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Monday, May 14, 2018

Le retour du héros (Laurent Tirard)

France, 1809. Captain Neuville is called to the front leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up, but it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant

❤️ Fresh, funny, and entertaining with a couple of twists. The acting is also very good.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oh Dear Silvia (Dawn French)

Silvia Shute lies in a hospital bed, unconscious and unaware. Gathered by her side are family and friends, each thinking they know the real Silvia. The true Silvia. But do they really? For Silvia, who pushed them all away at the end, is hiding a secret. One that they would all love to know. And as her visitors gather, the truth is slowly revealed.

I sort of understand something now, I've been thinking about it all night sitting here next to you. I realize that, in our marriage, we were both in different marriages really, I think. We were a bit like bacon and eggs, where y'know, the chicken is involved, but the pig is really committed?

❤️ I have always been a big fan of Dan French and this book did not disappoint me. It made me laugh, cry, feel anger, and sorrow. It took me some time to like the characters, but I soon realised that they all had very important reasons for being there, and it began to make sense.
Dawn French has a knack for drawing you into the story one character at a time and when it is finally over you feel sympathy for most involved (even for Silvia, who did nothing but lie there).
I am not one to read books written in the form of a diary, but this one had me glued all way through.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Les dents, pipi et au lit (Emmanuel Gilbert)

Antoine, a bachelor party animal, has new roommates: Jeanne and her two children.

Starring: Arnaud Ducret, Louise Bourgoin, Timéo Bolland, Saskia de Melo Dillais, Laurent Ferraro, Michaël Cohen, Colette Kraffe, Hervé Masquelier, Roby Schinasi, Joana Preiss, Robert Plagnol

❤️ What can I say? A laugh-out-loud film from beginning to end.
I was not familiar with Arnaud Ducret's work, but now I am a fan! He is a great actor, funny, and makes it all seem effortless.
The plot was hilarious and the rest of the cast was amazing (including the two kids).
Overall, a well-spent time; however, you should not bring young kids to watch this movie as some scenes are too graphic for little children.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Break no Bones (Kathy Reichs)

A decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off a lonely beach...
The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh, and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue - it's a recent burial, and a case forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan must take.
Dental remains and skeletal gender and race indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged white male - but who was he? Why was he buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual fracture of the sixth cervical vertebra signify?
But just as Brennan is trying to piece together the evidence, another body is discovered - and before long Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire view of humanity.

Whatever the outcome, I am among the lucky. I have people in my life. People who love me.

😐 I am not a huge Bones fan, but I was offered this book, so I decided to give it a go. To be honest, it bored me (not that far from the TV show).
The story was engaging and it moved at a good pace, not to mention the fact that the characters were well-represented.
However, there were too many details that I did not care for, Tempe's relationship with Ryan and Pete became too distracting for the plot, and there were too many pointless references to Boyd (I love dogs but enough is enough).
The ending also seemed rushed, I was hoping for a little more action.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci)

In early 1953 Moscow, the ever-watchful Soviet leader, Joseph Stalin, collapses unexpectedly of a brain haemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered in the following morning, panic spreads in the senior members of the Council of Ministers, as they scramble to maintain order and take power. But no one is safe in the middle of tireless plots. Not even the feared chief of the secret police.

Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Tom Brooke, Paddy Considine, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs

❤️ What makes this film special is its outstanding ensemble of actors. Performers of this calibre could bring even the dullest script to life, but in this case, they have excellent material to work with.
The Death Of Stalin is funny, often gut-wrenching, but overall well done - just the way I like it!

Game Night (Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein; Written by Mark Perez)

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons

❤️ This hilarious comedy has a sharp script, clever direction, and an excellent cast.
It was the first time I saw Lamorne Morris in something other than New Girl and I loved it. The guy is funny anywhere!
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams have great chemistry and are very funny together.
The plot was also great. It kept you guessing (and laughing) all the way through.
Overall, if you are looking for a good time filled with many laughs, then go and see it.

Monday, April 23, 2018

'Closer' is out on May 18th!

They are Nowhere To Be Found, but Tiago Duarte, João Quintais, Miguel Rodrigues, and Manel Gomes can actually be found on May 18th, when their brand new single comes out.
The Portuguese band are releasing 'Closer', which was produced by Henrik Udd (Architects and Bring Me The Horizon), recorded at WRecords Studios, and mastered by Ted Jensen (The Eagles, Green Day, and Norah Jones) at the legendary Sterling Sound Studios, in New York.

The video for 'Closer' was directed by Manuel Casanova and produced by Wilson Silva and Nuno Chanoca.

Don't miss Nowhere To Be Found and their brand new single 'Closer', which is out on May 18th!