Adri are you one of star wars’ fans?

Hmm, let’s see.

When I was 6, I “trick or treated” on Halloween wearing my karate uniform as Luke Skywalker.

When I was 7, I pestered my mom to make me a black vest as worn by Han Solo.

When I was 9, I again pestered my mom into making me Luke Skywalker’s khaki jacket that he wore on the swamp planet Dagobah.

And when I was 28, I commissioned these two lightsabres; made by hand out of solid metal, based on Lucasfilm blueprints by a gunsmith at Pindad.

So yeah, I guess I’m a Star Wars fan.

Hi Adri, sepertinya selera film kita sama, semua yg pernah kamu sebutin (mis: Obvious Child), aku tonton dan suka! Thanks a million for that. Please share some more, judul2 film yg kamu rekomen. Thanks! :) P.S. thanks for your as well. I love it!

Thanks for the kind words!

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 really unnecessary.

Here we go:

Documentary: Buck, The Imposter, Line of Sight

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

Three questions about films. Any thoughts on: (1) A Clockwork Orange, (2) Citizen Kane, and (3) Mulholland Drive? Thankies!

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 these days.

3. Mulholland Drive: Here’s one reason why I suffered through a David Lynch movie: Laura Elena Harring. Nekkid.

Have any films drastically changed the way you feel/ think about certain things? Whether it be social issues or even how you perceive life. Please share some of those films and the story of how those films changed things for you. Thank you :)

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.

Just watched Revolutionary Road, and it makes me so ironic and sad. It feels deep and sad when I watched that, remembering what my parents being trough in these years (even in diff prob). :'( oh ya, have you watched the movie? If you don’t, please kindly watch that. And, what do you think about it?

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…”

*lempar sendal*

what do you think of 50 shades of grey?

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.

Adrian.. “Shadow and dust” maksudnya apa ya? Apa artinya buat kamu?

You are referring to my tattoo, right?

It’s from the movie Gladiator (2000), a monologue by Proximo:

“We mortals are but shadows and dust, shadows and dust, Maximus.”

Maximus is stating that human life is ephemeral.

The word shadow is used as a reference to Plato’s cave (, and the word dust may be a biblical reference:

Genesis 2:7 – And the LORD God formed man the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 – Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

And what does it mean to me?

Exactly that… to remind me of my mortality, and that I only have one life to live. That concept doesn’t quite jive with the biblical reference, but what they hey, right. 🙂

As you know, for the tattoo I had it translated to Japanese. Interestingly enough, the japanese spelling for “dust” is the same for “pride” or “honour”.

(slow clapping). Wow! That is a lot of movies! Next question, (I hope you don’t mind ya :)), film yang paling tua masih ingat ngga apa? I assume you watch quite a few “old” movies.

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).