“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.

When In KL(…or Bring Passport All The Time)

Because as of now I am currently in KL, I MUST BRING MY PASSPORT ALL THE TIME (not looking like a TKI is a plus)…

[through an email post]

Saya Budiman Bachtiar Harsa, 37 tahun, WNI asal Banten, karyawan di BUMN berkantor di Jakarta.

Kasus pemukulan wasit Donald Peter di Malaysia, BUKAN kejadian pertama. Behubung sdr Donald adalah seorang “Tamu Negara” hingga kasusnya terexpose besar-besaran. Padahal kasus serupa sering menimpa WNI di Malaysia. BUKAN HANYA TKI Atau Pendatang Haram, tapi juga WISATAWAN. Continue reading “When In KL(…or Bring Passport All The Time)”

Bangkok Trip, Day #1

A lot of things need to be taken care of before my 11-days trip to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Besides my SYN and Tag Design stuffs, my sisters who currently lives in the two countries asked me a favor to bring them stuffs. My Bangkok sister Monica’s stuffs ranging from magazines, Holy Qur’an, CDs, children story book, and last but not least food (fish from aunt Henny.) Thank God last night Ayam Goreng Suharti was already closed when I got there, otherwise I have to deal with 3 whole fried chickens. Gita’s stuffs are her clothes, shoes and textbook/literature for her study.

I managed to get Dahon D3 Curve I ordered from Sacha’s Bike Shop, although it arrived late. I was so overwhelmed that I have so many things to pack (initially I’d like to bring the D3, but dropped the plan at last minutes. No container to carry it. It’s impossible to carry it into the Cabin, although I had the dream of biking in Bangkok.

Continue reading “Bangkok Trip, Day #1”

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!*

Full article after the jump. Continue reading “Eddie Vedder to perform at Toronto Film Festival”

iMac Classic… Gotta… Have…

iMac Classic (5 flavors)

There is a post in id-Mac mailing list as follows:

Permisi Moderator, Maaf nih cross post..

Saya mau Jual koleksi iMAC

Spek.
Powerpc G3,
processor 266mhz,
Ram 160mb,
Hdd 6gb,
CD room
Mac OS X installed
Warna merah
plug in Koneksi internet

Kondisi tokcer Masih bagus, Plus keyboard mac & Mouse
Yang berminat langsung kontak saja 0812.xxxx.xxx

*for those who can’t read Indonesian can guess*

Well, for that unexplainable reason I… must… have… this… Maybe this is what they call Steve’s Reality Distortion Field warping through time and space from the year 1999. Listening to it closely I can make it as follows: “You… must… have… this… Now… because… you… couldn’t… afford… this… in… 1999.”

LP75 barbecue a chez moi.

2/3 au LP75 BBQ a chez moi

Tadi akhirnya jadi juga usaha buat ngumpulin LP75 untuk Barbecuean di rumah gw.
Setelah LP Rally menyambut LP77 di Graha AsiaWorks, kita belanja kilat ke CarreFour Ratu Plaza.
Walaupun gak semuanya hadir (apalagi sebenarnya yang usul BBQan adalah Feby.)
Yang hadir adalah: Farry, Andini, dini, Be’ Hudi, Mpie, ‘Mak Sari, Dicky, Hetty, Jesse & Suna.

Di samping makan steak, sayuran, kentang dan sosis,
kita juga ngomongin rencana:
1. LP75 datang ke Basic Walk-in Rabu, 29 Aug 07, jam 6PM.
2. LP75 mau ketemu Monthly Meeting & buka puasa di Cafe Olive, Jumat, 14 Sep 07, jam 5PM
3. LP75 mau WOW Day 2 halal bihalal di Lapak Pancoran, setelah Lebaran.
4. LP75 mau 4th week-end di Bali, Non 07 (Mei, siap2 ketempatan yaaa)

Enjoy the photos.

C U later.

I am a loving, sensitive and authentic man.

Gathering Laskar 70 (Senayan City, 16 Aug 07)

Setelah hari yang hectic 1 hari sebelum hari kemerdekaan R.I., gw udah ditungguin ama anak2 Laskar 70 di Food Court Senayan City. Jam udah menunjukkan pukul 8 kurang (taelaaa, pake ‘Pukul’ kayak jaman Jus Badudu TVRI) Galuh udah nelponin. Yah, ginilah kalo pake bahasa2 yang rada formal dalam invite anak2 untuk ngumpul.

Aconk, Pungki, Toto, Roy, Dian, Galuh

Jam 8 lewat dikit nyampe di Senayan City, naik ke Food Court. Most of them gw udah pangling. Beberapa orang gw masih inget tampangnya, tapi lupa namanya. Tapi ada yang completely lupa nama & tambang, kayak Roy. Dulu kayaknya Roy tinggi besar, tapi berhubung gw sekarang udah bengkak dan tinggian, kok kayak bukan Yor banget. Rambutnya aja udah dikuncir, kerja jadi fotografer jadi dia bawa kamera dan ambil2 foto (jadi anak Pusdok bisa nyantai.)

Rame banget kita reminisce waktu2 akhir 80-an di mana kita masih sekolah di Bulungan. Terus kita ngebahas rencana nanti pas Reuni Akbar. Aris udah sedikit banyak tahu infonya. Ajegile sama panitia dikasih stand tapi disuruh bayar 25 juta. Ada yang usul dijual ke sponsor aja. Lalu kita rencana untuk ngumpulin database biodata anak2 Laskar yang lain, untuk ngadain Reuni khusus Laskar. Dan kita juga set up untuk next gathering, yaitu minggu pertama bulan puasa.

Aris, Galuh, Toto, Ade, Roy, Pungki

Tujuan sebenarnya pada ngumpul, adalah untuk konsolidasi Laskar 70 sebelum reuni akbar November 07 (tuh kan gw bilangin juga, bahasa gw formal jack!) Gak nyangka yang dateng banyak banget, sampe ada kali 20 orang. Seneng banget, kali sebelumnya nyoba ngumpulin Laskar 70, paling cuma 10an orang paling banyak. Bahkan sampe bangku2 Food Court udah ditumpukin jam 1, masih ada aja yang dateng

Kana Raksal Ngay ngatad: Antie, Erick, Dina, Leila, Ferry, Galuh, Aconk, Pungki P., Toto Jawa, Roy, Liliek, Aris, Dian N., Bonny, Farry, Ade Kumis, Erikson, Krishna, Indra.

Foto-foto yang komplit bisa dilihat di Flickr gw.