Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman & Dan Harmon

Two of my current favorite filmmakers are collaborating. Charlie Kaufman (writer; Being John Malkovitch, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind) and Dan Harmon (creator; Community on NBC) are working together for a stop-motion claymation titled “Anomalisa” produced by Starburns Industries, Inc. (get where the name comes from?) What is unique that this is a Kickstarter project because the filemmakers want the movie to be independent from Hollywood movie industry so it will have creative and production integrity.

Follow Anomalisa on Twitter or back the project (BTW It’s already surpassed $200,000 goal.)

The Raid, Rad Review

There is unprecedented 160,000 something audience over last weekend went to see The Raid, in Indonesia alone. I have been holding so long not going to see it (due to work) so that day work bites the dust, I went to see The Raid catching afternoon show at PIM 1 XXI.

With no holds barred, the action gets right to it withing 10 minutes of the movie. There was only short intro of Rama (Iko Uwais) the main protagonist must leave his pregnant wife for a tour of duty. Then cut to the SWAT team truck, the scene where his commander Jaka (Joe Taslim) give a brief to the team, in short giving the audience what is the main plot.

The location of The Raid itself is within a 30 floor building owned by a sadistic crime-lord Tama (Ray Sahetapy,) so sadistic that cut-to-cut camera works shows early on that he executed someone with a hammer for he was out of bullets. In-your-face sadistic execution lays out upfront that it was an ultra-violent movie. Continue reading “The Raid, Rad Review”

Thick Picks: Cast of “Singles” -Where Are They Now?

Ingat film “Singles” (Cameron Crowe; 1992), film pionir genre Gen-X movie (yang kemudian diikuti oleh “Reality Bites”, “Threesome”) yang turut melambungkan nama Pearl Jam ke dalam mainstream (kabarnya saat shooting film itu, nama mereka masih “Mookie Blaylock”). Cameron Crowe bahkan mengklaim bahwa film ini turut menginspirasikan lahirnya serial “Friends”.

Berikut ada artikel di TwoFeetThick tentang cast “Singles”, ke mana mereka sekarang? Tentu saja dalam cast tersebut termasuk band fiktif “Citizen Dick” (beranggotakan member Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder (drummer), Jeff Ament (bassist) & Stone Gossard (guitarist) di samping Matt Dillon sebagai vokalis).

Bagi gw personally, film “Singles” adalah film yg turut mewarnai usia 20-something gw juga, membuka wawasan gw tentang grunge, dan Pearl Jam tentunya.

Baca seterusnya di sini: Thick Picks: Cast of “Singles” -Where Are They Now?

“The X-files: I Want To Believe” Review

Or should I title this post: I Want To Believe That This Is The Sequel of X-Files The Movie…

*Spoiler Alert*

Why it is so? Because this is the sequel of the big screen adaptation of popular hit TV series The X-Files (which I am a fans of which makes me an X-Philes.) The first one (The X-Files: Fight The future) came out about 10 years ago, and it was kind of tied up the loose ends of the conspiracy theory which become the red thread of The X-Files series. That makes it almost impossible to carry on the conspiracy theory plot into the sequel, without selling out. So Chris Carter makes the sequel  “Monster of the Week” theme, which make this movie a stand alone plot.

Having known that I expected that the plot is captivating and the nemesis is big enough to fill the long duration of the movie. Felt to me that the plot and nemesis suited into regular 1 hour TV Episode, but stretched to fulfill the whole 100 minutes.

So to fill in the gap, in The X-Files: I Want To Believe, Carter & Co emphasize on the character development of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully we loved many years back when The X-files was still in the hey-day. Now Mulder & Scully is in a relationship, which spoils the sanctity of the platonic chemistry I found dynamic in the series. Heck, Carter maybe is trying hard to update what they have been up to in the last 10 years they have not been exposed all this time, but bringing romance in their relationship is plain cheesy IMHO. Other character development is that Scully starting to lose her faith in science & religion, only at the end she gains it back again, lots of visual symbols and everything.

Physically Duchovny is now fat (let alone Mitch Pillegi who played AD Walter Skinner in his very unimportant role) and Anderson is all wrinkly (nobody’s fault, she’s 10 years older) but still brings that sex appeal to an MD Doctor who happens to be was an FBI agent.

The good news is that the movie sequel brings back a pleasant feeling of anticipating and eventually watching it as if it was one of the TV series. Our memories were brought back that Mulder likes sunflower seeds, sticking up pencils in the ceiling, and stuffs. Also presents typical X-Files ‘dry humor’ like scoring The X-Files’ theme over George W. Bush photo on the wall shot.

If the movie is going to take a “Movie of the Week” theme, heck, at least bring in likes of Victor Tooms. I really want to believe.

Eddie Vedder to perform at Toronto Film Festival

Eddie Vedder & Tomas YoungDulu pernah dibahas EV bikin lagu soundtrack untuk film dokumenter “Body of War” (tentang serdadu perang Irak yang lumpuh, namanya Tomas Young), judulnya “No More” & “Long Nights”. Lagu “No More” dibawain PJ EV di Lollapalooza, bareng Ben Harper. EV juga akan perform lagu tersebut di Premier film “Body of War” di Toronto Film Festival (cuplikan artikel di bawah; dari sini). Di website “Body of War” ada video wawancara percakapan EV dan Tomas Young , klik di link yang ada. Trailer “Body of War.

BTW Tomas Young kok mirip Matt Cameron ya? salam Jammers! *semogaguecepetnontonPJintheflesh!*

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