Gravity: Film Review

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

I first know Alfonso Cuaron the director back in 1997 when I saw his work “Great Expectations” (1998; Gwyneth Paltrow & Ethan Hawke.) It was beautifully done with all of the movie elements speak something, directly or metaphorically. The overall cinematographic theme of green, subdued but it gives nuances to the movie’s theme of love lost and found.

Frankly I was following his work since then, expected him to do similar works and not too happy about his next movie “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” a road trip movie about group of teenagers in their coming-of-age romp. Then I kind of not too eager to find out about “Children of Men,” let alone “Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban.”

Gravity” was quite in heavy pre-promotion, it caught my attention. Cuaron doing a sci-fi? But I still take it lightly, not so eager to catch it in cinema. What can actually 2 actors movie in space setting do that is so special? “Gravity” starred by only Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Clooney can bring in audience, but Bullock? Miss Congeniality is currently playing at my premium movie channel, that kind of turn me off.

But one article citing that it was a great movie about how the 3D concept ‘tells’ a story, intrigued me. After a hot-headed meeting, I head to cool it off catching “Gravity” in nearest IMAX theatre. If the special effects should tell stories in a movie and it was helmed by Alfonso Cuaron, then I gotta see it.

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Habibie & Ainun: Ulasan Film

Film biopic Habibie & Ainun (H&A) banyak dikunjungi penonton Indonesia di penghujung tahun 2012 ini. Menurut akun Twitter @AinunDanHabibie tercatat sudah 700 ribu penonton setelah 5 hari penayangan. Dan banyak tweet yang menyatakan bahwa filmnya adalah film yang menguras air mata (tear-jerker) sehingga saya beserta seorang teman menontonnya hari ini.

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We’d Be Glowing In The Dark! “Coldplay Live 2012” Cinematic Experience

When Coldplay has set plan to screen a one-night-only presentation of their live DVD simply titled “Coldplay Live 2012” in theaters worldwide, I was stoked because that might be the closest chance I get to see Coldplay ‘Live.’ It was not the first time a band set up a worldwide screening, Pearl Jam has done it on September 20, 2011 with PJ20. We had the pleasure organizing it in Jakarta. While Pearl Jam was a documentary about the band, Coldplay is a live concert taken from several venues of its Mylo Xyloto World Tour 2012, alongside with inserts of band commentary of behind the scene and tour production story.

The movie opens straight up with intro instrumental song “Mylo Xyloto” continued with “Hurts Like Heaven” just like in the record. Chris Martin in his usual jerking gesture, Will Champion bashing drums, Johnny Buckland riffing on his guitar, and Guy Berrymen strumming the bass strings.Continued with an old number “In My Place.” Continue reading

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

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.)

Wake Up Young Man, Your Love Affair Has Got To Go

Wake up young man, it’s time to wake up. Your love affair has got to go.

Wake Up
~ Mad Season, 1995

That was a snippet from song’s lyrics by Mad Season, a grunge supergroup in the 90s, and the first sentence rings true.

Sure it has been a wild ride for me and everybody’s involved; directly or indirectly; with me and what I have been experiencing in this last 2 years. Gosh, it’s been a long time ago since I started experiencing this wonderful phenomenon. Maybe you would like to be refreshed. Continue reading

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