Movie – Full Metal Jacket [REVIEW] – In Vietnam The Wind Doesn’t Blow It Sucks

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Gustav Hasford
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio

What we really wanted from all of the Stanley Kubrick movies? Indeed all of his films are the best of all but does Full Metal Jacket be one of the best war movies of all time? The answer is yes. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best war movies like Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. Stanley Kubrick tries to combine a psychological theme with war genre. It may sound strange to an audience that unfamiliar with a psychological film combined with wars like The Shining. However, what Stanley Kubrick wants to convey to his audience is how in boot camp training and war it can bring down someone’s mental.

Matthew Modine and Arliss Howard in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

“Full Metal Jacket,” tells about the twists and turns of newbie soldiers undergoing training at the boot camp in order to deal with how vicious Vietnam war is. These boot camp exercises show how a torture Gny. Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) to his students until one of his students was mentally depressed. A boot camp is like a hard discipline upheld, oath of superiors, very heavy training, up to the bully of friends of his boot camp, all done by Gny. Sgt. Hartman in order to strengthen his students mentally.

As we know as war movies, there have been a lot of war movies showing a very loud boot camp training like Platoon and Hacksaw Ridge. I don’t know much fewer films that have the same theme as those two films because I may not have seen enough war movies yet but Stanley Kubrick shows to his audience is very cliche. Cliche in other ways I mean is how all the scenes that exist in the boot camp are very memorable such as dialogue, acting, jokes, all is very memorable.

Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

In this movie, Gny. Sgt. Hartman who played by R. Lee Ermey really badass in this movie. How he can cast out a joke of dark comedy, insults out of his mouth and can make his audience laugh even though it is a serious thing to the story that carries a very disturbing but interesting psychological theme. The film is divided into two stories such as training in boot camp and the brutal of Vietnam war. We will be made to laugh the first 45 minutes of the film but all that changed after 45 minutes. In this second story, the sensation of this film changed drastically into a serious impression.

Matthew Modine in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Like Stanley Kubrick’s films that always insert a moral message in every movie, Full Metal Jacket also has something like that. Full Metal Jacket doesn’t focus too much on war with the effects of explosions everywhere and shots but this movie has something very deep to be understood. War always keeps one from wondering what to do on the battlefield. Humans want peace in every human heart but what is about in this film ironically has to be solved by war. Innocent people are killed on the battlefield, killing people but not being depicted by the mistakes that appear on their faces, making us wonder whether what we are doing is something fair. In essence, war always makes people change drastically into a psychopath by itself.

Overall, Full Metal Jacket is a war movie that can cause scars of the heart after watching this movie. This movie is a war movie with good quality to watch for elite film fans. The meaning that exists in it until the dialogues and actings that makes this film seemed to have no shortcomings for myself.


Movie – Catch Me If You Can [REVIEW] – The True Story Of A Real Fake

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Frank Abagnale Jr.
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor who is now considered an actor who just looks rather than acting. Since the two films that practically overrated, Titanic and Romeo + Juliet, she has a lot of female fans who are crazy about him. However, if we look at other films including this movie, Leonardo DiCaprio is arguably the best of all. Like his acting in Inception and Shutter Island is one of those movies. And it also includes this movie, Catch Me If You Can.

“Catch Me If You Can,” tells the true story of a Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), known for being the greatest and biggest scam ever since his 19th birthday. Frank’s life was initially still living happily with his parents who were so intimate when he was 16 years old. But the debt that depressed his father required moving into a new apartment. That’s when his mother started cheating and divorcing. Frank finally chose to run away from home and start his new life as a con man. At the start of his escape, he making a fake check that initially always fails until he begins succeed to make a fake check and is very difficult to distinguish from the original. Living by changing his identity, an FBI named Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) who never know to give up after Frank even though he has also been deceived many times. The hunt between a cat and a mouse begins.

Tom Hanks, Brian Howe, and Frank John Hughes in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Different from others films like Titanic or Romeo + Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio shows an action that can be spelled out very well in this movie. Described as a cheerful young man, he seems to act as a person in disguise. With his intelligent mind as a fraudster, he can make the FBI become a mess. Leonardo DiCaprio can balance Tom Hanks as someone who chased each other in different countries. Or you can say, Leonardo DiCaprio is better than Tom Hanks in this movie. Tom Hanks is described as a person who doesn’t like to joke but in his heart, he just wanted to catch Frank because that’s his life while Leonardo DiCaprio is the person who enjoys the chase.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonathan Brent, and Shane Edelman in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Catch Me If You Can show something very detailed in this movie. Frank is someone who enjoys the life of his deception in various countries but all he wants is living with his family. Therefore, we always learn from the past in order to get the best results in the future. This film doesn’t have a dark impression like a thriller because this movie is not a thriller. The audience will see an exciting opening credit and think what will happen in this movie. With some soundtracks as if an undercover agent, Catch Me If You Can is a movie with a tense but fun impression to watch.

Overall, we don’t feel this movie has a duration of 140 minutes makes us want more in this movie. Although the duration is almost 2 hours and a half, this film always keeps his pace so as not to be boring to watch. Leonardo DiCaprio performed his acting really well here.

Movie – La La Land [REVIEW] – Here’s To The Fools Who Dream

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

A simple story but combined with beautiful music is like a bedtime story. That sentence could explain how beautiful La La Land is. After making the same theme of jazz in the previous movie Whiplash, Damien Chazelle then made an ordinary boy meets girl story that contains a happy and romantic impression but very memorable to watch. For this movie, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are the main actors of this film.

“La La Land,” tells about Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who has failed multiple times in auditions. To be able to finance his life, he must be willing to work as a barista. Later, he meets a jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) who aspires to open a jazz club of his own. Unlike Mia, Sebastian is a very idealist, making it difficult to get a job. A romantic happy story begins when two of them meet each other.

La La Land (2016)

We often see a film that can be spelled very cliche like La La Land. However, Damien Chazelle makes it very special through his cinematographic techniques. La La Land is a movie that takes more dancing scenes while singing. Of course, that scene it’s not unusual because for the beginning this movie made us smile to see dozens of people doing a dance movement on a highway. Especially if only using one camera only. It feels like, it’s impossible that it might even produce with happen very bad results. Damien Chazelle made it all beautiful.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is no doubt. Both have become a rumor how the couple actors and actress is often played together in other movies as well Crazy, Stupid, Love. In this film, the audience will be amazed to see these two couples dance with a very cheerful. Emma Stone draws a figure who likes to talk sober but sometimes cause a sad scene. Especially when the song The Fools Who Dream that looks expression of Emma Stone almost surrendered and depressed.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land (2016)

Although La La Land is a cheerful romance movie that everyone can watch, La La Land has a cliche message for everyone, “Never give up.” Sometimes we need someone to push us from behind, it could be friends or family. As depicted in this film from the characters Mia and Sebastian, who sometimes often clashed conflict but sometimes often pushed from behind. Somehow, the ending in this movie somewhat bleak at the end of the film. Despite presenting a beautiful memorable theme at the end, ending in the film is a bit off the mark for the theme of the story.

Overall, La La Land is a simple realistic film. The message delivered in this movie is also very understandable to everyone. For the audience, this film feels memorable. Especially after watching this movie feels like to dance on the streets while singing. La La Land teaches us a simple yet important message in life.

Movie – Arrival [REVIEW] – Why Are They Here?

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Ted Chiang
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Arrival is a science fiction drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve and has worked on Sicario and Prisoners. In this movie, we will curious about the really interesting story and the best performance from Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. With a cinematography coupled with a great tense storyline, this movie will probably be very memorable for anyone who watched it.

“Arrival,” tells about the coming of an alien on earth. They drove an airplane in the shape of the arch and landed it at 12 random points, one of them was the United States. Panic, fear, and indecision are present at the same time. A linguist Louis Banks (Amy Adams) and physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), headed by military chief Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker), communicated with the aliens to find out what the purpose to came on earth.

Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

Arrival is a science fiction movie that very different from the others. Despite the theme of the aliens, this film will not provide a scene of the battlefield that occurred among the aliens like Independence Day. This film will not tell a space journey like Star Wars, Interstellar, or The Martian. Rather, this movie is a drama movie with a fairly slow storyline and a bit confusing to watch. However, Arrival certainly presents something special for the end of the story. Some of the audience will be made satisfied when watching the end of this movie and will be much to argue about how the story exists.

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in Arrival (2016)

This movie presents something interesting though some who don’t understand what this movie wants to convey. Amy Adams is able to maximize her acting in this movie, while Jeremy Renner as we know he plays as Hawkeye in Marvel Universe. The story in this show is a story that will never forget from what we watch. The cinematography is very epic and will make us love this movie.

Overall, Arrival is a film that proves alien-themed films don’t always provide a battle scene that is created in such an effect. However, Arrival is a sci-fi drama that makes the audience in the confused and touched at the same time when watching this.

Movie – Zootopia [REVIEW] – Welcome To The Urban Jungle

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Byron Howard
Writer: Rich Moore
Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Disney has always never run out of creative ideas for creating a quality movie with a very simple animated story that has a meaning contained in it. Therefore, in 2016 made an animation about the anti-discrimination called Zootopia and won an Oscar award in the category of Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. For the theme of the movie, this movie will take us into an adventure of the animals life, where all animals behave like humans.

Ginnifer Goodwin and Nate Torrence in Zootopia (2016)

“Zootopia,” tells about the life of the animals in which they have solved a problem that is always appreciated by the laws of nature. The equation of these animals distinguishes between predators and prey animals. After Zootopia was built, this republic ceased to exist in the animal food chain. Everything can live in peace, safety, happiness, and comfort. A conspiracy suddenly arises where predators are accused because their personalities become wild and want to prey up. A fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and a rabbit police named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) work together to solve this conspiracy.

Zootopia is very different from other animated films, especially if the moral is also very relevant in real life. Disney always makes us amaze with the animations that he created and always make us touched at the same time. For this movie, we can see it very clearly and clearly visible in this movie. The world is already like this, how the government wants to remove a racism and always in hearts of every human being.

Maurice LaMarche in Zootopia (2016)

In this film, we will see how the predators are accused because their wilds are rising again for no apparent reason. Take for example in the real world such as black peoples with white peoples, Muslims who are always regarded as terrorists, or Jews who are always regarded as world troublemakers. This film seems to have no more peacefulness which breaks the opposing classes with other classes, no longer a race that senses the stereotype, and no more human and ever-present differences of humanity. The world is perfectly safe when viewed at a glance, but the racists never escape in human mind. The government will always make a strict regulation about anti-discrimination, but the racists will always be there.

Overall, Disney always not made us bored about the films that he made like Zootopia. This movie is great for viewing from all aspects from animation, voice content, and dialogue to existing and all existing meaning looks neat and very hit for real life.

Movie – Manchester By The Sea [REVIEW] – The Past Re-opens An Unspeakable Tragedy

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Drama
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Manchester by the Sea is a film that takes the title directly from the location of the making for this film. This film is a masterpiece that successfully proves that a simple story can also be called a film that managed to break a hearts of the audience. From the beginning of the story will be able to guess if this movie will become more emotional again, let alone if the existing of the ending of the story. That’s what I think when watching this movie, there are feelings that make our smile while watching it and there are situations where we will drift into this film.

“Manchester by the Sea,” tells about the fate of a handyman named Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) suddenly had to hear a sad news that his brother named Joe Chandler (Kyle Chandler) died. Hearing the news, Lee immediately back to his hometown of Massachusetts or called Manchester by the sea which somehow always brings a bitter memory for Lee himself. Not until there, Lee must take the burden to be a father of his brother’s nephew named Patrick (Lucas Hedges) who has symptoms of nervous breakdown. Lee should try to forget his bitter memories and start trying to see a good future for Patrick.

Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, and Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan who also wrote a film that is not less interesting with this film named Analyze This and Gangs of New York, Kenneth seems to take us drowned with the main cast in a series of real images that can make us touched by watching. Affleck featured his best acting in this movie where he looks very plain but suffers inside. Of course, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges appear to be interesting in this movie. However, Affleck here gives an acting ranging from gestures with a blank stare, anxiety as the person who keeps his suffering alone, until his habit of fantasizing what has been done in the past.

Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, and Ben O'Brien in Manchester by the Sea (2016)

In the year 2016 maybe only this movie and Moonlight that we can drift in it because I also probably have not watched other films in 2016. Films like this should be watched by fans of drama and romance, the story is simple but drifting inside it. Kenneth shows us that it is not the visualization that will make the film good but the story is there and supported by the great actors who make this film so-called masterpiece. Movies that have a strong dramatic, how a life wheel runs are very real, and not exaggerated but very appealing to those who watch it.

Overall, Manchester by the Sea is not a perfect movie in everybody’s to watch because has simple story makes the audience uninterested in watching it. However, this film teaches us that life should not be controlled by our self. Life will be happy and sad, whatever weight it lives because reality will continue to run without ever stopping. A masterpiece that gets us to a high level cinematic.

Movie – Hacksaw Ridge [REVIEW] – When The Order Came To Retreat, One Man Stayed

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Robert Schenkkan
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

When watching some Mel Gibson’s movies feels like different from the rest of his most popular movie of all time, Braveheart. Directed and starred by himself, Braveheart certainly became the best history movie of all time. In 2006, Mel Gibson created a pretty good film called Apocalypto and the next 10 years who never seen finally creating another masterpiece that is not less well named Hacksaw Ridge. This film is the resurrection of a Gibson as the most expensive producer in Hollywood.

“Hacksaw Ridge,” based on a true story of a hero who lived as a soldier who refuses to take up arms. This soldier named Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who is generally different from other military soldiers. Since the beginning of a military entry, Desmond firmly refused to take up arms. In addition, Desmond refused to work on Saturday because Saturday is the day when he should worship according to his belief. It was his attitude that made him become ostracized and bullied by his colleagues and considered a dissident to the jail.

Andrew Garfield and Luke Bracey in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

I try not to mention anything that will happen in this movie, but maybe for you who have heard or studied about Desmond’s history will become a familiar story. Speaking of Desmond Doss, Andrew Garfield who cast Desmond is no longer exaggerated. Andrew who is known for the Spiderman image is indeed if playing Desmond is very different when compared with his role in the movie The Amazing Spider-man. Seeing Garfield in this movie seems to see the original figure of a Desmond in his youth.

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Mel Gibson knows very well about how to become a genius director. Gibson presents a drama and war story that will make us stunned when watching it. Gibson gives us a visualization of how a war was known to be cruel in World War II. For Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge became the debut of a handsome actor. See Garfield in this movie as we’ve forgotten Spiderman character. After a decade, Mel Gibson is absent because he never made a new masterpiece again. In the beginning, Hacksaw Ridge could doubt especially if competing with other popular films. In fact, Hacksaw Ridge became a film that won two Oscars for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.

Overall, Hacksaw Ridge can be a very promising movie, especially if this film brings a big name from Mel Gibson who almost forgotten. It’s not wrong that Mel Gibson and his films managed to bring his name to the Oscars as the best director of all time.

Movie – Moonlight [REVIEW] – This Is The Story Of A Lifetime

IMDB Rating: 7,5/10
Genre: Drama
Director: Barry Jenkins
Writer: Tarell Alvin McCraney
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

It’s so hard to experience something new, especially when discussing gay or other simple things. How is the path that taken by the main character so that he can find his true identity or he just sits silently in his place and doesn’t follow his heart it? That’s what happens in Moonlight, the crowd will be able to follow the flow and feel what the main character that mixes our emotions. Barry Jenkins reminds us when a movie can tear a hearts of his audience.

“Moonlight,” is divided into three chapters of a simple story where the lives of Chiron Harris (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes) will be told from childhood, adolescence, to adulthood. As a child, he was always bullied by his classmates for his innate. Hide behind Juan (Mahershala Ali) who is a drug dealer is also very sympathetic to Chiron. For Chiron, Juan is a figure he considers as his father while Juan’s girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monáe) feels like his mother. Paula (Naomie Harris) is a mother of Chiron who is a drug addict also always tortures Chiron. As a teenager, Chiron was still bullied by his friend and had a best friend named Kevin (Jaden Piner). After the incident that made Chiron have to deal with the law, Chiron eventually became a handsome adult young man but still trapped in his past and still loyal to nostalgic.

Naomie Harris in Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is presented regularly as a coming of age drama of a casual black man from Miami. Jenkins uses cinematography techniques that can be somewhat unique uses a close-up technique in the form of dramatic effects that can be felt by the audience. Jenkins seems to be very well aware of how the actors who play in this movie looks very amazing and clearly so real around. The capture of everyday imagery is unusual but packed dramatically and the results have a remarkable effect. As a result, Jenkins is like someone who tells a bedtime tale that can stir up our emotions.

Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome in Moonlight (2016)

Thanks to Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris as an actor who can make the most of his audience’s emotions. Ali looks like a man who is so sympathetic, while Harris looks like a woman who always emits his emotions out. Of course, we don’t forget the cast of 3 actors who play Chiron namely Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes. In fact, Monae is also playing well and bringing her character with emotion. All the cast in this film has their own uniqueness by emitting their emotions in their own way.

Overall, Moonlight is not a movie that is seen on its cover only. In Indonesia itself, this film is very hated for telling about gay. This film even beat La La Land that people say is a film that should win Oscar. Jenkins managed to introduce us to a life that looks simple but many of the issues that have to face the main cast make this film are so different from any other drama films.

Movie – It [REVIEW] – You’ll Float Too

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writer: Stephen King
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

For some people, It is not unusual for someone who has never thought that this horror series does have previous versions that aired many years ago. 27 years ago exactly 1990 years ago, a TV mini-series from one of the best legendary novelist of all time Stephen King published one of his most scary novels and the most difficult to manufacture due to a complex story that contains ambiguity. If seen not as frightening as The Shining or other Stephen King horror novel, maybe this could be as interesting as horror movies in 2017.

Bill Skarsgård in It (2017)

“It,” tells about children in town of Derry always disappeared one by one because of the terror of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) who is actually a demon that can change shape and appear every 27 years. In his action, Pennywise hunts a child by exploring their fears and phobias by entering their consciousness. The presence of Pennywise has led a band of children to join in searching for Pennywise presence which also happens to Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) who is curious because his younger brother has suddenly disappeared.

It is a movie that can be said this film is a film with a very deep impression, especially for those who love the horror-themed movies. Indeed when compared with 1990 version will be worse by 2017, when compared with the use of costumes, visual effects, and others. Andy Muschietti created a version of himself that also all worked very effectively and never far from the original source. Andy Muschietti even make things improve compared with previous versions.

Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Chosen Jacobs in It (2017)

It tends to emphasize more of the traumatic and fearful sides of our childhood that the audience never imagined. Intelligently, this film injects with a combination of light-dark modd which is fairly smooth. The impression is fairly creepy but presented with a very cold. There are a lot of flaws that exist in this film mainly visual effects and cinematography that looks a little defective, the story of this film is also spelled out very thick like the movie Stand By Me and Stranger Things. Just a collection of bully, very weak children, the romance of children, bromance, and their curiosity about the mysteries that surround them. It not only keeps its audience focused on the horror theme but it brings more personal touches such as fear of loneliness, bullying, racism, sexual harassment, and so on. But of course this movie is packed so well that there is no explicit element.

Overall, It is not an adaptation of Stephen King’s best novel when compared to The Shining or The Thing. But, hopefully the director has tried to make a version that is very clear and much better than previous versions. The Dark Tower also lost when compared with this film. In fact, both films are also the result of the adaptation of Stephen King. It manages to create a masterpiece that everyone can watch.

Movie – WALL·E [REVIEW] – In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean

IMDB Rating: 8,4/10
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Pete Docter
Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin

Another one of the films from the collaboration between Walt Disney and Pixar entitled WALL·E. This movie is hilarious and touching at the same time. How is it possible if the story when the earth is no longer inhabited by humans and only live on an artificial planet called Axiom while the earth itself is full of garbage. It is not unexpected if this film is able to make the audience touched and laughed at the same time while watching it. Successfully brought 1 Oscar award in the category of Best Animated Feature Film of the Year in 2009, this film is very suitable to watch even though this movie is animated.


“WALL·E,” tells about a world that is already too full of rubbish and all humanity left the earth to live on an artificial planet called Axiom. A robot named WALL·E (Ben Burtt) or referred to as Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-Class is one of its very lonely residents. This robot is tasked to clean up all the waste on earth after humanity has gone. Suddenly, a robot that attracts the attention of WALL·E named EVE (Elissa Knight) or Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator comes to earth to find signs of life by carrying evidence of a plant. WALL·E who have found it first tracing EVE and the adventure of that robot junk is started.

When compared with the animated films in general, WALL·E has its own uniqueness mainly on the part of characters that only communicate through emotional and physical. So as long as you watch, this movie will be a lot of a pantomime conversation between characters that is easy to understand each movement.

WALL·E (2008)

Of course, even children can understand when watching it and adults will also be interested to watch it. The depiction of the earth in this film where the future is already filled with garbage looks real if we imagined. How the robots look alive and there is a romance story that’s also no less touching with other animated films.

Overall, this movie is very suitable to watch with family, especially with children. Where the lessons we get in this movie are very much in touch with a life that is beginning to be filled with junk as well. Humans do have to keep the earth where they live, not to pollute it.