The War Zone (1999)

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pos_thewarzoneThe War Zone
| General | for (implied) violence and family values |
Director:     Tim Roth
Writer:        Alexander Stuart, Stephen R. Pastore
Release:      1999
Duration:   1:34:45 (25.000 fps)
Language:  English
Country:    UK, Italy

Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) adalah remaja yang sedang sibuk menghadapi serangkaian perubahan dalam kesehariannya. Kepindahan keluarganya dari kota besar ke tempat terpencil membuatnya kehilangan semua temannya. Perhatian ibunya (Tilda Swinton) sedang fokus kepada calon anggota keluarga baru—bakal adik Tom yang sedang dikandungnya. Kakaknya (Lara Belmont) yang memasuki masa dewasa mulai tak asyik lagi sebagai teman bermain.

Saat mulai menikmati lingkungan barunya, secara tak sengaja Tom menemukan sesuatu yang membuat keseharian keluarganya yang damai terasa menyesakkan.

Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) is a teenage boy with a whole lot of changes happen all around him. His mom (Tilda Swinton) is expecting a baby. His blossoming elder sister (Lara Belmont) obviously starts having priorities of her own. Moving from some big city to the countryside, he loses all his friends.

While seemingly doing good adapting, Tom finds something that makes all the tranquility of his daily life a living hell.

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Naked, beyond anything graphic

The makeup department is astonishing. And surely never by overdoing it. This is one of the (very) few movies in which we see ‘real’ people, not stage performers—who beneath their threadbare clothing somehow always manage to look being in good shape and fragranced (yes, this is a made-up word).

capt_thewarzone2Bro and sis play well, and dad is not disappointing either. But mom—in her own supporting role, is just perfect (nothing new, with this mom).

Nevertheless, the biggest credit might still duly go to the director (this is his directional debut) and the cinematographer, who succeed in making the ‘implied language’—telling suggestively, and not just dictating verbally (or visually). Some examples. Having a good time riding a bike? There’s no ‘yippee!’ or even a smile, but just a few (bike’s) shakes and clever camera works (early scene). Breast is erotic? Sure, but not when mom’s is out there in the open, it’s when we see Lucy right afterward instead—fully clothed. Violence? This movie has it, heavily. But not by exploiting gore or flooding the dialog with overused curses or blowing things up or beating people down into some hard to recognize mess—this movie is way beyond that. The horror is there, hanging in the air, suffocating all serenity. We just feel it, not by graphically seeing it, but by sensing—through the well maintained common courtesy, no-nonsense dialog, or even the chastity of a baby’s vulva.

This is simply beyond Hollywood, indeed.

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Quadrophenia (1979)

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| General | generation gap | British youths | mods-rockers | folk devils |
Director:     Franc Roddam
Writer:        Dave Humphries, Franc Roddam, Martin Stellman, Pete Townshend
Release:      1979
Duration:   1:54:32 (29.970 fps)
Language:   English
Country:     UK

Mengambil nama dari album/konser The Who tahun 1973 dengan judul sama, film ini berkisah tentang sebuah era—dengan setting Inggris pertengahan tahun 1960-an, melalui kacamata Jimmy (Phil Daniels).

Jimmy adalah seorang mod (modernist—suatu sub-kultur yang sempat beberapa kali populer di Inggris yang identik dengan penampilan modis, mengkonsumsi musik tertentu, serta skuter). Dan seperti banyak dari mereka pula, baik di rumah atau secara sosial, ia bermasalah. Tetapi cepat atau lambat, semua orang pada akhirnya (mau tak mau) harus belajar, meski menerima kenyataan tidak selalu merupakan pekerjaan yang mudah.

Film ini diwarnai pertikaian antara para mods dengan seteru mereka rockers pada tahun 1964, yang membuat keduanya diberi cap folk devils.

Taking the name from The Who’s 1973n consert/album, this movie tells about an era (England 1960’s), through the eyes of Jimmy (Phil Daniels).

Being a mod, Jimmy always seeks solutions for his domestic or societal problems in the community. But then again, it might just be that answers are not what he is looking for, maybe all he wants is just a getaway. Everybody learns—sooner or later, in one way or another. And some people just have hard time swallowing.

This movie also depicts the fight between mods and their rival, rockers, in 1964. Earning them the label folk devils.

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Kegalauan sebuah generasi (spoilers!!)

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Lisztomania (1975)

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pos_lisztomaniaLisztomania
| General | art house | musical | no subtitle | █ for phallus and sheer insanity |
Director:     Ken Russell
Writer:        Ken Russell
Release:      1975
Duration:   1:41:15 (25.000 fps)
Language:   English
Country:     UK

Lisztomania (istilah ini awalnya dikemukakan oleh Heinrich Heine, tokoh literatur Jerman, untuk merujuk kepada ‘kegilaan’ audiens–utamanya kaum hawa, pada konser-konser Franz Liszt, seorang bintang pop-klasik) adalah film art house tentang Liszt (Roger Daltrey): hingar-bingar panggung, kehidupan pribadi, kejeniusan, juga ketakutan-ketakutannya. Diawali dengan hal-hal yang wajar (atau agak wajar), cerita semakin lama semakin ramai dengan hiruk-pikuk ‘kegilaan’.

Untuk sebagian orang, beberapa bagian film ini mungkin akan terasa ofensif.

Lisztomania (coined by Heinrich Heine, a German literary figure, to depict audience insanity toward Franz Liszt’s deft fingers on the piano) is a story about Liszt (Roger Daltrey): his on/off stage life, his brilliance, and his fears. Starting with some pretty common (in a way) things, the movie then keeps shifting—from one madness to another.

This movie is not for everybody. Definitely.

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Bahasa Kegilaan para Jenius (heavy spoilers!!)

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