Lincoln (2012)

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Lincoln is a story about …. Sir Abraham Lincoln. duh! Well, to be specific it focuses on the journey of his fight for the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

When I was watching this year Oscar, I honestly had the impression that Lincoln is there because it’s a patriotic movie. Chances are it’s going to be very American. Nah.. I’m not going to watch it. Then somehow one day, I’m just bored and ran out of things to watch. Okay so let’s watch it. It turned out amazing. Daniel Day-Lewis has some incredible acting. Very deserving of his Oscar. For even simple scene like when Sir. Abraham Lincoln is quiet and look thoughtful, Daniel Day-Lewis managed to project it so well that you can feel the emotional ride in his mind and the responsibility he shouldered as a father of a family and a father of a nation. My most favorite part of the movie has to be part where Mr and Mrs Lincoln was quarreling in the house because Mr Lincoln couldn’t stop their eldest son, Robert (played by JGL) from joining the army. It was such a powerful acting from both Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field that it just moved me to tears and leave an emotional mark in my memory. When a few minute scene can make you remember a movie for a long time, that movie is a great movie.

If you’re not in the mood for serious and heavily emotional movie, don’t watch it or you’d find it so-so or no good.

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Lincoln (2012)

Django Unchained (2012)

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8/10

Django Unchained is about a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx), whose fate is freed by Dr. King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) in his pursuit of his targets. Through his journey, Django learned a great deal from Dr. King which includes weaponry skill and art of conversing. Eventually, they partner up as duo bounty hunters. After they completed a series of jobs together, Dr. King would assist Django to locate his wife. That is where Leonardo DiCaprio and Sumuel L. Jackson come in to play as Mr. Candie and Stephen the epic boss.

Django Unchained is an amazing movie especially for a person who doesn’t like the Western Texas Cowboy genre. I’ve never like any movie with western Texas cowboy setting, not even Brokeback Mountain. This is probably the first. I love the acting of all the main characters in the film. Christopher Walt did such a great job in portraying Dr. King’s intellectual humor and sophistication. And there is my favorite cast, Leonardo DiCaprio,  who literally made me love a villain. As good as he was, I find that Leo was so much into character and very much in control of it and put in improvisation to improve his character. He really radiates Mr. Candie’s presence and eminently cunning and ruthless nature of the man.

I was engrossed in the movie that I didn’t even realized that the movie was almost 3 hrs long. Usually, for an average rated movie, I’d start feeling bored and finding it draggy once it passes the 2 hr mark. That’s definitely not the case with Django. Another masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino. One of the best movies of the year.

Django Unchained (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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6/10

Cloud Atlas is about…. errr… everything is connected somehow? I’m also not sure what it is exactly about after sitting through the show. But this is what IMDB says:

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

So I guess every different scenes, settings, scenarios that happened in the movie supposed to be connected and make sense to you somehow at the end. But well it didn’t to me. Maybe I’m not that smart nor sophisticated enough. This is probably one the movies that my personal rating is quite far off from IMDB average rating. I have watched enough movies to know that when it starts showing different unrelated scene, they all suppose to be connected and start making sense somehow as the story goes. But Cloud Atlas didn’t do that for me, I was still puzzled even after the show ended. The movie does show the connection somehow but the problem is that after I saw connection I was like okay so that’s how the scenes are linked so what does that all mean actually, besides the fact that they’re connected across ages, space and time? Well, not much for me. So I was left feeling like I’ve wasted a whole 3 hrs.

So all in all, I’d say this show is not recommended unless you’re able to see the profound meaning behind all these connection for yourself. Otherwise, you’d be left wondering the exact same thing I did. “What the hell was all that about?”

Cloud Atlas (2012)