Month: June 2017

Movie – Shutter Island [REVIEW] – Die As A Good Man

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Dennis Lehane
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo

Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver is one of the films directed by Martin Scorsese. He has also won many Oscar awards in the film “The Departed” (2006). Shutter Island is one of the films directed by Martin as well. Leonardo DiCaprio is the actor who starred in this movie. He has also previously played Scorsese directed films like The Aviator, Gangs of New York, and one of them is The Departed.

 

“Shutter Island: is a film adapted from Dennis Lehane’s novel written by Gone Baby, Gone. Dennis is very reliable in writing his novel. One of them tends to be dark and twisted. Shutter Island is one that successfully adapted well. It will twist your mind from the beginning until the end. As always in movies like this, the plot will be very slow.

“Shutter Island” took the place in 1954 that tells about an U.S. federal member Marshall named Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) who was assigned to investigate a case on an Ashecliffe Asylum Island. Teddy had a personal purpose that required him to investigate the psychiatric hospital. But it was not clear what he wanted to find. They both felt suspicious of the hospital that seemed to cover up something. To the extent that, Teddy always get the hallucinations and strange dreams every day so he began to not be able to distinguish between the real and the hallucinations.

 

As I said from the start, this film has a very slow and confusing impression. You will also be invited to think hard during this movie. So, for those of you who don’t like movies like this, don’t force yourself. Just skip this movie. Because I will guarantee you must be bored. But if I? Don’t ask anymore because I am very fond of with movies like this and memorable plot-twist. This movie is difficult for everyone. Not everything will get enjoy the type of film like a psychological thriller.

Martin Scorsese shows his true identity through this film. Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting no longer needs to doubt his acting. Mark Ruffalo looks pretty good, but not impressive. Ben Kingsley too. Shutter Island is a movie you should watch very carefully. Even I, myself feel very dizzy when watching this movie even though I watched it until the ends. The puzzles that still appear in the mind and can’t be resolved will make you watch it over and over again.

Anime – My Bride Is A Mermaid [REVIEW] – Our Mermaids Are Different

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,93/10
Genre: Comedy, Parody, Romance, School
Studios: Gonzo
Author: Tahiko Kimura
Seiyuu: Haruko Momoi, Takahiro Mizushima, Sakura Nogawa

Starting from the month of fasting until now, I just finished watching this anime. But, I am a little disappointed with this anime one of them is ending. Maybe I will some explain this anime and review it. This anime if not wrong is the anode year 2007. Although this anime classic, I will not judge this anime. Precisely, this anime is very good to watch the view of the genre is already interesting that is Rom-Com or called Romantic Comedy.

“Seto no Hanayome” or better known by “SnH” by anime lovers. In English “My Bride is a Mermaid”. This anime genre rom-com that is interesting to watch and not boring although watched repeatedly. When I first saw this anime, I felt strange with the title and like looking back in TV Series Indonesia in general. But after watching it, this anime will make you laugh in every episode.

“My Bride is a Mermaid,” tell about a boy named Michisio Nagasumi (Takahiro Mizushima) who was visiting his grandmother who lived in Seto’s hinterland with her family. One afternoon when Nagasumi swam in the sea, he suddenly fell asleep because he was too frightened. At the same time, suddenly he is helped by a very beautiful mermaid named Seto Sun (Haruko Momoi) or commonly called San. In the afternoon, San visits Nagasumi’s grandmother’s house and says that Nagasumi should be responsible for the incident this afternoon.

Nagasumi and his parents were invited to the Seto Clan’s residence at the bottom of Seto Bay. Nagasumi is informed that in the mermaid rule, every mermaid whose identity has been exposed by humans must both be executed. San’s father (Kenta Miyake) who is a leader of the Seto Clan did not want it to happen to his beloved son. He originally wanted to kill nagasumi but was blocked by his mother. His mother is Seto Ren (Makiko Nabei) who suggested a solution to the problem that is married. Nagasumi initially refused because he was the feeling people should not be forced especially if not yet know each other. But after seeing the spirit of San, he also received an offer from her mother.

“My Bride is a Mermaid” is an anime you should watch because every episode will make you laugh like anime Nichijou, Baka & Test, or The Devil is a Part-Time!. This anime will make you laugh out loud. The art problem does not have to be asked because maybe some of you will think the picture is bad, ugly, and make sore eyes. In my opinion, the picture is very good considering this anime is a classic anime of 2007. Like any other school genre anime, this anime is a daily life Nagasumi and his friends and San.

As I said earlier, from the beginning I can already guess the ending. But, I will never underestimate what happened to him because of Epic Fight. Gonzo is the studio that works on this anime besides Welcome to the NHK, Rosario + Vampire, Hellsing, and others.

Movie – Rear Window [REVIEW] – The First Person

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: John Michael Hayes
Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey

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Actually, this is the second movie Alfred Hitchcock that I just watched and his status as king of the cameo is not to be denied again. If Psycho is a movie with a really cool plot twist, “Rear Window” is a movie that takes only the first person’s perspective. “Rear Window” is the film that brought Alfred Hitchcock won the Oscar nomination for the fifth time in the category of “Best Director”. The film also received a nomination for “Best Screenplay” composed by John Michael Hayes.

“Rear Window” is a film that has its own uniqueness that takes the first person’s point of view as if the audience got carried away and involved in the film. “Rear Window,” tells the story of a professional photographer named L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) just had an accident during an auto race that broke his leg and forced Jefferey to stay in a wheelchair. A sense of boredom has become something every day is felt, let alone he can only meet with the nurse, Stella (Thelma Ritter) and Lisa (Grace Kelly), who is her lover. Not much Jeff could do except to watch the neighbors’ activities from behind the window was an amusement for him. Initially, it was just for fun until finally, Jeff felt there was something suspicious from one of his neighbors. Finally, the activity went too far and started dangerously.

As I said earlier, “Rear Window” is a movie that invites the audience as if to take part in this movie. Hitchcock uses the first person through binoculars as if the viewer directly sees the incident. Hitchcock is very observant in exploiting the narrow space and viewpoint of the first person to build the tension of the audience. It is the most exciting and terrifying thing is when we can only see without being able to do something. In Rear Window, Hitchcock is able to break the boundary that separates the audience from the movie being viewed. Many of the suspense films that made me stunned, but the new Rear Window that can make me feel so helpless and unconsciously want to be able to interfere in the story.

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“Rear Window” has a slightly slower plot so that at the beginning of the 20th minute it has made people feel bored and tired. A complete character recognition as well as relationships with people in particular. Here we begin to be invited to think about the truth behind Jeff’s suspicions. Is he right or wrong? But, all that is forgotten either wrong or true. The climax is so tense, and appear worried at the characters.

Hitchcock always succeeded in creating iconic moments in every movie. One of them is when Mr. Thorwald was right at the camera until it looked as if he was looking directly at us as a spectator. “Rear Window” is an incredible stage of tension in which the initial phase becomes a very slow introduction to full tension.

Movie – The Silence Of The Lambs [REVIEW] – The Serial Killer

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Thomas Harris
Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney

Adaptation from Thomas Harris’s best-selling novel, “The Silence of The Lambs” is the second sequel follow-up novel Red Dragon and you know why it’s so cool? Because Hannibal Lecter, the figure of a very tense genius, breathtaking, and cannibalism that makes me love this movie.

“The Silence of the Lambs” telling about a FBI agent named Starling (Jodie Foster) who is still an academy but with excellent grades gets a job given by Crawford (Scott Gleen) to interview someone in an attempt to track a serial killer. The psychiatrist named Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) who was isolated from the outside world in a psychiatric prison for the very behavior of the cannibalism. Clarice was asked by Crawford to record all his reports with the intention of finding out a psychopath of serial killers being sought, Buffallo Bill (Ted Levine).

Since Clarice and Dr. Lecter spoke to each other, Dr. Lecter seemed to like Clarice’s personality. Dr. Lecter showed his remarkable ability in analyzing the background to personality, including Clarice. Clarice Sterling has expertise in psychology and criminology, someone who has a strong, courageous, and unflappable personality. Even so, he has a very dark past. Her father was killed while serving as a cop. But there was something unique in Clarice’s past as a child, she often heard the screams of sheep being slaughtered. Although he tried to save just one of, the sheep were still slaughtered. She means that the sheep cry is the cry of the criminal victims she needs to help. That’s what makes his wish come true and accepted as a FBI agent. At the same time, Dr. Lecter was keen to get to know Clarice’s personality even deeper.

What’s so special about this movie? I think his character is very unique and memorable reinforced with his dialogues. The theme is using criminals to catch criminals. Some other aspects that can be a supporter that this film is good on taking a pictures. There was a scene where Clarice ambushed a house and simultaneously the FBI members also ambushed the house in different places. Between the two houses is owned by Buffalo Bill. There the audience will be made a success deceived, because it would be wrong to guess which house is owned by Bill. For my own acting, I favored the successful Anthony Hopkins. Lecter is cool, genius, relaxed, but deadly. In the end, The Silence of The Lambs succeeded into a thrill spectacle and featured a variety of other genius games.

Movie – Psycho [REVIEW] – She Wouldn’t Even Harm A Fly

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writer: Robert Bloch
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles

Psycho is a movie with a great story. Why? Because in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock made this film with a very great plot. Stretching, plot-twist, gore, legendary shower scene make this film so popular in the era of  the years “black and white film”. First of all, I read the novel as my reference material. Although the novel is so stressful, I’m not satisfied with just reading the novel. Then, I tried to watch the movie and boom. This movie will blow your mind. I don’t believe in that year, this kind of movie is very cool in the era especially for those of you who really like classic movies, maybe Psycho would be perfect for you guys.

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“Psycho” tell about Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) a real estate secretary running his client money for $40,000. She uses the money for her marriage secretly with Sam Loomis (John Gavin). In her escape, Marion had time to stay in a small motel called “Bates Motel”. The owner is a young man named Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) living alone with his elderly and sickly mother. Not long afterwards, there was a news that Marion disappeared without a trace.

Alfred Hitchcock is the man behind the making of this film. He was awarded the “King of Suspension”. His most famous films such as “Rear Window” (1954), “Stranger on a Train” (1951), “Vertigo” (1958) are some of his most popular films. Alfred is also awarded as “King of Cameo” because every movie he once appeared as Cameo. One of them filmed Psycho as well.

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Psycho was a groundbreaking film of that time, both technique and story is great. Alfred Hitchcock uses techniques that are very unique and interesting. One of them is shower scene taken using 77 different camera angles. Although only a few minutes, the scene drains for about a week with 50 cuts. In addition, the scene when Marion’s sister, Lila (Vera Miles) reveals the mystery of her hilarious Marion is the most stressful scene.

Norman Bates is my favorite character played by Anthony Perkins. His very awkward character and frightening cold stares are one of the reasons why I love this character. In addition to Bates, Martin Balsam (Milton Arbogast) is no less cool with Norman Bates. He acts as a private, intimidating detective, and revives his detective character very well. In addition, Janet Leigh was also awarded as the best supporting actress at the Golden Globe and Oscar nomination even though she didn’t win.

The film is lifted from a novel by Robert Bloch. First time watching a black-and-white movie like this turned out in that era there is already a plot-twist movie like this. I was so shivered with fear and thrill when watching this movie. For those of you who like classic black and white film plot-twist, I recommended this film. Although Psycho is made with several sequels, I have never watched it but I will watch it.

Anime – Hyouka [REVIEW] – You Can’t Escape

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,16/10
Genre: Mystery, School, Slice of Life
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Author: Honobu Yonezawa
Seiyuu: Yuiichi Nakamura, Satomi Sato, Daisuke Sakaguchi

菓 菓; Hyouka.

Literally, the meaning of the kanji that compose the title anime means “fruit ice” (氷 = koori, ice; 菓 = kudamono, fruit). But, the general meaning is “ice cream”.

Actually, the words above have non-sense with the storyline of this anime. One thing is for sure, I think this anime is one of my favorite anime with literary theme. Maybe you know why I love this anime?

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“Hyouka” tells about a high school student at Kamiyama High School named Oreki Houtarou (Yuuichi Nakamura), who has a principle of never wasting energy such as using body energy as necessary, doing activities if only really necessary. If he do something, always want to be done as soon as possible. In other words, lazy. The principle of his life that was very rounded was falling apart when he was told to join the Classic Literature Club by his daughter. Chitanda Eru (Satomi Sato), a girl who is one level with Oreki as well as a club chairman who always has a very big curiosity. Finally, Oreki was dragged into some of her problems with Chitanda. Beginning with an incident involving his own Chitanda uncle, who turned out to be part of the Classic Literature Club at the same school 45 years ago.

“Watashi, ki ni narimasu!” (Meaning “I am curious”)

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The catchphrase is likely to be seen in almost every episode, and is always saying by Chitanda with sparkling eyes and a deliberate face to Houtarou. Maybe some of you will be annoyed, but if I honestly really like it. If you see a glimpse of the genre, maybe some people think “Slice of Life again, romance again”. But you’re wrong. The element of romance and slice of lifes it is practically very little and maybe 75% just focus on mystery. In this anime, there also some reference novels such as Agatha Christie (Murder On The Orient Express) and Conan Arthur Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

Artwork is very deserved thumbs up even two thumbs up because the studio that makes this anime Kyoto Animation. Frame rate is very smooth and the frame take second by second. The coloring and quality may be practically equivalent to an anime movie. An abstract animation is in use when Oreki thinks it’s great.

Oreki Houtarou can change from a lazy person to a lot better, because often under the same problem with Chitanda. I have to admit Chitanda is so great in terms of “mocking” Oreki. The “I don’t do it quickly. if I have to, I’ll do it quickly” principle that Houtarou holds can crumble instant if you’ve been dealing with “I’m curious”. In addition, Chitanda is able to change Houtarou in an instant without having to bother arguments. For example in arc “Why didn’t she ask EBA?” (Episode 8-11), Chitanda can change Houtarou’s way of thinking until the incarnate detective produces a different deduction, just because he feels in his heart that “there is still something strange”. Simple thing? But creatively processed the same story maker. As these things continue, it can be seen that there is a sense of love between the two (who knows who likes first, but I think Houtarou used to be), and the more the shame looks as he goes to the last episode.

For most people the story may be very slow and boring. I must admit, it is quite slow. But I don’t have a problem with it because the plot should also consider it’s match with it’s genre. For the Slice of Life like Hyouka, slow-paced is perfect. Coupled with a good development, then be a very good storyline.

Do you guys always seen a detective anime with extraordinary analyzes accompanied by a very fascinating and realistic musical background almost impossible in the real world? Not for Hyouka. As a central figure and a fake detective, Houtarou’s analysis capabilities are truly reality-based analysis. Realistic data that is perfect processed by himself, then disclosed in a language that makes sense and not complicated.

BGM, the placement and type of music used in a certain scene is quite beautiful and very suitable with the atmosphere because the song is play by Johann Sebastian Bach. Her first opening theme, Yasashisa no Riyuu performed by ChouCho, is perfect and I often hear for music like this. Ending theme both, Kimi ni Matsuwanu Mystery.

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Satomi Satou, the voice actress who cast Chitanda’s voice is worth the thumbs up. Why? Because his voice is very different than when he cast the voice of Tainaka Ritsu in the anime series K-ON!. Although both are very different, I still appreciate this two anime.

Hyouka is a very good anime in my opinion because Chitanda Eru is amazing both her nature and her seiyuu, Oreki Houtarou which make me amazed by it’s deduction, blend of development and the rate of excellent story, super animation, and the music Charming. Highly recommended for those who like anime slice of life that is relaxed, unfamiliar, plus a bit of non-criminal mild mystery spice.

Movie – Inglourious Basterds [REVIEW] – A Jewish Tale

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth

Another one of the Quentin Tarantino’s most successful films is “Inglourious Basterds”. So, I’ll try to review this movie.

“Inglorious Basterds” took a plots in the Nazi-German era in France, Word War 2. A group of Jewish-born American soldiers or called “The Basterds” always slaughtered Nazi troops and skinned their heads every time they met. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is a lieutenant who leads the troops “The Basterds”. They only have one mission, to kill the Nazi troops they meet. Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) is one of Aldo’s men or called “The Jewish Bear” because of his brutality of hitting the enemy’s head using only a baseball bat. Due to the brutality of “The Basterds”, they are very feared and managed to spread the terror of revenge to the troops of Hitler and his Nazi.

On the other side, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) is a girl who has a vengeance to nazi because her family is slaughtered under the leadership of Col. Hals Landa (Christoph Waltz). Hans Landa was a high-ranking SS officer called “The Jewish Hunters”. Shosanna also happens to be close to a soldier named Zoller, who seems to be famous in the Nazi army because of his services to kill 300 enemy soldiers by themselves. Taking advantage of this opportunity that didn’t come twice this time, Shosanna planned his act of revenge behind the simplicity of the cinema. Assemble a hate that has been hidden and make it a time bomb for the Fuhrer’s cruelty and empire.

“Inglourious Basterds” is a sweet fairy tale by Quentin Tarantino where it tells the story of “if only” of the history of World War II. This isn’t a story of the Holocaust-themed Nazi atrocity nor is it a war movie that makes audiences exciting. But, this is a tale of Tarantino who built his own tale. Quentin Tarantino is well-known through some of his most famous films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Django Unchained, and others.

Tarantino prepared a very interesting plot. From the first scene where Hans Landa’s appearance of a Jewish hunter interrogates a farmer. Hans suspects him of hiding the Jews, but casually Hans seems to know nothing. However, what happened next is unpredictable. Tarantino makes his audience if this film will be a very interesting to watch until the end of the film.

The highly intelligent dialogues represent the tension and the high boost for this movie that is getting more exciting to watch. The music is very supportive the mood of the film, some scenes are very dramatic, and sometimes gripping. Although this story isn’t real, Tarantino take a from “Third Reich” in the era of WW2. Of course the success of this film is achieved thanks to the players who act great.

Of all the actors who act very great, it is Christoph Waltz who seized the attention of the audience who acted as Jewish Hunters. He’s very relaxed but behind it is very cruel to make his character really interesting. This person is a disguised predator behind his prey. He’s a cruel and cruel man but he can cover it with his “fun” attitude, it’s all played by Waltz with a great charm. Followed by a German accent, this man also mastered other languages ​​such as French, Italian, and English. Waltz can act to the smallest detail, from the way he talks to how he expresses and reacts. The emergence of a confidant of the Fuhrer who proudly predicate as a “Jewish Hunter” is always eagerly awaited.

In addition to Christoph Waltz, of course all his actor can play the role of their respective importance very well. Brad Pitt who plays the lead of “The Basterds” can bring his role so brilliantly. With a look that seems to be older than his actual age. His performance in this film is one of the best acting during his film. Although his presence in the rations isn’t much here, but Brad can play as much as possible as Lieutenant Aldo Raine.

Daniel Bruhl the war hero, Diane Kruger the German artist, Eli Roth the Jew Bear, Til Schweiger the gestapo slaughterhouse, and Melanie Laurent the owner of the cinema, all of which successfully made the characters in this film like real. Acting as if the characters they play are real and ever exist. Salute to Martin Wuttke who plays the Fuhrer, one of Hitler’s best acts in the movie. The same Hitler is depicted ruthlessly and cruelly, but more comical in this film and can laugh.

This film also describes the atmosphere of World War 2 in detail. Art that shows the beauty through the setting of the building is very beautiful, especially the cinema owned by Shosanna who appear simple but looks majestic and beautiful.

Overall, this is a great entertaining in Tarantino’s fictional world. This film can tell a story with a groove that doesn’t make the audience dizzy. The film that begins the opening that makes these goosebumps, completed also with a dramatic end and of course “inglorious”. Tarantino is very clever to put the interlude of “dark comedy” humor in this movie. This film is more fun and entertaining with the proven spice of the director who has been proven by the success of his previous films. This film is the masterpiece of Quentin Tarantino.