In Review: The REVENANT


"As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe... keep breathing." (courtesy of 20th century fox)

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.” (courtesy of 20th century fox)

The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015)

Not so long after getting impressed by his last film, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu just did it again. Watching The Revenant last night was like watching an immersive documentary film about a real wild life plus the experience about a man’s survival in it. An innovative direction from Iñárritu can capture every single moment clearly through the perfect angle camera movement. When we usually see the human interaction drama in Iñárritu’s film, now for the first time he offers something new, an action thriller genre. How human deals with the natives, revenge, and wild nature is the basic plot of this film. Just like Birdman, the skill of camera movement to produce some incredible long shoot has a very important role here.

"I ain't afraid to die anymore. I'd done it already." (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

“I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I’d done it already.” (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Some sequences about how to survive from the native Ree Indians and the extreme weather and brutal condition of the wild nature are terrificly exposed. You can capture his struggle and eager to be able to come back till his last breath. The most memorable one of course is the fight sequence between Glass and a grizzly bear. You can feel and smell its breath and Glass’ fear at the same time right in front of your face. I can’t remember how many times I gasped watching one of the most marvelous actions I’ve ever witnessed. How breathtaking!

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Best Quotes from DEXTER


I'm a very neat monster

I’m a very neat monster

How often do you see an ordinary man, a brother, a husband, a care father, and also a dedicated forensic officer that turns out has a main job mostly at night as an anti-mainstream serial killer? I bet you never do. While we often consider a serial killer as an antagonist character, DEXTER is the one that’s gonna make you fall in love since first episode you meet him.

Haunted by his traumatized past surely builds his complex character, but what his step father teaches him here about how to control and manage his impulse to kill is another story.
Working as a blood splatter expert in Miami Metro Police Department where his sister also works there as a cop is one of his ways to deliver his impulse. He has some certain rules about the criminal that deserves “his table”. When they fit his profile, it only matters of time till “tonight’s the night” ritual comes. Yeah, he definitely has his own definition about justice.

How many more bodies would there have been had I not gotten to those killers? I didn't want to save lives, but save lives I did. Motivation aside, I think Harry and Lundy would agree on this one.

How many more bodies would there have been had I not gotten to those killers? I didn’t want to save lives, but save lives I did. Motivation aside, I think Harry and Lundy would agree on this one

Based on a novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, here I really would like to share his dark quotes about life. Some are true, cold, funny, and deep. Some will knock your mind out. And surprisingly, some are..very me, you know.

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My 25 Most Favorite & Memorable Quotes of Christopher Nolan’s Films


"If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination."
“If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.”

You know the euphoria feeling that gets you every time after watching a good film and then getting out of cinema, right? Sometimes it always sticks in your mind for a while. It could be about the interesting plot, joking or romantic dialogue, the performance, or the moral story. You know what makes Christopher Nolan’s different? For me, it leaves me forever in my brain and I can’t even let it go.

Everyone who knows me better knows that I’m a huge fan of his. I mean every single works of him. I remember I saw Insomnia first at junior high school. At that time, I wasn’t familiar with his name. There’re Al Pacino, Robin Williams, & Hillary Swank that made me. And I also often got insomnia too (not anymore since I have my wife to sleep beside me every night wkwkwkkk), so that title really interested me at that time.

"You musn't be affraid to dream a little bigger, darling!"

“You musn’t be affraid to dream a little bigger, darling!”

Then I saw Batman Begins. For the first time I started to like Batman as a serious superhero in an unexpected way. The Dark Knight officially becomes my most favorite superhero film all the time till now. Memento really knocked my mind out, so did The Prestige.  Inception was indescribably breathtaking, maybe this is the only Nolan’s I’ve already watched more than 10 times. It’s the best original sci-fi film I’ve ever seen. Following and The Dark Knight Rises were his next films I saw in order. And the spectacular Interstellar was what I saw at the last.

How can everyone say this is boring?? Maybe they just don't get into sci-fi genre.

How can everyone say this is boring?? Maybe they just don’t get into sci-fi genre.

It’s unquestionable that he always does everything profoundly in all his phenomenal films. Intrigue script, unpredictable plot, epic action, and warm ending are his characteristics. And what I like most is his philosophy meaningful dialogue. Some are too complicated to digest, some are actually simpler, and some just strike at the heart. No wonder, English Literature was his major at University College London. I guess that is his capacity which he should be good at for sure.

Well, let me show you my most favorite quotes of his:

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My Late Review of –Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)–


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Alejandro González Iñárritu has successfully raised his awareness level of the difficulty in making a great pretentious cinema. I’ll take his statements –“Guys, this is the movie we are doing. If we fall, we fail.”– here as the most challenging film he’s ever made.

This is absolutely breathtaking in kind of different way. From the maestro behind one of the most powerful drama, Amores Perros, I may say that the true definition of masterpiece cinema has been already created. Iñárritu’s anti mainstream direction surely amazed me more this time. I still remember the way he did me through his previous works before –21 Grams, Babel, & Biutiful-, however when I saw this, I almost chose not to blink my eyes deliberately, not even just once, only to witness how long the scene would take place and survive without any cut since the first minute.

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The Theory of Everything: This is Why a Most Beautiful Score is Missing from the Soundtrack List…


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I actually don’t wanna talk much about this film right now. Yeah, it’s recommended for sure. The way Stephen Hawking deals with his worse condition and also the way Jane, his wife, compromises on her feeling to stand by her own family are really inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s such a good biography film with one important message: where there is life, there is always hope. And before I continue, how genuine performances here from both Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones!

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What I notice and like most from this film is nothing but the score. It’s composed beautifully by an Iceland Composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson. It’s my first time enjoying his work. He has created the score of Dennis Villeneuve’s Prisoners too, but I didn’t notice too much or maybe nothing special about his score at that time.

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My Most Favorite Collection of Original Scores from Motion Pictures


One of my most favorite composer..can you guess who he is? See the answer in my number 1 my most favorite score below.

One of my most favorite composer..can you guess who he is? See the answer in my number 1 my most favorite score below.

After original songs, now I would like to share my most favorite original score. Basically, score is orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments. Just like original songs, I also collect some good scores from movies which I often play it during my jogging. Sometimes I prefer to listen score than song. Here we are my collection of original score from motion pictures in order of most played.

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The Top 25 Coolest Original Songs from Motion Pictures


Clearly I don’t follow an update of new popular song. I never know whose song is happening in every week or every month. Shortly, I have no any idea about song.

Clearly I’m a movie freak. Some good movies have some good songs too or we are familiar to call it as a soundtrack. Some song is too good in representing the story of the film itself. When I listen to this kind of song, the incredible moments within the movie just fill my mind for a moment.  And it feels different for me and brings something to remember and imagine when I do that. Sometimes I don’t have any idea who the singer is or how their face is. Their voice and the story of the film, those are what matter for me. It seems I should watch the movie first in order to be able to enjoy the song. Ah..whatever

So when I talk about music with my friends, we definitely don’t get it each other. Because I just know about soundtrack meanwhile my friends know a lot about the popular song which I don’t.

Right now I would like to share some original songs from motion picture that really touch my heart and sometimes I keep listening to them in my jogging or my journey to some place. Check them out:

25.  The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice (Closer)

An outstanding song that explains the tagline of this movie “If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking”.

-nothing as intrigued as love at first sight-

“..and so it is.. the shorter story..no love, no glory.. no hero in her skies..”

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My Film Record: 951 Recommended Titles so Far


Furious 7 *Still coming soon, guys"

Furious 7 *still on next year, guys*

This is my third update of my personal film record. Basically, it’s just some lists of the good films I’ve seen so far to remember of. I divide them into 4 categories: 1. Masterpiece, 2. Best, 3. Better, and 4. Just for Fun. For more information, you can check it out here and here. Maybe if you wanna look for a good film to see, you can check my recommendations here.

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Kita Vs Korupsi: Indonesia, Lekaslah Bangun dari Tidur Berkepanjangan!!


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Saya sudah lupa kapan terakhir kali saya sangat menikmati film Indonesia. Maksud kata ‘menikmati’ itu benar-benar terhipnotis masuk ke dalam semua aspek penting dalam sebuah film, baik itu tema cerita, penyutradaraan, eksekusi skrip, dan akting pemainnya.

Malam itu (3/11/13), entah kenapa saya memutuskan untuk menonton film Indonesia. Jenis film yang jarang saya tengok. Mungkin bisa dibilang kalau film dalam negeri adalah film terakhir yang akan saya lihat bila stok film lain sudah habis. Dan entah kenapa dari beberapa film Indonesia yang ada, saya memilih film “Kita Vs Korupsi” (KVK). Tidak terdengar seperti sebuah judul yang komersil, bukan? Bahkan saya tidak yakin kalau film dengan judul seperti ini bakal bertahan sampai tiga hari di bioskop.

Tanpa ada ekspektasi apapun, saya mulai menontonnya.

Setelah beberapa saat, saya baru tahu bahwa ini memang bukan film komersil melainkan hanya sebuah film edukasi atau penyuluhan yang diputar terbatas hanya di beberapa kota melalui roadshow. Sayang sekali. Begitulah perasaan saya setelah selesai menonton film ini. Padahal film ini memiliki kualitas diatas rata-rata film Indonesia.

Oke, sudah cukup basa-basinya. Mari kita bahas lebih detail. Meski agak terlambat karena ini dirilis tahun 2012, saya tidak peduli. Bagi saya, film dengan kapasitas high quality, kapanpun tahun pembuatannya tetap akan menjadi suatu warisan yang berharga untuk setiap generasi.

KVK merupakan film omnibus yang terdiri dari empat cerita pendek yang ada di sekitar kita atau bahkan kita sendiri pun mungkin pernah mengalaminya.

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My Top Ten Most Favorites Comedy Romance


Sorry...this film is not in my list at all :D

Sorry…this film is not in my list at all😀

Because of its simplicity and more entertain, I believe everyone loves comedy romance film. Sometimes, some scene inspires us to do something kind of brave and romantic to someone we love.

I thought I don’t. They merely just show me about how they hate each other at first then end up kissing each other. It always has same and same formula. Boring and predictable! The theme or basic story isn’t strong as I expect, just emphasizes the charming of the artist. What a cheap film!

But as time walks, I figure out that not all comedy romance movies are like that. Some surprisingly have high quality story, script, and acting. I don’t only laugh a loud because of the comedy, but also feel amazed of the romance.

Here are the lists of my most favorite comedy romance (and this lists can be changed anytime when I figure out the better one):

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Sarah’s Key Vs The Intouchables


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Recently I watch many films in this holiday. Some are wasted. Some are surprisingly awesome. I notice two films that left me a long good impression. Accidentally, both are French. The first one is Elle S’Appelait Sarah a.k.a Her Name was Sarah a.k.a Sarah’s Key (Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2010). The next is Untouchable a.k.a The Intouchables (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011). I’ll try to review and discuss both one by one.

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My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Films


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I believe that everyone has some favorite films of their own. Sometimes it’s not about the best film which won Oscar or Golden Globe, either a box office one. Maybe it’s just an ordinary simple film which is very special personally. It makes us keep watching several times but it feels like we aren’t bored at all.

The main story, some scene, the acting, the score, or other unexplained reasons which make us keep re-watching them continuously.

Yeah, some films always inspire us..and they stay with us forever and ever…

Here are my Top 10 personal films,,

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Argo: a Fake Movie for an Intelligent Rescue Mission


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Argo (Ben Affleck, 2012)

Prepare to witness a watchable solid thriller from the most acclaimed director this year, Ben Affleck’s Argo. Despite of getting Oscar’s snub for best director, Affleck who so far has brought Golden Globe, BAFTA, and DGA home still has a big opportunity to get his highest honor back through best picture in this month. However, to be honest, I’m not so sure that Academy has such a big heart to admit it since all other events are in Argo’s side. Who knows? Let’s see. (Can’t wait!)

Based on the declassified true story (the tagline says) from the book “The Master of Disguise” by Tony Mendez, it follows an incident during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. The American embassy there was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries. They took several Americans as hostages. Fortunately, six of them were success to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador. It’s the CIA now who had an obligation to get them out of the country.  CIA then hired an exfiltration expert, Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), who finally had a real, weird, genius, and brave idea: to create a fake movie in Iran. It’s not an ordinary fake movie after all, it’s a Hollywood fake movie! So, how can a fake movie get them out of Iran?

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Hope Springs, Trouble with the Curve, & Life of Pi: My Short Reviews


1. Hope Springs (2012)

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Director: David Frankel

Writer: Vanessa Taylor

Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, & Steve Carell

Since I watched the trailer a couple months ago, I found myself become interesting, considering what Frankel and Streep had done with The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Moreover, beside Streep and Lee Jones, Steve Carell joins in it too. How couldn’t it be a promising comedy? I would laugh out loud just like when I saw TDWP. That’s what I thought.

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The Impossible, The Paperboy, & The Words: My Short Reviews


1. The Impossible (2012)

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Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Writers: Sergio G. Sánchez (screenplay) & María Belón (story)

Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland

Based on a real event of Tsunami disaster in Thailand year 2004, this film tells us about a regular British family who spent the holiday there when the deadliest incident happened. I don’t know how accuracy this is, but I must say this is quite impressive and emotional. The description of refugee camp is almost real. Their acting is touching enough, especially for Naomi Watts

Maybe for the real survivors, this is a gem. But for me, some aspect is lack to explore.

“Lucas, look at this place. They’re so busy here. You’ve got to do something. Help people. You can do that.” ~ Maria (to his son, Lucas)

 -7.5/10-

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