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.

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Suasana Luar Hotel

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Jalanan di Liverpool

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Jalanan di Liverpool

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Liverpool menjelang malam

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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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Budaya Literasi Masyarakat Kita

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PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) merupakan studi internasional tentang prestasi literasi membaca, matematika, dan sains siswa sekolah yang berusia 15 tahun. PISA merupakan sistem ujian yang dilakukan oleh Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) untuk mengevaluasi sistem pendidikan dari 72 negara di seluruh dunia. Setiap tiga tahun, siswa dipilih secara acak untuk mengikuti tes dari tiga kompetensi tersebut. PISA bertujuan mengukur apa yang diketahui siswa dan apa yang dapat dia lakukan (aplikasi) dengan pengetahuannya tersebut. Hasilnya, Singapore menempati posisi pertama, disusul oleh negara Japan, Hongkong, Korea Selatan dan negara maju lainnya. Jika melihat ranking PISA ini, anak Indonesia sangat jauh tertinggal dibandingkan negara Vietnam. Kita juga masih berada dibawah Malaysia dan Thailand. Indonesia menduduki urutan ke 64 dari 72 negara yang di survey.

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Menurut saya pangkal utama pendidikan kita adalah rendahnya minat membaca dan menalar. Saya sepakat dengan tulisan Kompas di bawah ini bahwa sistem pendidikan kita yang terbiasa dengan hapalan membuat rendahnya daya nalar dan analitis siswa di sekolah. Hal inilah yang kemudian membuat daya imajinasi siswa menjadi lemah. Output-nya mungkin bisa kita lihat seperti sekarang, masyarakat kita cenderung senang teori cocokologi ketimbang sains modern, berita-berita palsu (hoax) dengan judul nan bombastis ketimbang membaca data dan fakta serta mudah untuk di provokasi tanpa kroscek sana-sini.

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Sesungguhnya, ini sebuah pekerjaan rumah yang besar dan berat untuk menumbuhkan minat baca dan nalar sedari dini. Pemerintah harus bekerja keras dalam membenahi budaya literasi dan sistem pendidikan. Sekolah juga memiliki peranan penting bagaimana melahirkan siswa-siswi yang mampu berpikir kritis dan mempunyai daya nalar analitis, bukan sekedar individu-individu penghapal pelajaran. Orang tua di rumah juga memiliki kewajiban untuk mendidik anaknya agar mereka terbiasa berpikir kreatif. Ini semua tanggung jawab bersama demi meningkatkan mutu pendidikan dan manusia Indonesia