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Top 5 out of nowhere surprisingly good movie

Sometimes, when you searching for a flick to watch, you come across into some title that you know at the very heart from the combination of stupid “catchy” title, the cast which practically unknown or a bunch of mediocre B-lister, the not so good director, or the story that is so “brilliant” or typical, made you already know that the movie’s gonna be sucks for life even before you watched it. For example, every Uwe boll’s movie,  every game adaption-movie, any WWE production title except when The Rock’s in it, any stupid remade-remake movie that didn’t make sense(any idiot behind THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL), pointless and moronic 10000 BC, and a lot other movie.

 But in other hands, at some other time you come across into some title that practically unknown, full of good cast, mysterious storyline and director, makes you decide to give it a shot, and the result, sometimes is beyond decent. Surprisingly good. or Enjoyable. Usually, this kind of movies is fall on independent company road, but some aren’t. And here’s my top 5 pick for this shocker.

THE DESCENT

It was summer 2005. After holding my current girlfriend at that time hand’s for the first time when we’re watching’ INTO THE BLUE. The clock is still ticking at 1700 PM. We both thought that there’s still a lot of time to spend. We don’t want to go back to our house, so we decide to watch another movie at theater. We randomly choose THE DESCENT. Yes, the first reason why I’m watching the DESCENT is so I can made out with her. But after the movie has been rolling for 15 minutes, both of us completely lost our will to making out because the awesomeness on screen.

  • I never though a B horror movie with no premise at all could tangled me like that.
  • I never though the story will engaged me so much that i give an applause after it.
  • I never though the ending will be so broken and unexpected like that.
  • I never though that a movie could cause me a temporary claustrophobia
  • I never though a british horror movie could sneak up into one of my favorite horror of all time.
  • I never though that the decent becoming the only movie that i constantly pop into my bluray player every time new people come to play or spend time at my place.

Takers

Except for the unknown Idris Alba and Michael Early(For me), Takers main cast is consist of a lot actors or recording artist that pretend they’re an actor that I don’t like,  even though I tried to. Matt Dillon(thank god his moustache is absent, I hate that thing so much it made me completely biased of every Dillon’s performance with that stupid little patch on his top lips), The babyface emotionless Paul Walker, the drama queen officially ruined Darth Vader image in my mind Hayden Christensen, the latino next big thing but falls to B-lister Jay Hernandez, two rappers which I never care to know before this flick, Chris Brown and T.I.

But Surprisingly(as expected), Takers is a good heist-urban movie in recent era. the editing is cut, fast, and efficient. The overall acting is decent. The Style is there and cool. The Music is nice. At the beginning,  I’m afraid that Christensen is  kinda miscast in here, but in the end, his character is quite memorable though the screen time is less. One of the Guilty Pleasure? Far from it. Its a very niche yet fresh good action movie. There’s nothing really special about this movie, but sometimes decent without over exposure is a very enjoyable treat.

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE

I always love horror movie. I don’t know why, there’s an art behind sitting on your own in the sofa at your place, completely dark around you except from the television set, a very loud volume ticker, and a good horror movie. its good to test your adrenaline. The Exorcism of Emily Rose not a fully-horror movie. In the very core, its a court-case movie. But quite frankly this is one of the most disturbing and scariest court-case flick.

Why Emily Rose in the list? Because when I went to watch it, I’m expecting some good cheap scare-tactic, and what I found is a surprisingly good plot, script, and strong performance from everyone’s in it that rarely finds in a horror movie. In other word, its very believable.

BEFORE SUNRISE

At first the idea of watching two people, walking around the street of Vienna for a day, talking about their life, random topic, poetry, love, and bla bla bla, in a movie seems boring. There’s no giant beaver destroying a bridge in Before Sunrise. There’s no any emotion exploding all over the screen in Before Sunrise. The plot is nothing but a conversation thru the day. but it gets me. it is the most romantic movie I’ve ever watched. for all the dreamers out there, try it. you wont regret it. This movie is responsible for my love of French new wave cinema.

GI Joe – The Rise of the Cobra

Even before the movie is released back in 2009, there’s a rumor swirling  arround about people walking out from the screening. The rumor was denied by the studio, but god, what a powerful thing internet has became. I lost my will to see this movie. I never see the original GI Joe comics, or cartoon, but the plain style of blacky blackyness is already put my hard on dick at action movie at loss when I saw the trailer. It was bad, freakin’ bad. Then comes summer 2010. The DVD is out, and I don’t have anything to do. so i decided to put some meaningless time to watch the meaningless movie. it turns out good. Going in without expectation make this movie the ULTIMATE GUILTY PLEASURE. Its freakishly enjoyable. Its stupid, but stupidly fun!

The real trick is like what everybody says, NEVER JUDGE THE BOOK BY ITS COVER. and quite frankly that words can be applied to the movie world too….

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Breakout Character

Breakout character is the unofficial term for the most outstanding, popular and interesting character in a TV show eventhough sometimes, the character wasn’t the main character in that Series. The character is sometimes being syndicated to the huge success of the show. But at the same timethe character itself is a double edge sword for the actor, because generally, its very hard to get out from that stereotype, so the image of the character can become the image of the actor too.

And this is the list of the 3 most memorable breakout character in the TV series for me

Blair Waldorf at GOSSIP GIRL, played by Leighton Meester.

I’m a guy. I’m not a huge fans of GOSSIP GIRL, but I’m a huge fan of Blair Waldorf. Why? Her performance is awesome. Its like a combination of Audrey Hepburn, Young Miranda Richardson’s Merryl Streep at the DEVIL WEARS Prada. I love it. She’s hot, she’s breathing fire out of her mouth, she’s stylish, sometime she can become the most perfect anti hero for this utterly crap 21st century soap opera of teen life. I only watched GOSSIP GIRL for her performance only. Don’t Judge Me!

 

Sheldon Cooper at THE BIG BANG THEORY, played by Jim Parsons

The only person you can imagine having Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder, Hypochondriasis, Mysophobia, narcisstic,  geniuses, in one single human is Sheldon Cooper. This character is amazing. You can root for this guy, feel sorry for him, or even sometime hate him for his wrong treatment to his closest friends. And who can forget his memorable soft kitty tunes even though the song is only contains like 4 words of something, his disturbing smirk, or her amazing chemistry with his neighbor, Penny. Even Golden Globe already fallen to this guy’s lap.


Barney Stinson at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, played by Neil Patrick Harris

No doubt about it, Barney Stinson is the King of Breakout Character. He’s a charming, bastardly coward but very likeable, an amazing catchphrase sprinkler, funny and witty Character. His popularity is very amazing, he already got 3 books-published, a couple website, and his own stupid blog.  even though all the main character at HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is amazing too(especially that giant Marshall), but Barney Stinson is the backbone of the series. I cant imagine this sitcom without his appearance. his popular “have you met…..” is very very useful too. I get some number at bar using that lines.

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The Aesthic Rules of Making a Mixtape/Compilation/Playlist

In this digital era, where the user of compact radio cassette almost gone, its easier for us, music lovers, to create some compilation or playlist that can range from casually selection of songs, to some abstract concept of mix linked by theme, mood, or even some particular artist which usually reflect the music taste of the makers.

Hear me not, making a mixtape wasn’t easy. There’s a lot of sacred rules and tradition that should be follow. Just like Nick Hornby said,

¤To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got to Get You Off My Mind”, but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and…oh, there are loads of rules ¤

And so, I’m making THE 10 point rules of  making a MIXTAPE. Follow it, and you’ll be fine.

  1. Do not, I repeated it, DO NOT put a multi language mixtape. No matter how good the connection between the song. Unless, the song is voiceless, or instrumental. For example, you can put Ryuichi Sakamoto and Kevin Kern in the same mixtape, but you cant put Utada Hikaru and Mariah Carey in the same playlist.
  2. Always keep it under 80 minutes. Why? Because of the length of a CD or audio cassette. Who knows your mixtape will became famous and some DJ decide to use it. Besides, If the CD is too long, it’s possible some great tracks near the end will never be heard.
  3. Always pick the second strongest song as the opening track.
  4. Mashed Genre is good, but its a whole other level for a beginner to dealt with it. Try to avoid it, unless the genre is trespassing each other. For example, Punk Rock and Opera music, a big no no. But Soul and funk, a bit yes yes.
  5. Make sure the quality of the file/songs is in GOOD Condition. No noise, no extrapolar, no bad ending/start. For Mp3, 128 kbps in a crisp is a must-minimal.
  6. Making a time period. This rules can be expanded. For example do not mixed the dance songs from 2000 era with any dance song from 1980’s era, except you’re making the historical/autobiographical compilations. they never get along. It goes for rock, and pop too. But no so much for jazz and soul genre.
  7. Always put the chilliest song, or the most soothing song, at the end of the mix. that way, you wont get any complaint that the mix is an anti climax.
  8. Do not use more than a song from one artist at the same compilation, unless its a band mix. Pick another wide range artist to use.
  9. Consider the one whose gonna to listen to the playlist. Who are they? are they pop listener?
  10. Be Creative, rules are made to be broken.

  Happy mixtaping to all readers of this blog!

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Why sometimes Videogame is better than MOVIE

In today’s ERA, where graphical capabilities of video game (either console or PC) can be compared to the silver screen CGI effect, or even sometimes better, a lot of developer from video game titles is developing scenes, things or effect that can’t be done in a silver screen. The freedom in a free flow of creativity resulting in some of the BEST thing in entertainment media. And this is the top 4 things in my mind that video game can do better than the movie counterpart.

A walk in the prairie by RED DEAD REDEMPTION(PS3/XBOX360, 2010)

I love the old western setting in a movie. I enjoyed the hell out of watching Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western when I’m growing up. Even though its an Italian-made movie, no US-made movie can be at the same level as the realistic dusty, dirt and gritty sense that Leone’s bring to his movie. But finally someone does it right. Red Dead Redemption is the sandbox action video games that put you in the shoes of John Marston, a cowboy, an outlaw. The world of Red Dead Redemption is amazingly tranquil and beautifully made. As if you can feel the sunrise, you can feel the heat, you can even smell the snow right in front of your screen! There’s nothing more old-west in this entertainment world than the world of this game.

Batman Fighting Skill, by BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM(PC/XBOX360/PS3, 2009)

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Saga is a masterpiece, no doubt about it. But if I were to fix the 2 movie(Begins and the Dark Knight), I would put a lot of more effort in showing Batman’s capability of kicking a lot of his enemy’s ass. The camera work, and the cut is too fast in Nolan version of the caped crusader saga. But in BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM, there’s no such thing as quick cut or shadowy/blurry scenes. You can see very clearly when Batman’s breaking someone’s arm, doing some a rear naked choke, or even kicking someone’s brain till the guy playing dead!

Nuclear Scene Explode, by CALL OF DUTY : MODERN WARFARE(PC/PS3/XBOX360/WII/DS, 2007) 

Its actually very surprising if you compare the amount of Hollywood flicks that using nuclear theme in the storyline, with an actual real NUCLEAR scene in the movie itself is very very small. Only a handful of movie that capable of delivering some cool nuclear blast. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull(Its not even a NUCLEAR material movie) and Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines is the only title I can remembered. The scene wasn’t too good either, especially when compared to this godly act.

Gruesome Killing, by ALIENS VS PREDATORS(PC/PS3/XBOX360, 2010)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m madly in love with both(Alien and Predator) franchise. But quite frankly, the actual good, gruesome kills in the all of the movie that involved that 2 creature wasn’t much to be fondly about. But now, we can do all the gory stuff as much as we want, and anytime we want.

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High Fidelity

If I want to make a list of the top 5 movie which shaping my life the most, HIGH FIDELITY would always be on the top of it. Its defines me as a person. Its define my love story. Its define my music taste. The first time I watched it at 2003, right at the start of my college time, I fuckin’ in love with the movie. For the next 10 years, this movie is always at the pack of my all time favorite movie. but when I re-watching it again for the gazillion time today, I realize that HIGH FIDELITY is responsible to my life more than any culture point that this 20th – 21st century has made. I always feel like an unappreciated scholar so I’m shitting on the people who knows less than me, which is everybody.

HIGH FIDELITY story is simple. Rob Gordon, played so fresh and careless by John Cussack, is a decent nothing to be wildered kinda guy whose just got broke up with his girlfriend and the rest of the movie is glorifying his journey of Love-life through the view of Music, Soul, Friendship, and brutal honest truth.

There are 3 strongest point of HIGH FIDELITY. The number one is off course lays in the beautifully real nothing but the truth script. Its like watching the real life people handling their own problem and matter in daily life. It could happen to you, It could happen to me, which in some kinda weird way already happen, it could happen to anybody. The dialog is so sneaky and enjoyable it will makes you laugh and gritily realize the truth behind it.

The second thing is the cast. John Cussack is playing his usual fresh-love to walk in the rain-impulsive engaging character. Its fun to watched him complaining about himself all the time, its like looking at yourself in the mirror, of how you always regretting the decision that you already made, but there’s nothing you can do about it. You can just go out with a BANG. The pairing of Jack Black and the unknown Todd Luiso is amazing and funny. Its the good cop bad cop rhythm that gives HIGH FIDELITY a lot of amazing moment. Kudos for Jack Black. This is his strongest performance of all time, his School of Rock character is only a shadow behind Barry Character. I didn’t forget the memorable supportive cast too, like the exotic reggae-singer Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tim Robbins, Iben Hjejle, or even the famous Cameo from Bruce “the Boss” Springsteen.

And last but least, the last strongest part is the soundtrack. Don’t be surprised by the amount of good beyond awesome music that can be hear in this flick. Velvet Underground’s who loves the sun, Marvin Gaye’s Lets get it on, The Beta Band’s Dry the Rain, Love’s always see your face, stereolab’ La Boob Osciliator and lots other. I don’t even mentioned the referenced to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Stiff Little Finger, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kraftwerk, the Clash, etc etc etc. Too many music maestro in one movie. It feels like heaven.

HIGH FIDELITY is a rare-given brilliant yet cool movie. Its even better than the novel. This is the movie for the people who always identified himself with great music, and the story behind your life. HIGH FIDELITY offers you a very realistic approaching that honest cant be more good than this. But the real fact, that this movie isn’t about music, its about RELATIONSHIP. This is a fun FLICK, with A BULLET!

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