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.

Kamis, 23 Desember 2010

Life as We Know It

Oleh: Rio Johan (Rijon)
Sutradara: Greg Berlanti
Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Hayes MacArthur, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Burns, Faizon Love, Will Sasso, Brooke Clagett, Brynn Clagett, dan Alexis Clagett.

Tahun Rilis: 2010

Walaupun belum bisa dibandingkan dengan nama sekelas Marilyn Monroe atau Audrey Hepburn, saya yakin Katherine Heigl termasuk aktris komikal yang menarik. Mungkin banyak juga yang protes – termasuk saya – kenapa perempuan yang satu ini tidak pernah melepaskan batang hidungnya dari peran yang itu-itu saja. Ya, Heigl memang selalu cantik sebagai wanita muda lajang metropolitan dengan segudang masalah percintaan. Tapi sekedar itu saja jelas sangat tidak cukup untuk menancapkan taringnya.

Life as We Know It dimulai dengan prolog boy meets girl antara Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) dan Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel). Keduanya sama-sama dimakcomblangi sahabat masing-masing, yang ternyata oh ternyata saling berpacaran. Adegan prolog berakhir dengan boy hates girl – juga sebaliknya. Sudah berapa banyak romcom yang berbentuk boy meets girl boys hates girl?

Oh, walaupun saling hates-hates-an, Messer dan Holly tetap bersama karena keduanya selalu bersama-sama sahabat mereka yang sudah menikah dan punya bayi mungil. OMG! Kedua sahabat mereka meninggal akibat kecelakaan lalu lintas, menyisakkan sebuah rumah mewah dan si bayi mungil untuk Sophie untuk Holly dan Messer bersama-sama. Kenapa tidak keluarga mereka? Oh tidak! Si kakek punya penyakit pernapasan dan si paman sudah punya banyak anak. OMG! OMG! OMG! Apa perlu dibocorkan lagi bagaimana hates hates keduanya berubah menjadi loves loves? So much cliché. So much pain.

Rasanya bukan spoiler lagi kalau saya bilang keduanya bakal happily ever after. Oh iya, sudah berapa banyak sih romcom yang adegan menjelang akhirnya selalu dibumbui dengan bandara, bandara, dan bandara? At least, Katherine Heigl tetap bisa mempertahankan pesonannya.


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