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Saturday, May 28, 2011

R.I.P. Jeff Conaway

Actor Jeff Conaway has passed away at the age of 60. He was best known for his role as Kenickie in "Grease", followed by the famous tv series "Taxi".
Conaway died in the Encino Medical Center, northwest of Los Angeles, as a result of complications from pneumonia, and had been in an induced coma for several days. He was hospitalised last June after being found unconscious in his house due to an overdose of prescription medications and had already admitted to struggling with addictions to cocaine and alcohol.
An actor who will be truly missed!

Monday, May 23, 2011

It (Stephen King)

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar and mostly well-ordered. A good place to live.
However, it was the children who saw, and felt, what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest fear. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing...
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed by and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deeply buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back for another confrontation with IT, as it stirred and wrapped around the sour depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Quote: "Sometimes home is where the heart is. I believe that. Old Bobby Frost said home's the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Unfortunately, it's also the place where, once you're in there, they don't ever want to let you out."

What I liked about this book: On a personal note, I loved the emphasis given to friendship and the love these friends felt for one another. Evil could only be beaten if they were together, as a group, because they were stronger then.
It is also about going back to your roots and revisiting childhood, what makes you remember (or forget) situations. Eventually, as times goes by, you tend to forget the bad things.
In terms of writing, I loved the way Stephen King managed to go back and forth between the 50's and the 80's but never losing grip on the story, as if events were continuing with the same people, just in different times.
I also love the way he describes scenes and characters, making the reader feel like he/she is actually living it as well.

What I disliked about this book: To begin with, it is 1376 pages long! As much as I love reading, by the time I had read approximately 600 pages I was a bit sick and tired of it.
There were high moments with low moments in between, which means that for every two exciting chapters there were a few boring ones. I wish he had been able to maintain the excitement and adrenaline throughout the entire story.

Note: In 1990, "It" was made into a movie starring Richard Thomas, Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Brandon Crane and Seth Green.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

[3D] Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert and Tim Powers)

In this movie directed by Rob Marshall, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with Angelica, a woman from his past, and he is not sure if it is love, or if she is a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship belonging to the formidable Pirate Blackbeard, Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he does not know who to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Stephen Graham, Keith Richards, Richard Griffiths

Why I loved this film: Besides being a great fan of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, I watched this one in 3D and the special effects were just amazing... Although it seems slow at first, the story becomes more exciting as it unravels and the mermaid scene was surely my favourite. I am not a fan of Penélope Cruz but she was amazing as Angelica and I also saw myself in Cruz's character concerning her relationship with Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp was hilarious and brilliant as always. Although I missed the original cast, I loved the fact that this story was so different from the others, making it anything but boring.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Failure to Launch (Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember)


In this film, directed by Tom Dey, Tripp is a 35-year-old who still lives with his parents. And who can blame him? The room is big, rent-free and his mum does the laundry. However, mum and dad are becoming desperate to have the house to themselves again, leading them to hiring Paula, a charming lady who will be responsible for that special... help. But Tripp surprises everyone when he takes the situation into his own hands!
This is a romantic comedy that shows there is nowhere like home.


Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Terry Bradshaw, Kathy Bates

Why I loved this film: I am a little sick and tired of romantic comedies where guy meets stranger, tries to get her into bed, she resists at first, then they eventually fall in love and have a lovey-dovey ending with a great wedding. Here two strangers still meet and the ending is still lovey-dovey, but the story itself is completely different and hilarious from beginning to end, with many animals claiming stardom: I loved the bird CPR, but my fave part was the dolphin in the end. Just beautiful!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mr. Sunshine (TV series created by Matthew Perry, Alex Barnow and Marc Firek)

Ben Donovan is the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena, who begins to re-evaluate his life when he turns 40. Working alongside him is the boss and arena owner, Crystal (attractive, powerful and highly erratic); Alice, the cute, tomboyish marketing director and Ben's friend with benefits; Alonzo, a former basketball player, handsome and unbelievably happy; Ben's assistant, Heather, who is pretty, sweet, but terrifying because she once lit a boyfriend on fire; Roman, Crystal's son and Ben's newest employee, who is sweet but completely clueless; and an operations crew whom Ben refers to collectively as the "Steves".

Starring: Matthew Perry, Andrea Anders, Nate Torrence, Allison Janney

Why I love this TV series: If you liked Matthew on Friends, you have to love Mr. Sunshine. His character is an older version of Chandler, which as dangerous as it may seem to stick to very similar characters, this one suits him very well, with funny lines, interesting outcomes and a good cast on his side.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Scream 4 out now!

Since today is Friday 13th, I thought Scream 4 would be a good choice for those who want to hit the movies tonight! I will not be going for reasons unrelated to this blog, but I am a little curious and hope to watch it soon. I saw the other three, ages ago, and every one of them surprised me.
For those who are aware of the story, now, ten years later, Sidney Prescott, the author of a self-help book, returns home on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
For those who are a bit more sensitive, it is supposed to contain bloody violence, strong language and teen drinking.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PORTUGUESE Pictures, Images and Photos √öltimo a Sair (RTP 1)

Ainda não sei bem o que pensar em relação à nova aposta da RTP 1... Uma paródia um pouco atrasada...? Falta de imaginação do pessoal da RTP...? Um bom programa de humor apresentado pelo versátil Miguel Guilherme...?
Para quem n√£o est√° a par, o "√öltimo a Sair" estreou no Domingo passado e √© uma par√≥dia aos Reality Shows, apresentado por Miguel Guilherme (aka Teresa / J√ļlia), com a ajuda de Luis Pereira de Sousa no exterior. Esta nova aposta segue o estilo do Big Brother, em que 12 concorrentes entram para uma casa, com a diferen√ßa de que √© tudo a fingir, ou seja, os directos s√£o pr√©viamente gravados, com textos estudados e, no fim das grava√ß√Ķes, cada um segue o seu caminho.
A estreia foi feita com um pontapé de Marco Borges no Bruno Nogueira, à moda do Big Brother 1, o que levou à sua expulsão. Devo dizer que achei que o Marco teve Fair Play ao aceitar participar numa paródia a um acontecimento que não o deixou muito bem visto há dez anos atrás.

Concorrentes: Bruno Nogueira, Luciana Abreu, Roberto Leal, Filipa Castro, Rui Unas, Batatinha, Gonçalo Waddington, Marco Borges, Sónia Balacó, Miguel Damião, Susana Mendes, Débora Monteiro, Gabriela

Gosto: O Gonçalo Waddington tornou-se numa surpresa agradável neste papel e é de longe quem mais me faz rir, também gosto do Rui Unas e, como sempre, o Miguel Guilherme é um grande actor e humorista. O programa tem algumas cenas divertidas e é diferente do que estamos habituados, também gostei do suspense à volta deste novo formato, surpreendendo muita gente.

Detesto: A Luciana Abreu, Filipa Castro, Roberto Leal e continuo a dizer que o Bruno Nogueira tinha mais piada no "Levanta-te e Ri". Também acho que esta paródia tinha mais lógica logo a seguir aos Big Brothers, uma vez que já passou de moda no nosso país, acho que estamos preparados e com vontade de assistir a coisas diferentes, o Big Brother faz parte do passado (no caso de Portugal).

De forma geral, ainda n√£o sei o que pensar, portanto vou esperar mais algum tempo antes de formar a minha opini√£o.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

$#*! My Dad Says (Sitcom created by David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern)


This American sitcom was based on the Twitter feed "Shit my dad says", created by Justin Halpern, consisting of quotes from his father.
Ed is a very opinionated 72-year-old who has been divorced three times. His two adult sons, Henry and Vince, are accustomed to his unrequired and often politically incorrect rants. When Henry, a struggling writer and blogger, can no longer afford his rent, he is forced to move back in with Ed, which creates new issues in their tricky father/son relationship.

Starring: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso

What I like about this sitcom: It really reminds me of the days I was living with my parents, this is what every relationship must be like on a daily basis, you have the good and the bad times, but you also have the conflict of generations, an old man who is used to taking care of his garden, who does not care much for the internet and the new technologies, relating to his young son, Henry, a blogger that writes all about what goes on at home with dad, hence the title "$#*! My Dad Says".

Juno (Diablo Cody)

Directed by Jason Reitman, Juno is the tale of a 16-year-old high school junior in Minnesota who discovers she is pregnant. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the unconventional Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, a cool and laid back husband with his uptight wife, meet the teen mother-to-be, sign papers, and the year unfolds. But soon Juno discovers that nothing in life is as it seems...

Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Rainn Wilson

What I liked about this film: With so many movies and tv shows on teen pregnancy, it is a breath of fresh air to find such a different approach on the subject, which includes hilarious one-liners. Ellen Page does a good job and I really liked Jason Bateman too.

What I hated about this film: The beginning is very cheesy, it looks like you are about to see a typical teen movie. The story makes it all seem a bit easy, I wish she had interviewed more couples before finding that one, her parents were more supportive than I would have expected and it felt weird that the other students at school did not treat it as such a big deal, I can even remember this conversation between the father-to-be and a friend at school:

"Do you know that Juno's having a baby?"
"Yep"
"And you know it's yours, right?"
"Yep"
"I'm going to stop wearing underware to increase my sperm count!"

I understand the funny side, but it also sounds as if that is a cool thing, which feels a little weird...
I also hate the happy ending, I mean, you become pregnant at 16, deal with it very quickly and you find the love of your life... It sounds like high school is a dream come true!