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My September Movies

It was all begun with my pure curiosity about Josh Radnor’s works as a director/script-writer. I started to watch “Happythankyoumoreplease”. It’s a great movie. Then, I continued with his second movie, “Liberal Arts”. This one is brilliant.

“Happythankyoumoreplease” talk about insecurities faced by all of the characters in the movie. ¬†Annie, a girl who feels that she’s not worthy to be loved. Sam, a guy who is struggling to earn money from being a writer. A girl named Missisippi (such a cute name!), who’s trying to survive in New York City. Just a simple story about relationship. A story that most probably also happening to us.

“It’s not easy to be adored” -Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Liberal Arts generally talks about a hard-relationship between Jesse, a thirty-something guy and Lizby, a 19 year old college student. Okay, I can’t explain more about the plot, as it’s gonna be a major spoiler for those of you who haven’t watched yet. But, I really love this movie! Why? Lots of good quotes to which I can relate. And also all of the characters are crazy about books. ūüôā

The plot is so familiar for me. My last love story involved a guy who’s much older than me. So, yeah! Haha. People said that in terms of relationship, age is nothing but a number. It’s nonsense, man!

“Some days are like a gift and some days suck”-Liberal Arts (2012)

I’ve “known” Josh Radnor for these past few years, as Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother. And after watching these 2 movies of him, I can say that he’s brilliant. I mean, he’s not the most brilliant one but he’s definitely more than “just” Ted Mosby.

Reasons I watched these movies? They were both being featured in Sundance Film Festival and simply because I’m into indie movies. ūüôā

the hills are alive

I remember the first time I watched “The Sound of Music”. It was my mom who bought me the VCD and then introduced me to this amazing movie. I was just a kid. I watched it over and over again. More than 20 times, I believe, until I can memorize each and every scenes. This movie perfectly combined the beauty of nature, music, and humanity.

Just in case some of you haven’t watched it (really? is there anyone in this earth who haven’t watched “The Sound of Music”), I want to briefly tell you about the story. So, the movie centered in a girl named Maria. She wants to dedicate her whole life to serve God. That’s why she decided to be a nun and spend her life in a convent. However, little did she know before that living in a covent is not that easy. There are so many rules that she has to follow. Maria is still young and free. She can’t stand with all the convent rules. Most of the times, she sneaks out from the convent, go the hills, and sing. Finally, she’s asked to leave the convent for a while and being given a job as a governess for 7 children of Captain von Trapp. She’s never expected that she’s going to enjoy this kind of job she has. To make the long story short, Maria falls in love with the captain, eventually. Why can that “strict-looking” captain falls in love with Maria -a childish, innocent, and careless young lady? The answer is because Maria brings back the music to their home. Before, their home is so quiet. It is Maria who teach the children to sing and enjoy their childhood times. This movie was set during the cold war between Austria and Germany around the 1930s (correct me if I’m wrong).

Well if you haven’t watched this movie, buy the DVD (or rent or borrow from your friend) and watch! You won’t regret it. Really. I love all of the soundtracks. I love the set. I learned to sing “Do-Re-Mi” and “Edelweiss” from this movie. ¬†Even, I was singing the main theme of this movie during the practical examination of art in junior high school. I watched this movie for the first time when I was 9 and after watching it more than 20 times, I won’t mind at all if you asked ¬†me to watch it again now.

I promise, someday when I have a kid, I want to make him/her watch this movie so they know what we called a GOOD MOVIE and a GOOD MUSIC, all in one. And, oh yeah, I really want ¬†one of the soundtracks, “Something Good”, to be sang in the day of my wedding holly matrimony. When will it be? Someday. Hehe.

for here you are standing there loving me. whether or not you should. so somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good

Indian Movies, I’m In Love

I’ve never watched Indian movies before. At least until my 3rd year of undergrad. In fact, I was kinda avoid watching Indian movies because of their (in my opinion) “cheesy” song and their typical scenes (you know, lovers running after each others and dancing around the trees). But, lately to be honest ¬†I really enjoy Indian movies, if I can’t say I adore them. The first ever Indian movie that I watched and I found really good was “3 Idiots”. One of my college friends recommended it for me. Here, in UK I met a friend who is a crazy fan of Indian movies and she is also an Indian-Indonesian. lol. And she’s my source of Indian movies. Little by little, she turned me into an Indian movie addict.

So, in this post I’d like to write a kind of review of some Indian movies that I’ve watched. Well, just in case you want to try your luck watching Indian movies, you can get an idea on what to watch ūüėČ

1. 3 Idiots

This is a story about 3 college best friends, Raju; Farhan; and Rancho. They are all engineering students who are studying engineering with different purpose. Among three of them, only Rancho who study engineering based on his passion. But just like any other young people, they fall in love, they have problems to be solved. Basically, they have to deal with their life. Their legendary motto is : “All is well”. Believe me, you will smile, laugh, and cry while watching this movie. I guarantee. This is a really nice movie that teach us about life. It’s a 3 hours-ish movie, by the way. But no worries, it won’t feel that long.

2. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (You Don’t Get Life a Second Time)

If you want to watch something musical, I think this will be the best choice. A story about 3 old best friends who decide to meet up again after some years loosing contact of each others. What do they do? They plan on travelling to Spain and having a road trip to celebrate Kabir’s bachelor party. They are forced to leave their routine activities during this road trip. For a month, they spend the days together. And some surprising things happen. One of them convince about an important issue in his life. ¬†And finally this road trip make them know what they actually want in their lives. Since we only live once, just live it to the fullest. Do things that you want. I think that’s the message from the movie. ¬†This is really recommended movie and the soundtrack is just too cool! And also there are some poems you can find all over this movies. I’ve just read the translation and it was beautifully written.

3. I Hate Luv Storys

This is a love story, indeed. The main role, Jay doesn’t believe in love. Even worse, he’s so apathetic with this thing called “love” but eventually he must surrender and admit that love does exist. Anyways, Imran Khan is kinda cute yeah?!?

4. Pyaar Impossible (Love is Impossible)

A story about a computer genius (well, a so-called “geek”) who fall in love with a popular girl. He keeps his feeling for 7 years because he just doesn’t have any guts to tell the girl what he really feels. The story is simple, but I don’t know why this movie is really touched me. Another good movie about a struggle in overcoming all obstacles to get your true love.

Movies, just like musics, are universal. As long as they’re good, no matter what language they are, they’re worth to be watched. ūüôā So far, I’ve just watched less than 10 Indian movies and I’m impressed!

 

It’s gonna be legen..wait for it..dary!

I accidently¬† started watching ‘How I Met Your Mother’ 2 weeks ago because my brother bought 2 seasons of this series. You know, I’ve been watching it sometimes on TV, but I haven’t yet seriously followed its storyline. So, as my brother has bought it, I “stole” it from him and started watching it.

I know that this series has become a hit in most of the countries in the world. Everyone seems always talking about it. So, from the very first time, I’ve got a high expectation. I watched its episodes one by one and guess what…I couldn’t stop watching it until my eyes couldn’t resist anymore. This series is really addictive. I’ve got lots of favorite series, and HIMYM is gonna be on the next list of my favorites.

Generally this series told about Ted reciting a history to his children about how he met their mother. This is a story about love and friendship. However, don’t expect that love and friendship are just two simple things in life. They are indeed really complicated stuffs. In this series we can see how they struggling and sacrificing everything for the sake of love and friendship.

I’ve finished watching the first season just for a few days, and now I’m in the middle of second season. You know what, there are plenty of simple yet meaningful quotations that I got. These ones are the examples that I can still remember :

  • “Love isn’t science” -Ted Mosby
  • “The only thing that can heal a broken heart is time”-please owe me an apologize for I can’t recall who said that kind of phrase, but that phrase suits me so well.
  • “I’m your best friend, Ted”-Barney Stinson
  • “I can’t remember who won the Super Bowl on that years. What I can remember is that we watched it together and we had beers”-Ted Mosby

and this must be the most memorable quotes for those of you who are HIMYM’s hardcore fans

  • “Ted, this gonna be legen…ups wait for it….dary”-Barney Stinson

After watching one and a half season of HIMYM, I think that I’m started to love this series and I really adore the characters : Barney Stinson, Ted Mosby, Marshall Erikksen, Lily Aldrin, and Robin (forgive me again,I forget her last name). And the one character whom I adore the most is….TED MOSBY!

I’ll give my biggest appreciation to the creator of this such genius series. You’re just…brilliant!! I wanna watch this series till the end, and found out who finally gonna be Ted’s wife. ūüôā

image taken from here

 

Adam

a story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other

Cast:

Hugh Dancy as Adam Raki

Rose Byrne as Beth Buchwald

This is a movie about 2 people falling in love.¬† It feels so ordinary and nothing’s special until you find that the boy suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Adam Raki (Dancy) is an adult who acted like a child. He was really down when his father suddenly died. He was fired from his job because his employer thought that he was not capable to be in their company due to his Asperger’s Syndrome.¬† His life was ruined.

Then, there was a girl named Beth Buchwald (Byrne) who became Adam’s new neighbor. She’s a kindergarten’s teacher. She helped Adam to go through his problems. Adam was falling in love with her but never had courage to tell his feeling to her until the last time he saw her. Finally Adam got a new job and he must move to California. He wanted Beth to accompany him but she wouldn’t want to. Although they finally broke up, but they still kept in touch.

This movie is worth watching and as usual I gave more attention to the soundtrack. Try to listen¬† Someone Else’s Life by Joshua Radin. I like that song so much. So, go grab the DVD and watch it, people!!

My Holiday Movies

Okay, like I’ve promised you before, here is the list of some movies that I’ve watched during the holiday. Here we go!

#1. Garuda di Dadaku

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Casts : Emir Mahira, Aldo Tansani, Marsha Aruan, Ikranagara, Maudy Koesnaedi, Ari Sihasale, Ramzi

Director : Ifa Isfansyah

In the middle of some horror movies attack in¬†most of cinema in Indonesia,¬†we can hardly find a good movie that have a lot of lesson learns. One of them is Garuda di Dadaku. The main theme of¬†this movie is about sport,¬†football for specific. Bayu (Mahira) have had a¬†strong¬†ambition to be a professional football player since he was young, but his grandfather (Ikranagara) ¬†really oppose with Bayu’s decision. In his mind, by being a football player, his grandson will not have a prospective future. Bayu never give up. With the help of his best friend, Heri (Tansani), finally he can register to a junior football club. He also finally can pass the selection to be one of the player in ‘Under 13 Football Competition’.

This is not a fabulous movie but I have to admit that nowadays we rarely see movies with the same theme as this. Indonesian children need a movie like this so that they can grow up naturally and enjoying their childhood. I hope in the future Indonesian¬†film-makers will make more movies like this.¬† Maybe we can make our local PIXAR that produce animated educative movie. One thing that I don’t really like about this movie is the predictable ending that make this movie more like ‘sinetron’.

Anyway¬†, I like this movie’s tagline :

Be brave and reach all your dreams

#2. Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince

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Casts : Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent

Director : David Yates

This movie is adapted from the sixth¬†JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Harry (Radcliffe) discovered a mysterious book signed by the half blood prince in the Prof. Horace Slughorn’s (Broadbent)¬†potions class. Suddenly, Harry became so clever in potions¬†because of that book, even more clever than Hermione (Watson). ¬†Harry also did a private lesson with Dumbledore (Gambon) to find out about Lord Voldemort. This movie also tells a lot about the early history of Lord Voldemort (formerly Tom Marvolo Riddle). The relationship between Harry and Ginny, Ron’s sister (Wright) also became closer vice versa with Ron (Grint) and Hermione’s relationship.

This is one of my 2009’s most awaited movie. But, to be honest, this movie is so under my expectation. I’m¬†very dissapointed with this Harry Potter movie. The novel was exciting but the movie was dissapointing. Too much drama about their relationship. I don’t like it. This is suppose to be¬†not a drama movie. I was expected to see a fantasy movie full of wonderful scoring and visual effect, but then I saw a drama movie. This is so not Harry Potter. I hope the next movie will be much¬†better than this. And for those of you who haven’t read the novel yet, you’re so lucky¬†since you won’t compare both the novel and the film.

#3. He’s Just Not That Into You

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Casts : Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Connely, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson

Director : Ken Kwapis

The main character in this movie is Gigi (Goodwin). She always think that every man she’s dating¬† is her Mr. Right. She also always expected a phone call from that “Mr. Right” after their first dating. But, unfortunately it was all end up with no phone calls. All of those events really made her depressed. She didn’t understand the man’s mindset. In her mind, man is a very unpredictable creature. After all of those unfortunate event, she met Alex (Long), the bartender at the cafe where she¬†met her first date before.¬†Alex gave her some ‘tutorials’¬† to interpretted the signs from her dates. But,¬†somehow finally Gigi ended up with Alex.

After seeing this movie, I thought thai it was just another romantic comedy movie. Then I tweeted about this and my friend’s reply really change my¬†previous thought about the movie. Sometimes we, girls, have¬†too high expectation about our dates/crushes. Yeah, me too have been there and¬†done that.

#4. Crossing Over

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Casts : Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess

Director : Wayne Kramer

This is a story about the struggle of immigrants in USA to get their Green Card. Getting a Green card means a lot for them. It means that they can work, which is a really hard thing for USA’s immigrants. I don’t know whether this movie based on a true event or not, but in my opinion there are still¬†plenty of¬†sarcastic discriminations for immigrants in the USA, especially for middle- east immigrants. Based on Taslima’s character in this movie. She has lived in USA for almost of her life. She was born in Saudi Arabia but she¬†grows up¬†in USA. At school, she experienced some hard times. She is being discriminated just because she is an Arabic and she’s a¬†Moslem. She’s also a victim of peer bullying. After she made an essay about her interests in jihad, she’s being expelled from her school and she’s also finally sent back to her homeland with her mom.

This is a heart breaking story. I¬†was¬†full of tears¬†in almost all¬†parts of this movie, not because I’m sappy. Living in USA is not as easy as you think. Why did I tell you most about Taslima in the previous paragraph? Because I’m proud of her. I’m not a Moslem, but I know how hard it is to be a minority in your own society. This movie is not just a story about Taslima’s struggle, but this is a story of some foreign¬†people trying to be accepted and treated normally in that superpower country. Some of them finally can get the acceptances, but some of them can’t and they¬†are sent back to their homelands.

This is a very recommended movie. Think twice before¬†you decide to change your nationality because it’s not as easy as you think.

That’s all movies I’ve had watched during the holiday. Actually I watched lots of movie but that’s the top 4 that I like the most. College will start on Tuesday, so I guess I won’t do blogging routinely since I must be very busy on the next semester but I’ll try my best to write about some interesting things on my blog.

Keep reading this blog because I surely will post an article about Indonesia’s Independence Day. So, stay tune! Hahaha..

Movies I’m Craving To Watch

#1. cin(T)a

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Casts : Sunny Soon, Saira Jihan

Director : Sammaria Simanjuntak

This is one of Indonesian movie that first being released abroad, in London. It will be screened for the first time in Indonesia in the mid August, based on the info I got from some of my friends. The plot of this movie is very simple. About 2 people , Cina and Annisa, who are falling in love. But the story become not as simple as before because both of them have different religion. The girl is a Moslem and the boy is a Catholic. And we’ll see who¬†should win in the battle between love and religion. ¬†

Ever since I watched this movie’s trailer, I felt that cin(T)a will give controversy in Indonesian movie industry. But somehow I feel that I must watch this movie. In my opinion, the story is so real.¬† Some of my friends also experiencing a kind of relationship like in this movie. I heart the tagline and one of the quote in this movie.

Here is the tagline :

GOD is a director

And here is the quote that I really love :

Why do YOU create us differently if YOU only want to be worshipped in one way?

 

#2. (500) Days of Summer

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Casts : Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Director : Marc Webb

Meet the main roles, Tom Hansen (Levitt) and Summer Finn (Deschanel). Summer always attracts male attention. On the contrary, Tom is a little bit of shy guy and doesn’t have much experiences on being in a relationship. Tom believes in love at the first sight, while Summer doesn’t. Until someday, Tom¬†feels that Summer is the one who he wants to spend his entire life with. This is a story about the effort of Tom to convince Summer that he’s the right guy for her to spend all of her entire life. Because, you know, Summer is¬† a very independent girl who doesn’t believe in a relationship and boyfriends.¬†Can he make a conviction?

I’ve already watched the trailer for several times and so can’t wait to watch this movie. Anyone knows when will it be released in Indonesia? Please tell me! I also have listened to the soundtracks and all is good. I love the soundtracks. I think, it really gets along with the movie plot.

 

#3. My Sister’s Keeper

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Casts : Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vassilieva

Director : Nick Cassavetes

This is¬†the movie adaptation from a novel with the same title by Jodie Picoult. Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin) was being born to be genetically matched with her sister, Kate (Vassilieva) who have had suffering from leukimia. Anna wasn’t able to do her activities because of the Kate’s big dependency on her. When Kate got renal failure and need a kidney donation from Anna, she complained. Anna didn’t want to donate her organs for Kate anymore because she thought that she also had rights to her own body. That’s why she sued her parents for medical emancipation.

I know, this is a very sad movie. I haven’t read the novel yet. Maybe I should read it before I’ll watch the movie. My Sister’s Keeper has been released in USA since June 2009 but I don’t know when it’ll be released in Indonesia. Maybe I’ve to try finding the DVD. I must watch this phenomenal movie.

 

#4. Paper Heart

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Casts : Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera

Director : Nicholas Jasenovec

Both Yi and Cera plays the role as themselves in this documentary movie. In this movie, we follow the¬† cross country journey of Yi and Cera to documented what exactly ‘love’ is. They’re interviewing lots of people from different backgrounds.

Maybe some of you think that this is just an ordinary documentary film. But, for me, I think this movie has a mission since this is a story on finding the real meaning of ‘love’ for some different people. I’m so curious about this movie. Yesterday I’ve just found out about this movie on IMDb’s website and suddenly really want to watch it. This movie will be released in USA on August 14th. Don’t ask me when it will be release in Indonesia. ūüôā

Yeah, that’s some movies that I’m really craving to watch. Hopefully in this last days of my holiday I can watch them all. But, I’m not sure. It’s rather hard to find the DVDs. Keep reading my blog, peeps! Cause I’ll write about the movies I’ve watched during my -long-yet-gonna-end-soon-holiday. ūüôā

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