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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Horrible Bosses (Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein)

In this film, directed by Seth Gordon, three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realise they are standing in the way of their happiness.
Nick hates his boss, mostly because he is expected to work from before sunrise to after sunset and Mr. Harken calls him out for being two minutes late and blackmails him so he cannot quit. Dale hates his boss, Dr. Julia Harris, because she makes unwelcome sexual advances while he is engaged to someone else. But Dale is on a list of child offenders so he cannot quit. Kurt actually likes his job and his boss, well, up until his boss dies, then the boss' drug addict, psychopath son takes over. But who would be crazy enough to quit their jobs in such poor economic times? Instead Nick, Dale and Kurt drunkenly and hypothetically discuss how to kill those horrible beings, and before they know it, a murder consultant comes into the picture to help them pull off the three deeds.

Starring: P.J. Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx

Why I loved this film: Besides being very funny, I can relate in many ways to this movie, except for the killing part. In particularly because Nick's boss reminds me a lot of my former boss, except for the fact that I worked for a woman, then again it shows you how hard the times really are and how much sh*t you need to take before you are actually able to move up, but due to the sudden economic crisis you have to think before you ever say "I quit", that is why a lot of bosses take advantage of the situation.
This film really made me realise that I am not alone, unfortunately there are many "Horrible Bosses" around the world!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jersey Shore Killed the Video Star

MTV has turned 30 this month, so to honour it The Tonight Show staff came up with the following spoof from "Video killed the radio star". I just thought it was so funny - And so true - that I had to share it:

The Invention of Lying (Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson)

This hilarious comedy takes place in a different reality where lies do not exist. Everyone tells the truth and nothing more than the truth, even politicians and adverts.
However, when a loser named Mark discovers the art of lying he quickly begins to understand that dishonesty may be rewarded. In a world where every word is heard as the only possible truth, Mark begins his journey to fame and fortune through lying. But things get out of hand pretty fast when his lies become The Bible to the people.
He has the whole world under his feet - except for the woman he loves - will she fall under the same spell?

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Stephen Merchant, Conner Rayburn

Why I loved this film: It has to be by far the most hilarious and brilliant film I have seen, especially today because I was feeling like a loser myself and it really lifted my spirits!
It deals with the fact that in this stupid world people care mostly about looks than what is inside, when in the end of the day it is better to be with someone who is not as handsome but loves you more than anything than to be with an idiot who only cares about himself.
I also love the fact that, knowing what an Atheist Ricky really is, he used his brilliant writing skills to show us that we believe in what we want in order to get us through our days, hence "the Man in the Sky" who will give us mansions after we die and will be responsible for all good and bad things that take place in our lives. I especially enjoyed the paper headlines the following day: "Nasa is looking for Man in the Sky".
But these white lies will save a suicidal guy or even let an old woman die in peace. That is why sometimes it is best to lie... And everyone does it, just do not let those lies get out of hand.
However, I have to say I wish I could just go up to a bank and say I want to withdraw a huge amount of money and they would just give it to me without checking if I really had that much, or I even wish I could just go up to the guy I love and tell him that the Man in the Sky wishes for us to be together... Now, that would be a dream come true!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore)

The guys planned an unforgettable bachelor party in Vegas. But now they need to remember what actually happened!
Who's baby is that inside their closet at Caesars Palace?
How does Mike Tyson's tiger end up in their bathroom?
Why is one of the guys missing a tooth?
But, most importantly, where is the groom???
What they did while partying is nothing compared to what they have to do now, sober, in order to put the pieces together concerning all the bad decisions they made the previous night - Please, one confusing clue at a time. Director Todd Phillips does a great job, together with a cast of comedy stars, within a plot where unpredictable situations appear somehow and only start making sense as the story unfolds...

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Jeffrey Tambor

Why I loved this film: First of all, Bradley Cooper is absolutely gorgeous, so that is a plus.
The storyline is very well written, hilarious from beginning to end and totally unpredictable. It leaves you guessing what will happen next, every step of the way!
I had heard a lot of good things about "The Hangover", but it is funnier than I ever expected!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Traffic Light (Adapted from the Israeli TV Series "Ramzor" by Bob Fisher)

It is a comedy about how friendships and romances both enhance and complicate our lives, which focuses on three longtime friends and their attempts to navigate the demands of their relationships.
This is a tale of three college friends who are in their 30s. They are Mike, Adam and Ethan. At present, these handsome men find themselves to be at a very different stage of their lives.
Mike is a lawyer, married to Lisa, who just wants to be a good and obedient husband. His wife is understanding and thereby tries to give him his space. This is the reason that their relationship remains with that spark and is still rocking.
Adam is a bachelor and has recently begun to stay with his girlfriend Callie. In the process, he understands that "she lives with me" is very different from "she comes over a lot".
Ethan is a perpetual bachelor who simply loves women. When he is with them, he is together for about 3 weeks. However, gradually Ethan is finding out that with his age women are losing interest on him. Luckily, the singleton has a charming bulldog, Carl, to fall back upon when he is emotionally down.

Starring: David Denman, Nelson Franklin, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira, Aya Cash

What I like about this TV Series: I missed seeing Kris Marshall on a comedy series, he is one of the most brilliant and funny actors I know.
I also like their perspective on relationships and how it is seen from three different angles, so no one will feel left out. It is funny, but most of all, interesting.

What I dislike about this TV Series: Sometimes I feel that the scenes take place quite fast, especially the car conversations, making it a bit harder to follow.


Friends (TV Series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman)

Ten seasons letting us in the lives, loves and laughs of six young friends living in Manhattan.
Rachel Green left her fiancé at the altar and had to start over from scratch after dad cut her allowance. She moved in with Monica at the beginning and has had jobs at Central Perk, Bloomingdale's and Ralph Lauren. Later on, her and Ross have a baby girl.
Ross Geller is a paleontologist and has had three wives. His first wife, Carol, finds out she is a lesbian while pregnant with his baby. His second wife, Emily, is crushed when he accidentally calls her Rachel. He and Rachel get married while they are both drunk.
Ross' sister, and Rachel's best friend, Monica Geller is a chef who eventually marries Chandler Bing.
Chandler is Ross's best friend, and secretly dated his sister for about 6-7 months. Monica and Chandler want to have a baby after Rachel has hers, but they cannot, so they decide to adopt. They eventually find out that the pregnant mother is having twins.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

Why the love for this TV Series: I could not let one of my favourite TV shows pass me by and not post it here. I was very sad when it came to an end because after ten years you feel like you know the characters very well and, as it would be, you want to keep seeing them and where they are heading, but I think they got out at the right time, before it became too much for the audience.
However, their hilarious one liners and situations will never be forgotten, they made it seem so much fun that I wish I belonged to such a group.
One of the best shows ever, no doubt about that!

The truth about Cats & Dogs (Audrey Wells)

In this film, directed by Michael Lehmann, Abby is a successful veterinarian with her own radio show and low self-esteem when it comes to men. When Ben, a handsome listener of the show, asks her out to dinner, Abby asks beautiful neighbour and friend Noelle to replace her on the date.
However, Abby and Brian start to fall in love while talking on the telephone, while Noelle is falling in love with a very confused Brian in person, creating a chain of hilarious situations and misunderstandings, which lead to total chaos.

Starring: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin, Jamie Foxx

Why I loved this film: I see myself in Abby's character when it comes to men, so I truly understand where she is coming from, and I also love animals, although I prefer dogs.
But above all, I liked that it mainly focuses on the fact that looks do not matter, you can look at a beautiful person and find out you have nothing in common and then click with someone at whom you would not have looked twice.
It also tells you that you may think you know someone really well at first, but that is not the case, so always keep your eyes (and your heart) open for any situation.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel)

Nicholas Stoller directs this comedy about the hard task that is moving on and getting over a broken heart after being dumped.
Musician Peter Bretter has spent the last five long and magnificent years idolising his famous girlfriend, movie star Sarah Marshall. However, his seeming perfect world comes tumbling down after Sarah dumps him for another musician, with whom she had been cheating for a year. Worse comes to worst when Peter's plans to move on backfire on him, leading us to believe that his worst nightmare has just begun.

Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russel Brand

Why I loved this film: To begin with, girls, Jason Segel appears completely naked! What more could we want?
Russel Brand is his usually hilarious self, everytime he appeared I cried from laughing so much!
I also relate to the character and the difficult journey that is to move on and search for the right person, especially if you are in love with someone who you should forget about, and it hurts even more when you see that person with another.
It also shows how hard it is to be single in a world filled with happy couples, but then there is the side of these newlyweds, who seem so happy, but are actually having marriage troubles.
I was not rooting for the happy ending, but I was glad both characters had to make an effort for it to work, so it was not the usual Hollywood ending, there was a little more reality involved. I particularly enjoyed when Mila's character turned to Peter and said that just because another woman had hurt him, it did not excuse him for acting like an idiot and hurting her too!
Overall, it made me feel good.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Evan Almighty (Steve Oedekerk, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, Steve Koren and Mark O'Keefe)

Evan Almighty is a comedy for all ages, directed by Tom Shadyac, with Steve Carell as Congressman Evan Baxter, whose wish to change the world is heard by none other than God himself. When God makes a surprise visit and leaves him with the task of building an ark, Evan begins to wonder if he is going crazy. With the fast arrival of wood and tools by the Baxters' home, along with animals of all shapes and sizes following him in pairs, the mighty successful life of Evan becomes an almighty mess!

Starring: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Goodman, John Michael Higgins, Jimmy Bennett, Wanda Sykes

What I liked about this film: First of all, I loved seeing all the greatest actors and comedians together. There were also some great punch lines, Wanda Sykes has the funniest one when at the end she turns to the llama, after it has spit: "If that comes out your front, I don't wanna know what comes out of your back".
But above all, this is a story about family values and changing the world, which can be done through "one random act of kindness at a time".

What I disliked about this film: If you have seen Bruce Almight, starring Jim Carrey (which I have and absolutely loved) this will seem like a poor sequel, with the great Morgan Freeman still playing God, but the story is not as good and some jokes are stupid. It becomes a little tiring.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Caveman -> Trad. PT <- (Rob Becker)

A guerra dos sexos: A eterna batalha de amores, desamores, amúos, zangas e reconciliações que tem ocupado as vidas dos homens e das mulheres desde... Sempre!
Caveman é a peça a solo de maior sucesso de sempre na Broadway. Foi levada a cena em mais de 30 países e teve mais de 8 milhões de espectadores em todo o mundo. O motivo deste sucesso não é difícil de adivinhar: Desde sempre que as pequenas grandes manias, diferenças e idiossincrasias de homens e mulheres têm sido uma fonte de reflexão, introspecção e, claro, muito humor.
A versão narrativa, actualizada da peça, conta a história de um casal moderno e dos altos e baixos da sua relação. Uma mistura perfeita entre stand-up comedy, terapia para entender melhor o sexo oposto... E pura diversão!

Citação: "Os homens guardam os seus sentimentos para si. E é precisamente por ser tão rara a troca de ou reflexão sobre sentimentos que não conseguimos falar tantas vezes sobre eles. Mas isso não quer dizer que não os tenhamos! Os homens têm toneladas de sentimentos! Só que tem de se saber onde procurar! Sugiro às mulheres que têm dificuldades em encontrar os sentimentos dos maridos que procurem na região abaixo do umbigo. Ficarão espantadas com o tamanho do sentimento que encontrarão nessa área."

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

PORTUGUESE Pictures, Images and Photos O que sempre soube das Mulheres (Rui Zink in 'Jornal Metro')

Devo ser a primeira mulher a rever-se em grande parte do texto que se segue eheh:

"Tratam-nos mal, mas querem que as tratemos bem. Apaixonam-se por serial-killers e depois queixam-se de que nem um postalinho. Escrevem que se desunham. Fingem acreditar nas nossas mentiras desde que tenhamos graça a pregá-las. Aceitam-nos e toleram-nos porque se acham superiores. São superiores. Não têm o gene da violência, embora seja melhor não as provocarmos. Perdoam facilmente, mas nunca esquecem. Bebem cicuta ao pequeno-almoço e destilam mel ao jantar. Têm uma capacidade de entrega que até dói. São óptimas mães até que os filhos fazem 10 anos, depois perdem o norte. Pelam-se por jogos eróticos, mas com o sexo já depende. Têm dias. Têm noites. Conseguem ser tão calculistas e maldosas como qualquer homem, só que com muito mais nível. Inventaram o telemóvel ao volante. São corajosas e quando se lhes mete uma coisa na cabeça levam tudo à frente. Fazem-se de parvas porque o seguro morreu de velho e estão muito escaldadas. Fazem-se de inocentes e (milagre!) por esse acto de vontade tornam-se mesmo inocentes. Nunca perdem a capacidade de se deslumbrarem. Riem quando estão tristes, choram quando estão felizes. Não compreendem nada. Compreendem tudo. Sabem que o corpo é passageiro. Sabem que na viagem há que tratar bem o passageiro e que o amor é um bom fio condutor. Não são de confiança, mas até a mais infiel das mulheres é mais leal que o mais fiel dos homens. São tramadas. Comem-nos as papas na cabeça, mas depois levam-nos a colher à boca. A única coisa em nós que é para elas um mistério é a jantarada de amigos – elas quando jogam é para ganhar. E é tudo. Ah, não, há ainda mais uma coisa. Acreditam no Amor com A grande mas, para nossa sorte, contentam-se com pouco."

Sunday, August 07, 2011

PORTUGUESE Pictures, Images and Photos Som da Rua (autoria de Jorge Prendas)

Jorge Prendas (Director do Serviço Educativo da Casa da Música) é responsável por Som da Rua, um grupo constituído por quarenta homens e mulheres que vivem na rua, ou em pensões, e precisam da ajuda diária de instituições de solidariedade social para sobreviver.
As canções e letras são feitas pelos elementos do grupo e o cachet é pago através de alimentação, sendo-lhes fornecidas todas as condições necessárias para ensaiar e actuar, onde eles utilizam essencialmente instrumentos de percussão.
Este projecto prova que a música também serve para ajudar quem precisa, nem que seja pelo bem que lhes faz à alma, esquecendo as dificuldades por algum tempo...
São estes projectos que me fazem crer que na vida tudo faz sentido!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos)

Until he was fired, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Played by Tom Hanks, who also directed this film) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he has worked since his time in the Navy. Submerged in his mortgage and unclear of what to do with his sudden free days, Larry heads to the local college to start over. There he becomes part of a community of outcasts, all trying to find a better future for themselves... Often moving around town in a herd of scooters.
In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on teacher Mercedes Tainot, who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.
The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sarah Mahoney

Why I loved this film: Besides being hilarious from beginning to end, this movie also gave me hope: when things seem down, when life seems like it cannot get any worse and everything you have hoped for has passed you by, there might be a surprise in the end, although nothing happens without a little persistence and work.
Whatever happens do not give up on your dreams!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

E Agora o que Fazemos? -> Trad. PT <- (Keith and the Girl)

As relações podem ser bem tramadas, mas não é necessário que assim o sejam. Finalmente aparece um livro com soluções honestas, engraçadas e realmente úteis para questões reais do género "Ele disse / Ela disse". Keith and the Girl, o casal de humoristas mais popular dos EUA, aborda os problemas, as chatices e as dores de cabeça que podem destruir o amor moderno e oferece os seus conselhos de marca - brutais, sem filtro e implacavelmente honestos - para obstáculos ao romance. Esqueçam as palavras patéticas de sabedoria que os outros livros sobre relacionamentos clamam de forma enfadonha; este livro debruça-se sobre os tópicos que realmente nos preocupam, respondendo a perguntas como "ouvi dizer que não se deve ir para a cama zangado, mas às vezes tem de ser porque temos de trabalhar no dia seguinte, certo?"

Citação: "Será que devemos sempre assumir que vamos ser traídos? Será algo que devemos fazer dado que é inevitável que alguém nos venha a fazer a nós? Seja ou não «comportamento humano», ninguém gosta que lhes mintam - nem sequer as pessoas que mentem a toda a hora. Por isso, o que devemos fazer? Confiar ou dar o fora. Tem de deixar essa pessoa viver e tem de confiar que ele ou ela vai tomar as decisões certas. Seguir as pistas, ler os e-mails e coisas do género apenas trará paranoia e a morte da relação. Ou está nela a sério ou não está de todo."