#SeriesSunday: TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles (2010-2016)

Another week, another crime series for me to write. You’d know by now that I fancy crime and police-procedural series. A lot of them have been made since CSI, and plenty of them are so much better. Each of these series has their own specialty that made them unique to the genre. I’ll write about them more in the following weeks.

Rizzoli and Isles is in one of my top list, mainly because the main characters are both accomplished female at the top of their fields (Who-hoo! Girl power!) Set in Boston, Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) works together to solve various murders with Boston Police Department homicide squad.
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#Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

It’s been 7 years since the last release of Harry Potter book series and 5 years since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II was screened on cinemas. The fantasy stories written by British writer, J.K. Rowling, was so captivating that kids and young adults around the worlds were caught up in it. Back then every one I know who loves reading have read them, and since its first movie adaptations in 2001, I’ve been waiting in line year after year to watch it on the big screen.

Harry Potter was so phenomenal that after the stories ended with Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows novel in 2007 and the movie adaptations ended 2 years later, the magical world just keeps spinning. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park was built by Universal Studios in partnership with Warner Bros in 2010. Two other wizarding worlds were soon built in Japan and Hollywood. Several books were launched in companion with the series, such as The Hogwarts Library set, which also contain Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (currently adapted into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne). Pottermore website was launched in 2012. It contains Rowling’s thoughts, unpublished stories and notes, and also book chapters. It was an interactive website where user can enjoy an in-depth experience of Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Although, in 2015 the website went through a complete re-design and removed plenty of its amazing features. Such a pity.😦

Rumor has been around since last year that an eighth book of Harry Potter was to be released. As it turns out, the eighth story was created exclusively as a play by Jack Thorne. It was premiered in Palace Theatre, London on July 30th. On July 31st, Potterhead (a term used to describe Harry Potter fans) all around the world rejoiced as Harry Potter and The Cursed Child script book was released worldwide. Since it’s highly unlikely that the play will be brought to Indonesia, I guess the script book will have to do.🙂

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#SeriesSunday: ABC’s Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

In the world of crime-drama series, one of the most unusual and quirky was Pushing Daisies. I heard about this series around 2 years ago, but hadn’t got around to watch it until recently.

The series has one of the most unique premise I’ve ever heard. A Pie-maker, by the name of Ned (Lee Pace), has an ability to bring the dead back to life with his touch. One touch to bring back the dead, another to make them dead forever. He uses his power to help out a private investigator, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), solve various murder in the city of Coeur d’Coeurs in exchange for reward money. One day, his crime-solving job brings him to meet Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel), Ned’s childhood sweetheart who was murdered during a cruise ship she attended. Ned brings her back to life to ask about her murder, but he can’t bring himself to touch her the second time to keep her dead. He ended up bringing Chuck to his apartment where they now have to live together without ever touching each other to keep Chuck alive. The couple quickly fell back in love and things got interesting as more mysteries between them unraveled.

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#MovieMonday: (2004) Der Untergang or Downfall

I’m quite sure that you’ve seen the video above, or at least a version of it, maybe even translated into your own language. These parodies went viral a couple of years ago and it’s all uploaded from a Youtube account called Hitler Rants Parodies. The movies, from which this scene is taken, is called Der Untergang and it’s one of the best war movie ever made! So, on this week’s #MovieMonday, I’ll talk a bit about one of my favorite Hitler movie.

When it comes to movies, one of the theme that I like to watch is Nazi. It’s a really interesting subject for me since it explores humanism and human psyche under extreme duress. The events surrounding Nazi were also one of the most important moment in our history, which was told slightly differently depends on which movie you watch. I like war movies because they are usually very polished. It has plenty of characters involved, but it can’t lose the tiniest details that construct the feels and emotions of war. It’s really tricky and when it’s good, it left a mark on you and change how you perceive the world. Continue reading

#SeriesSunday: ABC’s Castle (2009-2016)

I wrote a review about Castle in 2013 when it was on its sixth season, and now that the show is finished (its last episode aired on May 2016) I decided to write a complete review on this week’s #SeriesSunday.

Castle tells the story of a crime-fiction novelist, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), who runs out of ideas for his novel series Derrick Storm, and decided to kill off the Storm character. When his writer’s block has reached its limit, he met with Katherine “Kate” Beckett (Stana Katic), a beautiful, energetic, bossy homicide detective with a distraught past. Castle, being a rich well-known man and also a friend of the mayor, struck a deal with NYPD so he can shadow Beckett in the name of research for his new novel series about the captivating female detective character. This deal agitates Beckett a lot, but there’s nothing she can do since the order came from the mayor himself. Continue reading

1358 days


Jogja was (and in some part I suppose still is) my destined city. I was born there and was supposedly lived there for about 2 years before my brain can produce working memories. But my family moved and I ended up growing up in Semarang, Central Java’s capital city, ~125 km north of Jogja. I’ve lived there for about 18 years, before going off to university in another city.

I was always a sucker for “living the dream” lifestyle. I wanted to be the person who pursue her dreams and essentially do whatever I want. I knew I won’t fit in an office where you just sit around blindly following whatever orders barked to you by your supervisors. That was one of the reason I chose to work in creative industry. So, when I got a call from Gameloft Indonesia, it was such an easy choice for me. Creative industry? Check. Working with games? Check. Where? Jogja? When can I start working?! Continue reading

#MovieMonday: (2013) Man of Steel

I watched Man of Steel about a week ago. I was never a fan to superhero movies, but my colleague had a spare ticket so I decided to tag along. The movie gave me a fresh perspective about Superman. To Superman fans, the story is not that different. They said it’s like watching the short version of Smallville. I was impressed since the first time I sat on my seat. I remember thinking, “We’ve come a very long way to make this kind of effects in a movie.” The first scene depicts Superman’s home planet, Krypton. The CGI was extraordinary. The creatures, environments, and all alien technologies were drawn beautifully. Continue reading