Here are some of my favorite movies that
-generally speaking- are not very well known (you movie geeks silahkan nyinyir
“yah itu sih mainstream..” elsewhere). I left out the obvious that
most people would already know about, so as much as I appreciate “Shawshank
Redemption, Trainspotting, dan Clockwork Orange suka ngga kak?”, it’s
Here we go:
Documentary: Buck, The Imposter, Line of
Horror: Hard Candy, Angel Heart, Jacob’s
Ladder, The Descent, Near Dark
Thriller: Sexy Beast, Manhunter (1986), New
Jack City, King of New York, Harsh Times
Drama: Blackthorn, Boogie Nights, Damage
(1992), Drinking Buddies, Fearless (1993), Glengarry Glen Ross, Into the Wild,
Magnolia, Once Were Warriors, Slingblade, Roger Dodger, Swingers, Trust
1. A Clockwork Orange: Such a coincidence..
this afternoon I revisited it for the first time in 15 years. Somehow I enjoyed
it more back then, if “enjoy” is the right word for it.. considering
how misanthropic the movie is. Or perhaps it was my younger “edgy indie
cool”-self that liked it. But today, I just felt kind of sick watching it.
2. Citizen Kane: Haven’t seen it. I have it
in my “Movies I *Should* See Tapi Kok Males Ya” folder (along with
the entire filmography of Terence Malick, of course), so perhaps I’ll bite the
bullet and sit down to what is considered The Greatest Movie Ever Made. One of
3. Mulholland Drive: Here’s one reason why
I suffered through a David Lynch movie: Laura Elena Harring. Nekkid.
I have a feeling this will be a question
I’ll revisit over time, deleting and adding new snippets.
But for a quick and lazy saturday morning
answer, here we go:
During my young and opinionated
pre-internet years, I wrote a short article for a Bandung newspaper (remember
those?) on “Analisa Korelasi Terminator 2, Aliens, dan Motherhood.”
(Yeah, I forgot the exact title.) Anyways.. I argued that the toughest testosterone
male action heroes cannot hold a candle to a mother protecting her young. And a
woman will transform into a fighting machine overnight (no Special Forces
training or tour in ‘Nam necessary) if her offspring is in danger. Once the
maternal instinct kicks in and turns primal, even the Expendables would just
pack up and leave.
So why Terminator 2 and Aliens? Both movies
explore those themes. How Sarah Connor stopped at nothing to protect her son,
and how Ripley carried Newt while wielding a flamethrower against the Alien
Queen (who was in turn, protecting her breed). And let’s not forget her iconic
line: “Get away from her, you bitch.”
Come to think of it.. the best thing about
the pre-internet days, silly stuff you published when you were 19 don’t come back
to haunt you.
Thanks for refreshing my memory about that
movie. If you think Gone Girl makes you think twice about getting married,
Revolutionary Road will make you swear it off altogether.
Falling berkubang-menggelora in love has no
rhyme nor reason. It just happens. But remember, the flipside *also* applies.
It doesn’t take some dramatic sinetron reason for two people to get sick and
tired of each other. This movie exemplifies that.
“Yang penting selama mengalah dan
saling pengertian, semua masalah bisa diselesaikan, Dri…”
I tried reading the first 20 pages or so,
and I couldn’t continue. No, I’m not some Murakami/Tolstoy quoting guy who is
“too smart” for popular fiction.. not at all. I just have this thing
where I’m supremely gengges’ed by characters (male or female) who seem…
wide-eyed and awestruck by another character.
That’s the same reason why I can’t stand
The Twilight series. Vampires and werewolves are all good in my book. But a
character whose entire reason for existence is some guy? There is something
very nauseating about people who ADORE. For whatever reason.
I also heard that by the end of the 50
Shades series, the character changes. She opened his eyes to the “errors
of his ways”, and he leaves his penchant for BDSM behind. Yup, that’s
another thing on my gengges list. That assumption that you can change someone.
Why didn’t she just say “NEXT!” and find someone who fits her more
vanilla lifestyle? Susah amat.
Nah, saya tuh ngga suka film “lama”
lho. You know how lots of people watch classic movies like Gone With The Wind,
The Sound of Music, On The Waterfront dan sebagainya? Saya sih ngga ya. I know
this isn’t cool to say so, but I find the dialogues and acting in old movies
kind of painful to watch.
But if you ask me my earliest memory of
seriously watching a movie, and still enjoy til this day? Star Wars, of course.
Secara it came out in 1977. If you’re asking me the oldest movie I recently
watched.. saya baru nonton Duel (1972), film pertama Steven Spielberg. And an
even older movie that I consider one of my favorites is Stanley Kubrick’s A
Clockwork Orange (1971).