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❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

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!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Demain tout commence (Hugo Gélin)

Samuel parties hard in France and is awoken one morning by a woman carrying a baby she claims is his. She drives off leaving him with a wailing infant; he gives chase to London where he finds work and raises Gloria by himself.

Starring: Omar Sy, Clémence Poésy, Antoine Bertrand, Ashley Walters, Gloria Colston, Anna Cottis

❤️ I like the story, I like the conundrum, and I like the fact that it touched my emotions.
It is kind of a heartbreaking dilemma, which I believe to have been portrayed quite realistically.
The cast was also amazing!
I have been a fan of Omar Sy since I saw him on 'Intouchables' and he has not disappointed me since.
What can I say? Worth seeing!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Funny Girl (Nick Hornby)

Five minutes after being crowned Miss Blackpool 1964, Barbara Parker has ditched the tiara and is off to London to make her fortune. A chance encounter, a shrewd change of name and one audition later sees Sophie Straw with her own BBC comedy series.
Sophie works with a team of producers, writers, and actors all vying to make this funny girl even funnier, and the nation loves her. This is the Swinging Sixties: freedom and creativity are booming in London.
But everything is changing and nothing lasts for ever. Sophie and her colleagues are in the limelight but how long can they stay on top?

Quote: "It was such a joyful world that Tony worried for a moment whether he and Bill had gone soft, but these characters had real problems, and they spoke in real sentences, so it wasn't that. It was the form itself, with its promise of next week, another episode, another series; it couldn't help but offer hope, to its characters and to everyone who identified with them."

😐 I did not love this story, but I did not hate it either. I have read funnier books by Nick Hornby, and this was not as funny as I expected it to be.
The main character Sophie (formerly Barbara) does not seem to be very interesting, or else I would have enjoyed this a little bit more.
Most of the other characters - while likeable - are very similar. Dennis, Tony, and Bill almost seemed like the same person at times and I found it difficult to keep track of who was who during conversations. They were a little flat. Clive was probably the most interesting one, Bill was interesting too, but his world was not explored, only touched on slightly.
I enjoyed it when fiction characters mingled with real ones from those days, but I would have liked to read more about what their situations were like in the 60s. A little more background would have been nice.
My favourite part was the last chapter, where they grow old and come to terms with how much things have changed. It makes you realise that you should not take anything for granted because you might lose it someday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Fate of the Furious (Directed by: F. Gary Gray; Written by: Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson)

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood

❤️ I thought that 'Fast and Furious 7' was the perfect ending to the series; therefore, 'The Fate of the Furious' had to be a huge mistake. Boy, was I wrong!
It is filled with lots of action, cars (obviously), plot twists, and basically, fun!
Just when I thought that they could not surprise me any more, they deliver this movie!
Amazing cast, story, and special effects. Some scenes really blew my mind!
Hilarious and action-filled throughout.
How will they be able to top this?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Hide and Seek (James Patterson)

This is a trial that has electrified the world. Not only because the defendant is Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs have captured hearts across the globe. And not only because the victim is Will Shepherd, the internationally admired athlete. But also because people are saying that Maggie has murdered not just one husband, but two.
In Maggie's world - the world of fame and celebrity - things are never what they seem.

Quote: "I used to daydream all the time about stuff like this happening. Everybody does. So this had to be a crazy daydream, didn't it?"

My thoughts on this book: It was OK. The main problem was that the first 2/3 of the story were a woman telling us all about her life, particularly her love life. This was pretty boring as I do not read James Patterson for a woman's description of her beautiful wedding or how each new guy in her life made her feel so special. The ending is more classic Patterson with some good action, mystery, and twists.
Not one of his more exciting books, but the ending will probably make you forget how boring the beginning was.

Going in Style (Directed by: Zach Braff; Written by: Theodore Melfi and Edward Cannon)

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Starring: Joey King, Morgan Freeman, Ann-Margret, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon, John Ortiz, Josh Pais

Why I loved this film: What a fun movie! It had the cinema crowd laughing out loud all the way through, an unexpected ending, and a real-life situation. What more could you want?
I definitely recommend it for a fun afternoon/evening!