One Night In Miami – Review
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On February 25, 1964, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke, and Cassius Clay (before using the name Muhammad Ali), gathered in a hotel room to celebrate Clay’s success in winning the world title of heavyweight boxing. In fact, several other people joined in, but in the name of the dramatization, One Night in Miami, which is an adaptation of a stage script of the same title by Kemp Powers (Soul), only included the four of them. Four legends, four larger than life figures, which in Regina King’s directorial debut, were humanized while maintaining the mythology of each character. Top Movie Site

The meeting was true, but no one knows for sure what conversation took place. One Night in Miami imagines that on that night, Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) gathered his three friends, to convince them to be more actively involved in upholding black rights. This was the point where Malcolm began to doubt the leadership of the Nation of Islam, so he intended to leave and then set up a new organization. As a result, he also needs support from other big names.

Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) is definitely the perfect figure for that. Clay himself was firmly embraced by Islam, even before the match, he had time to pray with Malcolm, as a way to calm down. That’s also the reason Malcolm invited Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), who is known as one of the best NFL athletes of all time, and Sam “King of Soul” Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) whose works top the charts. Thinking they were going to attend a celebratory party, of course they were surprised to learn of Malcolm’s intentions, so debate after debate broke out.

One Night in Miami
One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami didn’t really find a footing until the four friends got involved in a chat on the rooftop. Malcolm, who at first looks like a nerdy man who worries that his three “wild” friends will damage his new camera, starts to become more aggressive. Especially for Cooke, who according to Malcolm, had the strongest platform to voice the struggle of blacks, but instead chose to play it safe to satisfy the tastes of white listeners. Prior to this moment, the film seemed to have difficulty determining the focus, because there was no path that regulated the direction of the conversation. Movie Review

After that, the intensity never slacked off. The four protagonists share perspectives on many things related to “trust”. Both spiritual belief, and belief in each other’s roles in the fight against racism, automatically nudge belief in the “purpose”, which is also the subject of Powers in the Soul. However, the context of the “purpose” in this film is more specific.

The Powers script humanizes its four characters, does not cult them, by making critical statements that the public may never dare to make clearly. Did Clay embrace Islam from the heart? Did Cooke “prostitute” himself to white skin? But the most daring decision was to flick Malcolm’s extreme views. The twitching is accompanied by an attempt to understand the reasons behind each perspective and choice. Malcolm is just a human being shrouded in fear, on the other hand, Cooke is not that ignorance. “If the goal is for us to be free, to be REALLY free, then the key is economic freedom”, said Brown, commenting on Malcolm’s “attack” on Cooke. None of the four is perfect, but neither is it wrong.

King’s directing is full of power that gives a burst of debate, as well as the sensitivity to wrap up more intimate moments. The four actors radiate the same energy. Goree has Clay’s arrogance, as well as his signature “dance” in the ring; Ben-Adir understands the complexities of a Malcolm X (if you think he is fit for Barack Obama, yes, Ben-Adir was the 44th president of the United States in the miniseries The Comey Rule); Odom Jr. bringing Sam Cooke’s charm to life onstage (no surprise, as he is a Broadway actor, including his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton stage and film versions); Hodge, with his charisma and deep voice, is perfect as an “anchor” figure, voice of reason, a great midnight counterweight. Best Movie

Monster Hunter – Review
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I’ve never played Monster Hunter, let alone know the gameplay. Whatever the story may be, I believe it is richer than the film adaptation, which Paul W. S. Anderson directed and wrote. But in contrast to the Resident Evil series which imposes a complex storyline without adequate writing, Monster Hunter was originally intended to be a pure spectacle to sell battles against giant monsters. Unexpectedly the results were satisfying, reminiscent of the beginning of the director’s career, when he gave birth to a row of fun brainless titles.Top Movie Site

After being trapped by a thunderstorm, Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and his troops are stranded in New World, a world filled with wild monsters. One by one, they died, leaving only Artemis. Artemis’s efforts to survive get help from a monster hunter (Tony Jaa). The hunter has no name, and credit simply refers to him as “Hunter”.

Next, for approximately 103 minutes, Monster Hunter has practically zero stories. Really. I’m not exaggerating. The only thing that comes close to the definition of “story” is Ron Perlman’s brief explanation, that Artemis was not the first person to get lost in New World. But regarding the cause of the opening of the portal connecting the two worlds, the origin of the magic sword capable of producing fire given to Artemis, as well as other mythological details, are completely untouched. Best Movie

But again, the shallow plot is intentional, as one proof that Anderson understands what the majority of his target audience wants. They want to see monsters, monsters and monsters. That’s what Anderson gave: human battles against monsters in daylight, coupled with the use of a lot of wide shots, so that the form of the giant creatures was clearly visible, and of course, massive. Even though it only costs $ 60 million, the CGI quality is quite capable. As a result, the subterranean monster Diablos’ attack, to the climax of a fire-throwing dragon named Rathalos, are all manifestations of blockbuster kaiju glory.

Anderson this time did not just throw the action. The stewardship is not just “big”, it also creates intensity, each of the protagonists’ lives is threatened, even though we all know that he will survive. Apart from the kaiju film, Anderson also applies a survival action-horror formula, especially in the first act, when Artemis, with a body full of wounds, is still unable to fight back against the monsters that attack him. Jovovich is still a very reliable action star, looking convincing when slaughtering a monster hundreds of times his size. Unfortunately, her chemistry with Jaa failed, where some of the humor that was aimed at refreshing the atmosphere ended up awkward. It was not Jovovich or Jaa’s fault. The script is also responsible. Well, anything related to the script in this film never ends positively. Movie Review

Pieces of a woman – Review
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Pieces of a Woman is opened by the home birth scene in a long take of 22 minutes which has been widely discussed, as a showcase for almost every department. First, of course, Benjamin Loeb’s cinematography, where the camera is able to follow all the details of the Mise-en-scène that was built by the director, Kornél Mundruczó, in order to give birth to the moment as real as possible. Realism that grips the attention of the audience is also the emotion of the audience. Even the special effects of making Vanessa Kirby look convincing as a woman in labor are commendable. Top Movie Site

This moment also introduces us to Kirby’s first-class performance, which will make the audience hold their breath, while feeling the pain and suffering of her character. Later the actress gave even more. But apart from Kirby’s labor and acting scenes, what else are people talking about this film? I don’t think so much, if not none. Apart from the fact that these two elements stand out, in the rest of its duration, Pieces of a Woman does not offer anything special.

It is not a spoiler to say that the delivery did not end with a joyful celebration. Almost all promotional materials have revealed that Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) lost their babies. The mistake is transferred to Eva (Molly Parker) as an impromptu substitute midwife. Martha’s mother, Elizabeth (Ellen Burstyn), insists on throwing Eva into prison. According to Elizabeth, one should be blamed and rewarded. Martha didn’t think the same.

Martha continued her life, returned to the office even though people gave her different looks. The script, written by Mundruczó’s wife, says Wéber, is based on the personal tragedy they experienced, exposing the protagonist’s wounds, which are exacerbated by a lot of pressure from those around him. Saying they want to help, they really only intend to fulfill their respective egos. The desire for Martha to improve was not based entirely on genuine concern, but because the way Martha handled their grief made them uncomfortable.

They forget (or don’t even care?) That it was Martha who lost the pieces of herself. It’s amazing how Kirby embodies her character’s grief. The grief that often makes Martha look empty, but that is not a form of weakness. He is fragile, but still trying to hold on firmly. She is fragile, but refuses to be crushed. In fact, you could say, even though Martha suffered the most, she was also the one who could organize herself the most. She’s a woman with dignity. Mundruczó knows very well how well the actress is performing. It is not uncommon for both background music and voice to be removed, in order to let Kirby’s acting “speak the loudest” in the painful silence. Best Movie

Contrary to Kirby’s realist approach, there is Shia LaBeouf, who, as usual, has an explosive tendency. Watching it was tiring. I have always thought of LaBeouf as a fellow teacher of Nicolas Cage. Both of them like to appear exaggerated. The difference is, Cage’s hyperbole style tends to be entertaining, while seeing LaBeouf torture himself is also torturous. The world where his characters live must be a world where the sun doesn’t shine.

This time it wasn’t entirely LaBeouf’s fault. The script tries too hard to present extreme situations. Not only Sean, almost all of the supporting figures around Martha are described as villains. Whatever they did, Martha always hurt and angered the audience. This method is effective in making us support Martha, but it is too manipulative, for a film that opens through scenes that are made with passion to present the strongest realism possible.

Surprisingly, at the same time Wéber seemed to be trying to humanize them, and even seemed to encourage the audience to sympathize. In the end I was never even sure what to feel, and how to behave with them. It could be that Pieces of a Woman wants to be fair. The problem is, if this is the case, the decision to manipulate the audience’s emotions as I mentioned above will backfire.

Apart from being emotionally confusing, it’s also a waste of time. For example, instead of focusing on Sean (who seems to want to justify his actions), why not invite the audience to spend more time with Martha to strengthen the intimacy of the story? Pieces of a Woman are actually made based on good intentions, but unfortunately, the pieces fail to fit together properly. Still, the film deserves to be watched, solely for Vanessa Kirby’s acting and the labor scene. Movie Review

Thappad – Review
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Thappad (meaning “slap”) is opened in a cheerful manner, showing several people (the majority of couples, whether married, dating, or perpetrators of infidelity) are happy, being romantic, or joking. Even in the first 25 minutes, after we visited the main partner, Amrita (Taapsee Pannu) and Vikram (Pavail Gulati), the joy is still there, like a light romantic comedy. Top Movie Site

Working at a company, Vikram is trying hard to achieve his dream of becoming a branch manager in London, while Amrita is a former dancer who gave up on pursuing her dream of becoming the world’s number one housewife. They are happy. Especially when Vikram’s ambition about London came true.

The party was held. Vikram’s family, friends, and colleagues were invited. You could say, everyone in their life was there. But the big celebration turned into a catastrophe. Vikram receives a call that the promotion is canceled. He could still go to London, but as a subordinate. An argument broke out between Vikram and one of his superiors, Amrita tried to intervene, but her husband slapped her. That’s when we realized, the film was deliberately made cheerful at the beginning, so that, like the character, the audience would be dumbfounded when the incident happened.

This slap is the beginning of exploration, the opening of social criticism which is also like a slap in the face of the audience. Amrita started to question everything. His marriage, his love. Vikram also wonders. Asked why that “trivial” incident made her smile disappear. Because for many men, women always have to smile.

Thappad
Thappad

The first sentence Vikram uttered to Amrita the following morning was not “sorry”, but justification, reasons, and concerns about how people viewed her. But what about Amrita? Imagine the feelings. How sick and ashamed to receive such treatment in a crowd of familiar people. Vikram says he wants to quit the job which he doesn’t appreciate, but is Amrita being appreciated?

Thappad is about many things, which the script by Anubhav Sinha (also the director) and Mrunmayee Lagoo put together in a fine 142 minutes of speech. The film invites us to think by showing various perspectives through various situations, where the protagonist’s conflict acts as a link. It didn’t take long for it to be revealed that the people in the opening sequence had some connection to the main character. Connections that occur imperceptibly, as a clever way to explore the issue. As I have already mentioned, at first they all look happy, but over time we can see the presence of sexism around every corner. Best Movie

Sexism (and patriarchy) is visible to the character, because it takes too long and often becomes a habit, or even a culture. Sunita (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan), a maid in our protagonist’s house, tells the story of her husband who often beat her at home while laughing, as if it’s a daily life for a husband and wife. On the way to the office, Vikram complained about people letting women drive cars, then when Amrita asked if she could learn to drive, Vikram said, “You better learn the past!”. And there are other cases.

The slap became a trigger, not only for Amrita, but also for the people around her regarding gender injustice. They start to react, think, even try to imagine what would happen if they were in a similar position. Thus, the audience can also get different perspectives.

Set in India where patriarchy is deeply rooted, this does not make this film exclusively for local people. Thappad is quite universal. Maybe you’ve heard some of the points of view of his character in everyday life. “Women have to learn tolerance in order to maintain a family. Women have to hold back their feelings. Sound familiar?

Remarkably, Thappad was fair in his criticism. We see some men “unite”, stating that Vikram’s actions are not a big deal, but on the other hand, there are also many women who are caught in the trap of a patriarchal mindset. Mrs. Amrita (Ratna Pathak Shah) considers that as a woman, leaving her daughter from home when she is feeling nervous due to her husband’s slapping, is not a good decision. Meanwhile, Netra (Maya Sarao), a lawyer who often fights for women’s rights, considers Amrita’s anger to be unreasonable. Why did that happen? Thappad has the answer. Parenting is clearly responsible.

Keeping so many subjects, can the film tell a solid story? Apparently capable. The issue was thoroughly explored, even though I had time to walk in place once it reached mid-duration. Some parts can be cut so there is no need to run for nearly two and a half hours, pacing can be more played, and all of that will not reduce its impact.

Every time the storytelling dynamics started to decline, the acting department came to help. The cast members did their respective portions well, but naturally, Taapsee Pannu stood out the most. The transition, from a radiant female figure to one who had lost all light, was reassuring. After the transition, although at first glance he didn’t change his expression much, his gaze and short words got sharper. We can feel whether he is sad, shocked, disgusted, angry, or all at once.

Apart from the success of exploring the issue, another achievement of the two writers is the matter of writing sentences that the characters pronounce. Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo are adept at processing words, from those that make us aware, inform, provoke, or touch the heart, such as the last sentence that Vikram uttered to Amrita, which established Thappad’s status not as a spectacle full of anger or revenge, but a humanist story that based on love and care. We shouldn’t do anything wrong, but if we did, the best and first thing to do is apologize, before then try to be better, for yourself and your loved ones. Movie Review

Josee – Review
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Josee – Review

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After the great success of playing the ungrateful Nam Do-san at Start-Up, Nam Joo-hyuk reunited with Han Ji-min, where the two had dueted in one of the most successful and best Korean dramas of all time, The Light in Your. Eyes. Is a remake of the Japanese film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003) which was adapted from the book of the same name by Seiko Tanabe, Josée is a romance that talks about freedom, and of course love. Love that is sufficiently felt, does not need to be understood, nor does it need a reason. Top Movie Site

Lee Young-seok (Nam Joo-hyuk) is a student who never stays in one heart. From juniors to lecturers, all ended up in bed. One day he helped a woman (Han Ji-min) who fell from a wheelchair. The woman brought to his house. A slum house where he lives with his grandmother. The woman introduces herself by the name Josée, which Young-seok finds out later, after the character of Françoise Sagan’s novel Wonderful Clouds. Young-seok starts visiting regularly for free meals and slowly brings his feelings to Josée.

Under the direction of director Kim Jong-kwan, who co-wrote the script, Josée may surprise viewers who come to see Nam Do-san 2.0 or the melodrama melodrama that is touching blue. The film plays softly, with the melancholy reinforced by the snowy backdrop of some parts, as well as the music based on the tinkling piano and guitar by Narae. Plus, Josée always speaks quietly, tends to whisper.

Josee's
Josee’s

Josée’s orientation is a sense constructed through the mood of the situation. Through the silence, through the coldness of the snow outside the house, through the rays of the sun shining in through the windows, through the gazes, through the love floating in the air instead of being exploded. A style that doesn’t feel suitable for all audiences, but if you can accept it, you will be carried away, and subconsciously drowning in the love of the two main characters. Best Movie

Nam Joo-hyuk’s greatest strength is to make problematic characters likeable. He has shown this achievement at Start-Up, and is able to repeat it here. You would think of Young-seok’s tendency of changing partners as foolishness, but you won’t resent him. Meanwhile, Han Ji-min gave birth to a lonely figure who refused to feel lonely. A figure full of limitations who refuses to be confined. A mysterious figure that continues to invite the audience’s curiosity to understand him more.

Questions (and possibly complaints) are likely to be directed towards the conclusion of the film. After the five-year timeskip, the story provides a turning point for the two characters’ relationship for no definite reason. But if you pay attention, Josée is not a question of certainty. The protagonist lies about his name as well as his background. Because again, it’s about taste. About love. No one can explain the exact reasons why love comes and goes.

Josée’s real weakness is related to the film’s lack of directness in conveying messages about the various faces of “freedom”. That what is often seen as restraints may even be another form of freedom. That a pain that for many people destroys, for others it could give an injection to rise up to pursue freedom. Everything is explained through the ambiguity of allegories (fish, tigers, etc.) which never completely leave an impression. Movie Review

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Review
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Review

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This adaptation of August Wilson’s stage show of the same name is set in a recording studio in Chicago. The air was so hot, the location was far from comfortable, especially the room where the band members practiced, namely the ground that was almost without ventilation. We can feel the stuffiness due to the smell of dust that will make anyone short of breath for a moment. All this adds to the reasons for the characters getting involved in the argument. Lots of arguments, because Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is indeed a film about arguments. Top Movie Site

In 1927, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), the legendary blues singer, was scheduled to do recordings, including for the flagship song Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which had two versions. The three band members choose Ma’s original version as usual, while the trumpet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) insists on the version being played, something their manager, Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) supports. Levee was reluctant to be arranged. He knows he is talented, especially after Mel Sturdyvan (Jonny Coyne), as the owner of the studio, asked him to write songs and promised the opportunity to lead his own band.

The difference of opinion above is only one of the many problems that sparked a split between Levee and the other band members. Then Ma arrives with his girlfriend, Dussie (Taylour Paige), and his stuttering nephew, Sylvester (Dusan Brown). Later, the two of them provoked another conflict between the people in the narrow building.

With almost three decades of experience working on theater, director George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) uses several theatrical methods to strengthen focus in certain moments, for example making the actor convey important lines while standing with his back to other players. The method that makes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom retain its source color adaptation. But at the same time, Wolfe also uses close ups, to produce a dramatic effect that a stage show with all its limitations cannot achieve. Best Movie

Davis played Ma with authority and explosion. A force of nature figure that leaves no opportunity for the opponent’s argument. Attitudes that are not (only) triggered by arrogance or star syndrome, come from the understanding that without it, as a black woman, it will be difficult for her to be appreciated by the public. While Boseman moved and danced vigorously, like someone who just wanted to have fun. Until the character’s background (which we peeked at in the opening scene) is revealed, giving Boseman the opportunity to show the most touching performance of his career, through a monologue that will break the hearts of the audience as well as give him an Oscar. It was too soon to go.

The majority of arguments come from clashing ideals based on artistic passion. Ma wanted the old way, which to him was the “true blues.” Instead, Levee wanted to provide something that would make listeners happy. A song that can accompany their dance.

You could say, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a battle of the past and the future. But it goes beyond that when race matters take part. It’s old way is not an option, but the only way left for black people, while Levee’s new way means “no way”. All because of racism in the music industry. In this film you will find the issue of “white people stole black music”, which results in, no matter how hard black musicians try to make a breakthrough to open the door called “opportunity”, what awaits a dead end. Movie Review

SYLVIE’S LOVE – Review
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SYLVIE’S LOVE – Review

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Sylvie’s Love is a throwback to Hollywood’s Golden Age era. Not only because of the technical aspects, in which director Eugene Ashe (also writing the script) used grainy visuals, he also shot the soundstage to produce an artificial setting but captivated the eye of classic romances. The spirit of this film is also “very Golden Age”. A romance set in the 1950s to 1960s, where love is overwhelming, as if it were everything. Among modern romances, a similar impression is shared by A Star is Born (2018), whose original film also dates from that era (1937). Top Movie Site

There is only one difference. Golden Age will not provide shows with the theme of black love. Even now, it is still difficult to find a black love story that is not filled with racial problems or other human traumas. As the title suggests, Sylvie’s Love is simply about the love of Sylvie Parker (Tessa Thompson), who while working at her father’s music shop, continues to hang on to her dream of becoming a television show producer. There he met Robert Halloway (Nnamdi Asomugha) who applied for a job at the shop.

Interest immediately arose between them. Karisma Robert, who was also a saxophonist in a jazz quartet, immediately captivated Sylvie. The problem was that Sylvie was engaged. Unlike Robert, who only regularly plays music at the club, Sylvie’s future husband, Lacy (Alano Miller), is a successful businessman from an upper-class family. The opening scene shows that Sylvie and Robert had separated since their first meeting. But will separation also be the end of their story? Best Movie

If you are familiar with a series of classic shows that always put the love of the protagonist on the big test, you will not be surprised to find that Sylvie and Robert had lived separately for five years. Robert was successful with his band, while Sylvie started a career in the television industry, while serving as wife and mother. At that point, Ashe’s script is able to make the audience understand the various problems and achievements in the careers of the two main characters, without having to drown the love story as the main focus.

And as already mentioned, Sylvie’s Love moves away from the demands of incorporating social conflict. As a window to reality, a little casual racism does need to be inserted, for example when the wife of Lacy’s business partner said to Sylvie, “I couldn’t tell that your husband is a n **** on the telephone. He has such a good diction ”. But beyond that, Sylvie’s Love fully shows two humans fighting for their love.

The music by Fabrice Lecomte reinforces a jazzy vibe, while occasionally shifting to magnificent orchestration whenever emotional intensity increases. The two actors are the same. Tessa Thompson moves like a jazz rhythm with flavors, while Nnamdi Asomugha, with her deep voice and facial expressions, defines the phrase “feeling blue”. The two of them have strong chemistry, which makes me not care about the cliche that the film still shows (example: a misunderstanding scene of a character who witnesses his girlfriend making out with other people from afar). Afterall, this is a throwback to romance from yesteryear. Clichéness is a must. Movie Review

Ghost Storm – Review
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The film Ghost Storm itself tells the story of saving people on a small island from a strange electric storm. This dramatic and action-packed rescue came under the leadership of Ashley and Hal. Top Movie Site

Paul Ziller as director in this film also plays a role in writing the script. For 60 minutes, we will see the action of famous actors and actresses, such as Carlos Bernard, Chrystal Allen, Melissa Aron Douglas, Carl David Lewis, Cindy Busby, and others. Rotten Tomatoes itself gave a rating of 21 percent. In contrast to iMDb, which has a score of 3.6 out of 10.

The story begins with four teenagers who are full of curiosity and ignorance and come to the cemetery. At that time the weather was very dark with lightning striking. Even this teenager still had time to scare off his cowardly female friends.

The four teenagers did not understand the actions they were taking until they were determined to live on a small island. When they were playing, lightning struck the memorial where they lived. This incident is a sign that there have been mass suicides in the past that have killed thousands of people at the same time.

The coming of the evil spirit
These lightning and thunderbolts are also the means for spirits to come into the world. Finally, one of the teenagers turned into a pale, ash human due to possession. This teenager finally died and his corpse could dry up in a matter of hours. However, they were Sultan looking for help because the location was far from residents. Best Movie

This situation made these teenagers filled with guilt and regret because they played in the cemetery. They also continue to think about how to get help as soon as possible amid the increasingly bad weather.

These teenagers also visited the authorities to get help, but the death of a friend of one of these teenagers was just the beginning of the arrival of an evil spirit where there would be many similar cases that claimed victims.

The evil spirits began to join forces with stronger forces to cause a storm that could destroy the islanders. Can these teenagers stop the action of this evil spirit? Watch the film Ghost Storm. Movie Review

QUARANTINE TALES – Review
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QUARANTINE TALES – Review

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Quarantine Tales has been one of Indonesia’s best omnibuses in recent years. In fact, of the five directors who handled the five 87-minute fill segments, only Ifa Isfansyah had experience working on feature films. Jason Iskandar, Sidharta Tata, and Aco Tenriyagelli are better known in the short film scene, while as we all know, Dian Sastrowardoyo has just made her debut. Top Movie Site

The reason Quarantine Tales stands out from its peers is that the comparison of the quality of each segment tends to be balanced, so that the dynamic is maintained consistently. Besides being directed, Nougat was also written by Dian Sastrowardoyo himself, opening Quarantine Tales through the story of three sisters, who grew up together, but as they got older, their relationship became more tenuous, and only communicated via video calls.

Ubay (Marissa Anita) stays away from her two younger siblings after marrying a man who controls her life, the youngest Deno (Faradina Mufti) is finishing college, while Ajeng (Adinia Wirasti), who still lives in their late parents’ house, is a figure trying to unite his family . It’s no surprise that I mention that the three actresses are the main movers of Nougat. Adinia who is more quiet, Faradina who is cheerful, and Marissa who quickly gets hot, made me willing to sit for hours listening to the chat of the three. In the realm of writing, rather than taking a pandemic background, Dian cleverly chose to create comparisons. Even without COVID, we are already distant.

Prankster as the second segment is the weakest. The story of a “Youtuber prank” named Didit Iseng (Roy Sungkono) who is doing a live broadcast with Aurel (Windy Apsari), the guest star, is actually not bad, it’s just filled with the cliche of the revenge horror / thriller genre. The script made by the director, Jason Iskandar, needs to provide a smarter plan of revenge for his character, which doesn’t make him appear “digging his own grave”. At least, the audience’s latent desire to punish the real world pranksters was able to be represented by Jason. Best Movie

The Cook Book segment, which was written by Ifa Isfansyah and Ahmad Aditya, followed later. Narrating the efforts of Chef Halim (Verdi Solaiman) to write a recipe book in the middle of a quarantine period, the Cook Book inserts one of the nation’s tragedies, in a narrative about longing for “ties”. In the midst of loneliness due to quarantine, that feeling strengthens, and we begin to miss our loved ones, including those who have left us. The Cook Book presents a bitterness that many viewers can understand.

Aco Tenriyagelli’s Happy Girls Don’t Cry is my favorite segment. Sri Arawinda Kirana plays Adin, a teenage girl whose family is plagued by continuous problems due to COVID. His younger brother (Muzakki Ramdhan) has just died, while his parents (played by Teuku Rifnu Wikana and Marissa Anita) are deeply in debt. Adin dreams of winning a giveaway from his favorite YouTuber to improve the family’s financial condition. But when that dream came true, a bigger problem approached.

Aco presents a sharp and intriguing satire about the exploitation of poverty on social media, at a time when people are hoping to get “shock money”. The insinuation was fair, because Aco flicked all parties, both rich and poor. You’ll say, “Ah, this segment is on A’s side”, then, “Oh, it turns out B”, before finally realizing, neither has Happy Girls Don’t Cry. There is no laughter that is not accompanied by pain in this segment.

To conclude is Sidharta Tata’s The Protocol, where a man (Abdurrahman Arif) is confused, when he finds out that his traveling companion, Icuk (Kukuh Prasetya), died in a car after showing symptoms of COVID. Next, we are shown ridiculous scenes when the protagonist is confused, how to take care of his friend’s body. The Protocol is so effective at provoking laughter in the first minutes, but when humor of a type is repeated over and over, its power slowly fades. It is not an extraordinary ending, at least this segment successfully ends a film about difficult times with happy laughter. Movie Review

Dying To Survive – Review
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Dying To Survive – Review

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Dying to Survive (Wo bu shi yao shen) is a film from China with a drama and comedy genre. This film by director Muye Wen features talented actors and actresses such as Zheng Xu, Chuan-jun Wang, Zhuo Tan, and Yu Zhang. Dying to Survive was first released in China on June 19, 2018. Releases in countries such as South Korea to Canada and Japan were carried out as follows, namely from June 30, 2018 to October 16, 2020.

The story in this Chinese and English language film was made based on on the true story of the life journey of a patient with CML or chronic myelocytic leukemia named Yu Long. In his life, Yu Long illegally smuggled cancer drugs to poor patients in China. With a duration of 117 minutes, the film Dying to Survive successfully delivered one of these touching stories. Top Movie Site

Funds disbursed for making this film is estimated at 15 million US dollars. In its opening week in the United States, Dying to Survive only made around 3.2 thousand US dollars in profit. However, the screening of this film was managed to get massive revenue globally, with a profit of around 451 million US dollars.

The recognition of the quality of this film is evidenced by a number of awards. This film won 60 awards and 52 nominations. These awards include the Asian Film Awards (2019) with Yu Zhang as the winner of the Best Supporting Actor category, and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards (2018) in the Best Asian Film category. The movie review site IMDb, gives a rating of 7.9 out of 10 for Dying to Survive. Best Movie

Meanwhile, film critic site Rotten Tomatoes gave 86 percent (Tomatometer) and 95 percent viewership scores for Dying to Survive. Synopsis of the film Dying to Survive Set in 2002, the story in Dying to Survive centers on Cheng Yong (Zheng Xu), a drug dealer from China. His business selling ‘love’ medicine from India is not going well, while his father is lying weak in the hospital. He also faces divorce issues with his ex-wife Cao Ling (Beibi Gong).

Once upon a time, one day a CML patient named Lv Shouyi (Chuan-jun Wang) came to Cheng’s drugstore. Shouyi asks Cheng to illegally sell a CML medicine named Glinic. Shouyi offers Cheng a deal, if he can get Glinic from India and sell him cheap, there will be a profit for both of them. Glinic is the name of the drug for CML patients. In China itself, this medicine is sold at a very high price. The patients, who mostly come from poor families, find it difficult to buy. Movie Review

WONDER WOMAN 1984 – Review
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In one of the scenes, Wonder Woman / Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is swinging by hooking the beam onto a rocket. That alone is already a riveting moment, but what makes it special is, Wonder Woman bothering to do it not just to defeat the enemy, but to save two small children who are on the way. Director Patty Jenkins cited Superman (1978) as his inspiration when working on Wonder Woman (2017), and the influence of Richard Donner’s work was even more apparent in Wonder Woman 1984. An escapism, a superhero film full of magic, heart, and hope. Top Movie Site

In the midst of the pandemic, many thought that Christopher Nolan would save the film industry, including the survival of cinemas, through Tenet. The prediction missed. But it is possible that Wonder Woman 1984 is the savior to look forward to. The audience is in need of hope. Instead of the brain, the liver needs more food. The film has answered that need right from the start, when cinematographer Matthew Jensen swept the camera over the expanse of Themyscira, accompanied by Hans Zimmer’s music, which, although still epic, this time emphasizes magical nuances instead of boom. What a wonderful start, especially considering how many of us yearn for the freedom to be outside.

From there, we are invited to watch an athletic tournament, in which little Diana participated, against adult Amazonian soldiers. Lilly Aspel continued her role in the first film as little Diana, and what a gift this kid is. You will believe that one day he grows up to become one of the strongest superheroes in the DC universe. This opening has two functions. First, to provide a background for Diana as a figure who always holds on to the truth, and second, to plant seeds about Asteria, the owner of the golden armor that Diana will wear at the top of the film. Don’t miss the mid-credits scene that reveals who the cast of Asteria is. If you don’t know her, she’s a legend, one of the figures most credited with elevating Wonder Woman in world popular culture.

Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984

Jumping to 1984, adult Diana has lived in society and worked as an anthropologist at The Smithsonian, even though the grief of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) ‘s death made her always immerse herself in solitude. At The Smithsonian, there was Diana’s meeting with a scientist named Barbara (Kristen Wiig), who idolized all the perfection of the World. Since the SNL era, Wiig has been a master at bringing out awkward characters that are easy on viewers to like, and Barbara is no exception. Even after transforming into Cheetah, I still sympathized with her. Barbara is not a power-hungry villain who wants to rule the world. He just wanted to feel his love in return.

But Cheetah isn’t Wonder Woman’s only enemy here. The biggest threat actually comes from a mysterious artifact that is said to be able to grant all requests. The artifact brings Diana into confrontation with Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), the oil businessman and television star. The existence of more than one antagonist automatically multiplies the storytelling of the film, and Patty Jenkins, Geoff Johns, and David Callaham, who wrote the script, are able to put it together neatly. Best Movie

They even use these branches to create a massive series of stories with a duration of 151 minutes, which take the characters on an adventure to various locations, including Egypt. The stakes are high in this movie. Many superhero films feature threats on a global scale, but few are able to make the audience feel how big the threat is (especially if it’s not a team-up film) like Wonder Woman 1984. Although it must be admitted, at many points when the action is absent, this film often confused, due to the lack of writing interesting dialogues, as well as a stagnant story.

The massive impression above was also created by the series of actions. The first film did have “No Man’s Land” scenes, but the rest weren’t that special, especially the mediocre climax that was CGI oriented. Jenkis made up for all those flaws. The foundation is creativity in the realm of concepts. As one of DC’s holy trinity, it is illegal to involve Wonder Woman in a moderate fight. Together with Johns and Callaham, Jenkins makes use of Diana’s magical objects, which the audience outside of the comic book may not yet know about.

If Batman has a batarang, then Wonder Woman can throw a tiara to knock out enemies. Apart from being used to ensnare and force the other person to speak to be honest, Lasso of Truth can make Wonder Woman swing in the sky. Like Spider-Man? Wait a minute. Could Peter Parker’s net trap a striking lightning? Assisted by Matthew Jensen’s arrangement that made the camera move dynamically to follow Wonder Woman’s agility, Jenkins made each shot look big, massive, epic.

At this point, I think it’s just some stupid, spiteful, or accomplished haters who are questioning Gal Gadot’s selection as Wonder Woman. If in the first film he was tough but naive, here Gal Gadot gives us the figure of an experienced hero, who looks convincing when doing acrobatics, floating in the air, or pushing an armored car as a shield while running at lightning speed.

But as mentioned earlier, Wonder Woman 1984 is not just a bombastic treat. This film has a heart that is no less big. You may remember a shot in the trailer, where Diana and Steve are on the plane, while outside, fireworks decorate the night sky. One thing that was not clearly disclosed in the trailer (comic readers would have guessed it), they were both in an unseen plane. For me the most romantic moment is here. Under the colors of the fireworks, Diana and Steve were hidden from the outside world, as if space and time belonged to them alone.

And nothing is more perfect from the message of this film’s heroism than its climax. In other blockbusters, the climax might feel disappointing. Anti climax. But not in Wonder Woman 1984, a film that says that actually, the heroine is not Diana, but all of humanity. Everyone can save the world in their own way. What a valuable message in today’s world. Movie Review

The Wretched – Review
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The Wretched isn’t the kind of horror that will overwhelm the common audience. The jump scare lonely approach is an excuse. However, alternative horror connoisseurs will also not be so impressed, when the film itself is confused about what they want to be. The duo of director and scriptwriter, Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce (called “Pierce Brothers”), try to give birth to another homage to 80s horror, but they are torn between side-currents that emphasize atmosphere and imagery, or the horror of the Spielbergian family, which tends to produce exciting adventures. Top Movie Site

The atmosphere isn’t tense enough, the line-up of imageries isn’t as uncomfortable as it should be, and the adventures aren’t as exciting. So when Devin Burrows’ music features several Spielbergian orchestrations, it never feels quite right.

Our protagonist is Ben (John-Paul Howard), a troubled teenager who is spending his summer vacation working in the harbor with his father, Liam (Jamison Jones), while his parents are undergoing divorce proceedings. That’s where Ben smells the irregularity of their neighbor’s house, Abbie (Zarah Mahler). A series of strange events prompts Ben to investigate, then concludes that Abbie’s body has been taken over by a witch who can erase someone from his family’s memory. The magician’s target is Dillon (Blane Crockarell), Abbie’s son.

Ben has a hard time convincing people of the story. Both his father and Mallory (Piper Curda), a fellow port employee with whom he has been in close contact, all refuse to believe. Naturally. As a spectator, I failed to be made to care about Ben. He is a brash teenager who kisses another girl just moments after nearly kissing Mallory, and also escapes from dinner with Sara (Azie Tesfai), Liam’s new girlfriend, whom he came up with himself. What is the positive side of this protagonist? Best Movie

Why should I care about his mystery, in the midst of the superficiality and inconsistencies that the Pierce Brothers build regarding the mythology of the magician, including his abilities? It is said that witches are capable of brainwashing humans. In just a whisper, someone will carry out all his orders. At one point, the magician orders the police to kill Ben, but because Ben is the main character, suddenly the policeman is unable to pull the trigger.

It must be admitted that The Wretched is supported by qualified make-up and practical effects. The witch’s appearance, also when she exits the human body looks so convincing, the weak-bellied audience may feel the need to look away. But overall, The Wretched isn’t terrible. As simple as that. Placing a strange figure in a dark corner doesn’t necessarily cause horror. The chaotic climax set in the dark forest is also more dizzying than tense, due to the flash editing that’s hard to see.

Not to mention talking about a twist that makes me question the narrative point of view of the script. A twist that makes our protagonist an unreliable narrator, but considering The Wretched is spoken through a third person perspective, the surprise feels nothing more than an attempt to cheat the audience. Movie Review

Come Play – Review
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Parents always ask their children to listen to them. But are parents willing to listen to the child? Through his own adaptation of the short film Larry (2017), Jacob Chase, as director and scriptwriter, raises the above issue, in a typical Amblin horror package that combines terror with family stories. The results are far from optimal, but an injection of the drama’s elements keeps Come Play from drowning in the midst of a rush of horror that refuses (and will never) recede. Top Movie Site

Given that this is an Amblin production, it should come as no surprise that the film has a child protagonist. Oliver (Azhy Robertson) is a person with nonverbal autism, who requires him to use a smartphone application to communicate. This condition makes it difficult for him to have social relationships, as a result of being labeled strange by his classmates. At home, the situation wasn’t much better. The mother, Sarah (Gillian Jacobs), is often involved in an argument with her husband, Marty (John Gallagher Jr.). Sarah felt that Oliver, who was reluctant to look Sarah in the eye, hated her and loved her father more. Even though Sarah thinks Marty was never present to care for their son together.

Until one night, a mysterious application called Misunderstood Monsters appeared on Oliver’s smartphone. The application contains a story about Larry, a monster who wants to make friends. Soon, Oliver experiences strange events. Predictably, everyone initially didn’t believe Oliver’s story about Larry. From there the film repeats the scenario, where a skeptical character opens the app, is visited by Larry, and finally believes. Best Movie

Three times the scene is repeated, making Come Play’s storytelling tend to be repetitive. In fact, a pile of topics has the potential to be explored, from the dynamics of children and parents (Sarah, who is often selfish, overprotective, and has high expectations, because her son is normal), to criticism of human dependence on technology, which makes them more frequent. see a screen rather than another human face.

Fortunately, the repetition was always accompanied by quite effective terrors, thanks to the director’s foresight in playing the timing of Larry’s appearance. Instead of being tempted to always step on the gas with loud looks, Chase tried to read the audience’s expectations. Every now and then those expectations were followed, and Larry lurched in exactly the way he expected. But on another occasion, Chase was able to hold back, let the audience observe the situation, in order to build a solid intensity. Several times, Chase has also used several technologies, such as photo applications and distance measuring devices (the use of which is always implied first), to keep his terror from becoming monotonous. Movie Review

However, as if running out of ideas, the Come Play climax is here the most mediocre part, where “hide and seek” and cliché cat and mouse are the mainstays. The climax also raises a hole related to the “rules” about the appearance of Larry, who is described as being able to enter the human world through electricity. Is there a certain distance that Larry can reach from the power source where it appears? Oliver takes Sarah to a field where there is no electricity. But Larry can still appear from Oliver’s smartphone, even chasing the two of them into the forest, which incidentally, also has no electricity.

Luckily, Come Play concludes with a satisfying conclusion, which provides “forgiveness of sins” for one of the characters, while adding emotional weight to the family drama. A lot of horror ends with elements of drama (or romance), but few are particularly flavorful. Come Play is one of the successful ones.

Collectors – Review
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Collectors mixes Ocean’s 11-style heist with “artifact hunting adventure” elements similar to the Indiana Jones series. Even one of the characters is nicknamed Indiana Jones, complete with fedora hat accessories. Best Movie Site

Kang Dong-goo (Lee Je-hoon) is our protagonist, a genius thief who relies on intuition. On one mission, in order to find the entrance to the buried tomb, he tasted the ground in the area. According to him, the ground where the door was located would feel like a human corpse. His talent is smelled by Sang-gil (Song Young-chang), a collector of stolen artifacts, who keeps his collection in a super tight safe. Through his assistant, Yoon Se-hee (Shin Hye-sun), Sang-gil offers Dong-goo to work for him. That’s where Dong-goo throws a plan to steal a legendary sword that is said to have been destroyed.

As with the heist film, Dong-goo begins to gather his team. Join Dr. Jones (Jo Woo-jin) the legendary tomb raider, and Shovel Leg (Im Won-hee), predictably, are the masters of digging. The greatness of Ryu Sun-gyu’s script is its success in avoiding the mistakes of many caper story makers, who tend to have the ambition to gather as many characters as possible in their team of protagonists, but end up wasting their potential. Movie Review

Dong-goo’s team only consists of three people. Five if you count Se-hee who occasionally helps out and Hye-ri (Park Se-wan), the girl who uses the drone who lives with Dong-goo. All of them are given the opportunity to shine to show off each other’s amazing skills. And neither of them have boring characterizations. Each of them is a colorful character, with a peculiarity that often contributes to refreshing the film through comedy. The confident Dong-goo tends to be arrogant, Dr. Jones, who is always lulled by every mention of his greatness, Shovel Leg who wants to have a girlfriend, Hye-ri who is “noisy”, to Se-hee as the neutralizer of the team’s silliness. All complement each other.

Of course the solid appearance of the cast made a big contribution. Shin Hye-sun appeared so charismatic that it made me forget that a twist on Se-hee was actually very weak due to not being accompanied by sufficient motivation. Meanwhile, Lee Je-hoon was able to make an arrogant man like Dong-goo, instead of being annoying, even cool and awesome, and again, made me forgive the weak construction of the protagonist’s background, which resulted in the film’s emotional impact not as expected.

The theft missions are presented in an entertaining way thanks to the director’s deft pacing, plus a detailed exposition of the plan that is easy to understand, when many heist films put too much emphasis on complexity, forgetting that apart from the characters, the audience must also understand the plans being carried out. Unfortunately, at one important point, Sun-gyu uses the deus-ex-machina element in the form of a natural phenomenon, as a way out instead of the ingenuity of his character. But that doesn’t dampen my love for this group of cool thieves. When Collectors implies a larger-scale sequel, I also hope that the plan is carried out. Top Movie

​​Corpus Christi – Review
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“We are all priest of Christ”, ucap Father Tomasz (Łukasz Simlat), in a lecture in a juvenile prison, where our protagonist, Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia), is languishing. This sentence implies that all human beings can spread goodness according to God’s teachings. But what if the words were applied literally? That is the main idea of ​​Corpus Christi, which succeeded in becoming one of the nominees for Best International Feature Film, as Poland’s representative at the Academy Awards earlier this year. Top Movie Site

Daniel was detained in a juvenile prison after committing second-degree murder, and due to his criminal background, Daniel could not fulfill his dream of becoming a priest. One day he was released on parole, then was sent to work in a sawmill in a rural area. “What should you do first outside?” Asked Father Tomasz. “Sober. That’s obvious, “Daniel replied firmly. A second later we see him enjoying his freedom by smoking cocaine, drinking, having sex, and partying all night long.

Having no place to stay the night, Daniel also visits the church, where he meets Marta (Eliza Rycembel), and casually claims to be a pastor. This fun seems to be taken seriously. When the local pastor had to leave some time for treatment, Daniel was asked to replace him to fill mass. Although initially confused, Daniel was able to get through it smoothly. Very smooth in fact. The parishioners like Daniel, who actually took Father Tomasz’s lecture, which he heard in prison.

The inaugural Mass was beautifully packaged by director Jan Komasa, where Daniel stood in front of a pair of angel statues, shining with a tinge of sunlight, with a facial expression that made him feel as if he was receiving a revelation from God. From there Daniel’s new adventure begins. This highly relevant adventure represents an issue that is rife these days, no matter what religion. It is enough to wear religious attributes, plus a little speaking skills, especially regarding mobilizing the masses, it is so easy for someone to call himself a cleric, priest, ustaz, and others. Best Movie

But Corpus Christi is a hopeful film about atonement and the process of forgiveness. So, instead of punishing “the copycat”, the manuscript by Mateusz Pacewicz shows that the lie can become reality, if there is great determination to change. Residents like Daniel because of his relatable figure, especially when he began to explore the tragedy that enveloped the village with sadness and hatred.

Apparently there had just been a car accident that killed six teenagers, including Marta’s sister. In front of the church, they posted photos of the victims and prayed in front of them every day. Daniel did not insist on understanding God’s decision, but invited them to pray that God would help them understand His decision, which felt unfair, even cruel.

That’s how awesome this film is. His status as a prisoner, rather than leading Corpus Christi to fantasy impossibilities, actually makes the character’s transformation and contribution to the environment feel believable. Prisoners like Daniel know best about human weaknesses and ugliness, making it easier for them to humanize the congregation, whether they realize it or not. Something similar happened in the subplot that flicked corrupt officials. Our protagonist refuses to resign, despite intimidation from the mayor (Leszek Lichota). Not because of faith, but the result of life’s hardships, both on the streets and in prison.

Pacewicz composes a script that’s full, almost blank, with several subplots that actually lie on the line between making the film overstuffed or rich. Corpus Christi fortunately falls into the second category, because the branches of the story have succeeded in supporting the main idea, that “Daniel is the right man for the job”. Likewise the actor who played it. Through the performance of Bartosz Bielenia, we can read the dilemma of the protagonist, who is crushed by two choices, whether to defend the truth or find it safe.

Corpus Christi talks about how the appendage of religiosity is losing its substance. It is not only caused by false religious leaders, but also ordinary people who easily take the name of God as justification for their actions. Today, it feels like God’s name has become very cheap. Movie Review

You And I – Review
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The 1965 incident in Indonesia became the spotlight of You and I. It was precisely when there were large-scale arrests of people accused of being PKI sympathizers. Movie Review

The names of the two women are Kaminah and Kusdalini. At the time the film was made, they were 70 and 74 years old, respectively. A row of photos and text explains the background of the two. Kaminah and Kusdalini were arrested for joining the communist youth choir organization. Kaminah was imprisoned when she was just in the second grade of junior high school and had to spend seven years in a cell, while Kusdalini spent two years. Meeting in prison, a strong brother-sister bond grows between them.

After leaving prison, Kaminah was rejected by her family. Luckily, Kusdalini and her grandmother were willing to accommodate Kaminah. The two of them settled in Solo, earning money by selling crackers, and living in a lack thereof in a very simple house, with a leaky roof here and there. Having no money for repairs, Kusdalini installed an umbrella right at the spot of the leak. Even though he is four years older, Kusdalini has to take care of Kaminah, who is both physically and mentally weak. Top Movie Site

Kaminah spends more of her day sitting or lying down. Kaminah’s knees could no longer support her body. Maybe only once a month he went out of the house, when there were regular meetings between survivors of the 1965 tragedy. At that meeting, the latest information was discussed, including the discovery of several mass graves.

Then several times we find Kaminah having trouble remembering the news of her comrades in arms. Kusdalini can always provide answers about who is still alive, who has died. Likewise when Kusdalini forgot the meaning of “red coat”. But after hearing Kaminah answer, “Never Forget History”, Kusdalini immediately replied that of course she wouldn’t forget. Kusdalini will have trouble remembering the terms and conditions of friends, but the injustice that befell her more than five decades ago will never be forgotten.

You and I itself is an effort so that people never forget, not only about the dark history of Indonesia, also about the importance of humanity. The two characters in this film are not siblings, but as fellow humans (who are victims of other human crimes), they feel the need to share their love without being asked. And love is also the source of the film’s biggest emotion.

Fanny doesn’t need to dramatize much. Seeing Kusdalini’s sincerity in caring for her life partner, and Kaminah who always responds with a loving smile is enough to provoke feelings of emotion. “Cheer up,” said Kusdalini to Kaminah, who neared the end of the film, her condition worsened and had to lie weakly in a hospital bed. If your heart is not moved to hear that simple sentence, maybe your human side needs to be questioned.

You and I closed in 2017 after Kaminah died (Kusdalini died a year later). Kusdalini sat alone. He was silent, while in the back, there was a recitation to pray for Kaminah being held. Sometime later, amidst silence, it was Kusdalini’s turn to pray. Because that’s all the common people who are victims of injustice in power holders can do that. Resign, while praying a prayer that will be answered in what way. Best Movie

The Boy with Moving Image – Review
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The Boy with Moving Image has potential, both from story ideas and style. The story opens by showing Ning repeatedly slapping and choking himself. Suddenly Vaiyang arrives, who is about to make Ning’s house a filming location on the recommendation of his friend Roufy. Ning was willing to lend him the house for free, on the condition that Vaiyang would accompany him until he died tomorrow. Top Movie Site

For some reason, Ning was sure that his death would come tomorrow. Even though he was confused, for the sake of a free location, Vaiyang agreed. The two of them started doing various things together, from eating, playing badminton, playing music, learning to smoke, and so on. Vaiyang seemed to bring fresh air into Ning’s life through new things. And we also know that Ning became suicidal due to the departure of his parents, who died in a plane crash six months ago.

Slowly Ning began to smile, even laugh. The turning point occurred when Ning asked to be taught acting, then Vaiyang asked him to say the sentence, “My name is Emma Ningrum. I want to die soon so that I can meet my family in heaven ”, in front of the camera, with various emotions, including happiness. Acting can indeed be used as a medium for catharsis, even psychological therapy. Vaiyang (and Roufy) understood that.

So does this film talk about the process of self-healing as loneliness goes away? I thought so, until the conclusion said differently. There The Boy with Moving Image turns into a story about a man who has expectations without trying to understand. Ning repeatedly conveyed images of the sorrow he felt, but Vaiyang, as if without sensitivity, let the images pass, moved away without trying to capture them. Best Movie

Again, an interesting idea, and of course with a different approach. But again, is different always better? No, if it is not done properly like this film. I understand the limited costs, and appreciate Roufy and the whole team who keep going even though at a limited cost, but the poor sound system, where so many voices are leaking (motorbikes passing as well as other noise), is really disturbing. And if anyone considers the sound to be a nuance enhancer, I firmly argue with that.

The Boy with Moving Image is wrapped using many still shots, strange and awkward nuances, and deadpan comedy. Perhaps Roufy was inspired a lot by the works of Roy Andersson and Yorgos Lanthimos. Unfortunately, apart from perfunctory cinematography which is unable to support the quirky development as expected, Roufy’s modeling is not yet mature. The only laughter was produced in the closing shot, thanks to the absurdity of precision that gave birth to tickling irony.

Absurdity like that is what this film needs. At least the second half shows a lot of effort to get there, although it seems like, by the time it gets to that point, the audience is already tired, or even like me, upset. How come? The first half was unbearable. The chatter about existentialism is presented through makeshift sentences, which let alone provoke the contemplation of the audience, it is not pleasant to hear.

It got worse when the players, especially Bryancini Galgala, played poorly. Either tense, I don’t know what was being said. Whereas apart from Roufy, the script was also written by the two main players. For example, when Vaiyang explained the film Good Will Hunting to Ning, it was not smooth, flat, and awkward. The aim was to generate Ning’s interest in watching Gus Van Sant’s work. But let alone moving the girl’s heart, making the audience interested in paying attention to her words was unable. Movie Review

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After making his brilliant directorial debut through Searching (2018), director / scriptwriter Aneesh Chaganty is back in another thriller, which, although more conventional, still shows his captivating talent in building intensity. Run displays terror through the figure of a mother with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP), a condition in which a caregiver fakes the condition of the person she is caring for, usually to seek attention.

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One of the most famous cases of MSbP is Dee Dee Blanchard’s treatment of his daughter, Gypsy Rose, who was made as if she was suffering from a pile of illness. Before the end, due to excessive control, Gypsy kills the mother. Meanwhile, on the big screen, The Baby (1973) by Ted Post discusses similar conditions.

Asthma, arrhythmia, hemochromatosis, asthma, diabetes and paralysis. According to Diane Sherman (Sarah Paulson), these are the conditions that her daughter, Chloe Sherman (played by Kiera Allen, who like Chloe, also uses a wheelchair) has. At the age of 17, despite her many limitations, Chloe is still excited about studying from home under Diane’s tutelage, and wants to study at the University of Washington. Unlike other parents whose children are schooled at home, Diane is not worried. At a meeting between parents, he is the only one who feels happy, because Diane believes in Chloe’s. Best Movie

Sounds like a dream family right? Chloe felt the same way, until one day she found her mother gave her a different drug. A suspicious drug, where instead of her name, Diane’s name was on the box. It is not difficult to guess in which direction Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian are leading the way in their manuscript. And that’s not a drawback. Not fatal. The problem lies in the hasty progress. After 17 years of manipulation, it shouldn’t be that easy and fast for Chloe to suspect Diane, who she has known as a loving mother who has never restrained her at all.

That hole of logic keeps the story apart. Even though the content of Run’s story is closer to reality than it seems. Without having to suffer MSbP, aren’t there so many parents who control, curb, and manipulate their children, but say that everything is done for the good of the baby. With her trademark hysterical style, Sarah Paulson’s appearance may not have the significant emotional impact of her family conflicts, but it is appropriate when compared to the “b-movie face” of her film, as a psychotic antagonist.

On the other hand, Kiera Allen makes it easy for the audience to support her character’s struggles, in the sequences that Aneesh Chaganty successfully packaged. Even Chloe’s physical condition plus her skills give birth to various creative situations, for example when she tries to escape from a room that Diane has locked. This creativity fades a bit when the climax is limited to displaying cliché chases, before (fortunately) the film is closed by a “sick” moment that will make you smile with satisfaction. Movie Review

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In August 2020, the Netflix streaming site is back with an original film called Project Power. The film, which carries the theme of science fiction and superhero, stars a number of well-known Hollywood actors, such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Fox, Rodrigo Santoro, and also Dominique Fishback. Top Movie Site

Project Power tells the story of a mysterious pill that is able to make its users get super strength with a duration of five minutes. Unfortunately, these pills are often used by people who are not responsible for committing crimes. This then prompts a local police officer, teenage drug dealer, and former soldiers to track down the mastermind behind the construction.

This film focuses on the search for the mastermind behind the spread of a super pill. One of the most determined figures to find out about this is a former soldier named Art aka The Major (Jamie Foxx). This was done by Art because the party that produced the super pill had kidnapped his only daughter.

After conducting an investigation, Art began to find a bright spot related to the organization through a teenager named Robin (Dominique Fishback). Robin is told as a teenager who trades the super pill with the aim of buying medicine for his sick mother. In undergoing this action, Robin is accompanied by a policeman named Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who protects him when there is a problem. Best Movie

When Robin is kidnapped by Art to find information about the source of the pill, Frank immediately finds out where the teenager is and saves him. However, Frank actually has other goals too. The problem is, he actually considers Art to be the mastermind behind the super pill which has resulted in many crimes in his city. The storyline of this film is even more complicated after this point.

The description above is arguably only a summary of the Project Power film plot, which is actually very dense and full of conflicts. However, the storyline is very short, even for a two-hour film. at the end of the film you will definitely feel ’empty’ because there is something missing after watching this film. One of the factors was the concept of a world possessing a super pill that could randomly assign power to the user. This definitely makes the audience expect that they will be presented with various cool super powers. Unfortunately, this doesn’t materialize in this film.

In Project Power, the organization that produces and distributes super pills is seen as a bad guy or a villain in the film. Behind the organization, there are three important figures in it, namely Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro), a bearded man named Wallace (Tait Fletcher), and doctor Gardner (Amy Landecker). Unfortunately, none of them seem to be the main antagonists of the film.

The figure of Wallace, whom Art first sought out, turned out to be only a member of the organization who kidnapped his son. Then, Biggie, who was thought to be the main villain, received a very small portion and only appeared until the middle of the film.

Meanwhile, Gardner might arguably be the mastermind behind the conflict in this film. However, again he is only described as a doctor who does experiments related to the super pill and doesn’t have any powers. This certainly makes the film’s absence of a fierce battle scene involving Gardner and the protagonists.

The absence of the main antagonist in Project Power also makes him feel bland because the peak of the conflict is less “nervous”. Apart from the concept of the film, which may want to portray the evil corporate conflict against the public, the presence of the main antagonist is quite important for films that carry the theme of action and superhero.

Despite a number of shortcomings in the film, Project Power still presents quite an interesting visual, especially when using the super pill. Every time someone took the pill, the scene would be made into a slow motion to show the strength of the pill. Unfortunately, this superpower visual moment is less pronounced in the film due to the lack of exploration of the characters using the pill. Movie Review

Broadly speaking, Project Power will be suitable to watch for those of you who like science fiction films that are peppered with non-stop action.

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Peninsula – Review

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Peninsula opened convincingly, through some footage that implies a picture of how the scale of the zombie attack has grown, and affects the lives of South Korean people. Considering the greatness of Korean filmmakers regarding inserting humanitarian stories in various genres – which is the strength of Train to Busan – I am also excited to look forward to what this sequel will offer. Top Movie Site

That spirit slowly faded, once realized that Peninsula was following the formula “the bigger the better” in the making of the sequels. Not a problem as long as it is implemented properly. But not only stripping away the elements that made Train to Busan loved by the public (even though I think it’s overrated), Peninsula even failed to execute the formula, to at least give birth to an entertaining follow-up story.

In the prologue that feels like a tribute to the first film (it’s just that trains are replaced by ships), we are introduced to Jung-seok (Gang Dong-won), a military member who brought his older sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, to flee to Japan using ship. But the plague seems to have spread on the ship. Almost all of the passengers, including Jung-seok’s brother and nephew, died.

Four years later, Jung-seok, who lives in Hong Kong with his brother-in-law, Chul-min (Kim Do-yoon), is still overpowered by feelings of guilt. Until the two of them accept a simple mission, to bring a truck filled with money as much as $ 20 million, which suddenly disappeared on the Korean peninsula. Of course it’s not that easy. In addition to zombies, they must face the militia forces that control the area. Best Movie

Dong-won is convincing as a champion of the fight. We believe he can eradicate zombies, whether using firearms or bare hands. But the character he plays is empty. Jung-seok lost everything, before the audience got to know him more closely. Once we spend more time with him, he becomes a boring gloomy figure. Fortunately, later a more interesting line of characters appeared.

In the midst of a zombie siege, Jung-seok is saved by a pair of brothers, Jooni (Lee Re) and Yu-jin (Lee Ye-won). Jooni has the driving skills that will amaze Dominic Toretto, while Yu-jin, even though he is still a kid, is not afraid to face zombies, even though only armed with a toy car. Jung-seok is taken to a hideout, where their delusional grandfather (or is he?), Kim (Kwon Hae-hyo), and his mother, Min-jung (Lee Jung-hyun) also live. Jung-seok gets to know Min-jung, and a sense of guilt for her past actions grows. But I don’t care.

The more I get to know this family, the more I want to spend some time watching their unique dynamics and how the four of them survive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. It would be better if they were all the main characters. But Peninsula does not allow that, and instead continues to add another side character, taking us to visit the headquarters of the Unit 631 militia, to meet a group of unattractive figures who represent the clichédness of wild survivors in post-apocalyptic films.

At the base of Unit 631 there is a “gladiator show”, where the prisoners are forced to fight zombies, in a sequence that is executed too tame to reinforce the impression of the law of the jungle. At least the sequence is still better and clearer than the majority of other actions that take place in the dark of the night, featuring things going fast (cars, trucks, zombies), in perfunctory CGI packaging. Plus the chaotic directing of Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan, Psychokinesis), as well as frantic editing as a way to manipulate several stunts, let alone feeling tension, digesting what appears on the screen is difficult.

Prior to this, I watched The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale which is entertaining and creative. This film needs a similar injection of creativity. The creativity that makes mainstream South Korean cinema so passionate, powerful and colorful. Closing the Peninsula is a conclusion to a story of penance and sacrifice that is lacking in emotion, except for extreme amusement, hearing the words of one of the members of the UN peacekeeping force, who delivered sentences that are basically ridiculous, so flat. One of the funniest endings this year. Movie Review

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