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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Chama Imensa (Ricardo Ara√ļjo Pereira)

Se √©s um adepto do SLB n√£o podes perder o √ļltimo sucesso de Ricardo Ara√ļjo Pereira: uma colect√Ęnea de cr√≥nicas originalmente publicadas no jornal "A Bola", entre Agosto de 2007 e Novembro de 2010.
O s√≥cio n¬ļ. 17411 do Sport Lisboa e Benfica comenta as √ļltimas temporadas do melhor clube nacional (e internacional), a nossa selec√ß√£o, o caso Apito Dourado e responde a alguns comentadores desportistas.
Uma leitura obrigatória com gargalhadas garantidas e muita polémica à mistura!

Cita√ß√£o: "Eu digo-vos qual √© o principal problema de ser do Benfica: √© muito dif√≠cil ser grande. D√° muito trabalho ser um colosso. Um gigante est√° sempre tramado. se ganha, √© um acaso normal a que ningu√©m liga; se perde, √© uma cat√°strofe que todos assinalam. O leitor lembra-se da hist√≥ria de David e Golias? V√° l√° buscar a B√≠blia, que eu espero. Veja a√≠, no Livro de Samuel, se eu n√£o tenho raz√£o para simpatizar mais com o gigante do que com o pastor. Golias era um gigante fabuloso, imbat√≠vel. Ganhou, de certeza, in√ļmeros combates antes do que a√≠ vem descrito. Que se saiba, s√≥ perdeu um. Pois √© exactamente esse que vai parar ao maior best-seller de todos os tempos. Azar, n√£o? Hoje percebemos que a luta era desigual e injusta para Golias. O maior advers√°rio era o dele. Golias lutava contra o seu pr√≥prio medo (que, por ser o medo de um gigante, √© igualmente gigante) e contra a Hist√≥ria. David combatia apenas um simples gigante.
Com o Benfica sucede o mesmo. Num jogo como o de ontem, contra a Naval, √© o Benfica que parte em desvantagem. Est√° a lutar contra a mem√≥ria, contra o futuro, contra a pr√≥pria Derrota, com o «D» grande - e contra 11 sacanas vestidos de verde, que isto n√£o pode ser s√≥ poesia. Quem √© mais forte? Toda a Hist√≥ria ou um pobre gigante indefeso? Eu, como tendo a ficar do lado dos mais fracos, nestes casos tor√ßo sempre pelo gigante. Para mim, ser do Benfica √© um imperativo √©tico."

Friday, December 17, 2010

N√£o atires pedras a estranhos porque pode ser o teu pai (Fernando Alvim)

Fernando Alvim demonstra que não é apenas um comediante de stand-up, locutor de rádio ou apresentador do programa "5 para a meia-noite", o rapaz também sabe escrever... e bem. Este livro é um conjunto de crónicas que Alvim escreveu ao longo de dois anos para o jornal "Metro" e a revista "noite.pt". Um projecto tão hilariante como o próprio autor!

Cita√ß√£o: "Da√≠ que um palavr√£o n√£o possa ser usado de √Ęnimo leve. E foi exactamente o que se viu, no in√≠cio dos anos 90, quando os trailers dos filmes portugueses os ostentavam de forma luxuriante. Ficou famoso o trailer de Ad√£o e Eva, onde Maria de Medeiros dizia: "Vai √† merda!" e o outro Joaquim dizia: "Vai tu". E em casa, frente ao computador, eu comentava: De facto, deviam ir os dois."

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A 10-year-old prodigy!

Jackie Evancho is a 10-year-old Opera singer who was discovered on "America's Got Talent", where she performed a Puccini Aria with such confidence and voice of someone "three times her age", as the judges observed (and I must agree).

Yesterday she went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform "Oh Holy Night". What an absolutely amazing voice! She does not look 10-years-old until the very ending!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I have to say that I am a big fan of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, therefore I am very thrilled to realise that a new film will be out on May 20th, 2011.
In "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides", the 4th movie in the series, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
This film is directed by Rob Marshall and counts on the presence of a wonderful cast, which includes Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench and Keith Richards, among others.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Letters to Juliet (Jose Rivera and Tim Sullivan)

In this film, directed by Gary Winick, a young American girl travels to the city of Verona (home to the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo & Juliet fame) where she joins a group of volunteers who reply to the letters written to Juliet looking for advice on love and relationships. They call themselves "The secretaries of Juliet".
After she replies to a letter dating back to 1957, she inspires its originator to travel to Italy in search of her long lost love, leading to a series of events that will bring love into their lives... In a way they could never imagine.

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero

Why I loved this film: I first decided to watch this film because I love all Romeo & Juliet related stories and, after a friend told me about it, I also wanted to see if it had anything to do with a book I was reading sometime ago.
Well, this story is very different from said book, but it brought out a lot of emotions within myself and I must say I was crying by the end of the movie.
To begin with, imagine the story of a couple of teenagers that fall madly in love with each other, but are forced to go their separate ways... Fifty years later they finally meet again and get married... Destiny is mentioned throughout the whole story to tell us that "if it is true love that you really feel than all you need is the courage to follow your heart" but if you do not have that courage at the time do not despair because "if you are talking about love, then it is never too late".
By the end it brought out hope in me that someday I will be that happy too because fate always plays an important part in life and "if it is true love, it will always be true"!

Monday, December 06, 2010

127 Hours (directed by Danny Boyle)

This film stars James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah, for more than five days in 2003. It was based on Ralston's autobiography "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" and the script was written by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, with production by Christian Colson, who previously teamed up for Slumdog Millionaire, and John Smithson.
In April 2003, hiker Aron Ralston was hiking in Utah when a boulder fell on his arm and trapped him in an isolated canyon. Over the following five days, Ralston re-examined the errors of his life as he fought the elements to stay alive, which included the amputation of his own arm.
127 Hours premiered on September 4th in the United States, hopefully it will be in Europe soon.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Ricky Gervais to cameo in "The Muppets"

The comedian from Reading is set to appear in the film adaptation of "The Muppets", which shall be directed by James Bobin. The script was written by Jason Segel (who also stars in it) and Nicholas Stoller.
Other names to be included in the film are Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
"The Muppets" is due for release on Christmas Day, 2011.