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Night Watch: October – mid November ‘19

I think I’m going to summarize everything I watched into a new little series on this blog. I’ve decided to call it ‘Night Watch’ because… well, I mostly watch it at night after work, either on my commute or before I went to bed. I’ve been struggling to make the embed video looks right, but I gave up and change it with photos from the internet, but I’ll link the trailer below. So, what did I watch this month? Here it is, not in particular order.

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates

via TheVerge.com

I haven’t watched a lot of documentaries, but I definitely waited for this one. This was a three-part documentaries about his work with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with flashbacks and interviews with his close circle. But in terms of ‘decoding’ him, I don’t think we got that much from this documentary. 

In the first episode, they focused on sanitary problems. The foundation is working on providing hygienic toilet access and clean water for third world countries. It really gave a whole new perspective to see what those people have to deal with on a daily basis. In one scene, he gleefully took a gulp of water, the end product of a waste processing machine made to process human waste. Yikes. The second episode was about their work on eliminating polio. And the final episode was about their search for clean energy; nuclear. Apparently they have prepared for everything and ready to work with China, but they have to stop because of Trump’s policy. They’re looking for alternatives which presumably will cost a lot higher. 

I don’t really know how he was back then. Being a billionaire at such a young age, I think one would be so arrogant and quick-tempered. And maybe he was. In the last episode, I think he sounds a bit smug claiming that their nuclear power plant would be so efficient and safe that the only thing to be afraid of is if it stops working and can’t provide energy anymore. But then again he’s an engineer. He must have done all the calculation to confidently say that. I admire his positive energy and optimism. Also, he reads a lot, he inspired me to be a better reader. I also like the animation for the flashback scenes. It reminded me of the animation style in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse

via CinemaBlend.com

I waited since February to see Cody Fern as Michael Langdon in this one. After I saw that photos of him on the Golden Globes red carpet I just have to see more of him. So, his role as the Antichrist skyrocketed his name and now he’s in the Ryan Murphy Universe. And oh boy, wasn’t he good and incredibly cute in this one. Apocalypse is the 8th season of this anthology series and before this, I only saw a few episodes of Freak Show, so it was a bit confusing to me. Especially because there were crossovers while the actors play multiple roles, so the wardrobe and makeup were pretty important. So now I guess I have to wait another year until AHS: 1984 will be available on Netflix, no?

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Joker

via NME.com

It was intense. I really don’t think I can write more. I did a review for work and you can read it here if you’d like. Joaquin Phoenix really did his best and his acting and the music score is the real MVP of the movie, I think.

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Wounds

via DigitalSpy.com

I looove Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson. So other than rumors about them being in Call Me By Your Name sequel, I was pretty excited to see them together playing a couple in this one. But I don’t like this movie. Maybe I just fail to understand the message. Maybe I’m just too distracted when watching it because I was so hungry. Maybe it’s gonna be a lot better as series. Either way, I shrug when the movie ended and move on with my life. Will I watch it again to understand it better? No.

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Perempuan Tanah Jahanam

Joko Anwar’s latest work is a horror movie set in a remote village. This movie doesn’t rely on jumpscares to actually make us feel scared. And the main plot was actually a family drama. And I think the story was delivered so well. Bravo!

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Chernobyl

via WashingtonPost.com

I’ve been wanting to watch this one but always miss the episode whenever they’re playing on HBO. But then… I just realized… that I can actually access HBO Go using my cable subscription. I swear, I tried to access it and failed before, but doesn’t matter… I just wasted my time downloading illegal episodes of Game of Thrones instead of just watch it on HBO Go, but who doesn’t right?

Anyway… I kind of stalling because I knew this series was pretty heavy, given the subject matter was based on a true story.  Then nuclear was mentioned in that Bill Gates documentary and so I focused on finishing this series. There are only 5 episodes and from what I heard from the podcast, it was mostly accurate.

First of all, the cast was brilliant. I love Stellan Skarsgard and the development of Scherbina’s character. I felt so bad for Legasov and how he probably couldn’t live with himself even after he decided not to lie at the court. Khomyuk was a fictional character but based on real people nonetheless. Oh! And I recognized the actor playing Gorbachev, he was in a flashback scene in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. At the end of every episode, I mainly stare in shock, muttering ‘What the heck?’ to myself. Except for episode 4. I bawled my eyes, crying on that fine weekend because they have to do ‘animal control’ and basically kill every animal left. Oh, my heart…

It won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series and it deserved all the recognition! I also listened to The Chernobyl Podcast, mainly because it’s featured on Spotify and because that afternoon I just don’t know what I want to listen to. I finished it last night on the way home. The host discussed the episode with the series creator and fact-checking a lot of stuff. Of all the trivia, some are horrible and some are quite insightful. For instance, I found out that the actor playing Fomin was Adrian Rawlins who played James Potter. I felt like I’ve seen him before, but I can’t think of any title.

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The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

via TechCrunch.com

I wrote about this Theranos scandal when the news broke in March. And I’ve completely forgotten that it was HBO that made this and found it when browsing their documentary section. 

So, there’s this young woman, a dropout from Stanford who started a startup called Theranos at 19 years old. She was projected to be the next Steve Job. Their company is working on a device called Edison, build to be able to do a lot of tests using only a very little amount of blood. Short story short, the machine’s still not working and yet, Elizabeth was denial about it. Maybe she’s just trying to ‘fake it until you make it’, but it’s getting really disturbing when they made a deal with Walgreens and let the public do the test, claiming to do it on Edison, when in fact the blood drawn was tested in a regular lab.

The thing is I kind of believe that Elizabeth has this incredible mission with Edison. But then it gets obscured among the lies. And she doesn’t take criticism well. When people tell her that it’s technically impossible, instead of improving, she would ditch that person and find another. And the investors are some of America’s well-known multimillionaires. I haven’t caught up on the news of the trial though, but I’m still really curious about her voice and clothes. She claimed to be wearing turtlenecks since childhood. I mean, come on.

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Three Identical Strangers

via lwlies.com

I saw the trailer browsing YouTube one afternoon, and hey it was on HBO Go. Twins are always fascinating to me. But this story is insane. These triplets met for the first time at 19. It was not only surprising for them, but also for their adoptive parents. The separations were part of the study to track the development of genetically identical siblings raised in different families and circumstances. They were trying to study “nature versus nurture” on these triplets, possibly on many other twins as well. The result of the studies was never published and these triplets struggled with mental health issues for years until one of them had enough. It’s heartbreaking when one of them said in the interview that they’re basically lab rat. 

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Charlie’s Angels

via IMDb.com

Here’s the thing, I love Kristen Stewart. She’s still making movies but more to the indie/festival kind, which mostly not being released in Indonesia. So, I am so excited to see her on the big screen again as Sabina, one of the angels in the new Charlie’s Angels. Aaah. The film was okay, but it has a lot of potential for sequels, I think. I just… I just love her so much. Okay, thanks for coming to my TED talk.

Ughhhh! via IMDb.com

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So yeah, that’s October – mid November 2019 of Night Watch. Hehehe. What movies or series do you watch lately?

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