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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bridesmaids (Jane Costello)

Evie is 27, a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist who has never been in love and has started to think that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at so many impending weddings fills her with utter trepidation.
When Jack starts becoming a regular fixture at the nuptials, however, things really start looking up.
Only between her discovery that he's been dating the stunning, self-obsessed Valentina, and an unfortunate incident with a 10-inch vibrator, not everything goes quite as Evie might have hoped...

It turns out that lovely, soft-spoken Charlotte - Charlotte who, ironically, never sees anything but good in people - can see nothing but bad in herself. And behind the shyness that I'd always assumed was just in her nature lies a self-esteem so low it defies gravity. Charlotte, it appears, doesn't like her milkmaid curves and gorgeous rosy cheeks. In fact, she despises them.
'I know I've never really said anything, but I have always felt like this... I was teased at school for the way I look, and although people don't say anything to my face any more, I know what everyone thinks about me.'

😐 When I picked up this book, I really thought I was going to read something hilarious (if not for the cover itself). However, most of the book was extremely boring and pointless, and the one-liners were not that funny.
But I did actually like Evie's mum, the scene with the vibrator, and the ending, where the story picked up pace (I just wished that had happened sooner).
Overall, this did not put me off Jane Costello books, since I have only read one so far, but I might wait a while before I read another one.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

All the Money in the World (Directed by Ridley Scott; Written by David Scarpa - based on the book by John Pearson)

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Timothy Hutton, Charlie Plummer, Charlie Shotwell

❤️ This film unfolds in a tense drama that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Michelle Williams is fantastic as a desperate mother willing to do anything to save her child, but having to fight Getty just as much as the kidnappers. Mark Wahlberg is also very good as the former secret agent. Christopher Plummer is outstanding as an old frail man who built an empire through ruthless negotiations and refuses to deviate from that even to save his own grandson. His misguided priorities are perfectly displayed by him claiming not to be able to afford the ransom and then spending millions on a new painting.
Ridley Scott blends the experiences of the 16-year-old hostage with the worry of his mother and the indifference of his grandfather beautifully.
The scenarios were also amazing, with everything that was going on back in the 70s, it just felt so real!
Overall, I recommend it!
'If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars'

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy, Martin Roach

😝 I am going to start with the good points: the cinematography was beautiful and very well done, good actors, great old movie clips and music, good costumes, and an extremely promising storyline (which is why I watched it in the first place).
Now, I found the whole story to be unbelievable, not to say plain stupid. To begin with, nothing in it made sense, and if that was not enough, can anyone explain to me what that ridiculous black and white dance routine was about? It felt completely out of place!
How come in the beginning the creature cannot be out of the water for too long or he will die, but later on he is completely comfortable sitting at the dinner table?
How did those two remain standing in the bathroom? The force of the water would have carried them out.
In the end, this creature is so weak that he must be released immediately into the water, but then, all of a sudden, he gets superhuman strength after some strange and inexplicable resurrection, and saves the day!
Seriously, the whole thing seemed more like Little Mermaid meets Beauty and the Beast. I cannot figure out why it is even nominated!
If you want fantasy world, save your money and turn to the Disney Channel - it is far more entertaining!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Post (Directed by Steven Spielberg; Written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer)

A U.S. cover-up pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, David Cross, Pat Healy

❤️ The performances of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are top-notch as usual and I loved the story behind this film (I also loved seeing how newspapers were made back then).
More than knowing the truth about the Vietnam War, I saw this as a film about free press - something that still needs to be discussed - without governmental interference.
Definitely worth watching!

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Congress of Rough Riders (John Boyne)

William Cody grows up surrounded by his father's tales of Buffalo Bill, to whom he is distantly related, and his fantasies of the Wild West.
Although he escapes his heritage by fleeing abroad and starting a new life for himself, he finds that he is always drawn back to England and to his ancestry.
When his father proposes that together they should recreate Buffalo Bill's stage show, 'The Congress of Rough Riders' for a contemporary audience, William refuses to have any part of it. When tragedy strikes, however, it is to his father that he must eventually return.

Sometimes people know how important they are to you and you don't have to keep showing it to them like that. I went home that night and felt as unhappy and miserable as before, but there was a difference now;
I knew my life had meaning and worth and there were people in it who added to it. And they didn't want to lose me either. And that mattered. It matters now.

❤️ I am not a big fan of westerns; however, I am a big fan of John Boyne, so I decided to give this book a go, and it did not disappoint.
I can understand why some people would have given up very early on as I almost did the same, but it does get better!
The story might be a little long, going back and forth between the past and the present, but one thing that I love about John Boyne is that he creates all these interesting storylines based on real historical characters. I loved that while taking this journey with Buffalo Bill, we also got to meet Annie Oakley, Oscar Wilde, and many others along the way.
I always feel that I learn so much more reading his books, although there is some fictional work in-between, but that is the fun of it. If you are in doubt, just look it up.
I recommend this book!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The 75th Golden Globe Awards

Hosted by Seth Meyers

Best Motion Picture - Drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Animated: Coco

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language: In The Fade (Germany/France)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: James Franco (The Disaster Artist)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Alice Janney (I, Tonya)

Best Director - Motion Picture: Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song - Motion Picture: This is me (The Greatest Showman)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture: The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Ewan McGregor (Fargo)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Aziz Ansari (Master of None)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Big Little Lies

Best Television Series - Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

When The Wind Blows (James Patterson)

Frannie O'Neill, a young and talented veterinarian whose husband was recently murdered, comes across an amazing discovery in the woods near her animal hospital.
Soon after, Kit Harrison, an unconventional FBI agent, arrives on Frannie's doorstep. And the trouble begins.
And then there is eleven-year-old Max - Frannie's amazing discovery - and one of the most unforgettable creations in thriller fiction.

He looked at me and his eyes were warm and sincere and, most of all, honest. I recognized the look, and suddenly I realized how much he liked me, and how much I cared about him already. A bolt of lightning had hit me, and I never, ever saw it coming. I never suspected, never would have guessed this could happen. It was kind of scary, but also unbelievably exciting and wonderful.

❤️ This is nothing like Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, or Women's Murder Club, it is perhaps closer to Jurassic Park, which made for a refreshing change.
Very enjoyable and entertaining!