Movie – Dallas Buyers Club [REVIEW] – Dare To Live

IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Craig Borten
Stars: Matthew McConaugheyJennifer GarnerJared Leto


Before I start reviewing, I want to ask you a question. Why if you guys in a situation where you have an illness and be sentenced to live within 30 days? For some people will certainly think to do the things that he never did before, desperate into the corner rather than do something with the useless thing or pray to God to ask mercy. Maybe some people would think to do those things but not with Ronald Dickson ‘Ron’ Woodroof, an American who makes Dallas Buyers Club where the club provides a cure for AIDS. I still can’t believe there is someone who has a sympathy personage like Ron Woodroof and for this movie, Matthew McConaughey plays in this movie. Previously, I had watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Wolf Of Wall Street and I don’t know why he didn’t get an Oscar while Matthew McConaughey who was a new actor at that time was taking for a top in a Hollywood. After watching this movie, it turns out I can see how is Matthew McConaughey the real acting and Jared Leto, even these two actors get an Oscar award at the same time. Fun facts, they both are willing to lose a weight in extreme transformation. Matthew McConaughey lost his 47 pounds and Jared Leto lost his 30 pounds.

“Dallas Buyers Club,” tells about Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a rodeo cowboy who was one day convicted HIV+. Hearing that facts, Ron then realizes that this is very ironic to himself due to the fact that he is anti-HIV and homophobic. Ron must finally accept that fact and have only 30 days left to live. Ron began to find out more about the disease as well as medics that could be used to heal or lengthen his life. On the other hand, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the doctors to conduct an experiment on a medicine called AZT (Azidothymidine) that can cure AIDS. But Ron thought it was a medicine that was nothing. Ron ultimately does illegal things like getting drugs that haven’t been approved and certified safe by FDA. Together with a transsexual who is also an AIDS patient Rayon (Jared Leto), Ron makes an organization that sells drugs that haven’t been approved by FDA but more potential to cure people with AIDS. This organization is referred as ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, an organization to help people with HIV.

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club is a biography and drama film that tells about how a person lives the rest of his life that will not longspun at all. However, this is not a melodrama movie that has a bad ending until drains tears about one’s life. In this movie, Ron Woodroof is someone who never gives up in his attempt to survive. Though he will eventually die of his disease, he thinks it might be better if he finds out his disease so he can help those who have the same disease with him. I’m also a little bit touched by this Ron figure. At first, he was just a racist and homophobic person. However, he was aware that they were just human beings like a normal people. So I’m here to see Ron as a person who misjudges people but when he digs it deeper, it turns out they are just ordinary human beings and it makes no difference. In addition, I initially thought that this movie would end with a story like a drama movie that has a bad ending. But, I was wrong. The story is always on the rise and the character development of Ron Woodroof and Rayon is always told slowly but seamlessly impressed. I also like the friendship stories of Ron and Rayon. At first, Ron thinks Rayon is nothing but a gay man who makes him hate. But as its story progressed, Ron gradually became sympathy for Rayon and people with HIV disease.

Jennifer Garner in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, both actors definitely get an Oscar award at the same time. At first, I wondered why Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscars after his movie The Wolf Of Wall Street. But after seeing this movie, I can accept why Matthew McConaughey deserves the award. In fact, Matthew McConaughey is actually a slightly new and famous actor to frequent in Hollywood for me. But in the end, Leonardo also deserves an Oscar award after his movie called The Revenant in 2016. Back to the actors of these two, they have to do some extreme transformation in order to portray the character smoothly like someone who suffered from HIV disease. I also didn’t realize that the character of Rayon that played by Jared Leto. I just realized him after I saw the credits where there was Rayon as Jared Leto. I was immediately surprised if it was Jared Leto or not. But in the end, I can see the acting of these two and can compete with each other in this movie. They smoothly and successfully bring their character to get an Oscar award, especially Jared Leto who plays his character with a very unique.

Overall, I’m speechless about this movie. Dallas Buyers Club is definitely a biopic with a lot of uniqueness in it from actors who play the character to a deeper level, a neatly compiled story, as well as a social critique of stereotypes other than HIV or something like that. Everything is of course also thanks to Jean-Marc Vallée who directed this movie. Dallas Buyers Club is a movie that is very inspiring and must be watched by everyone who still considers himself devastated.


Manhwa – Girls Of The Wild’s [REVIEW] – Learning To Fight And Stand Up For Himself!

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,79/10
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Martial Arts, Romance, School, Harem
Author: Hye-Jin Kim (Art), Hun (Story)
Serialization: Naver Webtoon

I remember once when I first read this manhwa because from its artwork that so detailed and colorful to the innate story that is very emotional and has a moral message in every scene in it. But that is just my first impression of this manhwa when approached into climax. I was immediately shocked by the storytelling that changed so dramatically that I didn’t want to read it even though there was a bit of interest as well. I wondered with the author himself why he wanted to finish this comic with a climax that was so destroying the whole story. This case is the same as Usagi Drop manga and I remember right away so this is the feeling when your favorite comic has just ended with an unsatisfactory ending.

“Girls Of The Wild’s,” tells about Wild’s High school which is an elite school devoted to women. This school has a uniqueness where women must fight in arena martial arts classifying from boxing, sword-fighting, taekwondo, and other martial arts. They had to fight even though it was brutal and sometimes there are even died. After 42 years of this school was built, this school just opened for men and the first person who enters this school is Song Jae Gu. He got a three-year scholarship without paying any attention to his value and without thinking, he accepted it. For the past two years, he has been living with his twin younger siblings. But after meeting Queen, the bloody champion of the Wild’s League, Song Jae Gu unconsciously calls her “monster” because he is disturbed by her existence. However, In Gyi Yoon is just an ordinary girl like a normal schoolgirl. Jae Gu will endure his daily life during his school days, surrounded by many beautiful and painful girls and learn to fight in order to preserve him.


Actually, this comic has a slightly good impression in the beginning. We will be introduced to the characters in this comic and the introduction of its character is also so unique, even told with its background as well. Song Jae Gu is the protagonist of this manhwa. He is just an ordinary man who doesn’t have a luxurious life, always bully in the past, and have a simple life with his two younger siblings. However, he learns a lot when meeting Dal Dal Choi who has sweet lips, Moon Young Lee who is a bit tomboy but very good at boxing, and In Gyi Yoon, the queen of Wild’s school but she is just an ordinary girl who likes Jae Gu. All of the characters itself are introduced to the background and the way of recognition is also unique, the writing of its story as well until the artwork is really detailed and so colorful. So, it’s like a harem comic but a manhwa version. I also like the harem in here because it doesn’t contain ecchi or sexuality stuff that encourages many men to enjoy it. On the basis of it, the romance in here is a romance to a drama that’s so cliche.


However, I’m only surprised by this author who has changed the element a little bit too. At first, this manhwa is an action comic that is so stunning and draws some adrenaline to be enjoyed. Maybe because I also read this manhwa in Webtoon and I know very well how bad the comment section in Webtoon especially in Indonesia. In the end, the unique element of this comic disappears after its genre only focuses on its drama instead of this is an action. The romance story in here is also like a manga or anime Nisekoi that divide the two side of the readers of this comic. In the end, the best impression I got in this comic turned worse until I didn’t want to read it even though I had to. However, I like the parts of some scenes that show a person’s life to teach us to always appreciate life. Like Jae Gu who has a simple life. He’s just someone in general until his lucky time, he meets all three of this main heroine that changes his life, tells how the real meaning of life and always helps Jae Gu while in despair. In addition, there are much more than Jae Gu’s life such as In Gyi Yoon who has a comfortable life but he doesn’t want her life established by her family. She just wants to have something simpler than a wealth that will make her happy when it’s not.


The art in this comic is fantastic. Hye-Jin Kim is taking part in the artwork somehow she drawing the character in full of details in it, every scene, and all of the parts. The action is also so cliché like the ordinary manga as well but the unique part is told as the story of the martial arts itself. So, the action here is also so logical that the intrinsic story is also simple. For the part of the drama as I said before, sometimes and somehow make us so touched even cried when reading this comic and that for some people because this manhwa is also preferred by some women. So, there are also many shortcomings in this comic although there are so many unique characters here both protagonist, antagonist, and supporting characters. For the whole total other than the shortcomings, I assume there’s nothing wrong to read this comic although I’m also a bit sorry for this.

Overall, Girls of the Wild’s is an action comic to romance drama that can also be enjoyed by every reader whether it’s male or female because on the other side sometimes this comic is dominated by women. The character of the story so developed at the beginning of the character, the introduction of such a unique character to the background is explained in detail, the artwork that drawn in such detail makes the eyes like to see it again, and the moral message that we get as you read this comic. Apart from that, there are also many shortcomings in this comic but you can enjoy it if you let it go.

Movie – Blade Runner 2049 [REVIEW] – The Key To The Future Is Finally Unearthed

IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Philip K. Dick
Stars: Harrison FordRyan GoslingAna de Armas

This is a movie that I want, a movie that shows the masterpiece with its beauty cinematographic and a visual effect that is not always unwarranted. Although this movie is not directed by Ridley Scott anymore, I just wonder about Denis Villeneuve why he can be such a genius person to make this masterpiece from a sequel of a masterpiece as well. Of course in this sequel, it still brings some elements of a city of in Los Angeles that is so bleak with the amount of pollution, smoke, filth everywhere, and all sorts of that things. And also, this movie is still cast the main actor of the prequel Harrison Ford and the sequel starring Ryan Gosling. If you haven’t watched this prequel or the movie yet, you should watch it right now because you will never see a movie as good as Blade Runner.

“Blade Runner 2049,” tells about 30 years after the incident in the first movie. Set in 2049 in the same city, a new blade runner named ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling) investigated a dark past of what had happened for 30 years. ‘K’ then finds a clue where he will run a mission to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has disappeared for 30 years.

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi movie that still brings some elements from its first series such as the philosophy and the existence of the story of both movies. The urban atmosphere in this movie still portrays a gloomy atmosphere of dark, cold and dirty until people still regard the replicant as a threat to humankind. Although not directed by Ridley Scott again, I’m grateful that Denis Villeneuve very understood the first film so well that we still feel the sensations that are accurate in the first movie. Denis Villeneuve is known for his films such as Arrival, Sicario, Enemy, Prisoners, and others. His films also somehow have a uniqueness that’s different from the others. For the second series of Blade Runner, this movie is a bit lost its thrilling nuance. It’s not the same as the first movie that makes the all of the audience very confused so don’t want to watch for the second time anymore. I can say that this is a movie that will change some prospective filmmakers. Its beauty is so satisfying, its cinematography, and all of such things. There will be no more movies like this at the end of 2017 even for the future, it will be very rare to find movies like this.

Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

For the second series of Blade Runner, Ryan Gosling is the main actor of this movie. I can’t get rid of his figure after watching La La Land from romance to a serious movie. The character that played by Ryan Gosling is a character who makes a pity for him. ‘K’ is someone who has to learn a variety of emotions especially in uncovering a mystery to find who exactly he is. This character is like someone who doesn’t care about people around him because he’s considered a replicant by humans in that city. Therefore, ‘K’ always accompany him with an AI Joi. For the performance of Ryan Gosling somewhat it’s interesting to watch if this movie is a thriller, it may be difficult to get used to. Harrison Ford who played as Rick Deckard also has a performed satisfactorily despite his age of inadequacy, he was still able to do even with many physical action scenes. What I like about this sequel is the movie approximately described in detail while the first movie it’s so difficult to understand. The opening scene is also an actor from one of the WWE wrestlers, Dave Bautista a.k.a Batista who played Sapper Morton even though his role here is so short. Jared Leto who played as Niander Wallace is also very good here but for some reason, this character always appears and disappears just like that but he will be the main point of the plot-twist in the story.

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Just like the first series, Blade Runner 2049 will make you bored with this movie and the duration is also almost three hours. So, this movie isn’t for everyone. Although like that, this movie is more alive than the first series for me. I don’t know why but it’s certain that many people will not feel satisfied when watching this movie in the cinema. But, I just wonder the nuance of the noir that feels lost little by little although there are still one. But, this movie relies more on the plot-twist at the end of the movie although the plot-twist is not too elegant, this will be the core of the main story after you wonder if Rick Deckard is a replicant or a human being. The lack here is that there are so many scenes, dialogues, and angle camera that I find less important to watch so we can’t remember all the important dialogues because they are forgotten by these unimportant elements. But I admit it with its cinematography and visual effects that are so beautifully built for sci-fi movies like this. It’s so full of emotion, the story that keeps developing and it explained slowly but surely so it will make any sense to answer the questions of you big fans of Blade Runner.

Overall, I suggest now for those who haven’t watched the Blade Runner franchise, you should watch it now. No movies are as beautiful as Blade Runner. I’m speechless about this movie and I don’t know what I want to say. The cinematography from Denis Villeneuve and the visual effects that so satisfy the eyes of the audience so that we sometimes don’t feel bored with its beauty of the world from the dark side. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are actors who show their performance with the utmost, a fully emotionally constructed character, and a plot-twist that you can’t imagine.

Movie – The Disaster Artist [REVIEW] – Meets The Weird And Mysterious, Tommy Wiseau

IMDB Rating: 7,9/10
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director: James Franco
Writer: Scott Neustadter
Stars: James FrancoDave FrancoAri Graynor

All of you may know The Room, a drama movie that’s said to be the best worst movie ever and is said to be a bad version of Citizen Kane. The Room is one of the worst film ever made in Hollywood history and somehow, people are always watching it repeatedly over and over again and people are considered enjoy and exciting to watch. Honestly, I also don’t know how many times I watch The Room. Maybe, five or six times. It’s like, you smell a bad taste in your foods but you still smell it again even though you know the smell is rotten. However, I’m not here to review The Room but I will review The Disaster Artist the biography of Tommy Wiseau, starring James Franco and Dave Franco.

“The Disaster Artist,” tells about behind the screening of The Room. When Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) who aspires to become a famous actor, he met Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) in acting class. They both then establish a unique friendship and headed to Hollywood to achieve their dreams. Tommy thinks that Greg is someone who admired him and Greg thinks Tommy is a person he always trusts for himself. After traveling to Hollywood, they always don’t get a job in acting. Finally, Tommy decided to write and direct his own movie, rent a studio, and make movie sets. Initially, Greg was so excited because his dream finally came true. However, seeing Tommy’s directing ability starts from bad, gets worse, and worse.

James Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017)

The Disaster Artist is a biography movie behind the worst filmmaking, The Room. In spite of all, the overall totals are not all the making of The Room is told but this is a bromance and friendship story between Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. Behind the filming of The Room, I’m actually a little touched by the story of their friendship and the story of Tommy Wiseau who was originally mocked by people until being a unique and famous person in Hollywood. In The Disaster Artist, we will be shown the making of important moments in The Room such as Tommy Wiseau quotes like “I did not hit her,” “What a story mark,” “Oh, hi Mark,” and “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa.” We all know behind the memorable scenes in The Room, which turns out to be an initial story like Tommy Wiseau inspired by James Dean’s quote, “You’re tearing me apart,” and sometimes acting like a ridiculous version of Marlon Brando.

James Franco and Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist (2017)

Behind of all, the movie is absolutely has no boring impression both The Room and The Disaster Artist. I will give an example, what is your favorite movie and does your favorite movie you watch every time or only once? Honestly, there are so many movies I like but sometimes I think I only watch them once. Unlike The Room, a movie that’s said to be the worst movie of the worst we always watching over and over again and no boring impression at all. Although like that, this movie is only focused on the important moments of the movie The Room. Maybe I’m a bit selfish and it’s just a biopic with comedy in it, but maybe it could be added to its duration with a few small moments so it feels detailed inside. But, I really don’t care and I enjoy it too. What I appreciate about this movie is the figure of Tommy Wiseau, the worst actor who created a masterpiece and will never be forgotten, never listen to people’s insults, and always be himself. Same it with Greg Sestero, a figure who always support Tommy despite some conflicts they live.

Overall, The Disaster Artist is a biopic that introduces a masterpiece behind the scenes. There are no people like Tommy Wiseau, thinking of his dream and never hearing other people’s insults, always coming forward, and the proof of him is becoming as successful as it’s now. A bad version of Citizen Kane that we always watch over and over again and teach us what is a friend and support each other. James Franco also arose his accent that looks like Tommy Wiseau and sometimes I laugh when he talks.

Movie – Chinatown [REVIEW] – You Get Close To Each Other, Maybe You Even Get Close To The Truth

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Robert Towne
Stars: Jack NicholsonFaye DunawayJohn Huston

One more thriller movie with plot-twist I like the most. Chinatown is a crime movie directed by Roman Polanski and written by Robert Towne. Starring Jack Nicholson, Chinatown is a thriller movie that somehow so cleverly scripted by Robert Towne. Nothing wrong if he won an Oscar award in the category of Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Chinatown is also one of the first movies I’ve ever watched from Roman Polanski. His directing style is also very different from the others, the music is full of elements of tension like a thriller movie and the memorable feel of horror inside. But is Chinatown the best Roman Polanski movie?

“Chinatown,” tells about a private detective J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) was paid by a woman Ida Sessions (Diane Ladd) to investigate her husband Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling) who is the head of the water and power department in Los Angeles. During his investigation, J.J. Gittes managed to get a photo of Hollis Mulwray was making out with a woman suspected of being an affair. The next day, the photo appeared on the front page of the newspaper and J.J. Gittes was suddenly visited by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) who turned out to be Hollis Mulwray’s real wife. Gittes then continued the case and later found Hollis Mulwray dead. Gittes was later trapped in a net against which murder, corruption. and incest in this case.

Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974)

For the synopsis of this movie, maybe some people are somewhat difficult to understand what happened or some will also understand. What I admit from this movie is a script written by Robert Towne himself. Each scene is always prepared plot-twist, even though small plot twist and unpredictable twist. The twist in Chinatown is not a cheap twist that’s predictable, but it’s a smart surprisingly written by Robert Towne. Chinatown is also one of the most thriller movies that use neo-noir elements in the form of the dark side of a city and human. The issues that occurred in Los Angeles were a corruption, rape, murder, and other dangerous things that happened in the 70s. It also has a strong evidence that the end of the film will be found in one place in Chinatown and its last line quote that’s very legendary and memorable once in every person who watches it’s, “Forget it, Jake It’s Chinatown.” At the time of this quote is mentioned, I immediately feel like amazed during see this movie and immediately understand what really happened in this movie. It’s amazing with the directing of Roman Polanski. By the way, he also becomes a cameo in this movie and you can guess it.

Jack Nicholson and John Huston in Chinatown (1974)

The actors who appear in this movie are also brilliant apart from the very brilliantly written scripts as well. Jack Nicholson who plays J.J. Gittes and Faye Dunaway who plays Evelyn Mulwray. They both received an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor in a Leading Role won by Art Carney from Harry and Tonto and Best Actress in a Leading Role won by Ellen Burstyn from Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. I’ve often seen Jack Nicholson always brings his character that always has its own unique side. Call it One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which is the best acting ever played from all of his movies. In this movie, his character looks like a bad guy outside. But inside, he is someone who still has sympathy and empathy towards others. As with Chinatown, he plays his character here quite similar to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He is the actor who always gets Oscar nominations every decade.

Overall, Chinatown is a neo-noir movie that must be watched by you who really like a thriller or crime movie. With a script written so smartly by Robert Towne, Chinatown always shows us a plot-twist in every scene. Especially with Hollywood actors that very famous because of his acting, this movie adds nuance. The music in this movie also has a very nuanced tension and fear.

Manga – Bunny Drop [REVIEW] – An Unfamiliar Child In The Garden

MyAnimeList Rating: 7,63/10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Josei
Author: Yumi Unita (Story & Art)
Serialization: Feel Young

Warning, this review will contain a big spoiler!

I don’t know what emotions I got from reading this manga and I also now understand why people better not to read this manga and prefer to watch the anime or live action itself. Honestly, I actually don’t understand why people think that this manga has a plot twist ending and doesn’t suit their expectations. They also rage about the authors who make the endings like this, not in line with what they think. I am also included but I don’t dispute it. What’s clear, this is something I will never get again.

“Usagi Drop,” tells about a 30-year-old Daikichi coming to his grandfather’s funeral and meeting a child in a garden. His mother explained that Rin was a child born in her grandfather’s dark relationship with her unknown mother. The girl’s then embarrassed towards all her brothers and no one wants to take it because of the scandal. Daikichi finally decided to take care of Rin himself.

Bunny Drop Manga 02

For those who already watch the anime, I recommend not to read this review because I’m here to discuss the time skip part of the anime. For it manga continued, this time the author changed a little story from heartwarming tale into a romantic drama story. Maybe you will find your heartwarming yourself. After the time skip, the adult Rin and the 40-year-old Daikichi must have some problems. The old characters are of course still there but they are old. Kouki is a rather playboy character, Reina, Nabe-chin, and there are new characters to be included. The plot will also have many conflicts: romantic mellow drama between Rin and Kouki, Daikichi, and Yukari, until a family relationship problems from Rin that are still considered children by Daikichi. The rest of you probably will not know if you don’t read it. In the end, Rin decides to marry Daikichi and live happily ever after.

Bunny Drop Manga 01

I actually don’t question the artwork at all like any other slice of life manga or josei. Yeah, I’m giving Yumi Unita great appreciation to her artwork. But, let’s discuss the story problem in Usagi Drop. Starting from volume 1 to 4, we’ve presented a heartwarming tale story in the form of warmth in it. The conflict isn’t overly exaggerated and awkward story from Daikichi with Yukari. Until I read volume 5, maybe the story of heartwarming is not there anymore. There is a romantic mellow drama. This is indeed a big change in this manga. Initially, we prepared a story of warmth that turned into a romance story. But I’m not concerned about the ending itself. Moreover, the relationship between Daikichi and Rin also has a reason why Rin is so fond of Daikichi. Liked here not only with love but with feelings. However, Daikichi alone always sees Rin as a child and will always keep it. Everyone who reads this manga would hope that Daikichi should be with Yukari but that expectation never happened. Yeah, I’m not concerned about the ending and I’m not dragged along with people who go berserk because of the ending problems.

Overall, Usagi Drop is a manga that experienced a big change in it. The story of the heartwarming tale as we know it and change drastically into a story that we never thought. Although people think that this ending isn’t in accordance with expectations or think this is something that is not worth to read, it really depends on you. You guys who want to watch the anime, it’s pretty good. But you will never know and still in hang if you don’t read the manga.

Movie – Downfall [REVIEW] – April 1945, A Nation Awaits Its…

IMDB Rating: 8,2/10
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Writer: Joachim Fest
Stars: Bruno GanzAlexandra Maria LaraUlrich Matthes

I’ve seen a lot of cliches in war movies. For example, the USA versus Germany as if made like Germany is the worst. Sometimes, I’m not standing about this cliche at all. But, how if we see with a reversed perspective with Germany who became the protagonist? It’s rare to get a movie like this but Downfall might be a good answer for those of you who are looking for movies like this. I’ve seen some of the parody spread on the internet and it’s so funny to watch. I searched the title of the movie was and I got it. After watching, it turns out that this movie is actually a pure serious when compared with the existing parody on the internet. I also presented this movie to start the new year. So let’s check it out.

“Downfall,” tells about German who can still withstand Soviet attacks that penetrate Berlin. Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) considers that Germany can still achieve the victory and order his soldiers to survive in Berlin against the Soviets. On his last day after he fell a bit further into defeat, Adolf Hitler became a paranoid, optimistic, depressed person and then took the next step of suicide with his wife Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler). After the death of Adolf Hitler who fell to the Soviets, Berlin then fell and accepted his defeat.

Bruno Ganz, Julia Bauer, Alina Sokar, Laura Borlein, Amelie Menges, Gregory Borlein, and Charlotte Stoiber in Der Untergang (2004)

Downfall is a biography of Traudl Junge, a personal secretary of Adolf Hitler living his last day in a bunker and became a witness of what Adolf Hitler did in a bunker. In essence, this movie tells a flashback story from Adolf Hitler on his last day in the bunker before he suicide. So, don’t get me wrong if this movie is actually a clear spoiler inside it because everyone knows the history and biography of Hitler. Downfall based on the true story of a novel by Joachim Fest. Taken from the records of Traudl Junge along with her interviews that you can see in the opening scene and the end, she is one of the most witnesses alive and dead of Adolf Hitler.

Bruno Ganz in Der Untergang (2004)

If seen from the plot of its story may be a little slow but not too slow. The atmosphere that shown in this movie is a bit inviting psychological in it. The psychological in it’s described very precisely by some figures including Hitler who became paranoid when faced his defeat in front of him. However, I was so amazed this figure because until finally he didn’t want to surrender and prevail to protect Germany. Being in a hopeless situation, Hitler finally chose to commit suicide rather than his body falling into the hands of his enemy. In addition, the psychological effects here are seen from the existing war concepts such as the German army better choose death than fall into the hands of enemies. Both Hitler and his army, this movie has a still authoritative trait in it even though we are know how Adolf Hitler shook a WWII.

Ulrich Matthes in Der Untergang (2004)

What I admire or you who are watching this is the actor who plays as Adolf Hitler, Bruno Ganz. I myself also almost forgot that this is just a movie that encourages a serious impression and tense in it. Bruno Ganz describes a figure that’s very similar to Hitler’s real personality of someone who is sometimes paranoid, assertive, and has a dreaded aura. In spite of that, Hitler also still has a soft personality in it that are still defending his country. In addition, the actors who play a role in this movie also all have a very impression of a panorama of the war that occurred in Berlin. However, this movie may be boring inside because it deals with history or war movies that didn’t focus on the war.

Overall, Downfall is a German movie of a true story of Adolf Hitler. I had no idea that this movie builds its own tension, offers an excellent historical story, and has a mental element in it. Although only nominated for an Oscar, I’m proud to watch this movie and see this actor Bruno Ganz who plays Adolf Hitler with a highly stressful.

Movie – It’s A Wonderful Life [REVIEW] – Every Time A Bell Rings, An Angel Gets Its Wings

IMDB Rating: 8,6/10
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Director: Frank Capra
Writer: Frances Goodrich
Stars: James StewartDonna ReedLionel Barrymore

It’s A Wonderful Life is a heartwarming tale made by Frank Capra that is often aired in the United States at Christmas Eve every year although I don’t know if this movie is still aired today or maybe they are just still playing this movie because by any chance, I just watched this movie and I realized that this month is Christmas Eve. However, this film actually didn’t have a whole desired expectations of the director because this movie doesn’t get much profit at that time. Frank Capra was previously known by the public because his popular movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, and others. However, it looks interesting that this movie doesn’t win an Oscar award and nominees five awards for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Sound and Best Film Editing.

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” tells about George Bailey (James Stewart) is a long-lived businessman in Bedford Falls. He had a dream of going around the world but his dream had to be delayed because of a dirty but rich businessman Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) should block him. Mr. Potter is known by many people because his cruelty rules the city and receives no spare to anyone who deals with him. But as Christmas arrives, Uncle Billy (Thomas Mitchell) accidentally lost $8,000 for deposit in the bank. Mr. Potter then gets this money and hide it from Billy. When a bank researcher meets him, George then realizes that he will be considered a corrupt person, put in jail and his business will disappear. He then thinks that it’s better he never lives in this world and wants to end his life by suicide. When he wanted to commit suicide, an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) came to earth to help George by showing the world if George Bailey never existed.

James Stewart, Ward Bond, Donna Reed, Gloria Grahame, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Todd Karns, Thomas Mitchell, Lillian Randolph, H.B. Warner, and Charles Williams in It's a Wonderful Lif

If you read the synopsis as well, that’s the main focus of the story. However, the main story will be completed at the end and the ending the movie. The beginning of the opening scene, we will be shown the form of the sky and the star that can be said as a guardian angel in the test whether he can help George Bailey whos feel depressed. The guardian angel is Clarance and he is shown a biographical life of George Bailey from his childhood, his younger brother, his family, his friends until he grows up with typical girls like best. The main story will be shown after 1 hour 45 minutes while the movie is in progress and approximately only 25% of the main story. So, you will be watching a very cliche and mainstream heartwarming story until 1 hour. But, is it just this cliche that makes this movie so bad? Of course not. despite having a romance impression, in the beginning, this movie somehow has an element of happiness in it. George Bailey, who had a very wonderful life, earned a very beautiful wife, have many friends who helped him, and in the end, he fell in a state of the depressing point.

James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Actually, what is happiness? Is happiness the most important thing in life? How do we get a happiness? Is it with a lot of good friends, girlfriends who care about you, a warm and kind family is a happiness? Or is a success a happiness too? Those questions will probably be answered after watching the end of this movie and you will understand what happiness is. We are always living anxiously if we have a problem that can’t be completely resolved and end in suicide. We are just like that because of every day, we just always see other people only and never be grateful for the life we live it. In fact, the life that we live each of them is very wonderful for people who see from our point of view. We also sometimes think that whether each of our own existence makes others happy or otherwise. Therefore, sometimes we wonder what happens when we die. Will the people around us cry or be happy with our distractions? Nobody knows if you haven’t watched this movie because George Bailey has shown us how happiness is.

James Stewart and Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

As I mentioned earlier, I’m just wondering why this movie didn’t get just one Oscar. James Stewart who cast as George Bailey has a very brilliant acting that describes the true character of a person who lived his life with full of bliss to full depth. Even so, the winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role is Fredric March who plays Al Stephenson in The Best Years of Our Lives. The appearance of Donna Reed who cast as Mary Hatch as well as George’s wife is quite charming here with her beautiful face and acting in it. Lionel Barrymore who cast as Mr. Potter is also very dominating as an antagonist because of it sometimes I feel annoys with this character. What interests me the most about this movie is Lillian Randolph who plays Annie. She is also known for casting out a legendary cartoon Tom & Jerry as Mammy Two Shoes. Yeah, you guys can see her performing in this movie even though she’s only featured a bit in this movie. But, it’s all very fresh especially if this film includes several genres of humor that sometimes make us laugh.

Overall, It’s A Wonderful Life is a family movie with full of warmth in it, teaching us what it is like to be happy and always appreciate the life we live in. I know that this movie has a lot of mainstream and cliché impacts in it but, It’s A Wonderful Life is not a movie that can be judged only from one point of view. This movie is a classic, but it will never be boring if we watching over and over again because this movie will teach you how important life is.

Movie – The Departed [REVIEW] – Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How Far Will You Take it?

IMDB Rating: 8,5/10
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: William Monahan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprioMatt DamonJack Nicholson

Martin Scorsese’s movies always have their own unique style and certainly make the audience carried along. This style always creates a thriller genre that’s different from the others. For The Departed, this movie received four Oscars in Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing and one nomination in Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. This movie also invites a lot of famous actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and many more. The story of the movie itself is a remake of a Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. Infernal Affairs can also be said as the best crime movie ever made in Hong Kong but in here, we will discuss The Departed the remake version.

“The Departed,” tells about Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) is a big-time mobster in South Boston. He runs a lot of dirty business and he is very difficult to trace its existence. That’s because he sent a spy into the FBI and the spy was Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). Sullivan was a policeman with a very strong discipline that his own boss had considered him a close friend but Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) sometimes suspected him. Police who feel this hardly finally chose to send spies into Costello business and Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the person.

Jack Nicholson in The Departed (2006)

For me, The Departed is a light thriller movie that has a simple story and is very easy to understand the story. So, maybe for those of you who want to watch thriller movies that have an uncomplicated story like other thriller movies or Martin Scorsese’s other films, The Departed is a good start. This movie from the beginning didn’t have an impression that makes us boring because the beginning of the scene as well, we will be shown a silhouette figure of Jack Nicholson who trains a child to become his member. The character development is also very good here let alone there are many elements of misunderstanding here such as Leonardo DiCaprio character who is regarded as a scumbag police and Matt Damon is regarded as an accomplished police but in fact, he is a spy of Castello. This movie will build on the tension when entering the conflict where the police and the Castello suspect each other. We will see the characters that exist will mutually suspect and trace each other so that we just like carry on in this movie. However, from the beginning, I had a lot of hope if the ending of this movie would have a very striking plot-twist. The result is, that’s not what I think. Apart from that, this movie is a pure light thriller that is very nice to watch.

Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, and Joseph Oliveira in The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese is able to build the atmosphere of the story so that the audience will be made up and not feel bored. Moreover, a great acting of some famous actors in this movie is all great. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon who initially have their own stories and will meet as the story goes, Jack Nicholson is very brilliant performing in this movie, Mark Wahlberg who is not too dominate but perform maximally and get an Oscar nomination, and many of the legendary actors like Martin Sheen even though he is not too dominating in here. What I’m amazed about is, why did Jack Nicholson didn’t get an Oscar nomination at all? But I don’t know if this movie is better than the original version or vice versa because I’ve never seen Infernal Affairs but seen a little bit of footage on television.

Overall, The Departed is a light thriller that triggers the audience’s tension and is perfect for you to watch. With so many legendary actors, The Departed can’t sometimes be said to be the best crime movie but you will witness a lot of unpredictable events in this movie. Martin Scorsese’s movies always make me want to watch more thriller movies and I want to watch more of his movies.

Manhwa – Ghost Teller [REVIEW] – Much More Terrifying Than Ghosts

Webtoon Rating: 9,78
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural  
Author: QTT

I’ve known a lot about this manhwa for a long time. I’ve been reading it for some time but somehow, I dropped this comic. However, today I read this comic marathon and this manhwa brings the further experience of what’s more frightening than humans. First of all, maybe some people think that this comic is a horror comic that contains jumpscare ghosts that have become a taboo thing. However, this is not another horror comic but this is a more frightening, more painful, more annoying story than a monster or a ghost.

“Ghost Teller,” tells about a ghostly world filled with a group of ghosts who love to tell the horror stories of the true personality of humans. These ghosts will tell the most horrible story of the secret behind the human and more sinister than the ghosts.

So essentially, the story in this comic will often alternate about what they will tell. A group of these ghosts will tell alternately about the story of the original nature of the man and will be even more sinister. Therefore, this comic actually is not too transfixed with the synopsis. The plot will be told live in turns, character differences in each story, and the time difference and background used. The point is a story time before going to sleep. Indeed this comic is a bit difficult to explain why this comic has no core story at all but to answer that question, you have to read it.

Each storytelling will have a different story that sometimes according to this storyteller address. They told of a bitter and painful experience of how the human walks it. Betrayal, duplicity, selfishness, oppression, and all sorts of deadly sins of human beings. All of it has its own phase. One more thing about this comic that can say is great to read that sometimes this storytelling contains plot-twist that cannot be guessed. Sometimes we guess who the criminals are in this story and what will happen next. In essence, every story that told about this always makes me tense and scared but how the ending of the story is. The character development is also not really told in detail and it seems there are some who missed. Therefore, the author gives a good news about this comic that he will make the second season. The first season alone has made me shake but this sense of satisfaction can’t be lost because of is just 38 chapter. However, I always appreciate and give thanks to what the author has given to his fans.

Overall, Ghost Teller is a horror comic that does not tell a story about ghosts and everything. But this is an interesting story about the original nature of man. Sometimes, humans always blame ghosts for just that very reason and are afraid of a ghost. However, they sometimes do not realize that they are worse than ghosts even worse than monsters. Ghost Teller is a manhwa that must be read by you horror and thriller fans.