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Australia (2008)
7 years ago via Flixster

An epic love story that will be the next Gone With the Wind.DIRECTED BY: Baz LuhrmannSTARRING: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Bruce Spence, Jack ThompsonSynopsisSet against the scenic backdrop of pre-World War II Australia, Baz Luhrmann's romantic period adventure stars Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, and Hugh Jackman as the rough-and-tumble cattle driver who helps protect her property from greedy English cattle barons. As the pair attempt to herd 2,000 head of cattle hundreds of miles across the treacherous Australian outback, they are stunned to bear witness to the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces -- who just a few months prior launched a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.Source: Starpulse My ReviewThis is my first review in this site since FOREVER. I haven't use this site for like a couple of months because I've promised myself to put more concern on my school grade. And then this afternoon I looked at my profile and sigh, 'God, how I miss this." So here I am.Back to bussiness, this Baz Luhrmann's movie, well, clearly, there's something terribly wrong about the tagline. 'the next Gone With the Wind'?? I don't know that there will be someone that brave, daring to say the words. But here he is. With the movie Australia. The tagline was a joke, really.But why is the 3 stars? I can't deny how I missed the old-fashioned romance that I thought will be no longer exists since the days of Dr. Zhivago. But, clearly, this movie brings it back, but not quite in the right way. Luhrmann seemed to push the whole things, the romance, the Nullah thingy to fit in the greatest war I've ever known. I appreciate the bravery and will to bring Australia's face a bigger part in this movie industry. In the end, Australia will become a 2 and a half hour of drama who tells the audience its story, but with no satisfaction, as we felt when we watch a good movie.It is long expected movie, for me. I've waited it since summer, it is quite a disappointment, but still worth to watch. Forgive me that I'm using a woman's point of view here, the romance wasn't that bad, and I thought the chemistry was there. The encore of Somewhere Over the Rainbow works for me, it supported the BREATHTAKING scenery of Australia, the exposure of my own neighbor continent's tradition, but they couldn't utterly help the sharpness of the script. We once witnessed beautiful, beautiful, dialogs in Gone With the Wind (I'm sorry, I can't help not to comparing these two), and of course, we expected the encore here. But if you see the movie that way, then you'll find nothing but disappointment. The script was too simple for this epic gala.In simple way to say it, Australia has a proper amunition to hit the higher score. It should not be done this way, I mean, what was Luhrmann doing these 7 years with zero movie producted, after we've seen a great something he has behind the screen with The Red Curtain Triology (contains: A Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!), but this Australia IS NOT A MAGNIFICENT COME BACK FOR LUHRMANN.Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be.Nicole Kidman as Lady Sarah Ashley

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
7 years ago via Flixster

High school graduation.DIRECTED BY: Kenny OrtegaSTARRING: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed, Olesya RulinPENDING REVIEW...

Schindler's List
8 years ago via Flixster

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.DIRECTED BY: Steven SpielbergSTARRING: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth DavidtzSynopsisBased on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow's Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep 1,100 Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps.Source: StarpulseMy ReviewI usually don't write a long review for a movie that I trully respect. I did it to The Godfather, and I did it because first, I don't feel like I have many words to say, and especially because, I feel like I have zero right to judge it. And that is what I'm doing here.I feel like a moron that I've just finished watching it, I mean after all these times I walked around in the world and hey, 'I haven't seen Schindler's List.' What a stupidity. I almost dropped my tears watching it. I can't describe how POWERFUL this movie is. The 3 main casts are PERFECT. Flawless acts by Neeson, Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes. The script, the score, the direction by Steven Spielberg (a standing ovation for the guy), all, exquisite. At the moment after I finished watching it, I sat on my couch doing nothing and told myself that I just watched a movie, not a World War II. It is hard to believe that there is someone in this world is able to make something so real. This is more than just a 195 minutes time of your life that you spent watching movies. And further, this is something that will make you realize about the passing of thousands, millions of lives, and what can we do to make the world a better place to live, that we all capable of it.Yes, I agree with my dear friend Nemka Jay, Schindler's List is A MASTERPIECE YOU HAVE TO WITNESS, AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE.This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.-Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern-

Laskar pelangi (The Rainbow Troops)
8 years ago via Flixster

From the Indonesian book best seller of all time Laskar Pelangi, made by Andrea Hirata...DIRECTED BY: Riri RizaSTARRING: Slamet Rahardjo, Cut Mini Theo, Tora Sudiro, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, Mathias Muchus, Ikranagara, Jajang C. Noer, Lukman SardiSynopsisThe first opening day in Muhammadyah elementary school, is wonderful day for two teacher, Muslimah (Cut Mini) and Harfan (Ikranagara), and 9 students who live in Gantong village, Belintong. Because if the student less than 10, the school will be closed. On that day, Harun is a special student who save them. And they are named Laskar Pelangi by Ibu Muslimah, who has unforgetable moments with them. Ikal, is the main character. His poor family condition doesn't keep his father to give Ikal a proper education. Ikal was sent to the village school that far from the standard of education. The school only has 10 students. But fortunately, in this school, Ikal learned many important things in his life. More than learning how to read, count or even being a champion. With all member of Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Warriors) : Mahar (an exentric artist), Lintang (the genius one), Trapani (a mother complex), Samson (the bulk), Sahara (the only girl), Kucai (talkative), Harun (who always trapped in his childhood life), Syahdan (the loser), and A Kiong (brother of Ikal's first love, a Chinese heir), he lived his school life that full of surprised. Defeating another school in carnival contest, debating a professor in debate contest, until searching for Flo, child from the rich family, who finally join in Laskar Pelangi's school. They did a lot of craziness, almost everyday. Even crossing the sea to find a shaman loved by Mahar and Flo. But everything has an end. Economic condition became main forces that separated them.Source: Exodiac, ShvoongMy ReviewOkay, let me make this clear. I've seen many Hollywood movies. And I've seen bunch of pain in the asses, and I've seen the Oscar qualities. If only I have a right to pick the Best Foreign Pictures nominees in Oscar, I would pick Laskar Pelangi as one of them. And it is not a nepotism, but I think THE MASTERPIECE DESERVES IT.Laskar Pelangi is a movie with powerful emotions inside, all the characters altogether side by side making the marvelous storyline about a living of 11 children of Belitong, who once had one of the most beautiful views in Indonesia. I'm sure you all know Bali , imagine it, but calmer, and more peaceful. Obviously, the main characters took control of the movie. The movie's soul lies on the characters' development. I was surprised that Muslimah's character is played perfectly by the Indonesian actress Cut Mini Theo. I never knew she had all the power, and completely all-out to bring the character alive.I always amazed by the Riri Riza and Mira Lesmana's collaboration, which had already given birth to movies that will make Indonesia proud with his movie industry, which still improving each days.The education issues brought to screen perfectly, that it is a right of everyone's to be educated, even the poors, just like the kids in Laskar Pelangi. All of them, don't have a good economic living, their education is only bassed in Ibu Muslimah's kindness and dedication to save these kids' dream. A HEARTWARMING EXPERIENCE WATCHING, A MASTERPIECE.Hiduplah dengan memberi sebanyak-banyaknya dan bukan menerima sebanyak-banyaknya!(You live to give as many as you can, not to receive as many as you can.)-Ikranagara as Pak Harfan-

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction (1994)
8 years ago via Flixster

You won't know the facts until you've seen the fiction.DIRECTED BY: Quentin TarantinoSTARRING: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Umma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Quentin TarantinoSynopsis
Pumpkin (Tim Roth and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) are two thieves who, while dining at a coffee shop, decide that the best thing to do is to rob it. Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), two hit men working for mob kingpin Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), are sent to retrieve a very special and very mysterious briefcase for their boss. Vincent later must also show Mrs. Wallace (Umma Thurman) a good time while her husband is out. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging prizefighter who is being paid to "take a dive", but instead, accidentally kills him opponent, and tries to flee town, but not before getting his dead father's lucky golden watch. These four seemingly unrelated stories are interwoven together in a non-linear fashion.Source: IMDbMy Review
This is why I love about Tarantino. BOLD, ORIGINAL, AND HOT! I mean, how often we got a chance to see a movie with the whole different idea and humor? Pulp Fiction is a dark comedy with bunch of good casts, good script, f*cking many memorable scenes. What I love the most about Tarantino is that he didn't see his movie as a movie, he made it to tell story to people. He doesn't care how long the scene is, or how strange the scene as it captured with the camera, as long as the message of the movie is delivered by an original way of story telling. And WE LOVE THAT. The casts gave a fresh performance we want to see. Jackson played as Jules, freshly, nothing like his performances before. Travolta the best performance I've ever seen in his career. (I'm not sure it still is after his performance in Hairspray, he was so damn good there) Yes, I can say that Tarantino has spelled Thurman and Travolta into top grade actors. They should be thankful to him for their whole life. Anyway, I think Travolta and Jackson's role here is the best duo performance since they made the first Hollywood movie.Script was terrific. Well, to me, subjectively, Pulp Fiction is a movie who got the plentiest of memorable scenes in movie history. Guess this one will fly slightly to one of my favorite movies of all-time.
No Academy Award's Best Picture? I guess this movie is just not so lucky to be released in 1994, facing Forrest Gump in the final battle. If only this was released in 1998, they would be a bunch of crazy men if they wouldn't pick this as the best, and choose Shakespeare in Love instead. ONE OF THOSE MOVIES WHO DESERVE OSCAR'S BEST PICTURES, BUT THEY DIDN'T GET ANY.
There's a passage I got memorized.Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequitiesof the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.
-Samuel L. Jackson as Jules-