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Friday, July 06, 2018

Hotel Artemis (Drew Pearce)

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista

😝 I do not think I have ever seen such a waste of talent. I went to see this film because of the cast of strong actors; however, the writing was just too weak.
The whole plot rests on Sterling K. Brown's shoulders, but he has no support and his character is poorly written. The same goes for Jodi Foster, wasting yet another talent.
What a waste of time, money, and effort!

The Time of our Lives (Jane Costello)

Imogen is not used to luxury holidays. She is used to juggling the pressures of her job while raising a four-year-old and trying to keep on smiling even when things are not easy. So, when her friend Meredith wins a VIP trip to Barcelona's newest hotel, it is her big chance to finally relax in style.
But, as Imogen already knows, life has a way of throwing a curve ball. Before they have even set foot on the plane, things are not going to plan.
The big question is: what is really motivating the mysterious mas who is always in the right place at the wrong time?

It's been a strange holiday. And not just because I've broken my arm, been mugged, thrown out of a VIP party (almost), lumbered with a black eye - oh, and lost my job after one of the worst appearances on national radio in broadcasting history.

❤️ I take back all I said regarding the first book I read by Jane Costello.
This is the real deal, a book where you cannot help but laugh.
I really do not know where to start. From Imogen's point of view, there is a deeper and more serious story being told as the book progresses. Add Harry, the dashing and elusive journalist, a boss with a death wish, black eyes, broken arms, a naked one-legged geography teacher, and pigeon poo mugging techniques and you can see why this is a laugh out loud kind of book. And in Barcelona, of all places!
They say laughter is the best medicine, and reading The Time of Our Lives is like getting a shot of the medicine you need.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ocean's Eight (Gary Ross)

Danny Ocean's sister Debbie attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect all-female crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita, and Constance.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elliott Gould, Richard Armitage, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Dakota Fanning, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, James Corden

❤️ When I first heard about this movie I was not sure I wanted to see it. I loved all the other Ocean's films and I was afraid I would be disappointed; and I am not a fan of all-female remakes either: you do not have to dump every man to make a point.
But I was actually surprised in a good way. To begin with, the story behind this being a female-only film makes sense; it was funny; and the whole set-up was interesting with a twist at the end.
Sandra Bullock was brilliant in her role (well, she is Sandy, no question about that!)
And George Clooney was also present without being actually there (no spoilers).
This is, overall, a fun film to watch!

Monday, June 25, 2018

LĂĄ Fora (Pedro Mexia)

Lå Fora não é um livro sobre viagens demoradas a lugares exóticos, passeios venturosos a altas montanhas ou selvas escuras, ou grandes temporadas em metrópoles sofisticadas: aqui, mais do que lugares físicos onde tenha estado, Pedro Mexia escreve sobre lugares mentais. Hå os teatros e as livrarias de Londres, mas também Paris, Texas, de Wim Wenders. Hå a Lisboa das Avenidas Novas e do Chiado, mas também as viagens de liteira de Camilo Castelo Branco. Hå os VerÔes da infùncia na Figueira da Foz, mas também a ilha grega de Leonard Cohen. Deambulando por geografias de espécie diferente, Mexia descreve lugares por onde passou e que, de alguma forma, não esqueceu.

Visitei cidades certamente mais deslumbrantes, como Roma ou Paris, ou mais vibrantes, como Nova Iorque ou Buenos Aires, mas em Londres estou em casa. Compreendo bem a ironia e a reticĂȘncia dos ingleses, Ă© sempre aos ingleses que os portugueses me comparam, de modo que atĂ© a estranheza dos assuntos quotidianos, as medidas, o trĂąnsito ao contrĂĄrio e os horĂĄrios me parecem coisa insignificante, gosto do modo de ser das gentes, educadas sem serem afĂĄveis, cosmopolitas sem pretensiosismo, eufemĂ­sticas e autodepreciativas, hipercrĂ­ticas mas nĂŁo melindrosas.

❤️ Confesso que nunca tinha lido Pedro Mexia, muito menos sabia o que me esperava... mas fiquei deslumbrada.
Desde a maneira como os sítios são descritos, até a forma engraçada como descreve as situaçÔes e os seus intérpretes.
NĂŁo costumo ler muito em portuguĂȘs, mas Pedro Mexia conseguiu encantar-me com a sua prosa e fiquei com vontade de ler mais dos seus livros.

Com Pedro Mexia e Ricardo ArĂĄujo Pereira na Feira do Livro
(31 de Maio de 2018)

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Hit (David Baldacci)

Robie had killed evil before. People were happy, thrilled, that another monster had met his end. But the world went on, as screwed up as ever, and another monster - maybe even worse - would replace the fallen one.
On that clear, crisp morning in the normally serene Central Park, his trigger pull would be remembered for a while. Investigations would be made. Diplomatic broadsides exchanged. More people would die in retaliation. And then life would go on.
When government hit man Robie is given his next target he knows he is about to embark on his toughest mission yet. He is tasked with killing one of their own following evidence to suggest that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has been turned. She is leaving a trail of death in her wake. Including her handler.
The trap is set. To send a killer to catch a killer. But what happens when you cannot trust those who have access to the nation's most secret intelligence?

The White Rose was the name taken by a resistance group of mostly college students in Munich during World War II who worked against the tyranny of the Nazis. The group had taken its name from a novel about peasant exploitation in Mexico. Most of the members of the White Rose were executed by the Nazis. But pamphlets they had printed were smuggled out of Germany and dropped by the millions from Allied bombers. After the war the members of the White Rose had been hailed as heroes.

❤️ I seem to love every Baldacci book I read (I have not read as many, but he manages to deliver every time).
This story had me guessing what would happen next throughout the entire plot. Even when I thought I had it figured out there came a new twist.
The ending was not corny either, which is a good change to many books today.
If you enjoy conspiracy theories, you will definitely enjoy this.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Directed by J.A. Bayona; Written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly; Based on the characters created by Michael Crichton)

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that the dormant volcano on the island is active and threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, BD Wong, Rafe Spall, Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin, Justice Smith, Isabella Sermon

😐 I absolutely loved the first Jurassic Park film: I remember being obsessed with dinosaurs and everything about them for a long time. So, anything after that would be disappointing. I still watched 2 and 3 (only once each).
But this has to be the worst by far with cloned little girls, evil corporations selling dinosaurs to warlords, and the dinosaurs fleeing back to civilisation!
To begin with, nobody in our society would spend millions for a giant beast which would be an economical and logistical nightmare to raise, train, feed, and manage.
The beginning itself was weird with the sea dinosaur that did not appear again... or did I miss it?
And finally, the first Jurassic theme actually made sense with the whole theme park story. It could happen. How does setting dinosaurs free in our world (in the city) make any sense whatsoever? Even if a sequel came out of it, I would not watch that - too unrealistic!
And a cloned girl? Seriously?!?
There were a few scenes in the middle that had my attention, particularly the betrayal and some action scenes; otherwise, it looked more like a parody than a serious film with dinosaurs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Happy Birthday (Danielle Steel)

For April Wyatt turning thirty is not what she had expected. She is single with no interest in changing that. Her successful restaurant in downtown New York consumes every ounce of her passion and energy. Ready or not, though, April's life is about to change in a tumultuous discovery on the morning of her milestone birthday.
April's mother, Valerie, is a popular TV personality. Since her divorce, she has worked tirelessly to reach the pinnacle of her career. But she is having trouble equating her age with how she feels, and all the hours with personal trainers, top hairdressers, and plastic surgeons cannot hide the fact that she is turning sixty - and the whole world discovers it on her birthday.
It is also Jack Adams' birthday - the most charismatic sports announcer and hall-of-fame football star on TV, a man who has his pick of desirable younger women. But he fears his age may finally be catching up with him when he wakes up on his fiftieth birthday needing an emergency visit to the chiropractor.
As these three very different people celebrate their birthdays, they discover that life itself is a celebration - and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

There had been no way of knowing all those months before, but the worst birthday for some of them had turned out to be the best birthday after all.

😝 The only reason I read this book was because it was a free copy.
To begin with, there is too much detail. I do not need to know what every character is doing every step of the way - a lot like 'he says, she says'.
The story is predictable and the characters are typical and shallow. I became sick and tired of hearing how great Valerie was at setting tables, how great Jack was as a sports announcer, and how great April's restaurant was.
In the end, I was sick and tired of all these people (seriously, I could not stand them).
In terms of story, I have one question: what was the point behind this book?
I felt like I was reading just for the sake of it.