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Friday, 28 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Secret Life of Bees (2008)


Movie Title      : The Secret Life of Bees
Directed by     : Gina Prince-Bythewood
Produced by    : Lauren S. Donner, James Lassiter, etc.
Based on        : The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Distributed by : Fox Searchlight Pictures
My Rating        : 3.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Bees_(film))

The Secret Life of Bees is an American drama film about Lily (Dakota Fanning), fourteen-year-old girl who lives with her father and a housekeeper. She accidentally killed her mother when she was a kid, and she lives with a burden of guiltiness. She keeps convincing herself that her mother didn’t run away from her father and left her with him as he told her, so in order to seek the truth, she runs away with her housekeeper to a town where Lily's mother was thought to have once lived. They are then led to the house of August Boatwright (Queen Latifah) and her sisters. Lily and her housekeeper eventually stay and work there.  Lily experiences growing up in their household, and discovers a lot of new things she never knew about, including the truth about her mother.
It’s a touching story – which means, it made me cry. The idea and the plot are brilliant, and the casts play stunningly, but there’s something missing, which I don’t know what. It’s just not my most favorite, I guess. There’s an issue about racist as well, and it made me think, why people are so racist? I think colored people are really lovely and talented, way cooler than white, if I may say. Lol. Oh, well, let’s just leave it behind. It taught me many lessons, but one thing I disagree, about Mary. We shouldn’t worship her. It’s God who is behind everything – all the good and bad things. He let bad things happen for a reason – a good one, and we should ask for His mercy, and also thank Him for the good things He has done for us, not someone else.  And Lily says that she forgives herself. Well, the better way to say it is, that Jesus had died and resurrected to cleanse our sins, so we should thank Him, that we should never live in guilty anymore. We just need to believe in Him and ask for forgiveness, and God who is gracious will always forgive us. 


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Thursday, 27 February 2014

[Anime Review] Detective Conan the Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century (1999)


Anime Title     : Detective Conan: The Last Wizard of the Century
Directed by    : Kanetsugu Kodama
Produced by   : Michihiko Suwa
Written by     : Kazunari Kochi
Distributed by : Toho
My Rating       : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Closed:_The_Last_Wizard_of_the_Century)

Detective Conan: The Last Wizard Of The Century is a Japanese animated feature film based on the Detective Conan manga series about Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective who is accidentally transformed back into a kid and named himself Conan Edogawa. This is the third movie which tells about Kaito Kid, a professional thief, who sends a riddle to warn the police department about his next act. The police deduce that his next target is a recently discovered historical egg belonging to Nicholas II of Russia. The night of the heist, Kid successfully steals and runs away with it, and Conan  chases after him. However, in the middle of the chase, Kid is shot  by an unknown assassin and falls into the sea. Other murder is occurred, and they are aware the assassin is also chase after the egg. It is a mind-tricking case with a unpredictable culprit, but Shinichi a.k.a. Conan once again solves the case and saves the day. His true identity is almost revealed here, but well, who knows, someone completely unexpected helps and stops it from happening.

I have nothing much to say. Not that this movie is too bad I don't know where to start. It's the opposite. This movie is so brilliant and mind-blowing, until my brain did explode and couldn't think of the best words to describe how awesome this movie is. As usual, the plot and ending are unpredictable. They're too genius for me, and that's why I like it. Some scenes in the movie are quite fantasy-ish - something about Kaito Kid, but oh, well, mystery with fantasy goes along well. It actually makes it more stunning.


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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

[Reading Challenge] New Authors 2014 Update (January-February)

Wah, udah di penghujung bulan kedua tahun 2014 aja. Saatnya update RC, nih! Buku-buku yang menemani hari-hariku dalam 2 bulan ini:


Sekian dan terima kasih! :D

[Book Review] The Chronicles of Audy #1: 4R by Orizuka


Judul Buku       : The Chronicles of Audy: 4R
Pengarang          : Orizuka
Penerbit            : Penerbit Haru
Jumlah Halaman : 320 halaman
My rating          : 5 of 5

(Semua gambar cover, identitas buku, dan blurb dalam review-review novelku bersumber dari Goodreads)


BLURB

Hai. Namaku Audy. Umurku 22 tahun.
Hidupku tadinya biasa-biasa saja, sampai kedua orangtuaku jatuh bangkrut karena ditipu.
Aku hanya tinggal selangkah lagi menuju gelar sarjanaku. Selangkah lagi!
Tapi kedua orangtuaku rupanya tega merusak momen itu.
Jadi sekarang, di sinilah aku berada.
Di rumah aneh yang dihuni oleh 4 bersaudara yang sama anehnya: Regan, Romeo, Rex dan Rafael.
Aku, yang awalnya berpikir akan bekerja sebagai babysitter, dijebak oleh kontrak sepihak dan malah dijadikan pembantu!
Terdengar klise? Mungkin, bagimu. 
Bagiku? Musibah!
Ini, adalah kronik dari kehidupanku yang mendadak jadi ribet.
Kronik dari seorang Audy


THE AUTHOR

Orizuka (nama asli Okke Rizka Septania) adalah pengarang novel remaja yang telah menghasilkan 18 karya. Satu di antaranya yaitu Summer Breeze telah diangkat ke layar lebar pada tahun 2008. Lahir di Palembang 26 tahun silam (nggak tau sekarang), penggemar thriller ini senang mempelajari bahasa asing. Selain menulis, di waktu luang ia gemar membaca, menonton, mendengarkan musik serta fangirling bersama para Kpoppers.
(Sumber: website Penerbit Haru)


MY SUMMARY

Audy, mahasiswa UGM yang dikit lagi lulus, tinggal skripsi aja. Tapi, keadaan ortuanya yang nggak memungkinkan maksa dia kerja demi melangsungkan hidup dan kuliahnya. Dia dapat kerja di rumah 4 bersaudara, semuanya cowok. Awalnya, dia nandatangin kontrak buat jadi babysitter anak paling kecil, tapi karna nggak dibaca bener-bener, dia jadi harus ngurus rumah dan ngerjain berbagai macam urusan rumah tangga, kayak pembantu. 

4R itu inisial keempat bersaudara yang tinggal di sana: Regan, Romeo, Rex, dan Rafael. Keempatnya punya karakter beda-beda. Awalnya, Audy frustasi ngurusin mereka. Tapi, lama-lama, dia jadi enjoy aja. Pelan-pelan dia nemuin cara buat ngatasin masalah-masalah yang dia hadapin, dan semakin kenal sama empat cowok itu.

Suatu hari, ortunya Audy ngunjungin dia dan akhirnya ketauan Audy kerja, dll, dan mereka nggak setuju. Keuangan mereka udah membaik dan Audy disuruh berenti kerja. Nah, apa keputusan akhir Audy? Let's not spoil it here ((:


MY COMMENTARY

Ini salah satu novel dari kak Ori yang jadi favoritku! Kak Ori selalu berhasil bikin cerita-cerita simpel jadi super duper keren! Contohnya, ide novel ini kan simpel aja, tapi kak Ori bumbuin dengan konflik-konflik unik di sana-sini plus tokoh-tokoh yang lovable, dan voila! Jadilah novel yang kece ini! Nilai moral dan kekeluargaannya juga ada, dan sangat menyentuh hati! Kak Oriz berhasil nyajiin kisah ringan yang super kocak, tapi penuh makna dan pesan moral juga. 

Kelima tokoh utamanya seriously lovable! Aku suka semua, walaupun favoritku Rex, sih. Kenapa? Well, kalo udah baca pasti tau, deh, kenapa. Rex ini juga jadi favorit banyak pembaca. Hahaha! The thing about the characters is, mereka bener-bener nyata. Setiap tokoh punyalatar belakang yang detail dan sifat unik yang tergambarkan dari tiap aksi dan omongan mereka. Masing-masing tokoh seakan mengisahkan cerita mereka sendiri. They’re really alive.

Settingnya emang nggak wow, cuma di Jogja aja, tapi emang bukan itu  fokusnya. Novel lokal yang bikin cinta produksi negri sendiri! Covernya juga unyu banget! Ada gambar Audy-nya yang cartoonish, terus pinggiran kertasnya warna pink bergliter. Ada 5 jenis bookmarks yang gambarnya beda-beda sesuai masing-masing tokoh. Keren! Aku dapat bookmark-nya Rafa, padahal pengen banget dapat Rex )): Pengen koleksi semua!

And the good news is, ini novel berseri! Jadi, bisa dapat bookmark jenis lain di seri berikutnya #salahfokus. Hahaha. Jelas yang ditunggu ya, kelanjutan kisah kocak si Audy. Katanya sih, yang selanjutnya terbit tahun 2014. Yayayay, can't wait!

Recommended! Buat buang penat dan lari dari kenyataan hidup yang berat (((: Aku baca ini cuma beberapa jam aja, dan sekali beli langsung dibaca habis! Hehehe. Good job, kak Ori. You did it again! You'll always be my favorite. Keep writing!

[Book Review] Melbourne: Rewind by Winna Efendi


Judul Buku        : Melbourne: Rewind
Pengarang          : Winna Efendi
Penerbit            : Gagas Media
Jumlah Halaman : 340 halaman
My Rating          : 5 of 5 

(Semua gambar cover, identitas buku, dan blurb dalam review-review novelku bersumber dari Goodreads)

BLURB

Pembaca tersayang,

Kehangatan Melbourne membawa siapa pun untuk bahagia. Winna Efendi menceritakan potongan cerita cinta dari Benua Australia, semanis karya-karya sebelumnya: Ai, Refrain, Unforgettable, Remember When, dan Truth or Dare.

Seperti kali ini, Winna menulis tentang masa lalu, jatuh cinta, dan kehilangan.

Max dan Laura dulu pernah saling jatuh cinta, bertemu lagi dalam satu celah waktu. Cerita Max dan Laura pun bergulir di sebuah bar terpencil di daerah West Melbourne. Keduanya bertanya-tanya tentang perasaan satu sama lain. Bermain-main dengan keputusan, kenangan, dan kesempatan. Mempertaruhkan hati di atas harapan yang sebenarnya kurang pasti.

Setiap tempat punya cerita.

Dan bersama surat ini, kami kirimkan cerita dari Melbourne bersama pilihan lagu-lagu kenangan Max dan Laura.

Enjoy the journey,

EDITOR


THE AUTHOR

Winna Efendi, lahir di Jakarta, 1986, di bawah naungan zodiak Capricorn. Senang menulis dalam lembaran buku tulis lama hingga akhirnya bergabung dengan sebuah komunitas penulisan online. Novel pertamanya berjudul Kenangan Abu-abu, diterbitkan awal 2008. Ai adalah buku keduanya. Sekarang ini, Winna bekerja di bidang keuangan, serta menjadi kontributor di beberapa majalah online. Waktu luangnya dihabiskan untuk menikmati tumpukan DVD jadul, buku-buku yang tak pernah habis dilahap, dan menulis.
(Sumber: Website GagasMedia)

MY SUMMARY

Cinta yang hilang, lalu ditemukan kembali, atau cinta yang tumbuh dari benih baru? Atau mungkin, cinta yang tak pernah hilang, hanya terkikis oleh waktu? Max dan Laura tidak sepenuhnya yakin dengan apa yang mereka rasakan. Benang merah mereka memang pernah saling tertaut, namun itu di masa lalu.

Tahun-tahun berlalu, mereka pun mulai move on. Namun, ketika takdir kembali mempertemukan mereka, mereka jadi bingung dengan perasaan masing-masing. Mereka mulai kembali merajut kenangan, mengisi tanda tanya besar di kepala mereka selama mereka berpisah, melakukan hal-hal yang dulu mereka lakukan bersama.

Ada hal-hal yang berubah, namun ada juga hal-hal yang masih tetap sama seperti dulu. Rasa-rasa mulai bermunculan, membuat mereka semakin bingung harus mereka bawa kemana hubungan mereka. Konflik-konflik berdatangan, berusaha memisahkan mereka. Namun, cinta sejati memang selalu pulang kembali ke rumah yang tepat, bukan begitu?


MY COMMENTARY

Aku cinta setiap inchi dari novel ini. Mulai dari tema yang diangkat, mengenai cinta lama, kenangan, masa lalu, patah hati dan jatuh cinta. Tema yang umum, namun diracik sedemikian rupa jadi sesuatu yang fresh dan menggugah selera. Bagaimana alurnya yang maju mundur mengombang-ambingku. Di satu waktu membuatku penasaran berat, di waktu lain membuatku ber-oh-ria. Nggak ada tumpukan informasi. Rahasia demi rahasia diungkapkan satu per satu, jadi pembaca nggak ngos-ngosan ngejar alur, tapi ngalir begitu aja, menikmati setiap kejutannya.

Lalu, permainan sudut pandangnya juga menakjubkan. Pergantian sudut pandang membuat pembaca mengenal tokoh lebih dalam dan melihat dari berbagai sisi. Tokoh yang ada juga lovable. Kedua tokoh utamanya berhasil membuatku benar-benar jatuh cinta. Kak Winna benar-benar menyelami setiap tokoh, mengenali seluk beluk kehidupan mereka. Apa yang disuka, apa yang dibenci, kebiasaan-kebiasaan kecil, hobi, ambisi, semuanya. Love Max and Laura!!

Belum lagi latar yang digunakan, sangat menarik dan jarang diangkat. Melbourne, salah satu kota di Australia yang jarang dimasukkan dalam destinasi travelling (menurutku, sih, karna seringan Sydney, kan), tapi justru itu yang membuatnya menarik. Kak Winna menjamah setiap sudut kota Melbourne, memperkenalkan kota yang tak kalah indahnya ini pada para pembaca. Pendeskripsian dan research yang luar biasa, membuatku merasa seperti sedang berada di sana. Bahkan, jadi pengen pergi ke sana juga.

Cover, desain layout, semuanya benar-benar fantastis! Bagaimana setiap bab diberi judul lagu, yang mewakili seisi bab tersebut, dengan potongan-potongan lirik yang benar-benar pas sama isinya. Juga ilustrasi-ilustrasi yang menggambarkan tempat-tempat yang menjadi latar sebuah adegan, membuat pembaca semakin mudah membayangkan tempatnya. Ada juga postcard dan bookmark yang keren di dalam novelnya.

Ending-nya menggantung a.k.a open ending, jadi kayaknya bakal ada lanjutannya (amin!). Pokoknya novel ini recommended banget, deh. Terlalu sayang untuk dilewatkan! Percayalah, kalian nggak bakalan nyesal. Bahkan, mungkin kalian bakal rela baca berulang-ulang saking bagusnya (itulah yang akan kulakukan!). Yang bikin makin spesial, novel ini hadiah sweet seventeen dari salah satu temen baikku. Love itWay to go, kak! You impressed me one more time.

[Anime Review] Detective Conan the Movie: The Fourteenth Target (1998)


Anime Title      : Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target
Directed by     : Kanetsugu Kodama
Produced by    : Michihiko Suwa
Written by      : Kazunari Kochi
Distributed by : Toho
My Rating        : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Closed:_The_Fourteenth_Target)

Detective Conan the Movie: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper is a Japanese animated feature film based on the Detective Conan manga series about Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective who is accidentally transformed back into a kid and named himself Conan Edogawa. This is the second movie which begins with several attacks to Ran’s dad’s acquaintances whose names have numbers in them, which are related to numbers in playing cards. The policemen and detectives start to suspect Jyou Murakami, a card dealer and ex-murderer who is just released from prison. They start to guess the next victims, and it leads them to Kohei Sawaki, a sommelier, who is going to have a meeting with the owner of a new restaurant over, so they follow him and meet other invited guests who apparently also have numbers in their names. Shortly after, they realize they are trapped, and after several attacks, Conan finally finds out who the real culprit is and saves the day.
Another awesome movie! Boy, I really love Detective Conan now. They really are genius! The unpredictable storyline, engaging conflicts, mind-blowing ending, curiosity-growing plot… Ah-ma-zing! How can they come up with such brilliant idea? And Shinichi a.k.a. Conan is so stunning! It’s great that they give audiences time to know some characters, who I thought weren’t necessary to know, but in the end, they all mattered.  Looking forward to watch the rest!


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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

[Anime Review] Detective Conan the Movie: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper (1997)


Anime Title      : Detective Conan: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper 
Directed by     : Kanetsugu Kodama
Produced by    : Michihiko Suwa
Written by     : Kazunari Kochi
Distributed by : Toho
My Rating       : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Closed:_The_Time_Bombed_Skyscraper)

Detective Conan the Movie: The Time-Bombed Skyscraper is a Japanese animated feature film based on the Detective Conan manga series about Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective who is accidentally transformed back into a kid. Shinichi is invited to an afternoon tea by a famous architect, Teiji Moriya, but since he definitely can’t make it, he asks his childhood friend, Ran, to come with her dad and Conan – kid version of Shinichi, who is taken care by Ran. Ran agrees, on the condition that Shinichi goes to a movie with her. Shinichi has no choice but agrees, even though he doesn’t know how to make it happen. Shinichi then receives several calls from a strange, mysterious man who challenges him to play a game with clues leading to bombs hidden all over Tokyo. Conan manages to find and destroy every one of them, including capturing the culprit and saving many people. It is really hard to keep his double life as Shinichi and Conan, but his genius brain can always keep up. 
I never really liked Conan. I think I read some of the manga series when I was a kid (my cousin collected every each of them). Well, I was interested, but never really pushed myself to read it. Then, I started to watch the anime (movies) instead, since the manga series is already too many to keep up. And apparently, it is really good! Mind-blowing, curiosity-growing, engaging, genius! The plot is really brilliant. I couldn’t even guess. Well, in the end, I kind knew who the culprit is, but I was just really amazed by their mind-tricks. I  love Shinichi! Something about anime that is really entertaining for me. I always love anime and listen to Japanese people talk. They just sound lovely. 
Funny thing is, in America, Detective Conan is renamed as Case Closed, then Shinichi Kudo is renamed as Jimmy Kudo, Ran becomes Rachel, etc. They rename the Japanese name become American names! I have to say I disagree. I love Japanese names, and everything about it. Changing it to be more American makes them less unique. Why do they do that? Anyway, watch the Japanese version with English subtitle. It’s just my humble suggestion. I personally love Japanese dub. English dub makes it more… American, not Japanese. The reason why I watch anime is because they’re Japanese. Kind of bored of English and my native language, so Japanese is kind of… refreshing. 


I also posted this review on my Bubblews account. Check it out!

[Movie Review] Nonstop (2014) [Special Edition]


By [Special Edition] I mean, I already watched this movie before the release date. What an honor! I promise not to give teaser, but I will definitely tell whether this movie is worth to watch or not (imho!).

Movie Title     : Nonstop
Directed by    : Jaume Collet-Serra
Produced by   : Joel Silver, Alex Heineman, and others
Story by        : Josh W. Richardson and Chris Roach
Distributed by : Universal Pictures
Release dates  : February 28th 2014
My Rating        : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Stop_(film))

Non-Stop is a French–American action-mystery-thriller film, set in an international flight from New York to London, where Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), a U.S federal air marshal, as one of the passengers, receives a series of text messages from an unknown number about murder of passengers which will happen every 20 minutes if $150 million is not transferred into a secret bank account. Bill, who feels responsible about the situation, does whatever he can to protect his fellow passengers. Unfortunately, besides the fact that he has two hundred passengers as either victims or suspects – not to mention the flight attendants, the captains, and Bill himself, he also finds how the murders happen inevitably and unpredictably. The more he tries to stop it, the more it happens. It is a mind-blowing game which intention is not only about the money, but an unexpected reason.
 
It’s a genius movie! To be honest, I wasn’t attracted at all to watch this movie. Well, the synopsis sounds great, but I don’t know, I just wasn’t interested. But since I could watch it for free, so I gave it a shot, and I didn’t regret it at all! Probably because I didn’t put my expectations too high, so the movie turned out to be really amazing. I love how they don’t just focus on one main character. The spotlight is split to other characters which grows my suspicion to all of them. Neither the main character nor I know who the culprit is, so the culprit can be anyone on or even off the plane, so it’s really mind-blowing and curiosity-growing. During the whole movie I could only guess who the culprit is, but I got no clue at all. The real culprit turns out to be someone completely different from my assumption.
In the beginning, the movie gives audiences space and time to learn the characters and also their personalities, especially the main ones. Bill is a watchful man, as he observes people around him, and I like how the camera follows his gaze – focus to one thing and out of focus to others. I also love how they carefully not to make people bored. There are funny scenes as well, also engaging actions and unpredictable twists. The casts are really talented. They all grow my suspicion, and it’s really hard to guess who’s behind it all. Really mind-blowing! Go watch it right away when it's released! Trust me, it will be worth it!


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Monday, 24 February 2014

[Movie Review] She's the Man (2006)


Movie Title      : She’s the Man
Directed by     : Andy Fickman
Produced by    : Lauren S. Donner, Tom Rosenberg, and Gary Lucches
Based on        : Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Distributed by : DreamWorks
My Rating        : 4.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She's_the_Man)

She's the Man is an American romantic comedy film about Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes), a high school soccer player whose girls' soccer team has just been cut by the school. After her request to join the boys’ team is refused by the coach, she finds a way to play for her school’s rival. Viola's twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), is supposed to enter that school as a new student, and since he is instead going to a contest in London with his band, Viola decides to pass herself off as Sebastian and join the boys' soccer team in his school. She hopes to beat her school’s team and humiliate her ex-boyfriend, Justin (Robert Hoffman). With the help of her friends, Viola becomes the quirky "Sebastian". She gets into a lot of trouble, but in the end, she manages to fit in, also get into the soccer team and beat her old school’s team. But secrets can’t be kept forever. Both Viola and Sebastian eventually reveal their secrets, which fortunately don’t cause them too much trouble.
 
It’s a hilarious and fun comedy with such a brilliant plot! I really enjoy it. I was surprised when I found out that this movie is inspired by one of Shakespeare’s works. I just didn’t see it coming. Now, I’m wondering how much it inspired the movie makers. The conflicts are not so unpredictable, but quite fun and entertaining. What made me really curious was how Viola manages to get out from so many problems, and I was satisfied with the ending. The casts are fantastic! Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, boy I love them!


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[Movie Review] The Other Side of Heaven (2011)


Movie Title      : The Other Side of Heaven
Directed by     : Mitch Davis
Produced by    : John Garbett and Gerald R. Molen
Based on        : In the Eye of the Storm by John H. Groberg
Distributed by : Buena Vista Pictures
My Rating        : 4 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Other_Side_of_Heaven)

The Other Side of Heaven is an American adventure drama film about John Groberg (Christopher Gorham), who receives his mission call to serve in Tonga. After a long journey, he finally arrives in Tonga and meets his companion, Feki (Joe Folau), a native Tongan who also speaks English. They are assigned to serve in a remote island of the mission. John is greeted with contempt by the island people. He goes through culture shock as he adjusts to the Tongan culture, difficulty with the Tongan language and with a local minister has told the people not to listen to John or to his message. He then begins to learn the Tongan language, and it gets easier for him to adapt. There are a lot of challenges, but John faces it all in faith to God. He manages to get people’s attention to listen to him. 
John starts to travel to other islands nearby and does ministries there. He teaches God’s word and also builds school. When his mission finally ends, the people thank him for all he has done for them, and John heads back home to the United States. Throughout his mission, John and his girlfriend, Jean (Anne Hathaway), keep in contact by letters. They remain faithful to each other and are married after John returns home. They have children and continue to serve in the church. They also visit the Tongan islands several times.
It’s a meaningful story, but too bad I didn’t find it too engaging and touching. I’m glad that they talk about God in the movie, but too bad it’s not much about His word. I think it will be better if they show more about John teaching God’s word. To be honest, I watched this movie to see Christopher Gorham, and he plays good. There’s Anne Hathaway as well, and other talented casts. The setting is interesting, and I still like the idea of a man who goes to remote islands to teach God’s word. And it is based on true story. Pretty cool!


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Friday, 21 February 2014

[Anime Review] AIURA


Anime Title   : AIURA
Directed by  : Ryōsuke Nakamura
Produced by : Liden Films, Pony Canyon, & Tohokushinsha Film Co.
Written by  : Ryōsuke Nakamura
Studio        : Liden Films
My Rating    : 3.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiura)

Aiura is an anime television series based on on-going manga series by Chama. I just watched 8 episodes, not knowing there are 12 of them, but I think I will skip this one, because I’m not so interested. Each episode only has 4 minutes, includes a minute of intro in the beginning, and a half minute or more for ending credits. So, I didn’t feel like I got anything. 
The story is about three high school girls - Kanaka Amaya, the moodmaker, who is always spirited but annoying; Saki Iwasawa, the unmotivated; and Ayuko Uehar, the middleman. I’m not sure what this anime is about. Pretty much about their high school life. It’s quite entertaining and funny, but I wasn’t satisfied. 


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[Movie Review] The Clique (2008)


Movie Title      : The Clique
Directed by     : Michael Lembeck
Produced by    : Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein
Based on        : Teen novel series by Lisi Harrison
Distributed by : Warner Premiere
My Rating        : 4 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clique_(film))

The Clique is a direct-to-DVD film about Claire (Ellen Marlow) who just moves into Massie’s guest house and is not accepted into the exclusive club of Massie (Elizabeth McLaughlin) and her friends. Claire goes to drastic measures to get on with Massie and friends, and is willing to do anything for it – even doing misdeeds. Things get worse for Claire, but then at one point, she turns from hero to zero, and finally reconciles with Massie, even though it is not showed whether she can join the ‘clique’ or not.
Sorry if it’s too short. The thing is, this movie is a simple chick lit, so I’d rather not to tell too much, or you won’t find it too interesting, because the plot is quite predictable. It is entertaining, though, and the casts are talented and good-looking. It taught me a lesson, to cherish friendship and not to be bad to others. Its simplicity is actually enjoyable.


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[Movie Review] The Lucky One (2012)


Movie Title      : The Lucky One
Directed by     : Scott Hicks
Produced by    : Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick
Based on        : The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Distributed by : Warner Bros. Pictures
My Rating        : 3.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lucky_One_(film))

The Lucky One is a romantic drama film about a U.S. Marine, Logan (Zac Efron), who finds a picture of a young woman with the message "Keep Safe X" written on the back in war area. He can’t find the owner, so he decides to keep it. He survives a lot of things since then, in fact, becomes the only survivor from his team. Logan then returns to live with his sister and her family. Suffering from survivor guilt, he finds it difficult to adjust to life back home. He finally decides to depart, and also search for the woman in the picture to thank her for her unknown role in helping to bring him through.
Logan looks for clues, and they lead him to Beth Green (Taylor Schilling), and when he has difficulty explaining why he is there, Beth assumes he wants to apply for a job, so Logan ends up working there and lives nearby. At first, Beth is irritated by Logan's presence, but begins to warm to him as he proves to be more solid than she had at first supposed. They get along as time goes by, making Beth's former husband, Sheriff Deputy Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson), suspicious and jealous. Keith finally reveals the true reason of Logan being there. Apparently, the picture was Beth’s brother’s, and it angers Beth. Things get even worse when Keith pleads to get back together with Beth. Beth gently but firmly tells him it cannot be, angering Keith, who threatens to take their son away. Hearing this, the boy runs out into the storm, and things go South from there. But eventually, Logan and Beth reconcile after Logan recognizes Beth’s brother and tells her that he didn’t die for nothing.
It’s not the best Nicholas Sparks’ movie, if I may say. I didn’t cry – yeah, that’s one of my criterions of a good romance movie. I didn’t really feel the chemistry of the characters, so I wasn’t touched, and yet, no tears. The plot and idea are pretty brilliant, but I don’t know, it didn’t give so much effects. 


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Thursday, 20 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Hot Chick (2002)


Movie Title      : The Hot Chick
Directed by     : Tom Brady
Produced by    : John Schneider and Carr D'Angelo
Written by      : Tom Brady and Rob Schneider
Distributed by : Buena Vista Pictures
My Rating        : 3.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hot_Chick)

The Hot Chick is an American comedy film about Jessica Spencer (Rachel McAdams), a popular high school girl who loves to make fun of other people who she thinks are losers. One day, when she goes shopping with her best friends, she buys a pair of African-themed ancient earrings and tries them on when she fills the fuel. Meanwhile, a criminal, Clive (Rob Schneider), who just robbed a mini market nearby and is mistaken as an employee by Jessica and friends. Jessica accidentally drops one of the earrings on the ground, and Clive picks it up after the girls drive away. That evening, Jessica and Clive put on their earrings, and when they wake up the next morning, each of them is trapped in the other's body. This is especially difficult for Jessica, who has a cheerleading competition and the school prom coming up soon, and at first difficult, Jessica convinces her best friends of her true identity. 

The girls then suspect people whom have been made fun of by Jessica, and end up apologizing to them and get help from them. They then figure out it is about the earrings and get explanation from the shopkeeper. The earrings belonged to an Abyssinian princess who uses the enchanted earrings to escape an arranged marriage by swapping bodies with her slave girl. The only way to get back into the real body, they have to bring the earrings back together. It is a hard work to get the earrings back, and takes a lot of time as well. Jessica gets a lot of problems due to her condition, but eventually, she gets everything under control.

It's a creative comedy movie. So hilarious! I love the idea and plot. It caused no curiosity in me, but I quite enjoyed it. Such an entertaining. The casts are truly talented. Big applause to them, especially Rob and Rachel. Boy, it must be a real challenge for them. One question, though, how on earth the earrings get stranded to the ground? Jessica is trying them on in the car, like, holding them with her hands! It just doesn't make sense for me. I don't know. Well, it's not bad, but not my favorite, as well, so yeah, 3.5. 


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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Lifeguard (2013)


Movie Title      : The Lifeguard
Directed by     : Liz W. Garcia
Produced by    : Liz W. Garcia, Milan Chakraborty, etc.
Written by      : Liz W. Garcia
Distributed by : Screen Media Films 
My Rating       : 3 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lifeguard)

The Lifeguard is a 2013 American comedy-drama film about a reporter Leigh (Kristen Bell), who is sick of her life in New York City and decides go back home to Connecticut. She lives again in her parents’ house, gets her high school job as a lifeguard, and reunites with her high school friends. About to turn 30 years old, she ends up hanging out with high school teens and messes up her life – relationship with her friends and family, even begins a relationship with a troubled 16-year-old, Jason (David Lambert). In the end, she tries to get her life together and goes back to the city to start a new better life. 
Sorry, there’s not much to say about this movie. I watched it because there’s Kristen Bell here (my favorite actress), but what disappoint me the most is, not all movies that are played by your favorite actor/actress are good. It stinks, because, yeah, you expect a lot, and get nothing, really. This isn’t one of my favorite movies. It taught a little bit of lesson – you can’t run away from life. You just gotta face it. And also, no matter how messed up your life is, there’s always away to get back and fix it. The casts are fine. I love David Lambert, by the way, but yeah, it’s just not my type. Too bad, eh.


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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)


Movie Title      : The Time Traveler’s Wife
Directed by     : Robert Schwentke
Produced by    : Nick Wechsler and Dede Gardner
Based on        : The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Distributed by : New Line Cinema
My Rating        : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Traveler%27s_Wife_(film))

The Time Traveler's Wife is an American romantic drama about Henry (Eric Bana), a man who can’t control the time and destination of his time traveling. He started traveling back in time since he was 6 years old when he survived a car accident that killed his mother. He finds himself drawn to significant people, places, and events in his life but is incapable of changing events beyond the minor differences his presence creates. One day, Henry meets Clare (Rachel McAdams), who is overjoyed to see him although it is actually the first time he meets her. Clare then explains that she has met the time-traveling Henry since she was six. 

Henry and Clare are getting closer and eventually building their own household. Clare sometimes finds it hard to be used to Henry’s sudden disappearance for time traveling, but they get through it together. Henry's genes cause their unborn fetuses to time travel, so Clare has numerous miscarriages, until one day Clare finally is able to carry the baby full term. Henry travels forward in time before the child is born and meets their ten-year-old daughter, Alba (Hailey McCann), who apparently is also time traveler. She tells something about the future that makes Henry terrified. But then, Henry realizes, there’s nothing he can do to change the future, so he tries to cherish his time and gets ready for the upcoming future to come.
It’s a very well-done movie. The plot is genius, how the time gets mixed up, moving back and forth, which is a little bit confusing, but really mysterious, making me so curious. It also taught me a lesson, that life is already designed that way from the beginning. We can make decisions, but God who rules has the control, and there’s nothing we can do about it, except cherish it. It’s a really brilliant movie, so different from other time traveling movies. If someone tends to change his past if he can travel back in time, Henry can’t do that. Time traveling in this movie is only to see past and future, then accept and enjoy the way it is. The casts are fantastic. I’m starting to take Rachel McAdams as a time traveler’s girl. First, About Time, and now this. Well, this movie comes first, but I watched it later. So touching and meaningful, people should really watch it. Now I want to read the novel, too!


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Monday, 17 February 2014

[Movie Review] Philomena (2013)


Movie Title      : Philomena
Directed by     : Stephen Frears
Produced by    : Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan & Tracey Seaward
Based on        : The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
Distributed by : The Weinstein Company 
My Rating        : 4 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philomena_(film))

Philomena is a British-French-American comedy-drama about a journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), who has lost his job as a Labor government adviser, and is trying to write a book about Russian history. He then meets the daughter of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), who suggests him to write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy fifty years ago. He eventually meets Philomena to listen to her shocking story and decides to investigate further. After a one night stand affair with a young man, Philomena who becomes pregnant is sent to Sean Ross Abbey. After giving birth, she is forced to work in their laundry for four years to pay off the cost of her stay. 
One day, the nuns adopt out her son without warning or a chance to say goodbye. Philomena had kept her secret for fifty years, but kept visiting the convent periodically to try to find him. However, they repeatedly told her that they were unable to help her find him. Martin and Philomena look for clues everywhere, and find some surprising information, and their search ends where they began. Philomena finally finds her son, but it’s too late. They discover so many cruel things the nuns had done to her, but in the end, Philomena takes courage to forgive them all and let Martin tell her story to the world.
What an amazing story, and the best part is, it’s based on true story! I don’t know if it’s fully true, but still, it’s a touching, tragic story. It taught me such a lesson, about forgiveness and love. The nuns shouldn’t have done it that way. They have wrong perception about sins and penalty of them. They think Philomena has done something horrible, so she deserves to be punished. But it’s not their right to do so, and it’s not the way God will do it. Jesus had died and resurrected to cleanse our sins, so that we don’t have to bear death or any penalty of our sins. We only need to accept Him and ask for forgiveness, and God’s mercy will forgive us all – fully, without no doubt. God does judge and punish, but only people who don’t want to be forgiven – as in, they don’t ask for forgiveness to Him.
I adore the plot, how they mix the past and present, but they don’t make me confused. Really genius! Boy, I can’t imagine myself in Philomena’s shoes. She’s so tough. I can’t be that strong. She’s such an amazing example for us, to always forgive people who sin to us, as God always forgive our sins no matter how big they are. The casts are talented, and funny, too. How ironic it is, a funny tragic story. 


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Sunday, 16 February 2014

[Flash Fiction] The Lucky One Who Isn't Me


Joining  : Kuis FF 500 Kata Berhadiah
Held By : NBC_IPB
Status  : On Going


I was hurt, and I was healed, but now, I’m hurt again. I had made my decision. Wasn’t it the right one
Aku ingat saat kami pertama kali bertemu lima tahun yang lalu. Kami hanya pernah bertemu empat kali, terhitung sampai saat ini. Yang pertama, saat pria itu menyendiri di tengah pesta yang diadakan di bar tempatku bekerja. Aku yang kurang kerjaan iseng mengajaknya ngobrol, dan percakapan yang dimulai dengan, “Konon, orang yang suka menyendiri itu sering kesurupan” itu pun bertumbuh menjadi endless stories mengenai apapun, yang membuatku merasa seakan aku sudah mengenal pria ini sejak lama.
Pertemua kedua, not so good. Pria itu sengaja datang untuk menemuiku, yang tentu saja membuatku berharap yang tidak-tidak. Dan harapan itu jelas pupus bahkan saat pria itu baru mulai berbicara, “So, there’s this woman…” 
Aku menghargai kepercayaannya padaku, bagaimana dia menganggap aku teman bicara yang asyik dan terpercaya. Aku yang saat itu belum peka pun berkata padanya, “That woman in your life, you better make her your wife. And she better believes that she’s the lucky one.” 
Sampai akhirnya, undangan itu sampai di tanganku, dan rasa sakit itu melandaku tanpa disangka-sangka, barulah aku sadar kalau perasaan ini nyata, bukan hanya sekadar cinta lokasi atau apalah itu.
Pertemuan ketiga… tidak bisa dibilang pertemuan, karena aku hanya melihat pria itu berjalan melewati pintu kaca bar ini, bersama wanita beruntung itu dalam pelukannya. Mereka terlihat bahagia, dan itu membuatku merasa sedikit lebih baik, karena setidaknya aku sudah membuat keputusan yang tepat. Aku mungkin tersakiti, tapi itu bukan masalah. Benar bukan berarti enak.
Semuanya bisa saja berakhir di sana. Walaupun bukan ending “Everyone lives happily ever after”, setidaknya sekarang, atau beberapa waktu yang lalu, aku sudah terbiasa hidup dengan rasa sakit itu.
 
“Mengapa meminta nasihatku? Dulu, aku yang mendukungmu untuk menikahinya, dan ternyata kau tidak bahagia bersamanya. Itu jelas salahku.”
Pria itu menggeleng. “Aku tetap menganggapmu teman bicara yang baik.”
Aku mendesah. Call me pathetic, friend-zoned, thirty-something woman, yang terjebak dengan rasa bersalah dan dilema. Pria yang kurelakan pada wanita lain kembali ke hadapanku, meminta saran tentang perceraiannya dengan wanita itu. Apakah keputusanku dulu salah, dan ini adalah kesempatan untuk memperbaikinya?
Aku menutup buku yang sedang kucorat-coret sebelum kedatangan pria ini, dan menemukan kutipan dari lagu favoritku, yang sengaja kutulis di sana untuk mengingatkanku pada keputusan yang kubuat dulu, dan yang juga membantuku bangkit dari patah hati.
Baru saja aku hendak mengatakan sesuatu, bosku memanggilku dari kejauhan, jadi aku pun meminta diri, tidak lupa menyodorkan buku tadi pada pria itu sebelum aku berlalu. Seperti yang kubilang sebelumnya, keputusan yang tepat belum tentu mengenakkan, tapi aku percaya itu yang terbaik.

You make me feel like I’m the only woman with you in your life
But we can’t be together, can’t really be friends
We can’t be lovers, and we can’t pretend
That woman in your life, better keep her as wife
And she better believes that she’s the lucky one*


*Lirik lagu Lucky Guy by David Choi yang sedikit dimodifikasi

[Movie Review] People Like Us (2012)


Movie Title      : People Like Us
Directed by     : Alex Kurtzman
Produced by    : Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen & Clayton Townsend
Written by      : Jody Lambert, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
Distributed by : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 
My Rating       : 4.5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Like_Us_(film))

People Like Us is a drama film about Sam (Chris Pine), a struggling corporate barterer in New York, who is in trouble after one of his deals violates federal law, and the Federal Trade Commission threatens him with investigation. At the same day, Sam learns that his estranged record-producer father, Jerry, has died of cancer. Sam tries to avoid attending the funeral, but his girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) insists on making arrangements. So they fly home to L.A. and stays at Sam’s parents’ house. Sam then meets his father's lawyer who tells him that his father leaves him no money, but he receives $150,000 in cash to be given to someone named Josh Davis. 

Sam tracks Josh (Michael Hall D'Addario) who turns out to be 11-year old with a single-mother Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and a secret is revealed about who they are. Sam has intention of keeping the money for himself, but then, he gets to know Frankie and Josh, and he starts to make up his mind. After getting involved pretty deep, Sam finally reveals his true identity, which makes Frankie explodes in anger and asks him to leave. Sam still decides to stay in L.A. since there are more things he has to take care of there. Meanwhile, Frankie finally receives Jerry's money, which she refused at first. She uses the money to build a better life for her and her son. When Sam visits Frankie, she is still angry, but he begs for forgiveness and asks for a chance to show something to her – an old film reel that Jerry shot, and it helps Sam to reconcile with Frankie.

I’m completely aware I miss something important in my summary – who Frankie and Josh to Sam. It’s the most important part, and that’s why I keep it a secret. You better go watch it first. I don’t like to spoil storyline, seriously. Trust me, it’s a really brilliant and touching story. And do you want to know the best part? It’s based on a true story. It always touches people more, doesn’t it? Real touching, I envy people with amazing life like that. Even though we never know whether the movie is completely the same with the real story, I still envy them. It teaches a great moral lesson about family. I didn’t cry, but definitely was touched. Boy, the casts are fantastic. Chris Pine, I always adore him. 


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Saturday, 15 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)


Movie Title      : The Amazing Spider-Man
Directed by     : Marc Webb
Produced by    : Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach
Based on        : Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Distributed by : Columbia Pictures
My Rating        : 5 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_(2012_film))

The Amazing Spider-Man is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. Since he was young, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) was left with his uncle and aunt by his parents who mysteriously depart. One day, Peter finds his father's papers and learns he worked with fellow scientist Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). Sneaking into a lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically modified spider and later discovers that he has developed spider-like abilities. After studying his father’s papers, Peter visits the one-armed Connors, reveals who he is and helps Connors his experiments. 
One day, Peter’s uncle is shot by a thief, and Peter uses his new abilities to hunt criminals matching the killer's description. He then comes up with an idea to make a suit and mask, also builds mechanical devices to attach to his wrists to shoot a biocable "web". After seeing success with his experiments, Connors tries the formula on himself. After passing out, he awakens to find his missing arm has regenerated. His skin is turning green and scaly. He becomes a violent hybrid of lizard. Peter and Connors, who eventually know their ‘secret’ identity, then get into fights. Connors plans to make all humans lizard-like. After a long struggle, Peter manages to stop him, with Captain Stacy’s help. Before his death, Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) makes Peter vow to keep his daughter, Gwen (Emma Stone), who is also Peter’s crush, safe by leaving her out of it. In a closing-credits scene, Connors, in a prison cell, speaks with a mysterious man in the shadows who asks if Peter knows the truth about his father.
It’s an open ending, and we’ll know what happens next in the sequel. Ah, I can’t wait! I always love Spider-Man. He’s my favorite superhero! And both of Spider-Man movies I have watched, they both are fantastic! I was a little bit upset with the fact that Peter here doesn’t have the ability to make his own web, but he’s pretty cool he can build his own. The plot is brilliant. They are different in those two movies, but they are all genius. The casts, in both movies, are so talented! Well, I have to say I prefer Andrew than Toby now, but they both are great! I don’t know which one is better. Why did they make two versions of it anyway? But it’s all right. I’m enjoying it. They both are great! I know I haven't made the review of other Spider-Man movie(s), but I will! And I’m definitely looking forward for the next movie(s).


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[Movie Review] Sense and Sensibility (1995)


Movie Title      : Sense and Sensibility
Directed by     : Ang Lee
Produced by    : Lindsay Doran
Based on        : Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Distributed by : Columbia Pictures
My Rating        : 3 of 5

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_and_Sensibility_(film))

Sense and Sensibility is a British-American period drama film about Dashwood family who just lost the father – Mr. Dashwood (Tom Wilkinson). His wife (Gemma Jones) and three daughters – Elinor (Emma Thompson), Marianne (Kate Winslet), and Margaret (Emilie François) – are left with an inheritance of only £500 a year. The bulk of his estate is left to his son John (James Fleet) from a previous marriage. John and his greedy, snobbish wife Fanny (Harriet Walter) immediately install themselves in the large house. Fanny invites her brother Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) to stay with them. Edward and Elinor soon become good friends. 

Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters then move to Mrs. Dashwood’s cousin’s cottage house. Marianne meets the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), who falls in love with her at first sight, but then Marianne falls in love with John Willoughby (Greg Wise). But then, Willoughby suddenly moves to London and plans to marry someone else, leaving Marianne broken-hearted. Elinor is also left broken-hearted when she finds out Edward has been sevcretly engaged to other woman. One day, Marianne is sick, so her sister and Colonel Brandon take care of her. When she recovers, she starts to build relationship with Colonel Brandon, while Edward, who suddenly visits them, tells them that he breaks the engagement as his fiancée falls in love with his own brother, and he himself falls in love with Elinor. 

Wow, I made it very clear and simple, eh? Sorry if I spoiled anything. As you can see, I start to push myself to watch classic historical romance movie – if that’s what it’s called. I’m planning to read the novels, but my sister suggested to watch the movies first, so that’s what I’m trying to do. I understand why Jane Austen is famous for romance novels. She is brilliant. I can see how her idea of the story is amazing. I would love to read her novels, but I’m very sorry to say I didn’t really enjoy the movies. The plot and conflicts are great, but not too engaging for a movie. That’s why I prefer to read the novels, because there’s something about novel that can’t be fully adapted to movie, if you know what I mean. Some stories are meant to be written, some others are meant to be watched. That’s my opinion. The casts are great. I still adore Kate Winslet. She’s an amazing actress. I’m glad to see Hugh Grant there, and I honestly expected to see Kate and Hugh together, but well, it’s not how the story works. As usual, I love the setting – old-fashioned England. It is a great movie, but not my favorite, that’s all.


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Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Random] Movies to Watch in 2014


2014 is a torturing yet fantastic year in which I can't watch to many movies because I'm studying abroad and don't want to waste my parent's money too much, but this year actually has so many amazing upcoming movies, that's why it tortures me! I will only watch movies that I really want to watch, but then, there are tons of them! The more I looked it up in Google and Wikipedia, the longer the list is getting. But not all of these movies will be necessarily watched in cinema. These are movies which seem to be cool in my opinion, and I'm definitely planning to watch them, somehow and someday.


1. Frozen
This is the first movie I watched in cinema this year, and I wasn't planning to watch it actually. I just found out about it when it had been released, and when everyone kept babbling about how great it is, I couldn't stop myself from watching it. And yeah, I didn't regret watching it at all.

2. Maleficent
Disney is so annoying. They purposely release many amazing movies this year. This is one of them. I can never resist Disney movies, and this one seems to be really cool. It's a dark fantasy, which I always love, and a modern version of the classic Sleeping Beauty. I love that kind of movie, when they use old stories and turn them into something new and fantastic! 

3. Muppets Most Wanted
I always love Muppets! And it pretty much explains everything, right? How can I miss it?

4. Tinkerbell and Pirate Fairy
Another Disney movies I can't resist - Tinkerbell! Boy, even thinking about it drives me nuts.

5. Step Up: All In
Not a Disney movie, but has always been in my mind since 2 years ago. I love Step Up, and I knew they make each movie once in 2 years, so I've been waiting for the next sequel since I finished watching the last one. I followed the casts' twitter accounts, so I know they're making this movie and they always update the development, making me more excited!

6. Night at Museum 3
Raise your hands up if you're a fan of Night at Museum 1 and 2! I'm raising my legs, too! Boy, I never knew about this sequel till I read someone's post about it. I got excited right away!

7. How to Train Your Dragon 2
I love the first movie so I definitely am looking forward for the sequel!! Besides Disney movies, DreamWorks' are irresistible as well!

8. 22 Jump Street
As a fan of Channing Tatum and Dave Franco, I want to watch this. I have watched the first one, and it's pretty funny, so yeah, I guess this one will be, too. 

9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
As Chris Pine's fan, and since this one is the first in the top 10 list from Wikipedia, I become curious about this movie...

10. The Monkey King
Boy, I can't believe this. This is my favorite movie since I was a kid! I'm not sure if it's the same, but I bet the story line won't be that different!

11. The Nut Job
I always love animated movies, so when I saw this one, of course I'm curious. But well, I'm not sure I will watch it in cinema. We'll see.

12. The Legend of Hercules
There's Kellan Lutz here, and my friend said it is a good movie, so of course I want to watch it, but don't know when and where.

13. That Awkward Moment a.k.a. Are We Officially Dating? (in Australia)
Zac Efron! I don't need more reasons besides that. Lol. 

14. Labor Day
Kate Winslet?! Seems to be great, but well, I guess I will put it on the bottom of my list. 

15. Winter's Tale
I'm also a fan of Warner Bros., and this movie seems to be interesting...

16. Son of God
It's biblical and about Jesus, of course I want to watch it!

17. Mr Peabody and Sherman
I guess you can guess why I want to watch this... 

18. Veronica Mars
Mystery. Kristen Bell. Enough to make me curious.

19. Noah
Biblical, love it! I hope they don't disappoint me!

20. Divergent
My friend really loves the novel, so I guess I will give it a try.

21. Heaven is for Real
I always adore Christian movies!

22. Rio 2
I love the first one, so of course, I would love to watch the sequel!

23. Transcendence
Warner Bros. Johnny Depp. Morgan Freeman. Sci-fi. Cool enough.

24. The Amazing Spiderman 2
This depends. If I love the first one (which I will watch soon), I will probably consider the sequel. I love Spiderman. He's my favorite superhero, so I'll probably love it.

25. Legend of Oz: Dorothy's Return
There's Lea Michele! It looks pretty cool, so I will probably consider watching it.

26. Neighbors 
There are Zac Efron and Dave Franco in it... And it seems to be a great comedy movie - my favorite genre!

27. Moms' Night Out
You know how I'm easily attracted to Christian movies. They have their own charm on me I can't resist!

28. The Fault in Our Stars
My friends have been talking about this movie and the novel, so I guess I will give it a shot.

29. Edge of tomorrow:
Another Tom Cruise's movie! I love him, especially in sci-fi! 

30. Blended
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore! And Bella Thorne, as well! Comedy with them, esp. Adam, will be hilarious!

31. Planes 2
Duh, isn't it clear I always aim for Disney movies! Even though the first one wasn't really satisfying, it's a good entertainment!

32. Earth to Echo
Another Disney movie. Seems to be cool. This one gets in 'Probably' category, I guess.

33. Jupiter Ascending
Channing Tatum! And Mila Kunis. Well, I'm not a fan of her, but she's one of my inspirations for my original character for my novel - it's a long story how I get to know her. Lol.

34. Hercules: The Thracian Wars
Funny how they have two Hercules movies in a year. I'm gonna watch this one, too. Dwayne Johnson never disappoint me.

35. Into the Storm
Jeremy Sumpter, the grown up Peter Pan. Yes, he's the only reason. So this one gets in to 'Probably' section.

36. The Interview
There's James Franco.. I don't know why, but he's so attractive! Well, I guess you can see why. Lol.

37. Book of Life
Another Channing Tatum's movie. Boy, some actors are great. They can do a lot of movies at a time. How do they do that?

38. Business Trip/Business or Pleasure
Dave Franco... Franco Brothers put a spell on me!

39. Intesellar
Sci-fi with Anne Hathaway. She's also a fantastic actress. How many movies she has done? Tons of them. Not all of them are great, but most of them are amazing. She's so talented. And she also makes me wonder, how does she do that? With all those movies... Does she even sleep at night? Lol.

40. Exodus
Another Christian/Biblical movie. I really hope they do it good like Kendrick Brothers did.

41. Into the Woods
Another Disney musical, with Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine... This is gonna be a hell of a movie!

42. If I Stay
This is definitely on 'Probably' category. The thing is, the novel is so hit, I become curious of it, and of course, the movie.

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Part 7