I don’t remember when was the first time I saw a preview of this documentary movie, but I remember that I really interested to watch the rest of it. So when I heard that it finally available to watch in theaters, I absolutely wouldn’t miss the chance.
The most questions I got about the movie was, is it boring?
Maybe because it’s a documentary. Maybe we just can’t imagine what could be interesting about a live of a “pengamen” (street musician or what they called busker in this movie), who some of us sees almost everyday on our way to do our activities.
Well, boring is one word that is not belong to this movie.
Without a scripted drama or adjusted storyline, “Jalanan” (the street) opened a window to a real life of buskers in Jakarta. The movie let the audience get to know the buskers in a more up-close-and-personal kind of way, that helped you see them beyond, but not apart from, what they do as a living.
Watching the movie, following the life of the three buskers: Ho, Titi, and Boni, made me realize so many things. How there are different kinds of world and living out there, where mine is just one of them. How bad governance, where corruption is the inseparable part of it, is hurting the country and while it might not disturb the life of the higher class that much, the lower class of the society feel the direct effect of it.
What I love about the movie is the inspiration that comes from the optimism those three amazing main characters shows. They’re living a hard life but they don’t give up on their future. They struggle but do not forget to laugh and be grateful. They enjoy life, while some of us with more things we have can’t seems to stop complaining.
Daniel Ziv, the director of “Jalanan” spent about 6 years to made this movie. Then the more than 200 hours of footage the team got was edited with the help from Ernest Weiss-Haryanto. The movie then won Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Mecenat Award for the best documentary at BIFF 2013.
Aside from the award, I want to say here that I consider the movie as a gift for Indonesia. It’s a privilege to see that one part of Jakarta that might usually being overlooked. To recognize Ho, Titi, and Boni as persons, as Indonesians, to listen to their stories and thoughts, to see Indonesia through their eyes, to enjoy great songs that they created, to laugh and cry with them.
I recommend everyone, to watch this movie. You can get more information about it from @JalananMovie. Meanwhile, you can watch the awesome trailer:
If you are into action movies, moreover had a thing for what they called gory action, this movie would be a perfect choice.
As the second part of The Raid trilogy, “The Raid 2: Berandal*” is even better than the first movie a.k.a “The Raid: Redemption”. [*thug]
Having “The Raid: Redemption” as a comparison, “The Raid 2: Berandal” will exceed your expectation in the proportion of blood and action. The fighting scenes was intense with a lot more variation in location. It’s pretty cool for me to watch some familiar places on screen (one of the scene was actually took place in front of the building where I watched the movie :D).
The story (which is written by the director Gareth Evans), even might not the strongest part of the movie, is still interesting to follow, and despite of a couple of name recognizing problem, I could enjoy it just fine. It also has more complexity than the first movie which make it even better to watch.
Of course, this movie is not for everyone. The level of violence is not for anyone under age (we got our id at 17 year old in Indonesia, so I think it’s a quite save age, though I recommend you to wait until you’re at least 20 :))). If you’re scared of blood and prefer a peaceful scene from a movie, this movie is not for you either.
Each team has their own reason to rob a bank. The problem is, all of them were happen to rob the same bank on the same day.
The story then moved around the interaction between the three teams, with their hostages, and the police, that were headed by the beautiful Nirina Zubir and her partner Boy William (who speaks English most of the time).
As an action comedy movie, it may not be hilarious, but it’s not totally not funny either. It made me laugh at some parts and smile at other parts. Yes, some jokes are somewhat cliche, some dialogs might be better left unsaid, and there were some missing details that degraded the movie great potential to be better. Yet as a whole movie, it’s still a nice entertainment that are worth to watch.
I like the use of flashbacks to revealed the background of each robbers and surprises that came with each flashback. The movie is visually interesting for my eyes too.
For the action part, I found it pretty cool, with all those shootings with multiple kinds of weapons, from revolver, bazooka, machine gun, and explosions caused by dynamites and grenades.
The best part of this movie, for me, is the unpredictable twists. While my favorite character is Mongol Mungil 😀
This is the trailer that made me want to watch the movie in the first place:
Lucky me, I got two free tickets from a twitter quiz held by @pandji, and got to watched the movie with him (and other winners) as a bonus.
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie aka B.J. Habibie is the third president of Indonesia (May 21st 1998-October 20th 1999). This post is not about his short period of time as a president though. It is about the movie that was made based the book he wrote.
“Habibie dan Ainun” (Habibie and Ainun) is both the book and the movie were titled. In the book, Habibie tells us about his life in a form of a novel. We can tell from the title that he want to focus on his life with his beloved wife Hasri Ainun Habibie (Ainun). How beautiful the love they shared together, how much she meant to him and his life. So that’s what the movie also tries to show us. The story of Habibie while Ainun was beside him.
Habibie (Reza Rahadian) and Ainun (Bunga Citra Lestari) was a school mate. They meet again when Habibie got back to Indonesia from German, for a temporary sick leave. Habibie was accompanying his brother delivering something to Ainun’s parent’s house. There he met a girl that he once mocked ugly years ago in school time. A girl that now has turn into a beautiful woman in his eyes. The girl he instantly fell in love with.
The movie then shows how Ainun goes with Habibie to German right after they got married. They early life there was not so easy. They didn’t have enough money that Habibie often had to walk to/ from work instead of having a bus. He had to dealt with freezing weather and broken shoes. While Ainun waited for him in their small apartment. Worried about their condition, being in a new country away from anyone she knows, made Ainun feels like going home to Indonesia. But her love for Habibie and the way he convince her that everything would be better, made her decided to stay.
Their life does get better. Habibie’s ideas start to being recognized in German. He then known as a genius whose contributions are highly appreciated there. When their two sons are big enough, Ainun decided to make her own contribution as a doctor in a hospital.
Not so long after that, Habibie was called to come back to Indonesia and serve the country. First as a CEO in Indonesia’s aircraft enterprise, IPTN (Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara). Then as a Mininster of Research and Technology (Menristek). He then become a vice president of Indonesia before he replaced Soeharto as the president of Indonesia. Along the way, Ainun was there beside him.
I think the movie has done a good job in showing the audience about the life of Habibie. I can see his love and dedication for Indonesia. It also shows how his love for Ainun and Ainun’s love for him has a great deal of influence in everything he does. Ainun supports and takes care of him when he’s too busy to take care of himself. She was there as his wife, his soul mate, his partner, and his best friend. We can only imagine how much pain and lost he must have feel when she had to leave his side forever.
Aside from the romantic part of Habibie’s life, I especially moved by the part where he fight for his dream for Indonesia. One of his dream that is also his promise to Ainun is to make a save and cheap airplane for Indonesia. Indonesia is an archipelago with thousands of Islands spread in its wide territory. So airplane would be a very useful means to connect all island. By creating and producing it domestically, Indonesia would have more plane to reach more places, with cheaper price. Imagine how much it would help us communicate, transporting people or things would become much easy.
As shown in the movie, Habibie worked very hard to make that dream come true. He sacrifices his time with his family, all his energy and mind into the project. That’s why it’s understandable that he was devastated when the project was closed. I’m very disappointed myself (this is the part where I actually feel like crying). To see such a waste of brain and potentials. To watch what could’ve been a great thing for Indonesia was shut down just like that. I feel the same thing when Habibie had to end his presidency in such a short period because the misperception of people that were already too angry about the previous regime.
One of the best thing from this movie is Reza Rahadian’s brilliant acting as B.J. Habibie. He has a different posture a from Habibie and much taller too. But I can see Habibie in him. The way he moves and talks. His mimics and gestures are much alike Habibie himself. I think that shows the good quality of his acting even more.
What is lacking from the movie is a good make up. It’s pretty disturbing that neither Habibie and Ainun nor the people around them are get old. It was showing the life of Habibie and Ainun since before they were married after about 50 years later and they almost look exactly the same until the end of the movie. I was having a hard time to imagine them as older characters they suppose to be. In one of the scenes my friend even think that Habibie’s son try to flirt with Ainun because he always stand close to her. I think at some points their sons even looks older than their ageless parents.
Put that flaw aside, I really enjoy watching the movie. Another good Indonesian movie that inspire me to believe in true love, good quality of human being, and a better future for Indonesia.
Just like the title, this is a movie about the life of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma) who chosed to be called Pi, after a series of mockeries he got with his real name.
Since he was a little kid, Pi’s been showing interest in God and the meaning of life. He’s exploring and even try to practice multiple religion, from his parents’ religion, Hindu, to Islam and Christianity. He feels that it’s the way to get closer to God. But not until his next miraculous adventure that he really feels the existence and greatness of what he believes as the divine power of God.
The adventure started when he became the only human survivor of a shipwreck he was in. That ship were suppose to bring him and his family to Canada to start their new life there. Along with them they brought animals from their zoo to be sold to other zoos around the world to gain some money for the purpose.
He lost his father Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain), his mother Gita Patel (Tabu) and his brother Ravi Patel (Vibish Sivakumar) in the shipwreck. But apparently not all of the animal were drowned. Pi stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of Pasific Ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a gigantic Bengal tiger.
The hyena kills the zebra and the orangutan. The tiger kills the hyena. So there’s Pi, alone in the middle of the ocean, surviving not only from the live at the ocean itself but also the starving tiger named Richard Parker.
That is when the magic of the movie begin. And by magic I meant the amazing visual effects the movie has.
I don’t know much about visual effects techniques. All I know is the movie provides a stunning environment that looks realistic but surreal at the same time.
The story is okay. But without the high class visual effects the movie will lost most of its marvels, if not all.
The never ending beauty of the sky and the ocean that reflected every beauty of it; hundreds of flying fish on the sky or glowing jellyfish that filled the ocean; the school of dolphins and the humpbacked whale; the carnivorous island that is fascinating yet scary; And the digitally made tiger. Yes, Richard Parker is not a real living animal. I was surprised when I first found out about this, because it looks so real.
In the movie we can see that this story was brought to us by the adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) that was telling it to an Canadian author (Rafe Spall). The author came to Pi to hear a story that an Indian man he met before said will make him believe in God.
‘Life of Pi’ based on a best-selling novel by Yann Martel, adapted into screenplay by David Magee, and directed by Ang Lee won multiple awards including best original score by Mychael Danna. You can enjoy the music soundtrack here. It does add the magical atmosphere to the movie.
It’s a worth-to-watch-in-cinema kind of movie, even better in 3D. The magnificent visual effects will bring you closer to relate to how Pi feels during and after the adventure, nothing is impossible with God.
The title tells about the basic principle of the story:
“To put your dreams 5 centimeters in front of your forehead so you will always bring it with you, never let it out of your sight. That way, you will never forget about them, always put them at your focus, and keep working hard to reach them.”
This principle were held tight inside the heart of five long time best friends who are the main characters of the movie.
Genta (Fedi Nuril), Zafran (Herjunot Ali), Riani (Raline Shah), Ian (Igor Saykoji), and Arial (Denny Sumargono) had been best friends for almost ten years, and there’s no single weekend that they’re not spent together. Until one day, Genta has this idea to break from their routine. He suggested that they stop seeing each other or even communicate in any kind. For three months, each of them should focus on their own activities without each other. Accomplishing their goals and dreams or finding a new one. Meeting new people or trying new things. All by themselves, without their best friends by their side.
After three months, they celebrate their reunion by climbing the highest mountain on the island of Java, Mount Semeru. Also known as Mahameru (The Great Mountain), the volcano lies on the south end of the Tengger Volcanic Complex, in East Java, Indonesia.
It’s a tough even dangerous journey to climb Mahameru. You have to be well prepared and well informed about the field condition. No joking around. You have to be really careful and stay focus if you don’t want to kill yourself. But the most important thing is you have to have a strong will and determination. Just like when you’re fighting to reach your dreams.
One of my favorite quote from the movie is the one being said by the five best friends [plus Arial’s little sister Arinda (Pevita Pearce) who also join the trip] right before they climb Mahameru:
Genta: “Yang kita perlu sekarang hanya kaki yang akan berjalan lebih jauh dari biasanya,”
(all we need now is legs that will walk farther then they used to)
Ian: “Mata yang akan menatap lebih lama dari biasanya,”
(eyes that will stare longer than they used to)
Arial: “Leher yang akan lebih sering melihat ke atas,”
(head that will look up more often)
Riani: “Lapisan tekad yang seribu kali lebih keras dari baja,”
(layers of determinations that are stronger than steel)
Zafran: “Hati yang akan bekerja lebih keras dari biasanya,”
(heart that will work harder than it used to)
Arinda: “Serta mulut yang akan selalu berdoa.”
(and mouth that will always pray)
They were all struggling to climb the mountain. The fact is there are people that actually lost their lives climbing it. But what they get in the end is totally worth all the risk.
I love how the hardship in climbing Mahameru shown as the analogy of fighting for your dreams. That no matter how hard or how impossible the dream might seemed, if you really believe it, if you have strong enough faith and determination, you can achieve anything. If you let it, if you don’t give up, the journey towards the dream will shape you, make you stronger and wiser. And in the end, you will see the beauty of your dream, like the amazing view of the land above the cloud Mahameru offers.
I can’t stop admire the view this movie shows. I think that is one of the strength that makes the movie stands out. But, without a good story, it will only be an entertainment to the eyes. A nice story line and messages it brought is what makes the movie worth watching. The story also has strong characters in it. We can see a clear difference between each character. What kind of person they are like, what are their interest, till the smallest habit that make them who they are.
I also have to give an extra credit to the casts. They manage to play each character naturally. You can feel the chemistry of the friendship. And the fact that they (and the entire crew) are actually climb Mahameru. Going trough all those risks and difficulties for the sake of the movie… Respect!
I think, love lies in small details. So does friendship. The small most common thing from someone is the thing that we will miss the most about them, for they already become part of our lives. We can see how close their friendship are from some small details they remember about each other. Like the scene when Riani orders food for the rest of the group with the specifications that only she knows.
Or when Genta said: “Kalau Ian makan indomie, sebentar lagi Riani bilang…” (when Ian eats indomie, in a minute Riani will say…)
Riani: “Ian minta kuahnya dong.” (Ian, can I have some of the broth, please)
Some people might say that the story is cheesy, but for me, it works pretty well in delivering the message about love, friendship, dream, and faith in the limited duration of the movie. The story flows nicely with some drips of comedy. Oh, and of course, the beautiful movie soundtracks by Nidji enhanched the spirit of the movie.
Last but not least, this movie reminds me of how beautiful Indonesia is. How we, Indonesian people, should be proud of it, give everything we can to take care of it. We’re the one who should build our country and make the best out of its potentials, of our potentials. Like the characters said in the movie:
Zafran: “Negeri ini begitu indah, Tuhan. Bantu kami menjaganya.” (this country is so beautiful, God. Help us take care of it)
Ian: “Gue pake tanahnya, minum airnya, masa nggak ada terima kasihnya?” (I use the land, drink the water, how can I don’t show gratitude [to Indonesia])
There’s a lot to love about Indonesia. This movie shows a part of it. It also prove to some people that don’t believe Indonesia can produce a good movie, that they’re wrong. Keep creating, Indonesia!
P.S. Apparently, there are some critics on the climbing requirements detail from some experienced climbers. I do think detail is important in a movie, to make it seems real and not to give the wrong impression on something. In this case, also for the safety of they who interested to climb Mahameru or other mountains after watching the movie 😀 Here‘s a link to an article that points out what is not accurate from the movie and how it supposed to be.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Sometimes we are too scared too find out how many potentials that we might have within us. Especially if other people around us are not showing their best potentials and expecting us to be just like them. We are afraid to be different, to have any expectations of ourselves. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is facing this kind of situation in her life.
This eleven year old girl, lives with her older brother Devon (Lee Thompson Young) who is away for his job as a pilot, older sister Kiana (Erica Hubbard) who is a single mother with one child, older brother Terrence (Julito McCullum) who is rarely home, and a single parent mother Tanya (Angela Basset) who is too busy make a living for their family and taking care of their problems to pay attention to Akeelah’s gift and aspiration in spelling. Her father, who used to love words and inherited this to Akeelah, had passed away when she was six years old.
Living in working class community in South Los Angeles and going to Crenshaw Middle School, which is terribly poor in facilities and motivation, creates ignorance for Akeelah to do anything special in her school and life. She just doesn’t see the point and in the place where being smart is not so cool, she thinks that the best way to get by is to blend in with others.
Despite of her behavior in skipping classes and missing homework, apparently she still have perfect scores in spelling. Her class teacher sees this and tells the principal about it.
Principal Welch, has been waiting for something good to appear in his school. He believes that the students have potentials and Akeelah, realize it or not, is one of them that has been showing it. So he asks Akeelah to try out for the process of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, starting with the Crenshaw Spelling Bee which she finally does for the exchange of the detention she will have for skipping classes.
In the journey to the national competition, Akeelah, with the help of her spelling coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), her family and friends, and the entire neighborhood, has found more courage and confident to embrace herself and her potentials. Her journey have bring lots of hope, not just for herself and her family, but also the community she lives in. It’s so uplifting to see how everyone become one, cooperating in helping Akeelah to become a winner in the national competition.
The 2006 Hollywood movie, written and directed by Doug Atchison, is giving us this inspiration to not be afraid of ourselves, to be different, to be honest, to believe in ourselves, to show all great things inside us to the world, not just for ourselves but also to encourage others to do the same.
First of all, it’s a movie title. When you read the title, you might think that the movie will show you some foolish men doing idiotic ridiculous things, creating the whole disaster in the entire movie. The kind of movie that will make us laughing out loud.
Well, the movie is going to make you laugh, but there’s nothing idiotic about it. And beside the joy and laughter it’ll bring you, this movie will also touches your heart, you might even shed a tear. You will laugh and cry and laugh and cry trough this movie. Well, I did ;D
So, what this movie is really about?
Passions, purposes and dreams. How you listen to your heart and live accordingly. To find who you really are, your value, and what is the most important thing for you. I think that’s the basic point of this movie.
The story rolls among this three students of Imperial College of Engineering, one of the best colleges in India: Farhan Qureshi (R. Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi), and Rancchoddas “Rancho” Shymaldas Chanchad (Aamir Khan).
From the very first time they started their lives as the freshmen, Rancho have shown strong principles. He’s holding on what he believes in. He is different and not afraid to show it. It makes him some kind of rebel, in a good way.
Rancho knows his passions very well. Engineering is definitely one of them. His huge interest of machine and his love of learning making it not hard for him to always become the number one in college grades. The difference is he’s not aiming to get the grades but more for the joy of learning, to improve his knowledge, to understand the thing he loves better so he can do it better. Like Rancho said in the movie:
“…Never study to be successful, study for self efficiency. Don’t run behind success. Follow behind excellence, success will come all way behind you.”
‘3 idiots’ is questioning Indian education system, where it has more focus on grades rather than the learning process itself. Students is being demanded to fulfill the school strict rules and expectations, to think by the book instead of having their own original and innovative thinking. It’s not important to learning something new, understand things or creating new things based on that understanding, it’s more important to remember what the book said, word by word. That way you can pass the exams and graduated with good grades, get a degree then get good job easily because of it. That’s what this movie tells us about the system there. It also shows us that there seems to be only two main career options most parents can think of, which is engineering and medicine. Those two options (and that two options only) are defining success for the parents and their expectations for their children to do one of the options, even before they were born, is overlooked the children real interest.
Through the presence of Rancho, how he sees things and acts based on it, and the entire story line, the social message behind the movie is smoothly delivered without being preachy.
I feel that we have somewhat the same education system here in Indonesia, so I can totally relate to it. The expectations, the pressure, the stress. Sometimes we know what we love but we choose to do what our parents expect us to do. Sometimes we’re so get used to the system that we don’t know what we truly love or what is really important anymore. We just follow what we demanded to do. We forget to listen to our own heart, we lost our enthusiasm and courage to dream, to live.
There’s one song that I love from this movie that represents those conditions so well:
Give Me Some Sunshine
There are so many great quotes in the movie. One of them has become the trademark of Rancho and the movie itself “Aal iz well”. It has been used along the movie. Here are the dialog snippet when Rancho explaining the philosophy of the phrase to his two best friends:
Rancho: “…See, our heart right, is a big coward. Keep our heart fooled. If you have any big problem in life, tell your heart, ‘No problem baby, everything is ok. Aal iz well, aal iz well.”
Raju: “So, that will solve the problem?”
Rancho: “No, but still it gains the dare to survive.”
Rancho has inspired people around him, especially his two best friends. He touched and changed their lives. He’s been missing for ten years when his two best friends is finally get some information about his whereabouts. This movie is also about the journey to find him. Where did Rancho go? And Why? You’ll find the answers and so much more in the movie.
This movie teaches us, again without being preachy, how to listen to our heart, to not be afraid to dream and pursue that dream, to focus on today and not scared of the future, to have courage to hold on what we believe in, to tell what we want to our parents in a good, polite way, without yelling or threatening them. Comedy, drama, love, mystery, romance, and friendship, the whole package is there in the movie.
One last sentence when Farhan quote Rancho:
“…Whatever you enjoy doing, make that your profession. Then work won’t seem to be work, but a game.”
It’s never too late to start listening to our heart, to learn, to find our passions and pursue our dreams. In any condition of your life right now, whenever it feels hard, when you’re scared, you don’t need to be worried. Aal iz well.