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Movie – The Godfather: Part III [REVIEW] – All The Power On Earth Can’t Change Destiny

IMDB Rating: 7,6/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo
Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia


Warning, this review will contain a spoiler!!!

The Godfather: Part III is arguably the worst sequel of all “The Godfather” series. But, that’s how many people say that. To me, The Godfather: Part III may also be arguably losing power and some other elements compared to the prequel series. The Godfather: Part III is also going to focus on the story of sorrow experienced by Michael and also some romance stories that exist in The Godfather.

“The Godfather: Part III,” tells about Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) who can no longer continue his business. Therefore, Michael can only regret his actions for killing innocent people including his brother, Fredo. His business was entrusted by Joey Zasa (Joe Mantegna) in New York and to restore his reputation, Michael often did a charity run by Vito Andolini, his father.

Godfather 3

Of all the Godfather series I’ve watched so far, The Godfather: Part III is arguably the most depressing and saddest movie ever. In this movie, Michael looks like someone who doesn’t respect himself and must regret his sins in front of the archbishop. Michael has regretted his sins for killing the people he cares about. And also, Michael must have a very sad death to die alone with his dog. The Godfather: Part III is also the last series of the trilogy of The Godfather. Actually, Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola ever had a planned to make the part IV. But, the film never made itself because Mario Puzo died.

Mary

Al Pacino acting arguably more looks like a mafia because of the previous series he just gets a little performance. One of them, there is a scene that is required for Al Pacino to cry for hearing the song “Speak Softly Love.” While listening to this song, Michael cried because he remembered his first wife who died tragically. In addition to Al Pacino, Sofia Coppola acting who is also the son of the director Francis Ford Coppola looks good.

Vincent

The Godfather: Part III focuses on romance, especially the relationship between Vincent with Mary and Michael with Kay. Therefore, The Godfather: Part III lost some touch of mafia elements, unlike the previous film. However, this doesn’t change the fact because of The Godfather: Part III is the exact same film from the previous film as well.


Overall, although the film was only nominated for an Oscar in 1991, this film looks good in terms of the story. Mario Puzo has created a magic touch on all of The Godfather series. Fans of Mafia, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, or all of the circles must watch all the series from The Godfather.

Movie – Who Am I [REVIEW] – No System Is Safe

IMDB Rating: 7,6/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director: Baran bo Odar
Writer: Jantje Friese
Stars: Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek, Wotan Wilke Möhring


CLAY

What do you think about what is the coolest kind villain ever? If I was asked a question like that, then I would answer ‘Hacker.’ I don’t know what your answer is but why must ‘Hacker’? Why not psychopath or rob with a mask? I think psychopath and robbers are cool but nothing who can beat the action of the hackers. They think that the world is in the grip of the real world and their actions always not seen behind the screen but only with a laptop or smartphone, they can do whatever they want.

“Who Am I,” tells about Benjamin (Tom Schilling), someone who has a very bleak past. His father escaped when he was born and his mother had four personalities so she committed suicide when he was eight years old. Benjamin lived alone with his grandmother who was then a teenager and his grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Ben is someone who is very closed because he’s never considered by the environment around him. Because of his introverted personality, he doesn’t even dare to say hello to Marie (Hannah Herzsprung) the girl he likes as a child. Behind his bleak, Ben is covertly secretly into a superhero on the internet. He is someone who is very good at reading machine language until he meets with Max (Elyas M’Barek), Stephan (Wotan Wilke Möhring), and Paul (Antoine Monot Jr.) who is a powerful hacker.

 

No System Is Safe

C.L.A.Y.

 

This movie is a cyber mafia movie with stories and plot-twist that really amaze the audience. This film shows how a person has a very dark past, someone who bullies on the internet, brought us to the world of ‘deep web’, and hackers who always just do the trick to the audience.

Of all the hacker movies I watch, this movie is a very good movie from scratch because we can’t predict it. The director of this film, Baran Bo Odar takes us in a matter that moves into a mind game. With endings filled with various Plot-twist, it will be hard to guess how the end of the movie is. Although like that, this film doesn’t really make the audience to think hard.


Overall, this movie is very obliged you to watch especially for those of you who really like the world of computers or hacking. Tom Schilling and his friends are good acts but not as good as other movies. This movie I recommend to all of you for those who like Thriller or Mystery.

Movie – Premium Rush [REVIEW] – Ride Like Hell

IMDB Rating: 6,5/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
Writer: John Kamps
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

How about a movie that’s about someone who’s being chased by the police and using a bicycle? Perhaps, it is very rare to get a movie like that. But this movie says “no”. Someone who used a bicycle while he was chased again by police on the highway. Moreover, if riding fixie bikes are pretty hard. I once rode a fixie bike and it was pretty hard for a regular bike. Moreover, if the speed can be up to 5-6 gear.

Hero

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a bike courier in Manhattan. A bicycle courier service is needed in Manhattan because an item can deliver up very quickly and immediately. Wilee is very different from other couriers. If some bike couriers use bikes with 5 to 6 gear with brakes, Wilee prefers Fixie bikes with gear 1 without brakes but has a great speed. Passing urban Manhattan at incredible speed, Wilee suddenly receives a mysterious package requested by his ex-friend named Nima (Jamie Chung). Wilee was even being chased by a corrupt policeman named Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) to hand his an envelope.

This film is very clear because it focuses on the Thriller genre filled with scenes of the chase. The only difference, the theme he raised about a bicycle courier who was chased by the police. When compared to fixie bikes with mountain bikes, I better choose mountain bikes. The fixie bike requires us to pedal the bike incessantly, while the mountain bikes are not. In this film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his skill how a person is pedaling a bicycle with wind speeds to avoid using brakes.

Wilee

This film has a very dark impression and very bleak like other Thriller movies. Cinematography used is High-key lighting, style with very bright and bright depiction. Due to the high-key lighting, the aura of the Thriller film is not felt at all. However, David Koepp managed to set the course of the film to be very tense for the audience. The use of the camera is also very smooth when following the fast speed of movement Wilee so that the audience will be carried as if was on a bicycle as well.

Premium Rush uses a nonlinear storyline. The plot is what makes this film also has a little thriller sensation. The audience will initially be shown a scene where Wilee crashed into a taxi and was badly injured. Since then, the story will reverse how Wilee got caught in the event. The storyline of this film is very similar to Reservoir Dogs or other non-linear films. But I can say this movie is very similar to Reservoir Dogs.


Car

Overall, for you Action-Thriller fans I would suggest watching this movie. Especially for fans who really like the nonlinear film. The film is also arguably still has shortcomings, especially the storyline that looks simple. However, his cinematography masks the deficiency. So, this movie is very interesting and entertaining to watch.

Movie – Scarface [REVIEW] – The World Is Yours

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Brian De Palma
Writer: Oliver Stone
Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer


I played the game before on PlayStation 2’s, Scarface: The World Is Yours. The game model is exactly same as Grand Theft Auto. However, this is more exciting than Grand Theft Auto. Although I was finished, I still play it even on my PC. The movie also I watched when childhood. However, when compared with the game is very different. Scarface: The World Is Yours is a sequel to the film.

Tony

“Scarface,” tells about the year 1980 in May. Fidel Castro has just opened a port of Mariel in Cuba. His goal is to gather his members with his relatives in America. Recorded 125,000 Cuban refugees arrived in Florida and among them 25,000 criminals. Antonio ‘Tony’ Montana (Al Pacino) and his friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer) get permission to stay in Miami after successfully killing Rebenga (Roberto Contreras) for Omar Suarez (F. Murray Abraham).

Omar then asks Tony to trade cocaine with a Columbia merchant and Tony manages to do so. Tony brings the money and cocaine at once. Tony and Manny then had the opportunity to meet Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia), a drug dealer and Omar’s boss. Tony also fell in love with Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer), a Frank woman. Frank eventually recruited Tony and Manny to become his members.

Movies mafia indeed no longer underestimated its existence. Especially the actor is Al Pacino. Al Pacino acting in this movie is very cool. Describes a very arrogant, cunning, evil, and criminal nature. Al Pacino is the main actor in this movie. So do the supporting actors like Steven Bauer and others. However, Al Pacino is the main star. Al Pacino was interviewed in another talk show. He was asked, “Who is the character of the film you have ever played and which one of you favorite the most?” Al Pacino replied, “I prefer to play Tony from Scarface.”

Although this is a classic movie, this film portrays a real human is. Tony is described as a greedy person and always wants something more. Scarface shows that no matter what human behavior, humans are still blessed to love those around them. However, Tony here just assumes that all can be solved with money.

Machine Gun

This film is purely a lot of the ‘F’ word in it. Probably countless, similar to the Goodfellas movie that many say ‘F’. However, this film teaches us that money never solves the problem. In fact, the happiness and togetherness can’t be bought with money. The happiness is only in the hearts of every human being, however our circumstances and wherever happiness is always there and never replaced with money.


Overall, this film in all aspects is very good indeed. Starting from the theme of lifting drug dealers and a little mafia theme until the lessons we can take from watching this movie. Al Pacino is the star of this movie.

Movie – Pulp Fiction [REVIEW] – I Don’t Smile For Pictures

IMDB Rating: 8,9/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Roger Avary
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson


During this time, only a few Quentin Tarantino movies I watched like Inglourious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 01, and this movie is also included. But, this is a masterpiece made by an intelligent director. How?

Travolta & Jackson

“Pulp Fiction,” tells about of two hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson & John Travolta), Mafia boss (Ving Rhames) and his wife (Uma Thurman), a boxer (Bruce Willis), and two novice robbers (Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer).

Actually, it’s very short to explain what’s going on in this movie. In fact, the description is too short to write. But, what makes this film so masterpiece? For some reason, this movie won a lot of awards like Academy Awards USA in category “Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen,” Golden Globes USA in category “Best Screenplay – Motion Picture,” BAFTA Awards in category “Best Actor in a Supporting Role,” and “Best Screenplay – Original.” This film also beat the best film, Forrest Gump and many people are mad at that fact. I feel sorry after for 23 years just found out if there is a movie like this in that year. Same goes with Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, and other classic movies.

John

One of the uniqueness of this film is the plot of the film that runs in nonlinear. Just like Memento, Pulp Fiction is divided into several parts and runs in a row. However, the film isn’t so confusing to watch. In general, Pulp Fiction is only divided into three parts. This movie seemed to cause the prejudice to be a sense of shock but amazing.

The characters in this movie look very common in general like hitmen, a mafia boss, the mafia wife, robbers, and boxers. However, the script created by Roger Avary and Quentin Tarantino incorporates elements of dark-comedy in each character. Like a boxer rushed by a mob boss but that mob boss was kidnapped by gay, a careless assassin, a mercenary who often quotes some gospel, mafia wife who has a hobby-dancing, so much more. Who knows how many dark-comedy’s in this movie. Quentin Tarantino also didn’t hesitate to feature many famous actors such as John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, and Tim Roth.

Uma Thurman

This movie isn’t like other gangster movies. When compared to the famous gangster movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas, Scarface, or others, you’re wrong. Pulp Fiction isn’t like a gangster movie that many scenes shoot each other. Precisely, Pulp Fiction brings a lot of cool dialogue and some kick-ass. This film is very difficult to explain. Maybe, you better watch it so maybe you can understand.


English, Motherfucker

Overall, if you want to see a scene where the main character performs a full adrenaline or visual effect or something like that, Pulp Fiction doesn’t show something like that. Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece that shows the ins and outs of gangsters with very different perspective. This film is also included in the film that affects the world of cinema.

Movie – The Godfather: Part II [REVIEW] – The Next Godfather

IMDB Rating: 9,0/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo
Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Warning, this review will contain a spoiler!!!


In addition to the game on PlayStation 2, I’ve also played The Godfather series on PC and it’s fun. This film is a sequel to The Godfather first, the film is adapted from the novel trilogy Mario Puzo. In this sequel, Michael replaced his father’s position as Don. The sequel will also tell two stories at once that is Vito’s childhood until he became a Don and problems facing Michael since becoming Don. In addition, some characters like Frankie and Clemenza also still exist in The Godfather II.

Robert De Niro

In 1901 at Sicilia, Vito Andolini lost his father and brother who was killed by Don Ciccio. Vito’s mother asks Don Ciccio to take care of Vito but Don Ciccio refuses because afraid that Vito has a very deep revenge until adult. Don Ciccio then kills Vito’s mother and tries to capture Vito but Vito then manages to escape to New York and change his name to Vito Corleone. As an adult, Vito (Robert De Niro) lives in a simple house with his wife and son ‘Sonny’. Vito works at an Abbandando bakery. Don Fanucci was a blackmailer and asked Vito to do a job.

In 1958, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) held his first celebration party for his son, Anthony. In the previous sequel, Vito received many requests for help from all his friends during Connie’s wedding. Unlike Vito, Michael actually accepts more unpleasant problems. Connie (Talia Shire) comes to Michael after long gone and plans to remarry. Connie’s wife, Carlo died of being killed by Michael himself for treason in the previous movie. Michael disagrees with Connie’s wishes and asks Connie to pay more attention to her children. From here Connie looks really hate Michael who can’t replace his father figure.

In this film, the actions of Mafia murder more and crueler than the prequel. Michael shows a leader who is very cruel and doesn’t hesitate to kill his enemy even the person who betrayed and his brother also killed himself by Michael.

The storyline of The Godfather II looks more complex than the first film. Supporting characters in it are also reproduced, forget the main character and lost itself for no reason. One of them was Fredo’s betrayal and a trial suddenly ensnared by Michael. I think the first series is better and the story is very shaping compared to both of these series. For fans of The Godfather will also think so.

Al Pacino’s acting is actually not too special in this movie compared to the first film. In fact, Marlon Brando is the one who is very similar to playing a Don. When compared with Robert De Niro, Robert’s acting is more prominent in the appeal with Al Pacino. Naturally, Robert De Niro won the Oscar 1975 with the category “Best Actor In A Supporting Role.”

You Broke My Heart

Overall, The Godfather II is still the perfect film. The shortcomings cover the advantages that exist in this movie.

Movie – The Godfather [REVIEW] – Sicilian

IMDB Rating: 9,2/10
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Mario Puzo
Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

I first played the game series when I was a child on PlayStation 2. The game is very exciting took a themed open world like Grand Theft Auto. But, I will review the movie, isn’t the game. If I’m not mistaken, I’ve watched it on TV when I was childhood. Even then, I don’t really understand the story. Although like that, I also very excited about the movie itself. Mario Puzo is known for his famous novel authors because his works are always Mafia theme. Puzo teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola to make the 1972 film adaptation. In 1973, this film won three Oscar and 11 Nominated awards. The film was ranked 2nd on IMDB Top Rated Movies with a rating of 9.2 after The Shawshank Redemption.

Corleone

“The Godfather,” tells about a Godfather and Don, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) celebrates his daughter’s wedding. Vito is highly respected by his family and even his best friend. He has great influence and power over the people around him. It’s not wrong if many are asking for help against him and Vito will be happy to help him. Vito has four sons. First, Sonny (James Caan) has a hard personality, arrogant, emotional but Vito is expecting Sonny to replace him in the future. Second, Fredo (John Cazale) has a weak, innocent, and less intelligent person. Third, Michael (Al Pacino) the youngest son who became a soldier, intelligent, and never dealt with his father’s business. Vito really loves Michael because Vito doesn’t want Michael to be a mafia like his two brothers. Finally, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall), Vito’s adopted son and advisor to the Corleone family.

This film has a fairly long duration but not satisfied with the duration of three hours. Watching this movie isn’t felt the time, even I want more to watch the movie. The cast members of this film are very great, especially the acting of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino who describes the true figure of a mafia. Their expressions are charismatic, firm, cold, hard but in them, they love their families.

Mario Puzo is very successful in exploiting every character in The Godfather. The storyline is very hard to predict for a mafia movie like this. The film has very memorable scenes and quotes. There’s one of those quotes that I love:

I’m gonna make him an offer he can not refuse.
– Don Corleone

Somehow, I really like it when Don Corleone mentions those words. It was like, “Oh, this is going to be something really exciting!” For those of you who love mafia-themed movies, I strongly recommend hard to watch this movie. From rating, you no longer have to hesitate and watch this because you will be very amazed.