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.

Sabtu, 09 Oktober 2010

The Others

TULISAN INI MUNGKIN MENGANDUNG SPOILER!
Oleh: Rio Johan (Rijon)Sutradara: Alejandro Amenábar
Pemain: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes, Alakina Mann, James Bentley

Tahun Rilis:
2001

Saya bingung bagaimana harus memulai resensi The Others ini. The Others adalah sebuah horor psikologis (psychological horror) dari Alejandro Amenábar, sutradara yang membesut Abre los ojos dan Mar adentro (yang keduanya sangat saya suka). Berbeda dengan horror-horror konvensional (konvensional dalam standar modern ini). The Others bukan tipikal horror yang bertopang pada gore dan suara penuh sensasi, tapi lebih kepada situasi, story, dan misteri.

Untuk sebuah horror, The Others punya premis yang sangat bagus. Berlatar di pinggiran Jersey tidak lama seusai Perang Dunia II, Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman), seorang katolik taat, hidup di sebuah rumah besar (ala jaman itu) dengan dua anaknya, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley). Kedua anaknya ini menderita penyakit aneh, semacam photosensitivity. Penyakit ini mengharuskan Grace menerapkan aturan-aturan aneh pula di rumah itu–demi keselamatan kedua anaknya. Datanglah tiga pelayan baru di rumah itu: Pembantu rumah tangga yang sudah tua, Mrs. Bertha (Fionnula Fanagan); tukang kebun tua, Mr. Edmund (Eric Sykes); dan seorang gadis bisu bernama Lydia (Elaine Cassidy). Kedatangan tiga pembantu ini dikuti dengan kemunculan kejadian-kejadian aneh. Dan Grace mulai merasa bahwa ada “the others” di rumah besarnya itu.

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Yup, Nicole Kidman, salah satu aktris “A-List,” memang aktris yang baik. Dan beliau membuktikannya juga di sini. Penempilan tiga pembantu dan kedua anak juga cukup menyenangkan untuk ditonton.

Ketimbang menyuguhkan sound effect yang nyaris memekakkan telinga, film ini malah hadir cukup sunyi. Kalau saya melihat The Exorcist sebagai horror yang lebih mengandalkan cerita, suasana, dan keyakinan kita sendiri sebagai penonton, The Others lebih tentang teknis–tapi bukan teknik cara membunuh yang lebih baru dan lebih sadis–dan inovasi Alejandro Amenábar dalam storytelling. Sayangya di beberapa bagian style yang diterapkan terasa kebablasan. Pada akhirnya style yang diterapkan Alejandro Amenábar mengarahkan kita pada hasil akhir berupa sebuah twist besar. Saya tidak akan membocorkan isi twist ini, tapi saya hanya akan bilang kalau twist ini benar-benar ala cerpen The Turn of the Screw karya Henry James.

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