Movie Review: Lion (2016)


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First of all, if you have plan to watch its movie, please prepare your tissue – a lot – because too many scenes will make you cry like a baby.

Lion is a drama by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on Saroo Brierley’s book “A Long Way Home” with stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar. Its memoir of Saroo when he was 5 year old and gets lost on a train. The story begin when Saroo and his older brothers Guddu go to railway station for work. Saroo was so tired the he collapsed onto a seat on the platform and sleep well on a train that parked in station. When he awoke, the train was traveling across unfamiliar country.

The journey continue, Saroo was panicked but unable to open the door to escape. Then he was ended at the huge railway station in Kolkata. Saroo did not know it at the time, Saroo only knew and remembered his name, didnt know his home, didnt know of his mother’s name and now he was moved to miles away from home and family. He cried, scream and didnt know what to do. Saroo then survive alone in Kolkata. Eventually, Saroo met a teenager who took him to a police station and reported that he might be a lost child. The police took Saroo to a government centre for abandoned children. Weeks later, he was moved to the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. The staff there attempted to locate his family, but Saroo did not know enough for them to sufficiently trace his hometown, and he was officially declared a lost child. At the end, he was adopted by the Brierley family in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Twenty five years later, with his memories and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he tried to search his birth mother and original home.

Lion is a dramatic story that capture Saroo memories with remarkable, detail, beautiful and touched my heart. When I saw every scene in this film, I also feel what Saroo fell. Two thumps up for Sunny Pawar’s acting. He is so great. I fear for his dangerous journey in Kolkata. Mix feeling when I follow his story and speechless in every problems that he faced. About his feeling to John and Sue Brierley as adoptive parents, angry with Mantosh who was also adopted from India and has mental health and substance-abuse problems, his frustrated-adventure to find his birth mother, his emotional feeling because always remember about his child, his poor village, his beloved older brother, Guddu and his memory about his birth mother and about his trauma. Those made me broken. I Cried like a baby. Beside Saroo’s adventure, in this film we will see an ancient of India, poor village with their culture, slum community, India’s bureaucracy, and etc. Beautifully shot and cinematography. Also great-touching story. Its all about love, hope and faith.

Now, Lion is nominated for best picture for Oscar 2017, Golden Globe 2017, Critics Choice Awards, BAFTA and more.

I saw Lion in Festival Sinema Australia Indonesia 2017 – Jakarta and lucky me had great a time to Q&A Saroo Brierley. He is so nice, well explained about his childhood memory, trauma and adoptive parents

“Today there are perhaps a hundred thousand homeless kids in Kolkata, and a good many of them die before they reach adulthood … No one knows how many Indian children have been trafficked into the sex trade, or slavery, or even for organs, but all these trades are thriving, with too few officials and too many kids.”

Me with Saroo Brierley

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)


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La La Land breaks the record for most Golden Globe wins ever. Its won 7 awards including Best Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Picture of the Year. This movie which took 6 years to get made. Yes, 6 years!!!!

At the production notes, La La Land began with a provocative question: Could there be a film that married the magic and energy of the most poignant French and American musicals of all time with our more jaded modern age? And in a world where much of cinema is darker and more digitized than ever, could audiences still respond to the sweet call of love, romance and dancing in the moonlight?

Chazelle said: “With La La Land, I wanted to do a love story and I also wanted to create a musical like the ones that entranced me as a kid. I wanted to explore how you use color, sets, costumes and all these very expressionistic elements of old-school movie making to tell a story that takes place in our times.”

Well, I know Damien Sayre Chazelle from Whiplash. A movie before La La land. Whiplash is a 2014 American independent drama starring Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman, an ambitious young jazz student at Shaffer Conservatory in New York who plays the drums and J. K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher, a jazz instructor at Shaffer. Its story about relationship between of them. Nieman is a young jazz drummer who never give up and always survive in every challenges of his ruthless teacher, Fletcher. Whiplash told how to pursuit of greatness and do your best when you are depressed. Actually, I really really really enjoyed not only because its movie about Jazz but also its teach me about passion, idealism and dream. I cried when the credit title in the screen. Very emotional movie. At the 87th Academy Awards, Whiplash won Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Supporting Actor for Simmons, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Back to La La Land, I saw very different angle from Chazelle. Its still about dreamers. The story told two dreamers living in the City of Stars, Los Angeles, California and they are a soulful jazz pianist, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and a fresh-faced actress, Mia (Emma Stone). They met on the freeway of LA. Actually, they each other doesnt have future plan. Both are focused on the kind of impossible dream in the city. Sebastian is trying to get people to care about traditional jazz, I means hardcore jazz, in a town that filled with peoples who only want easy listening music or pop. And in the meanwhile, Mia is reaching her dream as a monolog actress which not popular in the city beside she went from audition to other audition. Sebastian and Mia are hard person. They believe, with idealism and high passion someday they will success and their dreams will come true. But at the point, they both must deal with reality: how long they can survive with their ideal perception?

La La Land is a story about how Sebastian and Mia did balance their life and art. Then, how they balance reality and dreams? And also, specifically, how they balance their relationship to art with their relationships with other people? Its story about peoples who have giant dreams that drive them, that bring them together, but also tear them apart. La La Land told the answers in every problems with sound, music, colors and words. The film also showcases how culturally relevant the marriage between music, movement, acting, singing and storytelling.

A masterpiece!!!

Travelling: Liverpool, You’ll Never Walk Alone


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Mumpung kerjaan lagi agak slow dan baru selese final exam di kampus, saya pengen sharing perjalanan sewaktu di Liverpool. Enjoy!

Seperti yang saya ceritakan sebelumnya, setelah seharian berkelana di Bath, sebuah kota cantik nan menawan yang kaya akan cerita sejarah Romawi tujuan saya selanjutnya adalah kota Liverpool. Bath ke Liverpool bisa ditempuh kurang lebih 5 jam via bus. Yakinlah selama perjalanan gak bakalan bosan karena sepanjang mata memandang kita akan melihat pemandangan hijau yang menyengarkan, bangunan cantik dan antik serta kastil-kastil tua khas eropa.

Sesampai di Liverpool saya menginap Novotel Liverpool Hotel, tepat di jantung kota Liverpool. Hotel berdinding merah bata khas seperti bangunan-bangunan yang ada di Liverpool ini dekat dengan Tate Liverpool museum, dan berjarak kurang lebih 2.2 KM dari Liverpool Empire Theatre serta 6 KM dari Anfield stadium yang tersohor itu. Karena udah malam, saya hanya menghabiskan jalan-jalan diseputaran hotel saja. Udara dingin dan basah serta rintik hujan mewarnai malam kedatangan di kota ini.


Suasana Luar Hotel


Jalanan di Liverpool


Jalanan di Liverpool


Liverpool menjelang malam


LIverpool dipagi hari

Jujur sebenarnya, Liverpool bukanlah kota yang masuk dalam bucket list saya. I’m not football fans, so I am not excited with Anfield dengan segala ceritanya. Perjalanan saya kesini lebih karena The Beatles. The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. Musiknya memang bukan ada di era saya, tapi gaung dan sejarahnya telah menggelitik saya untuk mengeksplor kota ini lebih jauh. Many musicians in the world influenced by The Beatles. Not only about their music but also fashion and culture. One word for them: LEGEND!

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