Rizki Fachriansyah
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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★★

    "This war represents a failure to listen."

    Although I agree with most about Revenge of the Sith being a great film on its own thematically, I'm still not covinced that it's a formal masterpiece. For one, George Lucas had always coasted solely on ideas when making the Star Wars prequels, which explains the emotional disconnect that the viewer experiences during any of the films in the trilogy. Lucas is a man of vision, but unfortunately not one of execution. Of…

  • Resident Evil

    Resident Evil

    ★★★★½

    "Easier to work underground, thinking there's view."

    Feels much more urgent and deliberate this time around. The descent into the increasingly rotten underbelly of corporate America plays out like a metallic re-imagining of Dante's "Inferno". The claustrophobic mise-en-scene, a non-descript early 2000s sound stage at a glance, frequently laments the collective pre-Y2K notion of anthropomorphic modernism by contrasting sterile environs with images of rusted metal and bloody concrete -- a case study in baroque set design where every piece of…

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  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★

    "I'm contagious"

    I pretty much just threw my critical faculties out the window.

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★★

    Forward Momentum: The Movie. It's crazy how a screenplay could afford being so dense and simultaneously skirt the threat of being overstuffed. Even amid all the intense set-pieces, it somehow still manages to find room for a memorable running gag where Alan Ruck's LA tourist, who happens to be on the wrong bus at the wrong time, takes photos of bonkers physical stunts throughout his 'trip'. His "We're at the airport... I've seen the airport" line which is then promptly…

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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Spoiler: the titular "crimes" refer to the ones against cinema.

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★★★

    "Sheesh, you're pushy."

    And I thought Hollywood no longer ran a charity to fund wacky, idiosyncratic blockbusters.

    The Predator sees premier studio auteur Shane Black jettison his penchant for sociocultural smuggling through the overtly macho text -- something he consciously did with the original Predator -- and frontload the narrative with an insular celebration of the (predominantly masculine) genre's past instead. It's front-to-back crummy and Black absolutely revels in the noxious acid that the film leaves in its wake.

    One…