Skyfall: Movie Review

I had high expectation with Skyfall. It commemorates 50 years of James Bond (Dr. No, the first James Bond movie was premiered on October 5, 1962,) Skyfall must have be a cultural milestone to it all. At first watch I didn’t like it immediately. Disclaimer: long pause since I saw the movie and actually writing review about it might have parts in it.

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Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (Movie Review)

I went to watch the new James Bond movie Skyfall last Thursday, and it was under my expectation. Then I watched this ‘The Story behind 007’ kinda movie titled “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007,” I might change my review of Skyfall. Thus I review this ‘documentary’ movie which; with Skyfall; commemorates 50th years James Bond Anniversary.

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Test Pack: Movie Review

Test Pack adalah film Indonesia yang disutradarai oleh Monty Tiwa, berdasarkan novel laris karya Ninit Yunita dan skenarionya disusun oleh suami Ninit, yaitu Adhitya Mulya.

Saya familiar dengan Monty Tiwa dari karyanya yang komedi yaitu Laskar Pemimpi (mungkin mengambil momen film laris lainnya Laskar Pelangi.) Dan saya penasaran dengan film ini yang dari review sekilas di Twitter bagus, salah satunya dari @jokoanwar. Continue reading “Test Pack: Movie Review”

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 Cardigans – Gran Turismo JKT

The Cardigans-Gran Turismo JKT

I am of that age that going to concerts doesn’t excite me as it was when I was younger. Back then, I tried to score meet & greets, backstage passes and complimentary tickets. This time around I managed to score complimentary ‘Tribune 2’ ticket for The Cardigans. I intended to get Festival ticket though, so this door prize ticket I got from Cardigans Night held at Tokove Kemang served as back up plan, but it turned out that I had no additional budget for entertainment, so guessed Tribune 2 will do.

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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”

#GrungeAtAmerica

There goes a hashtag from many tweets emitted from that auditorium in @America, the most modern cultural center in Jakarta. It was already 7.20 PM and I was late for that March 24, 2012 Navicula show at @America. As I entered the auditorium, “Aku Bukan Mesin” the 4th song was already playing.

at_america on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

It was your usual Navicula setlist. Like pros the quartet performed top-notched rock, well, grunge concert. It needs to be connected to grunge because earlier that day Pearl Jam Indonesia kicked-off a Blog Competition with topic on “Pearl Jam and Grunge.” Well, Navicula claimed that its genre is psychedelic grunge. Dankie’s blues solo guitar licks adds to Robi’s heavy and dirty guitar, kept by Made Indra’s bass and Gembull’s drum’s tight rhythm section. Psychedelic means that their music is intoxicating. And indeed it’s true. Continue reading “#GrungeAtAmerica”

Swing Out, Sister! A Java Jazz Fest Virgin Experience

Me & Corinne Drewery Photo

It’s been the 6th Java Jazz Festival already, but haven’t been to it until this year of 2012. It was a last minute decision. The words of JJF is already buzzing on my Twitter stream, but hasn’t compelled to move it and buy ticket. The fact that Stevie Wonder’s special show ticket has already reached a staggering Rp.1.8 million even encouraged me more. Continue reading “Swing Out, Sister! A Java Jazz Fest Virgin Experience”