Dunkirk (2017)

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Source: http://www.slashfilm.com

Dunkirk is a 2017 war film distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and directed by Christopher Nolan. Set in 1940s during the World War II, the movie told a story of Dunkirk evacuation. After Nazi invaded France, thousands of British soldiers retreated to the seaside city of Dunkirk, waiting for evacuation. The movie’s narrative covers three different periods of time. The beginning occurs on land and covering one week, then on sea covering one day, and the last occurs on the air covering one hour.

In my opinion, this movie is another masterpiece from Nolan. The movie was intense and breathtaking from the start. Even with so little dialogue, viewers are still drawn into the movie thanks to the combination of amazing cinematography, great scoring, and the acting of the casts.

But if you see the movie from the story development perspective, it might seem quite flat, because the whole movie itself is already the climax of the event. So it felt like everything happened so fast from the beginning. I really like how few scenes were repeated, but shot from different perspective. It was like the movie is a messed up puzzle and those scenes completed the missing pieces.

I’m not a fan of war movies, but I can’t deny that this movie was a great one. I even find myself enjoying every bit of it. So I think this movie deserves to be nominated for Oscar.

MM Chatroom + Participants – DAY 2 – 4 DEEP STORY

This page is intended as guide for Mystic Messenger’s chatroom time and participants. This guide is completely SPOILER FREE!

Day 1 (Prologue) | Day 2 – 4 (Casual Story) | Day 2 – 4 (Deep Story)

Zen Route | Yoosung Route | Jaehee Route | Jumin Route | 707 Route

DAY 2

Time  Chatroom + Participants 
00:30 We are having a party again!
Yoosung, 707
02:11 Expressing emotion
Jumin
Visual Novel Mode
06:55 Cat business
Zen, Jaehee
09:22 Answer me!
707
11:50 Rich people
Yoosung, Jaehee, Jumin
14:12 How’s my life?
707
15:58 Bickering
Jaehee, Zen, Jumin
18:10 Tsk tsk
Yoosung
19:56 Be honest!
707, Jumin
22:00 Romance expert
Zen
23:22 Jumin… Are you…
Jaehee, Yoosung

DAY 3

Time  Chatroom + Participants
00:55 Stop playing game…
Yoosung
02:59 Zorro poster
Jaehee, Jumin
07:46 Stayed overnight T_T
707
09:58 Love records of RFA
Jaehee
12:02 Lunch
707, Jumin
13:59 Honey Buddha Chip
Yoosung, Jaehee
15:15 Their life
Zen, Jumin
17:00 Tell me, Seven!
707, Yoosung
18:59 Mission Honey Buddha
Zen, 707
20:01 About the party
V, Jumin
22:14 Something in common
707

DAY 4

Time  Chatroom + Participants
00:01 Stay healthy!
Yoosung
Visual Novel Mode
02:22 Real master
707
08:45 Gossip article
Zen, Jaehee
11:45 Unknown fact
Yoosung, Jumin
13:10 Religion
707, Jaehee
15:15 Zen’s imagination
Zen
17:07 Hacker is dangerous
707
18:30 Yoosung’s life mission
Yoosung, Jaehee
20:02 Been to the grape farm
707, Jumin
21:21 Good cat business
Jumin, Zen
23:15 Party date
707, V
Visual Novel Mode

Nagi no Asukara (2013)

Would you choose friendship over love?

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Source: crunchyroll.com

Title: Nagi no Asukara (凪のあすから)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life

Studio: P. A. Works

Number of Episode(s): 26

Songs:

  • lull ~Soshite Bokura wa~ by Ray (1st Opening)
  • Ebb and Flow by Ray (2nd Opening)
  • Aqua Terrarium by Yanagi Nagi (1st Ending)
  • Mitsuba no Musubime by Yanagi Nagi (2nd Ending)

Plot:

Manaka, Hikari, Chisaki and Kaname were 14 years old middle school students from the sea village Shioshishio. They had to go to Mihama Junior High on the surface since their old school has been closed down. At first, they did not get along very well with their classmates because of the fundamental separation between the sea and land people. But soon after they joined Tsumugu to build the Ojoshi-sama for Ofunehiki festival, they started to overcome their differences and worked together with the rest of the class. But the problem was not only how they adjust to the completely new environment, they also had to deal with their complicated feelings toward each other which they feared would ruin their friendship.

Then there was a bigger problem, the salt-flake snow which was supposed to fall only on the sea, started to fall on the surface. This occurrence was predicted to bring disaster to humankind as the surface will become very cold so the land people would die because they could not stand the cold while the sea people would be hibernating until the salt-flake snow stopped falling. It was believed that it happened because the Sea God lost some of his power so he became weak.

As the situation became more serious, they decided to hold the real Ofunehiki festival with expectation that it would help the Sea God restores his power and the disaster could be avoided. But the festival itself was a disaster. There was a terrible storm just when the group arrived in the middle of the sea. Manaka ended up became the Ojoshi-sama, the offering to the Sea God instead of Hikari’s sister. Hikari who failed to save Manaka, could not make it to the surface and gone in the middle of the storm. Kaname also fell to the sea after helping Chisaki saved Tsumugu. Chisaki, being the one left on the surface, could not go back to Shioshishio as the sea people already started hibernating and all access to Shioshishio has been blocked to protect the villagers. She ended up live with Tsumugu and his grandfather because she did not have anywhere to go on the surface.

Five years later, the story continued. While Chisaki and Tsumugu has grown up as a college student, Hikari, Kaname, and Manaka did not age at all because of the hibernation. The salt-flake snow is still falling on the surface too. Once again, they had to deal with their complicated feelings toward each other which was not resolved yet and the disastrous Ofunehiki festival which gonna be held again to finish what they started five years ago.

Review:

Personally, this is my favorite anime of the respected season besides Kyoukai no Kanata. Because I really like it, I watched all of the episodes in one day. I was totally lacking in sleep but it was worth the watch. In my opinion, this anime is very well made in all components. The soundtracks fit perfectly with the anime.

For the art, it is amazingly detailed, from the environment until the character design. What I love most from the anime is the psychological development of each character of the anime. They successfully deliver complex and deep character so throughout the series we are drawn to fully understand each characters and their feelings.

And for the story, I must say that it is indeed very beautiful and touching tale of friendship and love. It can bring you into tears and smile at the same time. We can really feel the character’s emotion as the story progresses. One thing that’s bugging me is I didn’t really satisfied with the ending, in my opinion it’s kinda rushed and it could be better than that. But it doesn’t really matter, the happy ending is still delivered nicely. Even though the plot is kinda slow at the beginning, it’s still worth the watch. Very recommended!

MM Chatroom + Participants – DAY 2 – 4 CASUAL STORY

This page is intended as guide for Mystic Messenger’s chatroom time and participants. This guide is completely SPOILER FREE!

Day 1 (Prologue) | Day 2 – 4 (Casual Story) | Day 2 – 4 (Deep Story)

Zen Route | Yoosung Route | Jaehee Route | Jumin Route | 707 Route

DAY 2

Time  Chatroom + Participants
00:38 Jaehee’s announcement
Jaehee
03:03 Zen received fan letters
Zen
07:00 Yoosung’s omelette rice
Yoosung
08:05 Fight over cats
Jaehee, Jumin
11:45 Yoosung’s thoughts
Yoosung
12:43 Zen hates cats
707, Zen
15:00 Concerns from V and Zen
V, Zen
17:23 Yoosung’s doubt
707, Yoosung, Jumin
19:02 Zen with new work
Zen, Yoosung
20:05 Romance novel company
Zen
21:35 Jaehee’s support
Jaehee

DAY 3

Time  Chatroom + Participants
00:00 Girlfriend and Zen
Zen, 707
03:04 Unstoppable LOLOL
Yoosung, Jaehee, Jumin
07:30 Jumin and Cat and Zen
Zen, Jumin
10:50 The person that has to be
Jumin, Jaehee, 707
12:15 Handsome Zen
Zen, Jaehee, Yoosung
13:05 The Lady of Bracelets
Jaehee, Yoosung
15:30 Jaehee’s thoughts
Zen, Jaehee
17:56 Zen making a fuss
Yoosung, Zen
19:42 A slave of money, Seven
707, Jaehee
21:15 Jalapenos topping
Yoosung, Jaehee, Zen
23:00 Yoosung is living alone
Yoosung, Zen

DAY 4

Time  Chatroom + Participants
00:18 Jaehee worries about Jumin
Jaehee
03:24 Do not drink coffee
707, Yoosung
07:00 Jaehee’s position
Jaehee, Jumin
09:05 Seven mocks Yoosung
Jaehee, 707, Yoosung
10:00 Blame
V, Yoosung
12:50 I quit LOLOL
Jaehee, Yoosung
15:00 No girlfriend
Zen, Yoosung, Jaehee
17:04 Found him.
707, Jaehee
19:18 Are you really…
Yoosung, Jaehee, Zen
21:08 New RFA party
V, Jaehee
22:00 The game that starts again
Zen, Yoosung, 707, Jumin
23:15 Weird dream
Jaehee, Yoosung, Zen
Visual Novel Mode

Despicable Me 3 (2017)

“I have a twin brother!” – Gru

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Source: movies.universalpictures.com

I’ve been following this animation movie franchise since the beginning, including its spinoff, so despite the bad review and ratings, it’s still become one of my must watch list this month.

Honestly this movie was below my expectation. The idea and storyline were so-so. I mean, Gru suddenly has twin brother? That’s really came from nowhere. In my opinion, compared to the previous movies, the quality of the story is going down as the sequel increases. Given the quite open ending, I think there will be a 4th movie in a few years.

As the movie is supposed to be family comedy, in my opinion it’s not as funny as the previous movies which could make the whole theater laughing out loud. This movie is funny but it’s not that funny that you want to roll on the floor and laughing so hard. The funniest part of the movie and might be the best part is still nailed by the minions army. So for entertainment only, this movie is still served its purpose. If you are looking for some animation comedy but with deeper and impactful storyline, this one is not recommended.

 

MM Chatroom Time + Participants – DAY 1

This page is intended as guide for Mystic Messenger’s chatroom time and participants. This guide is completely SPOILER FREE!

Day 1 (Prologue) | Day 2 – 4 (Casual Story) | Day 2 – 4 (Deep Story)

Zen Route | Yoosung Route | Jaehee Route | Jumin Route | 707 Route

DAY 1

Time Chatroom + Participants
00:03 Welcome 1
Yoosung
02:21 Welcome 2
Jaehee
04:35 Zen’s complaint
Zen
07:00 Yoosung’s complaint
Yoosung
08:00 Jumin’s lonely morning
Jumin, Zen
10:04 Seven loves cats
Jumin, 707
11:58 Seven’s investigation
707, Yoosung
12:50 Jaehee’s expectation
Jaehee
13:48 Jumin’s curiosity
Jumin
15:00 Zen reminisces about the old
Zen
16:50 Who hates to work?
707
18:02 Yoosung’s hope for a new party
Yoosung
18:58 Concerns of two men
Zen, Jumin
19:40 Discussion about the party
Jaehee, Jumin
21:50 Zen’s expectation
Zen
22:30 Excited Yoosung
Yoosung
23:15 Jaehee’s favor
Jaehee

Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” – Tony Stark to Peter Parker

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Source: www.bleedingcool.com

One of the most anticipated movie from Marvel’s superheroes is out this month. Getting high rating from both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes has proven that this movie is a big hit. Personally, I like the talkative Spiderman better like this one rather than the gloomy-looking one from the previous franchises, especially the Amazing Spiderman. Tom Holland did a great job portraying a teenager who is desperate to prove himself capable of fighting the bad guys.

If I don’t remember it wrong, the movie is set eight years after Avengers: Age of Ultron, is it really that long since Avengers’ timeline until the Civil War? I thought Civil War was started not too long after Avengers. I don’t know if it’s only me or the timeline is really off. Yet in this movie Peter Parker was even younger than Peter Parker from Amazing Spiderman including aunt May. But I was wondering where’s uncle Ben? He was just briefly mentioned in the movie but there’s no explanation what’s happened to him. So I conclude that maybe he already died long before, not to mention that this movie is not about the beginning of the Spiderman but rather continuation from Captain America: Civil Wars from Peter Parker’s point of view.

I like how the scenes were well balanced between action and humor. The best part was the final battle, when Spiderman was fighting Vulture wearing his self-made suit instead of the suit given by the Iron Man. Because honestly I don’t like that suit, it’s so equipped with the advanced technology that it became more like Iron Man wearing Spiderman suit rather than the original Spiderman. The suit even has its own AI like Jarvis called Karen. So it really was satisfying to see the final battle was won by Spiderman using his own strength even though his self-made suit looked like pajamas instead of battle suit :))

Just like any other Marvel’s movies, this movie also has two post-credit scenes. But the second scene was the best so far. It’s nothing like sneak-peak for the next movie but instead I think it was intended for trolling us. Because they know people would always wait till the very end for Marvel’s movies and definitely fall for the trap. Good job for that one, Marvel!