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Friday, September 30, 2011

Crazy, Stupid, Love (Dan Fogelman)


As directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Cal and Emily have the perfect life together... Until Emily inadvertently announces that she wants a divorce. Down and depressed, Cal starts drinking away his sorrows at a local bar, attempting to make sense of this dilemma to anyone who will listen. Jacob, a long-term bachelor, takes notice and makes it his personal mission to help Cal get over his wife... And become a new man in the process.



Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Josh Groban

Why I loved this film: To begin with, they managed to assemble an amazing cast in a romantic comedy that is absolutely hilarious, by the end I was crying from laughing so much!!!... I also loved Ryan Gosling's naked body... But, most of all, I simply adored the way love is dealt with throughout the whole movie, it is not always as it seems, and when you find your soul mate, even if you believe that person is in love with someone else, you should never stop fighting, no matter how long it takes, because in the end you might get a surprise... And Ryan Gosling is so cute!... Finally, it shows that a playboy can change his game when the right person comes along and fall into the trap that is love, since, in the end, that is what everyone really searches for!
In this film, love is handled according to all perspectives and ages in the sweetest, funniest, and most realistic way - lies and honesty mixed together - because the important matter is to find your soul mate and never let him go!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Summer and the City (Candace Bushnell)

Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it: The crazy characters in her neighbourhood; the vintage-clothing boutiques; the wild parties; and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she is finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps towards fulfilling her dream.
This sequel to "The Carrie Diaries" brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow" - as Samantha Jones calls her - to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realises that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
This is the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

Quote: "I hear his footsteps cross the floor, followed by the squeak of the door. Get over it, I scold myself. It's not a big deal. They had sex. So what? It's not my business. But still. Doesn't Ryan care about his fiancée? And what about Maggie and her two boyfriends? Are there no limits when it comes to sex? Is sex really so powerful it can erase your history and common sense?"

Why this book speaks to me: Although Carrie is only seventeen in this novel, she deals with relationships like anyone else and I see a lot of my questions and doubts in her narrations. I have dealt with what she goes through - although in other scenarios - and I am left thinking about how this can help me, the same way it does when you talk to friends. I really felt inspired by "Summer and the City"!
On a lighter note, it is fun to realise how the four friends we are so used to watching on T.V. get together (even if Charlotte only makes an appearance at the very end).

Monday, September 19, 2011

Farce of the Penguins (Bob Saget)

It is mating season...
In Antarctica it is 58 degrees below zero...
Every year, millions of penguins arrive in search of something we all desire. No, not fish, yuck... I meant love!
This is a story about love, determination and birds getting down to business. For many years, two penguins have been taking part in the annual mating ritual, they have sex with a female, make an egg, disappear for months in search of food and never see the "girl" or baby again. However, this year things will be a lot different...
Carl is finally ready for more than just some penguin arse. He wants the beautiful Melissa to be the love of his life. Therefore, it is now time for Jimmy to help his neurotic friend to conquer her heart... And also find his dream "girl". The only things standing in his way are... One hundred kilometres through Antarctica. It will be a trip like no other, when these two friends get together to make the journey towards paradise.
Watch out for a tough, and a little dirty, voyage!

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Alexander, Christina Applegate, James Belushi, Jason Biggs, Dane Cook, Drea de Matteo, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyson Hannigan, Jamie Kennedy, Lori Loughlin, Mo'Nique, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Jodie Sweetin, Damon Wayans

Why I loved this film: This spoof of March of the Penguins is one of my favourite films ever!
Farce of the Penguins brings a whole new meaning to documentaries, although it seems like porn for penguins... This is a love story in Animal World, where I see my life through the eyes of a penguin...
I had to buy the DVD in order to watch it every time I feel down, the jokes never get old, the cast is brilliant and you get to check out every movie rolled into one: comedy, musicals and the unavoidable love story with a happy ending.
After all this, there is only one thought left... Will I ever find the right penguin for me?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards

Hosted by Jane Lynch


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael Spiller (Modern Family)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman

-> Jane Lynch: "Welcome back to the Modern Family Awards!"

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

-> I loved that all the female nominees went up onstage as if they were in a Beauty Pageant, Melissa even received the flowers and crown!

Outstanding Reality Competition Program: The Amazing Race

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale (Justified)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Drama Special: Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper (The Kennedys)

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Drama Special: Brian Percival (Downton Abbey)

-> In Memoriam: R.I.P. all those who left us, but I was sad to realise that Peter Falk (Columbo), Tom Bosley (Happy Days) and Bubba Smith (Police Academy) have passed away recently. All three were great actors and will be missed!
I loved that this was shown to the sound of Hallelujah, which I absolutely adore and found really appropriate.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

-> I was thrilled about Guy Pearce. I remember him on an Australian TV Show called Neighbours, which I used to watch back in England as a little kid. It is nice to see how much he has grown, physically, but most of all, professionally. I felt very proud!

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey

Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shirley (Charlotte Brontë)

The struggling manufacturer, Robert Moore, has introduced labour-saving machinery to his Yorkshire mill, arousing a commotion of unemployment and discontent among his workers. Robert considers marriage to the wealthy and independent Shirley Keeldar to solve his financial woes, yet his heart lies with his cousin Caroline, who, bored and desperate, lives as a dependent in her uncle's home with no prospect of a career.
Shirley, meanwhile, is in love with Robert's brother, an impoverished tutor, who is a match opposed by her family. As industrial unrest builds to a potentially fatal pitch, can those four be reconciled?
Set during the Napoleonic wars at a time of national economic struggles, Shirley is an unsentimental yet passionate depiction of conflict between classes, sexes and generations.

Quote: "Mr Yorke wished to know whether this interference, vigilance and coercion would feed those who were hungry, give work to those who wanted work and whom no man would hire. He scouted the idea of inevitable evils; he said public patience was a camel, on whose back the last atom that could be borne had already been laid, and that resistance was now a duty: the wide-spread spirit of disaffection against constituted authorities, he regarded as the most promising sign of the times; the masters, he allowed, were truly aggrieved, but their main grievances had been heaped on them by a 'corrupt, base, and bloody' government (these were Mr Yorke's epithets). Madmen like Pitt, demons like Castlereagh, mischievous idiots like Perceval, were the tyrants, the curses of the country, the destroyers of her trade. It was their infatuated perseverance in an unjustifiable, a hopeless, a ruinous war, which had brought the nation to its present pass. It was their monstrously oppressive taxation, it was the infamous 'Orders in Council' - the originators of which deserved impeachment and the scaffold, if ever public men did - that hung a millstone about England's neck."

What I liked about this book: First of all, it is amazing how its main subject remains so true to our times! Shirley could have been written nowadays, if not for several occurrences connecting it to what Charlotte Brontë was going through, in particularly the deaths and illnesses that took her family away, starting with Charlotte's mum.
I was also glad this was not a romantic novel, I felt it was a breath of fresh air to be reading about different matters, although marriage and passionate feelings were unavoidable.
I loved the way she talks to the reader, as if she were telling us the story herself instead of writing it... I was captivated by this closeness.
Last, but not least, I cannot help feeling thrown back with the descriptions of the places, having been in Haworth myself, I am still in awe of the place and the Brontë books always manage to bring me back to the most wonderful location I have ever been at!

What I disliked about this book: There were too many characters to remember, which had me lost at some points, and the story, itself, was too long!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paul (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg)

Greg Mottola directed this film where Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings are two English Science Fiction geeks about to dive into the heart of alien America. There they meet a very lively E.T., Paul, who leads them on a crazy trip!
While trying by all means to get Paul back home, both guys become some sort of heroes thanks to this little green being!

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jane Lynch, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver

What I liked about this film: Paul is so cute!!! There are very funny lines and it is a new approach to the alien movies. Besides, they managed to get an amazing cast together!
I also learnt a new life lesson: "Sometimes, you just gotta roll the dice."

What I disliked about this film: It is a comedy version of E.T., therefore it may seem like there are too many alien movies around: The punch lines should be stronger for this one to stand out.

Charlie Sheen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Despite his cocaine and hooker addiction, Mr. Sheen is one fine actor!
I am personally going to miss him on "Two and a Half Men", that show will not be the same again!
However, this week, I was very much surprised to see that besides being a great and funny actor, Charlie Sheen is also able to laugh at himself. The Hollywood star made an appearance on "The Tonight Show", talked about his habits, family, statements made throughout these hard times and admitted to being out of control... But the most hilarious moment was when Jay Leno asked him if he was dating anyone right now, to which Mr. Sheen answered: "I don't think you can call what I do dating".
Charlie left the audience on a good note, saying that "I can't do it again, Jay. I don't have the energy. I'm out of slogans."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friends with Benefits (Keith Merryman, David A. Newman, Will Gluck and Harley Peyton)

During the opening few minutes of this film, directed by Will Gluck, Jamie and Dylan are both dumped by their significant others, prompting each to decide that it is the time to take a break from everything resembling an emotional relationship.
Dylan is a genuine hot shot at a dot.com when head hunter Jamie is hired to wrangle him as GQ's newest art director.
After a few months in New York, Dylan and Jamie decide that they should adopt a friend with benefits lifestyle, as they are both done with the dating game. After the ground rules are set, the two get to it.

The plot finally comes around as the back and forth connection between Dylan and Jamie becomes apparent and the two are forced to actually deal with their feelings for each other. Friends With Benefits is a romantic comedy, so there are the typical situations of overhearing a conversation that was misunderstood and a brief entrance of a potential love interest.

Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins, Woody Harrelson

Why I loved this film: At first I thought I was just going to see a comedy about two friends having sex, but it turned out to be more than that... I saw my life and personality in Jamie (Mila Kunis' character), the person who only meets douchebags and puts on a strong front, but deep down all she wants is to be loved and keep searching for the perfect guy, although he is there all the time, and when it comes to friends with benefits, someone always ends up getting hurt. But most of all, as they say in the movie, "everyone is damaged" regarding love!
I guess this film gave me hope of a happy ending in my own life.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ok Go and The Muppets

Due to the release of "The Muppets" movie, the four nerdy hipsters from Los Angeles, Ok Go, joined forces with the creations of Jim Henson and the result is this brilliant cover of the Muppet Theme Song. Not to mention the pretty funny video that goes along with it... Well done!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Birthday, Freddie Mercury, wherever you are...

Freddy Mercury would have been 65 today if he were alive.
The former Queen lead singer was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, were Parsis from the Gujarat region of the then province of Bombay Presidency in British India. The Bulsara family had moved to Zanzibar so that his father could continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. He had a younger sister, Kashmira.
In 1954, at the age of eight, Freddie Mercury was sent to study at St. Peter's School, a British-style boarding school for boys in Panchgani, near Bombay, India. It was at St. Peter's that he began to call himself "Freddie".
At the age of 17, Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution.They moved into a small house in Feltham, Middlesex, England. Freddie enrolled at Isleworth Polytechnic in West London where he studied art and remained a British citizen for the rest of his life.
In April 1970, Freddie Mercury joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in a new band that he named "Queen", stating that "I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it". At about the same time, he changed his surname, Bulsara, to Mercury.
According to his partner Jim Hutton, Freddie was diagnosed with AIDS shortly after Easter of 1987, although our beloved singer claimed in an interview to have tested negative for HIV.
However, his inner circle of colleagues and friends, whom he felt he could trust, continually denied the stories, even after one front page article showed Mercury appearing very haggard in what was now a rare public appearance. Brian May confirmed in a 1993 interview that Mercury had informed the band of his illness much earlier. Filmed in May 1991, the music video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives" features a very thin Mercury, where these are his final scenes in front of a camera.
Near the end of his life, Freddie was starting to lose his sight and his deterioration was so overpowering that he could not get out of bed. Due to his worse conditions, he decided to quicken death by refusing to take his medication.
Freddie Mercury died on the evening of November 24th, 1991, at the age of 45, at his home in Kensington. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
I remember being on the school bus the next morning as I heard the news and feeling so sad: The world had lost rock's greatest all-time entertainer with one of the most wonderful voices in music!
Happy 65th, Freddie Mercury, you will always be remembered for the magical moments you provided us!