Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review: 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Plot: Romania, 1980an. Film ini bercerita tentang dua orang mahasiswi, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) dan Gabita (Laura Vasiliu). Dua orang roommate tersebut hendak merencanakan satu hal yang mampu membahayakan keselamatan mereka: aborsi. Aborsi adalah hal yang sangat haram dilakukan, apalagi ketika masa kepemimpinan Komunis di Romania. Yang melakukan serta orang-orang yang membantu proses tersebut pasti akan terseret ke penjara. Diceritakan, Gabita yang tengah hamil meminta bantuan Otilia untuk turut mendampinginya dalam 'aktifitas' tersebut. Rencana yang terkesan matang dipikirkan nyatanya tidak berjalan semulus yang mereka harapkan.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review: Zodiac (2007)

Plot: San Fransisco, akhir dekade 60an. Publik digegerkan dengan seorang serialkiller yang menamakan dirinya 'Zodiac'. Terror dari mass murderer tersebut bermula ketika satu surat kabar mendapat surat tantangan dari Zodiac. Dalam surat-suratnya, Zodiac mengaku telah membunuh belasan orang bahkan ia akan terus melakukan hal tersebut. Hal ini menarik perhatian seorang kartunis Robert Graysmith (Jack Gyllenhall) yang hobi memecahkan teka-teki dan jurnalis Paul Avery (Robert Downey, Jr.) Hal yang sama juga mengusik dua detektif, Inspector David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) dan William Armstrong (Anthony Edwards). Kasus yang berlarut-larut ini nyatanya tanpa tidak disadari membuat mereka terobsesi. Sebenarnya siapakah sosok dibalik Zodiac itu?

Surabaya: The First Month

First, I'd like to say sorry for lack of updates a while back. Here, making this post, I wanna tell you the reason why. Another reviews will be coming up soon, but right now, lets hear out the babbling about my amazingly new life *if you want to*.

Okay, for people who haven't known already, I just started my college life last August, mid-August to be exact. Oh, I'm taking Medicine in Airlangga University, Surabaya, thousands of miles away from my long-time hometown, Jakarta. It was okay and so-so at first to leave my family, friends and all the familiar surroundings I've used to and move to this strangely new city. But after a few days and weeks, it got rough. I should stop right here, don't wanna get too emotional hahaha

The campus' orientation was a bit of a bland and kinda boring. You know, introduction of Airlangga, the meaning of being a college stud, Airlangga's vision and mission, and the whole shebangs. The faculty's orientation, on the other hand, was..... beyond words. Lots of pressures were coming from lots of places. The seniors, the fact that I was fasting at the time, living on my own for the first time in my entire life, the freakin heat, Javanese language that I am still feel strange with, and lots of other reasons. It was like one of the most stressful moments in my life. And yet, after it's finished, I kinda miss that moment. To get to know lots of new friends, individuals and new atmosphere, working on projects till late at night, etc. I'm not saying that I want to do it all over again, though. I mean, it was a precious experience that I will never ever forget.

From September 14, I was "officially" a college student here in Airlangga. Different from the reguler class (I'm taking the international program), I'm having moduls for my classes. So these last 4 weeks, I've only studied Religion and Civics. Got an A for Religion and hoping the same score for Civics too. So far, it wasn't really occupying. Well, it's a different story for students clubs and orientation's leftovers. There are still recruitment projects from 2 clubs I want to join, and also the obligation from orientation to make social events. And yes, I almost forgot, this big competition that my faculty will hold next Nov and I'm taking part in the committee. So to conclude it: I am totally busy.

So that's that. Once again, I am terribly sorry if you guys miss Vampibots (is there anyone? haha) Hopefully I can update it again the way I used to do. But for now, just bear with me.

Fariz Razi.

PS: Just so you know, I'll change the review system (again) for my blog. Not gonna use quotes anymore on the title of my posts. I know it's been like my signature and stuff, but I got tired of that. Ha! There'll be few changes but not really significant ones, so you probably won't notice it. Sorry for being inconsistent. Hope it won't stop you to read my reviews :) Enjoy!