Thursday, May 30, 2024

Review "Young Woman and the Sea" : Ridley Stuns and Earns Your Tears in This Beautifully Classical Movie

Young Woman and The Sea a defiantly big-screen, consistently enthralling biopic that both earns one’s genuine tears, and inspires everyone of all ages to dream a little bigger, go a little further.

“They don’t make ‘em like this anymore,” we wistfully say these days when praising skillful mainstream movies, ones that remind us of a past when Hollywood used to stir us more regularly through moving original films. There is truth in that overused nostalgic acclaim, even though few movies actually deserve it as much as Joachim Rønning’s (“Kon-Tiki”) classically glorious “

For the film’s wondrous rebel Trudy Ederle (a graceful, commanding Daisy Ridley), who became the first woman to swim across the treacherous 21-mile English Channel in 1926, that big dream at first wasn’t even becoming a legitimate athlete, let alone a history-making pioneer. Born to German immigrant parents of modest means in the Coney Island of 1905, Trudy just wanted to swim, whichever way she would be permitted. But respectable girls weren’t really supposed to play around and waste time in splashy pools, and the young Trudy — beautifully portrayed by Olive Abercrombie in a brief but memorable performance — wasn’t allowed in community pools anyway, having barely survived a highly contagious case of measles.

Affectionately adapted from Glenn Stout’s book “Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World” by Jeff Nathanson (of “Catch Me If You Can” and Barry Jenkins’ upcoming “Mufasa”), Rønning’s rousing film gives sufficient breathing room to Trudy’s childhood years, establishing her world and closest kin with exquisite care: her hardworking, headstrong mother Gertrude (Jeanette Hain) who won’t let Trudy give up on her ocean-bound dreams, her stubborn but affectionate father Henry (Kim Bodbia) who works as a proud butcher, her brother Henry Jr., and most importantly, her doting sister Margaret, a fellow swimmer played enchantingly by Tilda Cobham-Hervey in Margaret’s older years.

The two sisters are joined at the hip, even though Margaret is the only swimmer of the family at first. Eager to join her sister’s ranks and refusing to let her illness define her, Trudy sings to her dad day and night to annoy him, and force him into acceptance that Trudy must swim no matter what, even if that means severe hearing loss in the long run as the doctors fear. Well, this critic found Trudy’s tireless off-key chanting adorable, but the trick designed to irritate Henry works all the same, and before we know it, he decides to teach Trudy how to conquer the ocean, just to keep her quiet.

It can’t be overstated how delightfully these scenes play, bested only by the ones that follow Trudy in her teenage years, with the young woman still fighting for a spot in the community pool. Her mother comes to the rescue and makes a deal with the no-nonsense coach Charlotte Epstein (Sian Clifford) — Trudy would feed the boiler by the indoor pool, and practice after hours. Slowly but surely, she proves herself to her coach, surpassing the rest of the girls while Margaret’s life settles into a more common reality of the era: a marriage arranged by parents. But Trudy’s star rises to no end. After an efficiently constructed montage of her wins and a brilliant “You Go Girl!” sequence that would be too cruel to spoil, she finally finds herself in the big leagues: first, at the Paris Olympics and then, facing her first attempt to swim across the channel. But these avenues add up to no more than a pair of false starts, opportunities derailed by toxic men who just can’t let women compete and win as equals.

Women have always had it much harder, and this fact is a well-depicted, often blistering thread that runs through “Young Woman and the Sea.” From the headlines of scandalized newspapers that critique women’s skin-baring swimsuits to the condescending remarks Trudy frequently fields, several tidbits in the story remind the viewer that it isn’t only the dangerous currents and waves that Trudy is swimming against. Then again, the film sometimes spells things out too much, self-consciously applying today’s temperaments to the past. In one scene, for instance, an adorable, wide-eyed little girl approaches Trudy and thankfully gushes, “Because of you, they let me swim.” This moment feels jarringly redundant given women paving the way for future generations is already at the heart and soul of the entire film, one that abundantly celebrates the spirit of sisterhood.

“Young Woman and the Sea” searingly , culminating in a final stretch during which Trudy swims through the dangerous shallows alone and in the dark. It’s no spoiler to say that she will make it that’s history. But the real surprise here is the punch that Rønning manages to pack when the inevitable happens, an emotional feat that last year’s “Nyad” sorely lacked. In that, Trudy’s triumph followed eagerly around the world, including by her mom and brother in NYC  feels no less magnificent than that famous moment in “Apollo 13” when Odyssey finally reconnects with Houston.

Throughout Rønning’s sophisticated film and alongside Ridley’s stunning performance  a career highlight for her we all hold our collective breath and swim with Trudy. Talk about the kind of film they hardly ever make anymore.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Retro Asian Sex Help Prescribed by Netflix’s ‘Doctor Climax’ – Trailer

Netflix probes issues of sex education and societal taboos in Asia back in the 1970s in new series “Doctor Climax,” which it will upload from June 13.

Supposedly drawn from real events, the show’s central character is a skin doctor who dreams of becoming a novelist. In the meantime, he moonlights as a newspaper sex-help columnist operating behind a pseudonym.

A trailer gives viewers a taste of the sex and intimacy questions — including masturbation, premature ejaculation, foreplay, and STDs — that its protagonist fields. Storylines are inspired by actual letters from well-known newspaper columns of the era.

The doctor also begins an extra-marital affair with a woman at the paper’s art department, which threatens to cause a scandal.

Produced by Grammy Studios, the eight-part show is written by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, writer and producer of the hit Netflix film “Hunger,” and co-directed by Jaturanrasmee and Pairach Khumwan (Netflix series, “Girl From Nowhere”). Production is by Ekachai Uekrongtham (“Beautiful Boxer”).

The series boasts a stellar cast, featuring Chantavit Dhanasevi (“Hello Strangers,” “One Day,” “Pee Mak”) in the title role, Arachaporn Pokinpakorn, Chermawee Suwanpanuchoke, Tonhon Tantivejakul and Chaiwat Thongsang.

To recreate 1970s Thailand, the directors and production crew drew on personal memories, as well as old photos, interviews, and movies sourced from the Thai Film Archive.

“During that time, the country had just undergone political turmoil, was still in the throes of the Cold War, and other significant events were continually in the air,” said Jaturanrasmee. “People felt constrained by societal norms, yet simultaneously were striving to break free and assert their own freedoms.”

Netflix says that the show is part of its ongoing investment in Thailand, following the success of other local titles, including the recently renewed “The Believers” series about wealth in the Buddhist priesthood, and hit films like “Hunger” and “Once Upon a Star.” Its 2024 Thai slate includes seven other new titles.

These include: anthology series “Tomorrow and I”; slick soap opera rom-com “Master of the House”; rom-com in a different universe “Ready, Set, Love”; horror series, “Terror Tuesday: Extreme Similarly,” and “Don’t Come Home”; a revived “Bangkok Breaking” series, and film spin-off “Bangkok Breaking: Heaven and Hell.”


Monday, December 11, 2023

On the Verge of Boycotting the Wonka Film, It Actually Records Good Ratings at the Box Office

The film Wonka, starring Timothee Calamet, is on the verge of a boycott due to the controversy over its mockery of Palestine. World netizens are busy admitting that they are lazy about watching Wonaka because of Timothee Calamet's controversy when he appeared on Saturday Night Live (SNL).

However, according to Variety, Wonka managed to earn US$43.2 million and topped the international box office. Also read: When Wonka Lost Fans Due to Boycott of Timothee Calamet This Warner Bros release got off to a good start overseas, where it debuted in 37 countries, including Spain, Germany, Mexico, Japan and the UK.

Wonka's initial gross of US$11.1 million in the latter country was the studio's second-biggest opening of the year. Despite its success in the United States, Wonka doesn't seem to have much success in Asian countries.

It is claimed that this film is still struggling in China after earning US$3.2 million. Also Read: Wonka Film Trailer Released, Director Leaks Interesting Facts about Timothee Chalamet This revenue is considered low, with the studio claiming that this result may have been influenced by the flu epidemic.

Wonka was previously considered to be low on fans after various negative reactions from netizens aimed at this film. After the trailer was released, calls for a boycott of Wonka spread widely, even in Indonesia. The average netizen admits that he is lazy about watching the Wonka film because of what Timothee did.

Reporting from Newsweek, the SNL skit shows the three members of a comedy group called "Please Don't Destroy" trying to convince Chalamet, who plays an aspiring musician, not to jump to his death. They promised to support him on social media, until they learned that his band was called "Hamas", pronounced "Hay-mus". "Dude, I don't want to share Hamas songs on Instagram!" one of them shouted at Chalamet.

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This joke later drew criticism from pro-Palestinian accounts on social media, with many calling the actor a "Zionist". Apart from this problem, a number of Willy Wonka fans are also not interested in watching the film due to Jhonny Depp's absence.

Johnny Depp himself is the original character who played Willy Wonka in the film Charlie and The Chocolate Factory which was released in 2005. "This film will fail," said an American netizen on X. "This film is a total failure," commented another. Check other news and articles on Google News

Saturday, December 9, 2023

3 Best Films Starring Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is one of Hollywood's most famous actors and is said to be the main star in the Mission Impossible film series. But, not only Mission Impossible, he also acted in various other films. In fact, Tom Cruise is now one of the senior actors in the United States film industry

The following are the 3 best films starring Tom Cruise.

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man is often said to be one of the best drama films in film history, Tom Cruise plays Charlie Babbitt in this film. He stars alongside Dustin Hoffman who plays Raymond Babbitt. This film tells the story of Charlie Babbitt who inherited an inheritance from his father.

He meets Raymond, his brother who has autism syndrome. The two of them developed a close relationship and over time Charlie felt touched that his brother was not just a source of money.

Collateral (2004)

This thriller genre film, played by Jamie Foxx, was broadcast in 2004. Tom Cruise plays the role of a hitman named Vincent in this film. He hires a taxi driver named Max when carrying out one of his missions. The tension and excitement is present throughout the film when Max kills a number of his targets mercilessly.

Meanwhile, Max struggles to stop Vincent's actions. This film is suitable to watch for those of you who like the thriller genre.

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick is the sequel to Top Gun (1986), this film has an amazing story plot and the quality is much improved from the previous film. More than 30 years after the events of the first film, Tom Cruise plays Pete Mitchell or Maverick again.

This time Pete is haunted by his past and must return to the academy to teach punishment for his mistakes. Those are the 3 recommendations for the best films starring Tom Cruise. You should watch a series of Tom Cruise films apart from Mission Impossible if you like this senior actor.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Synopsis of The Creator, The War of Humanity VS Artificial Intelligence

A number of films premiered in cinemas today, one of which is The Creator, which is a sci-fi genre wrapped in an action thriller. Directed by Gareth Edwards, The Creator is set in a future influenced by a war between humanity and the forces of AI or artificial intelligence.

The story is about a special forces agent who is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the figure behind the development of a mysterious weapon that has the power to end war by destroying humanity.

Apart from an interesting plot, The Creator stars big names such as John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson and Allison Janney. Are you curious about what the story is like? Check out the following synopsis of The Creator!

Synopsis of The Creator

Joshua is a former special forces agent who is mourning the loss of his wife. He is then recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator.

The Creator is the architect of an advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end war and humanity itself.

Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory. It turns out that the weapon they have to destroy is AI in the form of a small child.

The Creator Player

  • John David Washington as Joshua
  • Madeleine Yuna Voyles as Alphie
  • Gemma Chan as Maya
  • Ken Watanabe as Aaron
  • Sturgill Simpson as Drew
  • Allison Janney as Colonel Howell
  • Ralph Ineson as General Andrews
  • Veronica Ngo as Kami

Reasons You Must Watch The Creator

The Creator was directed by Gareth Edwards, previously successfully directing hit films such as Monsters (2010), Godzilla (2014) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

The use of AI has recently been frequently encountered in everyday life. The Creator shows how AI can harm humanity with dramatic storytelling.

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Critics praised The Creator for its visual effects, Edwards' style of directing the film, and its timely and relevant presentation and depiction of the conflict between humans and AI.

The actors' acting was also praised as impressive. The combination of a solid script, good directing and acting makes The Creator a shame to miss.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

5 Recommended Films by Martin Scorsese Apart from Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon is a Hollywood film by Martin Scorsese which will be shown in Indonesian cinemas on October 18 2023. This film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the story of the murder of the Osage tribe in the 1920s.

Martin Scorsese is a famous American director who has produced a number of popular films. The man who was born on November 17 1942 is known to have won the Academy Award (Oscar) as best director for his film entitled The Departed in 2006.

Apart from Killers of the Flower Moon, here are 5 recommendations for films by Martin Scorsese.

The Irishman (2019)

The Irishman is a film adapted from the book by Charles Brandt entitled I Heard You Paint Houses. This film, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci tells the story of the life of Frank Sheeren, a World War II veteran and a hitman in New York in the 1970s.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

This film, directed by Martin Scorsese, tells the story of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jordan Belfort is a wealthy stockbroker who is involved in a criminal case and ends up having to deal with the police. In carrying out his actions, Jordan Belfort was assisted by Donnie Azoff (Donah Hill).

Shutter Island (2010)

This film, which was released in 2010, tells the story of Teddy Daniels, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, an American police officer.

Teddy Daniels is assigned to uncover a case at a mental hospital on a remote island called Shutter Island. Then, Teddy Daniels was assisted by his colleague Chuck Aule (Mark Rufallo) to carry out his duties.

Gangs of New York (2002)

Gangs of New York is a Hollywood film by Martin Scorsese which tells the story of Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) returning to the Five Point area in New York City.

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Amsterdam Vallon plans to take revenge on Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis) who killed his father.

The Aviator (2004)

The film The Aviator tells the story of the life of Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Howard Hughes is known to have OCD which makes him obsessed with neatness and cleanliness.

Even though he often had problems, Howard Hughes managed to become a great director and make airplanes.

Those are 5 recommendations for films by Martin Scorsese besides Killers of the Flower Moon. Enjoy watching!

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Synopsis of the Film WONKA, The Story of The Owner of a Magical Chocolate Factory

The WONKA film is an expansion of the classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Previously, this book had been adapted into films several times. Warner Bros. Pictures has also released another appearance of Timothee Chalamet as Willy Wonka in the WONKA film trailer. The second trailer released on Thursday, October 12 2023 provides further insight into the origin story of the iconic chocolate maker.

The character Willy Wonka has appeared in two previous films. Gene Wilder played Willy Wonka in the film WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971), and then Johnny Depp in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005).

The WONKA film was directed by Paul King, who previously directed PADDINGTON (2014) and PADDINGTON 2 (2017). Paul King then wrote the script with Simon Rich, who wrote INSIDE OUT (2015) and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016). Meanwhile, this film was produced by Luke Kelly and David Heyman.

WONKA is a prequel film that tells the story of Willy Wonka before he became the owner of a chocolate factory, different from the previous films. The film WONKA (2023) uses the musical and fantasy genres to tell a story full of magic. The film will be released on December 15, 2023 in theaters. Several stars who participated in the WONKA film include Olivia Colman, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Tom Davis, and a newcomer actress named Calah Lane. For those of you who want to watch the film, let's first look at the synopsis of the Wonka film below!

WONKA Film Synopsis

The synopsis of the film WONKA itself focuses on the figure of Willy Wonka when he was young. How he became a famous chocolate maker is strange and mysterious. Willy Wonka, who introduces himself as a chocolate maker, starts mixing the chocolate he made himself for a woman played by Calah Lane. However, Wonka's dream of becoming a chocolate maker and owning a chocolate shop must overcome various obstacles, such as the chocolate cartel that controls the market.

Willy Wonka begins his adventure to build the world's leading chocolate factory. This film shows how he went through the ups and downs to realize his goal. Thanks to his persistence and promise to his mother, Wonka was able to prove that the chocolate he had was the best. Willy Wonka is known for his continuous innovation, which has made his chocolate concoctions well known to the public.

The story presented in the synopsis for the film WONKA is presented with nostalgia. In the trailer released by Warner Bros. on its official YouTube page, the scene ends with the presence of an Oompa-Loompa played by Hugh Grant. This character will later become the owner of Willy Wonka's chocolate shop.

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Review "Young Woman and the Sea" : Ridley Stuns and Earns Your Tears in This Beautifully Classical Movie

Young Woman and The Sea a defiantly big-screen, consistently enthralling biopic that both earns one’s genuine tears, and inspires everyone o...