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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Goldbergs (Adam F. Goldberg)


The plot revolves around the life of show creator, Adam Goldberg, who grew up in the 80's.


Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, Jeff Garlin, Patton Oswalt


❤️ I know this show has arrived way too late in Portugal, but it is my new favourite.
Starting with the Wonder Years connection, where Patton Oswalt takes on the role as narrator, a.k.a. adult version of Adam Goldberg. It just took me back to my childhood days. I used to love that show so much!
Afterwards, there are all the references that I remember as a kid (Family Ties, Alf, He-Man, The Goonies, the clothes, the music, and even the video camera - it was actually my dad's), but not in a nostalgic way; in a 'I had one of those too' or 'I liked that too' kind of way, but then I get to come back to the modern days.
The stories are funny and the actors are brilliant: you could not find a more over-the-top Wendi McLendon-Covey, expressive Sean Giambrone, ridiculous (in a good way) Troy Gentile, musical Hayley Orrantia, or funnier Jeff Garlin. And George Segal is the cherry on top as Pops. What a great combination!
Overall, it is very well-written and worth watching!

The Midnight Bell (Jack Higgins)


In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge.
In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the Prime Minister's private army, fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: 'you may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.'
Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake. Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed - and the midnight bell will toll.


I believe what everyone from Lawrence of Arabia on has said: There is no other desert in the world like the Sahara. So cold, so bitterly cold at night, so incredibly lonely, and yet tribesmen and their families still travel with their camels and donkeys from one place to another in a journey that never seems to end.

😐 This is a fast paced, tension-filled thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed until the end, then it all fell apart for me because I had built up expectations, and suddenly it felt like the author had reached his limit and was told to find an ending fast. All the suspense was gone!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Private Delhi (James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi)

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world's finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.
Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it is not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this is not just any house; this property belongs to the state government.

Quote: "Abused, bullied, neglected, sidelined. The people wanted him at last. He smiled."

😐 I found this to be a decent, quick-read thriller. I did not particularly care for any of the Private Delhi team; they were not as interesting as some of the other Private teams.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Directed by: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; Written by: Jeff Nathanson, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert)


Deadly ghost pirates led by the terrifying Captain Salazar escape from the Devil's Triangle determined to kill every pirate at sea... especially Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon.


Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley


❤️ I am a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series; therefore, I was looking forward to seeing this one. I must say that I absolutely loved it!
The plot is straightforward but still has a compelling human element, the acting is amazing, particularly Javier Bardem - I was not a big fan until now, he is superb!
The story is very funny, Jack Sparrow is his usual self, and the special effects are even better.
This was probably the only film from the series that made me cry (but only at the end, the rest of the movie is packed with action, I promise).
Although I must say that I missed Mackenzie Crook and his wandering eye.
Overall, the best Pirates of the Caribbean since the first one came out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice Work - If You Can Get It (Celia Imrie)

Tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the red carpets of Cannes, Bellevue-Sur-Mer seems like the perfect place for an enterprising band of inhabitants to open a restaurant. Happily exiled from demanding families, they have found peace and Provençal cooking in the cobbled streets and azure vistas of their new home. But all is not as rosy as it seems, for it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to sabotage their project.
Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing. Celebrities are flying in and luxury yachts are arriving. As the excitement spills over into Bellevue-Sur-Mer, the residents realise that they are embroiled in something much murkier than they could have imagined - and the race is on to get the restaurant open in time.

Quote: "I must admit I've started looking at things in a slightly different way. I mean, really, Mummy, you either have to laugh or cry. And I don't like crying, it plays havoc with my mascara."

😐 Maybe I did not enjoy this as much because I had not read Celia Imrie's previous book.
My favourite character was Jackie, since she was so funny, but to tell you the truth, she was the only one who made me laugh.
The French setting was nice and the plot had everything to be fun and entertaining but I did not care for any of the other characters, they were too annoying.
In terms of story, it only became interesting as I reached the last chapter.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Their Finest (Directed by: Lone Scherfig; Written by: Gaby Chiappe (based on the novel by Lissa Evans)

During the Blitz of World War II, Catrin Cole is recruited to write scripts for propaganda films. In the line of her new duties, Cole investigates the story of two young women who supposedly piloted a boat in the Dunkirk Evacuation. Although it proved a complete misapprehension, the story becomes the basis for a fictional film with some possible appeal. As Cole goes into writing the script with her new colleagues, veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard must accept that his days as a leading man are over. Together, they share a hope to contribute something meaningful in this time of war and in their own lives.

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory

😐 This is a beautiful period movie with some slight comic bits here and there, blended with heart touching sentimental scenes, and beautiful visuals.
As it starts moving towards the cliché of a Hollywood ending, the director decides to go the other way. Expect a major shocking twist.
In other movies, I would have applauded the director's choice; however, in this case, I feel that it has rendered the story pointless.
Overall, a good film to watch, but I would not see it again.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 13th, 2017

On May 13th, 2017, the Pope was in Portugal to canonise the two youngest shepherds who claimed to see the Virgin Mary 100 years ago, which turned Fatima into a world-famous pilgrimage site. Pope Francis was welcomed by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On the same day, Lisbon football team SLB (Sport Lisboa e Benfica) won the Portuguese championship for the fourth time in a row.
Later that day, Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time through the delightful voice of Salvador Sobral.
What an eventful and historic day!