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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8 perfect songs for Road Trip

 I guess there’s no need some kinda explanation for the title. Everybody loves road trippin’. And music should be a huge part of it. Because lets face it, traveling without music is like eating french fries without ketchup.

Sheryl Crow – Soak up the Sun

Actually almost every single cherish Sheryl Crow song is a road trip material(and because she always talk about road and trip). Songs like Everyday is winding road, or All I wanna do will works too. But Soak up the sun definitely the best in telling our expectations bout what our trip should be. The song is cheerful, windy, and really could make you want to soak up all the sun.

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Phil Collins – Take Me Home

I can use In the air tonight,  or Home by the Sea too because of how atmospheric and hypnotic those two songs felt. But the lyrics of those two is too dark and dangerous to listened at a road trip where usually people mind goes blank in the middle of the nowhere.  Take Me Home is different. Take me home felt good and safe. The beat and drums felt like an extension version of Toto’s Africa(which is a very good road trip song too, but too cliche for me to pick)

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Eagle Eye Cherry – To Love Somebody

There’s a light indeed every time the intro of this song hitting. The first time I heard this very great acoustic version of a very popular Bee Gees track, is from Y Tu Mama Tambien, my favorite Road Trip movie of all time. So, I guess that explained why this song goes in this list.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain 

I heard a lot of people said, that CCR is the greatest band in terms of producing road trippin songs. In fact, you can road tripping the whole world using the any CCR greatest hits album. Well, yeah, if you like country rock. CCR is a great band, but listening to their whole record while in road trip will introducing you to the same extreme boredom when you listen to other southern influenced rock band too much. Almost all of their music sound the same, from Stevie ray Vaughan to ZZ Top. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great bands and awesome musician, but putting every track in a road trip play list to their kind of music is absolutely stupid.  And I love have you ever seen the rain, the song is always exist in my road trip, wherever I’m going to, which is why I put it in this list.

 

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The Rolling Stones – You cant always get what you want 

After the first peace chorus, there’s something breezy about when the music break apart and goes in to another part of the song. That’s the perfect moment that came from this song. The part that easily could make me remember all the beautiful sunset that I’ve seen. The part that easily could make me feel all the beaches that I’ve been. You can always get what you want probably is not the greatest Rolling stone track for me, but it’s the most memorable, because you cant always get what you want, just like all the trip.

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College feat Electric Youth – A Real Hero 

This is the song to hear when the first time a white pristine sandy beach shooting up in your eyes. This is the song to hear when you car is passing a mega huge desert with emptiness laying all over the place. This is the song to hear when you see the sun is coming up from the sea, and make you feel throwing out the sentence, “IM ALIVE” to yourself. This song is born to be a road trip song. This song is born to accompany you driving no matter where you are. One of the greatest thing ever created by humankind.

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Queens of the Stone Age – Make it with Chu 

 There’s a reason why almost every Queens of the Stone Age song is good for driving and sex….. Its because their song is felt like a driving and sex! Especially this song. Not that I expecting all the road tripper to having sex while driving.

 

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Summer of Space – With You 

Every time this song is playing, i just want to grab my car keys and driving all night long while letting this song keep playing. It feels like an angel whispering to you to get the hell out from the city and do some road trip.

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Honorable mention : All Saints – Pure Shores, Moby – In This World, Led Zeppelin – Whole lotta love, Jason Mraz – I’m Yours, Elton John – Tiny Dancer, U2 – Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For, etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shame * 8.25/10

Shame obviously a very very adult theme movie. But, even though the movie is full of naked woman all over the place, Shame definitely is not a jerk off material, cause I can see how potentially audience viewers might be distracted by the nudity and graphic of this film. But I shit you not, shame wasn’t that kind of cheap movie. Why? because from the beautiful directing style of Steve McQueen, to the intensity that Fassbender brings, SHAME is the 2011 2nd best movie after Drive. Its a good anti-erotic NC-17 movie.

Shame tells you the story of  Brandon, played by Fassbender, a sex addict who never knows how intimacy and love feels. So much sex surrounding him it becomes sick and perverted though he seems to be the only one who knows it for sure. But still, all those shit doesn’t stop him from getting on with his day with sex sex and sex.  This inability to bond with fellow human creatures is causing him pain, but apparently not enough to push him to find a solution.

I don’t think that shame is an entertainment.  Shame probably is the only film that I do think as one of the best ever, even though, I probably don’t ever need or want to see it again. The whole movie tone is very brooding, stone cold, and relentless. Even the shot of the usual glamorous New York city is feels very dark and long in Shame. Shame is a beautifully shot film, but there is nothing pretty about it. It feels like, American Psycho. Replace all the killings with Sex. Like usual, Michael Fassbender is awesome. He feels very raw and sexually shameful gritty in here. You can really feel the loneliness and  angry that comes within him, and you know that the character doesn’t realize that. The director seems to be fascinated by Fassbender’s naked body because the director has him nude within the first minutes of Shame, including a totally unnecessary shot of the star standing in front of a toilet, relieving himself after an encounter with an escort in his apartment. But this kind of nudity works well in this kinda movie. As Brandon’s sister, Sissy, Mulligan understands that there’s fear, insecurity, pain, and a bit of persistence in the character. The naked introduction of her probably needless, but its evoking some idea in my mind, like, “don’t tell me that this guy will fuck his own sister?” and actually its the real thought that makes me going till the end of Shame. But, alas, it didn’t happen.

In the end, Shame is a wonderful masterpiece. but the truth is, please don’t make any sequel out of this. It was really fucked up enough to see it at the first time. It’s a sad realistic truth about sex and the addiction that comes along with it. And probably, a lot of guys in this world, already plague by it, whether or not they realized it.

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Quick Review : Part III

The Descendants(2011) 

Decent, but not special, touchy and pretty logical movie. Clooney is a hit and miss for me.  Love his work at From Dusk till Dawn, the Perfect Storm and Solaris, but other than that, BLAH. The Descendants did nothing for me other than just simple plain movie. I doubt the movie will be much memorable if the setting, music, and atmosphere wasn’t in Hawaii or Hawaii-esque. The ending is brilliant by the way. Neither sad or happy and teach us, human, that no matter how bad things is going around us, there’s always a bright side out of it.

7/10

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  Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol(2011)

Surprisingly good and effective. There’s something annoying but interesting came out from Tom Cruise every time his face shows up. I’m laughing at the screen when “A TOM CRUISE PRODUCTION” shows up. Cool gadget. Cool opening scene. Powerful Paula Patton. Simon Pegg as a comic relief is irritating. Flaws logic(how could there’s  no single person/guest make some kind of report to the security when Tom Cruise climbing that tallest building in the world? He didn’t climb wall, he climb glasses! With other guest inside of it. Because its the tallest building in the planet! get the logic?). Splendid action scene. Oh, and I watched this after the Raid, surprisingly again, i found this flick is better than The Raid.  Money says everything right?

8/10.

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The Divide(2011)

Filled with plot holes, characters potrayed as an idiot and illogical decision. Very bleak, uncomfortable, dirty and disturbing atmosphere. Makes me somehow questioning human conscience. I went in with no expectation, and the movie really flabbergasted me in terms of where it was ended and predictability. The science fiction genre is ended in about 50 minutes, and replaced by thriller with a little drop of torture porn. Love it.

7.5/10

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Survival Style 5+(2005) 

Original. Daring. Surreal.  Bizzare. Fun. Insane. Why? I won’t spoil the story but let me just tell you the main characters in this movie. A gang of thieves with very homo erotic members, a British professional assassin whom always asked somebody “what is your function of your life”, a middle age guy whose being hypnotized to act like a bird, an immortal girl who always trying to killed and to be killed by her husband. is that enough?

8/10

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 Carnage(2011)

Roman Polanski weakest movie ironically is the most star studded one. Filled with heavy weight of acting like Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, and Christoph Waltz, Carnage is failed to connect with me. Its too pretentious and in the same place, simple. Its like, Roman trying too hard to make a  heavy but not too heavy comedy, but he failed. The plot  is too shallow and blah for me to take it serious. Its like watching some random group uninterestingly complaining and whining about their life, but this time they cost us.  Well, what can I say. It is a Carnage.

5.5/10

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The Ghost and the Darkness(1996) 

I always loved a monster/hunt movies no matter how bad/stupid the movie is.  Well, to tell you the truth, The Ghost and the Darkness is far from Bad and Stupid. It tells us a very convincingly and realistic take on Tsavo Man eater. The real case where 2 lions devouring a lot of humans in Tsavo(obviously). Michael Douglas is always interesting to watch. The Lion is cool. But Val Kilmer. Hmm, what can I say. Even the Lion is acting better than him. Other than Kilmer miscast, the production value from this flick is good and enjoyable enough as your Saturday night movies with a popcorn. Do not put your expectation high by the way.

7/10

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The Raid * 8/10

I told you all before, I’ve seen a lot of shit. And in terms of action movies, I’ve seen a LOT of SHIT. My favorite fighting scene in a movie of all time is the MMA/Pride influenced brawl between Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung in Sha Po Lang. Although the fight is still looks good now, it doesn’t meant shit in terms of extravaganza and WOW effect compared to The RAID.

I won’t tell you the story, because its so simple, forgettable, a bit idiotic in terms of logic, and actually belong in video game universe. But the reason we are watching UFC/Pride, soccer match, boxing match, aren’t for the plot right? We’re looking for an adrenaline rush. And The Raid is that kind of the movie. The acting is so trash and laughable its barely could be called acting. The plot twist is predictable and BLAH. The set and lighting looks so cheap and amateurish. The plot hole and inconsistency between all the small detail and sense of logic is nearly zero and BLAH. But when the fighting scene erupts, you’ll forget all those technical crap.

Holy Shit, every single fighting scene in this movie its like a mixture between last 40 minutes of HARD BOILED, every hand to hand combat in THE EXPENDABLES, bloody slasher in first KILL BILL, Jackie Chan last fight in the sequel of DRUNKEN MASTER, every single Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa’s movies, and Batman Arkham City. Only this time, there’s no such thing as quick camera MTV Generation cut. We can see all the slash, kick, punch, choke, very clearly in the screen. Its not realistic in terms of damage and skill, but its very satisfying and ground breaking. The fights choreograph very beautifully, menacing, and deadly. THE RAID is setting the bar very high and currently untouchable  in terms  of fighting scene. Its kicking Hollywood and Hongkong in their asses with that BAR.

 I get it, the director and producer probably decided want to sell the action, not all the other crap like story and acting. Probably the budget isn’t that much to began with. Its understandable and forgivable because The Raid is amaze me. This is how Indonesian movies should go by now, even though that sounds very optimistically dreamy. Probably the only thing that’s gonna go fly away high is Eko Uwais and the Director. Just like Tony Jaa’s and Thailand’s movies. The Majority of Indonesian cinema will still laid in the carcass trash bottom feeding horror comedy direct to DVD movie.  The Raid didn’t make me proud as an fellow Indonesian. It makes me feels more bad ass than any of those karate Jason Statham Jet Li Pokemon Michael Bay movies

8/10. Satisfying Guilty Pleasure Indeed!

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Is Tim Burton really sucks and overrated?

Everybody who loves watching movies knows who the fuck is Tim Burton. He’s the genius behind the so-called revolutionary pseudo-goth visual filled movies like Batman, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Ed Wood, and lots other. He got  millions of fans. His movie made millions of dollar. Every single one of his movie is distinctive, unique, and quirky, in a good way, enough at visual department. But is he sucks? Is he overrated?

Yes, IMO Tim Burton is a glorified production set designer who doesn’t deserve the status as a visionary and shouldn’t be allowed near a movie set and his lover, Johnny Depp, ever again.

Burton makes 4 great movies. Batman, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, and Mars Attack!(I consider Mars Attack good because it doesn’t take itself seriously. Its a fuckin’ weird campy nightmare parody. People should realize and get that).

A bunch of mediocre ones like Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns and Bettlejuice.

And the rest of his movie is suck, soul less, and idiotic. Why? Because every script in all those movie is incoherent and filled with unimaginative character and story. Its like Burton only care for how gothic and emo Depp and his wife look in the screen, but rarely give a single fuck about what his character said or did. Burton need to fucking realize that a great visual style does not transform the movie to a pleasant journey for the viewer.  He’s not David Lynch, who always literally decided to punish his Audience, but at cared about every single detail from the story of his movie, even sometimes it doesn’t make sense.  In Tim Burton case, it doesn’t meant that I don’t understand or confused by the story, but its just felt STUPID. Burton is not a bad director, he’s just over overrated.  Tim Burton is a motherfucking visual genius. I admit that. However, the vast majority of his movie are not hurt by being put on mute.

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