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My Review : Red Sparrow (2018)

Dear Jennifer Lawrence,

You’re amazing just the way you’re.
For once, I really hope you’re dancing by yourself. But knowing the fact that you’re using double, it doesn’t change anything.
You’re still great!
And because you’ve learned Russian accent and ballet only for this movie. I salute you.
(FYI, I love Russian accent.)

Regards,
K

 

Yesterday, I watched this movie with Day (yes. it’s another date)
She seems enjoying this movie although the movie was very heavy.

From one point on the start, I think this movie has similarity with the story of Black Widow (Marvel).
And I’m not the only one…
Even the director, Francis Lawrence shared his feelings on the comparisons between Red Sparrow and Black Widow from the Marvel comic books, played in the MCU by Scarlett Johansson. He said, “There’s people who think it’s very similar to the Black Widow story. This is not pulled from Black Widow, this is pulled from Red Sparrow, you know, it’s written by a guy who was in the CIA. It’s like, his references are coming from a very, very different place from that. But there’ll always be that. People like to put things in boxes, and I think it’s a really unique film. This is a thriller, it’s not action, again it’s not gadgetry. It’s a hard-R. There’s violence, it’s a bit perverse, it’s suspenseful, a lot of intrigue. It’s a different kind of spy film.”

So, ya… this movie is a thriller movie, not an action.
You can see through out the movie, it has a very little fighting scene, and you’ll find a lot of bloods.
Which is pretty good for me.
Do not complain…! LOL

Back to it’s title, Red Sparrow.
It has been told that Sparrow is a code name for a trained Russian spy.
But Dominika it self gained the name Red Sparrow (for the title of this movie) only because she used the red dress while performing ballet in the beginning of the movie.

I don’t want to spoil the story here, but you need to know that the ending is very cool!!
And ya, honestly I didn’t expect that.
Knowing throughout the movie, Dominika’s character is very unpredictable.
The only thing we know is that she is a Prima Ballerina, and she lives with only her mother, who is very sick. And she loves her very much.
She’ll do anything for her mother.

Well, we can easily catch the situation that she hates her uncle very much but it still not helping to guess the ending.

Yeah, you should just watch it and bear with the sadistic R-rating movie.
And, don’t bring under-17 yo friend with you. LOL

Good luck!

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My Review : Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them (2016)

I watch this movie on the premiere night but I can’t write it at the time (and later forget about it).
So, this time, as I still had a little time to write this, i’ll do it. 😛

Newt Scamander, an English wizard come to USA with his case full of magical creature. But did you know that his name, “Newt Scamander”, appears on the Marauder’s Map in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)?
I really like the idea that he is really awkward in such a common place.
This movie takes place fifty-four years before Harry Potter was born, and sixty-five years before he started attending Hogwarts.

When he first time arrive at the port, his case was asked to be opened by an officer. He changed the case ‘mode’ to “Muggle’s only”. Inside his case, there’s his scarf. Newt’s gray and yellow scarf that he wears in the film’s last scene, as well as in promotional materials, is an allusion to the fact that he was in Hufflepuff while attending Hogwarts.

But.. J.K. Rowling has stated that this film “is neither a prequel, nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. Newt’s story will start in New York City, seventy years before Harry gets underway.”

The next scene is becoming more fun when Newt stranded to the bank and meet Mary Lou, Tina and also Kowalsky.
There’s this scene when Mary Lou asks Newt “are you a seeker,” he answers by saying “more of a chaser.” This is a hint that he possibly played as a chaser in Quidditch while attending Hogwarts. LOL
There are so many hints to find.

During the early scene in the bank, where the Niffler is causing commotion, Newt uses the spell “Alohomora” to open the vault, and “Petrificus Totalus” to incapacitate the bank manager. Both spells were also used by Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001).

After the chasing scene inside the bank, Tina was finally able to talk to Newt and asking him what’s his purpose for coming to US.
When Tina shows her MACUSA card to Newt, several details are visible. Most importantly, it shows her middle name: Esther; her MACUSA ID number: 240274; and her date of birth: August 19, 1901. Details of Newt’s passport are much harder to see, but the following can be discerned: born in 1897; middle names Artemis Fido; last departed Britain on June 16, 1923; passport number #600427.

About Tina’s MACUSA Id, this is the birthdate of Eduardo Lima, a wizard on whom the Ministry of Magic kept tabs while it was under Death Eater control in 1997. Eduardo Lima is also the name of a graphic designer who worked on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and succeeding films.

When Tina ask about is he already obliviate Kowalsky, Newt really lost in the conversation. This is happen because in the 1920s, “muggles” was U.S. slang for marijuana cigarettes. This may explain why members of the U.S. wizarding community don’t use the term to mean non-magical people, but call them “no-maj” instead.

Later on this movie, there are 5 creatures that escape from the case.
One of them is Occamy. J.K. Rowling invented the word “choranaptyxic” for this film. A choranaptyxic creature can shrink or grow to fit the available space; the Occamy is one such creature.

At the scene of a building collapse a cop tells the crowd it isn’t a gas explosion because there is no smell of gas. But natural gas is both odorless and colorless, adding odor to the gas was globally adopted after the New London School explosion of 1937. So even if there had been a gas leak or explosion, the cop would not have been able to smell gas. So ya, maybe this actually can be a good ‘cover’ reason.

Leta Lestrange, love interest of Newt Scamander, is most likely related to Rodolphus Lestrange, the late husband of Bellatrix. So, there is a possibility that Newt has a close connection with Dumbledore and Harry as well.

Frank, the giant hawk-like bird Newt shows to Jacob while touring around his menagerie of fantastic beasts, is a Thunderbird. Thunderbirds are mythical birds that create, and are summoned by, lightning in Native American folklore. This explains how Frank is summoned in his first appearance in the movie, and how he flies into the storm cloud during the climax.
Thunderbird is one of the four Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry houses, as detailed on Pottermore.

Is there someone notice that the pendant that Graves gives to Credence is the mark of the Deathly Hallows?
as is the pendant worn by Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1(2010). It foreshadows the reveal that Graves is actually Grindelwald in disguise. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Grindelwald and Dumbledore are described as obsessed with the Deathly Hallows. In the book, it is specifically identified as Grindelwald’s mark during his reign of terror.
Actually, you also can see the pendant during the “interrogation” scene in the Graves’ jacket pocket. This is a small clue to his allegiance and true identity.
Credence presumably died when his Obscurus form was destroyed by the Aurors at the end of the movie. However, according to David Yates, they shot a scene in which Credence was still alive in the aftermath, but then deleted it, because the other filmmakers have yet to decide on the direction of the character in the sequels. Let’s hope we can meet Credence again in the next movie.
And if you really want to read this, I’ll give you more hints about Graves.
There are several clues to Percival Graves being Gellert Grindelwald in disguise:

  1. The hair styles of Graves and Grindelwald are similar.
  2. In the interrogation, Graves pays particular attention to the fact that Albus Dumbledore holds Newt Scamander in high regard. According to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore and Grindelwald were close friends, possibly lovers, and equally obsessed with the Deathly Hallows.
  3. It is later revealed that the point-of-view shots of someone gliding through the city are of Graves travelling as smoke. Travelling as smoke in the films is associated with the dark arts, as the only other people that have been seen traveling in this way in this fictional universe are Death Eaters and Voldemort.
  4. In one secret meeting between Graves and Credence Barebones, Graves gives him a charm which can summon him, should Credence need help. The charm is the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. In the Harry Potter books, it is also understood to be the mark Grindelwald, once identified with in his anti-muggle terrorism campaign of the 1920s-1940s.
  5. Dumbledore’s sister Ariana is rumored to host an obscurus, which is why, in the books, she was prone to lash out with strong magic after attempting to suppress it. Save Scamander, Graves appears to be the only one knowledgeable about obscurials in this film – at least enough to think he could use Credence for his nefarious ends.
  6. Believing Credence to be non-magical with magical lineage, Graves refers to him as a squib. Given that the magic community refers to non-magical people without magical lineage as No-Majs instead of muggles, it is entirely possible that they have another term for squibs. If so, Graves-Grindelwald slipped up and exposed his European origins.
  7. Graves’ first name is Percival. Percival is one of Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore’s middle names. Grindelwald might have, consciously or unconsciously, recalled “Percival”, and used it for his alias.

Above all of those things I write up there, this movie is a ‘must watch’.
It has more than one reason for you to be in love with this movie.

This movie will be followed by:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 (2020)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4 (2022)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 5 (2024)

My Review: Happy Death Day! (2017)

It’s been a while since the last time i actually had a time to watch a movie.
And I am glad that Megan Fox is dropped as Tree’s cast. LOL
(I kinda more like to see Jessica Rothe for some “reason”).

The real reason why I am watching this movie, is because today is Day’s birthday.
She was really pushy sometimes. And she really want to watch this movie, no matter what.

Before we start to talk about the movie, there is one thing that interest me.
The opening Universal logo gets abruptly sucked into oblivion and then restarts, referencing the film’s time loop element. This happens twice before the logo finally plays uninterrupted.
And it fun to start counting before realize that it only looping for twice. LOL

This movie is very simple. I kinda enjoy the whole story. The depressed time when you repeated a day again and again and knowing you’ll day each end of the day. The crazy moment when you are not even care anymore about what will happen next time.
And those time crying for help wishing this coming to an end.
Although it reminds me of some movies, like Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, etc.

But, there’s one movie that literally similar to this movie. It’s Groundhog Day (1993). Carter actually points out the similarities between Tree’s situation and the film Groundhog Day. There are in fact a few scenes that directly parallel that film’s events. Just like Phil, Tree proves that she has lived through this day by correctly pointing out several events about to take place around her. One of them is a frat brother passing out, whom she helps with a pillow. This may parallel the dying old man that Phil finds and tries to rescue. Phil points out that a waiter in the diner is gay, and Tree eventually finds out that Tim is gay. Her repeated unwanted encounters with Tim are similar to Phil running into Ned Ryerson. Two of Tree’s deaths involve getting hit by a bus and hanging herself in a bell-tower. Two of Phil’s suicides involved walking in front of a bus and throwing himself from a bell tower.

On one scene, Tree mentioning about 9 lives theory, just like a cat. Tree’s birthday is repeated a total of if nine times, her last chance being the next loop in accordance with the nine lives feline theorem.

I don’t like the baby mask killer. It’s too horrific for me using such an innocent character for that kind of purpose.
The Bayford University Baby killer costume was designed by Tony Gardner, who also designed the Ghostface mask, the horror icon of the Scream franchise and which is a reworked version of the Father’s Death Halloween costume. The original mask for the killer was a pig, a motif already done in the Saw movies so it was canceled and using the baby mask instead.

I found this fact interesting. So there is this original ending featured Tree Gelbman murdered again, thus entering another time loop. The test audience reacted furiously to this ending, feeling betrayed that the protagonist, after becoming a better person, could not break free. This ending was conceived as a way of leading the viewer to believe it was never going to end. So, ya the ending when everything went well is the best for this movie.

I can always enjoy a happy ending thriller movie. 😀

You’ll find something interesting in the end of the movie, and for that, i’ll say, “Good job, Carter!”

 


The Shape of Water & Wish Upon – Trailer (2017)

There are 2 movies that i can’t wait to watch ASAP.
I’m not into horror movie, but i think i can watch this one. LOL

  1. The Shape of Water (2017) –  AdventureDramaFantasy

    An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
  2. Wish Upon (2017) –  FantasyHorrorThriller

    Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, Clare is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her hoarder father, and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her dad comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish.

 

For the first movie, The Shape of Water, i found similarity between the “secret classified experiment” with Abe Sapien from Hellboy (2014).
Both are directed by Guillermo del Toro. And that might be the reason.
This movie is supposed to be ‘lighter’ than Hellboy and as sweet as Pan’s Labyrinth. 

Can’t wait to watch this on December 2017. 

 

How sweet is this pic btw. 😀
Once I had a fav super hero called “Deni si Manusia Ikan” and it was a comic strip on a child magazine called Bobo. LOL
And now, we’ve had mer-man from DC, and Abe Sapien.

And for the second movie, Wish Upon.
Fact that this is the 4th Horror movie which will feature Joey King. She acted in Wan’s The Conjuring and Quarantine and is rumored to be set to co-star in an upcoming Slenderman film adaption.

This movie is already on cinema (in Indonesia) from today.
So I think I’m going to watch it today, since i’ve got nothing to do all day long. LOL
Wait for the review.
Cheers!