Hello there, I’m going to write about the best movie in the whole universe and parallel universe…….that I’ve ever watched. I like all genre of movies. I dig everything. Except musical movies, who the hell invented musical movies anyway? Well, however I have watched “The Sound of Music”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, and “High School Musical”, oops. Okay, without wasting any time, money, and electricity, here we go…..

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp_Fiction_cover Okay, may be you will think that it’s too mainstream when I put this in my first list. But honestly, who wont be petrified, terrified, stupefied by this movie. A story of two hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a couple of bandits intertwine in unpredictable scenes of violence and ludicrous occurrence inside a plot that moves in cycle endlessly which make this movie so epic and original. However, another thing that construct the basic foundation of this Tarantino’s movie is the presence of talking scene. Almost in every scene there is a long conversation. Mostly about nothing and has nothing to do with the story, but interesting. Also,the appearance of 70’s music in every different situation. And this is the memorable dance of Vincent and Mia backsounded by a catchy rock n roll song. The ‘fyi’ things about this movie is, in case you didn’t know yet, the Ezekiel verse that Samuel Jackson always read when he’s about to kill his victim doesn’t actually exist. Another one, every ‘situation’ happened when Vincent Vega went to the bathroom. Also, may be you wonder what’s in the case? Me too. But just let it slide, and be mystery.

2. The Machinist (2004)

MV5BMTkxMjc0Nzk3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDM5MTcyMQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_ This is the gloomiest movie I’ve ever seen. A movie about a man who felt guilty about what he has done and finally couldn’t distinguish between reality and illusion that finally lead him into paranoid hallucination and horror. The thing I like from this movie is the color of picture and cinematography. Everything looks bluish gray, slashed with shades of red, the classy red car he used to have. Saturated colors and high tension editing gives psychic paranoia scene. The back-sound emphasize it all. Also, you couldn’t just let go of what Christian Bale’s did on his body. He reduce weight about 28 kg and weight only about 54 kg. If he was any tinier, he wouldn’t exist. Damn, even my weight is lighter than him.

3. Clerks (1994)

Clerks_movie_poster;_Just_because_they_serve_you_---_  1994 is the year of astonishing and epic film. Name it; Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, Dumb and Dumber, …..did I miss something?. 1999 is the second best, or 1979, or 1984, your call. Clerks, a black and white movie of 23 year old Kevin Smith who turn every volatile soul involving self esteem, responsibility, and behavior upside down. I have no idea why did he make it black and white though. Anyway, the way story goes is just flawless. Every dialog and conversation run smoothly. Most of all, Randall taught you how to live this life so damn well. And you know, the whole movie just happen in one day. Oh and you must not miss the sequel of this movie too, Clerks 2.

4. The Good The Bad The Ugly (1966)

the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly An epic movie starred by Clint Eastwood depicting the situation and struggle to live in the west back then. A story of three bounty hunter who necessarily have to rely on each other because of peculiar circumstances that become classic virtually definitive “spaghetti western”.  Segio Leone, the director, claimed, “The real West was the world of violence, fear, and brutal instincts,” . “In pursuit of profit there is no such thing as good and evil, generosity or deviousness; everything depends on chance, and not the best wins but the luckiest.” However, one not-so-good thing about this movie, there is not much girl appears.

5. Fight Club (1999)

MV5BMjIwNTYzMzE1M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTE5Mzg3OA@@._V1_SX214_AL_I can’t write much about this movie. I’ll just leave one of the quotes here.

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”

It’s 3.32 a.m now. I’m tired. I’ll continue my list sometime. Feel free to give advices and suggestions. To be continued…

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Needless to say that street art, graffiti, or whatever it’s called, for most of people has been considered social distortion. Drawings and scratches in either public or private properties of random letters, swearing words, or gang tags is a rebellious act against social culture, the betrayal of life harmony. This social phenomenon is widely known as vandalism.

Vandalism is act of destructing or violating others properties without any permission. It can be breaking street lamp or spraying tag on the walls. In fact, there is a fine line between vandalism and street art. Yet, the differences go blur since art definition gone wider and have contextual meaning. However, vandalism and street art are the integral part of modern popular culture. One can measure some specific things about civilization in a particular city through street art. Somehow, culture can be legitimized by art achievements. Nietzsche writes: “I {also} know what it means: fighting against culture”. After quoting him, Klossowski writes: “The criminal fight against culture is only the reverse side of a criminal culture”.

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Pict 1. Vandalism in a building with spray can

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Pict 2. Vandalism by breaking lamp

Shockingly, the world of art turns upside down when a street artist from England, known as Banksy, comes out. This British street artist, generally recognized for his creative ideas and satirical critics, blow every people’s mind about the idea of art, street art, vandalism, and all stereotypes attached to it.

Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist , political activist, film director, and painter known for his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. His works not only renowned for satirical figure, but also for his philosophical thought written there. Diehl, a senior critic at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, said that, “The only critical attention has been in the negative and not in depth. It hasn’t gone into his philosophy, why he’s doing what he’s doing, what he believes,”. Not all of Banksy’s works only depict pictures, some of them are followed by quotes, satirical quotes of course. Diehl added, ” I was really interested in people who would risk their lives for their art. It’s huge. Not many gallery artists are willing to endanger themselves for their art, and Banksy is actually part visual artist, part parkour. How he does what he does, where he does is pretty amazing,”. On the contrary, Jerry Saltz, famed art critic for New York Magazine, opined that Banksy is a repetitive thinker.

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Pict 3,4, and 5. Banksy’s works contain quotes.

Anyhow, Banks gradually became international star as he ‘bombed’ some walls around the land of conflict, Israel, on 2005. People don’t know his face, but will be familiar with his graffiti. Banksy, the invisible man of street art, has bombed England, New York, Vienna, San Francisco, Los Angeles and countless other cities internationally with his work. In 2010, he made it on Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. Moreover, the documentary he was featured in, Exit Through A Gift Shop, was nominated for an Academy Award.

He became the most famous commercial street artist and probably the richest street artist as the exhibition he held attract many collectors including the work that was sold on27 April 2007, a new record high for the sale of Banksy’s work set with the auction of the work Space Girl & Bird fetching £288,000 (US$576,000) around 20 times the estimate at Bonhams of London.

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Pict 6. The famous artwork of Banksy, Wall and Piece

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Pict 7. Naked Man image by Banksy, on the wall of a sexual health clinic in Park Street, Bristol . Following popular support, the City Council has decided it will be allowed to remain.

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Pict 8. Banksy’s work in Israel.

By his works spread around the globe, it’s become even more vague to explain, elaborate, and judge whether that kind of act of spoiling public property is considered as destructing or constructing. Basically, street art has nothing to do to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own way. It’s one of the way to raise awareness of social and political issues. However, research by US sociologists who survey this kind of thing shows that some 85 per cent of graffiti is just tags, and another 10 per cent is gang communication. This is the situation that makes street art becomes a topical issue whether it is crime or art.

Street artists may be charged with vandalism, malicious mischief, intentional destruction of property, criminal trespass, or antisocial behavior. On the other hand, some street artists have transformed from ‘street artist’ into mainstream and commercial artists. There is a huge irony in the juxtaposition of this scope. The term of vandalism has reached new level of duality. Hence, by the emergence of street artist like Banksy, it can be said that street arts finally find its way.

References:

http://beautifuldecay.com/2013/10/22/famed-art-critic-jerry-saltzs-doesnt-think-much-banksy/

http://www.dailytitan.com/2014/02/art-critic-to-lecture-on-banksy-street-art/

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/graffiti-street-art-ndash-or-crime-868736.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4748063.stm

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-story-behind-banksy-4310304/?no-ist=&page=3

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksy

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_art

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandalism

Take all your big plans and throw them away
I’ve got something in mind before we go separate ways

its a brand new day, very new day

Khotbah Jumat kemarin ada cerita yang menarik sekaligus menohok. Alkisah pada jaman dulu ada seorang menteri setia dan bijak di sebuah kerajaan. Dia selalu berada di samping raja kemanapun dan kapanpun raja pergi. Menteri itu selalu mengucapkan ‘mungkin ini yang terbaik’ ketika dia atau rajanya mendapatkan masalah. Pada suatu ketika, sang raja mendapatkan kecelakaan yang menyebabkan salah satu jarinya putus. Sang menteri sekali lagi berucap ‘mungkin ini yang terbaik’. Karena sang raja waktu itu sedang kesal karena jarinya hilang, sang raja tambah marah saat sang menteri berkata demikian. Sang menteri pun akhirnya di penjara. Dan sekali lagi, sang menteri berucap ‘mungkin ini yang terbaik’ ketika ia di masukkan ke sel tahanan. Hingga pada suatu hari, saat sang raja sedang berburu bersama para pengawalnya, sang raja terlalu bersemangat dan memacu kudanya terlalu kencang yang menyebabkan pengawalnya tertinggal dan sang raja pun tersesat di hutan. Sang raja ditangkap oleh sekelompok kaum penyembah berhala. Ia pun akan di jadikan
tumbal persembahan.
Namun ada satu hal yang masih membuat sang raja bertanya tanya mengapa ketika sang menteri di penjara ia malah berkata ‘mungkin ini yang terbaik’. Sang menteri pun menjawab, ‘kalau saja sang raja tidak memenjarakan hamba, maka hamba pasti sudah dijadikan persembahan karena hamba mengikuti kemanapun sang raja pergi dan hamba tak punya cacat sedikitpun’. Intinya kurang lebih kita harus selalu positive
thinking in every moment of our life no matter what no matter how.

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