I am an American national of Indonesian descent, currently an undergrad student in Northern Kentucky, USA.
I watch an average of three new movies every week, mostly Hollywood-produced but I do watch a considerable number of French, German, British, Japanese, and Korean movies too.
The year the movie is produced is also an essential factor. Generally, I only watch movies produced in the 21st century. I don't find older movies enjoyable to watch: They have poorer CGI, their background OST eats up 90% of the movie duration, the intro takes up 10 mins (or sometimes more)...which I think is anything but fun. However, notable exceptions do exist, such as Heidi or The Sound of Music.
Since leaving Indonesia in 2009, I have not bought any movie DVD/Blurays at all, regardless of how good the movie is. I only borrow them from public library or rent them thru Netflix/Blockbuster.
I don't want to watch any movie more than once unless it is something I would rate 4.5 or 5.
What is with Hollywood these days? The theme of takeover of the country's most vital assets (whether by domestic or by foreign elements) seems to be repeated across various movies, such as "Olympus Has Fallen", "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", or even "Red Dawn". The story has become too predictable. Sigh.
The funny thing is that in the end, despite all the intricate plots and numerous thrilling scenes, the White House is saved by a little girl waving the Star-Spangled Banner flag. That must be a new low for an action movie. LOL.
I was expecting a somewhat violent or revolutionary drama. Instead, this German drama focuses more on how these young people try to navigate their daily lives while doing childish pranks on rich people's houses to express their frustrations. Overall, the plot's direction is a bit confusing. However, being a sympathizer of the left-wing cause, I find "The Edukators" quite satisfying to watch.
The title "Russian Dolls" is rather unfortunate, as it makes the movie sound like it is a girly movie. Which it is not, really. This sequel to "L'Auberge Espagnole" is about the love ventures of Xavier (Romain Duris) as he tries to decide which among his latest jobs (and girlfriends) are really worth the hassle to stick onto. A mini mid-life crisis, I say.
I did not find out that this is a sequel movie until I read the synopsis soon after watching it. Nevertheless, as a standalone movie, "Russian Dolls" is still a lovely movie to watch.
The excellent actresses (e.g. Audrey Tautou, Lucy Gordon) and the dreamy soundtrack that accompanies us throughout the movie have made this French-British romantic comedies one of my favourites of all time.
The latest sequel to the Iron Man franchise is just...exhausting to watch. After having been impressed with the first two movies, "Iron Man 3" really has nothing new to offer in the "human-machine integration" of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Tony Stark's boldness in challenging his enemy (by giving out his address, etc) has simply made him a character that is much harder to like.
I have to say, the only thing that saves this movie from doom is its CGI. Plus the fact that potential romance between Tony and Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) does pique some curiosity.
Feels like the entire TV series of "Smallville" is packed into slightly more than two hours worth of movie. Sans Lex Luthor. Sans the Clark-Lois love chemistry. I'd say the movie is highly artistic with all those fantastic CGI. Nonetheless, there is not much to offer in terms of story line, is there?
"Punch" is a light Korean drama about a teenage boy living in a poor neighbourhood in Seoul. The fact that he is a half-Korean, poor, and befriends some odd people puts the spotlight to the disenfranchised people in urban Korea...which is a theme that is rarely explored in Korean dramas. The emotion and the comedy are just enough to make it an nice, heartwarming family drama.
"Star Trek: Into Darkness" does not offer very much in terms of story substance. Nonetheless, it does have entertaining CGI and action. It's also quite cool seeing Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the main roles.
A somewhat decent thriller based on the true story of an Irishman who was conflicted between loyalty to his Irish roots and patriotism to the British government. The setting was during the early days of the IRA in Northern Ireland, hence it was all tense. The atmosphere is rather dark like most other British spy movies, but overall, it is a great watch (though I read on its Wikipedia article that the story somewhat deviated from the original story it was based on).
The atmosphere overall feels like a film noir, perhaps because it is one. I've never read the book it is based on, hence my review here would be purely for the movie version.
I find it incomprehensible why I even like this movie, given the fact that it shows rich Americans' disinterest in the life of poor people. What is filled with great joy and galore in the beginning turn into a story of despair in the end, and if I start discussing all the different symbolisms in this movie, I am afraid it could go on forever.
However, this movie is a great work of art and drama that firstly brings our hopes up only to crush it later on. It reveals the indifference of the ultra-rich of America, which was what Francis Fitzgerald had perhaps envisioned when he wrote this story. That is probably the reason why I like the movie after all: it reveals the unfair socio-cultural structure that exists in the rich-poor gap of America since the Jazz era of the 1920s.