Fidhia Kemala

A lifelong learner, compulsive thinker. Managing to log indescribable thoughts and emotions that evoke from films.

Favorite films

  • A Separation
  • Chungking Express
  • Poetry
  • The Rider

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  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Midnight Mass

    ★★★

  • CODA

    ★★½

  • Rose Plays Julie

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Dune favors the same hero complex issue like the common interstellar sci-fi films where the faith of its narrative heavily relies on The Messiah or The Chosen One prophecy.

    But the story evolves in a different direction unlike the other empire sci-fi saga. It travels in its own galactic that perks up with thick flavors of medieval politics and supernatural power that have distinctive ethics and moral values.

    Yet it starkly addresses the modern environmental crisis and energy affair from…

  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★

    Instead of busy incorporating conventional horror elements, like jump scare, ominous score, or gruesome creature imagery, Mike Flanagan's horror genre more focus on deriving suspense and dread from the painstakingly written narrative.

    The premise of Midnight Mass has many lures that could make you gone astray, entrapped in a consuming tale of religious fanaticism. It's an allegory about hope that takes place in an isolated and dying island inside a community that has been grappling with an economic (and moral)…

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  • Ave Maryam

    Ave Maryam

    ★★

    One huge problem with Ave Maryam is the film urges to intrigue emotional catharsis, but all the sweet locked, well-composed imageries left me behind to feel nothing. Maybe, I'm just dead inside.

  • Cemara's Family

    Cemara's Family

    ★★★

    Narasi kemiskinan, terutama di film-film Indonesia, kerap menjadi bahan obralan yang digunakan untuk memanipulasi emosi penonton. Bukannya menuai simpati, eksploitasi kesedihan secara besar-besaran malah merenggut kepercayaan penonton untuk kembali ke bioskop menikmati film buatan negri sendiri.

    Film Keluarga Cemara mengolah bahan yang rentan menjadi senjata makan tuan tersebut dengan apik dan sebagaimana mestinya. Nilai kesyukuran dan kolektivitas keluarga, nilai yang mungkin dianggap usang oleh sineas-sineas new wave, dalam film ini disampaikan dengan begitu substil dan mengena. Berulang kali saya berurai…