Lalaland (2016) 10/10

Lalaland (2016), 10/10

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I should tell you, it is a masterpiece and it achieved a modern musical film. It reminds me of “Singing in the rain” but it is more realistic and definitely breathtaking picture.
The camera works is very magical, flexible, perfect for the story, I admire how despicable it is but is unique, intelligent and emotional–uses the beauty of long takes.
The cuts were musically inspired, every beat of the music transpires simultaneously. The classic transitions was applied marvelously.

The choreography of both music and dance is magnificent! It is in fact dreamy, gorgeous and definitely soaring.
Well, I love how the lines were strikingly beautiful as well as the acting performances. I noticed the chemistry of the two, they are their own roles. Emma Stone who got me laughing and crying at the same time, Ryan Gosling who is completely handsome and composed just exactly his character. How genuine their acting performance is. The best part is when they argue during their dinner and I could say that that scene is legit. You know when the argument is real if both person couldn’t even look at each other’s eyes. Well, they’ve done that pretty successful maybe you’ve noticed it too how they’re trying to avoid each other’s gazes. When the situation of both parties were at fault that means they are sad and ashamed of what brought them to be in that complicated relationship. They love each other though, that’s why they are afraid to hurt each other but by not realizing it they already hurting each other. It is already shown from their own eyes.
The production design is successful and perfect — every hard work is exquisite. Considering the colors and the touch of the 80’s conspires with the passionate hearts of both of the protagonist. Sebastian who loves jazz music, who dreamt to have his own jazz club to save jazz music from dying. Mia, she admires the 50’s actress Ingrid Bergman. I love how Damien Chazelle created unique characters with the passion for the classics.

The plot is smoothly written, it is romantic and really inspiring. (I can’t composed any good words for the structure of this film, but 100% inspiring.)

  • The whole film inspired people to do the things that they love to do, to pursue the dreams despite of plenty of obstacles on the way. You’re a fool to continue that dream but in this story, all will become possible at the right moment.

The thing is you need to keep going even if it’s tiring and depressing sometimes, always remember that you will get there soon. You have your own time.


Mon Oncle (1958) 10/10

Mon Oncle (1958)

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This is one of my favorite comedy film, first of all it has great humor as it uses the intelligent concept of architecture. The picture is meticulous as it simultaneously coordinate with its balanced sounds. Naturally, some viewers may find it boring and bland considering the subtle look of the film notwithstanding the comic facade of the film solves its flat qualities. You will get the idea of colored pictures in the 50’s that they are usually thriving in terms of depicting what the modern society might look like.

He also correlated the non-modern society and modern aspect of human life. One of the perspective that I admire from this film was the positive insight on how you live your life, if you turn out to be more balance with people; moreover, you are mostly dependent to what society tells you.

However, when you consider greeting life just how Jacques Tati has worked on, the probability of enjoying anything you have on your current status in life is one of the tip to have an an amazing life especially if you are with people you love to be with.

The thought of “control” was being pointed within. How the parents has a control of their child’s happiness as well as how they manipulate their home when they have visitors (to impress or to boast how rich they are). The manifestation of how technology makes life easier but created a complicated matter inside their home. It achieved a brilliant comedy as clever as the technical built of sounds and camera works, movements and a balance performance from Jacques Tati.

He does have some kind of resemblance of Charlie Chaplin.


Carol (2015) 10/10

CAROL (2015)

*HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDcarol4This is my favorite film of 2016. If you can glance on my film diary, well it’s full of Carol on it. I watched it plenty of times already!

I must say it is a lesbian film that feels good in a right way when you watched it, despite of the said social and political issues inside the film. However, it was rectified by Dir. Todd Haynes that this is made for aesthetics and romance it is better to leave political issues outside the line. Audience have their own principle of thinking so it is best just to let it be their own interpretations even if it is concerning with political or social issues.

It is a romance, rather a wonderful, beautiful love between a two women whom welcomed by love at first sight. The adoration all started when their eyes met in just a second and everything just fall into place. I admire the writing of Patricia Highsmith, the plot was subtle and perfectly intense in some point;  and to the wonderful screenplay by Phyllis Nagy the whole experience was extremely remarkable. We sympathizes with the two protagonists whose love is dependent to what society thinks and that is their love is immoral, because Haynes brought us to his 50’s world with lesbian romance that you wouldn’t imagine to witness because of it’s exquisite visual literacy.  AND in the 50’s homosexuality is a disease that is needed to be cured.

If you have watched Brief Encounter (1946), you might have noticed some similarities between the two especially their plot structure and also the immoral love that both of the protagonist acquired. I also recommend it, it is tragic for a love affair –lol.

Many had spoken that this is the first lesbian film that obtain a happy ending, as they proclaim it. Yes, I absolutely agree on that on the other hand, in my opinion the reason why they proposed this kind of notion is because they exposed an open ending. There are several ideas that pursue that Carol is definitely a happy ending for a lesbian film because there’s this feeling that you foresee that there is still hope for love—there is always a second chance.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara was incredibly phenomenal. They have this perfect chemistry which made the film romantic without trying hard. While watching the film, I never feel like looking in a lesbian film but instead I just witnessed how two people falls in love in an instant. They deserved every award and recognitions they received.

I truly believed that this film was heartbreaking and subtle at the same time. I adore how Haynes organized every scenes very carefully; especially when he used the tricky structure of Brief Encounter whereas the first and last scene of the film was indeed similar but with different intentions.

He let the audience to feel innocent in the first scene at the Ritz Hotel but when we finally came to the last part we ought to feel a different emotion as we already catched what is already happening and what is just happened between them, it becomes more intense and dramatic compared to the first time it is shown. Specifically, when Carol stated “I love you” you can feel how genuine and sad it was.

I also noticed how the film evolves from the point of view of Therese into Carol. The first scenes focus on the qualities of Carol and how Therese’s adoration with her developed so it is Therese’s point of view presented on the first several plots. And then it changes to Carol’s point of view, when the plot focuses on how Carol’s life has changed when she left Therese and how she took the first move to see Therese and hoping for a second chance with her. But Therese doesn’t want to take another risk with her since Carol had broken her heart for the first time. However, love will always find it ways to connect you to the one you truly love and who genuinely loves you.

Final thoughts, I did not see this film as a lesbian film because of its strong universality.



Arrival (2016) 10/10

Arrival (2016) 

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The film was surreal I can’t even discern fiction and reality from this piece (the thought of the possibilities in the film, it seems real like it could happen in the future) it is in fact mind blowing and it is without a doubt breathtaking.

The cliche concept of “alien invasion” is completely changed into a more positive attack to begin with, it is not your another average alien movie— everything is new.

I adore how it delicately unfold every details as if you were solving the puzzle with Amy. Different emotions was successfully linked with it’s intense transition of scenes, I admire that kind of edit as its cuts elicit various kind of emotions. Also, the cinematography intensify every plot as well as the music, it is heavy and dark but mostly it uses ambient noise which makes it more realistic, dramatic and thrilling.
One of the good thing about this film is how it converts people into thinking on focusing on Aliens first like how it would do to humanity but the film turns out to have a very substantial message about humanity. How will you compensate for the building up of our humanity.
Well, I can say that it is less complicated compared to Interstellar it is more vague in terms of the concept of “time”.
Speaking of great performance, Amy is brilliant just like the film per se she is raw and natural. This is her film, she polished everything including the intelligence and empathy of her character.
I think the director solved his films by dealing with common themes and turning it into incredible piece of art.


Maybe in the future, we don’t know.

Blue Jasmine (2013) 10/10


*This is just a very short review.

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13-BlueJasmine-u-can-see-meltdown-in-cates-eyes-as-jasmine.jpgThe film achieved the dramatic and painful story of a socialite that ended up mad, really mad. I admired the process of Woody Allen how he widely welcome the heavy reality all the way of his films and finally deals with the tragic ending. It’s all about the real deal! When it comes in the performance, Cate Blanchett shows her versatility and it is impossible not to feel for her character.

If you ask me I think it is identical to Streetcar named Desire (1951), also deals with social issues. (I have a review for that)

Well, I think the film has a touch of self-awareness which creates empathy with the audience. It is possible to sympathize with her or maybe you might think she deserves all that misfortune, well you’ll feel it if you watch it.

But I am 100% in awe w/ this film!