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

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


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

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

Tye Sheridan in Ready Player One (2018)

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

Ready Player One (2018)

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

Ready Player One (2018) 2

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


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

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

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


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

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

Idris Elba in Pacific Rim (2013)

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

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim (2013)

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


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

Movie – 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.

 

50th Anniversary Of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

50 years ago on April 2, 1968, Stanley Kubrick brought an experience in the movie’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can say that this is one of the science-fiction films that changed all the other sci-fi movies in the modern era. In fact, this is a masterpiece that hit the movies nowadays. Especially in that year, films like this are very hard to understand. Stanley Kubrick who, as we know, has a special technique in all of his films. The cinematographic techniques he uses-seem to bring new things. He combines everything in the form of interpretation and shot so that a question will raise of what really happened. But, 2001: A Space Odyssey makes us wonder from the beginning of the movie to the end.

Back in that year, there were 250 people who walked out during the first screening of this movie including Rock Hudson who said, “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?” and Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001, “If you understand ‘2001’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.” The answer proved after 50 years passed, a lot of fan theory, analysis, criticism, and reviews spread across the internet. Answer all of the questions that pop up in this movie has a lot of interpretation of each viewer.

I remember when watching this movie for the first time just because I make this as a reference. Watching this movie is so difficult to sit through for 2 hours and 30 minutes because the pace of this movie is so slow and boring. So, I watched this movie dropped for days and after watching this movie I didn’t know what expression I was describing after seeing the last scene about reincarnation being a baby. I started reading the original novel and it’s good but it didn’t feel like I watch the movie. Reading some trivia about this movie even I’m also surprised this movie is still being discussed until now. So, I’m watching this movie without anyone blocking it in one sitting and I admit it’s a masterpiece. When I show the movie to my college friends, I can guess that they certainly will not like it and it fits my belief but there is one of my friends who really understand about how this film works. He also has a different interpretation with me while we share opinions. I’ve reviewed and interpreted this film in various ways that appear in my head. But, actually, not only that because there are various ways how to interpret this film.

The Jump Cut 2001

The film opens with the dawn of the human according to Charles Darwin’s theory which is approximately 10 minutes and there is no dialogue at all. From here, some various ways that how we should be able to interpret this scene. This scene describes the theory of human evolution as a faction with one another who seize power, fight, try some kind of tools such as bones, shelter, and meet with the monolith. One of the most remembered aspects of this scene is the jump cuts of the bone that thrown up in the air and a jump cut in outer space depicting spaceships. Thus, there is a relationship of relevance that still concerns the theory of Charles Darwin where the apes are described as the ancestors of human characters that reside in the spaceships. The next scene is a monolith that’s used as a place to take pictures, I think, and isolated in a planet. I also think that Stanley Kubrick wants to show something that is still happening around us. How do we always see something unique without being dug at first without knowledge, they always make it an “I want to take this moment.” What I want to talk about is a selfie that is improbable to pass this kind of thing that humans did. So, this illustrates how humans have been suppressed by technology even ignoring their own threats. It’s about a humanity that has fallen by inanimate objects until humans become more advanced, we will always be fixated on technology.

Stargate Sequence

This is also an evidenced in the next scene where we will be introduced to one of the most frightening antagonists in the history of movies, HAL 9000, the smartest Artificial Intelligence in this movie. HAL 9000 is described as how technology has studied the human mind and even executed it. Just like Terminator that better describes and animates its interpretation. HAL 9000 is like an object that has its own feelings. He just wants to participate in a group in which he himself is exposed by the group itself. From this, it’s more like a philosophy or law of nature in which bad people are born from good people and good people who think bad people will always bad. In fact, good people who gave birth to the seeds of bad people who were originally good people. Just like Starset song’s “My Demons” were one of the lyrics said, “They think I’m crazy but they do not know the feeling.” After the scene that explains an AI, we will be faced with the most absurd scene and most recognized is the Stargate scene. In this scene too, gestures and gimmicks are most demanded and there is no dialogue. This scenario further illustrates how the process of human evolution, after the Stargate scene. It’s about meeting against monolith or I think of it as a god. It’s about how we are processed in front of God as well as seeing ourselves getting older and become the reincarnation of a baby that floating out of the sky. This scene is also more like a life after death. We don’t know what happens after we die, nobody knows what’s going on next, and nobody knows where we’re going. One that opens as well as the essence of the answer to everything from this film, the monolith. I talk a lot of details about this in my review.

2001: A Space Odyssey is actually not one of those films that can only be taken for conceded. There are many interpretations of it even considering that so convoluted and not just one. The film succeeded in changing the mindset of how a movie would sculpture. If I look at movies nowadays, I don’t know why it’s not like this or any of Stanley Kubrick’s movies. I can take an example of Avengers: Infinity War which is now is booming. But, there is no interpretation, no messages, and philosophies are there. The films nowadays just keep poking the mood of their audience. For Stanley Kubrick, he didn’t pay much attention to it. He is more to himself and makes something he just wants that he likes it. Not a movie that is only made for the sake of money even the quality are good that’s bad. However, one question that still continues to be tarnished until now is, what does it all mean? Is this film purposely made like this so that few people accept it or a film that has values carried even difficult to interpret?

As Arthur C. Clarke says to Rock Hudson, “We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.” and the proofs are still hard to answer today. 2001: A Space Odyssey is not entirely like other sci-fi movies such as Gravity and even Interstellar. Christopher Nolan also admitted that he really liked the influence of this film and suggested to remastered it again. The film discusses entirely on the theory of evolution where there is a connection between the past and the future. It’s about what the world looks like and the people gradually depend on technology. 2001: A Space Odyssey brings a different viewing experience to sci-fi movies in general. You will be prepared a various suspense, the cinematography that’s so slick, and visual effects that I recognize it hard that how he can make such like this. Stanley Kubrick wants to convey an important message to what will happen in the next few years or even in the next century. Therefore, we celebrate 50 years of this film. It will never die forever and never.