The Vow (2012)

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Movie Title      : The Vow

Directed by     : Michael Sucsy

Story by           : Stuart Sender

Studio              : Spyglass Entertainment

Distributed by    : Screen Gems

The Vow

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vow_(2012_film))

The Vow is a romantic drama film based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The Vow was a box office success, becoming the sixth highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time. The story is about Paige Collins (Rachel McAdams) and her husband, Leo (Channing Tatum). One night, on their way home, at a stop sign, Paige unbuckles her seatbelt to lean over and kiss Leo. At that very moment, a truck rams their car from behind and Paige crashes through the windshield. Then, the movie cuts to how Paige and Leo first met. The scenes of how they courted, proposed and married at the Art Institute of Chicago are interwoven with the present.

When Paige regains consciousness, she’s having lost all memories of the past few years. When her parents learn about this and visit her, it is the first time that Leo meets them. Paige doesn’t understand why she has married to a man who hasn’t met her parents before, left law school and became an artist, broke her engagement with her previous fiancé, Jeremy, and didn’t get in touch with her family and friends for years.

Her parents insist on taking Paige home with them, but then Leo comes to play her a voice message in which she sounds very happy and romantic – as the evidence that they’re married. Paige decides to go back with Leo, hoping it will help her regain her lost memory. Leo tries hard to help Paige gain her memory back, but it is no use. Paige’s memory stops when she’s still in law school, is engaged with Jeremy, and still being with her family.

She finds that she feels more comfortable with that situation, rather than with Leo and other unfamiliar things. With her sister’s wedding approaching, Paige decides to stay with her parents until the wedding. Though, Leo asks her out on a date and they have fun, but the relationship is further strained when Paige’s dad tries to persuade Leo to divorce his daughter, and when Leo punching Jeremy for talking about chances to bed his wife.

Paige rejoins law school and Leo signs divorce papers. At a store, Paige meets an old friend who, unaware of her amnesia, and alerting Paige as to why she had left her family. But this time, Paige decides not to leave her family again. Paige, while in class, starts sketching; thus depicting how she first left law school. She continues her interest in art. Back in her room, Paige finds the menu card on which she had written her wedding vows and is deeply moved. The movie ends with Paige finding Leo at their regular cafe and going with him to try a new place instead of their regular alternative.

Such. A. Sweet. And. Touching. Love. Story. And it is based on a true story! Gee, I can’t stop shivering! This love story is too sweet to be true! The real couple is now married with two kids, and the wife never regains her memory back. Sad, but I’m glad they’re happy now. This movie might be a little bit boring, because it’s a fully romance movie, but the story is beyond touching. I cried a bit when I watched it – couldn’t help it, it’s too heart-breaking. How they managed to fight for their love. Unchangeable love. Ah, so sweet! Recommended, of course! But I’d rather recommend this to women who love romance. It’ll be a great entertainer for you!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vow_(2012_film)

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Planes (2013)

Posted: December 3, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Movie Title        : Planes
Directed by       : Klay Hall
Produced by     : Traci Balthazor-Flynn
Studio             : Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios
Distributed by   : Walt Disney Studios and Motion Pictures

Planes(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planes_(film))

‘Planes’ is an American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film, which is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars franchise. This one is the first film in a planned ‘Planes’ trilogy, telling about Dusty Crophopper, a crop-duster plane who dreams of becoming a racer, so he practices aerobatic maneuvers in his spare time with the help of his fuel truck friend, Chug. Dusty enters the qualifiers for Wings across the World race and manages to wow everyone by his well-practiced flight maneuvers, but comes in 6th place – which means he doesn’t qualify. A few days later, a representative from the qualifier visits his town and announces to him that he is now in 5th place, due to the qualifier ahead of him is disqualified, so Dusty is replacing him.

Skipper Riley, an elderly, reclusive navy war plane, finally decides to mentor Dusty. While in the midst of his training, Dusty admits that he has a fear of heights. Despite this, their training continues and when it is completed, Dusty heads off to the meeting of the race. In the beginning of the race, Dusty keeps finishing last due to his refusal to fly high. But then, he manages to catch up step by step. Ripslinger, the arrogant and villainous 3-time winner plane, doesn’t accept Dusty’s success, so he plots to sabotage Dusty’s chances of winning. Dusty manages to survive until the end, though, and when it looks like Ripslinger will win, his ego gets the best of him and Dusty seizes the opportunity and wins the race.

I actually wrote a long summary, but then I kept erasing some parts so there’ll be no spoilers. I hope you don’t mind. All right, another animation movie from Disney. Since I watched the trailer, I already thought this would be like Cars, and it is! But of course, the story and plot is different. Both are genius, and I love them both! As usual, Disney always got awesome animations and full-of-moral-lessons stories, which I always love!

It might not be the best animation ever, but still, I love it, and it is worth to watch! From this movie, I learned that we have to be humble no matter what. Being arrogant will lead you to nowhere but failure, while being humble will bring you success and more supportive friends. I recommend you all to watch this movie, so we can learn a lot together! It is planned trilogy! I can’t wait for the rest!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planes_(film)

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Judul Buku         : Let Go

Pengarang        : Windhy Puspitadewi

Penerbit           : Gagas Media

Jumlah Halaman  : 244 halaman

Let Go

(Semua gambar cover dan identitas buku dalam review-review novelku bersumber dari Goodreads)

Dari awal, aku penasaran sama karyanya kak Windhy, apalagi yang berjudul Let Go. Karena udah langka, aku beli online, deh. Cukup susah, loh, tapi untungnya ketemu. Dari semua karya kak Windhy, yang pernah kubaca baru Seandainya dan Let Go, dan terasa banget dua karya ini ditulis oleh orang yang sama. Dua-duanya punya moral lessons dan kisah yang menyentuh – bukan kisah romance menye-menye ala remaja. Ini yang kusuka – karya yang bermutu. Sayangnya, dari dua karya ini, jujur aja aku lebih suka Let Go, sih, karena tokoh-tokohnya lebih terasa nyata dan unik, terus kisahnya lebih menyentuh, somehow.

Kenapa aku penasaran sama Let Go? Karena banyak yang bilang novel ini bikin sedih – tipe yang kusuka juga, didukung oleh cover berwarna biru yang melambangkan ‘mellow’ atau ‘haru biru’, juga judul yang menarik – Let Go, melepaskan. Biasanya yang berhubungan dengan kata ini pasti ‘menyedihkan’ dan ‘menyakitkan’. Just an assumption, which is true, anyway – in this case. Dan seperti novel Gagas lainnya, novel ini juga memilik blurb yang bikin gregetan.

 

Kau tahu apa artinya kehilangan? Yakinlah, kau tak akan pernah benar-benar tahu sampai kau sendiri mengalaminya.

      Raka tidak pernah peduli pendapat orang lain. Selama ia merasa benar, dia akan melakukannya. Hingga, suatu hari, mau tidak mau, ia harus berteman dengan Nathan, Nadya, dan Sarah. Tiga orang dengan sifat yang berbeda, yang terpaksa bersama untuk mengurus mading sekolah.

      Nathan, si pintar yang selalu bersikap sinis. Nadya, ketua kelas yang tak pernah meminta bantuan orang lain. Dan Sarah, cewek pemalu yang membuat Raka selalu ingin membantunya. Lagi-lagi, Raka terjebak dalam urusan orang lain, yang membuatnya belajar banyak tentang sesuatu yang selama ini ia takuti, kehilangan.

 

Bedanya dari novel Gagas yang lain, blurb novel ini lebih jelas – sedikit mendeskripsikan isi novel, sedangkan novel lainnya – terutama novel-novel Gagas yang baru-baru ini dicetak, semua blurbnya hanya berisi kata-kata puitis yang menggugah hati, tapi justru membuat pembaca bingung, mana yang harus dibeli karena semua terdengar manis di telinga. Itu bagus, punya blurb yang menarik, tapi kelemahannya, kadang kata-kata manis itu memberi harapan kosong. Pembaca jadi mengharapkan sesuatu yang terlalu bagus, jadinya malah kecewa sendiri. Novel ini berbeda. Aku nggak kecewa sama sekali setelah baca novel ini – bahkan baca ulang-ulang dan ngumpulin quote-quote bagusnya.

‘Kehilangan’, sama seperti ‘melepaskan’, berkaitan dengan dua rasa yang kusebut di atas: ‘menyedihkan’ dan ‘menyakitkan’. Kehilangan dan melepaskan itu dua kata yang berbeda, tapi kadang saling berhubungan. Saat kita kehilangan seseorang, nggak ada yang bisa kita lakukan selain melepaskan orang tersebut. Kurasa semua orang tau melepaskan bukan hal yang mudah – sama sekali nggak mudah.

Caraka mengalaminya – kehilangan sang Ayah, dan sulit melepaskannya. Ia membenci ayahnya karena tega meninggalkannya dan ibunya, sehingga ia selalu menolak untuk mengunjungi makam sang Ayah. Lalu, ia bertemu dengan Nathan – cowok pintar yang selalu beraura dingin, Nadya – ketua kelas yang mandiri, dan Sarah – cewek pemalu yang sulit menolak permintaan orang lain.

Awalnya, ia tidak suka berteman dengan mereka, namun, situasi menjebaknya, dan lama kelamaan, ia pun terbiasa, bahkan menikmatinya. Sifatnya yang terlalu baik membuatnya menjadi ‘tukang ikut campur’. Ia tidak tahan melihat orang lain kesulitan dan selalu ingin membantu, tapi terkadang ia tidak menyadari batas-batas privasi seseorang. Beberapa orang senang akan sifatnya itu, sisanya merasa keberatan. Namun, berkat sifatnya itu, Raka belajar banyak – persahabatan, rela berkorban, dan tentu saja, melepaskan.

Seperti yang udah kusebut di atas, novel ini mengajarkan banyak hal, dan sanggup membuat pembaca terharu. Kisahnya sederhana aja, tapi nggak ditulis sembarangan. Konflik-konfliknya nyata, dialami oleh pembaca dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Begitu pula tokohnya – sifat-sifat mereka sering ditemui di dalam diri kita maupun orang lain, tapi kak Windhy berhasil membuat mereka unik, in their own way.

Aku suka banget sama karakter Caraka. Kurasa semua fans kak Windhy yang udah baca novel ini juga kecantol sama dia. Nathan is fine, too. Dia yang bikin cerita ini makin sedih. Oh, bisa dibilang, it’s a sad ending, tapi karena tokoh utamanya belajar sesuatu dari itu, we can say it’s somewhere between.

Banyak banyak kalimat-kalimat bermakna yang bisa dijadikan pelajaran buat kehidupan kita. Aku ingat, aku baca novel ini selama liburan lebaran yang lalu. Aku pulang kampung, dan bawa novel ini. Aku baca tanggal 8, terus besoknya masih belum bisa move-on, jadi ulang baca sambil ngutip kalimat-kalimat bagus, dan (ehem, malu, nih) aku post di twitter.

Let Go

      Pokoknya, novel ini recommended, deh. Everyone should read it! Pengen rate 5 of 5, tapi entar dibilang mainstream, jadi 4.5 of 5, deh. Hehehe.

Oblivion (2013)

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Directed by     : Joseph Kosinski

Based on         : Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson

Distributed by   : Universal Pictures

Oblivion(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblivion_(2013_film))

Oblivion is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski’s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. My summary:

In the year 2077, Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. The planet was nearly destroyed sixty years ago, during a war against a race of alien invaders, known as Scavengers (Scavs). The Scavs destroyed the moon, causing massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and then launched their invasion. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable. The few surviving humans migrated to a large space station called the “Tet”.

Jack and his partner, Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) work as a team to maintain the autonomous drones that defend the power stations from the few remaining Scav bandits. Although Jack and Vika had their memories wiped five years earlier for security reasons, Jack has recurring dreams about meeting a mysterious woman at the Empire State Building before the war. Jack keeps a secret retreat in a forested area he sometimes visits.

One day, Jack finds a pre-invasion spacecraft and manages to rescue one of the crew, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), recognizing her as the woman from his dreams. Julia and Jack retrieve the ship’s flight recorder, but then are captured by Scavs, who are revealed to be humans. Their leader, Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), claims that the alien invasion was a lie and wants Jack to reprogram a captured drone in order to destroy the Tet, by delivering a nuclear weapon. At first, Jack refuses, so Malcolm releases them, but urges them to seek the truth in the so-called “radiation zone” that Jack is forbidden to enter.

On their way back, Jack takes Julia to the ruins of the Empire State Building and Julia reveals who she is. They then flee in Jack’s ship and crashes in the radiation zone, where Jack comes face to face with Tech 52, a clone of himself. Shocked, Jack and Julia return to Beech, who tells them the truth. The Tet is in fact an alien artificial intelligence that seized Earth to exploit the planet’s resources. Jack and Victoria are just two of many thousands of clones of their original selves, created as soldiers to carry out the invasion of Earth. The Tet uses drones programmed to kill humans on sight. The survivors use old technology, like stealth fighter shielding and vocal scrambling to confuse the drones (make them look like ‘scavs’). Jack then agrees to reprogram the stolen drone to destroy the Tet.

During the flight to Tet, Jack listens to the Odyssey’s flight recorder, which reveals his and Victoria’s past. Jack enters the Tet, then triggers the nuclear bomb with Beech and destroys the Tet at the cost of their own lives. The destruction of the Tet also deactivates the remaining drones around the world. Three years later, Julia is living with her young daughter in the forest retreat on the recovering Earth. A group of survivors arrive there, and Tech 52 emerges from the group. Having the same latent memories as Tech 49, he then reunites with “his” family.

This is one of my favorite sci-fi movies!! It’s actually my first favorite. I really love the story! I was confused at first, since I don’t really understand Science, but then I got it, and wow, it’s really genius! I think the idea was inspired by dooms day, but they changed it into something new, fresh, and brilliant!! There are romantic parts which are so sweet and touching. And how Jack and Beech sacrificed their life for others, is so heroic! I love everything about this movie. The genius idea with brilliant plot and engaging conflicts, the editing, the good-looking and talented role-players, every each of them! So recommended! Really, really, really worth to watch! You’ll regret it if you don’t!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblivion_(2013_film)

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Movie Title      : The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Directed by     : Harald Zwart

Produced by    : Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer

Based on         : City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Studio             : Constantin Film

Distributed by   : Screen Gems (US)

The Mortal Instruments

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mortal_Instruments:_City_of_Bones)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a German-American adventure fantasy film, about the Mortal Cup – a cup that allows humans to become half-Angel. It was given to the first Shadowhunter – a warrior who has powers and is trained to secretly protect humanity by killing demons. But then, there’s this other Shadowhunter, named Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who betrays his race and steals the cup for himself in order to gain control over all Shadowhunters and demons.

His wife, Jocelyn Fray (Lena Headey), manages to stop him and hide the Mortal Cup. Valentine tries to chase after her, but then Jocelyn drinks a potion that leaves her in a comatose state. Jocelyn’s daughter, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), has inherited her mother’s powers, including the ability to read runes. That makes her a key to find the cup, so Valentine is coming after her.

Unfortunately, Clary’s mind is blocked, so she can’t remember anything about Shadowhunters and other things. Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris), the leader of Shadowhunters, instructs Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) to take Clary to the City of Bones, where they learn about her connection to a powerful sorcerer, Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao), who was apparently hired by Jocelyn to block knowledge of the Shadowhunters from Clary’s mind.

Clary starts to figure out the knowledge, abilities, and secrets that her mom hid from her, making her targeted to be chased. Jocelyn’s mate, Luke Garroway (Aidan Turner), Clary’s best friend Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan) and some Shadowhunters fellow help her along the way. In the end, they manage to fight Valentine, by pushing him through a portal and destroy it, while the Mortal Cup is safely kept by Clary.

One word: AWESOME! The whole story is brilliant! It has many twists and unpredictable conflicts along the way. I kept being surprised while watching this movie, and I enjoyed it so much! The characters have different personalities and backgrounds, making them unique and lovable. The good-looking actors and actress play their characters really well. They manage to make audience feel what they want people to feel. The editing and settings are genius! I can’t praise them more! This movie is gonna be a series, since there are five novels: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. I bet it’s gonna be an awesome series! Can’t wait!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mortal_Instruments:_City_of_Bones

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Fast and Furious 6 (2013)

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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Movie Title      : Fast and Furious 6

Directed by     : Justin Lin

Based on         : Characters by Gary Scott Thompson

Studio             : Original Film and One Race Films

Distributed by   : Universal Pictures

Fast and Furious 6

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_&_Furious_6)

Fast and Furious 6 is an action film, the sixth installment in the Fast and the Furious film series. It’s telling about a crew, who is following their successful Rio heist, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of professional criminals have retired around the world: Dominic lives with Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky); his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), lives with Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their son – Jack, Gisele Yahsar (Gal Gadot) and Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) have moved to Hong Kong; Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Chris Bridges) live in luxury.

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner, Riley Hicks (Gina Carano) investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by former British Special Forces soldier, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his crew. Hobbs tracks down Dominic and persuades him to help taking down Shaw, after showing him a recent photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dominic’s former girlfriend. Dominic gathers his crew together and they accept the mission in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes, allowing them to return home to the United States; Mia and Elena remain with Jack. Dominic’s crew investigates about Shaw’s connections, and find out how Letty survived the explosion that was thought to have killed her. They also find out that Shaw is stealing components to create a Nightshade device which can disable power in an entire region. He intends to sell it to the highest bidder.

This whole movie is telling about a long, engaging chase, with a brilliant and unpredictable plot. I can’t describe too much about it, since it won’t be fun if I give spoilers. In the end, Dom and his crew manage to get the chip and bring it back to Hobbs to secure their amnesty, which leads Dominic and his team to return to the United States. Hobbs and Elena (now working with Hobbs) arrive to confirm the crews are free. The last part is showing Han is in a car chase in Tokyo. He is hit by an oncoming car, and his car explodes, killing him. The other car’s driver (Jason Statham) walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a message: “You don’t know me, you’re about to…”

There’ll be Fast and Furious 7 for sure, and I can hardly wait! This movie is one of a long series. Each movie – from one to six, has connection to each other. This one should be the one before the third movie – Tokyo Drift. And I guess the seventh movie will be the sequel of Tokyo Drift. It’ll be cool!!

Actually, when I watched this movie, I haven’t watched the prequels. But, I didn’t get lost during the movie. It does have a connection with the prequels, but it’s all explained in the movie, so I wasn’t lost. Each movie has its own main conflict, and they’re all engaging and genius! What an awesome action movie! I shivered along the whole scenes! Good-looking and talented actors played awesome roles really well, makes it such a great movie. Worth to watch!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_&_Furious_6

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Movie Title      : Beautiful Creatures

Directed by     : Richard LaGravenese

Based on         : Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Studio             : Alcon Entertainment

Distributed by   : Warner Bros. Pictures

Beautiful Creatures(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Creatures_(2013_film))

Beautiful Creatures is an American romantic fantasy film, telling about casters – humans who are capable of performing magical spells. There are two kinds of caster – light and dark. The male casters can choose who they want to be, but female casters can’t. They’ll be claimed by the moon, depends on their true nature.

Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is on her way to her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be claimed. Her strong power makes her family worried. Her uncle, Macon Underwood (Jeremy Irons), changes from dark to light, to keep Lena’s true nature good and changes her into a light caster as well. Lena moves to Gatlin to live with her uncle and her other family members, who are all light casters. Then, she meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), her school friend, and they got close. Macon disapproves of their love and fondness of each other, and conspires with Ethan’s family friend, Amma (Viola Davis), to keep the two separated. However, Ethan continues to pursue Lena, until she confesses that her family are casters and tells him about the claim.

Ridley (Emmy Rossum), Lena’s cousin, and Sarafine (Emma Thompson), Lena’s mother – both are dark casters, want Lena to join them, becoming a dark caster. They keep trying to turn Lena into dark. Then Lena and Ethan find out about their ancestors, caster Genevieve Duchannes (Rachel Broanahan) and mortal Confederate soldier Ethan Carter Wate were in love. Ethan Carter was shot in battle and Genevieve revived him using a forbidden spell that caused her to go dark and curse all the Duchannes family’s women. Lena almost loses hope, but her family and Ethan keep encouraging her. In the end, she finds her own solution to her problems.

The ending is an open ending, which means there’ll be sequels. There are four novels – Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. I guess they’re all gonna be filmed. Can’t wait! Sorry for the short summary. I really don’t want to give any spoilers. It’s a really great movie, trust me. Highly recommended. You won’t be disappointed! It’s sweet and touching, not just any forbidden love story, it has moral lessons, too. About family, sacrifices, and love.

The conflicts and twists are engaging, and it made me curious during the whole scenes! It has its own sense of humor and I love it! Since they’re in South Carolina, they have this western accent, which is cute! The characters are lovable! The actors and actress are good-looking and very talented. They played their role very well. I can feel their strong chemistry and it made me shiver! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch it right away, you won’t regret it!

Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beautiful_Creatures_(2013_film)

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Joining   : Restart Giveaway

Held by : Nina Ardianti

Status    : Didn’t win

1. Fedrian Arsjad >>> Chris Pine

Tipikal rockstar kece yang pede kayak Fedrian, entah kenapa cocok aja sama muka ganteng dengan senyum mautnya Chris Pine. Chris Pine yang charming ini menurutku punya kepercayaan diri yang tinggi. Bisa dilihat dari karakter yang dimainkannya di film-film, seperti Princess Diaries 2, Star Trek, dan This Means War. Dia selalu jadi cowok ganteng yang penuh percaya diri (ya iyalah, ganteng begitu, mana mungkin nggak pede?)

Chris Pine

Sumber: http://www.thatstopten.com/view.php?id=42

Emang sih, dia bukan rockstar atau anak band, tapi mukanya yang asli memikat itu cocok-cocok aja jadi rockstar (imho). Ini nih, ada foto yang bikin tambah cocok.

Chris Pine

Sumber: http://www.theplace2.ru/photos/Chris-Pine-md2680/pic-399500.html

2. Syiana Alamsjah >>> Katie Cassidy

Syiana itu tipe cewek sinis dan sarkastik, kan? Aku udah kenal Syiana sejak baca Fly To The Sky, dan di bayanganku itu selalu ada cewek metropolitan yang stylish gitu, deh. Nah, menurutku, dia cocok sama Katie Cassidy.

Katie Cassidy

Sumber: http://borg.com/tag/katie-cassidy/

Aku kenal cewek manis ini dari serial di Fox Crime ‘Harper’s Island’. Dia itu cantik dan stylish, dan kadang bisa sinis dan jutek, juga. Bikin inget Syiana banget, deh. Ini nih, muka serius Katie, terkesan sinis gitu, kan?

Katie Cassidy

Sumber: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/harpers-island/images/14467396/title/trish-wellington-photo

Terus, foto ini. Di foto ini, Katie keliatannya lagi mental break down, bikin ingat Syiana yang lagi patah hati.

Katie Cassidy

Sumber: http://cursetheflame.livejournal.com/28327.html

2. Aulia Astrawinata >>> Christopher Gorham

Kayaknya semua orang yang udah baca novel ini awalnya ngira Aulia itu cewek. Aku juga. Tapi ternyata dia cowok. Lol. Banyak yang bilang, Aulia bikin inget Ihsan di Fly To The Sky, tipikal best friend cowok yang selalu ada buat sahabatnya. Aku setuju. Dan karna itu, dia bikin aku inget sama karakter Henry Dunn yang diperani oleh Christopher Gorham.

Christopher Gorham

Sumber: http://www.topnews.in/christopher-gorham-wondercon-day-3-2134924

Henry Dunn ini tokoh di Harper’s Island juga. Bahkan, dia itu tunangannya Trish, yang diperanin oleh Katie Cassidy di atas. Tadinya pengen sih, sekalian dipasangin aja. Tapi, Christopher Gorham bawaannya lebih kalem, dan nggak sepede Chris Pine, jadi nggak cocok jadi Fedrian.

Henry Dunn ini ceritanya punya sahabat cewek yang udah dia kenal dari kecil, namanya Abby. Henry selalu ada buat Abby, bahkan waktu dia lagi sibuk sekalipun. So sweet banget, ya? Cocok kan, sama karakter Aulia (dan Ihsan juga).

Christopher Gorham

Sumber: http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2548729/christopher-gorham-da-man-june-july-2011-03/fullsize/

Selain itu, pemainnya, Christopher Gorham, punya tatapan teduh yang bikin orang ngerasa tenang dan nyaman (terutama aku!). Dia ganteng dan charming, lagi! Senyumnya (yang selalu berhasil bikin aku klepek-klepek) juga bersahabat. Cocok, deh, sama tipikal-tipikal Aulia (dan Ihsan).

4. Edyta Fauzi >>> Mandy Moore

Aku kenal Edyta dari Fly To The Sky juga, dan udah kenal karakternya, yang menurutku lumayan manja, ceroboh, dan cerewet. Tapi, dia juga ceria dan lucu. Karna itu, mari aku perkenalkan Edyta dengan kembarannya, Mandy Moore. Bukan kembar secara fisik (wong aku nggak pernah ketemu Edyta), tapi lebih ke sifat. Bukan sifatnya Mandy Moore, sih, tapi tokoh Anna di Chasing Liberty yang diperani oleh Mandy Moore.

Mandy Moore

Sumber: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1875613952/tt0360139

Anna ini ceritanya anak tunggal seorang presiden, yang merasa terkurung dengan segala aturan dan perintah ayahnya. Akhirnya, dia kabur untuk mencari kebebasan. Sebagai anak presiden (anak tunggal, lagi), otomatis pembawaan Anna ini agak manja, karna dia bisa mendapatkan apapun yang dia mau, dan semua hal udah dikerjakan untuk dia. Mirip-mirip lah, sama Edyta, yang masalahnya sering diselesaikan oleh orang-orang di sekitarnya (di Fly To The Sky).

Ada banyak hal lain dari Anna yang bikin aku keinget sama Edyta. Waktu Anna lagi jutek atau kesal, bikin inget Edyta di bad day-nya (di hari dia ketemu Ardian). Kalo liat foto keselnya Mandy Moore yang ini, bikin aku inget Edyta yang lagi bad mood.

Mandy Moore

Sumber: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1825282304/tt0360139

Terus, Anna juga kadang cerewet dan ceria (mirip Edyta). Setelah dimirip-miripin begini, jadi makin cocok, deh, rasanya.

5. Tokoh pilihanku jatuh kepada… Ardian! Ardian Putra Perdana >>> Matthew Goode

Dapat inspirasi buat Ardian ini berkat tokoh Anna yang bikin keinget Edyta. Tokoh cowok di film yang sama (Chasing Liberty), yang jadi pasangan Anna, ternyata cocok sama karakter Ardian (pas banget, ya?)

Matthew Goode

Sumber: http://www.hotflick.net/movies/2004_Chasing_Liberty/matthew_goode.html

Ben, yang diperankan oleh Matthew Goode, ketemu sama Anna pas Anna kabur dari rumahnya. Dia yang ngebantu Anna ngejalanin lari dari kejaran anak buah ayahnya, dan menikmati kebebasannya. Pembawaan Ben yang tenang dan nurut selama ngehadapin tingkah Anna, bikin aku inget sama Ardian. Jadi mirip gitu, deh, sama kisah mereka (padahal beda jauh).

Terus, hal yang nggak kalah penting, Matthew ini ganteng banget! Kebiasaan kecilku, kalau tokoh cowok di novel itu selalu dibayangin yang ganteng-ganteng (ya iyalah!). Dan Matthew ini bukan cuma sekedar ganteng, tapi bisa bikin klepek-klepek! Anyway, adegan ini bikin inget Edyta sama Ardian, deh!

Anna-Ben

Sumber: http://www.kidzworld.com/article/4082-chasing-liberty-dvd-review

Bukan karna kesamaan adegan atau apa, tapi di sini Annanya lagi kesel dan nyebelin, sedangkan Ben tetap sabar dan berusaha nenangin Anna. Mirip hubungan awal Edyta-Ardian, kan?

Masih dalam rangka HUT ke-10 GagasMedia. Penerbit favorit ulang tahun? Diajakin ngeramein sosmed termasuk blog? Saatnya nyari kesempatan: bikin books wishlist, siapa tau dilirik dan dikabulin #eh.

unforgotTEN GagasMedia

Sumber: https://www.facebook.com/gagasmediafanpage

GagasMedia udah menjadi penerbit favoritku selama setahun lebih (iya, aye #GagasAddict baru, tapi nggak kalah sama yang lain kok!). Semua buku terbitan Gagas itu selalu bagus, tapi mostly mahal, membuat dompetku terengah-engah.

Di bawah ini adalah 10 buku Gagas yang pengen kumiliki segera (karena ultah ke-10, jadi ada 10 biji, padahal ada banyak yang lain):

1. Pandangan Pertama by Yoana Dianika

Pandangan Pertama

2. Notasi by Morra Quatro

Notasi

3. Roma: Con Amore by Robin Wijaya

Roma

4. Bangkok The Journal by Moemoe Rizal

Bangkok

5. I For You by Orizuka

I For You

6. Ai by Winna Efendi

Ai

7. Tokyo: Falling by Sefryana Khairil

Tokyo

8. Unfriend You by Dyah Rinni

Unfriend You

9. With You by Orizuka dan Christian Simamora

With You

10. Coba Tunjuk Satu Bintang by Sefryana Khairil

Coba Tunjuk Satu Bintang

All book’s covers are from Yes24.

Nah, kece-kece kan, buku-buku di atas? BANGET. Punya GagasMedia gitu loh… Pilihanku, lagi! Sebenernya sih, masih banyak novel Gagas yang pengen kumiliki. Misalnya: seri Glam Girls dan GagasDuet, novel-novel terbaru dari Gagas, etc. Tapi, kalo disebutin semua, nggak bakal habis-habis!

(P.S: THIS POST WILL ALWAYS BE UPDATED! Depends on mood)

Masih dalam rangka memperingati HUT ke-10 GagasMedia. Para penulis, editor, dan tim Gagas lainnya membuat list 10 buku Gagas pilihan mereka. Aku juga nggak mau kalah!

unforgotTEN GagasMedia

Sumber: https://www.facebook.com/gagasmediafanpage

Sebagai pembaca dan calon penulis (tsah!), inilah 10 buku Gagas Media pilihanku:

1. INFINITELY YOURS

Infinitely Yours

Novel Gagas Media yang pertama kali kubaca. Tadinya, aku nggak pengen baca novel ini, karna bertema Korea (bukan apa, aku bukan penggemar Korea). Tapi, akhirnya kubaca juga, karna temen-temenku bilang bagus, jadinya aku penasaran. Dan ternyata emang bener! Bagus! Walaupun settingnya di Korea, tapi kak Orizuka berhasil membuatku takjub dengan negara yang kurang kusukai itu. Dia menampilkan tempat-tempat yang unik dan menarik. Selain itu, untungnya kedua tokoh utamanya orang Indonesia, dan nggak terlalu banyak bahasa Koreanya. Terus, romantis dan kocaknya novel ini juga sangat enjoyable. Desain layoutnya juga nggak kalah menarik. Sejak membaca novel ini, aku jadi fans beratnya kak Orizuka, dan tentu saja, Gagas Media.

2. REFRAIN

REFRAIN

Novel kak Winna Efendi yang pertama kali kubaca. Dari covernya aja udah menarik. Aku membaca novel ini atas rekomendasi temen baikku. Dia bilang bagus banget, jadi kubaca. Dan dia bener. BAGUS BANGET! Ceritanya emang simpel, tentang cinta dan persahabatan, tapi inilah yang kusuka dari kak Winna. Dia bisa menyulap ide cerita apapun jadi sesuatu yang fresh dan menarik. Pantesan novel ini difilmkan (speaking of which, filmnya juga kece, loh! See my review here. Tapi jujur aja, aku tetap lebih suka novelnya).

Satu ciri khasnya kak Winna itu gaya bahasanya, yang dalem dan menyentuh. Sejak baca novel ini, aku jadi fans beratnya kak Winna. Aku lanjut baca semua novelnya: Ai, Remember When, Unforgettable, Truth or Dare, Draf 1, dan Melbourne: Rewind (emang belum semua sih, tapi on the way! ).

3. DRAF 1: TAKTIK MENULIS FIKSI PERTAMAMU

Draf 1

Ini novel Gagas Media yang pertama kali kubeli, dan juga buku nonfiksi dari Gagas Media yang pertama kali kubaca. Aku beli buku ini karna aku pengen banget jadi penulis. Pas banget, kan, buku ini tentang menulis, dan ditulis sama penulis favoritku, lagi! Jadilah aku langsung ke Gramedia dan membeli buku ini, terus langsung kubaca sampai habis hari itu juga. Isinya? Benar-benar bermanfaat! Aku jadi terinspirasi dan termotivasi untuk terus menulis. Doakan aku, ya!

4. LIFE TRAVELER

Life Traveler

Ini buku Gagas Media yang pertama kumiliki. Beda loh, sama yang di atas. Yang di atas kan, buku yang pertama kali kubeli. Kalau ini, buku yang pertama kali kumiliki (Iya, bukan beli sendiri. Ceceku yang kasih). Sayangnya, buku ini belum sempat kubaca. Tapi, aku yakin buku ini bagus, karna dari Gagas Media, ditulis kak Windy, terus tentang travelling, lagi (aku suka!). Semoga aku bisa segera membacanya (maklum, timbunan bukuku masih numpuk).

5. I FOR YOU

I FOR YOU

Satu lagi karya kak Ori yang menakjubkan. Novel ini novel Gagas pertama yang bikin aku nangis. Ceritanya emang simpel, romance-nya anak remaja, tapi berhasil kak Ori sulap jadi sesuatu yang unik. Menggunakan penyakit yang unik, dan menumbuhkan konflik yang rumit. Aku benar-benar suka! Terus karakter Benji dan Surya, so sweet banget! Dan Bulan yang hobi manah, aku suka!

6. MELBOURNE: REWIND

Melbourne

Satu lagi karya kak Winna yang bikin aku megap-megap. Aku suka keseluruhan novel ini. Mulai dari setting yang dipilih (aku suka Melbourne, karna ada di Aussie, aku mau kuliah ke sana, tapi sayangnya bukan Melbourne. Doain aja aku bisa mampir ke sana!), terus tokohnya, dan segala seluk beluk tentang mereka.

Cahaya dan musik, I always love them. Max dan Laura, tokoh utama novel ini, benar-benar loveableAnd somehow, mereka itu kayak gabungan dari aku. Suka cahaya, musik, terus pekerjaan Laura yang sama kayak pekerjaan impianku (penyiar radio, penulis, penerjemah, dll). Mereka juga suka nonton di bioskop, sama kayak aku. Tapi bedanya, aku nggak suka (benci banget, malahan) sama film slasher yang mereka cinta mati itu. Ah! Pokoknya novel ini kece banget deh! Desain layout dan covernya juga! Belum lagi post card-nya. Lovely!

Satu hal lagi yang spesial dari novel ini, novel ini salah satu hadiah sweet 17th-ku. Kado yang telat, sih. But still, a surprise. Jadi ceritanya, aku habis nonton bareng temen-temenku, terus jalan-jalan ke Gramedia. Novel Melbourne ini baru masuk ke Gramed kotaku, jadi ada satu temenku yang pengen beli. Aku juga pengen banget beli, udah kutunggu-tunggu dari kapan hari, cuma aku lagi krisis uang, jadi ya, aku tunda dulu, deh.

Ada satu lagi temenku, yang keliatannya tertarik sama novel ini. Dia nanya aku, bagus nggak, tentang apa, dll. Aku jelasin dengan semangat, sampai dia bingung kenapa aku nggak ikutan beli aja, jadi ya, kujelasin kendalanya. Akhirnya, temenku ini beli novel ini. Aku jadi bangga, merasa berbakat jadi sales novel.

Pas udah mau pulang, tiba-tiba temenku ini nyodorin novel ini ke aku. Rupanya, dia beli itu buat dikasih ke aku (so sweet, ya!). Aku entah udah terbang kemana pas nerimanya. Surprised banget! Apalagi ini kado yang telat, jadi unexpected banget. Makin spesial, deh!

7. PARIS: ALINE

Paris: Aline

Novel seri STPC pertama yang terbit dari Gagas, dan yang pertama kubaca juga. Ini juga novel kak Prisca Primasari yang pertama kali kubaca. Dari awal, aku udah tertarik sama novel ini (karna melirik testimoni #GagasAddict yang lain). Dan emang bener, novel ini BAGUS BANGET! Beda dari yang lain. Unik. Settingnya emang udah biasa, di Paris. Tapi kak Prisca bikinnya jadi lebih WOW. Dia pakai tempat-tempat yang jarang disebut. Belum lagi Sena yang OMG SO SWEET BANGET! Unik! Aku suka! Terus, yang nambah spesial, novel ini juga kado sweet 17th-ku dari adikku. So sweet, ya! Belum lagi desain layoutnya yang keren abis, terus covernya hijau, lagi!

8. TRUTH OR DARE

Truth Or Dare

Ini novel Gagas Duet yang pertama kali kubaca. Duetnya kak Winna dan Yoana Dianika, dua penulis favoritku. Novel ini hadiah dari Yes24. Jadi, ada sayembara resensi buku, ngeresensi buku yang ada di website Yes24. Yang menang boleh milih mau novel apa. Pertama kali ikut, aku langsung menang (yeah, lucky me!), dan aku milih novel ini. Novel ini nggak sesuai ekspektasiku, sih. Aku pikir bakal full of romance, tapi rupanya lebih ke friendshipBut still, really touching. Dan karna yang nulis 2 orang, jadi unik. Keliatan banget perbedaan gaya menulis mereka, dan aku suka dua-duanya!

9. THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER

Truth About Forever cover baru

Aku baca novel ini sebelum novelnya dicetak ulang, jadi yang kupunya ini cover lama. Karna aku termasuk fans kak Ori yang baru, jadi novel-novel lama kak Ori itu udah termasuk langka, susah banget nyarinya. Biasanya cuma ada di online shop, dan kebanyakan udah second. Karna tergila-gila sama karyanya kak Ori, aku jadi pengen koleksi semua karyanya, walaupun udah langka – termasuk novel ini. Setelah sekian lama nyari, akhirnya dapat juga, beli dari online shop di Facebook. Tapi, novel ini ada dalam satu paket, nggak bisa beli satu doang. Saking pengennya, akhirnya aku rela beli satu paket (yang isinya hampir semua buku yang nggak kukenal). Mahal sih, second lagi, tapi demi novel ini, aku beli juga.

Beberapa minggu setelahnya, ada kabar kalau novel ini repackaged. Seneng sih, tapi jadi sedikit nyesel. Udah susah-susah nyari yang lama, rupanya mau dicetak ulang. Tapi ya, apa boleh buat. Terus, pas udah dicetul, kak Ori ngadain giveaway berhadiah novel ini berTTD. Aku iseng-iseng ikut, dan MENANG! Ini pertama kalinya aku dapat novel berTTD, dari penulis favoritku lagi!

Jadinya, novelku yang ini double, cover lama dan cover baru. Keren sih, punya dua-duanya. Tapi karna ada satu temen baikku yang pengen punya novel ini juga, akhirnya aku kasih yang lama ke dia. Dan lucunya, ada beberapa kuis yang kumenangin dapat buku ini lagi (dua kali). Kayaknya novel ini suka banget sama aku. Dan aku bikin fan fiction novel ini buat kuis, dan menang. What a lucky charmSee my fan fiction here.

10. CINTA BRONTOSAURUS

Cinta Brontosaurus

Aku beli novel ini pas mau beliin kado buat temen. Temenku itu nggak sempet nonton filmnya, jadi kupikir, kasih novelnya aja. Aku udah nonton filmnya, dan jadi penasaran juga sama novelnya. Jadi, aku beli dua, deh – satu buat kado temen, satu buat aku. Ini novel komedi terbitan Gagas yang pertama kali kubaca, dan novel Gagas yang paling tipis dan paling murah juga. Kaget, awalnya, karna jarang banget novel dari Gagas setipis dan semurah ini. Rupanya, filmnya nggak sama persis (bahkan beda banget) dari novelnya, tapi aku tetap suka. Lucu. Aku jad ngefans sama kak Raditya Dika, deh.

All book’s covers are from Goodreads.

Sebenarnya, milih 10 buku dari Gagas itu susah. Semuanya bagus. Tapi, yang di atas ini. kupilih karna tingkat bagus, unik, dan penuh kenangannya. Kalau mau disebutin, semua novel Gagas termasuk pilihan. Apalagi novel-novelnya kak Ori dan kak Winna, duo penulis favoritku. Tapi, karna harus sepuluh, jadi ya, sudah.