TED: Viewer Discretion Please!

Just because he’s the Teddy Bear doesn’t mean he acts like the one we used to imagine.
This movie is hilariously screwed.

Teddy Bear has become a little bitter as grown ups would be. Yes, Ted has grown up. Made a pact as thunder buddy to Johnny for life and life has taken the both of them for 27 years.

Swearing, smoking pot, and grown up things are explicitly shown here. Even sex scenes, yes with-s as in plural.

As cute as Ted depicted in above picture, its actually Ted’s gesture to hit a girl. And yes, its a sex gesture as if he’s doing it with the barcode scanner.

With predictable story line and hardly smooth flow, I actually have time to think how this movie is highly inappropriate for children under age. And to make it worse, there were children watching with me yesterday.

Actually the censor board has already marked this movie as an adult movie. But seems there’s no one care, let alone comply to the viewer discretion.

I am so bugged about this. Is there anyone out there feel the same?

Tersesat di Seribu Ombak

Persahabatan Wayan Manik, Samihi dan Syamimi berangkat dari konflik. Konflik yang kemudian membuka jalan untuk perbedaan bersanding hidup dengan damai.

Bagaimana Wayan Manik bersikap ketika Samihi beribadah dan sebaliknya bagaimana Samihi menerima saran Wayan Manik untuk belajar dari guru kidung untuk keperluan mengaji menunjukkan perbedaan tidak harus berkonflik.

Ketika persahabatan dalam perbedaan harus direlakan bercampur dengan isu pergaulan setempat, dalam hal ini pergaulan yang rawan di tempat wisata seperti Singaraja, Bali dan kisah percintaan yang anehnya musti berakhir dengan bunuh diri, meski bersambut gayungnya, inti pesan moralnya menjadi kabur.

Sekabur tafsiran ‘pulang’ ke rumah seribu ombak yang berkali-kali dengan gesture ritual persembahan, sungguh dapat menyampaikan pesan moral bahwa ‘pulang’ atau bunuh diri itu tindakan yang dibenarkan.

Meski terharu biru mendapatkan film yang mau mengangkat isu perbedaan sekaligus mengingatkan akan kampung halaman, terus terang saya mendapatkan diri saya tersesat di akhir cerita.


Bourne Legacy: Legacy? More of Cross Identity

Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), one of Outcome program participants, survived the wipe out plan by its own creator, the CIA. Outcome program is the following program which built Bourne in the first place. As one of CIA officers plans to go public with the program malfunction, they decided to kill all the following programs and its agents throughout the world.

Cross then went to the city for medicines and found that the lab has been wiped out also, leaving one doctor survived, Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz). Just in time Marta is forcefully held for suicide, Cross came to rescue.

Unfortunately, Dr Shearing had no medicines Cross was looking for. And surprisingly, Cross could have been lived without those medicines and still have the abilities, both cognitive and physical. He just needs to be injected with live viruses, the medicines ingredients. The viruses was kept in Thailand, and there they went.

Successfully injected, Thailand didn’t come easy for Cross and Dr Shearing to escape the local police and one of LARX (the suddenly-active-following program after Outcome) participant. Bourne wouldn’t leave his legacy without successful runaway. So did Cross and Dr Shearing.

To take down super soldier, CIA only send drone? That is so weird.
To have a target house burned down and their agents went missing, took CIA hours to send their forensics? That is even weirder.
To pull out passengers manifest and have everybody’s background checked out, instead running facial recognition S/W? No wonder CIA’s screwed.
Last but not least, what’s with the (ordinary branded) sunglasses? And selecting car instead of motorbike to chase a motorbike, really, REALLY? LARX is totally a bust!

The Avengers: Heroicly Hilarious

Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother from Asgard was looking for another recognition as king. This time, on Earth. With help of Chitauri army, Loki intended to open the inter dimensional gate with the Tesseract and he did.

Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) basically wanted to answer Loki’s call for war with The Avengers protocol. Gathering all the super heroes. But even a huge flying fortress was not enough for super heroes’ ego. They need a simple, humble, old fashion sacrifice from Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).

And blood in Coulson’s Captain America trading cards pulled the Avengers together in one solid team. Lead by the Captain America (Chris Evans), the Avengers; Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), fought the Chitaurians in downtown Manhattan.

Nothing new really in this superheroes story aside from the number of the superheroes involved. Usually superhero gets all the attention to him/herself in one movie. Now they have to share it. And ingeniously, the share works heroic-ly hilarious.

Good watch, very entertaining. 🙂

Battleship: A Bummer

After an ultra-powered signal sent into the deep space towards a planet which is predicted having similarity with Earth, few years later, 5 unidentified objects from the outer space are detected about to enter our atmosphere. Having no anticipation at all, those objects hit Earth right around the Hawaiian coast where the military join forces combat training took place.

Fortunately, the ET had damaged their telecommunication device from a collision with a satellite before entering the atmosphere. Buying some times for the humans to defend the planet.

Destroyers, state of the art combat ships, are dealing with the ET army. One ship, which is commanded by Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard), is destroyed without any survivors by the ET and leaving his brother, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), the next in command. With help from the Japanese army, lead by Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), they managed to survive the ET’s attack.

Up in the hill, Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), Alex’s fiance figured out how to stop the ET from invading the Earth. They need to destroy the hill where the satellites are going to be used by the ET to send signal back to their planet. And with help of the scientist, Dr Nogrady (Adam Godley), Sam established a communication with Alex, telling him to blow up the hill.

Since the last destroyer John Paul Jones was crushed, Alex fought the last ship of the ET with the legendary Missouri battleship, which is less sophisticated than a destroyer ship, with help of the veterans to run the battleship. The ET’s last ship was destroyed, back ups were being sent by Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) and the hill was flatten.

After a high expectation wait, I was disappointed. The story was total fuzz and just did not add up. And the cameo, Rihanna, was just not suppose to be in any scene. She’s best stay on the stage, get a hold on her hat on the stage instead on the water while swimming for the life boat, and just sing!

Right from the opening scene, when the signal sent out into the deep space without any security and/or defense anticipation to the ET depiction, who’s very lame compare to all the weapon technology they’re suppose to have.

The savior of this movie is just the ‘Transformers’ effects, both the robot effect and the sound effect (according to W, at least). Real bummer, really.

‘Amat Victoria Curam’

Stay low, sharp eyes, and detailed plans. Assignment completed with no or minimal risk. That’s how you would describe Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) as the mechanic, aside from its ordinary definition, a hit man.

Per skill, Arthur was above the average. And his boss, Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) was always please with Arthur. Their agreement grew to a close relationship. But unfortunately, this close relationship made Arthur the perfect man to carry out an assignment from Harry’s partner in that company, Dean (Tony Goldwyn). Assignment to kill Harry cause Dean suspected an information leakage from Harry.

Arthur was proven ‘good’ at the job. And Harry didn’t even bother to fight back.

Harry left none to Steve McKenna (Ben Foster). Arthur was more of Harry’s son than Steve was. But the loss is more to Steve than to Arthur, and he wanted a revenge.

Steve had himself luring a car jacker to kill since Harry was killed in a car jacking scenario. Right before he killed the car jacker, Arthur came along and stop him. Steve then realized that Arthur had skills. And he came to Arthur to learn what it takes to be a hit man, as his father once taught Arthur to be one.

And Arthur did taught Steve. But style is a personal thing. It can’t be taught over. The next assignments in which Arthur left Steve in charge, it went ‘dirty’. The target was a hit man from another company. A chihuahua lover and a gay. And Arthur was already preparing Steve as a chihuahua lover and a gay for 3 weeks so he can have an encounter with the target. But instead finishing the target as planned, with a heart stopper medicine, Steve chose the hard way. Accomplished, but ‘dirty’. Even when Arthur got involved, Steve recklessness still affect the operation.

But in his escape from one messy operation, Arthur saw the guy from his company who’s suppose to be dead regarding the allegation to Harry. And from this guy, Arthur learned that Harry was not the tipper. It was Dean.

Furious he was, but still managed to chase Dean in his hiding with Steve and killed him. Along the way, Steve found his father gun in Arthur’s garage and learned that Arthur was the killer.

After killing Dean, they went for an escape. And in a gas station, Steve left Arthur in the car while he filled the gas. Revenge was always the motif for Steve to learn to be a hit man, and his revenge was closer than he had expected. From his father gun, Steve shot the car.

Revenge’s paid. What next ? Steve went to Arthur’s place and put the music on. Then he drove the car which Arthur left a note with. ‘Steve, if you read this note, then you are dead. -Bishop’. Steve laughed and step the gas. That was the last thing he did. While Arthur escaped from the car in the gas station before Steve shot it cause he saw Harry’s gun in Steve’s jacket.

Well, that’s ‘Amat Victoria Curam‘. Victory loves preparations.

More than Meets the Eyes

Ali (Christina Aquilera), a waitress who can’t see herself trapped and worked in a small restaurant in Iowa, packed one suitcase and went to LA hoping to change her fortune with her talents.

She tried out all the singers, backing vocals and dancers vacancies. But none succeeded. Till one time, she saw a dancer fixing her outfit on top of a bar. Burlesque. That’s the bar name.

So, she paid $20 out of her not-so-much money and went in to that bar. She thought it was a strip club, but turned out it was the dream stage of hers.

Tess (Cher) was performing ‘Welcome to Burlesque’ beautifully. And immediately Ali knew where she’s suppose to be.

With a help of Jack (Cam Gigandet), the bartender/pianist, she went to back stage and asked for Tess. She met Sean (Stanley Tucci), Tess’s best friend/wardrobe. As she met Tess and asked for a job, Tess sent her back to Sean. Meaning no job available.

Fortunately give up is not in Ali’s vocab. So when she saw the waitress is not taking orders properly, she just grabbed a tray and started to take orders. And finally the opportunity came for Ali to show what she got to Tess and Sean.

An audition. Ali showed Tess and Sean that she can do what the other dancers do. And she did show them. Too good till one time, Tess asked Ali to replace Nikki, the best dancer in Burlesque with not-so-good attitude. Nikki protested in her way. As Ali was on stage, she turned off the music.

But Ali was a natural. She just started to sing and dance, the band and the other dancers joined after. Turned out, Nikki’s protest was a step up for Ali. Previously, Burlesque offered only sexy dancers, now it offered live performances, live singer, live dancers, live band.

In no time Ali was getting all the attention. Including from Marcus (Eric Dane), contractor and a regular customer. She started going out with him and made Jack jealous. Though Ali lived with him, since her apartment was robbed, but they barely met. And the tension was getting higher and higher till after a friend’s wedding, they fell for each other.

Things get complicated when Jack’s fiancee came into town. Ali left and looked for Sean before she got picked up by Marcus. Marcus brought her back to his house where Ali saw his new building model which will be built right where Burlesque is. That’s why Marcus was insisting to buy Burlesque from Tess and her husband in disguise to help her settling her debt.

Ali rushed to meet Tess and convinced that she didn’t have to sell Burlesque to earn money. Ali learned from Marcus that there is an air rights. Just in front of Burlesque, there is a new condo which offers the best view in town. And when Burlesque is replaced by Marcus’s building, no view available. So, Tess sold the air rights to the condo owner. And Burlesque is On.

I was open-mouthed the whole time times two (cause I watched this movie twice). It was beautiful performances by Cher and Christina Aquilera. The music, the songs, the dance, the wardrobe, the hot dancers, the lighting, everything is just beautiful.

I know I am being too much. Some reviews said that Steven Antin isn’t delivering this movie well enough. Though it did win Golden Globe for Best Original Song Motion Picture on Cher’s ‘You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me’. But I love every single part of it.

Maybe its because I didn’t have any movie-wise expectations. I just have music-performance expectations by Cher and Christina Aquilera cause I love their music works. And I was totally right and satisfy. Awesome performances by Cher and Christina.

But I can’t help notice, some of my friends refused to see this movie because its title, ‘Burlesque’, which they assume its a strip movie. And I was stunned. Whaaaaa??

After several minutes to read Burlesque’s history and the fact that starting from 1930s Burlesque is a strip show, still I can’t understand their stand. *rhyming!! 😉
Stand that shows the fear of human sensuality and sexuality which we are created by.

I will not make a judgment upon anything or anyone, this is my personal thoughts. In that movie, we will see the same things. For example, barely minimum wardrobe, hot dancers (read: nice asses, stuffed breasts, sexy poses and dance moves) and ‘sex-leading’ lyrics. And I am sure that the boys are enjoying themselves while watching this movie. While the girls envious to the dancers.

Those things are contributing factors to a good (or great) performance. The wardrobe is specially designed to meet the theme of the song where beauty meets concept in details. The hot dancers are skillful and talented, no doubt. Their body is just benefit of their hard-worked skills and talent. The lyrics are the work of arts where concept beautifully defined in the language that we can all understand.

And with other contributing factors, voila! Beauty is defined in a good performance.
Suddenly behind that lingerie, hot dancers, sassy song, I see hard works, dedication, passion and faith. Much more than meets the eyes, huh ? 🙂

Sensuality, sexuality, in my opinion is a form of energy. A creative energy which can also form a hard work, dedication and passion. If we are afraid of sensuality, sexuality, well.. lets just say we’d waste an energy source.