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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Juliet (Anne Fortier)

When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a precarious journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose love for a young man named Romeo inspired Shakespeare's unforgettable story.
As Julie crosses the paths of the families who turned medieval Siena upside down, she begins to realise that the "notorious curse" on both households is still at work.
Spanning centuries, "Juliet" is an unforgettable adventure that hopes to rewrite the fate of the star-crossed lovers and reunite them at last.

Quote: "Of all the great love stories ever told, hers is perhaps the most famous. To me, she is the key to my family's fate. To you, she is Juliet."

Why this book speaks to me: Being in love with all Shakespeare works, Romeo & Juliet has been, by far, my all time favourite. Here, Anne Fortier brings this fabulous love story into the modern times, putting together all the necessary elements, such as a love story, adventure, humour, suspense, danger and the most amazing description of Italian Siena. Although I have not finished it yet, I just had to talk about this book because once I started reading it, I could not stop. This really is an amazing story and worth every second!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rescue Me (TV Show created by Denis Leary and Peter Tolan)

This Tv Show focuses on the professional and personal lives of a group of New York City firefighters, after the 9/11 trauma.
Veteran firefighter, Tommy Gavin, is an ill-tempered, self-destructive, hypocritical, manipulative man and a relapsed alcoholic, struggling with the loss of his cousin and best friend, Jimmy Keefe, who died on September 11th, 2001, and often visits Tommy in visions. Besides, he has to deal with an ex-wife, who lives across the street, who he still loves, and their children, in particularly a teenage daughter who takes after her father.

Starring: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Daniel Sunjata, John Scurti, Andrea Roth, Callie Thorne, James McCaffrey, Natalie Distler, Robert John Burke, Lenny Clarke, Jack McGee, Adam Ferrara, Michael Zegen, Tatum O'Neal, Larenz Tate

Why the love for this TV Show: It deals with the real-life issues of a group of firefighters in a very bright and funny way. With firefighter relatives that gave up their lives during the 9/11 attacks, comedian Denis Leary based the scripts on real stories told by those who put their lives at risk for the safety of the New Yorkers.
Season 5 also has a very special guest appearance by Michael J. Fox as never seen before.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's Complicated (Nancy Meyers)

A hilarious comedy that talks about the stress of relationships. Jane Adler, the owner of a successful bakery, is finally over her divorce, with a new romance on the way. Her life seems to be back on track... Until Jake, the ex-husband, decides he wants to do anything to win her back. How will this affect their three kids? It is a very funny story that will keep you laughing every second of the way!

Starring: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin

Why I loved this film: The first reason that made me want to watch "It's complicated" was the unusual threesome that appear in it. You could not ask for a funnier cast. Besides, I can relate to the story, even though I have never been married or divorced, since it mainly talks about how difficult relationships can be and how important it is to follow your heart, even if it seems easier to just go with the flow.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Family Ties (Sitcom created by Gary David Goldberg)

The parents, Steven and Elyse Keaton, raise their children with an open heart and mind. Having grown up in the 60's, mum and dad Keaton share a liberal point of view on life and try to guide their family towards the better ideals and thoughts of "Flower Power". However, their offspring have different ideas.
Alex P. Keaton, the oldest, is a radical Republican, in constant disagreement with his parents. Mallory is a teenager who only thinks of boys, loves anything to do with fashion and is battling to finish high school, while the younger sister, Jennifer, is a prodigy who speaks her mind. During the 1984-1985 season, Elyse gave birth to Andrew, their fourth child. Alex quickly took his young brother under his wing and before long Andrew was reading the Wall Street Journal over his Froot Loops cereal.
Together, they share moments that make them laugh, make them cry and make them... A Family.

Starring: Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman, Tina Yothers, Brian Bonsall

Why the love for this Sitcom: Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a true Michael J. Fox fanatic, the first American film I ever watched was "Teen Wolf" (I believe I was around 8-years-old), I have watched every sitcom and film he was in and read his books, he really inspires me through the passion he puts into everything he does, whether it is related to his career or Parkinson's Disease. He makes me believe that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!
Besides, this TV Sitcom is hilarious, dealing with the usual problems teenagers go through in a very intelligent way, but also underlining the true family values that should never be forgotten. Although there are arguments, or even cat fights between the various members of the family, in the end their love for each other is stronger, that is why they are always there for one another, no matter what.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oscar Wilde's Birthday!

Today we celebrate Oscar Wilde's 156th birthday. The much celebrated writer and poet was born in Dublin on October 16th, 1854, and is nowadays remembered for his plays as well as his imprisonment for "gross indecency with other men" and early death, at the age of forty-six.

In order to celebrate his birthday I decided to post the first ever Oscar Wilde play I read (in English class, at the age of 12 or 13), but even today I keep The importance of being Earnest and still find it amusing!

This play follows Jack, a country bachelor who goes by the name of Ernest when he pops into the city, and his friend Algernon, who seeks a thrill by becoming Ernest in the country. Jack proposes to Gwendolen Fairfax while Algernon, posing as Jack's wicked brother Ernest, falls in love with Jack's ward, Cecily.

Quote: "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!"

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

Set on the beautiful and remote Yorkshire Moors, Wuthering Heights tells of the all-encompassing yet thwarted love of Catherine Earnshaw and her father's ward Heathcliff. Her betrayal of him and her decision to marry Edgar Linton, a wealthy neighbour, has tragic consequences. Their tempestuous and doomed love colours all around them as Heathcliff's obsession with revenge destroys the lives of not one, but two generations.

Quote: "Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe - I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"

Why this book speaks to me: I had always had a fascination for this story ever since I heard the Kate Bush song "Wuthering Heights", many decades ago. It strikes me the way love changes people and can drive them to madness... More recently I was at Haworth (England), at the Bronte Parsonage, learning about the Bronte lives and the true English countryside that inspired the three Bronte sisters (Emily, Charlotte and Anne) to write such amazing stories! After I came back home I reread the book and was able to imagine the places described therein... Absolutely magical!