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50/50 – review

Nampaknya karena Joseph Gordon Levitt memang dianugerahi wajah yang melas, ia cocok sekali memerankan peran tokoh teraniaya macam Cameron James di 10 Things I Hate About You, Tom Hansen di 500 Days of Summer, atau seperti perannya sebagai Adam di film 50/50 ini. Kecuali tentunya saat ia mendobrak itu semua lewat Hesher (2010) :p. Well anyway, back to 50/50, Adam adalah pemuda twenty-something biasa, bekerja sebagai produser di sebuah stasiun radio dan memiliki pacar cantik yang tinggal bersamanya. Dunianya seketika jungkir balik saat ia divonis dokter mengidap sebuah kanker tulang belakang yang langka. Tentunya bukan kabar yang ingin didengar seseorang di saat usianya baru saja 27 tahun.

Adam: A tumor? 
Dr. Ross: Yes. 
Adam: Me? 
Dr. Ross: Yes. 
Adam: That doesn’t make any sense though. I mean… I don’t smoke, I don’t drink… I recycle…

Untuk fim dengan tema kanker, plotnya cukup mudah dicerna, tidak semelankolis Dying Young (1991) atau sedepresi Funny People (2009). Namun ada benang merah yang menghubungkan 50/50 dengan Funny People, yakni sama-sama dibintangi Seth Rogen. Disini Seth Rogen berperan sebagai Kyle, sahabat Adam yang ceplas-ceplos. (well, Seth Rogen is being Seth Rogen indeed 😀). 50/50 sendiri adalah angka presentasi kesembuhan Adam yang diprediksi oleh dokter.  Keistimewaan kisah 50/50 ini memang terletak pada kesederhanaannya. Seolah menyampaikan that shit does just happen sometimes and it doesn’t discriminate, even to a guy as decent, as mild, as good as Adam. Adam kini menjalani kesehariannya dengan rangkaian kemoterapi, berkenalan dengan pasien kanker lain, juga sesi terapi dengan psikiater kikuk Katherine (Anna Kendrick). Ia pun harus menghadapi kepanikan sang ibu (Anjelica Huston, in one of her less-scary gesture here :D) dan the girlfriend we’d all love to hate, Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard, yang nampaknya mulai menapaki spesialis peran antagonis sejak akting gemilangnya di The Help :D). Seiring waktu dan penyakit yang kian menggerogoti, makin sulit bagi Adam untuk tetap bersikap positif.

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Soul Kitchen (2009) – review

It’s Europe On Screen! Salah satu yg berkesempatan untuk ditonton adalah film drama komedi produksi Jerman  ‘Soul Kitchen’ arahan sutradara Fatih Akin. Konon untuk sekaliber Fatih Akin, genre ini termasuk mengejutkan karena biasanya ia selalu menyutradai film film yang bertemakan depresi dan ‘berat’ seperti ‘The Edge of Heaven’ (2007). Walaupun dia juga pernah mengisi salah satu segmen di ‘New York, I Love You’ (2009)

Anyway let’s get back to Soul Kitchen. Soul Kitchen adalah restoran sederhana di pinggiran kota Hamburg, Jerman milik chef Zinos Kazantsakis. Walaupun terletak di gudang tua dan hanya menyajikan menu junk food standar seperti hamburger, schnitzel, kentang goreng dan semacamnya, namun mengelola restoran adalah impian Zinos. Namun bagi Nadine, kekasihnya, impian itu terlampau kerdil hingga Nadine memutuskan untuk pergi ke Shanghai memenuhi karirnya sebagai reporter.

Di tengah kegalauannya karena hubungan jarak jauhnya dengan Nadine dan restorannya yang terancam tutup karena berbagai masalah, Zinos harus memutar otak dan memutuskan apakah ia akan menjual propertinya pada Neumann –teman lamanya, seorang pengusaha licik; untuk menyusul Nadine atau mempertahankan restorannya.

Semua kericuhan ini turut diramaikan oleh Illias, kakak Zinos –tahanan residivis yang sedang bebas bersyarat dan butuh pekerjaan, Shayn si koki baru yang idealis dan menolak memasak junk food, Lucia si pelayan jelita nan judes dan Sokrates kakek penggerutu yang hidup menumpang di Soul Kitchen.

Dari sepuluh menit pertama, Soul Kitchen sudah mengundang tawa karena begitu banyak kelakuan konyol dari Zinos :-D.  Sepanjang film penonton akan diajak menyaksikan jatuh bangun Zinos dalam mengelola Soul Kitchen, dari restoran kumuh menjadi salah satu tempat paling hip yang kemudian terancam tergusur lagi. Apalagi ketika Zinos mengalami cedera punggung yang mengakibatkan gerak gerik yang sangat kikuk. Dengan tema yang ringan, Soul Kitchen dijamin akan membuat terpingkal-pingkal lewat dialog-dialog serta chemistry antar tokoh yang amat pas. Aaaaand since it’s European, of course some of the jokes will consist of  sex and nudity, so don’t watch it on the living room with your family, guys 😉

Personally i think the completion of Zinos’s insistent miseries is too simple, but it doesn’t reduce the whole fun-rollercoaster ride :-). Soul Kitchen is definitely worth the laugh!. Tokoh favorit? tentu saja si koki Shyan yang  galak serta mahir mengolah junk food menjadi hidangan a la carte sesuai idealismenya. Totally hilarious !!!

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Sherlock Holmes – review

The most famous detective on novel brought to life, this time, portrayed by the charismatic Robert Downey Jr. The story opened with Lord Blackwell’s (Mark Strong) arrest. The man who claimed as the messenger of the black magic has been commited to several murderous act, which causing terror in London. So when he’s finally hung, everyone thought it would be for good.

Meanwhile, Dr. Watson (Jude Law, surprisingly good. Maybe the only role he didn’t end up as ‘Jude Law the pretty boy’ :p), Holmes’s loyal companion is getting married. The fact that Holmes might lose his best partner didn’t really took Holmes to enthusiastic state towards the wedding.  Had briefly slumped to this issue and no cases worth intriguing enough during the moment, the sudden news of Blackwell’s mysteriously risen from the dead  tickles his senses to once again confront this case with his methods of logic. And when Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) –the devious thief, the Holmes’s opposite attraction, the only woman who had outsmarted Holmes twice- is involved, he knew that something big engirdled this case.

One mentioned this is the version of a down & dirty Holmes, when Guy Ritchie succesfully depicted him not only as the analytical freak, but also the physical side–Holmes the brawler. The slobbish version of Holmes might offended the true fan of Sherlock Holmes, but it works out just fine for me ;). He still put the iconic pipe, nevertheless. & Not only i love the grey blue-ish he used for the color tone of Old London, the way he visualized tradition method of explaining the Sherlock Holmes deductions after given the facts and clues in slow motions & repeated scenes is beautifully executed. The battle of humorous wits between Holmes & Watson’s bromance relationship is undeniably hit the mark. & some animal rights group might be infuriated by how Holmes always tried out new medicine to that poor adorable bulldog, Gladstone. Packed of laughs, indeed 😀

This is the first movie i saw in 2010, & boy, i am well entertained 🙂 it scores 8.5/10

& yet, it screams for sequel!! See you hopefully soon, Professor James Moriarty 😉

I Love You, Man – review

Since now is the Judd Appatow era, it’s relieving they started making a genuine adult-comedy instead of slapstick trash. Take my word, this movie is uproaringly funny!!
The happily enganged & successful realtor Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) has always been a girlfriend-man. Wedding is on its way and at one point he realize he didn’t have any close male friend to be his best man. The whole thing about ‘guy friends’ with all their dirty jokes, poker nights, etc doesn’t suit Peter well. Yes, he’s this one awkward man and apparently-lonely.
Worried about this void, he consulted his gay-brother Robbie -which going for the straight ones, because he thinks it’s a challenging LOL- on how to establish a male-bonding.

Peter Klaven: So what do i do? How do i make friends?
Robbie Klaven: If you see a cool looking guy, strike up a conversation and ask him on a man date.
Peter Klaven: Ok.
Robbie Klaven: You know what i mean?
Peter Klaven: No.
Robbie Klaven: Casual lunch or after work drinks. You’re not taking these boys to see The Devil Wears Prada.
Peter Klaven: Ohhhh god i love that movie. No I wont.

On a verge of despair after serial ‘man-dating’ that went all wrong, Peter met Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) the upstraight-cunning bloke. Impressed by his honesty, it doesn’t take too long before Peter ‘attracted’ to Sydney (no matter how WRONG it may sounds, please do remind this is male-bonding we’re talking bout, yea? good x))
As the ‘bromance’ works smoothly between them, Zooey the fiancee who supported this ‘best-man-hunt’ earlier, felt secluded especially when she felt her relationship with Peter is in the state of strain- caused by the BFF euphoria. What will Peter do?

The ensemble cast has creating a hysterical-laugh-out-loud environment. Yet the best lines come from the strangely ingenuous father, Zooey’s friends: the bizzared-rowdily couple (played hilariously by Jaime Pressly & Jon Favreau..the guy who directs Ironman xD), the men Peter’s been ‘dating’ with, etc. Also Peter’s gawky attempt of nicknaming each other xD
Don’t missed the so-called-cameo from Lou Ferrigno -the Incredible Hulk- as himself, whom property Peter tries to sell..

‘I Love You, Man’ is a bromance-comedy well-delivered!! ^.^
I loved it, man!!!

Sydney Fife: You get home safe, Pistol.
Peter Klaven: You got it, Joben.
Sydney Fife: I’m sorry, what?
Peter Klaven: Er… nothing.
Sydney Fife: No, what did you say?
Peter Klaven: Nah, I don’t know… You nicknamed me Pistol, and I just called you… “Joben”… It means nothing… I don’t… I’m drunk… I’m gonna call a cab.

Sydney Fife: Society tells us we’re civilized but the truth is we are animals. Sometimes we just have to let it out. Try it.
Peter Klaven: Blaaah!
Sydney Fife: Good. Now gently remove your tampon and try again.

(while jamming at Sydney’s place, playing bass)
Peter Klaven: Slapping the bass! Slappa da bass! Slappa da bass mon! Slappa de bass mon!