I wish I have time to write one review per movie for these next 3 movies…but lately I have so much to share and I think putting 3 movies in one post in a better option
I watched these 3 movies somewhere this month. The first two movies are quite odd but I really like it, the last one is the movie a lot of people been talking about.
Apart from these three, I also watch Son of Rambow in TV…it was a fun children film and I love their accent. I rewatched Sunshine, it was my fourth time viewing and instead of making me bored it made me like it more, I am thinking of upgrading my rating on the movie. I also rewatched Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz because I wanted to write about The Ice Cream and Blood Trilogy (soon).
This week, I am not planning to watch any movie because I have just received Doctor Who 2006 and 2007. I am planning to finish the entire episode before seeing other movie. I really like this series and David Tenant is so cute. Review will be written for each series. Plus…the Olympic has started and I will be busy watching the games
Now…let’s start the review.
Fish story (2009)
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
Staring: Gaku Hamada, Atsushi Itô, Mirai Moriyama, Dakaku Hama, Tabe Mikako, Kora Kengo, Omori Nao
Based on a Novel by: Tamio Hayashi
I first heard about Fish Story from Priska @ Purisika’s Random Review. She gave the movie high rating and it has one of my favorite Japanese actors, Mirai Moriyama. The story intrigued me. I couldn’t find its DVD (no surprise there) so I downloaded the movie (sorry but I have no other choice). When I finished watching it, I was left speechless…it was an amazing domino effect movie.
For someone who rarely seen Japanese movie, they might think that the movie is too quite or too slow…but for someone like me who has been seeing Japanese movies since teenager, the slow and quite pace is just another ordinary Japanese movie style. Throughout the movie, we were left questioning what is the connection of each story? As I have said before, it’s a movie with domino effect, they revealed the connection of each story at the end of the movie and that ending was so unpredictable…and you know how I LOVE unpredictable story.
The movie started with a group of three men in a music shop. Japan was left deserted because everyone was leaving the low ground to find protection of higher ground such as mountains. They were trying to avoid being killed by tsunami as a huge meteor was about to hit earth. Each man in the music shop had different opinions on the meteor crisis, one odd visitor was ready to die and very pessimist, the shop owner was so sure that 5 heroes will save the earth, the customer was hoping that somehow the earth will be saved. The three men were living in 2012.
The story then jump back and forth to years before 2012 as the shop owner explain about a Punk Rock band from Japan named Gekirin. The band was formed before Sex Pistols turned punk into famous music genre. Gekirin had a song called Fish Story. The film suddenly took us to different stories, a man who tried to be brave by saving a girl; a strange priest who believed the earth was about to end; a member of the hospitality staff on an ocean liner who had been trained to be a champion of justice since childhood tried to safe a girl from a bunch of ferry hijackers; and the story how Gekirin made Fish Story. All these short stories from different time connected to how the earth was saved, I was left clueless till the end on how it all connects.
I really really like this movie, my guess of how it all connects was totally wrong…and that’s why I was left speechless when they explained it step by step… A wonderful domino effect. And I have so much love toward movies I can’t predict. I also like how the attempts to save the earth are NOT only by Japanese even though it’s a Japanese movie, unlike how American makes saving the earth movies, they always focus on the fact that ONLY the American can save the earth (i.e. Armageddon, Independence Day, etc). I also like the cast, Mirai Moriyama was brilliant there, he was so convincing as a martial art master (thanks to his dancing skill)…unfortunately, there was one actress that I dislike, Tabe Mikako was a terrible actress, her crying act was soooo made up. She was the reason I couldn’t give 5 stars for this movie.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director: Spike Jonze
Staring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, and John Malkovich.
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
I had wanted to see this movie since the day I saw the trailer, which was back in 1999. The movie was not released in Indonesian Cinema and over the years I sort of forgotten about this movie. Then Priska @ Purisuka’s Random Review reviewed the movie and I remembered about how I wanted to see this movie. Since I couldn’t find the movie anywhere, I – again – downloaded the movie. This liking non-blockbuster movie is forcing me to do piracy … sorry.
Being John Malkovich is a weird but very original movie. The idea that a person can be inside someone else’s body is an interesting idea. I wasn’t expecting anything when I saw the movie…all I know is that a tunnel can take someone into John Malkovich mind.
Craig Schwartz was an unsuccessful puppeteer. His wife, Lotte, asked him to find a job to help supporting their life. Reluctantly he searched for a job and found one. His new work place was a bizarre place with a very low ceiling on floor 71/2. Craig fell in love with Maxine Lund and tried so hard to attract her. Maxine had no desire at all toward the quirky Craig. Craig accidentally found a small door which could take him into John Malkovich. He could only be inside him for 15 minutes, after that he was thrown somewhere.
He told Lotte and Maxine about his unusual experience. Maxine wanted to make money out of it while Lotte wanted to try it and became addicted with it. The story then involved around these three people. A strange love triangle and John Malkovich was caught in the middle of it all.
There were some very funny moment that made me laugh so loud, I guess calling it as Dark comedy is correct because it is a funny movie in its own way. It’s a bizarre movie and I can understand if some people couldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. The oddity of this movie makes me wish I could have written such story, something that other people never think of.
I read that Malkovich was half intrigued and half horrified when he first read the script…I am glad he took the job because I couldn’t think of any other actor to play his role. He is a unique actor…as unique as his fictional character
The Dark Knight Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
Staring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Writer: Jonathan Nolan & David S Goyer
First of all, my condolence to all the victim of Colorado shooting.
TDKR is a highly anticipated movie by many people. Although I like Batman more than other superheroes in tight suit, but I am not as eager as everybody else toward the movie. My original plan was to see it in DVD…but then I heard that Nolan’s favorite cameo makes another appearance. Well, that only means one thing…to the cinema I shall go
Nolan mentioned that TDKR is his last Batman movies. As a last movie, he sure made it as long as possible…plus more explosions. I enjoy the movie but…hate me if you like but I stand with my opinion…I couldn’t say that it’s a great movie, it’s just a fun movie. It is still better than other superhero movies which end up only as fill in the time kind of entertainment for me. TDKR shows a lot of human aspect of the superhero.
I will try to summarize the story without spoiler. The movie took place 8 years after The Dark Knight. Gotham had become a peaceful city and they owed it to Harvey. Batman was blamed for Harvey’s death and he never showed up in public again. Something made Bruce Wayne decided to show up again…and so did Batman. Batman had to deal with machinery named Bane. Bane planned his action very well and causing so much problem to both Batman and Gotham city.
I can’t say more than that as the movie is still new and some might not have seen the movie. More than what I have said would result in spoiling the movie. I know I wouldn’t be able to write good review at all, therefore please check Ruth @ Flixchatter’s review for a better read
Despite all the great reviews and I also sort of hoping that I would be as impressed as everybody else…but sad to say I wasn’t impressed that much. Now that I have seen what Nolan could do in movies such as Inception, Memento and The Prestige…all the explosions and the twist in Batman seemed inferior to those three movie. Inception, Memento and The Prestige left me with speechless moment when the movies end…When TDKR ends, I didn’t get that awed moment at all. I like it, I am not going to say I don’t like it, but still when I wrote this review I have already forgotten most of the story…the scenes from the movie didn’t stay long in my mind (except for that part involving one actor I love the most). And there are so many exaggerated part and plot holes in the story. To top it all, the ending is just meh.
Maybe there is something wrong with my movie taste…the old me would definitely love TDKR but the new me somehow can only say I enjoy it…and what I enjoy the most is not the story/plot but the cast, everyone plays brilliantly. I love the father and son relationship between Bruce and Alfred, the relationship between Gordon and Blake and between Bruce and Selena. The cast is the winning team of this movie. Plot wise it was okay, Jonathan Nolan could do better than that (please don’t hate me for being a story/plot oriented person).
So happy to find this review by Henry Mananpiring who also has same opinion with me about TDKR, unfortunately it is in Indonesian Language…you can use google translate if you want.
Have you seen any of these movies? Do share your opinion