Three In One Review: The Oath (2018), Ghost Stories (2020) & Love Wedding Repeat (2020)

Since being home quarantined, watching films has been keeping me sane and thankfully there are plenty that I haven’t seen (I know!). Just like these three: a dark comedy satire, scary short films from India and Netflix’s new rom-com with Olivia Munn. Check it out! Continue reading “Three In One Review: The Oath (2018), Ghost Stories (2020) & Love Wedding Repeat (2020)”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Introduces Me To Fred Rogers And Oh… I’m So Glad

I never knew who Fred Rogers was and if you are not born in the States, chances are, you will not too. Inspired by Tom Junod’s “Can You Say… Hero” is about his meeting with Fred Rogers in 1998, but the Golden Globe-nominated film changed Tom’s name to Lloyd Vogel, but kept Fred as, well, Fred. The change is understandable since nothing “dramatic” happened in Tom Junod’s life after, but their encounter did have a deeper impact, as quoted from his recent article, “A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.” Now, this is what A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood plot is about. Continue reading “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Introduces Me To Fred Rogers And Oh… I’m So Glad”

The Grudge (2020) and Other Horror Reboots & Remakes That Scored Low on Rotten Tomatoes

With the new year comes a new list of remake/reboot films, and this first week of 2020 we got my childhood favourite’s horror remake, The Grudge. Now, I have no idea why would anyone in their right mind want to reboot this, but they did, and they have a pretty decent cast. However, as per today the ratings are in and The Grudge (2020) received a low score from world’s famous aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes.

Funnily, this is not the first time a horror remake scored low on the website. Want to know which of the other film tanked with the critics and moviegoers as well? Read on. Continue reading “The Grudge (2020) and Other Horror Reboots & Remakes That Scored Low on Rotten Tomatoes”

I Never Thought I Could Relate To Marriage Story (2019), But I Did [Movie Review]

I remembered watching Scarlett Johansson’s interview on Ellen about Marriage Story a while back when she couldn’t really explained what the film is about (to be fair, it isn’t exactly just a divorce film). But, then I caught Adam Driver on Colbert and he managed to tell us about their new film. Even though I thought I knew what the film was going to be, I still didn’t know what I was into. After the film ends, I kept on thinking about the characters, judging the husband and relating more to the wife (you will too). But, not until I discussed it with several friends that I got an “ah ha” moment that I, actually, could relate to both of them.

Spoilers alert!

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Can Gundala (2019) Be The Start of Indonesian Superheroes Genre? My Honest Review

Most of the time when a country that’s not Hollywood tries to produce a superhero films, it didn’t fare well. This should be a crippling fear of any filmmaker who are thinking to follow the path. Would it be compared to the gargantuan Marvel and DC? Could they avoid similarities with the Western comics or avoid making a cartoon-ish hero? It’s a hard battle, to be honest.

Last year, Gundala was announced at Indonesian Comic Con. Little was known about the project, just that it’s the first Indonesian superhero films based on 60’s popular local comics that involved a team of Indonesian brilliant cinematic minds. Many are skeptics, me included, but the excitement grew. Nearing the release of the film, a stellar marketing promotions was held: From relaunching the old comics, stellar teaser release at one of the biggest music festivals in town to countless roadshows. Needless to say, the team knows how to handle the marketing promotions. They managed to started a buzz that went viral on social media, could they deliver what they promised?

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Christopher Robin Makes Me Remember My Inner Child [Review]

May contain spoilers!

There are some films that are meant to be for kids and there are some kids film that are meant to be for adults. Yes, the new Christopher Robins film is not by far, a kid’s film. I know, I was surprised by those parents who brought their kids to watch this, thinking it’s a happy-go-lucky rainbow-coloured cartoon film, filled with beloved cartoon characters from their childhood. Well, the parents’ childhood, not the kids.

Not that the new Christopher Robin film is sad or gloomy by any means. It is actually rather entertaining and delightful for me. You see, I don’t really grow up with Winnie The Pooh and Hundred Acres Woods, but I know of it. I remember the time I accompanied my little sister to watch those cartoons, and I too, begin to fall in love with these adorable characters. Continue reading “Christopher Robin Makes Me Remember My Inner Child [Review]”