Archive for September, 2008

Creative People: Joko Anwar

Posted in Creativity & Innovation, Random Notes with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by Primo

You guys must be wondering, “Who’s that guy?”. You might be unfamiliar with his face, but not his works I bet.

Joko Anwar.

Joko, or Bang Joko is one of Indonesian most creative filmmaker. He’s a director, scriptwriter, and also cameo-specialist on some movies. For me, he’s my idol, my favorite filmmaker, my mentor (even he doesn’t remember me, I guess). Yeah, I knew him when I was in high school, when I tried to invite him for some school events. Okay, BTT.

At first, he was a journalist for The Jakarta Post. But his passion for movie was so big and he met Teh Nia (Nia diNata, movie director and producer) who then asked him to join her in Kalyana Shira Films, Teh Nia’s production house, as a scriptwriter.

What I like about him is he always create an edgy concept on his works.

Arisan! was his first screenplay. I really love this one cause it exposed issues which are still labeled as “taboo” at that time; homosexual, adultery, infertility, high society life, and so on. But the interesting part is he made that big issues into satire-comedy, and it was fun to watch!

Later, on 2004 he made a mockumentary (fictional documentary) about beauty pageant titled Ajang Ajeng. It was aired on MTV Indonesia. Bang Joko created the fictional beauty pageant and captured all the things happened before the show, especially the relationship among contestants. Once again, it was satire. He tried to satirized the blossoming of reality show craze which started from that year.

His big screen directorial debut, Janji Joni, is a movie about movie reel delivery boy. No one noticed that job, but Bang Joko did. He created the movie with witty and satirical ambiance (again). He mixed up every surreal things that exist on this earth onto that movie. It will become a cult classic on Indonesian movie history.

His another remarkable work is Kala. It is Indonesian first noir movie. Noir is a movie genre which usually describes crime drama on 40s-50s Hollywood era with a black-and-white or silhouette-esque pictures. He created a twist on Kala’s noir style; he mixed the western style with Indonesian urban legend. It tells story about a journalist who accidentally involved into nation’s biggest conspiracy about first president’s treasures. Interesting, huh? No wonder, Kala bags many awards from local to international film festival.

Now he’s working on his third movie, an adaptation from Sekar Ayu Asmara’s novel titled Pintu Terlarang.

Oh! I learned from Bang Joko that education background isn’t a label that make you work stick on your background. FYI, he was graduated from ITB, aeronautical engineering. And now he works as a filmmaker. It motivates me to also work on movie industry; even I’m not an art student.

Joko Anwar’s Filmography:

Pintu Terlarang (Director) – 2009
Fiksi (Writer) – 2008
Quickie Express (Writer) – 2007
Kala (Director/Writer) – 2007
Jakarta Undercover (Writer) – 2006
Janji Joni (Director/Writer) – 2005
Ajang Ajeng (Director/Writer) – 2004
Arisan! (Writer) – 2003

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I’d Rather Be With You

Posted in Personal Life on September 20, 2008 by Primo

I just found this song by Joshua Radin this morning. It’s called “I’d Rather Be With You”. Nice song!

Sitting here, on this lonely dock
Watch the rain play on the ocean top
All the things I feel I need to say
I can’t explain in any other way

I need to be bold
Need to jump in the cold water
Need to grow older with a girl like you
Finally see you are naturally
The one to make it so easy
When you show me the truth
Yeah, I’d rather be with you
Say you want the same thing too

Now here’s the sun, come to dry the rain
Warm my shoulders and relieve my pain
You’re the one thing that I’m
missing here
With you beside me I no longer fear

I need to be bold
Need to jump in the cold water
Need to grow older with a girl like you
Finally see you are naturally
The one to make it so easy
When you show me the truth
Yeah, I’d rather be with you
Say you want the same thing too

I could have saved so much time for us
Had I seen the way to get to where I am today
You waited on me for so long
So now, listen to me say:

I need to be bold
Need to jump in the cold water
Need to grow older with a girl like you
Finally see you are naturally
The one to make it so easy
When you show me the truth
Yeah, I’d rather be with you
Say you want the same thing too
Say you feel the way I do

Dedicated to ABC. “Say you want the same thing too. Say you feel the way I do.”

Unhappy

Posted in Personal Life with tags on September 20, 2008 by Primo

Fool me. I can’t make ABC happy.

We went out this evening, just the two of us. But there wasn’t any laughter. It was all plain. ABC was tired at that moment actually. Maybe that’s the reason why.

But I feel something else. It wasn’t just because “tired” reason, I guess. Was it me? The one who makes ABC unhappy.

5:00 PM

Posted in Personal Life on September 19, 2008 by Primo

I’m so nervous.

God, give me some clues. Pleaseee.

Happy Birthday, Ibu

Posted in Personal Life on September 18, 2008 by Primo

It’s September 18. Ibu’s birthday.

Dear, Ibu. Lot things I wanna say to you actually. But I didn’t say any words on my birthday phone call this morning instead of “happy birthday”. So, let me say it here, on pages that you’ll never read, but I know you know that I do care about you and always pray for you.

Dear Ibu. I’m wishing you a good life. So we can share laugh all the time just like we always do. I’m wishing you a good life. So there’ll no more tears. For you and for me. For us. I’m wishing you a good life. Like the one we always dreaming of. The one which will makes you happy.

Thanks Ibu. For teaching me a priceless lesson called life and love. Thanks Ibu. For being such a great bestfriend. Thanks Ibu. For being Supermom, or Superibu perhaps?

Sorry Ibu. I can’t give you best gift. Sorry Ibu. I only give you disappointment in our tearful and laughful life. Sorry Ibu. I can’t be that son you wanted me to be.

But I do really love you. And you’ll always be on my prayer, even though I don’t pray often.

Happy birthday, Superibu!

Text

Posted in Personal Life with tags , , on September 17, 2008 by Primo

I did something weird last night. I texted my special someone (let’s call that person as ABC),  but I didn’t have anything to say. I just wanted to text that person.

“ABC, ganggu nggak gw?”
“Hah? Maksudnya apa?”
“Ya nggak, kalo gw SMS lo sekarang, ganggu nggak? Kan elo katanya mau ngerjain tugas..”
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Then, ABC did not reply. LOL

Numbers

Posted in Random Notes with tags on September 15, 2008 by Primo

Ah, last night I was struggling with corporate finance assignment (again and again..) and I just realized that I never have the passion for numbers. What so interesting about numbers? You can’t even read them!!!