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 Read more
It takes time and effort to pay for debt. But, some people take more practical measures and shortcut in order to do so. The worst is that they willing to sacrifice the life of the loved ones. They don’t care about the method, as long as they successfully meet their goal. This is the core of Taken 3 which is the final episode of the Taken trilogy, an action thriller cinema work starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen as the members of the Mills’. This is the last performance of the three artists which ends the movie as well. No wonder if there are numerous dramatic change within the plot and the story.
Taken 3 is opened by a scene in which Oleg Malankov (Sam Spruell), a Russian mob, asks his business client to pay for the debt. Unable to get the money from the safe, Oleg gives his client a lesson by brutally killing the accountant. The next scene will be Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) gives a birthday present for Kim Mills (Maggie Grace). He then calls Lenore Mills-St. John (Famke Janssen), asking her to Read more
What does a note mean to a writer? I don’t know the answer at first. The worse was that I could not discover the importance of making notes to a writer. I was so naive to think that the way a writer works was less complicated than a process engineer in a chemical factory: first, determine the existing chemical reactions and the overall process outflow; second, define the raw materials and products in order to calculate the material and energy balance; and, third, optimize the way utility system works. Apparently, the way a marvelous writer works is much more harder and complex than a common process engineer since the first tends to work in greater details. To an excellent writer, like Ferit Orhan Pamuk for instance, there is nothing useless. Any information, any experience is valuable to his career. I got this finding when I read Other Colors: Essays and A Story, a book composed by Orhan Pamuk, the celebrated Turkish writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006
Being a writer is special since it means that you let people read you. It is not only the work(s) that can be read, but you’re readable also. The more people follow you and your works anytime you publish them, it means that Read more
It is imperative to be able to cope with past failures. It will bring more fatal failures in the present day and the future otherwise. However, when dealing with failure, most people focus more on technical aspects; and ignore the facts that some persons may contribute to the failure. Some persons proven to be parasitic or, in better way, opportunistic; and they don’t even care about the impact of what they have done to others. And, this kind of people make use the issue of friendship, professionalism or other social form of relationship. This is the core of A Most Wanted Man, one of the latest films of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman released in 2014.
Taking place in Hamburg, A Most Wanted Man portrays Gunther Bachman (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an ambitious government agent working on unconventional methods of recruiting people of jihadist ties who come to Germany to start a new life. Nearly all of them are of Arabic blood. He tries to reconcile with his past failures on the similar business, and quite successful in recruiting Jamal Abdullah (Mehdi Dehbi), son of Dr. Faisal Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), a Moslem philanthropist whose connection with Islamic foundations spark his interest. In the meantime, there comes Issa Karpov (Grigory Dobrygin) from Turkey. The political refugee Read more
Bruce Willis is getting older. Now, he needs to be killed to end his movie. No more happy ending for Bruce’s lovers since Hollywood seems to be ready to replace him with younger star such as Kellan Lutz. Both play as father and son in their latest duet with Gina Carano in the Extraction.
Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis) is the best field agent CIA ever had. One day he was captured and forced to tell all of his contacts within the organization of his kidnapper. Otherwise, the life of Kate Turner, his wife, and Harry Turner, his son, will pay for it. He managed to kill all of his kidnappers and flee, but his wife was brutally murdered in return. The incident brings traumatic experience to Read more
Getting older, Kate Winslet seems about to leave her romantic and beauty touch. Following her performance in the first two Divergent series, she is now becoming an antagonist more than ever. In her latest movie, i.e. Triple 9, for instance, she plays the role of Irina Vlaslov, wife of a Russian mob godfather who seems to be more powerful than her husband. To get what she wants, Irina manipulates a gang of corrupt policemen and criminals in which her brother in law, Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is among its members.
The movie directed by John Hillcoat is started by a scene in which Marcus Atwood (Anthony Mackie), Jorge Rodriguez (Clifton Collins, Jr.), Michael Belmont, Russell Welch (Norman Reedus), and his brother Gabe Welch (Aaron Paul) set up a plot to Read more
Past memories and present emptiness might drive anyone unrealistic and delusional. The unpredictable nature of the future whether it will bring happiness or sorrow makes those of lame character and personality uneasy and unable to move on. The fact that either past or future has the same fate, i.e. will disappear, should bring awareness that we, human, are basically live in the middle of two-eternal nothingness. We live today. We live by now. Thus, we need to embrace our current being and be thankfulness to what we are now. Otherwise, unhappiness is the only thing left for us.
That’s the moral of The Other Side of the Door, a horror movie using Indian culture as its background. The movie is started by portraying Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies), who is haunted by her failure to save his son Oliver (Logan Creran) from being drowned; an incident which killed him eventually. Being depressed, she induces her unhappiness towards the rest of her families, especially Michael (Jeremy Sisto), her husband, and Lucy (Sofia Rosinsky), their only daughter. Laying on Read more
Corrupt officer will always be interesting theme for a movie, especially if the wrongdoer is of intelligence unit. Surely, it involves intrigues to get proper and perfect scapegoat for his action. That’s what makes Bastille Day interesting action movie of the week.
For Michael (Richard Madden), daily life is never boring. Being a notorious and professional pickpocket, he is exposed to brand new challenge everyday in order to get money to pursue his dream of becoming a medical school student. One day, he makes a mistake and proven to be unfortunate for stealing wrong package from Zoe Neville (Charlotte Le Bon). Instead of getting money Read more
What makes the world go around? It is nothing more than ego. The same driving force might be the cause, the primary cause, of the creation of this world. But, whose ego then? Surely, it is God’s ego that plays the role of the governing dynamics. He doesn’t need human being to worship Him. Nevertheless, He needs us, human being, to make sure His Existence and Power recognizable. Like it or not, we must get used to such asymmetrical relationship until we die.
Gods of Egypt, the latest movie of Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush best illustrates the notion above. Set (Gerard Butler) and Osiris (Bryan Brown) are brothers; sons of Ra (Geoffrey Rush), the Creator of the Universe and serves as the most powerful God. Set is hungry for power. On the coronation of Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), son of Osiris, as the next King of Egypt replacing his father, Set Read more
How far does a corrupt man bring down a system? The answer will be an unthinkable, unimaginable disaster. British government might have superb and magnificent Corruption Perception Index, but it doesn’t make Russian government buy it. Russian doesn’t buy such a crap, and we can see that in the most recent Aaron Eckhart’s movie entitled London Has Fallen.
The movie is started by a scene in which Aamir Barkawi (Alon Moni Aboutboul), a notorious terrorist godfather, has his daughter’s wedding ceremony in Pakistan bombed by a collaborative action of counter-terrrorist governments. Somehow, he is survived along with his sons. Two years later, they launch revenge: First, by killing British Prime Minister James Wilson; and Second, by Read more