weekend and good movies

Last weekend i planned to just stay home and take the whole weekend rest. I aimed it for money saving as well. BUT…

saturday morning, a text came in. My friends calling for the monthly meeting at Pondok Indah Mall. Hmm… Just about to noon, the carpenter called me, asking some changing possibility in closet design bla bla bla…arrgh, i hate changing! and discussing technical matters through phone was not a good idea. So i had to go the workshop.

so, i ended up messing my own weekend plan. i spent the whole Saturday outside, spending alot of money for food and the plan to pay it all on Sunday was also ruined. It’s my mom’s turn to drag me to the mall. Jakarta is celebrating its anniversary, so all the shopping mall here is having the Jakarta Great Sale. Really bad timing for me… 😦

Anyway…i watched 2 movies last weekend. “The A-Team” and “Agora”

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The A-Team ROCKS! i really love this hilariously funny movie. 2 hours of laughs! It’s actually a kind of ‘remake’ for the old days The A-team TV series. (i was still so young that time).  Hannibal Smith was a charismatic and brilliant leader with 3 unusual comrades: the big AB who fears flying; the sexy-playboy Face who actually falls for only 1 woman in his life, agent Sosa; and the lunatic Murdoch who…just simply insane. The squad reminded me of Ocean’s 11, but excluding the suits, the manners, cool attitude, and “good” image. If Ocean’s 11 is a kind of Contemporary Jazz in music, The A-Team is an underground Rock. haha. Throwing away the cool image of heroes, the A-team is a bunch of real badass.

My favorite scene was definitely the helicopter acrobat. It was very cool and funny in the same time. But my favorite line was when Hannibal told the squad that Murdock was the pilot, Murdoch smirked and said, “I like that” but Face yelled, “I’m worried.” For me that’s a very honest and natural (but not cowardly) comment when you found out that you’re gonna fly with a literary lunatic as your pilot. ‘worried’ is definitely a right word for a man with Bradley Cooper figure.

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Agora, on the other hand, is an absolutely serious movie. The center of the story is Hypatia of Alexandria, the atheist woman philosopher who lived around the 4th century AD. She was loved sincerely by her students Orestes and Cyrill Synesius, and her personal slave, Davus. She was so obsessed by finding the theory of astronomy: which one is the center of the universe, the earth or the sun? if it wasn’t the earth as it was believed, then how could the earth become one of the wanderers? the circle orbital would no longer fit the theory then, so what shape was it? While she was obsessed by her own matters, people around her had converted to Christian. Pagan or atheist is not acceptable in the society, but since she had the Imperial Prefect Orestes backed her up, no one dared to touch her. Orestes seemed to listen to her words more than the councils and those Christian counselors dislike that. The story reach its climax when Orestes had to choose between his God or his woman in front of his people…

My favorite line was when Hypatia accused by the Christian counselor for believing in nothing (in terms of God, of course), Hypatia with a full self confidence said “I believe in philosophy.” I think that’s just so cool.

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4 thoughts on “weekend and good movies

  1. I saw the film when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz’ performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorts some history in service to his art (the Library didn’t end that way and Synesius wasn’t a jerk), but that’s what artists do. I don’t go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography “Hypatia of Alexandria” by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995). I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com) – not a movie review, just a “reel vs. real” discussion.

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