Part 1: She Knows He Knows

He touched her finger that was still pointed at his chest, "Still manage to scare the day out of me, I see." She smiled. Too sweetly. "Are you trying to get us killed? Not a good day to die, you say?".

How To Cross Road In Margonda

Somebody should publish this kind of booklet long before I even got enrolled in University of Indonesia. Duh! 1. If there's eventually a traffic light for passerby, please DO pay attention. It's not there for decoration purpose (only).

Dream High

Once upon a time, in one particular high school, lived one particular girl student. Let's call her Suzy. Not only that she got the looks, she also had the wealth and singing talent and lots of antis. All things other girls could only imagine.

Story From Far Java

On my last visit to Jogja (seriously this city has something captivating), I happened to visit Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Kraton Surakarta in one-day-trip to Solo.

Letting Go

The big question of letting go bugged my mind around these last couple of months. Some things.. are they worth to keep, or should I let them go. Think I'm pretty good of letting things go, but when inputs and comments started to coming in, I'd have to reconsider my decision.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

City Hall (review timeeee)

Like I've mentioned in the previous post, I'm in love with this series. Why? Well, there's a couple of reason:

1. It featured GREAT chemistry between Cha Seung-won and Kim Sun-Ah, or maybe like what my friend once said, "You could actually hold your breath from seeing those characters exchange something as simple as a glance". Great chemistry as in deep love chemistry, not teenager love-story chemistry kind of thing. Great chemistry as in even in real life, you'd enjoy seeing them interact cause they're both so endearing to each other. Great chemistry as in it's about the dreamer vs the realist, what would be better? Great chemistry as in each dialogue, each expression, you could and would feel what they think without them actually saying it, without any third party voices sounding from out of nowhere. Even their eyes can speak, if I must say. Great chemistry as in they could both still behave as fools fell in love, even in their thirties.

2. It has no insignificant side plot. Even I got to admit, I love the entire side plot. Whether it's about political play between The Big Brother and Deputy Mayor, the cold-yet-funny marriage relationship between Deputy Director and City Council, the continuously election scenes, or even the heart-warming friendship between the Lady Mayor and her Family Planning Biro Director.

3. It has lovable antagonist character. I didn't mean lovable as in I like them and I want to be their friend, but lovable as in they're stick to their character, not with over-the-top acting and expression (i.e. eyes bulging out). Even the bad guys has soft side, so I'm helplessly fall into their charm, whether it's BB, Joo Min-Hwa the City Council, Go Go-Hae the fiancé, gyaaah, I like them all.

4. The plot is addicting. Watching it is like riding a roller-coaster. Even within one episode, you'd go from teary eye to laughing your ass out. Seriously.

5. The kiss scene /is/ good. ‘nuff said ;)

6. The soundtrack is amazing, always well-placed and not annoyingly and gruesomely boring (for its repetition). Its lyric is gorgeous (as always) and they at all times matched the scenes (or even better, some scene would seems like fresh out of some video music clip)

7. You'd have three eye candies in one movie (Jo Gook, Soo In, and Lee Jung-Do). Ah, bless the PD for casting delightful and charming actors!

8. The dialogue and the quotes, for all time will be tremendously captivating. The hottest place in hell will be reserved for those, at times of great crisis, remain neutral. Tsk tsk. Very-very catchy quote from Dante.

Ah, there will be no word describing how infatuated I am to this series, so the only line I'd say is I'm grateful I'm watching "You're Beautiful" first. Hahahahahaha, considering that I also enjoyed that one, I might have been taken aback at how childish and ridiculous the YB's plot is given that I watched City Hall first.

So, yeah, thank God.

Back to the review, City Hall is a political drama (or at least the major plot of it is political) about one guy, Jo Gook, determined to climb the ladder to the highest position in Korea (the Blue House, similar with White House in US). He bowled over the fact that the scheme his role model (BB, a.k.a. Big Brother, the man behind the presidency candidate) had for him was not align with his wish. Instead of putting Jo Gook in provincial election level, BB put him in one small insignificant city called Inju City whose citizen is not even that interested in politic.

Jo Gook represented the entire passionate politician, I mean even his breathing and talking is all politic. He's manipulative (but not in cunning manner) and full of schemes, with standard fake public laugh and all small talks that politician has. Seriously, if he hadn't got that tall genes and sexy voice and lazy puppy eyes, I'd smack him with one brick.

Anyway, in Inju City, there's one woman, Shin Mi-Rae, who works in City Hall for the Mayor as one of his secretaries, devoted to remain neutral and not-sided to anyone, even to her mom or dad. She hates to vote and even more reluctant to get involve in politic. She chose to focus on her task instead, which is making great coffee for everyone in City Hall.

Life is pretty simple for Shin Mi-Rae. Should she ever getting caught in a middle of a brief political play (say, discussion over who wants to eat where), she'd chose to step back and follow the majority.

Shin Mi-Rae practically represented the ignorant people in the world, including me. The politic is way too high for her to grasp, and she might be the happiest person in earth when the Non-Aligned Movement was formed. She's so simple that she stumbled into political play when she needs money. ‘fcouse, what else would lure someone out of their nest?

And so, when the two different people from two different worlds met, what would happen? Aaaaah, suki desu…

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Foreign Movies

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (France)
Well, I gotta admit I didn't expect too much from this movie. Ever since I watched Love Me If You Dare, I expected none less than ambiguous and hard-to-understand movie plot. Like any French movie. So when I saw the first 20 minutes of it, I hate to admit I thought it's a so-so one, UNTIL.. jreng jreng jreng, the plot suddenly took major table-turning. I honestly and literally had my eyes opened since I saw it in office late night waiting for my colleague to wrap up her job, thus it's a lil bit sleepy time. Eiyyy, I like it at instant! You need to saw it, Mademoiselle Audrey Tatou strikes once again. Hehehehe, it's about desperation of one young girl whose love been wasted by some jerk cardiologist doctor. Or so you thought.

The Tidal Wave (Haeundae) (Korea)
I heard this one made it into box office in Korea, so I thought what harm could be possibly done by trying to take a peek on it? And regret I not, since it is one memorable movie. Personally I think Haeundae is more terrifying than any other disaster movie (Independence Day, etc) since my country had actually experienced it. So yeah, that's pretty horror to watch, especially when there's a big chance tsunami would occur again some time in the future. My favourite (and might be everyone else's) scene part was Lee Minki's. Boy oh boy, did he can pull some act. I love it, he looked so much different from the character in Dalja Spring (where he would be one cool spare tire) and turned into one dorky life guard who actually sported a good angle in the last minute of his life (err, did I just say a spoiler there?). It's a shame since the one who produced tsunami movie was Korea which in real life didn't get strike from it. Or maybe that's the exact reason why mine didn't make one? Traumatic experience? Meh.

City Of God (Brazil)
An epic story around ultra violent city named City Of God. And it's based on true story. And the real actor played in that movie is only one person (Matheus Nachtergaele, played as Carrot) while the rest of them were handpicked by the director himself. Some others are actually the citizen of City of God, impressive! How on earth could you live in that place? Where shooting and killing and robberies are normal routines and children could easily get their hands on guns? Anyway, the best accomplished acting was gained by Leandro da Hora (played as Lil Ze, the maniac) since in reality he's one calm, quiet and uncomplicated person, but in the movie this person rises as a crazy violent gang shooter boss. Me, predictably, love the Benny character (played by Phellipe Haagensen) the coolest gangster in City of God. He's suave and pretty much resembled the original man in real life. And not mention that he's cute, hahahahahaha, and he's the brother of that Shaggy (the leader of Tender Trio gang) character. No wonder, good genes runs in the family.

One thing I liked from City of God is their quote:
Hoods don't love, they lust
Hoods don't talk, they seduce

Hoods don't stop, they just take a break

Letters from Iwo Jima (Japan)
I watched this quite some time ago but I couldn't find the time to wrote something about it. Vaguely, I recalled Ken Watanabe's splendid acting and 'fcourse that Ninomiya Kazunari fellow (Poor Prince, Arashi's member). I like the ending, but then again, when did I ever dislike one tragic and sad ending? ;P It took place in World War II, in the great war between US and Japan, from Japanese perspective. Noone had actually liked to be in war, but sometimes the situation forced them to survive. I cringed upon so many scenes (including dog killing, men killing, etc) because basically I hate war. I never get it, if you don't want to be in a war, then don't start one.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The City Hall

This is exactly why I'm loving this latest drama material of mine...

Hahahahahaha, so cute.. One not-so-perfect Deputy Mayor, Jo Gook, (played by adorable Cha Seung Won) forced his will upon one poor (but not that foolish) girl, Shin Mi Rae (played by Kim Sam Soon's Kim Sun Ah).

Love it! This drama, well, I'd say is an age appropriate one for all of its witty dialogue and cliche humor senses. The guy is 30-sumtin and the lady is 36-going-on-34.

Refreshingly cute.

Anyway, I just surfed around to find more info about this good-looking actor, Cha Seung Won and apparently he appears more in wide screen than in small screen. Well well well.. ain't he a catcher? ;P

He played the North Korean officer in "Into The Gunfire", cast as the revolutionary in "Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds", posed as the desperate detective in thriller movie "Secret", and more in "Libera Me", "My Teacher Mr. Kim", "Blood Rain", "Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a Tooth" Glek! The list seemed endless.. and why haven't I heard of this guy before? Well, maybe because he is one generation above me =D