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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
A good run for your money
I waited one whole year to watch this movie decently on cable. Just because now I can't watch movies at the theater because of my baby. and boy the wait payed off.
I just can't imagine how you can put all those in one whole story. So much is going on, you want to have Iron man and the avengers cast, you want to have Spidey's reboot, you want to have black panther introduction, you want to have the continue of Captain Americas bromance with Buckie, and you get all that.
You think the story is cheesy because of all that? not at all, it gives you a twist for people who like twists. You think the trailer gives away many? No, there's plenty and plenty more scenes for you in the airport fight scene. I can re-run that scene any time to just get another nerd-gasm.
OK, for the airport fight scene, probably you can move away your plot hole sense for a moment, but anyone would kill for that scene.
So it's probably no Citizen Kane but it's sure worth your money for any much you pay for cinemas or cable. It's like having a whole collection of marvel comic books with just one comic book price.
And for that I grant it the maximum a Comic Book Movie can get: 8. Because my 9 and 10 are just for movie legends, cult movies, low budget movies, etc.
I highly recommend this movie to people who like movie for entertainment
This is not it
If you think this is Indonesia's TV Show wake up call, then you're wrong. This is not it! I wrote this review just so people would not hope so much from the series.
I watched most of the first season just because I hoped things will get better the next second, but it never happened, well it was sometimes "it's gonna happen", but it did not. The development was so slow, when the finale came it was like the story was still trying to start and then it was end time. Probably my cruel judgment was because Halfworlds had the same schedule as Game of Thrones so I'm unconsciously comparing this serial to one of the greatest serial ever made.
In my opinion the acting (of some of the characters) were bad. This goes to Coki, Sarah, and Pinun. Acting is not the same as being a snobbish socialite. You can't blame Ario Bayu for all the experience he has, but his acting was too theatrical. One sentence per minute will not bring us anywhere. It is the time of fast development stories. If the audience can't catch up they can re-watch. I give extra credit to Adinia Wirasti and Arifin Putra for outstanding acts.
The fighting choreography were sub-pare. They weren't bad but if you want a movie to be half mostly about fighting you should make the fighting scenes something to wait for, right?
The kissing and nudity are out of place. If you want to put nudity in art it must mean something. All the kissing and swearing were like they are telling the audience "Hey, we're Indonesians but we're kissing and swearing, ain't that cool?". No it's not cool, it's a pity, and it's ironic.
At the end, this serial just looked like a rude mess. Please comeback with a full cooked plot and casts with serious intentions.
Sweet enough for family time
I catched this on satellite before trying to watch a video from my watchlist collection.
Because of it's charm I couldn't get my self to stop watching it. Aware and knowing that it has a sequel-B movie vibe on it.
That being said I think this movie is pretty decent for it's level. Though not being the ambitious "I want to be a big franchise" type of movie. It still has a well thought plot. And I think those are enough for a good family moment.
For size, you can see how the camera works to find the emotion of Willy the whale. Making it live enough to enjoy.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
When a Crazy Guy Has To Go Social, The Society Goes Crazy
Ryan Gosling is depicted as an anti-social guy, even to his neighbor, his own brother and sister-in-law. As an answer to the society's demands, he shows up one day with a doll girl friend. What does society do? Do they judge him? alienate him? No, they accept that doll as a part of their own.
This movie is awesome, starting as a funny themed movie. It goes further in side as a complete touching drama. As I see it, it is Ryan Gosling's character, being so seriously anti-social, affects his surrounding by his struggle to be normal, to be a part of his society.
The society answers to this struggle with care. The doll becomes a real part of the society.
How about the ending? As I guess how people would feel. The endings must be completely predictable. It's the fashion towards the ending that is amazingly touching. Bringing this comedy themed movie through a serious drama.
Realizing how I feel towards this film. Not only did Lars (Ryan Gosling) make his society crazy, he made the audience crazy too by accepting that doll more than it should be.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Trailer gave a Rising Eyebrow but The Movie was Everything I Hoped For
So I watched the trailer of Guardian of the Galaxy on IMDb and at other movies several times. Besides being so-so funny, the film isn't intriguing enough. But then the high score came out at the same time as the release. Still also not proving anything good. Why?
Because previous released film in this summer are all fishy. First, The Winter Soldier had a huge hype with a huge score but didn't prove to be an 8/10 movie (IMDb scale). Godzilla had a huge hype with a huge score but fell fast, this movie is actually a high 7/10 Movie (probably 7.9), but viewers dropped it to a low 7. Time will prove the quality of this film. Dawn of the Planet of The Apes is the same as The Winter Soldier, disappointing. So I didn't give any high hopes with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy got lucky because in my country, it looked like all summer blockbuster release got hold with no reason. In my opinion it was probably due to local holiday events, so the cinema company chose to fill the cinemas with local films, and put the Hollywood films on hold.
The release of Guardians of the Galaxy as the first Hollywood Blockbuster (probably second after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) gave me no reason to not watch it because I was so thirsty for a popcorn flick.
The Result! Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be anything that I hoped it should be. Full action and high paced, every second through this movie you will never get bored, there is a wow factor in every segment. A sci-fi dream! This is probably the most satisfying space movie after Star Wars. I'm sorry Trekkie's, the Star Trek Reboot can step aside because this one gave a jaw drop to the just told genre fans. Rocket by Bradley Cooper did not fail. At first I thought Bradley Cooper as the voice of rocket was just a marketing strategy. But through out the movie you just can forget the good looking guy behind that (racoon?).
The Movie was a screamer, the audience clapped their hands once a while at some jokes. O yeah did I mention? the movie was hilariously funny, every jab worked, Age of Extension and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle can crawl in a cave for humiliation of unfunninness (is that a word?).
One other thing, the CGI is amazing, you can just sit and admire every still moment. Every scene looks great, every scene works. This is probably the cinematography and the direction.
This movie is like watching a Disney musical cartoon classic but in a form of superheroes and space suits. You just can't expect were the magic is coming from.
So is this your movie? I think every 9 out of 10 people would love this movie, fan or not fan, willingly to come to the cinemas or not. Teenager or no teenager. 10/10 from me right now.
Kaze tachinu (2013)
Not Your Ordinary Ghibli Movie, but Still Gives You a Hell Lot of Lessons for Life
I am a Ghibli Studio fan. Despite being a Ghibli fan, I've just watched a few. That is, Grave of the fireflies, Howl's moving castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Ponyo.
From what I have watched, what I've learned from ghibli movies is that they sell fantasies. When saying fantasies, is that they don't give you anything else in their movies. Just a full enjoyment of bounces and colors and funny events and funny characters. But this is the first ghibli movie that gave me a different experience.
When they told me it was about airplanes, I expected a dreamy kind of film about planes. But this was a serious type of movie. With a rather realistic story. Does it disappoint? It does not.
So it gives you a couple of ghibli-ish scenes where you can sit back and relax and love what you see. My couple of favorite scenes were Jiro's first dream and the paper plane scene at the hotel.
But when Jiro is not dreaming it gives you a serious story. And this is the most important part about this film: A life lesson about dreaming and pursuing your dream.
What I learned about this film is if your not as serious as Jiro when you pursue your dream, your not doing your life right. This gave me humongous slaps of reflection. Let's all be the Jiro in what we do.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
I liked ocean's eleven and I loved ocean's twelve for being so uncommon but I really thought that ocean's thirteen was unnecessary. This is really unfortunate remembering that it brought Al Pacino into the already all star cast.
There are some points why it became so redundant to the sequel. First, inconsistency. It really bothered me that Don Chaedel had a thick British accent in the first two movies but had a real American accent in the third. Also, François Toulour (Fincent Cassel) had really small role, despite remembering he was the arc nemesis of Ocean's Twelve.
Second Point, bad story. They were back at las Vegas that really gives the audience a "nothing new?" feeling. and there weren't any special plot twists, that made me feel like I wanted the film to end really quick.
I really regret it, with a cast like this they should'v made it really count, probably we should wait for the next generation to make the remake remake of ocean's eleven and then make it right about the third sequel.
Hachimitsu to kurôbâ (2006)
A Little Piece of The Story that Makes You Curious
The film Hachimitsu to Clover is based on a manga/anime with the same title (meaning Honey and Clover). I wanted to watch the anime so badly but ran into the movie first, so I gave it a try.
The story focuses on the five main characters that play together in an art school. First, the leader, a guy with glasses and a clumsy attitude. Then a young student, a naive guy with a strong attitude, wanting so badly to become a complete adult man. Third is a girl, while being a quite elegant woman, but is strongly attached to the leader, trying to get his attention as the guy unlikely realizes anything. Fourth, a second girl, small, childish like behavior, but very talented. And the last is a guy with a slacking attitude, tends to give a sloppy image, but gives a mysterious hidden talent.
So briefly, the leader doesn't realize the girls attention, the naive guy so deeply fixated with the little girl, and the little girl holds a mysterious attention to the slacking guy, whilst the slacking guy giving a mutual feeling.
The story goes by as they try to accomplish each of their trials of life. Being a Japan movie, the pace of the story is low, but while you go slowly you are entertained by the nature, the music, the beautiful conversation, et cetera.
So if you enjoy Japanese films, you would enjoy this one. For me, it was enough to make me more wanting to watch the anime. Moreover make me gloom about my life and my own trials of life. And made a strong memory on its catchy soundtrack. 8/10
10 Years (2011)
It goes exponential to the end
At first I recognized some famous male cast and I thought, ow, it's another crappy film assembling famous stars together to get some money out of brainless viewers. Let me name some, I found Justin long immediately, then came Channing Tatum with some long hair (longer than usual, but not so long) and unrecognizable, then it was the "5 year engagement" guy and Hatty Hatterberg from moneyball, Chris Pratt, and last but absolutely not least, Anthony Mackie, an actor that I put some little respect. In conclusion, the beginning of the film seamed pretty mindless. It didn't look like it will get any better
After a view minutes trying to leave the film and find other activities, I ended up idle. So I got stuck to the film. Deeper in the story, the girls took over. There were Rosario Dawson (bringing along Ron Livingston as his acting husband), Lynn Collins, and Kate Mara. Remarkably the story got better. The film developed in a good manner as each actor interacted with each actress, bringing their own piece of story to the movie. At the end it got even better it went to a different level of film.
If some people say that this is any usual 10 year high school reunion well that doesn't count for everyone. For example me myself. I missed my ten year reunion for not having such awesome life back then or in the present time. So watching this film gives me some good reflection.
I was gonna give it a 7 but ended up giving it an 8 for an exponential increase in the quality of the story.
Win Win (2011)
The Kind of Film that Makes You a Better Person
This is the film that gives you many reasons to like. First of all, the base color of the setting of the film matches the film cover so well. It makes you feel that you are buying something you really hoped for.
As the movie starts, I observe that Paul Giammatti acts as someone he knows best, a depressed person. And I don't like it. Not that it's a negative thing. It's maybe because of how good he acts like that. Seeing Giammatti depressed reminds you of his other films, American Splendor and Sideways. Films that I didn't like because of depressed feelings that feel so real.
But as the movie goes by, the film gets more exciting and exciting. I give some positive points for the film for various things. First, is for the wrestle matches that look so cool. Second, for the plot that feels so spontaneous. It feels like there's no trying to make the film complicated. What should happens just happens.
Besides being spontaneous, the plot is so good. I mean, it can be a normal teenage wrestling story but instead with adding various things it becomes an interesting story line, not just general sport story lines like Moneyball, Remember the Titans, or even Air Bud.
Some values from the story really get to me and remind me how to be a better person. At the end, you will know, if the main character gets a Win Win, a Lose Win, or a Lose Lose.