January is almost over and I can say it has set a pretty good mood for 2017 so far. Yay! I’ve started to do more of the things I like, and here I am on my 2nd #ChristaLikes post in this blog. In this post, I’ll share the things that I like this January, such as:
Tiga Dara is an Indonesian musical/romantic comedy movie made in the 50s starring Chitra Dewi, Mieke Wijaya, and Indriati Iskak – all have become Indonesian movie legends ever since. I don’t know much about Indonesian movies but it’s safe to say that this movie is rather legendary based on the facts that it was remade several times (first in 1980s and another one is due to be released this September). Recently the movie was restored and played in mainstream cinemas across the country, and I had the chance to see it with my family.
Tahun 2002, saya masih SMA. Film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? sangat membekas. Tokoh-tokoh utamanya masih SMA juga, seumuran lah dengan saya. Ceritanya tidak jauh dari dunia saya saat itu. Sekolah, persahabatan, dan tentunya naksir – naksiran dengan cowok ganteng di sekolah. Sangat relatable.
If you grew up in the 90s like I did, chances are, you are familiar with the book series “Goosebumps” by R.L Stine. Though I did not have all books in the series, I remember reading some of them and got very excited when I heard there’s going to be a movie based out of it!
The cast looked promising to me, mainly because there’s Jack Black. I can’t recall all his movies now, but all I know that his movies that I’ve seen never disappoint me. So yesterday I finally got the chance to see it, and here’s my review.. (no spoilers, I promise!)
What is it about
Zach Cooper, a boy in his teenage years just moved to a small town called Madison in Delaware with his Mum. They have a mysterious neighbor with a pretty daughter – Hannah, who quickly became Zach’s friend. One day Zach heard Hannah’s scream from his room and quickly told his mum to call the police. Once they’re there though.. Hannah’s dad claimed that Hannah does not live there and what Zach heard probably was just the stereo sound form his TV! :O But, how could it be? Zach is so certain that what he heard was real… so he decided to bring his friend – Champ, to break in to his neighbor’s house. Later on, Zach, Hannah, his dad, and Champ ended up being stuck in a terrifying adventure…
What I think about it
I love it! Well the movie is very light though. If you’re looking for a horror movie – this is not the right movie for you. But if you’re looking for something entertaining, can make you laugh the hella out of your chair, this is the one! Jack Black as always plays his character well. The teen stars? well each of them have different interesting characteristics and I think all three got just the right balance of story. The movie is fast paced and because I found it very entertaining, I did not realise when it was about to end! There are few corny scenes though, but hey.. don’t think about it too much as this is a teenage movie! being a teenager is supposed to be corny :p I found this movie really entertaining and fun – perhaps this is something that you can enjoy with your kids/nieces/nephews if they are let’s say.. around 8 – 10 years old? I remember I was around that age when I started reading Goosebumps books. In overall, I’d give the movie 4 out of 5 stars.. because I truly enjoyed watching it.
Last Thursday I was invited to visit CGV Blitz in Grand Indonesia. Wait, what is CGV Blitz? is it the same with Blitzmegaplex? Yep, that Thursday occasion was actually a celebration to announce the re-branding of this cinema chain and the grand re-opening of its Grand Indonesia branch.
As a part of the event, we were also invited to watch Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation in its brand new cinema with Sphere X feature. Sphere X is the latest technology which emphasizes in three aspects to enhance your movie screening experience – Screen, Sound and Seat. Sounds cool, yes?
It is actually really cool. The screen is the biggest in the world, the first one in Indonesia – 16 x 24m. The sound system was amazing!!! (I have to put three exclamation mark just to emphasize, hehehe). I don’t really get the technology behind it but seriously the sound was amazing. It felt like you were surrounded by the sound. Finally, the seat. When compared to the sound and the screen, to me the seat was the least cool factor… but still pretty comfortable.
What about the movie? What was it like?
Well.. Mission Impossible is Mission Impossible, if you know what I mean. It’s a full packed action movie, not really my favorite kind of movie. But I can say that the movie was really intense. Too intense, even. too much action for the hopeless romantic me :p
so, have you been to CGV Blitz Grand Indonesia?
Being in a long distance relationship means that we are lacking the chance to have date nights. So, whenever we meet, we always make some time for a date night in between our busy traveling schedule. This time we went to see a movie, but not in an ordinary theatre. We went to a drive in theatre! We actually had talked about going to a drive in theatre since my 2013 visit but it did not happen then. We both never been before, so we thought it would be cool to go.
Finally we managed to squeeze some time just two days before my stay ended. As we were based in between Los Angeles and Orange County, we searched for “drive in theatre Los Angeles” and Vineland drive in was one of the top results. It was not far from where were at, so we went there after dinner time.
The admission fee was $9 per person. This, however, is simply an admission fee to enter the theatre area. There were several screens inside the area – forgot how many, probably three or four. There were two movies played in a screen, back to back and that admission fee is good for each screen. Meaning, you could actually watch two movies in a row with only $9! Quite a good deal, I think.
That time, there were actually no good movies that we really wanted to see. The choice that suit our time was limited too, it’s either unfriended – a teen horror movie which we have seen before or Cinderella. We chose to see Cinderella hehehe, since we both haven’t seen it.
We got there quite early, probably 15 minutes before the schedule for cinderella. After paying our fee, the cashier told us to set our car radio to a certain frequency… that’s how we got to hear the sounds of the movie. Cool, right? then we drove to our screen area. When we arrived, another movie was still playing. it was Home – another cartoon movie. That’s when we realised that we could actually see two movies in a row, only by paying 1 time admission fee.
There were around 5-8 cars in our screen at that time. Not many, because it was a working day and it was quite late, around 10PM. What’s interesting is that half of the audience were families with young children, they parked their car (mostly van) and took out chairs to watch the movie. I guess it’s a convenient alternative to regular cinema when you have kids.
Overall, we really enjoyed going to a drive in cinema and would love to do it again! We’d also recommend going to Vineland if you happen to be near LA. It has an interesting retro feel, but with current movies. Any of you have been to a drive in cinema as well? how’s your experience?
Pacific Theaters Vineland Drive-In
443 N. Vineland Ave.
City Of Industry, CA 91746
I have to admit, I don’t go to the movies as often as I used to. The reason is simply that I don’t have enough time. On weekdays, I spend most of my “after working hour” time commuting and somehow my weekends are filled with other activities… boohoo. I used to go to the movies at least twice a month. With friends, or mostly alone – it is one of my definitions of “me-time” and I really enjoy it.
The last time I went to the movies was to watch “Lucy”, directed by Luc Besson with Scarlett Johansson as, obviously, Lucy. Shortly before that, I watched “Guardians of the Galaxy” directed by James Gunn starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana to name a few. Though this review might be a little outdated.. I’m going to share what I think of those two movies.
The movie is about Lucy. While she’s living in Taiwan, she got trapped into a situation which involved drug dealers and mafia. Long story short they injected a whole lot of amount of new drug to her body and made her a courier to ship the drugs to Europe. The injection made her body reacts in a way that mankind has never seen before. She is able to use her brain capacity 100%.
The combination between science and action make the movie very thrilling to me. Without the scientific part, I think the movie would be just an ordinary action movie. The action is not that great, anyway. But overall, I enjoyed watching it. It’s just the right amount of action to me, plus the scientific part made me googled stuffs about our brain, hahaha. It was quite interesting! Oh, another plus.. (this one’s for you men out there) Scarlett Johansson. Enough said! 😛
To be honest I was not really interested to watch this movie at first. Well, coming from a rom-com fan, the statement seems predictable, right? hehehe. I thought it’s just another Marvel movie. When I suddenly had to see it, I had no expectations at all. I even prepared a lot of snacks to occupy me IF the movie turned out to be boring for me. I was wrong. The movie is indeed one of the best movies I’ve seen this year! It’s funny and thrilling at the same time, plus brilliant soundtrack! It succeeded in grabbing my attention the whole time. Now I can’t wait for part 2!
So.. looking for DVDs to rent this weekend? try renting the above movies and see if you would enjoy it too. To end this simple-review, have a listen to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol.1 below… enjoy! 🙂
Have you ever been to the movies by yourself? I have, and I like it.
I still remember the first movie that I watched by myself- Babel, back in 2006 – did it because I had to kill time. It became a routine for a while, but then I had a boyfriend, and I never went to the movies by myself anymore, because it was always part of our dating activities.
But when I was in the UK, I came back to my old routine. The first movie that I watched by myself in the UK was Michael Jackson’s This is it. While watching it, I immediately noticed the cultural difference between Indonesia and the UK in terms of going to the movies. In Indonesia, you barely see people going to the movies alone. In the UK, it’s a normal thing to do!
Now, being back home, as much as I enjoy going to the movies with company, I always try to spare some me – time and watch movies by myself. I found it relaxing, because I can totally focus on the movie, and enjoying the movie experience. Going to the movies by myself also give me the freedom to choose whatever movies I want to watch. You know how sometimes we’d have to argue with our friends/partner/family over choosing a movie to watch? Sometimes I don’t want to be bothered with that – sometimes I just want to watch a movie, any kind of movie, regardless if it involves a shiny vampire, crazy killer, or mean girls.
Of course, being back home, I have to face people’s shocked expression whenever I told them that I watched that brilliant Oscar nominee movie over the weekend, alone. When I was still single after my previous relationship, some would sympathetically offer their company – thought it’s because I didn’t have a boyfriend to go to the movies with! But still, I’m now in a relationship (a long distance one…), and some would (again) sympathetically offer their company, while jokingly telling me to tell R to come home soon so that I can have someone to go to the movies with!
Anyway… Yesterday I went to the movies alone again, but it was special. A milestone was made, that is, I watch thriller movie BY MYSELF! Yeaaayy me! Well this is something that I haven’t disclosed yet.. I am afraid to watch movies that involve blood, graves, death, and anything in between.
But yesterday, I went to see KILLERS movie, an Indonesian movie produced by the Mo Brothers. They produced “Rumah Dara” before, I watched it with friends and I remember closing my eyes most of the movie. That’s not the case yesterday. I watched Killers by myself (I chose the “safe” seat, not the one in the corner), and I successfully faced my fear! Wooohooo! You should go and see it! I won’t tell spoilers, all I got to say that it’s worth to watch. Now, will you watch it by yourself like I did? 🙂