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4 Great Movies that I Do Not Want to See for The Second Time

There were times where I’ve come across a movie that is extremely well made. The directing is top notch, the acting is unbelievable, cinematography, music and etc is blowing off the roof — and I recognize that it’s a great movie and an extraordinary piece of artistry —, but a the same time, it’s so disturbing(not in a gore kinda way), off putting, and and make me feel like a crap to the point that I would rather destroy the movie than endure it again.

These are the 4 masterpiece that made me scream in anger, feeling anxious and small, broken my ass and my heart, and at times questioning what’s the real motive behind these movies existence other than to make its viewer feel miserable.

The City of Life and Dead or Nanjing! Nanjing!(2009)

 This whole planet already knows the story of Nanking massacre, whether Japanese government denied it or not, so I don’t have to describe the whole plot. What makes this movie different than any other take on Nanking massacre, and the greatest thing about this movie, is City of life and death do not contained any political propaganda at all. It means, it doesn’t pick sides and no finger pointing. Its as anti-war as you can get. City of life and death truthfully, decides to show us how war could torn and destroy human no matter which sides they’re on.  Compared to any holocaust movie, the City of life and death can proudly standing on its own ground. Unlike the Nazi with the methodical killing, Japanese atrocities is cold hearted brutality. Its unthinking and unreasoning. It feels like when a group of hungry crocodiles eating a baby hippo. And this movie style is working well in transforming that kinda of atrocities to the silver screen. And even though the movie wasn’t that graphically violent, the pain that shows in every actor/actresses extremely shaking my emotion. Do not see City of life and death when you have a sunshine in your mind. This movie will step and take a dump out of it. It’ll make you angry because it certainly reflects much of the true nature of war. Which is horror.

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Open Water(2003) 

 It tells the story of a young couple who decide to go scuba diving with a small group. However, their boat leaves them and they are stranded out in the middle of the ocean. Simple, yet effective. Like usual, Mr Shark is involved, but they’re there just for the cameo sake of it. The best thing, or worst thing in a good kinda way, from Open Waters is the film plays with your mind and with your greatest fears. To be alone in the middle of nowhere with just a tiny speck of hope. Another great thing about Open Water that it feels very amateur with unknown actors and documentary-esque shaky camera, but that what’s make this movie felt very realistic. Open Water is the first movie that make no reassured to us that afterwards that it was all in fun, for me. Open Open Water leaves no such outlet and is all the better film for it. Though I will never ever watched it again. It leaves a haunting and harrowing hole in my heart that I still could feel even today, almost ten years later. Because I love the deep blue sea…

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 In The Realm of the Senses or Ai no korida(1976)

 In the Realm of the Senses is the only movie in my blu ray collection that I will never ever watched again, but at the same time, I will never ever sell. It’s an erotic fantasy turned nightmare because of some unhealthy sexual obsession. In The realm of The Senses is trying hard to disturb its viewer at how far sexual fetishes can going on. And damn, it really disturb me, because honestly, I am a pervert. A healthy and safe one. The movie makes me questioning the real meaning of sex fetish and obsession(and sometimes makes me staring weirdly on an egg). It’s a film about how our desires and obsession can withdraw us from society, reality, or even out own consciousness. Why I don’t want to see it again? Because it detracts the pleasure of sex out of me after I realize what this movie is really about.

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Hunger(2008) 

 Hunger isn’t an entertainment. Hunger is a collection moving picture of a brutal and disturbing look at the extremes some people take to find justice. There’s not a single second exist in those 90 minutes that make me feel being entertained.  Hunger doesn’t mentally scarred me, or make feel nauseous whatsoever. Its just Hunger felt too bleak, ugly, grim and hopeless. And because of those three points its hard to imagine myself enduring another run of this movie no matter how good actually this movie is.

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Quick Review Part IV

 …AND GOD CREATES WOMAN(1956)

I wish I was born in the world war II era. Not because so I can get enlisted to the last great war of mankind. Its because so I can grow up and worshiping Brigette Bardot as sex symbol. John Lennon worship her. Bob Dylan wrote his first song as some kind of tribute for her. I meant, there’s no single current actresses today who had a raw naughty sexual magnetism with charismatic bubble like Bardot. Not even freakin close.

Well, even though the script is too generic, empty and somewhat downgrading woman, but I was enjoying the hell out of this movie. Even with that stupid and worst choreograph fighting scene ever, and the overall feeling that sensing this movie is like 90 minutes pimping of Bardot in a cheap entertainment, the movie is a classic indeed. Of course its not on par with the likes of real classic like, Citizen Kane, Seventh Seal, and so on, but still, …And God Create woman is a must-see movie for everyone(especially guys) who want to know what it is about Brigette Bardot and how hot is she? And join the club with the likes of me who hunts her naked playboy photoshoot in 1974 after watching this movie.

6.5/10

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MURMUR OF THE HEART Or  Le souffle au coeur(1971) 

 

 I don’t really know about what 15 year olds kid at France back in 1971 was like, but I find the depiction is a bit too unrealistic and mature. A 15 years old punk from wealthy family, love Dizzy Gillespie, talks about politics, in to The story of “O”, know how to play along with a pedophile priest, and really dig the way how to treat a woman? Its a bit much.  But still, I love this coming of age movie. The scene moving naturally and slowly developed. The real star of this movie is Lea Massari, the woman who play the main character’s mom, charming, beautiful, confusing and very amusing. Her incest sensual scene with her son its not awkward at all. An unforgettable movie. 8.5/10

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LAS ACACIAS(2011) 

For an Argentinian movie with only 80 minutes run(including all the credit scene), and tell us a very simplistic story about how a regular truck driver befriended a woman and her child which he required to take on a journey from Paraguay to Buenos Aires by his boss, Las Acacias is not boring at all. Las Acacias need you to be patient and let the subtlety overtaken you, because it really is very simple. Its like watching somebody painted their apartment wall with a blank white colors, and weirdly, i found myself liking it. This is the type of movie where nothing happens, and you still feel engrossed by it.

7.5/10

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DEEP END(1970)

 15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman, Susan, who works there as an attendant. Although Susan has a fiancé, Mike does his best to sabotage the relationship, to the extent of stalking both her and her fiancé. Mike becomes increasingly desperate to have Susan for himself, with very tragic results and a freaking good ending for a movie. Its basically another great coming of age movie. Kinda like Malena, but more Indie. Feels like Murmur of the Heart, but more hip, slum, and colorful. And Good gawd Jane Asher is hot. I barely breath when she takes her clothes off for a classic full frontal nude scene, even though the camera is shot in a far away angle. The only complaint that i had is the character progression is too fast for a movie with 90 minutes run. A very underrated movie that needs a bigger audience.

8.5/10

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MARIA FULL OF GRACE(2004)

Some people think that movie is disturbing. I don’t really get it, what’s so disturbing. Some people think that the movie is beautiful. Are you kidding me? What’ so beautiful when you have to watched a movie where an innocent and beautiful woman being exploited by being a drug mule just to get money and reaching the so called heaven called AMERICA? Its fucking depressing. I love the movie overall, but I  hate that cliche ending. Not because that I hate America, but because it really make sense and Its sad when we realize that the only way for maria to get out from her trouble is by being a illegal immigrant in a country where she even doesn’t understand the speaking language. Catalina Sandino Moreno performance is a gem. Watching her acted is like watching some genuine documentary about drug mule. I live in the 3rd world country like Maria, but still the film made me feel very fortunate for what I have.

7.5/10

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 OCEAN HEAVEN(2010)

If ten years ago, some jackass told me that I will crying my ass off at Jet Li’s movie, I would’ve called that guy idiot and stupid. Off course, Jet Li isn’t a bad actor. In terms of acting capability he’s  in the same league as Jackie Chan, Statham, Arnie, Donnie Yen, or Dolph Lundgren. He’s not a robot, but not humane enough to be considered as a serious actor. Then Ocean Heaven came along. Its a story of a dying father making the impossible to give his son the possibility of independence before the cancer take his life. And good gawd, Jet Li convincingly played the character of that poor father very well in this tear jerking simply tale of determination and love. And good gawd I hate the ending when abruptly the filmmaker went Pixar.  Still I do cried in the middle of the movie, and considered this is a Jet Li’s movie, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Solid movie ruined by the ending. 7.5/10

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Okuribito (Departures) * 9.5/10

 

Okuribito tell us the story about Daigo,  a cellist for some orchestra in Tokyo. When he loses his dream and passion, he choose to go back to the country side where he was born, and trying to find another way of life and new final destination. In his hometown, attracted by the money, Daigo gets a job working as an encoffiner, or people who prepared corpse/dead body to be burned. In the land of the rising sun, that job is considered very taboo, and some people even think that it is kind filthy. And now, Daigo must come to grips with his uncomfortable change in life and mentality, while also learning about the beauty of death through the departures.

Okuribito  is a film that coming from Asia and filled with death, corpses and coffins, but doesn’t have any horror stamp above it. In fact, to say that Okuribito is just a simple movie would not be doing it enough Justice. Okuribito is a very powerful and near perfect piece of art disguised as a melodrama movie.

The main character, Daigo, is acted convincingly by Masahiro Motoki. I loved his performance, especially when he’s using his well co-ordinated hands in preparing corpses. His finger and eyes movement is very elegant-looking. Its like he takes you directly into Daigo’s emotion and complexity when he did all those things. Ryoko Hirosue is the only eye-candy of Okuribito. And eye candy she is. As Daigo’s wife, Mika, Hirosue is the only weak point of Okuribito. While she has a certain charms, her constant smile and laugh kind of a bit annoying to watched all the time. She always do that in almost every time camera pop up her face. Okuribito would be more perfect if she can added another layer of sadness and dramatic ingredients to her character. And just like every other great melodrama, Okuribito is filled with a lot of memorable side character, like the cold Daigo’s Boss, or even Daigo’s father who doesn’t even say a single word in this movie.

Music is another power point that makes Okuribito an amazing movie. Because Daigo character’s is a cellist, we can expect that a lot of tear jerking classical influence songs will be heard. And that’s true. Especially when Joe Hisaishi is responsible for it. This is the guy behind almost every single studio ghibli movie’s scored. This is the guy behind the score of  the only Jet Li’s movie that almost make me cry. This is my favorite movie composer aside Yasunori Mitsuda and Alan Silvestri. This is Joe Hisaishi! He can do no wrong.

Okuribito is near-perfect because of one or two cliche thing. Like Ryoko Hirosue acting , or that cheesy scene where Daigo playing the cello in the fields with mountains in the background which felt like a condom advertisement. But that tiny fault can only felt by pretentious dude like me who always looking for some error. Ignore that because Okuribito will swept away your emotions. It is the only movie that dealt with death themes that doesn’t includes desperation, dark, despair, frustation, agonies, or helpless against the grim reaper. Okuribito approach it with with a positive and encouraging look, also forgiveness and faith. It is not “Goodbye forever” message, but “I’ll see you again”. It feels liberating and peaceful. Just like life itself.

9.5/10

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6 Actually Good Old Dumb Movies That Everybody’s Shits On but I’m Not Ashamed to Liking it

Constantine(IMDB 6.7, RT42%)

 To enjoy Constantine, you need to set aside the adaptation of the comic book tag that follows behind Constantine(especially if you follow/read Hellblazer), then you’ll find a good 2 hours entertainment. Because there are some Major differences between the comic book and this version. For example, the comic book version John Constantine supposed to look like Sting, and the movie version is look like a douchebag who don’t give a fuck about anything except for himself.  Constantine is really a good movie. Rachel Weisz is always giving her 100% performance no matter what movie she’s acted act. The special effect is awesome. The concept of hell as a parallel dimension to our own world is freaking cool. The twisted story line about how you buying your way to heaven is not bad either. Well, at the end Constantine is another one of those movies that you either love or hate. Its weird that I chose to love a movie where Keanu Reeves and Shia Le Bouf kissing each other balls in it.

 Faster(IMDB 6.5, RT 42%)

 The best thing about this movie is that FASTER doesn’t try to be anything that it’s not. Its a good old action-vengeance movie. Nice gesture, intimidating performance, and action by The Rock. Believable story. Exceptional soundtrack. I don’t get why a lot of people didn’t catch FASTER yet, when they had time to watch abysmal movies like Twilight saga.

Predator 2(IMDB 6.1, RT 23%)

 Believe me or not, I consider Predator 2 to be a better movie than the first. Why? Don’t get me wrong, I still love the heck out of the first predator, but this movie has more action, more Predator, clearer gory scene, and CHARACTER. The first one seems too one dimensional in terms of protagonist(bunch of Tyranosaurus rex in human version), but Predator 2 had more fun character for us to watch, especially Danny Glover, Gary Busey, and Bill Paxton(Paxton is the only actor get killed by a Terminator, Xenomorph, and Predator). Don’t forget the Urban Jungle setting. This movie depiction of L.A is very distinctive and unique. Its hot, dirty, and gritty. It felt like a comic book.

The Relic(IMDB 5.4, RT 32%)

 

This movie is the result when you put Tom Sizemore in the main starring role, surprisingly, its good. Its the good old ~monster on the loose killing everyone until some smart ass blow it~ movie. Even though the story  could be mistakenly as a B-movie, The Relic is way better and classier. Why? because Stan Winston deal with creature effect. The STAN WINSTON. The two main characters chemistry is good too. I love the connection between Sizemore and Ann-Miller character which doesn’t force a romantic involvement. It felt so refreshing.

 Deep Blue Sea (IMDB 5.7, RT 57%).

 

A lot of critics and people that I’ve known said that Deep Blue Sea is unoriginal. Off course it is unoriginal! Its a shark movie! Except for Jaws, there’s no original movie that tells us about Shark eating human. Deep Blue Sea is a big, a bit dumb, loud, and go out with a bang movie. Its filled with cardboard stereotypical character too. It’s Renny Harlin’s. What do you expect? But this is my favorite Harlin’s movie, even bested Die Hard 2. Why? Because it is fun like hell! Oh, and it contains one of the most powerful and shocking death scene involving Samuel L. Jackson and his infamous rants.

Congo(IMDB 4.7, RT 21%)

 Congo is definitely not a masterpiece. Its dumb, stupid, cheesy, and quite possibly the worst Chricton adaptation for like,ever. But strangely, I love this movie for an unknown reason. Probably, because of the story of the lost city of jinx? Probably because that I had an achiles’s heel in African’s setting movie? or probably because of the awesome final 10 minutes involving killer gorilla and laser weapon? I don’t really know, but I still think Congo is a good movie, an enjoyable and quirky one.


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11 Reasons Why THE AVENGERS Arguably is the Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time

Before reading the 10 reasons, I would like you guys to know that I never considered THE DARK KNIGHT(2008) as a superhero movie. Because when Christopher Nolan manage to bring the superhero world to the reality with his take on Batman, he doesn’t make a superhero/comic book movie. He made one of the best thriller/action movie of all time. Another one is, I’m not a marvel fanboy. But even though Batman is my favorite superhero of all time, Off course I do prefer Marvel than DC. But The Avengers wasn’t really my liking. Cap, Hulk, Thor, and Iron man felt too stiff for me. So here’s the 10 reason. OH, i forgot, SPOILER ALERT!

  • Fun. The Avengers is fun. It is a crowd-pleaser through and through right from the first minute. It is really a roller coaster ride that make you hold your breath, smiling, laughing, and being entertained. My inner geek heart jumping up and down in those two hours.
  • It manage to beat the unfairly pretty high expectations that I had going into the cinema.Seriously, ever since Samuel L.Jackson appear in the post credit scene at the first Iron Man back in 2008, the hype for the Avengers is began. And somehow, marvel manage to overcome the hype and even make the movie is better than the hype.
  • Hulk. This is the perfect way to capture Hulk. Mark Rufallo felt too comical for Bruce Banner. I prefer Edward Norton. But when Banner turning into his green, muscle bound, earth smashing alter ego, He’s the rock star of the Movie.
  • The Joke. What can I say? Its Josh Whedon. From “Puny god…”, to the “He’s Adopted….”. Amusing. This is Whedon at his best.
  • Josh Whedon himself. This guy did it. Now he can laugh at and give the middle finger to the studio who canceled his firefly. Among every people that involved in this awesome movie, his task is the heaviest. But somehow, he didn’t ruined it by being a director. He make it great by being a fans.
  • It felt like a comic book. I felt like reading the Civil War, or ultimate avengers, except that its in flesh and blood! Its like a dream come true when Thor vs Hulk goes one on one. 5 years ago, I wouldn’t never expect that this movie is really happening. I know I’m smiling very hard when that scene is finally arrived.
  • The interaction between the main heroes(Stark, Rogers, Banner, and Thor). Effective, brilliant, and truthful to the comic. It really felt very organic and flesh. Cap and Stark is really never getting along very well. Hulk and Thor small rivalry. The small talk between them. I just don’t want it to be end. This is the ace up the Avengers sleeve. Its not some just heavy CGI action movie. Cut out the action and I’d still want to see this movie.
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki. This is the powerhouse acting of this Avengers. I love his facial expression. I dig his hair and costume. I love his cockiness. Nobody should play Loki beside Tom Hiddleston.
  • Robert Downey Jr. What can I say. Dude was born to play Tony Stark.
  • Action scene and special effect. That last 20 minutes is incredibly BAD ASS! Very very satisfying.
  • The Middle Credit Scene. ITS THANOS. This is the best credit scene ever in Marvel history. This could open the gate to other awesomeness that another Avengers will bring to us!

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