Anime – In Another World With My Smartphone [REVIEW] – The Secrets Of The New World

MyAnimeList Rating: 6,80/10
Genre: Adventure, Harem, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
Studios: Production Reed
Author: Eiji Usatsuka (Art), Patora Fuyuhara (Story)
Seiyuu: Katsumi Fukuhara, Marika Kouno, Yui Fukuo

When an anime has become way too far, then the anime will get a lot of hate. Anime doesn’t really look at how a story it goes, whether the story which presented will always be far from expectations rather than using a logic. I know, there is so much anime that combine something absurd but far from an odd impression. In fact, it’s the opposite. In Another World With My Smartphone fascinated to be a different anime from its own but forgot how to interpret. KonoSuba can be an anime with everything in it absurd but didn’t forget what it wants to show. One Punch Man is an anime with the main character is OP without weakness but still have intentions and didn’t forget the motivation and his goal. In Another World With My Smartphone didn’t use it all in terms of character, background, story, even want to go beyond it. In Another World With My Smartphone is one that missed from anime I’ve ever watched.

“In Another World With My Smartphone,” tells about Touya Mochizuki (Katsumi Fukuhara) who was struck by lightning because of God’s inadvertence. As an apology, God offers him an offer and an opportunity to live again in a fantasy magic world. Touya is happy to accept the offer with a request to keep his smartphone so start his adventure in a mystery world. Starting from his adventure in this new world, Touya finds himself filled with magic where he uses it and makes cute girls interested. These girls are Linze Silhoueska (Yui Fukuo) and Elze Silhoueska (Maaya Uchida) the twins, Yumina Urnea Belfast (Marika Kouno), and Yae Kokonoe (Chinatsu Akasaki). These girls accompany Touya with a romantic frustration but help each other to discover the secrets of this world.


In Another World With My Smartphone is a good anime at the beginning, for me. This anime managed to get me interested in how far an isekai genre is growing from the usual. In Another World With My Smartphone brings us a mixture of the main character who is offered to live in a world that full of magic and fantasy. From here, a plot hole pops up. There is no obvious reason why “God” in this anime is such like that because until the end I watched the last episode, I never got the answer. But I don’t care because the story still goes on and on until he meets the twin heroine cliche who will accompany the main character to a trip without a purpose. First of all, let’s say that KonoSuba is the inspiration of this anime. Even KonoSuba which I think is absurd, they still cover a plot hole even though it seems to be funny and ridiculous. What if the light novel’s explained? Maybe I’m also wrong because I never read the light novel but, this anime clearly wants to make the second season by presenting a curious case after post-credit. Stupidly, I still seek what will happen next. From the beginning, I already know where this anime will go. Like, High School DxD where we already know what the end of the story is. Even so, High School DxD alone has the purpose of the character. School Days which is said to be the worst anime ever have a goal about what they want to convey to their audience. In Another World With My Smartphone is just an anime with OP main character that has no weakness at all, even embarrassed Kirito from Sword Art Online. The conflict that just came out and concluded with a very short time made me think what it looks like again, whether it will be like this again, like that, or there is a plot-twist? Nope, don’t expect that roughly. You will not find such things like those. The art is so bad which I want to watch Mars Of Destruction again. Production Reed took a lot of hope about making this anime. I don’t know, Rainbow Days can be said as their best anime. The art is flat that you can notice all of the errors in this anime. One of the most noticeable by the audience is when the main character sitting in a horse-drawn carriage while learning a new magic or I also forgotten this scene. From here, the camera angle is taken from below the main character and from here the big error is so obvious. The main character with long calves as though they were Code Geass characters although the anime is said to be as good, short stomach, and small head. I still remember how embarrassing and cringe it was when I saw this scene even though I had forgotten it in what episode exist. In addition, when the main character fighting against the bad guy who out of nowhere and one of the characters using sand magic. From, here again, the color of the sand and its texture is very different from what is in reality. I mean, it’s a stupid thing to bring a logic in anime for some people but does they want to finish this project quickly?


One more thing I hate the most is the transition. Anime in general certainly presents a transition in the middle duration of every single episode but not for this anime. The transition always comes just like that and the director uses this technique to make punchlines from the jokes where they want to make the audience laugh instead. By the way, it’s also irony when the visuals on the cup are made very detailed rather than the characters and animations that didn’t match our expectations. The soundtrack is mediocre, a typical anime with sound effects that I can’t find some of its lacks. Takumi Itou I think he does a great job but sometimes, the placement of the song and sound effects is always wrong in some scenes. For seiyuu, Katsumi Fukuhara as Touya Mochizuki is very good for his debut that plays the main character even though there is no emphasis at all, nothing is exaggerated and nothing is lack. Some people consider it annoying but for me, he is very good for his debut. Maaya Uchida as Elze Shilhoueska is not very impressive, considering that she’s filling out the voice of Rikka from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!. Sumire Uesaka can be considered the most interesting of all, just as Sanae from Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!. For some of the others, they are mediocre and do exact things as Katsumi Fukuhara. The opening and ending theme song isn’t too memorable and not too catchy, for myself. Both of these songs are like songs that I often hear in some isekai or fantasy anime in general. But, they are bad which mean I’m not into it. No well-development in the character aspect. It’s just a character that dies inside without any sense and soul at all. Touya Mochizuki is the character of the overpowered character who’s so extraordinary. Nothing can beat this character of all the characters, even embarrass all the strongest characters in all the anime that I’ve watched. In this case, I don’t see whether there is any development at all. He is just a character capable of copying all the powers that exist in other characters just by one looking. Don’t be surprised if he also can be fairly predictable, there is no intent and purpose at all why he wants to live in the fantasy world.


For summaries, they are all the same. The existing heroine doesn’t intend to help the character, it’s more to the feelings of all heroines. There is no obvious reason why all heroine in here loves the main character. It’s like a typical harem anime. High School DxD can be said to be the one harem anime that I don’t like but there is some logic and thought reasons of all the characters that exist. For the overall, there is no simplicity. Rather with the character that goes out of nowhere and can apply just about anywhere in the world that he lives in. What’s more, everything is predictable. It’s really hard to watch an anime that push myself into the deep as hard as I can. This anime doesn’t seem to have what I often feel in watching some anime such as nothing. All I got was the sense of interest in watching the first episode that I thought was a unique story, combining elements of isekai, harem, and a smartphone. But, this is just an insult for some shounen anime that has motivation from zero to hero. An anime that has no purpose, no adventure at all, and a heroine with no clear intentions to love the main character just because of his kind action. For some reason, KonoSuba still has a goal and plan where the main character also wants to seem silly which have no purpose at all. In fact, there is no sense at all after watching this anime. It’s simply like a running conflict that out of nowhere and directly modified by the main character with his power. Besides, the fanservice that doesn’t really matter I don’t know why it just happened in episode 9 for example if I’m not mistaken. Then, the atmosphere turned serious. This is the one part which blows my freaking mind.

Overall, In Another World With My Smartphone is like a comedy that failed unsatisfactorily in building the humor. The story that still feels like a lot of its plot hole and an OP without any weakness even embarrassed Kirito from Sword Art Online. This is the type of anime which you wanna watch and you laugh because of the lack. There is no intention why we want to watch anime like this because it is uncomfortable to start something and stop in the middle of the range. I don’t like that despite how bad it is, I’ll do it anyway. The question that immediately flew through my head was, “why am I pushing myself to watch this show?” The answer is it’s so bad that is good. Same as The Room, watching this movie, again and again, feels no one can beat it because it’s so bad that I want to watch it again. This is one of the anime that made by a team in a fast way, no intent at all what we get. But, it’s worth watching because it’s not that good but we can laugh with the badness which means I also pretty appreciate this anime.


Movie – Ready Player One [REVIEW] – A Better Reality Awaits

IMDB Rating: 7,8/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Ernest Cline
Stars: Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen Mendelsohn

Movies, a story where it’s recorded by a camera and composed of moving images until shown in a theater and a cinema. A movie has become the root of the things we used until often seeing even though it’s the result of our own recordings. Have you remembered how much you loved cartoons you’ve watched in the 80s or 90s and wanted to watch them again? It’s called nostalgia and of course, you can watch it again but the distinctions are so different from the old days. What about video games? Definitely, it’s also like that, just like a movie. But, there is a film that answers our call on a nostalgic background until our nerd souls appear from the deepest of the heart. Ready Player One is a film directed by Steven Spielberg from a novel adaptation by Ernest Cline. We know that Steven Spielberg has two different types of films. The first types such as Saving Private Ryan, Bridge Of Spies, Lincoln, Schindler’s List and Empire Of The Sun are a serious film that always draws a blow for the Oscar awards. The second type such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, The Adventures Of Tintin, and Raiders Of The Lost Ark are a family movie that is worthy to watch together. But, Ready Player One combines all that stuff and anyone can watch it. Ready Player One may be dominated by adult audiences considering people who want to watch it also just want to nostalgia back in the days for things like video games and movies. However, everyone can also watch it even children who want to try it may also be the first step to open the creation of a child’s nerd. But, this is Steven Spielberg, one of the people who can grant the requests of every nerd who wants to see all the characters of video games and movies joining into a movie that intense to the point of opening your nerd soul.


“Ready Player One,” tells about a year in 2045 where a reality has become a dirty place to live in. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is one of those people who always run away from reality and go to OASIS, a virtual world where people are more spends their days in there. In OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone without limiting your imagination. OASIS was created by a genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his legacy and full control of the OASIS for anyone who managed to get the three easter eggs he made in OASIS. When Wade success to get the first easter eggs, he and his friend try to get the treasure and all the dangers they get in OASIS.

Tye Sheridan in Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One is a movie with incredible visuals experience if you watch in the cinema. I can’t believe this movie is directed by Steven Spielberg even I don’t want to believe it. But, he managed to make something that even I got to shudder when seeing it from beginning to the end of the film. Two hours wasn’t enough because the story went too fast or I was not aware of it. Ready Player One shows how a movie always focuses on the main character. The storytelling is probably simple and mild, nothing impressive at all from the synopsis. Virtual reality and the real world are certainly the pull of people who want to watch this movie. When it comings in the race scene until they got the first easter eggs, I can only see how amazing this scene is. There are King Kong, Jurassic Park, Akira, Back To The Future, and others. Steven Spielberg knows what pop culture in that year even now. Even to see the whole reference, there could be more than 100 easter eggs in this movie. What I’ve noticed is just a few and the common noticeable. Although there is a small segment that embraces it, it’s also difficult to notice. If I want to talk about the cinematography, it’s outstanding. Steven Spielberg never came out with his techniques. We can see how he can block something, cut between cuts, until the shot he took. Well, this movie is also one of the most difficult films he ever made after Saving Private Ryan and Jaws. This is also not very strange because there are many directors like Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Jackson, and Edgar Wright were all considered to direct this movie.

Ready Player One (2018)

Speaking of the characters and actors, maybe the actors and actresses who play in here are still young but they managed to show everything in this movie. Tye Sheridan was great in this movie. He shows a gloomy character, resentment, and hatred of things around him even OASIS becomes his escapism from the real world. But he is the same. It makes no difference because he still feels alone but he has a best friend, Aech is played by Lena Waithe even though he only knows through video game world, not the real world. Lena Waithe also is cool, I think but not much I want to talk about him. Olivia Cooke as Art3mis is the same as Tye Sheridan, her character is hurt inside but very cool outside. Her cool characteristic is a trait that wants to be helped by anyone. From here, we know that Art3mis and Wade are indeed falling in love with each other and certainly, this is a cliche thing although I don’t deny it as well. If I want to talk who is the greatest, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. I admit they both can be said the most dominate in this movie although I also can’t distinguish which one is the most dominant. Mark Rylance is great for being able to perform along with the coming-age actor and actress in this movie even though his role is short but Ben Mendelsohn is the problem. I’m not questioning his acting problem but the scenario for his character is bad. This antagonist character always does the wrong things when choosing an option, where his character produces a lot of plot holes let alone on the ending, I don’t know what to say about that. The music is really good, reminds me of the Jurassic Park movies and the movies I’ve seen in the childhood. Alan Silvestri is the composer where he also scores films such as Back To The Future, Forrest Gump, Predator, and other classic films.

Ready Player One (2018) 2

When it comes to the moral messages that Steven Spielberg or Ernest Cline wants to convey, I think everything is clear. Wade is someone who hates peoples around him or even the things he encounters. It was just empty inside, the real world was nothing but a wind of messages that never existed while he was still able to enjoy his own world. Not just Wade, everyone who enters in OASIS is like that. On the streets, at home, even in public places, everyone tried. There is no longer a reality where everything is connected to one another. There is only the real world of fantasy that is not real either. It can also be associated with the real world, where people care more about their gadgets than themselves. You guys always see this or you even I live it, you hang out with friends or family but all people bow with their gadgets. Moreover, it has also been affected in children, children who prefer to be a vlogger rather than being doctors, architects, engineers, and etc. But there’s also a good side too. Wade is indeed a lonely person in the real world but not in OASIS. He even has a friend who believes in himself even though he only knows in a fantasy world than friends which we know in the real world always stab each other from behind. We are also more open in the virtual world than the real world which feels empty. But, this is all also not apart from what happens in a fantasy world because, of course, it will not fit with your expectations. Speaking about this movie, the ultimate showdown at the end of the movie is the best scene of everything even though I don’t want to spoilers. By the way, it’s really weird and funny that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also exists in this movie. Moreover, for those who haven’t watched the movie may not be into the jokes.

Overall, Ready Player One is one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest movies though is not a masterpiece but it’s worth to watch. This film presents us a pop culture classic until now as if Steven Spielberg has answered the demands of the nerd where we just want to see all video games and movies into one in a movie. With a cool and brilliant visual, a cinematography from Steven Spielberg, a nostalgic score from Alan Silvestri, and the ultimate showdown at the end of the film is really a masterpiece. But behind it all, this film clearly shows us the irony of the reality. This is one of the film nerd ever made by a famous director. This is very suitable for you especially nerd or just want to see some action.

Movie – Pacific Rim [REVIEW] – Go Big Or Go Extinct

IMDB Rating: 6,9/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Writer: Travis Beacham
Stars: Idris ElbaCharlie HunnamRinko Kikuchi

When I watch this movie again, I think it’s okay to enjoy some movie that has a plotless but pretty insane with the action scene. In fact, Pacific Rim is one of the most enthusiastic movies I’ve ever watched while this movie just came out. I always watch it over and over during my perpetual holiday, back in the old days. Watching with friends, I think I want to go back to those days. That’s why Pacific Rim is the most favorite movie ever, I’ll admit. But, the sensation is so offbeat when I watch this movie again. I just feel the feelings that I want to go back to the old days. A few months ago, the sequel was just released out directed by Steven S. DeKnight. I read the review of the sequel and found that the film received many negative responses compared to the first film. Not to mention, Guillermo Del Toro is no longer directed the movie who just got an Oscar in The Shape Of Water. In addition to his movie known for The Shape Of Water, he is also known for his films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy. For Pacific Rim, it’s like a merger between Gundam and Godzilla. If those put together, this is it or can be compared with Neon Genesis Evangelion but very different if seen from the plot that was presented. It’s just about a monster against robots that are full of intense, action, action, and action.

“Pacific Rim,” tells about a horrible creature known as Kaiju, appearing in an ocean and starting a human war where many lives are being snatched up to millions and emerging fears from mankind. In order to fight the monsters, a weapon of destruction is made. A robot called Jaegers in which the robot is controlled by two pilots whose minds are unified and locked in a neural bridge. But Jaegers is still unbeaten by Kaiju. Amidst the critical, there is no choice but to call back the long-retired Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and the new Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) where they are both united but still trapped in a frozen past. Together, they stand as their sole hope in the face of the rigors of an apocalypse.

Idris Elba in Pacific Rim (2013)

What’s presented by Pacific Rim is a movie that has a large destructive level with a truly brilliant visual effect seemed like you’re watching a robot films as a child. However, this is not like Transformers directed by Michael Bay which is more dominated by children and adolescents. Pacific Rim doesn’t forget its audience especially adults. It’s about a visual effect of the fight between Jaeger against Kaiju which’s shown very realistically as if we as the audience are in it as well. The action that presented is quite stunning so it always makes the audience amazed and forgets the premise of the story that presented. The opening scene opens with an explanation of the world’s setting, the origin of apocalypse and the emergence of monsters. But, this might be pretty annoying with the narrator because I don’t really care and it’s a cliche thing for me. The use of the place is very proclaimed and impressed to have the essence of an apocalypse is in itself like the monster movies you’ve ever watched as a child. The action between Kaiju and Jaegers is stunning with a heigh that’s almost equivalent to a skyscraper. Designed with capabilities as well as a slightly original control system. Therefore, all of that is displayed from the action, the design Jaegers and Kaiju has its own uniqueness.

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim (2013)

Although we’ve been misled by the visual effects and CGI that presented in this film, the story seems solid and flat. The film also keeps a story about humanity, depression gets trapped in the past and trusts each other. It’s a cliche and everyone who watches it doesn’t really care. The plot presented seems to be in a push, especially when it reaches the climax. There are many holes plots that also make me wonder how this can happen, why not like this, like that, and etc. The characters are also not deeply developed. There is no development at all between the characters. If I’m talking about the acting in this movie, I think it’s the same as I’m talking stupid essence. Charlie Hunnam is like Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, starting from him that’s considered as a hero because of his appearance until his character who has more expectations. Again, it’s cliche. Rinko Kikuchi it’s the badass of all the characters, I think. Her acting it’s okay, I guess but she is the most badass character in this movie. However, the most I like about all the actors and actresses in this movie is Idris Elba. When talking about acting, he is the most dominant in this movie especially when he made a speech at the climax of the story that reminds me of Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day. Charlie Day also I think he is good although it’s a bit annoying. He is also more helpful to present the characters from behind the curtain although there are some parts that are directly in essence so that it looks very much if impressed in a hustle. But, everything stays exact from main characters to supporting characters.

Overall, Pacific Rim is intended for teenagers as well as children who want to watch action battle between robots against monsters. But, Guillermo Del Toro can make it possible for adults. For other aspects besides the action and visual effects, I think it needs to be dug deeper into the plot. But, it’s about action. “The awesome dumbest movie ever made,” Honest Trailers said. The visual effect is very brilliant, made as if we are also in the world of apocalypse it. Plot holes that persist are no guarantee that this is the worst movie ever. It’s better than Transformers. Pacific Rim is one of many inspired movies, one example of which Hollywood can also make a movie like this. If you want to enjoy intense action, Pacific Rim is the answer.

Movie – Silence [REVIEW] – Sometimes Silence Is The Deadliest Sound

IMDB Rating: 7,2/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Shûsaku Endô
Stars: Andrew GarfieldAdam DriverLiam Neeson

Silence is a drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and also, this film is his recently made movie two years ago. Martin Scorsese has also announced that his next project will be The Irishman that will release in 2019 and re-invite some legendary actors such as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. To be honest, Silence is the first Martin Scorsese movie I’ve watched before making this blog. For no apparent reason, I don’t know why I watch this movie just because the trailer that I think I don’t understand. But, this is the Martin Scorsese’s work which I believe is highly underrated and makes some disappointment to all the fans of Martin Scorsese because the story is that’s so flat and boring. As long as I’ve watched his films, the thing which is made more interesting to me that every movie he always presents us a calm and silence scene in some memorable scene. He often uses silence thing in order to feel the emotional feeling of his character and expresses the scene that makes the tension itself. He was able to make a silence on top of the summit so that the technique he used was felt have a sense of tension. In this film, this will certainly make the whole audience apathy because almost the whole scenario is so quiet, silent and not even use a music at all.

“Silence,” tells about two Catholic missionaries, Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garupe (Adam Driver) have to face a challenge of testing faith when they travel to Japan to search for their long gone mentor, Ferreira (Liam Neeson). The film is set in which Catholicism is still outlawed and considered as a provocative.

Liam Neeson in Silence (2016)

Silence is a movie that brings back the theme of Christian Catholic religion after The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988. The film explores all the historical chronicles of how Christianity began to grow. In the 17th century in Japan, this period was called “kakure kirishitans” or hidden Christians. At that time, Christians should be able to live every day in order to be able to religiously in quietly. If they did openly, the apparatus will provoke his anger. If you’ve ever watched Samurai Champloo, maybe the history of this period is certainly well-known by you to retaining that in this anime also discuss a pretty thing about the time itself. As an Islamic, Silence is a film that explores the whole that how Martin Scorsese portrays the dark history in Japan. In this film, Martin Scorsese deliberately to show the whole scene into silent considering the title of this film is also Silence. There is no background sound and music during watching this movie. Even though this is the first Martin Scorsese movie I watch, it also makes the whole background become boring but the story that makes me want to be so curious. The main core of the film lies in the story element about religion and the two main characters of this priest, Rodrigues, and Garupe, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. You certainly know who is Andrew Garfield, the actor who’ve played in The Amazing Spider-Man, the movie you always worshiping. Adam Driver is a well-known actor when we remember him playing as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For those of you who just watched this movie, these two actors don’t feel wise. However, they both acted on a very different level and went to a deeper level. Andrew Garfield acting at Hacksaw Ridge, I admit, it’s being on a different level but not as emotional as this movie. Their acting is both brilliant and emotional. His character as a pastor deeply affected me, beginning with the introduction of the character that I thought would change my expectation, his journey to Japan until each of the scenes when he moves his character that will change little by little to the point he shows his emotional acting, tortured in, and full of depression.

Adam Driver in Silence (2016)

Many people say that this is not a film with typical Martin Scorsese qualities. This point is almost the same in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the movie that is not the real characteristic of Martin Scorsese. They say that this movie has a plot that is too repetitive, superficial, controversial, and monotonous because there is no music and background sound at all. However, this is a movie that carries a religious theme but is so neat and beautiful. The gloomy, the quiet atmosphere, and the Japanese setting in the 17th century and the depressed people for their sins, asking for forgiveness and confession to the pastor. All of that was made and well written by Martin Scorsese supported by Jay Cocks. The film is also an adaptation of the novel by Shûsaku Endô in 1966. What most caused me to trigger the tension of this film is Martin Scorsese makes such a way the entire scene as quiet as possible so that no tiny sounds at all. Of all the scenes that I like, the scene when the Christian is tested how their faith in the way, I’m sorry, stepped on the statue representing Jesus Christ. If they step on it they will be executed on the spot or sometimes, they are intimidated little by little until they will accept doing so. If they didn’t step on it then they will be allowed to escape. One of the characters that make me feel melancholy is Mokichi played by Shin’ya Tsukamoto. His acting is so amazing, showing how an abused person’s inside and out because this character always repents but repeats it back as his faith is really in hollow. The cinematography is well developed so slick and intense by Rodrigo Prieto. Martin Scorsese is indeed very clever when taking shooting and movement of the camera he uses. In this movie, no one seems competitive. The film mixes violent elements but with neat and beautifully written backgrounds supported by a silent atmosphere.

Overall, Silence is a film directed by Martin Scorsese that I think this is one of his underrated movies. In fact, this is a movie you would not have supposed. Some people will surely not stand when watching this movie in the cinema or anywhere. However, this movie is wrapped in such a way that mixes two different elements. Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver also played at a completely different level in this film especially, Andrew Garfield. He acts emotionally as if he is not the Spiderman character you think it’s. With well-made cinematography and a silence atmosphere, this movie is probably the first Martin Scorsese work I’ve watched and this movie is a must-watch for all of you.

Movie – Seven Samurai [REVIEW] – The Mighty Warriors Who Became The Seven National Heroes Of A Small Town

IMDB Rating: 8,7/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Shinobu Hashimoto
Stars: Toshirô MifuneTakashi ShimuraKeiko Tsushima

So, what do you think after watching this movie? I really don’t want to admit this but, Seven Samurai is a genuine samurai movie I’ve ever watched. Although this film is highly overrated I realize, Seven Samurai is one of the most influential films in school and film industry. In fact, some legendary directors like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese pretend that this film is one of their favorite. I also confess that this is the first film Akira Kurosawa that I’ve watched. During this time, I had long known Seven Samurai. IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and including Roger Ebert, I’ve read all of the reviews and I agree, almost entirely saying the same points. I can’t believe that in that year, a movie like this can create a piece of work that I don’t think I’m watching now. This movie is the best samurai movie I’ve ever seen.

“Seven Samurai,” tells about a samurai veteran, Kambei Shimada (Takashi Shimura) who has had several difficult times answering the request from villagers to protect their village from bandits. He then asked out 6 other samurais to help him and they taught the villagers how to protect their own village. The samurai will also be provided with three small meals each day so that they can fight 40 bandits that ready to attack the villages of the inhabitants.

Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi, and Takashi Shimura in Shichinin no samurai (1954)

If I read the synopsis, there is nothing too special in it so I don’t have initiation to watch. However, just the rating and some critic that makes me wonder why this film is praised as the most influential film in the history. In fact, there are so many remakes that made because this movie’s included in anime. Call it like The Magnificent Seven with Samurai 7. George Lucas also put an inspiration into this film, the director, and managed to create a franchise that we know up until now, Star Wars. I’m also looking for the right time to watch this movie without any glitches, considering it’s three hours long with five minutes of intermission like The Godfather and 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, both films were made after this movie appeared and is considered great by the best critic movie in the world, Roger Ebert. The premise of this movie is very simple, villagers who ask for help to the samurai because of their village who wanted to be attacked by bandits. It’s impressed so simple but, it didn’t make me bored even though the duration is too long. The characters are also somehow very memorable and nothing is exaggerating at all. Kambei Shimada, humble to all the people, Katsushiro Okamoto, a young warrior, Gorobei Katayama, quiet but skillful in archery, Heihachi Hayashida, a carpenter and cheerful at all times, Kyūhocold but deadly person, Shichiroji, best friend of Kambei for a long time, and Kikuchiyo, ridiculous but wild. The whole character is somehow it’s so memorable that I never forget a bit of what their characteristics are. All of these characters also feels deja vu to their personality because I often remember these characters in some of the anime and movies I’ve watched.

Toshirô Mifune and Seiji Miyaguchi in Shichinin no samurai (1954)

Seven Samurai is a film that’s intense in quality when we differentiated from films now that already have the more sophisticated technology. But here are some of the uniqueness of why I prefer classic movies because we never know what the results will be like. Akira Kurosawa brings us a story that runs slowly but surely and it’s going to the action after two hours of this movie walk into. The plot of the story seems to be using an advanced groove but the tension always emerge from scratch. The essence of the story is directly shown when the movie starts and runs slowly but doesn’t seem bored until we see a samurai battle that seemed realistic. The background of the place and culture that’s so deep in the 16th century, if I not mistaken, and this film immediately reminds me of the anime called Samurai Champloo with Vagabond manga which both of these things bring a similar theme. The directorship made by Akira Kurosawa is also so brilliant although the actors are not impressed feel exaggerated, he is able to handle all the angle of the camera he works. He also relies more on cinematography with a movement that focuses on weather, nature, and character movements. We don’t know what the next cutscene will be like and he relies more on shots between individual characters into several people. He seems to focus more on characters that we can guess how the character traits such as an angry person often use shots that seem to turn their backs on cameras, the shot when the character is depressed about his predicament, and the reactions between characters that sometimes show close-ups. The cinematography that made by the director and the development of an evolved character, Seven Samurai presumably is a movie that’s expensive in everything.

Takashi Shimura in Shichinin no samurai (1954)

This movie also has a bit romance and comedy in it. With the backdrop of the place until the costumes that are designed as if impressed like the old Japan, we also feel as the suffering’s felt throughout the characters in this movie. I also like the acting of the actor such as Toshirô Mifune. The character he played was so stupid, funny, to the impression of a fool but there is a sense of sympathetic in his heart. I often see this character certainly in some anime that uses a typical character that looks stupid but it’s surpassing so it doesn’t seem natural or exaggerated. I also like the improvisation that he did by, like a running gag that he always does in this movie is the scene when he rode a horse. The characters that played by Isao Kimura also seem very innocent and just a character that raises the element of romance along with Keiko Tsushima. Takashi Shimura also plays his character with full of humble and discipline person. His acting feels like he is an inferior leader by the people around him. For the other actors, I think it’s all accurate in this movie as Akira Kurosawa’s able to execute the whole things. This film also considers bringing Japanese culture in Edo time and distinctive to the taste of the countryside.

Overall, Seven Samurai is a movie that I can’t imagine. Akira Kurosawa is able to execute every camera angle and the cinematography that he uses it’s impressed more by nature and weather. All of the movements between characters and cameras that he used is very memorable as well as all the characters in this movie. Japanese cultural elements that feel dense and notable inside and there are elements of comedy and romance. A film that has a major impact on the film industry. I realize that no one can make a movie like this any more than Akira Kurosawa. Because of this movie too, I want to watch other Akira Kurosawa movies.

Movie – The Revenant [REVIEW] – Blood Lost, Life Found

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Michael Punke
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprioTom HardyWill Poulter

The Revenant is a film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who also directed Birdman in 2014. Both of these movies also I’ve just watched a few weeks ago. Although directed by the same director, The Revenant is a pure movie rather than everything. The scenes that used in this movie are all original in their respective locations, the lighting is genuinely impressed, and they didn’t wear greenscreen or studio lights at all. Some scene may also use that, but this film also brought Leonardo DiCaprio since Titanic finally got an Oscar. I also salute the director who earned an Oscar and the cinematography that I was really astonished when I watch this movie.

“The Revenant,” tells about Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a frontiersman, trader, and hunter who almost died after being attacked by a grizzly bear. His partners finally left Hugh Glass in the forests with the very cold weather with severe injuries. Abandoned by his friends, he was eventually forced to survive in the forest with an extremely cold weather. In addition, he also had to face some problem by other hunters and Indians who wanted to kill white people.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015)

What comes to my mind about this film is so beautiful and masterpiece than usual. The director, again, tries to use the cinematographic style similar to Birdman. There is a lot of cinematography that is used directly with one shot. For example, the grizzly bear scene with Hugh Glass is very stressful and disturbing at the beginning of the film. In addition, the scenes where they are hunted by the Indian tribes look so realistic in it. So, it’s not surprising if the director and all of the crews in this film using a pure location. The used of spotless light directly from the sun, the shot that was taken by Emmanuel Lubezki most often uses one shot cinematography and the director who tries to show us how the panorama’s seen in this movie and it’s so beautiful. If you’ve seen this movie, the grizzly bear scene is the most memorable in this movie. I also admit it because this is the beginning of the middle of the opening scene in this movie before entering the center of the story. This scene is not poor also and far from what you’ve imagined. Just assume what it’s like to see a human battle between bears who have a razor-sharp instinct. More interestingly, this scene used a technique that is only one shot again. But, the most disappointed with this movie is the director itself. I know if the director has achieved to create all of the beauty in this movie as if we as the audience also come into the movie. Everything is good enough for us to watch but the director put the main point on the beauty of the location. So, I think the plot story is almost entirely overlooked. The Martian who has a survival theme like this movie I admit even though the whole aspect is a CGI. However, the pacing and the story is somehow immovable and very enjoyable if I watch it again. For The Revenant, it doesn’t apply at all. But, I really like this movie and I appreciate it too. All of the aspects that I consider bad in this movie is actually just a case so we can see the whole beauty of this movie.

Tom Hardy in The Revenant (2015)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are the actors who compete in this movie. Their acting was so impressive that I didn’t know what I want to say. Leonardo DiCaprio acting is showing fully emotion in this movie, how his expression when he fights with the grizzly bear, a fearful expression, and a revengeful expression as you can see in his eye. Tom Hardy, I also admit is very good. Just by looking at his eyes, I can’t turn away from his face just like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy’s acting in both movies is so stunning because by just looking at his eyes, you can tell how badass he is. In this movie, he is also the same as like that, especially if he competes with Leonardo DiCaprio. Previously, they both also have played in Inception but in this movie, they are competing in a battle between the protagonist with the antagonist that both full of revenge. One more thing that makes me a few disappointed with this film is Leonardo DiCaprio. I don’t really know what’s the meaning of his past and his dream is. This element seems to be postponing the duration of the film that resulted in a loss of emotion when watching this movie. In the end, I don’t understand what is this. However, the script may be written like this in order to create a character who always clinched with his dream and his past which result in a character that’s always unyielding in revenge. Domhnall Gleeson, also I think he is good in this movie and Will Poulter who previously became antagonist at The Maze Runner. He also previously played in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Overall, The Revenant is a sadistic and realistic drama history movie about someone who survives in a forest. The director, of all his achievement, succeeded to make a film with a pure location with the lighting is also pure inside. The cinematography also brings back the techniques that have been used in Birdman. Leonardo DiCaprio since Titanic finally achieved an Oscar award in this movie and Tom Hardy took out all his acting outward in the movies he once starred. With all the achievements made by all of them, The Revenant is a movie that everyone must watch because it’s a movie with all of its beauty that feels real and successfully introduced with good taste.

Movie – The Grand Budapest Hotel [REVIEW] – The Adventures Of Gustave H

IMDB Rating: 8,1/10
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Stefan Zweig
Stars: Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu Amalric

Previously, I had not written for these two days because I had already started a college actively. Not to mention, last night I had time to write this review but my internet network suddenly becomes worse. So, I wasted my time watching these two brilliant movies, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson. I admit that The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that is so different from the others. For some reason, the sensations and the cinematography are very complex when compared with others. Wes Anderson is someone as known for his movies like Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. This movie is the first Wes Anderson movie I’ve watched yet. I mean, where have I been? I don’t know there is a movie like this in a century that is almost dominated by mainstream films. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie from Wes Anderson as I can say the best of everything.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tells about the author (Tom Wilkinson) in 1985. He told of an experience when he went to the Grand Budapest Hotel in a fictional area called Zubrowka in 1968. There, he met Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham), the owner of the hotel. The author wondered how could he have a hotel like this? He replied that the hotel was inherited by M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) who is the former owner of the hotel. This is a story where M. Gustave, a legend who owned a luxury hotel during first and second world wars and Zero (Tony Revolori), a lobby boy who became a trusted friend. A story of the theft of a painting that resulted in a highly dramatic and highly unpredictable interim between cats and mouses.

Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, and Golo Euler in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel invites all of the very famous actors. Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray are the legendary who play in this movie as long as you watch it. But, of all the actors who play in this movie, Ralph Fiennes is a figure that I’m speechless. His acting was brilliant, calm, gentleman, funny, and ridiculous. Although I haven’t seen The Theory Of Everything where Eddie Redmayne turns Ralph Fiennes and his competitors, I admit that he really deserves the Oscars. Initially, I didn’t know after knowing that he also filled a movie that directed by Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List where he plays Amon Goeth. In this movie, he didn’t bring any performance from Schindler’s List. I see he is a very unconventional person if I compare it with Amon Goeth. F. Murray Abraham, also I think he is very emotional. His expression when he retelling his past is very passionate. Adrien Brody who previously starred in The Pianist, he played very well in this movie even though I haven’t seen The Pianist. Harvey Keitel who previously starred in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino is also very good despite only getting a medium portion in this movie. Edward Norton doesn’t seem to show his true acting even though I know that only a small part he cast. Apparently, he seems to restrict his character in here so he doesn’t dominate too much. Bill Murray, if you don’t know him then your childhood isn’t full of joy. I mean, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day are movies that accompany us in childhood. He also didn’t get a big part in this movie. Willem Dafoe, the actor I can say the most ridiculous character in this movie. For me, he created all the humor in this movie so everything is filled with cuteness that he created to look more absurd.

Edward Norton and Golo Euler in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that really presents us a cinematographic technique that is very cool and very colorful for eyes. During the movie, the director only put a camera in every character capture and his character always focuses on the middle of the picture. This movie also took a size picture with aspect ratio 16 x 9 when in the part of the retelling story and for the present time, it took like a widescreen picture. There is no impression like a camera that is regulated by people and it’s all very nice to look at. The plot of the story that was delivered also successfully processed well, using the technique that is divided into several parts so that this movie also should be taken seriously because the small part that you don’t understand will you consider as a complicated story. Naturally, this movie received four Oscars in Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures. Everything seemed to be nothing in vain because I admit that everything is worth to be earned in this movie. The costume and its makeup are very colorful, the use of the place and the selection of colors in every room is very suitable and the music that seemed packed as if we witnessed something nostalgic. If I compare it to Birdman where I’ve watched it too, this movie should also be worth in Best Motion Picture of the Year but this is just my opinion. One more thing, Tony Revolori who plays Zero is also notable in this movie although he was very new at that time. But, I realize that he also creates his character that impresses with funny acting and innocent expression in this movie.

Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that I should be obliged watch by you because this movie like this is no more exist in this era. The impression is very funny and full of colorful, supported by old actors as well as music that makes us nostalgic. Wes Anderson presents all the beautiful forms of cinematography that are very pleasing to the eye. I’ll never again get a movie with a classic impression in this era. Wes Anderson is someone who makes a movie that so different from the other films.