Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's Never Easy Being A Chelsea Fan

My name is Fahrurozi. I am a 26 year old Chelsea supporter, currently living in a limbo as football fan.

To be precise, as a Chelsea Football Club fan.

They're always calling us plastic fans, glory hunter, of all insults. Most people think that Chelsea had no fans before 2003. I accept that sentiment because there are also fans who became Chelsea fans after Roman took over this club. 

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Before I get to the point, let me tell you little information about mine. I've been a Chelsea supporter since 1999/2000 season. The reasons are simple yet irrelevant: I love blue color, I like Italy national team, and I also don't really fancy being a mainstream club fan. Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal were considered biggest in England that time. That made me feel like I wanted to be a fan of smaller clubs such as Aston Villa, Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle United, etc. 

Since Chelsea won League Cup and Winners' Cup in 1997/1998 season, which meant they were more than just mediocre, and had many Italians in their team, from Gianfranco Zola to Gianluca Vialli, I decided to follow it closer than other clubs. 

Afterwards, the fun part began. Chelsea trashed Manchester United 5-0 at Stamford Bridge. Worth to mention that United won treble winners in previous season. Hence, I decided to be Chelsea supporter, and Zola became my childhood hero. My favorite footballer of all time.

Absolutely weird, but that's who I was, and perhaps I still am.

Since 1997/1998, Chelsea was always there fighting for the Champions League spot. As far as I could remember, they were never really challenging for the title. It is fine though, because as smaller club, there was less pressure. 

I didn't expect them to win all games especially against bigger clubs, but when they win, the joy was priceless. Couldn't forget how elated I was when 5-0 happened and followed by other big wins. Then came the era of Marcel Desailly, one of the best defenders that ever wore Chelsea shirt. Also Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who I consider as one of the most prolific No. 9s in Premier League era. Along with my man Eidur Gudjohnsen. Good old times.

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Next, a lunatic billionaire from Russia purchased this club. I was happy, knowing that we were going to sign big names. Forgetting the fact that I could not replicate the same feeling like when I decided to be Chelsea fan. Chelsea were so good they won many trophies under Roman & Jose Mourinho. I didn't realize that such fortune could make everyone hated us. 

As a big spender, we have the world that jealous of our new-arising power. Everyone hates Chelsea eversince. 

Prior to 2003, I never hated, nor insulted other English Clubs in whatsoever forms. I considered rivalry as just fun part of the game. No need to hate each other. But I was wrong.

I received a lot of insults by just wearing the Chelsea shirt. It was really disgusting gesture from them. However, I didn't stop. I kept showing off myself as a Chelsea fan. A fun one, I suppose. But the hatred I received was getting harder and harder by the day. 

"Am I wrong being a Chelsea fan?" I thought. 

But nobody is going to believe that I support Chelsea long before Roman bought this club. Even I love Italy national team since 1994 when Brazil defeated them, long before they won World Cup 2006. Glory hunter?

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They just don't care, and they still think Chelsea ruin football. So its fans.

Of so many hatred I receive in my life, nothing worse than the one that came from strangers. Internet is the place where you can express yourself. So I expressed mine as Chelsea fans. I expected bad words addressed to Chelsea coming from our rivals, top clubs, and London clubs. But I didn't expect the hate was in the form of anything else that related to murder, torture and other "interesting" shape that relating my family. It was beyond me. 

Hence, I hated them. Hit back at them, and joined the dark side. Became an ugly fans with ugly words just to hurt them the way they hurt me. No more consolation for them. That's the way I lived back then, but now I've changed to be a calmer person. Because it was pointless actually, and wasting my energy. 

I used to swear a lot everywhere especially on the internet, but now I'm not. I'm trying to be more positive as a grown man.

Yet Chelsea just couldn't stop his fans from having the worst feeling in the world. We have villains like Jose Mourinho with his attitude towards FA, John Terry with his affair and racism case, Ashley Cole with his antics, and Diego Costa with his problem. They're the kind of guy who don't have good reputation off the pitch. Honestly, that irks me a lot especially when you read the news. I love them, and it's always nice to have someone like them in your team. But the stories about them are 70-80% negative, disrespectful, insulting, and so on. So it's like you open the football website only to feel angered by such news. 

Speaking about media, there is no wonder such hate is influenced, or even caused by The FA. The FA hates us so much for a long, long time. I believe that "campaign" that Mourinho believed was exist, definitely under Mourinho because him and Costa (and Terry to some extent) are villains to football. There is no doubt that it affected the judgment from the refs and FA as well.

Jose Mourinho, for all the love that I have for him, wasn't really helping Chelsea outside of his footballing ability. Indeed he's a great manager. A fun to watch in presser. But he's so (justifiably) arrogant in some way that people hate Chelsea even more. 

He made Chelsea looked like the only team to hate compared to other clubs. His constant hatred towards his enemies (other managers, FA, Referees, physiotherapy, pundits, et. al.) didn't prove to be fruitful for Chelsea all the time. Especially if you take this 2015/2016 season as example. We're relegation battler. Put aside our poor performances and the mistakes that were made by the board, the players, and himself. It was obvious that the authority robbed us. Not a single penalty was given in 2015/2016 season so far, even for a obvious one. Not to mention there are other biased decisions by the refs. 

Campaign? Perhaps so. But I don't really want to blame FA in this writings. The FA and referees are basically just human beings like the rest of us. They make mistakes and not only against Chelsea's advantage (they're just incompetent anyway). 

If you treat them bad, they will treat you bad too. In our case, we hate them more than anyone else. When things went wrong, Jose Mourinho attacked them simultaneously. In many ways.  Which is why they hate us far worse than any other clubs at least this season. It was unpleasant situation.

In addition, changing managers habit for good (or for fun) is another reason why Chelsea fans suffered more than other fans. We had sorrowful separation with Jose Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo, and Carlo Ancelotti. But we also had guys like Rafa Benitez and Avram Grant as our managers. 

This is a roller coaster situation that I believe only Chelsea have more than any other top clubs in top tier leagues.

Moreover, for a club that has been invested  a lot in its youth and academy players. We never really give them proper opportunity. Promises to play the youth by our managers were just promises that made to be broken. John Terry is the only, or perhaps the last home-grown player that has the chance to shine to the highest level by far.

Yes, I write this post because of John Terry. I read this morning that John has decided to leave at the end of the season. Seems like he didn't get his contract extension. It hurts me so bad until this time that I don't have motivation to do anything today. How can a guy like Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill, who have been average this season, get extension whereas Terry isn't?

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This is not blind love to Mr. Chelsea.

He, regardless his legendary status, is still one of the best central defenders in England. If not the best. The most important thing is, he's still the best defender in Chelsea current squad. Last season he was the best defender by miles. There's no reason for him to retire yet, let alone to move somewhere else.

You could argue that Zouma is a very good one. But his tendency to sliding-tackle his opponents is prove that he's not position himself perfectly. Stuff that John always does unless when he has his days off. Since Zouma is a young lad, there's no better way to learn from the best by playing together. 

Remember when John Terry played together with Desailly? I believe that's the reason why John can be the best defender. I also believe that Zouma has transformed into a wonderkid like he is today thanks to John's school of defending.

He's also a home grown, and always been consistent. A born leader, big games player, and the best goalscorer for a defender. 

His behavior outside the pitch maybe questioned and criticized by the press. But his attitude towards Chelsea fans are no doubt: he's the the perfect example of Chelsea player. He cares to the fans, cares to the club. He's a born leader. Carlo Ancelotti and Fabio Capello weren't stupid when they appointed John Terry as captain for Chelsea and England after his horrible sexual affair.

We need him more than anyone because currently, there's no one as complete as him in the market.

I can't remember the last time I write such sentimental, emotional article like this. I love Chelsea more than its players of course. But since Roman took over this club, despite having so many victorious moments, I can't lie that I have experienced too many painful moments compared to what I had before Roman purchased this club. Not that I'm not grateful with Roman's kindness, he's the reason of our success. But perhaps you can make things better, can you, Mr. Abramovich? 

We've been through difficult times together. But please, Mr. Abramovich, don't make things worse by letting Mr. Chelsea go.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

What To Expect From The Force Awakens? Don't Worry, No Spoiler Here.



There is no spoiler about The Force Awakens in this post. I haven't watched it yet so I know nothing. In fact, I am posting this to give you insight about what to expect from The Force Awakens before you watch it. Let's just cut the crap shall we?

It's Franchise Anyway, And, It Is For The Kids.

I like movies with realistic plot and script. Movies like The Godfather trilogy or directed by guys like Scorsese, Tarantino, and Nolan. They always made every story, whether it's a normal drama or imaginative, looked possible in real life. But I don't expect it from The Force Awakens.

It's a franchise anyway, which its main purpose is to attract more fans, and make more money. There's nothing wrong with that though. Only if you think carefully, it would never be as good as movies that Scorsese, Tarantino, and Nolan made. No matter how good Abrams is, that's not going to happen. Beside, The Force Awakens can be viewed by kids. So expect no bloodbath here, which sadly make it unrealistic. The appearance of Iko Uwais and Mad Dog convinces me that Disney is trying to attract more fans from Indonesia. So it's more about selling than making state of art. Just like Fast & Furious franchise, which I consider crap, but when Joe Taslim appears, I clap.

More Science Please.

I'm not a scientist, and bad at Math, but I always expect everything in every movies I watch, is at least theoretically possible in real life. I'm okay if there's no bloodbath in the Star Wars' fights, but I expect everything about the space life is theoretically possible. I understand that I'm not good at Math and its related science, but I can exactly tell you what is realistic, close to being realistic, theoretically possible, or just plain stupid and impossible. For example, movies like Goodfellas and Godfather are realistic. While movies like Batman: The Dark Knight is close to being realistic, Interstellar and The Martian are theoretically possible. So what is stupid and impossible? The loud sound of explosion in space where there's no air in every movies. That's just an example though.

"The Clone Wars" & "Rebels" Are Important To The Plot.

Many argue that the prequel (Star Wars Episode; I, II, III) is rubbish. I disagree, to say the least. Firmly because I think Star Wars Episode III is a very good (but yeah, the rest is rubbish). I think the plot is brilliant. There are unexpected twists even when you already know the outcome: Anakin turns into Vader. As much as we loathe the prequel, and yes there are flaws in them, Episode III come closest to Episode IV, V, and VI. Unfortunately, Episode IV, V, and VI are more than just movies. They're all pieces of wonderful art. That alone would surpass any Sci-Fi movies today with their CGI. So much passion in the making, so much technology, and the idea is extraordinarily futuristic even if you watch it now. 

Anyway, back to The Clone Wars & Rebels. They're animated series by Lucasfilm which some of hardcore fans would say, rubbish. Well, it's difficult to assess it. I realize that The Clone Wars & Rebels were made for kids, with less fund used unlike the movies. However, if you watch them, you'll understand several (or perhaps many) essentials story in Star Wars saga. Especially the gap between the prequel episodes. The history of the force, the clone troopers life, the origin of light saber (does anyone tell you that the saber is made from crystal?) , and everything are explained accurately, which you don't see in the movies. On relation to the previous paragraph, by watching The Clone Wars & Rebels, you will understand more the life in Star Wars Saga. For example, the betrayal of Commander Cody under Order 66 in Episode III will be more painful if you watch The Clone Wars, which depicts the great friendship between The Jedi & The Clone Troopers. I watched Star Wars movie first (like 2-3 times each episodes), then The Clone Wars series (once), then Star Wars again (once). Truthfully, after I watched The Clone Wars, everything seemed to be easier to understand and more emotional for me. It was like everything is more sensible compared to the days before I watched The Clone Troopers. Which is why Episode III is a very good movie for me.

The point I'm making? Simply watch The Clone Wars & Rebels (I haven't watched Rebels yet but I will) and I believe it will be easier for you to understand The Force Awakens.

Badass Ben Kenobi Is Far, Far Better Than Wise Obi Wan Kenobi.

Characters are important in The Force Awakens, or any movies. Hence, there is something that J.J. Abrams should learn from from Star Wars I-VI. Particularly in a way where Episode IV-VI considered much more better than Episode I-III.

When Alec Guinnes (Ben Kenobi) gives light saber to inexperienced user like Luke, you know he is a lunatic old man. Let alone when he cuts some punk in the bar (Tatooine) when they're looking for space ride only because that punk dislike Luke. Best, is when he fights Darth Vader in Death Star. We know he's not gonna make it, but at least he tries without bullshit (sadly the saber fight was poor). This man is the Kenobi we love.

However, if you watch the prequel, you feel that everything seem a bit contradictive. If Ben Kenobi is such a badass (eventhough he's older and should be wiser), why on earth youner Obi Wan Kenobi looks too wise and nice? Perhaps that's the idea that George Lucas wanted: "The Jedi Way" (meh). But in times of war, especially when you fight against strong villains, I think it's ok (especially for us the fans) to see the Jedi do the bad things, and it's not like it's against the Jedi values. For example, Mace Windu wanted to kill Darth Sidious even when Anakin told him that it's against the Jedi way. Not to mention Master Yoda in several scenes where he kills Empire's clones. Ewan McGregor is really good actor, but George Lucas tried too hard to make Obi Wan as the charm guy. As you see, it doesn't work that way. Fans love badass characters,* even if he's a Jedi.

*Try comparing Jar Jar Binks and Han Solo. They're important in characters in their Trilogy though.

Han Solo, Yes Please! Harrison Ford, No.

As much as I like Han Solo, I loathe for his comment regarding his life after Star Wars. Man, he lives a good life because The Star Wars! But then he became ungrateful man for his role. Basically he's just a grumpy old man, which is why I don't like his attitude and reluctant to watch his movies (even Air Force One and Indiana Jones). But hey! He's a very good actor and Star Wars need good actors and actresses.

Why do I say this? Simply because I've seen too many incompetent actors/actresses in Star Wars. For example, Carrie Fisher, to me, in Episode IV is a major disappointment (her acting of course). The way she closes her eyes during laser-shooting scenes are unacceptable. Not to mention in several scenes where she prefers to appear as sensual as possible (I don't know whether it's her idea or Lucas). I don't care how much the love she has from the fans, but God she's one of the main character from the movies! Also, Hayden Christensen. I don't need to mention much about him.

Cool-Looking Villains!

Personally, Kylo Ren is not cool to me. Only he has badass lightsaber which actually can hurt himself with its wing. As long as it's good looking, it fits the profile of a franchise movie itself (again, unrealistic). Star Wars should have more cooler characters and Kylo Ren is not (yet?) cool enough to me.

No one hates Darth Vader to the bone because he wears cool costume. But I don't think the same can be applied to Lord Sidious. He's an ugly old witch, which makes him has less fans. I don't know, but if you have a movie-franchise, you can make everything as good looking as possible to gain more attraction from the fans. Imagine Lord Sidious/Chancellor Palpatine is played by old guy like George Clooney. BRUH! 

Is it too much to ask for these? Lol. That's all for now. Tomorrow is going to be the day I am waiting for. I dont have high expectation  but surely I dont expect disappointment from The Force Awakens.

Anyway, Thanks for reading. May The Force Be With You.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

10 Film Terbaik Versi Fahrurozi

Berhubung bulan Ramadhan, di satu sisi memberikan peluang buat kita beribadah, ternyata juga memberikan gue kreativitas. Ya, salah satunya adalah kreativitas untuk mengisi blog ini lagi (does it count? no?). Kali ini gue ingin menulis tentang 10 Film terbaik yang pernah gue tonton. Yep, yang pernah gue tonton. Gak menutup kemungkinan ada film lain yang jauh lebih baik tapi gue belum sempet nonton karena dasarnya gue juga bukan maniak film. Gue suka banget nonton film, tapi genre-nya cenderung terbatas. Gue juga tipe orang yang super picky dalam nonton film, misalnya awal-awalnya gue udah males, gue akan memilih untuk gak lanjut nonton. Tapi ada kalanya gue nonton sampe abis meskipun gue udah merasa eneg sama itu film sedari awal. Hahaha memang gue aneh.

Okelah, daripada curhat panjang lebar mending langsung aja menuju 10 best movies according to Mr. Fahrurozi:

10. Green Street Hooligans


"I'm forever blowing bubbles!" 

Basically this movie is one of the best (sure it is). I mean, genre ribut-ribut ala hooliganism gue memang suka banget (ya as long as its sensible lah ya). Intinya sih simple, hooligan berantem. Sebenernya ada banyak film kaya gini dan gue sendiri sempet bingung, antara milih Green Street Hooligans atau The Football Factory. Setelah dipertimbangkan, ternyata Green Street Hooligans deserves my pick. Why? Karena Charlie Hunnam actingnya super keren dan masuk banget sama peran cowok British begundalnya (ya wajar sih secara doi emang British tapi feel nya dapet banget sebagai hooligan). Elijah Wood juga bisa memposisikan dirinya sebagai cowok culun, cowok culun belajar jadi vigilant, Sampe jadi model vigilante beneran. Semua itu dilakukan di satu film dan feel nya dapet banget, tanpa ada terkesan lebay. 

Kekurangan film ini? Adegan terakhir pas si Charlie Hunnam dipukulin sampe mati, kok gak ada yang nolongin, misahin, atau bantuin? Cuma pada nontonin aja? D'oh. Still it deserves 8,0 rating from me. However, the sequel of this film is bloody awful, which made me refuse to watch the part III.

9. That Thing You Do



"...and I'm gonna find a way to let you know that, you'll be mine someday"

Oke, dari yang berbau kriminal ke yang agak unyu-unyu. However, this film is not that unyu. This is clearly not a film about love. This is a film that has a romance as its ending. Film ini bercerita tentang sebuah band yang katanya inspired by a true story. Meskipun setelah gue riset sedikit, film ini gak literally true story. Still, it's a joy to watch if you ever have similar experience: forming a band, and then it's disbanded. Sebagai orang yang pernah (berusaha) bikin band dan bubar, film ini bagus banget dan menggambarkan situasi yang sangat realistis. Mulai dari bikin band nya, sampe ada manajer, sampe mau masuk major label, sampe bubar karena ego personil dan kepentingan masing-masing. 

Kehebatan lainnya adalah tiap mereka mau perform on stage, gue ikut merasa deg-degan karena gue mempersonifikasikan diri gue seakan-akan gue adalah mereka. Dan gue ikut nyanyi (+senyum-senyum najis) tiap mereka manggung. Di awal film banyak banget bagian-bagian lucu, lalu berlanjut ke bagian konflik/sedih, lalu ke bagian yang romantis sebagai ending. Hebatnya, gue gak menemukan bagian yang cheesy-cheesy bikin males ala film romantis. Which is why I give them 8,5 for that.

8. 500 Days of Summer

"This is not a love story". 

Sorry for makin unyu. I really, really in love with this movie. Almost every part of it. Bahkan bagian yang bollywood-esque, dimana si Joseph Gordon-Levitt nari-nari gak jelas dengan penari latar (dan bahkan ada animasi burung segala ala Disney!) but I love that too! Why? Perhaps the reason is a bit cheesy, well, deep too.

Film ini bener-bener real menggambarkan hubungan antara cowok dan cewek modern (asek modern). Mungkin juga term Friendzone itu makin booming gara-gara film ini. Emang di film ini gak sekalipun menyebut kata "Friendzone" tapi film ini jelas-jelas menggambarkan perasaan banyak korban friendzone di seluruh dunia. Most of us feel Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt), tapi sebenernya tanpa sadar, sosok kaya Summer (Zooey Deschannel) itu se realistis dan sedekat itu dengan diri kita. Maksudnya kaya, sifat nge-friendzone yang dilakukan Summer, itu ada banget di diri kita. Kaya nge-dump orang meskipun kita udah segitunya. This isn't only about love loh ya, berlaku di banyak hal. Granted, Summer takes benefit from Tom. There's some kind of feeling too, but for some reason there's some part in Summer that doesn't feel that, "Tom is the right guy for me". Yea whatever the reason is, people do what Summer does. Unfortunately, many of us are victims of such attitude. That's why we really care about Tom during this movie, seakan lupa bahwa sikapnya Summer juga ada di diri kita. Bahkan sang producer, Scott Neudstadter bilang kalo film ini sebenernya inspired by Jenny Beckman (ada di intro), while si Scott ngasih liat script-nya ke si Jenny, Jenny thought it was good because Tom Hansen depicted him. Oh well.

Whatever, this "not a love story" deserves 8.7.

7. Star Wars


"I love you" "I know"

CHEEEESEEEEHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

I love Star Wars like I love my country. So many flaws, but you still love it nonetheless. I can even break it down to you, the list of weaknesses in this movie but I won't because it's gonna be bloody long post. But I love Star Wars, really love it. Even the so-called terrible eps I, II, and III, still I love them all. To me, this is a movie with many flaws and a bit unrealistic, but I still love. I don't know and I can't explain. Perhaps the costumes? Nah, It's not original. The dialogue? NOOOOO. So what? I don't really care and I'm still enjoying the animation too. 8,7 is a fair score.

6. Pulp Fiction


"And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers."


YIKES! Quentin Tarantino! Film yang berbau vigilance memang gue suka sekali. Tapi Pulp Fiction more than just a movie about vigilantes. Pulp Fiction benar-benar sebuah film yang dikemas dengan screenplay dan plot twist yang cantik. It's a smart movie. Samuel L. Jackson di Pulp Fiction adalah Samuel L. Jackson di dunia nyata. I mean, God he's so cool and suitable with his character in this movie. Dengan perawakan afro nya dia, gue tidak bisa menempatkan film lain yang lebih "wah" buat seorang Samuel L. Jackson. 8,8 it is then.

5. Scarface

"Who do I trust? ME!"

Sebelum cerita lebih jauh mengenai betapa kerennya film ini, gue cuma mau menyebutkan 2 kekurangan film ini: 1st, Giorgio Moroder. Ugh. I love his tunes, and I love "She's on Fire" (Amy Holland) and also love "Push it to the limit" (Paul Engemann) yang ada di film ini. But to insert Giorgio's type of songs into this whole movie? It's terrible. It sounds like a cheap MIDI score by Yamaha Keyboard. This is embarrassing. and the 2nd, is the ending part. It takes so many guns to kill  Tony Montana (Al Pacino). He was shot by so many bullets, yet he died because the shotgun from behind. Albeit from long range, I can't imagine one survives a machine gun/rifle shot, let alone as many as in the film. 

Tapi... the rest is almost perfect. Mulai dari storyline, screenplay, sampe dialog. Yep, dialog nya gak nahan kerennya. Maksimal. Too many swears but that's what make this movie looks brilliant. Tony Montana swears a damn lot, and Al Pacino does everything brilliantly. He speaks with his mouth cockily like someone else. Maksudnya, mimik bibirnya dan aksennya bisa menggambarkan kesan yang berbeda dari Al Pacino yang kita kenal di film lainnya. But that's just how great Al Pacino is. One of the greatest actors ever. Al Pacino's expressiveness and its beautiful dialogue get me give Scarface 9,2 in my book.

4. Inception

"Paradox"

Clearly masterpiece. Gue suka banget sama Inception karena banyak hal, tentunya like everybody else, kita suka sama faktor imajinatif bahwa mimpi bisa di-setting sedemikian rupa sampe bisa mimpi di dalam mimpi. Is it realistic? Perhaps. Buktinya udah ada yang bisa mengatur mimpi (Lucid dream) and I can do that too. Anyway, inilah tipikalnya Christopher Nolan. Bikin film yang imajinatif dengan kemasan yang realistis, yang ternyata memang kalo secara teori scientific, hal itu memang realistis.

Tapi bukan itu yang bikin gue suka sama Inception. Bukan animasinya, bukan Marion Cotillard (ya gue suka banget sama ini orang) tapi justru adegan anti-gravity nya Joseph Gordon Levitt. Good Lord, itu keren parah. Dan ternyata itu semua bukan adegan yang full Computer Graphic, tapi justru lebih banyak aksi real stunt-nya. Untuk bikin adegan itu pun ternyata butuh modal yang gede gila. Makanya mereka dapet rating 9,4 dari gue.


3. The Dark Knight

"Why So Serious?"

Untuk ukuran film superhero, DC comics ataupun Marvel level, film ini sempurna. Bahkan untuk ukuran film normal sekalipun, film ini juga bisa dibilang sempurna. Credits to Christopher Nolan, yang bisa bikin film ini se realistis itu sampe gue bisa merasakan semua emosi dan kengerian akan sosok Joker (Heath Ledger).

Film ini sebenernya gak mengedepankan plot twist atau apa karena kita semua udah tau kalo jagoan pasti menang, musuh pasti kalah. Ketika Batman (Christian Bale) gak membunuh Joker ketika dia bisa membunuhnya pun, udah bisa ketebak karena yeaa tipikal. Tapi waktu Batman membunuh Two Face, waduh itu gak nyangka sih. Semua aktor di film ini menurut gue juga keren (sorry, Magie Gylenhall as Rachel Dawes walaupun acting-nya bagus tetep kebanting sama pendahulunya, Katie Holmes).

Well basically there are many reasons why I love this film so much. This time I agree with Oscar award that Heath Ledger as Joker was perfect. Also the sound and score of this movie. It's perfect too. 9,5 for sure.

2. Goodfellas

"As far as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster"

Another my kind of movie: mafioso. Kali ini diadopsi dari sebuah buku yang katanya kisah nyata, dan dikemas dengan luar biasa menarik oleh Martin Scoresese. Kalo biasanya film mafia identik dengan kesadisan, ke-gloomy-an dan sebagainya, Goodfellas lain. Ini film kaya ringan banget buat dicerna dan walaupun banyak scene sadis dan serem, basic film ini lebih kaya film santai. Saking santainya, pas udah mau abis dan scene korban pembunuhan Jimmy (Robert De Niro) setelah kasus Lufthansa Heist, score yang diputar adalah lagu yang sebenernya lagu yang lebih ke love song yang tune-nya fun. Dengan gambar yang sadis (mayat di mobil pink, mayat di freezer, etc) tapi lagunya lagu yang nyaman buat didengar, sensasi yang timbul seakan ada perasaan paranoid-paranoid tersendiri. Sensasi di film Goodfellas gak bisa gue temukan di film mafia lainnya. Bahkan film violence lainnya yang dibikin sama Scorsese. I just love it that much.

Hal kecil lain yang bikin gue tertarik adalah bagian young Henry Hill (Christopher Serrone), dimana Scorsese bisa nemuin aktor muda yang mukanya bisa dibilang lumayan mirip sama adult Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) dengan kualitas akting yang oke. Soal Ray Liotta, he wins me over his "The Ray Liotta Laugh" di scene "Funny How?" waktu ketawain Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci). His laugh is the best laugh I've ever watched in a movie. So real, so annoying, so funny. 9,7 isn't too much for this great movie.

1. Godfather

Just so many memorable quotes in this movie, yet I pick the first ever words said by Bonasera (Salvatore Corsitto): 

"I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom but I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a "boy friend," not an Italian. She went to the movies with him. She stayed out late. I didn't protest. Two months ago he took her for a drive, with another boy friend. They made her drink whiskey and then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her. Like an animal. When I went to the hospital her nose was broken. Her jaw was shattered, held together by wire. She couldn't even weep because of the pain. But I wept. Why did I weep? She was the light of my life. A beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again."

Such a strong opening line out there. Lalu dilanjutkan dengan segala kekerenan lain di film ini. Yea it's my typical movie, tapi gue yakin banyak orang yang gak suka nonton film mafia pun akan sangat suka dengan kerennya film ini. Tapi gak kaya Goodfellas, film ini terdapat beberapa Goofs yang menurut gue "yaaah kenapa gak retake ulang aja sih scene-nya sampe lebih realistis" pas bagian Santino Corleone (James Caan) gebukin Carlo Rizzi (Gianni Russo) di jalan. Beberapa tinju Santino gak kena dan itu terlihat jelas banget. Scene lain yang agak mengecewakan adalah pas Santino ditembakin. Itu keren sih, cuma agak kurang realistis aja kalo doi dengan segala tembakan yang bisa nembus jendela mobil (area kepala kalo ditembak otomatis bikin orang selesai) tapi dia masih sempet keluar, ditembak lagi, dan pake teriak. This is so wrong on so many levels, but it's really cool, on so many levels too. That's the irony of this film. Perhaps it's just to cool that it clouds my judgement? I don't know. It's the best movie I've watched by far. I'm talking about The Godfather I of course.

The Godfather II juga memiliki kekurangan kecil lain, yaitu young Vito (Robert De Niro) gak ada miripnya, atau kurang mirip lah, sama old Vito (Marlon Brando) walaupun dua-duanya sama gantengnya, atau lebih ganteng Marlon Brando sih sebenernya (discuss!). Untungnya, De Niro disini acting-nya juga segitu kerennya sampe kita lupa dan gak mikirin bahwa old Vito gak punya tai lalat di pipi kanan, yang jelas-jelas ada di muka young Vito & kid Vito (asli ini gak penting). The rest? WOW. Kalo kalian baca novel aslinya Mario Puzo, ada satu karakter di The Godfather namanya Al Neri (Richard Bright) yang merupakan Caporegime-nya si Michael Corleone yang gak kalah kerennya dibanding karakter lain. Sedikit soal Al Neri, dia merupakan eks polisi yang sadis parah sampe akhirnya dipecat dari Kepolisian New York (cmiiw). Makanya 1st appearance-nya dia di The Godfather I adalah ngebunuh Don Barzini (Richard Conte) dengan seragam & atribut lengkap Polisi. Sangat sayang dia gak ikut diceritain sedikit soal latarnya (gak kaya Caporegime-nya Vito Corleone, Salvatore Tessio sama Peter Clemenza yang diceritain cukup jelas awal mulanya berhubungan sama Vito Corleone.

Oya, mungkin many of us berfikir bahwa The Godfather III adalah film terjelek diantara yang lainnya. Menurut gue, ya, benar sekali. Somehow ceritanya masih lumayan bagus, dialognya juga okelah. Seandainya nih ya, seandainya gak ada adegan romance antara sepupu, Vincent Mancini (Andi Garcia) dan Mary Corleone (Sofia Coppola), mungkin film ini akan lebih kental sama nuansa film mafia daripada helpless romance gak jelas. Sebenarnya pun Sofia Coppola bisa diganti sama yang jauh lebih oke acting-nya, dan Vincent Mancini pun juga bisa lebih diarahkan agar lebih mirip sama Santino, atau karakter yang bisa bikin kita merasa empati, meskipun actingnya Andi Garcia bisa dibilang bagus. Ketiadaan Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) tanpa kejelasan pun bikin The Godfather III ini jadi agak gimana gitulah, belom lagi gaya rambut Michael Corleone yang kurang mafioso dibanding The Godfather I dan II (lagi-lagi kurang penting, but it matters y'know) dan masih banyak lagi goofs lainnya (ngebunuh pake kacamata, adegan Mary tewas dll.). Tapi sebenernya overall ceritanya bagus, ditambah acting-nya Al Pacino & Diane Keaton pas histeris sewaktu Mary dibunuh, itu priceless banget. Sekeren itu sampe gue, dengan segala kritik yang gue alamatkan buat film The Godfather III, ikut merasakan thrill & emosi di bagian akhir tersebut. Ya, gue bahkan sampe menitikkan air mata (asek) pas Al Pacino teriak nangis,

Verdict? The Godfather I : 9,9. The Godfather II : 9,8. The Godfather III : 7,9.

That's all for now. Masih bisa berubah suatu saat nanti. Can't believe I made this long post hahaha. Feel free to recommend any good movie to me loh. Oiya sekedar mengingatkan, hati-hati spoiler sama tulisan diatas.