge on Guan, also a girl named Jingang (Lin Chenhan), who has high self-defense skills despite being a teenager. Double World promises a deadly tournament that is followed by dozens of heroes. The tournament itself, which is divided into three rounds, only starts after 40 minutes. In the first round, each team member is tied to each other, then speeding along on the chain, while avoiding large stones. Fall means death, because below, iron spikes await.

The set piece is interesting, but it is not the equivalent redemption for waiting for 40 minutes because it rolls too short, also wrapped in mediocre choreography. Similar complaints are appropriate for the next rounds. While so plunging into battle, the heroes who seemed to have diverse abilities were only present to die. The pause between the actions was quite long, bridged by a half-cooked story from the manuscript written by Fendou Liu and Ning Wen. The revenge subplot is lacking in emotion due to the narrow characterization, while the construction of its world mythology, which includes elements of fantasy, the concept of “double world”, as well as secrets related to Dong Yilong’s identity, are they limited to mere patches? Saved for a sequel maybe?

There was also another revenge subplot, this time involving slaves from North Yu (Luxia Jiang) who were eager to kill Chu Hun. What is the essence of this story? A tool to make Chu Hun aware so that he doesn’t live filled with grudges? Not really, because finally the deserter continued to complete the mission. The slave (I forgot his name) had disappeared, before suddenly appearing at the climax, before then killed. Try to answer my question: Can you find the endless female characters who die or have a tragic fate in this film? .Best Movie

At least the acting department is quite helpful. Henry is more mature as an actor through his solid appearance as a naive young man who is forced to stare at the cruelty of the world. Lin Chenhan was no less slick. Thanks to that, Double World feels more playful. While other casts just carry out their work, as well as the director, Teddy Chan.

Teddy was so dependent on CGI, the majority of which functioned to revive the element of fantasy, which although (slightly) added color through monsters such as giant scorpions, giant snakes, etc., appeared to be less than optimal due to inconsistencies in CGI quality. When momentarily switching from computer effects, the standard action of the hit is also far from impressive. Some gore which increased the level of brutality of the battle were in fact unable to help, because once again, Teddy was just doing work. It’s hard to believe that this film is handled by filmmakers behind Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) and Kung Fu Jungle (2014). Movie Review

Shirley – Review
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Coming from director Josephine Decker who gave birth to a unique narrative drama through Madeline’s Madeline (2018), Shirley is a biographical film that avoids the clarity of biographical films. Because although the character is a real-world figure, and filled with several facts, this film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell, which although based on the life story of novelist Shirley Jackson, her speech is herded into the realm of fiction.

The film opens through an introduction to a new married couple, Fred (Logan Lerman) and Rose (Odessa Young), who want to stay temporarily in the home of Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). Fred is trying to reach his dream of becoming a lecturer under Stanley’s guidance. At first everything seemed fine, when Fred and Rose received a warm welcome. Until they met Shirley. Top Movie Site

Shirley is not a friendly figure. He spends more time in the room in a drunken condition, does not yet have ideas for the latest work, and when someone asks, “What’s your latest book?”, He answers, “A little novella called NONE OF YOUR GODDAMN BUSINESS”. Afterwards, we know that Stanley, behind his intellectual status and smile, is a cheating man who always tries to establish his power over his wife.

When Shirley said she wanted to write a novel instead of novella, Stanley responded, “You’re not ready”. Even every Shirley’s work must pass its review. Stanley’s figure represents the superiority of “intellectual husband” over multiple wives that occurred in the 1950s (even today) as the setting of the film. Superiority is instilled through mind manipulation, in which men, through their controls try to assert that women are no smarter, so they must pass their agreement if they want to do anything.

Rose finally became a victim of injustice. Stanley asked him to stop going to college to do homework, which Shirley could not do. Despite objections, as a form of support for Fred’s ambitions, he finally complied. From there Rose began to interact a lot with Shirley at home, especially after the novelist created a character based on her.

In addition to the figure of Rose as the character foundation, Shirley’s latest novel (titled Hangsaman, published in 1951) was also inspired by the case of the disappearance of a student named Paula. Shirley is antisocial, so she needs help Rose is gathering data about the Paula case, whether from the files on campus, or the testimony of residents. The activity brought Rose to hear Shirley’s erkait gossip. Some call it crazy. Some believe he wrote a story about cannibals. The problem is, all the information is always spiced “Said”. The script by Sarah Gubbins tucked in irony, how the public away from Shirley based on rumors believed to be reality, while the novelist, who was considered very bad, actually bothered to look for facts “only” to give birth to fiction. Best Movie

Decker and Gubbins worked on Shirley like respect, packing it in the style of the novelist. Despite being a quasi-biographical drama, Shirley is thick with horror thanks to Tamar-kali eerie music (Mudbound, The Assistant), as well as atmospheric visuals including some nightmarish sequences, which occasionally include blood and a little jump scare. The nuance that not only reflects the specificity of Shirley’s work, but also her psychic. Moss revives Shirley’s anxious figure, as if it might explode at any time. On the other hand, Young carries Rose to oscillate at the boundary of innocence and awareness of reality.

Directing Decker also shines when dealing with romanticism, which naturally moves to sensuality. One of the most memorable scenes was when Rose approached Shirley who was sitting in a swinging chair. The camera focuses on the lower part of their bodies which slowly approaches. Decker builds intense sensuality without exploiting cheap sexuality, proving that female gazes tend to be more elegant in covering this kind of situation.

Having the character of a novel writer, it became natural when Shirley did not escape discussing the creation of the work. Exposure to creativity in the process of writing that is tiring of the brain and heart, so the peak of dynamics. So when the story stopped for a moment to explore the issue, plus an impromptu time jump of about a year, Shirley had lost the grip and the distinguishing element of most drama. Until we reach the final round. Beginning with Rose’s awareness of the secret Shirley knew (and the viewers were suspicious), we were led to a tense scene set in a cliff. Then a conclusion that would spark discussion and confusion followed.

(SPOILER STARTS) There are a number of points that the film might want to convey through its ambiguity conclusions: 1) How the writer projects his imagination into reality; 2) The process of a writer thinking about ending options, which requires him to choose between an ideal picture of hope or dark reality; 3) The individual process metaphor “kills” its old self before transforming into a new person. But what seems to me more ambiguous is the closing scene. After spending the entire duration presenting empowering stories, why is Shirley happy to hear the confession of her husband who calls her a genius? Is it an inconsistency? Or is it precisely the bitter exposure of reality? That finally, no matter how independent women want, the world still forces them to accept injustice. Unlike the twist on Rose, the ambiguity of this point actually reduces the firmness of the message. (SPOILER ENDS).Movie Review

The Whistlers – Review
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Through The Whistlers, who earlier this year represented Romania at the Academy Awards, director-scriptwriter Corneliu Porumboiu clashed traditionally with modern, classical and contemporary, in a black thriller-comedy, who also acted as a love letter to elements from the era then, including the film media itself.

So it’s not mere trinkets when the climax of the shooting takes place in an abandoned movie set, references appear to classic titles such as The Searchers (1956) and Pyscho (1960), or when Catrinel Marlon plays a femme fatale character named Gilda like a character the legendary played by Rita Hayworth in the film Noir Gilda (1946). Top Movie Site

But the most substantial “past product” in this film is Silbo Gomero, a whistling language originally used by the Guanche, a native of the Canary Islands, Spain. It is said, Romanian police named Cristi (Vlad Ivanov) came to La Gomera (one of the islands in Canaria) to learn the language, to free Zsolt (Sabin Tambrea), a businessman who was arrested in Bucharest for money laundering.

Whistling is used so that the communication process cannot be detected by the police. Now is the time when every movement can be monitored using a camera and all conversations can be tapped. Rather than preparing a technology that has the power to defeat the police as it often appears in a row of Hollywood blockbusters, The Whistlers chose a more “oldskul” method. A unique perspective from Porumboiu’s manuscript, which is often presented tickling through deadpan comedy packaging (the best example when Cristi practiced). Best Movie

Arriving at La Gomera, Cristi was welcomed by Gilda. “Forget what happened in Bucharest. That was just for the surveillance cameras “, said the woman. What does it mean? Why should a police officer even bother to learn to whistle to release a criminal? Be prepared to ask questions, because The Whistlers are spoken through non-linear channels, which first present the impact of an event, then explain their background through flashback. There are practices of bribery, double-crossing, fraud, etc., which are quite complex. Add non-linear flow force, so that everything becomes more difficult to digest. But it is not impossible, because all pieces of answers are shown, both in the form of verbal speech and visual language that is more subtle. It’s just that the distribution is random, and the audience is required to compile them independently.

Is complicated speaking style necessary? Actually not, considering even without that, the main points of the story, namely about corruption among the authorities, can still be presented. It must be admitted that this is an embodiment of “style over substance”, but for the audience who are fond of compiling puzzles, despite the initial adjustment process, The Whistlers give satisfaction in each success in solving puzzles and understanding the points of the story.

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu moved from the long take and slow tempo that defines the realism of the New Wave Romanian, replaced by a playful approach that is more powerful, also more funny thanks to the black comedy in a deadpan style. Porumboiu closed the film with a beautiful sequence set in the night with the twinkling lights of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Is it really a happy ending, or is it a dream that gives his character a reason to move on? Anywhere is not a problem, even if it is not real. Because the essence of cinema itself is not much different, namely the media perpetuate dreams and imagination. Movie Review

Murder Death Koreatown – Review
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Murder Death Koreatown – Review

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Murder Death Koreatown is found footage without credit. There is no other director, writer, cast, or crew name. That said, the film was arranged based on a collection of videos recorded by a man. The man disappeared. And at the end of the duration, whoever “discovered” the footage, edited it into this film, and refused to be revealed. OK. I understand the filmmaker wants to strengthen the impression of realism. But we are in 2020. It has been 21 years since The Blair Witch Project rocked through a similar gimmick. This phenomenal horror has two sequels, none of which adopt a similar approach, because the people behind it realize that the tactic won’t work a second time.

Murder Death Koreatown tried too hard to look real. His efforts failed, especially when the film has actors with prone acting abilities that are far from realistic. When he cries, I want to give him a punch in the face rather than a pat on the shoulder as an expression of compassion. I want him to fail in his investigation. Best Movie Site

What investigation? So, our protagonist (call it “Maman”), who lives with his girlfriend (call it “Sri”), is aware of a murder case near their apartment. The case involved a Korean couple, in which the wife killed her husband. Maman feels the awkwardness in the case. With his cellphone camera, plus poor interviewing skills (plus socializing), he investigates, goes around the complex in search of evidence and witnesses.

Maman insisted, even though Sri had tried to convince that there were no oddities. The murder was horrifying, shocking, but what Maman considered odd, could be explained properly. I agree. Maman failed to convince me to participate in the investigation, because from the beginning there was nothing interesting. And Maman the late detective’s trip is very boring (at least in the first half). He just goes around, interviewing people who don’t give meaningful information. Repetitive.

Even in what order, some random slipped records, starting from the tantrums of a racist woman in a minimarket, a few seconds when Sri was running around in a room wearing underwear, and others. Is that an attempt to strengthen the realistic impression? Or limited effort to buy time? Movie Review

During the duration of only about 80 minutes, Murder Death Koreatown really likes to slip non-essential events. For example, when Maman asked the help of Sri’s co-workers to translate Korean writings that he found on the walls and used chairs, which he believed were messages, aimed specifically at him as a clue to solve the case. Maman bothered to bring the translator to the location, even though he already had stock records in the apartment. That film did only for the sake of showing if the writings disappeared mysteriously.

Is the disappearance of the writing and other irregularities really true, or is it only in Maman’s head? The question that is more often raised when the plot touches the supernatural realm, when Maman is sure if the soul of the murder victim tries to communicate with him. Through his introduction, Maman claimed he had just lost his job, and even the business of applying for a new job has not produced results. Maman feels like a failure. For him, the success of the investigation will restore significance in its existence. But the opposite happened. The further Maman traces, the more he sinks into an unhealthy obsession that disturbs his soul. If only Murder Death Koreatown explored the psychic dynamics more properly. If only Maman was played by a more capable actor.

If only, instead of spinning around in investigative reps when it was broad daylight, the films would often dwell on night terror. Because that’s where the advantages. Even a shot that captures empty space causes discomfort, as if something could hit us anytime from behind the darkness. Low resolution video also contributes to building the atmosphere.

The peak achievement of the director (whoever he is), is a moment around the last 20 minutes. Still armed with minimal lighting plus footage “cheap”, came the horror that forced me to keep the distance from the screen until the film was over because I felt “threatened”. The horror that is achieved without the help of noisy music that usually accompanies jump scare. It means saved potential. There is a first-class terror, which is unfortunately buried too deep. Or maybe the reason Murder Death Koreatown was made was only to facilitate the creation of the scene? I have no idea. Maybe Maman is willing to investigate this one mystery. Top Movie

The Old Guard – Review
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The Old Guard – Review

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Initially staying is going to be an indulgent moment, the summer of 2020 actually brings sustained bitterness to connoisseurs of blockbuster action films, because the global pandemic that has not yet shed its light causes summer giant films to continue to set back its release schedule. In fact, Tenet, which didn’t budge in July, has twice postponed its cinema debut two weeks from the previous date every two weeks. Fortunately, the vacancy was somewhat relieved by the presence of The Old Guard. Top Movie Site

The Old Guard is the result of an adaptation of the graphic novel by Greg Rucka, whose previous work, Whiteout was also filmed. The Old Guard focuses on a group of mercenaries who carry out high-risk missions. Impressive cliche? Hold your comments first before reading the short premise of this film. Beginning with an ambush scene by a group of heavy-armed tactical forces against a team of four mercenaries, the situation turned into a massacre, when the four mercenaries rose from the dead and counterattacked.

It was revealed later, that the four people: consisting of Andy (Charlize Theron), Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), Joe (Marwan Kenzari), and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) were special individuals. They are immortal and although each individual comes from a different period, has spent hundreds of years in the world, completing various missions while hiding their existence.

For their latest mission, they are contracted by James Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a former CIA agent. However, they are then betrayed. Copley turns out to have a hidden agenda, namely to capture these immortal individuals and hand them over to the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merrick (Harry Melling) with the aim of researching and searching for the secrets of their immortality to breakthrough the medical world.

Indeed, for the term science fiction action film, what is presented by The Old Guard is not something new, but succeeded in combining the usual dish witnessed and familiar concepts which are then used to produce an entertaining spectacle. Not only that, although action is its main attraction, the theme it puts forward is also quite complex with coverage alluding to aspects of eternity and the ethical code of the medical world. And, typical of other streaming film formulas, The Old Guard is not afraid to display explicit levels of gore and violence. And, as a basic foundation for possible franchising, what is presented here is already quite solid and promising.Best Movie

Although still counted as green in the realm of directing action films, filmmaker Prince-Bythewood who has more hours of flying in the realm of drama films is able to present a balanced presentation between well-choreographed and easily digested action without too disturbing the narrative aspects of the film. For the ranks of his players, as the main spearhead, Charlize Theron again showed his class as one of the top versatile actresses and also quality action in Hollywood in the last decade. Meanwhile, young star KiKi Layne who, like the filmmaker, is a new face in the action film genre, is able to be a good companion for Theron.

In short, The Old Guard will certainly provide a satisfying presentation for action movie enthusiasts and audiences who love unusual film stories. Especially with the ending scene that opens up the possibility of the presence of the sequel, surely many will look forward to the next round of the story of these eternal warriors. Movie Review

Greyhound – Review
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Greyhound – Review

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Set in 1942 in the middle of the Battle of the Atlantic, Hanks plays Commander Ernest Krause, who has just received his first assignment in World War II. Its mission is to lead the USS Keeling ship with the code name Greyhound, which along with other ships from Britain and Canada, is tasked with escorting a convoy of 37 Allied ships carrying various supplies. His opponent is a line of German-owned submarines, U-boats. Top Movie Site

Three days before reaching their destination in Liverpool, U-boats began launching attacks. Directing Aaron Schneider (Get Low) managed to build tension and the scent of danger since the first time the Greyhound radar detected an enemy. Blake Neely’s bombastic music (King Kong, The Da Vinci Code, Love, Simon) combined with an alarm roar creates a sense of urgency. The chaos arises neatly arranged by Schneider’s dynamic game, which understands when to instruct its actors to shout or whisper, and when a banter must be presented sooner or later.

In short, the Greyhound managed to destroy the German submarine. All the crew cheered. One of them congratulates Krause for successfully killing the lives of 50 opposing troops. Krause was not impressed, then answered curtly, “50 human lives”. From here lies the focus of the Hanks manuscript began to appear. The audience was invited to understand how heavy the burden on the shoulders of a warship leader. Especially the dilemma about life and death. Should he prioritize missions or save lives as best he can? Best Movie

Throughout the three-day battle without stopping, Krause did not rest, did not eat, his legs bled from standing still on his shoes. There’s not even a moment of relaxation, because after one victory, his men are waiting for the next instruction. And when he made a mistake, Krause was haunted by guilt.

Schneider’s shot selection, assisted with perfect timing editing, helps imply the protagonist’s heart’s content without the need for verbal speech. The camera will highlight the Commander’s face, then move to the expression of his subordinates, who seemed to judge Krause. Whether true or not, but that’s how he felt. And Hanks’s appearance manifests this inner struggle in a tangible way, giving a humanistic impression when the effort to add a personal touch through a glimpse of information about Krause’s romantic life ends only as a trinkets in passing, which is actually unnecessary.

Greyhound is rolling pretty short. Only 91 minutes. There is no room for drama outside of war, and the film itself does not want to pretend to be more than that. Skillful editing plus a qualified pacing game from the director in packing a bombastic battle in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, compressing the dynamics of the Greyhound which was designed as a short presentation without further ado. Although it requires more attention so as not to get lost in the middle of foreign terms that come and go so fast. Movie Review

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