It takes courage to be the first, especially within a society suffers from racial discrimination. Being ignored, neglected, is nothing compared to psychological torture experienced by the victim. It’s only those who have experienced similar behavioral process who can understand the importance of non-primordial issues, character and meritocracy above everything. It takes sensible human being to promote equality in order to achieve greater good. That’s the story learned from Hidden Figures which is Kevin Costner’s latest movie visualizing the role of Katherine Johnson during NASA’s first space program. Among African-American women in the institution, Katherine was the one responsible to perform calculation of flight trajectories for Continue reading “Hidden Figures”
Political and economical interests would be boring subjects unless one has the capability of transforming them into action movie with daily life drama to make it more colorful. The challenge is then to choose the right theme for the movie: which of the themes has the most profound impact towards the audience, will be the greatest interest to the director. To such extent, Michael Bay has done great job. Based on true events in Libya in 2012, his latest movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, can be considered as the best after Black Hawk Down made in 2001 by Ridley Scot. The difference is that Black Hawk Down has unsuccessful military operation at its core, while the Michael Bay’s is based on military attack towards US base; making it more dramatic cum heroic.
The story is started with Rone (James Badge Dale) picks up Jack Da Silva (John Krasinski) at Benghazi International Airport. Both are enlisted in the GRS, an elite military group, along with other four men with single purpose: giving military back up for illegal CIA operations in Continue reading “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”
Self-discovery is a mystery. We can never know where and when we will gain understanding about our own character. What is left for us is a painstaking and endless effort to get the outcomes since, basically, everyone is blessed by the courage to claim his birthright. One thing for sure, no revolution occurs during steady moment; mainly due to an anxious personality will not be able to establish peaceful situation surrounding him. The journey of self-discovery is the main topic in The Last Samurai, a film starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe as the leading characters released in 2003.
The Last Samurai is opened by a scene in which Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is about to demonstrate the newly invented rifle. The man has very low self-esteem caused by his past actions as officer of the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment to Indian people. He has no friends but alcohol and regret until the day when he has Col Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), an active army officer, and Omura (Masato Harada), a Japanese Continue reading “The Last Samurai”
Since ancient times, Middle East has never slept. Social unrest, political turmoil, riots, birth of new religion and war have characterized the area. The conflicts have been more intense after the establishment of a country named Israel in the middle of 20th century. None of us knows the future of a single country in the world. We can’t also predict the future and fate of a country since its establishment thanks to its complex dynamic. Chapters, stories and records in My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel provide historic accounts about Israel so far and give a glimpse for us to imagine the future of the country.
The book is written in form of personal narrative history of the state of Israel. It deals with the existing internal and external pressures in Israel which suggest that there are some existential crises within Israel. Consists of 17 Continue reading “My Promised Land”
As a movement, human rights is something rather new. It takes World War II, in which persecution towards Jews in Europe took place, to introduce the concept globally. However, only a few realize and remember what European countries did (and do?) upon the third countries and the rest of the world for centuries prior to the world war happened. Colonialism, persecution, slavery, mass murder and ethnic cleansing are among cruel and nasty things they did in the past. Such inhuman and immoral conducts gave birth numerous famous legends worldwide, which is The Legend of Tarzan is one of them.
Tarzan (Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård) is John Clayton III or Lord Greystoke, a British nobleman of the Greystoke’s who is raised by gorillas in the African jungle. As he is introduced to human civilization and Continue reading “The Legend of Tarzan”
It is not an exaggeration for saying that Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable should be considered as one of the most important books in the 21st century. Since we are now living in era in which data, statistics, empiricism and their derivatives play important role in shaping our behavior and the way we think, the book provides insightful remarks on the danger of having such paradigm. It is quite difficult to categorize the book. Its psychological approach upon understanding human behavior has made it impossible to put Black Swan into the class of philosophical book. On the other hand, the presence of superb elucidations on risks and some key concepts in mathematics and statistics makes Black Swan different from a typical book of essays. Indeed, it is a serious book. However, I could say that Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an amazing writer since he is able to Continue reading “The Black Swan”
Ali bin Abi Thalib is placed second among the list of important figures in Islam. The cousin of Mohammed the Prophet has tremendous and outstanding role on the spread of Islam and and Islamic teaching. History has provided us the fact that Ali bin Abi Thalib is among the first believer of Mohammed – and the youngst of all. When teens of his age were very busy, Ali bin Abi Thalib had surrendered himself to Islam, by taking risky acts to protect the life of Mohammed the Prophet, his own cousin. Such brave attitude gets stronger by the time he is getting older. That is why Mohammed the Prophet loves him very much, and commences him as military commander in some battles. In addition to his magnificent strength, Ali bin Abi Thalib is considered as the most intelligent among his contemporaries. For that, Mohammed the Prophet said that if Mohammed is the city of knowledge, then Ali bin Abi Thalib is the gate to the city. There is no single knowledge Mohammed the Prophet possesses that is not passed and Continue reading “Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband”
Alan Greenspan’s era is now over, and new guy must lead Federal Reserves. A man named Benjamin Bernanke – simply called Ben Bernanke – is appointed as the new leader of the most prestigious and dominating central bank in the world. Raised in a Jewish family, the MIT professor on economics has to cope with the declining economy of his country as the result of the work of Alan in the past.
Indeed, Bernanke’s Test is a book about economy, especially banking. However, what makes it interesting, according to my opinion, is the way the book presented. This book is truly educational one. First, it is published not to commemorate or Continue reading “Bernanke’s Test: Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and the Drama of the Central Banker”
The name Oskar Schindler will never be forgotten, especially among Jewish community. Prominent German industrialist who made fortune during World War II, Oskar is highly praised for being the first businessman to perform practical philanthropy in modern world by saving the lives of Jews from further horror: death. It was something dangerous, especially for a member of Nazi party like him.
Written by Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List serves as a fictional biography of the honorable live-saver. It took years for Thomas to complete the book. But, he got assistance and support from the descendants of the Schindler Juden who had given him resources needed. The hard work finally paid off since Steven Spielberg put the Continue reading “Schindler’s List”