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Cek Toko Sebelah | Review

The story follows Yohan and Erwin, being the only two sons of a shop owner in a suburban area of Jakarta, Mr. Afuk. Devastated after the death of his wife and his uncalled disease, he decided to let Erwin, his younger son to take over the shop he built together along with his already dead wife before he retired. And Erwin, being the  ultimate favored child, agreed to give it a go for a month, for he couldn’t just leave his uprising career and girlfriend in the company he worked so hard to get into. While on the other hand, Yohan being the least favored son, was offended that his dad ended up choosing Erwin instead of him.

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Words can never legitimately describe the love I have for this movie. Indonesia has finally took a huge turn with its film industry with this relevant release. A huge praise goes to Ernest for outlining the core plots of this film, it was undeniably amazing. The humor this movie offered, not to mention the drama, and the entire pacing of the plot from the very beginning shook me to the point where I wanna do a re-watch on it again someday.

The thing I love most about this movie was that it was super relatable for me remembering that I too, came from a similar Chinese family background. The approach upon the acculturation between the Indonesian-Chinese ethnic and the pure Indonesian locals from this story was cordial, and it made me super happy to see both sides get along very well throughout the entire movie. We get to see the things they’re going through in a story told so realistically, in such an appropriate everyday life setting being shown through an Indonesian movie format, which was exactly what I needed to freshen up my mind after not watching one for so long.

The plot of it, was interwoven so well from the very start. As a result, it was very easy to comprehend and absorb the messages being thrown off to the audience. There was this sheer balance between the humor, seriousness, and drama that it made the movie even more entertaining to watch to its very core.

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Safe to say as it is, the representation of these set of characters were brought down quite nicely, and that the cast very much fits the roles they had for themselves in this movie. I enjoyed seeing everyone giving their best skills to deliver such an amazing storyline in return, as it was of course, once again, relatable for me personally because I too have experienced living in quite the similar setting of this movie.

All in all, I enjoyed every minute of it, and personally believe that this is one of those must-watch Indonesian movies out there that fits the bill for everyone. I feel like I could pick something new out of it, after each new time I ended up seeing the movie again repetitiously. The movie supports a very strong dynamic Indonesian-Chinese family aspect to it, and such strong representations of them that it felt really similar to the ones I personally experience with in real life!


I’ve always wanted to try reviewing an Indonesian produced movie here on my blog, knowing that I happen to live here and become one myself. So then yeah, I am super happy I finally found one that really moved my heart enough for me to write it! Just to lay it out there, this was not exactly the newest release in the industry, but it was a movie that got recommended to me so often. I have heard nothing but amazing things and positive feedbacks coming from the people who had seen them. That led me saying to myself, “Hey, why not give it a go?” SUPER glad with how this review turned out a little more concise than the previous ones I’ve written in the past, because I’ve absolutely adored it very much, and had honestly zero complaints regarding its existence.
Some of you may be wondering why I have not yet continued on my travel writing spree on this blog, and the thing is, I still most likely will, and I still am up for it entirely. There were just a couple of things to clear up at the back of my mind to settle in through writing that I just had to move ahead by posting it before it shuts off completely. You know what I’m saying?
ANYHOW, let me know what you think of this movie overall down below? Have you seen it? Or have you not and are planning to see it in a short time? What did you think about this post? It’d be super lovely to read from you guys. Once again, thank you  so much for reading.

have a lovely day!

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Sherlock | Review

Fair note: This is a spoiler-free review, so feel free to scroll on right ahead to read my thoughts, feels, and (hopefully) critical arguments I have upon this mystery, action, drama, & thriller packed BBC original. Enjoy!

The start-off episode of this series, “A Study In Pink”, was all-in-all indeed stunning. We get to see our main-lead-protagonist showing off his deduction skills towards the case brought upon regarding a similar lead of suicidal-coated murder. Episode 1 was surely the foundation that deserved such high praise for its remarkable introduction it brought to this show. A lovely kick-start to the mystery packed adventures of Sherlock & Watson that played along well.

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I loved seeing the idea of this series taking place set in the 21st century London instead of using the original one that took place in the 1800s. Such a fresh new take upon seeing through Sherlock Holmes living his days as a modern Private Detective alongside his retired army doctor colleague, Dr. Watson. The thought of seeing modern London on screen made me wish as if I was there partaking the cases along with them.

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Okay, another thing, though. Being such a fonder to blog-related-activities and writing, Watson being a blog-writer himself, had somehow allowed me to see myself inside of him. Aside from the fact that I am not Sherlock Holmes’ best friend and does not write about my adventures with him, and has a million times worse of a writing skill, attracting high-demanding public readers compared to his, it’s all good.

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I loved how Benedict’s acting skills drove the audience into thinking that he is this intelligent character with such brilliant deductions that are so very much out of this world compared to the people around him. He is, with no doubt, the definitive sublime figure that fits the role of playing Sherlock Holmes throughout this series. Couldn’t have asked for a better well-played, fitting, yet talented actor myself.

The series just got better and better until they reached –

Season 4.

I myself was not a huge fan of this season due to several reasons that I shouldn’t be mentioning here to avoid practically spoiling everything in advance BUT I assure you, this is surely the TV show worth the while of watching. I sort of marathoned watching this a couple of weeks ago during mid-term and ended up enjoying it. You will find yourself wanting more once you finish watching one episode (duration around 90 minutes) after the other, and find yourself in a complete mindblown situation on how this series ended.

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I got myself out of breath still wishing there was some sort of an additional cut-scene after the final credits of the last episode that would indicate a “to be continued” element to the plot but turns out-

It didn’t happen.

I guess I should stop here before I move along to anything serious like SPOILING THE WHOLE ENDING for you guys on this self-written review. Therefore, if you happen to have finished seeing this show, or currently sailing from one episode to the other, be sure to let me know your thoughts and feels about it down below! Also, if any of you have been looking for a TV show that would most likely shatter you to pieces and rip your heart apart, filling them with overpowering feels and obsession, then my oh my, is Sherlock the one for you, baby.

Okay that last sentence was so not me, but you get the point.

I’ll catch you on tomorrow’s blogpost, then?

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[REVIEW] Beauty and the Beast

There are a lot of Disney Princesses out there who never cease to impress me with their enchanting tales, but none can ever blow me away like this one. Belle. The most peculiar mademosseile. Seeing what filled most likely 80% of my childhood days on actual live-action screenplay was everything I could ever wished for. It was by far the very best movie I’ve seen in a while.

Well, then. Cutting to the chase, allow me to express my inner disney-loving-brat thoughts after finally seeing this long awaited movie through these narrations below.


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Belle. Emma. Seems like I can’t really tell the differences between them anymore. I feel like I’m certain that nobody could ever beat nailing the role Emma played beautifully on this movie. Disney sure did a magnificent job on choosing her in the first place. Remembering the fact that I certainly did enjoy watching the trailer (and have shamelessly watched it 1283 times for sure), intrigued me into making a solid commitment of practically seeing the movie myself once it came out.

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However, the thing about Belle, is that, she is very different than the rest of the villagers who live around her. She was smart, adventurous, blunt, and not afraid to share what she thinks is right to the people around her who obviously doubted her way of thinking. I obviously didn’t mind that she was a bookworm to begin with, as I too am one myself. So of course, I find it super easy to reflect myself whenever I witness Belle on screen, borrowing a book from the town’s small library, re-reading them, and hyperventilating in a room filled with books. Sharing the same love for literature, books, was one of the many reasons why I loved Belle as an overall character, that merely stands out among the others.

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I can see that they’ve added minor additional scenes and cut several ones that were originally brought out in the previous animated film. In this case, some of which I wasn’t quite a huge fan of. Like the fact that they removed Gaston’s marriage proposal where he was supposed to barge in Belle’s house, and disrespectfully put his feet upon Belle’s table, was indeed quite disappointing, but nonetheless did not change the amount of love and explosion I felt the entire time I witnessed this entire screenplay on the big screen. I was really looking forward to looking at Gaston splashed in mud after Belle pointed out her disinterest on marrying him, but instead we get her refusing him in a much more ‘polite’ attitude after he asked her to join him for dinner.

Another highlight I managed to pick up after seeing this movie was of course, the music. I was a sucker for Disney songs, and even if they managed to add a few new ones that were as good as the other, I’d still be a legitimate sucker for it. I tried insanely hard and failed so miserably on not singing along to the first entitled song, “Little Town” which was by far my second favorite after (yep, you guessed it) “Beauty and the Beast”. I could totally see all the hard work and effort that was put upon the music that accompanied this movie brought with ridiculously talented compositions. I was crazy sad that they ended up not putting “When We’re Human Again” in this version, but still. Guys. All in all, everything was, well. Perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better result.

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Now moving on to an unfortunately peevish area, I’m just going to have to be blunt about this. I hated seeing the disgracious slap that collapsed Maurice made by Gaston so carelessly. What I mean is, like, he is your somewhat desired future father-in-law, an important barrier you must come across gently to access a blissful marriage with the daughter you’re irrationally in love with, and you’re treating him like crap. I mean, who does that? I admit, that I did not see that coming, and was a little disappointed upon seeing the exampled display shown to most likely a gazillion children out there who adores this movie as much as I do. A slight input on this, Gaston should’ve just skipped with the slapping then nearly killing Maurice by leaving him helplessly out in the woods, and instead just move along with originally putting him inside an asylum carriage. Plot-wise.

The beast, apparently, they managed to alter the character itself being previously illiterate, to a well educated one in this live-action piece. Which was, okay I guess? I honestly wanted to see the scene where Belle was teaching him how to read but instead, a a well educated cursed prince is what you get. I honestly didn’t mind Disney altering this recently developed version, because it was really exciting to see that Belle and the Beast were practically on the same page, being this dynamic duo who are bookworms that adore reading so much.

Not to mention the throbbing backstories of both characters being depicted was one of the few spot on additions that they managed to bring up to the table-er, screen.

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So by all means, if you guys have not seen this movie yet, then, what could possibly hold you from doing so? Go. Now. I promise, that if you happen to love this classic heartwarming tale as much as I do, then say no more. I can guarantee that, you would without a doubt, would be in love with this live-action masterpiece even more. Because, who knows?

There may be something there that wasn’t there before.

Au revoir,

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Attempts On Reviewing A Movie – ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story

Disclaimer: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE FOR THIS IS NOT A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. 

Again, 2K16 is almost over and I surely do not wanna miss the opportunity of reviewing a movie that came out during this time of year. I have yet went to see this movie with my cousins a few days back and was thinking of posting a review about it as soon as I could. Be aware that I am not exactly a big fan of Star Wars, and has only seen the previous movie, “Star Wars, The Force Awakens” that had been released last year, but for what it’s worth, I will try my best to give my review for this prominent screenplay. 

Synopsis:

Jyn Erso, has been missing for over 10 years and was finally captured by the alliance to use as bait to speak to Saw Gerrera, the leader of the rebellion to dig information upon a top secret planet-destroyer weapon that has been passed upon him by her father, Galen Erso. She then soon found out about the weapon, being called Death Star when she saw her father’s message that was destroyed along with the rebellion in the holy city of Jedha.

To be fairly honest, I wasn’t able to get what the story was all about during the first few minutes in the beginning but then ended up being able to catch upon on what was happening inside of it after several careful speculations. The movie was indeed spectacular, everything about it was spot on. The actors and actresses all played along well, and the movie effects were eye-widening to its core.

One of the reasons of why I loved this movie was because they chose to hire Donnie Yen, the actor of IP Man as Chirruta blind man originated in Jedha that believed in the force so much. He played such an interesting character that suited him so well, he even snug in a little of his Wingchun skills during several fight scenes of this film. An interview mentioned that he even adjusted his own angles that he knew would look good on screen and didn’t want the crew to intrude on his decisions.

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“I’m one with the force, and the force is with me.” – Chirrut

Another thing I loved about this movie was the plot where Jyn stood up for her father in front of the alliance to fight with full intention to get a hold on the Death Star plans that has been kept by her father in the First Galactic Empire, not everyone was pleased about Jyn’s proposal due to the risk of more people that die trying. Cassian, a member of the alliance who has previously taken Jyn to the city of Jedha to meet Saw, then gathered his troops for a battle against the Empire alongside of Jyn. I loved how their teamwork and unity formed a bond to fulfill a prophetic task of saving their kind from the immoral destruction and severe agony of the Empire.

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“Make ten men feel like a hundred.” – Cassian Andor
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“Trust goes both ways.” – Jyn Erso

In conclusion, I would rate this movie a 4/5 stars because I could’ve enjoyed it better if I were to belong in the Star Wars fandom and knew what was going on from the beginning. Other than that, the movie was well done, except for the fact that everybody (all the main characters) died in the end which was a total bummer in my opinion.

Are you a fan of Star Wars? Have you seen Rogue One yet? What did you think about it? I would love to hear your thoughts on the comments down below. Thanks for reading!

Have a blast New Year’s eve, you guys!

Janice K