A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
~ Stanley Kubrick
IN A BETTER WORLD (2010) — What makes the friendship between Christian and Elias so special is how deeply and honestly Susanne Bier displays the emotional side of both children. Only by peering the eyes of the two actors, I can feel the all emotional reasons why they become such small terrorists. YOUNG TÖRLESS (1966) — Violence is not just a physical matter, but also psychological and emotional. In Young Törless, ethical ​​and subjective values ​​were so contradictory. Then the boundaries between good and evil even more vague. PHARAOH (1966) — Faraon is an evocative anatopism, also an astonishing colossal. A truly rare gem of its kind. Not only works as a visual declaration, Kawalerowicz also made it so carefully, so mesmerizing, yet so challenging. THE BOYS OF PAUL STREET (1969) — An ironic allegory not only for the face of war, but also the heart of it: militarism and nationalism. The irony in the end makes the two terminologies be absurd. SPIRITED AWAY (2001) — “What's in a name?” asked Shakespeare. “A name is an identity,” said this movie. MISS JULIE (1951) - Miss Julie is a very challenging study, whether psychological or situational. In a simple but smart way, Miss Julie presents the phases of a political game of love and seduction. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969) - Éric Rohmer not only talk about choices and risks of choices, there is also a glimpse the importance of choices and the pain of choices. My Night at Maud's, for me, is the most amazing movie about refracting those two opposing aspects of life. TEN (2002) — The use of "dashboard camera" method by Abbas Kiarostami is successfully providing such microscopic spectacle about the characters, not only on outside but also capable of making this movie as a unique character and gender study. THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS / A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS (1966) — The allegory is not only the great thing about this Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema movie, but also its weirdness, its unnatural behavior, its peculiar plot, but the most of it is about how the movie smartly move without caution. ELEPHANT (2003) — Elephant is a piece of work that should be commended for its bravery. Such compliments are mainly intended to for Gus Van Sant's guts on using such non-linear and unusual narrative spectacle. Also packed with such unnatural risky styles which was really cost lot of guts.

Jumat, 29 Oktober 2010

Deadly Pledge

Oleh: Rio Johan (Rijon)Sutradara: Bert Kish
Leighton Meester, Kailin See, Lisa Marie Caruk, Agam Darshi, Meghan Ory, Adrian Petriw, Jessica Huras, Lara Gilchrist, Carlo Marks, Elyse Levesque, David Patrick Flemming

Tahun Rilis:
Judul Alternatif: The Haunting of Sorority Row

Saya tidak akan berpanjang-panjang!

Samantha Willows (Leighton Meester), seorang mahasiswi baru, sedang menjalani masa perploncoan di asramanya. Masalahnya, ternyata asrama tersebut dihantui oleh seorang arwah seorang mahasiswi junior yang hendak menuntut dendam. Agak mengingatkan pada Sorrority Row, bukan? Faktanya, film ini memang kelihatan sekali berusaha menyuguhkan tontonan thriller/horror sekolahan era 1999-2000. Sebut saja I Know What You Did Last Summer dan sejenisnya.

Tidak ada yang menarik dari film ini.

Leighton Meester cukup likeable sebagai pemeran utama. Sayangnya hal tersebut sia-sia semata karena film ini malah tampil sangat-amat dangkal. Entah bagaimana ceritanya alur film ini tampil sangat predictable. Bahkan untuk sampai level menghibur, jalinan cerita yang disuguhkan pun masih belum menjangkau. Spesial efek yang dibubuhkan, kebanyakan berupa personifikasi dari butiran es, malah membuat film ini cheesy dan tidak ada juntrungannya dari spesial efek tersebut. Secara keseluruhan malah, dari awal sampai akhir, film ini jelas sekali sudah terlihat sangat kedodoran. Dan ya ada twist di akhir film, yang sebenarnya sudah bisa ditebak dengan anggapan “keefektifan tokoh,” yang buruknya malah sama sekali tidak mampu menyelamatkan film ini.


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