Movie – Heat [REVIEW] – A Los Angeles Crime Saga

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Stars: Al PacinoRobert De NiroVal Kilmer


Heat is a heist drama movie directed by Michael Mann who also directed The Insider, Miami Vice, Collateral, and The Last Of The Mohicans. This film is also a remake of L.A. Takedown that’s also directed by Michael Mann and is an adaptation of the TV movie. After I read some reviews about this movie, Heat can be said as the best heist movie ever. Even this was more than my expectation. Some heist films which always focus on the point always contain excessive themes and seem unlikely. Heat uses two styles of realistic and modern. The final shootout scene in this movie also seemed realistic, simple, and normal to happen in the reality. The background that’s used also feels modern for the film which made in 1995. Moreover, with the action of these two best actors of all time, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro, we don’t need to be underestimated again. This film was also their second movie after The Godfather: Part II where they played in the same movie but never shared a screen. This movie is the real proof that this is an actual action movie. Nothing exaggerated, a great cast, realistic sound editing, and the background that looks modern.

“Heat,” tells about Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional criminal crew trying to hunt for a lot of money and ending up with a pursuit from Lt. Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his team of cops in a robbery police division. This work put Vincent into a trail as they tried to get and work together to capture Neil’s group. Neil and Vincent are two people who have a similar life to their personal lives. Neil is a person who holds the principle by his mentor where he says, ‘Never have anything in your life that you can not walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat coming around the corner.’ However, he came out of his character and fell in love with someone. This is a cat and mouse chase whose connects their personal lives.

Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore in Heat (1995)

Heat took a mediocre theme of shooting in the streets, bank robberies, good guy against bad guy, and clichés in the heist movie in general. Although like that, Heat is a different film from the heist movie in general. The main thing that can answer why this film is said like that because of the actors. From the trailer, the film shows the two actors competing in one film on a screen. What I mean here is the coffee scene where the two actors are the first time to compete acting after The Godfather: Part II. If you want to assess how the performance of these two actors, I think it no longer needs to worry about because both actors are performing with the best performance. Al Pacino plays his character as a policeman with a character that contradicts his job. Two times divorced until life with his third wife that becomes a mess, he is someone who’s too obsessive about his work so he doesn’t really care about the people around him. By the way, Natalie Portman also plays in this film as Lauren Gustafson who became the son of Lt. Vincent Hanna. On the other hand, Robert De Niro plays his character as a villain with his cleverness that can make the police drive insane. He has a calm personality, doesn’t talk too much, and prefers to take an action as soon as possible. However, he is concerned with his friend including Chris Shiherlis played by Val Kilmer. Of these two characters, it’s this contradiction that makes the film so good. The bad guy who doesn’t like the bad guy and vice versa. Val Kilmer doesn’t really dominate in here and I think he’s so hard to get into the middle of these two actors. Another cast like Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, and friends seems good and no one deficient.

Robert De Niro in Heat (1995)

As I said, this movie is a contradiction between characters. Two main characters is a protagonist that focuses on a subject, woman. With the chaotic life of both of them, I think this movie sometimes displays some sad scenes because considering Heat is also a drama. Despite that, Heat is not solely focused on the aspect. But is Heat just as good as the big cast, not the story? Heat isn’t completely overdoing some action scene. Simply, not too many action scenes here. The first impression is just the recognition of character with various problems, the process of chase between the two side, and the whole is only dominated by conversation. People who still lay with films like this and just looking for the action alone may not be in accordance with their expectations and will find that this movie’s boring. One of the most memorable when watching this movie is the final shootout bank heist scene that exceeded my exploits. The first thing that immediately flashed through my head was a heist video game called PAYDAY 2 and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Not to mention, Christopher Nolan himself is also inspired by this scene where he uses this scene as the opening scene of The Dark Knight. Speaking of the final shootout, this scene is one of the most real scenes ever in the movie. The editing sounds are almost similar to the sounds of real weapons, the cinematographic techniques of the splendid by Dante Spinotti, and the performance of all real performance when using weapons. The actors in this movie are also trained using weapons before shooting the movie. I also wonder why this film didn’t win even nominated at all in Oscar. In fact, this film deserves to get an Oscar award in the category of Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. By the way, don’t forget the ending that’s also pretty twisty and hard to figure out so the storyline of the two main characters will meet on something that cannot be speculated.


Overall, Heat is one of the best heist movies ever. The duration that presented is almost three hours. Not to mention, this film is more dominant in conversation rather than the action. So, this movie can be a bit boring than you think but the action will make you lose your boredom. For me, there are so many memorable scenes in this movie one of the coffee scene, the final shootout scene, the suspenseful ending scene, to the chase scenes of the two best actors which all I think are memorable. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of the best actors who perform their best performances in this film and together compete. The other cast is also like that with sound editing that is pretty realistic, I think this is one of the realistic movies I’ve ever watched. An experience in watching action films only exist on Heat.

 

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Movie – Chappie [REVIEW] – Futuristik As Fok

IMDB Rating: 6,8/10
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto CopleyDev PatelHugh Jackman


What if a sci-fi movie mixes up with an emotional drama like yourself want to be in there and hug it? Well, you got this movie directed by Neill Blomkamp known as District 9 and Elysium. You know, these 3 movies include Chappie belong to the same genre, have a pattern story about humanity, and there is a sympathetic character in it, except District 9 because I haven’t enough watch it. Yeah, these three movies do have the same genre of sci-fi and tell about humanity. But, Chappie doesn’t entirely work behind it. The film is like a story of sympathy from a robot because the Artifical Intelligence is equivalent to humans. You know, it’s familiar with Ex Machina, right? But, Chappie mixed up a story of emotional drama and sci-fi but failed to establish the characters. No surprise if this movie has a lot of negative reviews. As you know, I always take the positives aspect even though I see the ratings of movies or anything else are very low even in drop and contempt. Chappie does present us an equivalent premise of the two films but ultimately fails because that’s not what the director and writer want to convey.

“Chappie,” tells about a city in Johannesburg. The police department reduced the crime rate by using a robot from the Tetravaal company, designed by an engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel). A former military Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) is so envied to Deon since he also designed another project called Moose but Tetravaal and police department are not interested in the project. Deon also managed to develop an Artificial Intelligence but the CEO of Tetravaal’s Michelle Bradley (Sigourney Weaver) told him to cancel it. Deon chose to bring the damaged Robot 22 after a test of A.I. However, he was kidnapped by a criminals Ninja (Ninja), Yo-Landi (Yo-Landi Visser), and Yankie (Jose Pablo Cantillo) where they wanted to stop robot cops. When they see a broken robot inside the van, they force Deon to program it in order to rob a bank and call him Chappie (Sharlto Copley). But Chappie acts like a child and needs training like a baby. On the other hand, Vincent follows Deon and plans to stop them from activating his robot.

Sharlto Copley and Yo-Landi Visser in Chappie (2015)

The premise of this film is cliche and cheap. Honestly, I swear I don’t want. But, this is more like a story about a drama family but it’s pounded with action as well as a dark sci-fi background. Neil Blomkamp seems to want to show us a background about how real life is. The story is like I want to enter into a warm of them but a hard life that I don’t want too. It’s escalated quickly. The opening scene opens with a movie summary, what happens, where it is, and how it can happen. Some of the footage also shows the same cinematography style as used in District 9, even if only for a second. The rest, not like that until the end of the movie. The first time I watched this movie, I feel sympathized towards all of the characters even two gangsters who kidnapped the protagonist and antagonist. This movie doesn’t resemble to produce anything if I watch it twice. The plot is just like that, no changes and no improvements. Everything just stays where it never moves. The antagonist movement is also cliche and easy to suppose. The bad guy loses and the good guy wins. But, it’s kinda familiar with Elysium especially the ending where I also feel sympathy with all of the characters especially the main character who has a purpose, holds the hope that everyone wants, and in the end, he is gone. In short, it’s a happy ending that feels like a bad ending. It’s really weird. But, not with Chappie. I feel Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman are the two actors who starred in this movie. But, they don’t get a part like the starring actor in general. In fact, Neill Blomkamp focuses more on the role of Ninja and Yo-Landi played by themselves. I mean, they are Die Antwoord, a hip-hop group that some of their songs it’s okay but catchy. However, this is the worst. Why should they? Their acting is also okay, average. But I don’t care because Chappie makes everything so warm. Oh, man.

Hugh Jackman in Chappie (2015)

For the actor, Sharlto Copley it’s the best. He managed to portray a person that I also wanted to hug him. His Chappie character is really more sympathetic than all of the characters so I’m got impressed with his character. The character of a baby who tries to learn how the world it works, until he is in the wrong way so that his creators come to make him aware, it’s great and touching. Chappie is the sweetest and warmest character I’ve ever seen. Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman it’s great too but not as Sharlto Copley. Both of them actually have performed well in this movie but their role is too small and more narrated. Hugh Jackman managed to illustrate how the antagonist character cliche has ever existed. Dev Patel I think is just nice but not interesting. As I said, Ninja and Yo-Landi are okay. Not good and not bad but annoying as frick. I’m sorry but they’re the ones who have to star in this movie because of their roles. It should not credit the star at the beginning of the film but not too show its existence. The story also goes so slowly, slowly, and slowly but heartwarming. Then, immediately turn into action, action, and action until the emotional and dark ending.


Overall, Chappie is not really a sci-fi movie about humanity but this is a dramatic story which filled with everything that happens. Sometimes funny, swept, and annoying at the same time. Even so, there are a lot of lapses that exist such as a cut that comes from nowhere, the main character that is missing from next shot and come from nowhere, and a factory that has no security guard even it’s so easy to penetrate and hack. I think is enough to say but there’s always something good about the aspect. Chappie has a moral message that is clear on pulling out especially if this is purely a drama, maybe this movie will be suitably by the family. Don’t listen to the critics who just look for the flaw of this movie but didn’t mention the good aspect. Just watch it and you’ll know what it’s like. Except, if I also mention some lack too.

 

Movie – Pi [REVIEW] – 3.14159265358

IMDB Rating: 7,4/10
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: Sean GulletteMark MargolisBen Shenkman


In mathematics, there are three things that combine the exceptional things of mathematics. One, mathematics is a language of nature. Two, everything around us can be calculated and counted by numbers. Three, if you look at numbers from another aspect then form a pattern. Hence, this world is merely a pattern that can be calculated by numbers. But, it’s just in the film that directed by Darren Aronofsky. Who would have thought if a most hated lesson by many people in school can be made as interesting as this movie? This movie is not far from math. It’s just mathematics that associated with other absurd things. But this movie overweighs my thought. As we know, π (Pi) is a mathematical constant that is still being studied until now. Some say that there is something hidden behind this symbol even associated with religion, as presented in this movie too. For what if math including those that relate something like this that feels boring at school. However, Darren Aronofsky made it with mystery, disturbing, creepy, confusing, but interesting to watch. The film is also a debut for him before Requiem For A Dream that I’ve reviewed before, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Noah, and Mother!

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“Pi,” tells about Maximillian Cohen (Sean Gullette) who built a supercomputer in his home where his computer produced a key that would change the world and its surroundings. At the same time, he meets Lenny Meyer (Ben Shenkman), a devout Jew of religion that also tries to find a number and Marcy Dawson (Pamela Hart), a Wall Street who wants to steal the “key” that Max holds and seeks to persuade him.

Sean Gullette in Pi (1998)

For this movie, Pi presents us a simple story. Max is a genius mathematician who is trying to figure out a symbol in Pi in order to figure out the key to everything. However, he has a mental disorder where his mind often produces hallucinations and a loner who has no friends at all. His friend is only one: Sol Robeson that played by Mark Margolis, a mentor who surrendered to find the key of Pi. At the same time, he meets Lenny Meyer, a Jew who wants to figure out a number which is the name of his God and Marcy Dawson, a Wall Street who wants to kidnap Max in order to control a stock exchange. When the first time I watched this movie, which came my mind is Serial Experiments Lain directed by Ryuutarou Nakamura. The premise is almost similar to this classic anime that has a mind-blowing story and pretty has a resemblance to characters and stories. However, I never got any information on whether Darren Aronofsky was inspired by the anime like Perfect Blue. In this movie, we’re provided a movie with a black and white background with a high contrast. Darren managed to make it all as if his audience were in the gloomy and narrow world that Max had experienced. The film is also pretty similar to Perfect Blue, combining two metaphors between fantasy and reality. Max with his paranoid and anti-social nature to make himself stuck with a number, numbers, and numbers. In fact, he can only answer by itself if counting the three-digit numbers multiplied. No calculator he needs and instantly flew across his head.

Sean Gullette and Pamela Hart in Pi (1998)

Speaking of Max, Sean Gullette portray his character so brilliantly. He managed to make us seem impressed to go to neurotic too. In fact, there are some scenes that I think almost make me insane and don’t know what I just watched. His gesture, his manner of speech, and his gimmick, were all shown brilliantly by him. He managed to make his audience seem to go into what he thinks in his brain. Although he is not in the Oscar nomination at all, he doesn’t need that. Mark Margolis is also great here, although he only gets a small piece. Ben Shenkman is also like that and also Pamela Hart. But, my mind is only focused on Sean Gullette. The scores are composed by Clint Mansell who also composed the Requiem For A Dream. The soundtrack like drum and bass music thing but it’s creepy and disturbing if remembered again. Not too memorable like Requiem For A Dream, but it’s good. The cinematography from Matthew Libatique is also unique. He uses hip-hop techniques like he did in Requiem For A Dream. However, the cinematography here impressed like an indie thriller movie because it’s like that. By the way, this movie is also one of the low-budget films of $60,000 just because the film also brings the debut of Darren Aronofsky.

Renegade mathematician Max Cohen (Sean Gullette, left) and the leader of the Kabbalah sect, Lenny Meyer (Ben Shenkman) have a chance encounter on a Chinatown street corner.

What makes me wonder about this movie is, what really want to be told to all of the audience about this movie? Is there a message and a specific intention or is this movie just a smart pattern that fools the audience? What does it have to do with π and religion? Well, I’ve watched this movie and I got some interpretations. Pi is a movie that tells about a genius who’s too genius to find a meaning in a number of π. As we know, π is actually an endless number even today’s human-is still researching what it really is and what it means. Max always says that nature is just a math. Everything can be calculated using numbers, can predict anything, and can calculate the chance of something that comes up. Just as he guessed the market price that he thought was a bug, he was right. The film also connects religion and mathematics. I’m not very smart with this but, it could be the same as the endless. Just like this world, always spin on the wheel, endless, and never-ending like π. A world that will never end, death, reincarnation, or anything related to the supernatural, opportunities in chess, dice, emerging people, how many cars pass by on the street, everything is like a calculation or a pattern. In addition, the film is also more into two opposite and interrelated perspectives. The first perspective is Max who is a genius and his genius that gives him a hallucinatory disease which caused him to become paranoid. His brain can even calculate the stock market and hold a key for people who want it. From here also the second perspective, other people who see Max as a genius or have envy because of his skills. People just see Max as a machine that has everything. In this film, Max is hunted by a group of people who are hungry for the key, want to change the world with the key, and want to use it as much as possible to make an advantage. But, is that all right or just a fantasy? Back again, this is just a movie, a fictional story. There is nothing real in this movie. So, don’t think about those things. But is it more than that? No one knows what it is.


Overall, Pi is a stepping stone from Darren Aronofsky who creates amazing movies. For this homemade debut film, it’s more than what I want to watch. This movie doesn’t have to pretend to be smart in order to fool the audience who don’t know anything about math or everything. This film successfully presents us a story that “should” to think too hard. It’s grim, black, white, depressed, psychological, paranoid, and interesting to see what’s next. Sean Gullette is the MVP in this movie. He managed to portray someone who is paranoid, anti-social, and genius by the gesture, gimmick, and way of speaking. The soundtrack and cinematography are good, no less and nothing more. Pi may not be admitted by some people because some people will find it boring, don’t understand, black and white background or others kind of nonsense like that. But if you like thriller or more than that, I guarantee it will make you watch it again. By the way, I don’t know at what age I stare to the sun. But it doesn’t really matter because, in the end, nobody cares. How about 748 divided by 238?

Movie – The Graduate [REVIEW] – This Is Benjamin, He’s A Little Worried About His Future

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Charles Webb
Stars: Dustin HoffmanAnne BancroftKatharine Ross


What I’m most bothered about right now is, what will we do next after graduating from college? Maybe, someone wants to continue his education to higher, take a job, achieve their goals, or etc. But is it really that simple? What if it doesn’t fit your plans? The Graduate is one of Mike Nichols films starring Dustin Hoffman. This movie is one of the movies that made me aware of the questions. Don’t know what the future we will face and not in accordance with what we desire. However, I will not be too concerned about it because of the half-part it’s not too much about that too. The Graduate, I can say, is one of the best American comedy movies ever. The comedy is also not always hypnotized by characters who always repeat their gags, punchline, and alternations between characters that end with a humor gag. It was a comedy in general, impressed to make something for the audience a laugh but failed. For The Graduate, the comedy is not too focused on it but how the film sees it from the point of view. Just as Roger Ebert says that most comedy movies didn’t build their own gags and seem to force self. The Graduate produces a tempered comedy but is always funny in any context. Although this movie has been too long since the 60’s, this movie seemed to have a story that proposed in the year because I often see a story like this nowadays. Not only that, there are so many quotes, iconic scenes, and memorable characters in it. The Graduate seemed to create a fresh story back in the days and I can say it’s a rather modern story for the modern era.

“The Graduate,” tells about Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) who just graduated from his college with his parents who wished with him. His graduation was celebrated with a party after his return and met with Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), the wife of his father’s business partner. Ben drove him home where there was a seed between the two of them. Though a few days the seed is gone, he has haunted again when Ben falls in love with the son of Mrs. Robinson, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967)

Although this movie has a simple premise, this movie is like presenting a story for movies today. Not to mention, it’s 1967. For me, this is one of the best comedy romance ever. Opened with the opening scene of Ben Braddock played by the legendary actor of Dustin Hoffman with the soundtrack of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound Of Silence” which this song’s the most popular song until now even became one of the songs on the internet into a meme. From here, I can speculate how the personality of this character is. His expression was like dead inside, not knowing what he wanted to do next. In his party graduation as well, he didn’t really care about the people around him until he meets with Mrs. Robinson played by Anne Bancroft. For Ben, he wanted to keep his attitude against Mrs. Robinson for not doing odd things even though Mrs. Robinson forced him. One of the scenes played by this actor and actress is the seduce scene. Not to mention, Dustin Hoffman acted so perfectly in here with his innocent expression and Anne Bancroft with his naughty characteristics. One of them when Dustin Hoffman said one of the most memorable words until now, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me!” until the scene continues silence with Anne Bancroft laughing and Dustin Hoffman continues, “Aren’t you?” This is one scene that’s played very admirably by these two people even funny to remember it again. Oh, by the way, this movie is also a movie that introduces the term of MILF or “Mother/Mom/Mama I’d Like to F*ck.” Maybe this is not very important but it’s just a small trivia or some of you may be familiar when you always watch an adult video and feel not strange with this term. If you know what I mean, dude.

Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross in The Graduate (1967)

I’m also not too aware that Dustin Hoffman is an actor who fills the voice of Shifu from Kung Fu Panda. Just like Tom Hanks, filling Woody’s voice from Toy Story. Back to the movie, I don’t really see if there are a flaw and a plot hole. Maybe, a little detail but I didn’t pay much attention to it. The cinematography also I can say it’s good, sometimes do a close up on his character, and I don’t say it flawless or anything. In addition to the seduce scene that people think’s the most remembered scene in this movie, I also really like the part where Ben is getting ready to kill his virginity. One of them when Dustin Hoffman deliberately holding Anne’s breast. The director was also shocked and laughed with Dustin Hoffman holding back his laugh as he put his head on the wall. But what scares me the most is the ending scene. We know how a romance movie in general that sometimes brings us cliche things like a happy ending or so on. Some also end up bad thing but for this movie, the ending that scares me the most. Although some trivia says that the scene when Ben and Elaine escaping on the bus and laughing is an improvisation of the director where he forgot to say “cut” and chose to rolling the camera, is this one of the mistakes? If I watch this movie for the second time, from the beginning, the main character doesn’t have any purpose. Even to save Elaine, he didn’t know what his plan next. Until they both succeed, their two smiles suddenly gradually disappear into fear of regret, nervousness, and don’t know what he wants to do in the future. From here, there is much debate between bad or happy ending.

Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967)

For the actor, I think Dustin Hoffman can be said as an actor that goes beyond everything. This movie is also the first film where I just saw his presence as well as his acting. Some articles are always discussing that he is always included in the line of best actors of all time. In addition, this is also a movie that launching his name. Anne Bancroft also I think is very good. She managed to show a concept of a term called MILF very well. Her character was also built well even when the presence of Katharine Ross entered the game, her character faded. But, it’s good. Katharine Ross is also very good, covering up all the deficiencies of Ben’s character. Hurt inside each other to cover each other with their performance. For Mike Nichols, thank you for making a movie that made a big name for a rom-com genre where movies like this are still there. The soundtrack also mostly uses all the songs of Simon & Garfunkel but is very good because the use of his songs especially The Sound Of Silence is certainly not a happy song. The plot is simple but always has a well-development impact every time.


Overall, The Graduate is one of the 60’s films with a genre that is still fresh and new like modern films in general. Although the premise is simple but impressed very good even exceed. Dustin Hoffman plays conscientiously here, as are Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Mike Nichols also built his cinematography very well, the soundtrack he uses almost all the songs from Simon & Garfunkel where I admit it is very good. There are many scenes and memorable quote here as I mentioned earlier. The Sound Of Silence with its bleak lyrics and depicting the character of Dustin Hoffman very well. One of the most iconic endings that ever existed and taught us about a picture of the future that must be faced. I think this movie is very suitable to be watched by you who also graduated or teenagers but don’t forget that this is a classic movie. All I want to say about this movie is one word, just one word: plastics.

 

Anime – Perfect Blue [REVIEW] – Excuse Me… Who Are You?

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,32/10
Genre: Dementia, Horror, Psychological, Drama
Studios: Madhouse
Author: Yoshikazu Takeuchi
Seiyuu: Junko Iwao, Masaaki Ookura, Rica Matsumoto


Black Swan is one of the thriller movies starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky. We know that the anime industry is one of the most commonly used references to Hollywood both nowadays and the past. You can call it like Ghost In The Shell with The Matrix, Paprika with Inception, All You Need Is Kill with Edge Of Tomorrow, and much more. One of that is this anime too, Perfect Blue, directed by Satoshi Kon. He has managed to distribute some of his work, although a little and became one of the most influential directors of Hollywood. Especially for Darren Aronofsky who makes Black Swan thanks to Perfect Blue. After watching this anime, I can say that Black Swan is a mainstream despite getting a positive response from critics. But, Perfect Blue made me realize that anime should not be a cliche because anime like this has been around since the 90s. Same as Serial Experiments Lain, the mindfuck level is exactly like Perfect Blue and I hope there is still an anime like this in the modern era.

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“Perfect Blue,” tells about a pop idol group CHAM! that has entertained his fans for 2 years. However, Mima Kirigoe (Junko Iwao) announced herself to quit the group and take her new career through acting. She hopes that her fans will continue to support her despite her departure. However, her life’s changed drastically when she came out. In order to get rid of her image as a pop idol, she took on a role in a crime drama series where her acting skills became more demanding and taxing, especially on Rumi Hidaka (Rica Matsumoto), her manager. A fan who is very obsessed with Mima started stalking her existence. Not to mention, a website that doesn’t know the fact begins to impersonate her life along with her details, life history, but not her who made it. One by one, she begins to interfere with her who cannot distinguish reality and fantasy.

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The story focuses on an idol, Mima Kirigoe. She is a lead member of a trio pop group called CHAM! who turned her career into a solo actress. So, this is the terrifying begins. If I want to compare it to Hollywood, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream is pretty same as this. The depth level is directly proportional to the end until I don’t want to watch for the second time. It also makes me feel like this always happens in the real world. Internet, heavy obsession, stalker, rape, until murder, all of that is told in satire ways and detail. Satoshi Kon describes it very well. A line of reality and fantasy as well as if this happens in the real world as well. You know, someone like this exists a lot like I’ve seen this before. But Perfect Blue described it a few years ago. It’s about an identity that doesn’t know who’s spreading it on the internet, about someone who has no life, about someone who thinks she’s taking the right path and doesn’t fit of what she expects. Therefore, those of you who haven’t watched it should be focused exactly on what is on screen. Don’t look elsewhere because you’ll be confused with the ending. I also don’t know if the ending is a plot-twist or not because I have to think twice even three times after watching this anime. After I got the answer, it was hard to make the interpretation even it’s so difficult to believe with intellect. It’s the same with Serial Experiments Lain that makes me think with the ending. Satoshi Kon has succeeded in making a story far from being a story with a fresh and original concept. One thing I want to tell you. This anime has a lot of explicit content like rape, nudity, violence, and blood. So, don’t think that this is one of the anime you want to find but it’s not.

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The art is great back in the 90s. So, those of you who still lay with the nowadays anime may be difficult to adapt to the old anime. Nothing you expect from here. But here’s the part I like. The old anime has an art that is so realistic even hard to compare with the nowadays anime. I know, there are so many good anime that can even be said masterpiece in this modern era. But back in the old days, this is a freaking fantastic. The animation and visuals that depicted in this anime seem so realistic even made as realistic as possible. If you still don’t understand, you can try Studio Ghibli’s works and you will know how it feels. In Perfect Blue, everything is described in detail even a little tiny detail as from small things even figures characters are portrayed as the main character. One that really felt for me is the rape scene. No spoiler, this is one of the scenes that makes me disturbing even creepy while watching it. In fact, the sensation seems like reality in the real world. The thing that makes me creepy in addition to the scene is also the scene when approaching climax. Maybe because I’m too serious during watching this, I can’t even tell which is realistic and which is a fantasy in this anime. This is also what I like. The cinematography can be spelled out so brilliant once to use in an anime. I mean, it’s more like Stanley Kubrick’s works. The jump cut from one scene to another, the relationship between the imaginative character and the real-life that mix all of it, close up to zoom out of the same scene but different interpretations, almost all these techniques used in this anime. One scene that made me draw my attention is the bathtub scene that’s also used in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream.

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The music is more like the same as Requiem For A Dream that composed by Clint Mansell. Both are very creepy and disturbing, but very memorable at the same time. Initially, I thought the opening scene of this anime is not too gloomy even I don’t know if the person that reviewing this is always distorted. Sometimes, pop music also exists and I think is pretty catchy. The other, Masahiro Ikumi has managed to scare me with the various suspense scores that he made. Junko Iwao, I think, is great and outstanding when filling Mima Kirigoe voices. There is no shortage and it’s great. The characters are one of a great storytelling. Mima Kirigoe builds her own character with great depths little by little. Her very innocent face at the beginning of her career became an actress, full of grim, fear of something around her, and a distressing expression of fantasy and reality. However, when I want to find out who is the best character in this anime, I will answer Me-Mania. His character has a perfect storytelling even just using gesture and a little dialogue alone, he managed to develop his character even we known at the beginning of its appearance. The first emergence is predictable how the characteristic of this character because he only displays with gesture only. Of course, assisted by the cinematography that is so smooth from Satoshi Kon. He is a character that is centered on everything and helps the character to build his own story. This anime is perfect for you who want to look for a mindblowing anime or complex story. Although it’s only a movie and less than two hours, Satoshi Kon brings us to a story that we cannot even distinguish reality and fantasy. This anime also has a fast pace so the audience isn’t made bored with the complex story. But, I don’t recommend this anime for those of you who really don’t like the explicit content that excessive. Blood everywhere, disturbing scenes, nudeness, rape scenes, and other obscure elements for certain people.


Overall, Perfect Blue is a mindblowing anime that you would not imagine how the outcome is. I also think that this is one of the anime that breaks typical anime stereotypes and people who still consider anime it’s just for children. But, this is 2018 and I rarely get people like that in this era. It’s having a satire story about the real world and reality of the internet, the art, and the animation, the characters that are also shown with more human being and realistic nature, to the plot-twist endings, mindfuck, even have to watch over and over again to be able to understand the ending. This is about fantasy and reality where they are united into one that I will never forget if I’ve experienced one of these masterpieces made by the legendary. Hopefully, there’s nowadays anime like this. Not too spectacular and not too deficiency.

Anime – Attack On Titan Season 2 [REVIEW] – The Dark Secrets Of Their Own Members

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,47/10
Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Studios: Wit Studio
Author: Hajime Isayama
Seiyuu: Yui Ishikawa, Yuki Kaji, Marina Inoue


Attack On Titan became the most overhyped anime in 2013 the first season. It has a great story, dark atmosphere, diverse characters, Levi the most favorable character, and a nice great art. However, the news that the second season is always delayed because of the live action that many people say is a waste of time and the movie is bad, the second season finally appeared last year even though I’ve just watched it. I don’t see the hype that’s in this series and people prefer My Hero Academia second season compared to this series. Not to mention, this series only gets 12 episodes that the first season gets 25 episodes. In this series too, there are many shortcomings and complaints from the audience and hardcore fans of this series ranging from Levi who’s not too much take the part, too much filler, more focused on the drama, and it’s boring rather than the first season. But, I want to delve deeper into this series.

“Attack On Titan Season 2,” tells about Eren Yeager (Yuki Kaji) and other 104th Training Corps members trying to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they were getting ready for another titan, they were blocked by the invasion that took place in Wall Rose but unleashed many unresolved mysteries. Trying to save the wall, they get a lot of information about the titan and the dark past of the members.

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Attack On Titan Season 2 it’s more like they did a downgrade to the previous series. Honestly, I didn’t read the manga so maybe I misinterpreted it. After the events that gave rise to the great mystery of the previous season, this series will answer the previous mysteries that you still think can’t find the answer. But, maybe because I’m watching it whether have a lot of spoilers everywhere, I’m just looking more intense and action than the story again because the internet it’s just pissed me off. This series is more likely to lead to the element of mystery where we will find out who the villains among other characters. Not to mention, this second season is more likely to drama up to the number of filler open. It doesn’t show pretty the same action scene as done in the first season. Some are also good, especially during the protagonist against the titan. It’s well-choreography like you watching a UFC or MMA fighting. The second season will also bring more plots-twist that attracts some intense and plots of missed holes. However, the second season also brought back mysteries that are more likely to be disturbing. Perhaps because the second season experienced many high expectations and not to mention the delay of each year that just appeared 4 years later. Therefore, those who watch this series may be so much expected from what the first season presents.

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The art is pretty same as the season one. But, I was saying that Wit studios did the decline. The choreography is cheaper than the CGI. Some of the action I witnessed was too solid even though the choreography was good. The backstory that comes out of now where also makes the mood more decreased when we are on fire. This is what makes this series both become more diminished demand because some lack that makes a great exposure to the first season. Therefore, it’s a mistake if a minor downgrade from the first season becomes more impressed mediocre in the second season. Nothing different, it’s more like a standard at all and one of the average seasonal anime. The opening song is great and I agree, it’s overrated. Linked Horizon came back with his song “Shinzou wo Sasageyo!” with the same vigor as he presents in the first season. The internet makes it a meme and an anime song that’s overrated but easily forgotten. I’m not really commenting on the seiyuu here because it’s pretty decent like the season one. Hiroshi Kamiya doesn’t really take a big part. Same as Yui Ishikawa and Marina Inoue. The soundtrack it’s pretty damn good. Sawano Hiroyuki is more likely into rock, loud, and climactic songs. Depending on the standpoint, here I prefer the soundtrack to more heavy and rock compared to the first season. Apart from that, not much I want to describe.

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The characters do a lot of reductions and disappearances. Eren Yeager whos’s the main protagonist but unlike other main characters. His nature is unchanged and not exaggerated. So also with Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert which is the main characters become more decent especially Mikasa. She doesn’t take much part in here. Moreover, Levi who can be classified as the most favorite and coolest character in this series suddenly became a lost role. His appearance is small and this character is also not very participating in the action. The first impression when the first episode will be more focused on Sasha Blouse along with its backstory. Her nature doesn’t change, there is no shortage and no excess. In this series, the story focuses more on Krista Lenz and Ymir along with their secrets and backstory. In addition, Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover are the huge triggers as well as major spoilers in this series. In a way, this series divides the two stories from the previous 4 characters and interconnected. Other characters it’s more like the same, some are missing parts and some are lacking the part of the first season that many take parts. At least, all of it makes this series to be more enjoyable especially in the action scene and plot-twist that presented. But there are some shortcomings or I don’t know what I want to call it. This series is more divided into two sides at the same time. There is no antagonist nor protagonist. This is also what makes me feel like I don’t want to follow it again but made curious about this aspect. The Titan that we know is the most hated creature of all the characters in this series, makes me more sympathetic towards them. If you don’t understand, maybe you can try it yourself. There is nothing bad and that is good. In fact, it’s just the opposite. By connecting these aspects, there are two warring sides. Therefore, I can predict that the third season will be more likely to be political or someone’s notion, wrapped with intense action.


Overall, I don’t think the second season is much more interesting for fans because it’s come back that many people prefer My Hero Academia. This series can be fairly good for you who just enjoy the action everywhere, like shounen. However, both seasons experienced much decline. Nothing special and not overly overhyped. It’s decent, the story is more hanging and made curiously. Fortunately, the anime is not playing with us and take this seriously because the third season will soon appear in next season. So, I still haven’t read the manga. But overall, it’s medium and mediocre look.

Anime – Attack On Titan [REVIEW] – The Man-eating Abominations

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,49/10
Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Studios: Wit Studio
Author: Hajime Isayama
Seiyuu: Yui Ishikawa, Yuki Kaji, Marina Inoue


In addition to My Hero Academia’s third season while it’s running, Attack On Titan will also not miss. The third season that will be aired this year’s summer became an anime that one of the most anticipated, especially out there. Attack On Titan is the same as My Hero Academia. I’ve watched this anime before college and had time to recap this anime for a moment. Although some people think this anime is the most “overrated” series ever, the fact is just like that if for myself. But, this series is also what I enjoy because this series is actually not too overhyped but failed like the Sword Art Online series. Attack On Titan is one of the best anime ever made during this decade because of the rapid development of this series to be a trademark in an anime industry.

 

“Attack On Titan,” tells about a mankind being cornered by a creatures called titans, causing humans to build a wall and protect them. What makes these giants more dreadful is the sense when they eat humans not because of hunger but for no apparent reason. In order to keep mankind afloat, they build a defense like barriers that survive 100 years without any titan attacking. However, that peace makes a colossal titan destroy the outer walls until the number of titans enters. This makes Eren Yeager join a Survey Corps, a military unit that keeps the chaos going on outside the walls. Attack On Titan tells of Eren along with his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and his childhood friend Armin Arlert, whose together enter into the unit to fight the titan before they eat mankind.

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Attack On Titan presents us a story far from beyond of 100 years. One of the things I’m amazed about this is the technology that some have started to be sophisticated and already in there beyond. But, this is Attack On Titan. Humanity in that year lived in a wall divided into 3 even titan can’t knock it down. There are Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. These walls also represent their districts where the outer walls are “low,” the walls of the two is “workers” or something like that, and the deepest or third wall of the government and its “wealthy” people. So, this is more like a satire in real life. The first episode of this anime has presented us just how epic and dynamic this anime is. It’s like a rollercoaster that has gone faster first, suddenly walked slowly, and the action that’s more intense make this rollercoaster speed so fast that cannot be stopped. We will be introduced by Eren Yeager, someone who has just seen his mother eaten by a titan in front of him and becomes a nightmare until a huge revenge for himself. Same as Mikasa Ackerman, a support character for the main character who will play a lot in her own role. The first impression of watching this anime presented many plots of holes that will have to be patient to wait for the answer. The art and the animation is really great suspense and masterpiece. Wit studio shows their drawing skills with stunning results. I mean, I rarely get an anime that combining 2D as well as 3D at the same time. Even though I got it, I thought some were weird so it’s better to be 2D. But, not for Attack On Titan. The visual is made in detail with dark saturation colors leaving a gloomy impression on this anime. Some of the visuals sometimes present a bright saturation in order to describe the calm atmosphere in some of the scenes. Then, sometimes a jump cut happens here where the quiet atmosphere becomes gloomy. The choreography is also described in great detail and anxiety, especially in the action scene. The cinematography is good at taking angle cameras so we’ve never seen this before. This is also strengthened in the visual aspect at the time of opening but this is also a minor problem because the opening shows more spoiler as well as Tokyo Ghoul.

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The music is really damn good. Linked Horizon takes part in the first opening as well as both. The songs combine two different languages such as Japanese and German. However, the music is still tingling in the head. The swiftly played tune, the lyrics of a soldier and a passionate song became a song that is also overrated to this day. “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” by Yoko Hikasa is actually good although my mind is pretty dim. Same as the “great escape” by Cinema Staff. Yui Ishikawa as a Mikasa Ackerman is really cool with her cool voice for female characters. Similar to Violet Evergarden with the same character but there’s a little improvisation that makes a cool character and sympathy. Yuki Kaji as an Eren Yeager I think I don’t see the privilege and different from other characters that he fills the voice. Marina Inoue as an Armin Arlert is a bit weird because of her male character but it’s really fit with that. Hiroshi Kamiya as a Levi is really damn great. I mean, it’s a gem. His characteristics that I’ve seen so much more than any other character is really cool here. In fact, his character really fits his seiyuu. For others, there is nothing I can value anymore even though I think everything is good.

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The character is the same as shounen anime in general. But, there’s something different because it’s not like a shounen anime that I know. In Attack On Titan, all of the characters are told up and backed with powerful storytelling with only 25 episodes are enough. This is about a friendship, rival, betrayal, pains, dark backstory, depression, and many more. They’re all diverse and have different attributes. The role is also played as nicely as possible whether it’s main or supporting characters. There are Eren who have stubborn personality, Mikasa who’s cool but great, Armin with his intelligence but always depression, Levi who’s cool and overpowered, Sasha who often eats potatoes, Annie that always lonely, Hange who love to research a titan, Jean who considers Eren as his rival just because of jealousy with Mikasa, and many more. The part I like is also the recruitment of expedition soldiers arc who make me intense but emotional in it. This scene is also not all characters will go inside but later will be told separately. I think this is not stereotypical in shounen anime because it’s logic that they used. This anime also sometimes has memorable moments and precious in it. There is emotional, drama, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, action everywhere, blood, gore, and much more. Sometimes, these scenes depress us in some views because the author also doesn’t hesitate to kill a good character that has a big or small role. But, this is I like about this anime. Unlike other shounenAttack On Titan has shown its gloom early in the episode.


Overall, Attack On Titan is one of the overrated anime, I admit. But, it’s really good by the way though I’m not into the genre. Sometimes, despite spoilers, I usually just enjoy the action rather than the stories that I already know. The overall aspects are excellent. Established a story about humanity far away 100 years ago, a fantasy where titan and man wage war. The animation is really appreciated for combining 2D and 3D very well and very intense choreography that made severely by the studio. The theme song is really good because it’s Linked Horizon. The diverse characters make this anime even better and give a good story of each character, although there are several plots of holes. If you haven’t watch it, just watch from now on if you have time because this anime is getting away from its popularity even the third season will be aired in next season.