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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (James Patterson)

It is a snowy Christmas Eve, and Detective Alex Cross is at home celebrating with his family. Just as Alex's wife Bree emerges from the kitchen with a bowl of homemade eggnog, his phone rings with news that shatters the night: at a nearby home, a family has been taken hostage - and the situation is spiralling out of control fast.
Alex rushes to the scene and confronts the unthinkable: a father is threatening to murder his own children and ex-wife. Then just as the insanity peaks, a second horrific situation explodes - one that no one could have foreseen, which puts millions of people at risk. This is a red alert of the darkest kind, and Alex is forced to make a decision that could end as many lives as it saves - including his own.

Quote: "They say it's good luck if it snows on Christmas Eve. I didn't usually buy into that kind of folk wisdom, but if it turned out to be true, well, this was looking like it'd be one of the best Christmases ever."

Why this book speaks to me: I am a huge fan of crime fiction, trying to figure out who, where, and why; Thus, I am a big fan of James Patterson - as I may have written before on this blog -, and once again he delivers.
Alex Cross is back and it will actually be fun to see how these stories come out on the big screen, since his first novel of the kind is already in cinemas.
Now about the book, another one that was hard to put down once I had started reading it, with everything included: crime, suspense, love, and terrifying moments. In other words, the perfect Christmas gift!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Comme un Chef (Daniel Cohen)

A veteran chef faces off against his brother. The latter wants the establishment to lose a star in order to bring in a younger chef who specialises in molecular gastronomy.

Starring: Jean Reno, Michaël Youn, Raphaëlle Agogué, Julien Boisselier, Santiago Segura, James Gerard

Why I loved this film: I am more and more in awe of French movies, and this is yet another spectacular, hilarious, and amazing flick with a great cast. I was laughing all the way!

However, bring something to eat, watching all that food is bound to make you hungry.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik & George V. Higgins)

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Shepard

My thoughts on this film: Unlike most reviews I did not think this was a great piece of art. Nothing to add in terms of actors, the cast was great; however, I believed it to be a low budget movie in every sense.
To begin with, there was nothing heart thumping or any surprise elements; on the contrary, I was laughing the whole time. There were quite a few witty one-liners related to the political reality of America, which I enjoyed, and at times it seemed to go in an interesting direction, but then the tables would turn and leave me disappointed.
The ending was just gross - nothing more, nothing less.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Trouble with the Curve (Randy Brown)

Directed by Robert Lorenz, Gus is a baseball scout with eye problems. His daughter Mickey wants to help and so leaves her job to go on a recruiting trip, which might be his last if Gus does not make the right call.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake

My thoughts on this film: At first I went to see it because there was nothing better on, but I must say I loved the cast, the story is better than I would have thought, with some great one liners.
Overall, it was fun to watch!

Monday, November 12, 2012

R.I.P. Marcos Paulo

Today was a little saddened with the news that one of my greatest youth icons passed away last night from a pulmonary embolism. He was 61.
I am not a fan of soap operas, but when you grow up speaking another language you tend to look for your roots and find them wherever you can. Whenever I was in Portugal on holiday, I used to see him in every Brazilian soap opera, most of the time playing a villain, much older than me but so good looking and a great actor too!
I remember being moved by 'Meu bem, Meu mal', 'Despedida de Solteiro', and many more...
Now, those summers will never come back and neither will he...
Descansa em Paz, Marcos Paulo!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

MTV EMA 2012

Hosted by Heidi Klum

The beginning was a little annoying with the whole circus scene. When you are watching the host speaking it becomes really irritating when someone behind them does not stay still. It was hard to pay attention.
Rita Ora was the first musical guest. Not much to say there; not my cup of tea.
Fun. followed; I used to love that song until it became annoying after being too many times on the radio, but as their name says, they are always fun to watch.
MTV never seizes to amaze me, especially when they experience problems during 'Call me maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen. Well that is a Live Show for you, with all its ups and downs!

Best Female: Taylor Swift

Best Song: Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)

No Doubt had their return - One of my fave bands - but I must say it was weird to see Gwen Stefani looking so grown-up. Still sounding great, though!

Best Male: Justin Bieber

Best Hip-Hop: Nicki Minaj

Best Electronic: David Guetta

The Killers followed. In my personal opinion, all their songs sound the same...

Best Live: Taylor Swift

Psy was the highlight of the show with his 'Gangnam Style'. He had the entire audience dancing!

Best Look: Taylor Swift

The show gets back on track with Muse.

Best New: One Direction

Global Icon: Whitney Houston

The party went on with Pitbull.

Best Pop: Justin Bieber

Best Rock: Linkin Park

Worldwide Act: Hangeng

Best Video: Gangnam Style (Psy)

And the show comes to an end with Taylor Swift. I was not very impressed with these EMA. Nothing major to add.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dan in Real Life (Pierce Gardner & Peter Hedges)

Dan Burns is a single father who dedicates life to his children, but one day he meets Marie at a bookstore. So far so good, until Dan finds out that Marie is actually dating his brother.

Starring: Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Britt Robertson, Marlene Lawston, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, Norbert Leo Butz, Amy Ryan, Jessica Hecht, Frank Wood, Emily Blunt, Matthew Morrison

My thoughts on this film: I know it sounds like a mushy love story that you watch on weekend afternoons - and maybe it is - but this is also what I needed right now. Something on how complicated love is, which makes me realise that things do not only happen to me; everyone goes through the same, sooner or later it will all work out.
Not very funny, though!

Argo (Chris Terrio & Joshuah Bearman)

Directed by Ben Affleck, this was inspired on a true story. In the late 70's - early 80's, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was eventually required to get them out of the country.
With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devises a daring plan: to create a phoney Canadian film looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez proceeds to Iran as its associate producer.
However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while everyone back in the States is having great doubts about the operation itself.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina

Why I loved this film: I had never heard of this story until now, and I must say I found it to be an extremely well done and moving feature in every aspect. Very funny and witty at the right times, 'Argo' showed to be a marvel including just the right cast - which should be expected, considering Ben Affleck's directing history -, with a very emotional ending.

The boy in the striped pyjamas (John Boyne & Mark Herman)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command of a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that Germans and Jews may not get along.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga, Cara Horgan, Amber Beattie, David Thewlis, Jack Scanlon, Rupert Friend

My thoughts on this film: After having read the novel a long time ago, I was finally able to watch the movie and I must say, as heart-warming as it seemed down to the very end, the book was much more powerful because you felt like you were reading the diary of a little boy, while the film made me distance myself a little and look at the story from a different perspective.
However, the message remained strong and the ending left me teary-eyed!

Sunday, November 04, 2012

The Words (Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal)

This romantic drama follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success when he publishes the next great American novel. There is only one catch - he did not write it. As the past comes back to haunt Jansen, he is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work - and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Wilde

My thoughts on this film: Do not watch 'The Words' unless you are prepared to do quite a bit of thinking - even after it is over.
Unlike other movies, it analyses the most important things in life. Anyone can take a different meaning from watching this film; in my humble opinion 'The Words' felt like an observation that you should reconsider your priorities in life, and things always happen for a reason - if you push fate, it will come back to haunt you.
The cast is also great; the only thing I have to point out is the ending, which felt like something was missing.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ZOO (James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge)

All over the world, brutal attacks are immobilising entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.
With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it is too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning - soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

Quote: "Back in Africa, when night fell, I had resigned myself to my death. I started praying to my grandfather, saying that if I had to die, that maybe he could help somehow. That it would be quick. The next day, I was about to give up hope. Then I looked up, and you were there."

Why this book speaks to me: James Patterson is one of my all-time favourite thriller writers, and here he has done it again.
I loved the fact that this is so different from everything else he has written, it is mostly about the changes in the environment caused by all the energy we use - including cell phones, etc -, he even goes as far as making every animal in the world crazy and hungry for humans due to the signals they are receiving from our echo-system.
Overall, I found this very up to date, interesting, and kept me reading all the way. The only drawback, in my opinion - and I do not mean to ruin the ending for anyone - is that there is no proper end to this since humans are too selfish to give up such lifestyles.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Astérix et Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté (René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron)

Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.

Starring: GĂ©rard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve, Bouli Lanners, Jean Rochefort, GĂ©rard Jugnot

My thoughts on this film: I have always loved Asterix and Obelix books, so I had to go and see it. The casting was great and everything was well done, really funny, worth the money, if it were not for a tiny hiccup: the film is in 3D.
I still believe that 3D movies are a waste of money, you pay €2 more for something you could see as well in the normal format, there are no special effects worth seeing this in 3D!

The dead won't sleep (Anna Smith)

A decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. The victim is a fourteen-year-old junkie and prostitute called Tracy Eadie.
Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance.
Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse leading back to the very top of the establishment - and to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden.
Rosie has found the story of a lifetime. Yet living to tell it will be her greatest challenge.

Quote: "Rosie laughed as Gemma said she might get a boyfriend soon. They were so innocent. She could picture how they would be in a few years time, and her heart sank."

My thoughts on this book: At first, I was concerned that this was going to be boring because it seemed like the whole plot was being told straight away... But then the story evolved and soon it had my undivided attention!
This brought me back to a recent scandal in Portugal, where kids from a Portuguese school/orphanage were being taken by a caretaker to meet and be abused by High Society individuals. The story is exactly the same and so are the problems connected.
At the time of the scandal I was working in a newspaper as a training journalist, so I actually witnessed the issues journalists had to deal with and overcome in order to have their findings told. It was not easy!
More than a thriller, this is a touching story of what many kids go through in foster homes - what creates their future!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Looper (Rian Johnson)

In the year 2044, a man working for a group of killers called 'Loopers' - who work for the mob and kill people sent back in time - recognises a victim as his older self. A life and death chase begins...

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo, Jeff Daniels, Pierce Gagnon, Qing Xu, Frank Brennan

My thoughts on this film: What can I say?
The first half was completely boring, probably because I could not understand what was going on...
The second part became more interesting in terms of figuring out who was going to die and whether they were going to get the guy in the end.
The ending was very surprising yet weird.
On the other hand, the characters were well put together, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was completely unrecognisable since he was made up to look more like a younger version of Bruce Willis.
The acting was good and the story had everything to be a success - with the whole time machine idea -, there is so much you can do with it; unfortunately I feel like the writer went the other way and I was left wondering what the whole point was.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

To Rome with Love (Woody Allen)

Set in the romantic city of Rome. This tells the intertwining stories of a worker who wakes up to find himself a celebrity, an architect who takes a trip back to the street he lived on as a student, a young couple on their honeymoon, and a frustrated opera director who has a 'talent' for discovering singers.

Starring: Judy Davis, Flavio Parenti, Roberto Benigni, Alison Pill, Alessandro Tiberi, Alessandra Mastronardi, Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Penélope Cruz, Ellen Page

Why I loved this film: Unlike many comments I have read, the silliness and ridiculous scenes behind this movie blended with the beautiful scenario that is Rome makes it one of Woody Allen's best works ever!
I was not a Woody Allen fan before but he has started winning me over slowly with 'Midnight in Paris' and now 'To Rome with Love'. Besides, it took a lot of guts to make a mix between American and Italian movies, and the result was fabulous!
A mixture of hilarious, witty stories that blend reality with the surreal, which kept me laughing all the way along with everyone else in the room. A great comedy!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hate List (Jennifer Brown)

Five months before, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria before turning the gun on himself. Val was as shocked as everyone else - but despite her own serious injury she is implicated in the crime because of a list. The list both made of people they hated. The list Nick used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends, and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place, and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

Quote: "I sat on the couch, feeling more alone than ever before. Feeling colder than I'd ever imagined possible. Feeling like, of all the horror of what happened, this was the worst of it. This was the worst because, even after everything that had been done, I still missed Nick. Sometimes we get to win, too, he'd told me."

Why this book speaks to me: Unlike what you may think, Jennifer Brown's debut novel is not about a school shooting. That is just what triggers the story.
I have considered this book to be about two things. Firstly, how it all can change from one moment to another, one minute you are here, next you are not anymore; One minute you are happy, the next something will make you unhappy, or vice-versa; so you cannot take things or people for granted, nobody knows what tomorrow will bring.
However, this is also about a girl trying to find herself, in spite of everything. Trying to realise who she is, to fit into a dysfunctional family, and consider her future.
I found it to be a clever, powerful, and moving story. A real page-turner that left me in tears at the end!

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

Outstanding writing for a comedy series: Louis C. K. (Louie)

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

Outstanding directing for a comedy series: Steven Levitan (Modern Family)

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race

Outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program: Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

- A prank is played where Tracy Morgan pretends to pass out, so people will twitter and Facebook about it, therefore increasing the audience of the Emmys.

Outstanding writing for a drama series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff (Homeland)

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

Outstanding directing for a drama series: Timothy Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire)

- A tribute was paid to Jimmy Kimmel (In Memoriam)with Josh Groban playing 'What makes you beautiful' by One Direction on the piano.

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Damian Lewis (Homeland)

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Claire Danes (Homeland)

Outstanding writing for a variety special: Louis C. K. (Louis C. K. Live at the Beacon Theatre)

Outstanding directing for a variety special: Glenn Weiss (65th Annual Tony Awards)

Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: Tom Berenger (Hatfields & McCoys)

Outstanding writing for a miniseries or movie: Danny Strong (Game Change)

Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie: Julianne Moore (Game Change)

Outstanding directing for a miniseries or movie: Jay Roach (Game Change)

Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)

Outstanding miniseries or movie: Game Change

Outstanding Drama Series: Homeland

Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan)

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Calvin is a genius novelist who begins to type a new novel - on his manual typewriter - about Ruby, his dream girl. He cannot believe it when the following day Ruby becomes a real person, and they begin to have a beautiful relationship together. Whenever things are not perfect, all Calvin has to do is simply type the words on the page and Ruby's actions will change to what he needs.

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, Alia Shawkat

Why I loved this film: To begin with, I had read a similar story called "The Girl on Paper" by Guillaume Musso; however, this remains pretty original, or at least there are not many similar movies out there, which is a real breath of fresh air.
It mostly follows that saying "be careful what you wish for", since it might come true and you may be over your head with something you are not sure about. Everything in this story is amazing, funny, witty - although it is not a real 'work of art', it made me laugh and think about what really matters in life, but mostly about fate. Even when you think everything seems lost and things will not get better, fate will find a way, making you think... Is it all my imagination?
But the most important lesson here is that you cannot control life - only your dreams - so leave for the present, do not worry about the future and never stop dreaming!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hope Springs (Vanessa Taylor)

Directed by David Frankel, Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has declined until they are now sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Kay has finally had enough and finds a book which inspires her to sign them up for a Doctor's intense week-long marriage counselling session. Although Arnold sees nothing wrong with their 30-year-old marriage, he reluctantly agrees to go on the expensive excursion. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion. Even with the Doctor's advice, Kay and Arnold find that renewing their marriage's fire is a daunting challenge for them both.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Ben Rappaport, Marin Ireland, Elisabeth Shue

My thoughts on this film: I saw the trailer and thought it looked hilarious, but then I went on to watching the movie...
I expected nothing but greatness from such a wonderful cast and got... nothing!
With some funny moments, this looked more like a romantic story than the comedy it was supposed to be. Steve Carell was not funny at all, Meryl Streep was the romantic and clumsy wife in love with her husband - nothing new there and this sounds funnier than it actually was -, leaving Tommy Lee Jones with all the funny lines.
Some bits were a little too mushy and awkward for my taste; however, to be fair, it was not all so bad, I did laugh, but overall this movie was disappointing.

Miracle Cure (Harlan Coben)

Sara and Michael are the ideal celebrity couple, darlings of the media - until their lives are shattered by an illness.
Dr. Harvey Riker's clinic has found the miracle cure that millions seek. One by one his patients are getting well. One by one they are targeted by a serial killer more fatal than the disease.
Lieutenant Bernstein's true desires make him a perfect choice to track the killer - or a perfect victim.
Can anyone stop the assassin who will do anything to prevent the world's most desperately needed miracle cure...?

Quote: "No matter how hard she tried not to be, Sara was always different, always coddled, always behind. She hated it. As she got older, Sara learned that the limp and brace were not as difficult to overcome as people's perceptions."

Why this book speaks to me: I usually go through various stages where I get attached to a particular author. Right now I am hooked on Harlan Coben.
His books have everything I crave: mystery, fun, celebrity-style characters, a story that makes you want to keep reading non-stop, and a surprise at the end.
And this is no different; however, I have to admit it is not his best book whatsoever, but the ending is nothing like I imagined, so it made up for the rest.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The eye of the storm (Judy Morris and Patrick White)

Under the direction of Fred Schepisi, Elizabeth Hunter controls all in her life - society, her staff, her children; but the once great beauty will now determine her most defiant act as she chooses her time to die.

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, Judy Davis, Alexandra Schepisi, Maria Theodorakis, Helen Morse, Robyn Nevin, Martin Lynes

My thoughts on this film: I would not call it a great piece of art; however - with the help of an amazing cast -, this deals with life issues that concern us every day, where do we come from? How did we get to this point? Where do we go from here? How do we deal with the death of loved ones? What will it feel like when we die? Are we really able to choose our own time of death?... And, most importantly, why is Geoffrey Rush playing a sex symbol? I guess the latter will remain unanswered...
Overall, this is an all around fun - without being overly comic - family movie that teaches us to take each day as it comes and not to worry too much because the end is a sure thing.

Monday, August 27, 2012

2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon)

Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus - who each have children from prior relationships - find their comfortable family dynamics turned upside down by a visit from Marion's relatives.

Starring: Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Kate Burton

My thoughts on this film: It was interesting to see the combination of a French-American film; this turned out to be pretty funny, some bits were even hilarious; however, other parts were quite mushy, the scene where she almost falls from a tall building and is saved by her boyfriend has been done so many times that I actually started hoping she would fall and die for a change; I really like Chris Rock and I grew to like Julie Delpy in the last year, so I guess my hopes were probably too high leaving me a little disappointed in the end.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

La princesse de Montpensier (Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Cosmos, Madame de La Fayette, François-Olivier Rousseau)

The action in this story focuses on the love of Marie de MeziĂšres for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father's political ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Philippe de Montpensier, who she has never met. When Philippe is called away to fight, Marie is left in the care of the Count of Chabannes - an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare - and soon becomes exposed to the sexual and political intrigues of the court.

Starring: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel, Raphaël Personnaz

My thoughts on this film: While this is not what I would usually consider to be excellent, I really liked the history therein, and I also related to the love story - it was not the usual mushy, romantic, teary film, but rather something very real nowadays, a woman who believed her true love felt the same way, but as soon as someone better (with more money) came along, he turned his back on her.
I believe this superb drama set in the 16th century is a unique movie worth seeing!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Red Lights (Rodrigo Cortés)

Dr. Margaret Matheson and her partner, Tom Buckley, are the world's foremost investigators of paranormal phenomena. Professional skeptics, they have exposed dozens of fraudulent mind readers, ghost hunters, faith healers and the like by detecting 'red lights' - subtle clues to the trickery behind each of these 'supernatural' occurrences.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Craig Roberts, Jeany Spark

My thoughts on this film: I totally loved De Niro in this and I must say that his brilliance at acting is what actually saved the movie, in my opinion.
I thought the whole concept was great - is there life after death? Are psychics for real? - therefore, I expected more from such a thriller with an amazing storyline and a brilliant cast. It had all the right ingredients!
The first part seemed ok, like it was going somewhere, with a few scary bits... But the second half became all messy with parts that did not make much sense and a twist at the end which really ruined it for me: I was left wondering what was the point?

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises (Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane)

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader - Bane - overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Ben Mendelsohn, Daniel Sunjata

Why I loved this film: I am not a big 'Batman' fan, but the cast were absolutely amazing; the special effects were the best; and the plot was exciting throughout the entire movie, with no dead moments.
This will keep you on your seat the whole time, wondering what will happen next, but you are in for a surprise ending, indeed!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Stay Close (Harlan Coben)

Megan is a suburban housewife who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she has two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of forty he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who cannot let go of a cold case - a local husband and father who disappeared seventeen years ago - and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realisation that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream - the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades - they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as thin as a heartbeat.

Quote: "Oh, honey, I'm as messed up as the rest. I just learned not to care so much. You know? We fight wars for freedom, right, and then what do we do with that freedom? We tie ourselves down with possessions and debt and, well, other people. If I seem happy, it's because I do what I want when I want."

Why this book speaks to me: I am a big fan of crime/police fiction and this is another great one, with the additional peculiarity of having a totally surprising end - not expected at all.
It was very entertaining to read - a real page-turner - and I will definitely keep a watch for other Harlan Coben books!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hitch (Kevin Bisch)

As directed by Andy Tennant, Alex Hitchens is "The Love Doctor" - He helps men to land dates. Sara is a gossip columnist for a New York City tabloid. Both are very guarded around the opposite sex. Despite their natures, Alex and Sara begin a relationship. However, complications arise when Sara's latest scoop happens to be one of Alex's clients.

Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Julie Ann Emery, Adam Arkin, Michael Rapaport, Jeffrey Donovan, Kevin Sussman

Why I loved this film: This was pretty funny all the way, but more than that, every woman and every man should see it because through all the funny lines, there are some basic truths about the dating world and all the wrongs that could be made right.
I really believe every guy could get any girl as long as they do not seem overly desperate or simply in search of sex. I even believe they have it easier because it has been proven that there are more women in the world than men - and a lot of singletons. We do not bite or think we are a higher power. We are just as scared as you are, hoping to find true romance - and, yes, we do not believe it either when we give the excuse of focusing on our career at this time, and I know I say that a lot.
There were a lot of clever, deep and funny insights throughout the movie; nevertheless, the ending was pretty stupid.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ted (Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life - his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep the friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Barth, Aedin Mincks, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones, Tom Skerritt, Bretton Manley

Why I loved this film: I absolutely loved everything about this movie, from beginning to end - just hilarious!
To begin with, I loved seeing my favourite comedy actors together in a single film: Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton. Although I get the feeling Giovanni Ribisi always ends up playing the same type of roles.
Now on another note, I loved the 80's references, the script is to die for from laughing so much and Teddy is so damn cute that you just keep rooting for him the whole time, even when he screws up - which he does for most of the movie.
The only two things I have to point out is that I did not understand how John found Ted so quickly before the car chase; and this was supposed to be about the magic of a little boy's wish, so it did not make much sense when Lori wished for the same thing.
In general terms, I totally recommend this and will probably see it again someday!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Bounty Hunter (Sarah Thorp)

Directed by Andy Tennant, Milo Boyd - a bounty hunter - is paid to do the job of his dreams when he is sent to catch ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurley, who escaped trial. Milo believes it is in the bag, but nothing is ever easy when this couple come together.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski, Dorian Missick, Peter Greene, Jeff Garlin, Siobhan Fallon

Why I loved this film: To begin with, two words: Gerard Butler. Now that I have taken that off my chest, I just love the story, it is really original and hilarious. The cast is absolutely amazing. I was laughing out loud from beginning to end!
Even the ending was unexpected. I totally recommend it!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bridesmaids (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo)

As directed by Paul Feig, Annie's life is a mess. However, when she finds out that her best friend Lilian is tying the knot, Annie must fulfil her maid of honour duties. Although broke and unlucky in love, this maid of honour will show Lilian and the bridesmaids how far you can go for love.

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd

My thoughts on this film: Honestly, I do not understand the Oscar nominations. In my opinion, this is yet another average comedy - pretty funny, some actually hilarious moments, but nothing unusual - I would go as far as considering it a female version of The Hangover; however, the latter was funnier.
I also hated the happy ending, easiest thing ever! When will writers start thinking of other endings? Been there, done that!
If you are looking for a laugh, this is pretty good, but not the amazing film it is written out to be!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Hangover: Part II (Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin, Scot Armstrong)

Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. What could go wrong? After The Hangover's extreme success, the guys are back with an explosive and fun sequel which shows that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok... is out of this world!

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, Paul Giamatti

My thoughts on this film: As usual in any sequel, the original was funnier. However, this started slowly but soon picked up the pace, turning into something unseen and hilarious. I only object to the part where the monkey is shot, I am against harming animals in any way - even if it is only acting.
Overall, this was pretty funny and entertaining, but I still prefer the first one.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Magic Mike (Reid Carolin)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Mike - an experienced stripper - takes a young performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Reid Carolin, Joe Manganiello

Why I loved this film: Most women will say "naked men"; But this also has to be part of Matthew McConaughey's best work, it got to a point when the audience would just start laughing every time he spoke.
This movie has everything for all types of audience: naked guys, a romantic story, fighting, and laughs all the way!
I totally loved it!

R.I.P. Sage Stallone

My generation may remember Sage Stallone, Sylvester Stallone's older son, who also became an actor in the 1990's.
The 36-year-old was found in his L.A. apartment with an apparent drug overdose, although details surrounding his death remain unclear. The paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Another life taken too soon!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Survivors Club (Lisa Gardner)

The Survivors Club... That is what Jillian, Carol and Meg call it. They do not consider themselves to be victims. They are survivors who faced the blazing headlines and helped lead the investigation that caught Eddie Como, the man who changed their lives forever.
But now Eddie Como, the College Hill Rapist, has been murdered, shot down outside the courtroom moments before his trial was to begin. Jillian, Carol and Meg are openly ecstatic - but they are also the prime suspects in his murder.
Detective Roan Griffin has never had a case quite like this one. Could three ordinary women have been driven to do the unthinkable? Has someone in the Survivors Club become a killer? And then another woman is brutally attacked...

Quote: "In the end, they had a description of a white male who was between five and six feet tall, who might have brown hair, blond hair or black hair, who was either heavyset or rail-thin, who was wearing a ski mask, a Zorro-like mask, a stocking mask or nothing at all, and who may or may not bear a striking resemblance to James Gandolfini's character on The Sopranos."

Why this book speaks to me: Besides the fact that I love crime fiction books, this is one of those stories where you think you know it all at the beginning and by mid-book you realise how wrong you were all the way!
I also like how it deals with sensitive issues such as rape, and pedophiles, as well as consequences for the victims in the long run.
The humour with which it treats journalists and their interference in murder cases is also a good laugh.
Overall, this is a page turner!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, a young boy and girl fall in love and are moved to run away together. Various fractions are mobilised to search for them and the town is turned upside down... Which might not be such a bad thing.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel

My thoughts on this film: I hated the dog's death and some scenes were really awkward, particularly the part where they are discovering sex, which would be fine except for Suzy saying "I think it's hard", and Sam's reply "Does that bother you?" To which she answers "No, I like it."
That part was way too creepy considering their age, I know it is the time when teenagers are becoming acquainted with their sexual feelings, but not like that...
I also thought this should not be considered a Drama, but rather a Comedy, it was very funny and maybe even a spoof of the 60's not to be taken too seriously.
The cast were very good, though.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Le Prénom (Matthieu Delaporte)

The story takes place before dinner at Pierre and Élisabeth's home, where her brother, Vincent, and childhood friend, Claude, are guests. Vincent and Anna are expecting their first child and as they await Anna's late arrival, the conversation leads towards the future baby... But when Vincent reveals the supposed name of the baby it turns into family chaos.

Starring: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquedec, Judith El Zein, Françoise Fabian

Why I loved this film: The setting is very simple - a little like Roman Polanski's most recent film - a living room is all it takes, which demands more of the actors in order for us to buy what is happening, and they really delivered.
This is not just about the name of the baby, it actually starts that way but other revelations are made - although I will refrain from telling them.
I was laughing from beginning to end because the lines were very well written, funny, witty and kept me glued to the screen.
I definitely recommend it!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Titanic Secret (Jack Steel)

On April 10th, 1912, as the RMS Titanic leaves from Southampton Docks for her maiden voyage to New York, little do her 2.223 passengers dream of the powers at play on board the ship and the terrifying fate that awaits them far out in the icy wastes of the Atlantic.
For on board the Titanic are three men - among the richest in America - who are about to deliver a message that will change the course of history.
Aware of the gravity of the situation, the head of British Intelligence dispatches his best and most trusted agent, Alex Tremayne, onto the Titanic with one purpose in mind - to stop the men from reaching New York, by whatever means necessary.
Aided by the cool American agent Maria Weston, Alex must be prepared for the lengths he will have to go to fulfil his mission.

Quote: "Maria nodded. She,too, looked uncomfortable with the reality of the situation in which they now found themselves. Like Tremayne, in her brief career with the Bureau of Investigation she'd been forced to take a human life. In fact, she had been forced to take five lives, but in every case she had been involved in a covert operation and had either been defending herself or protecting a fellow agent. The idea that she would have to be involved in the cold-blooded killing of another person, and at the whim of a man she'd only recently met, made her feel very uneasy, despite the importance of the mission."

Author's Note:"This is of course a work of fiction, and the events I've described as taking place on the ship and in Berlin and elsewhere never actually happened. The Titanic really did hit an iceberg, literally a glancing blow, but that was enough to send the world's biggest ship to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean."

Why this book speaks to me: This new approach to the Titanic tragedy was very interesting. I love true stories, documentaries and so forth. Now pick a real tragedy, add some fiction and you have a success - a book that is hard to put down before reaching the very end.
The only thing I did not like, which stuck in my mind, was when a submarine was roaming the ocean and the author writes that they were looking for "living survivors"; I never heard of dead survivors, so that part did not make much sense, otherwise I loved the story and recommend it!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

What to expect when you're expecting (Shauna Cross, Heather Hach, Heidi Murkoff)

Directed by Kirk Jones, this is a comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high celebrity lives do not stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mummy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive dad, who is expecting twins with a much younger trophy wife. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex is not so sure and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro

My thoughts on this film: It is a typical Hollywood comedy with some great laughs, teary moments and a happy ending, nothing unusual. If you just want a good laugh, this is the right movie for you, but do not expect anything too fantastic!

Note: This is the second movie I have seen starring Rodrigo Santoro - the first one being "Love Actually" - and remembering him from the Brazilian soap operas I used to watch as a teenager, he seems to amaze me more nowadays, I much prefer this new side to the Brazilian actor.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Private Games (James Patterson and Mark Sullivan)

In July 2012 the Games have arrived in London. Preparations have gone flawlessly and the stage is set for one of the greatest ever showcases of sporting excellence. But one man has a devastating plan. Having waited years for this chance, he is now ready for vengeance.

Quote: "What honour can there be in a victory that is not earned?"

Why this book speaks to me: I am a fan of James Patterson and once again he does not disappoint. Patterson brings in the magic of the Olympic Games earlier than expected but with all the truth of someone who has done his research. Now add the spice of suspense and crime fiction and the result is a book that is hard to put down until the very end.
I also enjoyed reading what was going through the mind of the killer but not being able to figure out who it was until the last chapters. In my opinion, that is the key to a good crime fiction.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Salmon fishing in the Yemen (Simon Beaufoy, Paul Torday)

In this film, directed by Lasse Hallström, a visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, therefore he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, the sheik instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project is both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove that the impossible may actually become possible.

Starring: Amr Waked, Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Rachael Stirling, Kristin Scott Thomas

My thoughts on this film: I am not so sure what to make of it all. I found this to be a cute, amusing and at times not so amusing story. I loved the whole 'you have to have faith' bit plus the typical British jokes that no one seemed to get: On a Sunday instead of going to Church he'd rather go to Tesco's; How the British try to copy Eastenders in terms of classes; etc. There were some funny lines that made you laugh storywise, but nothing over the top. I would say this was a cute, family, typical British movie with the sickening happy ending.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Muppets (Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller)

In this movie, directed by James Bobin, Walter is the biggest ever Muppet fan being a muppet himself. While visiting Los Angeles with his brother Gary and the latter's girlfriend Mary, Walter learns that Tex Richman wants to drill under the Muppet Theatre for oil, so these three fans set out to find the Muppets who have been split up for years so that they can put on one last show and save the Muppet Theatre.
Kermit the Frog now lives in his own mansion in Hollywood, The Great Gonzo is a high class plumber at Gonzo's Royal Flush, Fozzie Bear performs with a tribute band called The Moopets, Miss Piggy is the plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is at a celebrity anger management rehab centre.

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Peter Linz, Ken Jeong, Jim Parsons, Sarah Silverman, Emily Blunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris, John Krasinski, Rico Rodriguez, Mickey Rooney, Jack Black

My thoughts on this film: The first half was very disappointing. It really seemed like a low budget movie with the Muppets getting together so fast and the whole "travel by map" bit. The songs were really cheesy, appearing in random places making the story a little awkward - they would be doing a scene and suddenly jump into song, nothing like the original Muppets. The scene where Amy Adams is singing a solo at the restaurant also seems like a cheap version of Grease.
However, the second half made it worth it just to watch The Muppet Show all over again. That had to be my favourite part.
I found this to be mostly a kids' movie - in terms of story - while the original Muppets were for all ages.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Le Skylab (Julie Delpy)

It is the year 1979. Eleven-year-old Albertine and her relatives are gathered in the family's home to celebrate grandma's birthday. They believe that SkyLab - a space station launched by NASA - will fall on their heads that summer. This family meeting ends up changing into a crazy weekend with a lot of sex, love and singing...

Starring: Lou Avarez, Julie Delpy, Eric Elmosnino, Aure Atika, Noémie Lvovsky, Emmanuelle Riva, Vincent Lacoste, Sophie Quinton, Denis Menochet, Jean-Louis Coullo'ch

Why I loved this film: I went to see this movie because it was one of the very few I had not seen yet and to tell you the truth, the trailer did not do this film any justice.
It seemed a little dull from the trailer, however the actual movie is very witty and funny with the whole 70's vibe. It kept me laughing and glued to the screen the entire time. I totally loved it, although I found the beginning and ending not to have much to do with the rest of the story, therefore I did not really understand those parts.
Overall I recommend this film!

Monday, May 21, 2012

R.I.P. Robin Gibb

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 62.
Gibb has sold more than 200 million records in his lifetime, along with brothers Maurice (who died in 2003) and Barry.
May he rest in peace.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

This novel derives from the author's wonderfully imaginative recreation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, along with Twain's remarkable ear for dialogue and the understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilised" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings.
But most of all, this is a wonderful story - filled with great adventures and unforgettable characters - that shall never be out of time.

Quote: "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."

Why this book speaks to me: Like Tom Sawyer this is a novel filled with great adventures we all wish we had when we were kids; however, unlike Tom Sawyer this mostly focuses on Huck and Jim (you have to read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" first or you will not understand many things, since Mark Twain does not explain anything, treating this as a true sequel).
I also loved that Huck, not being as educated as his friends, has a funny and innocent way of explaining things, making him more honest than many.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer)

As directed by Larry Charles, this is the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he has so lovingly oppressed.

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Kathryn Hahn

Why I loved this film: I love Sacha Baron Cohen's humour but I was a little disappointed with his previous movies, so I did not know what to expect this time around. The Dictator kept me laughing the entire duration of the film, by the end I had tears in my eyes and I was upset when it was over... I wanted more!
Throughout the whole movie I kept on wandering how come this was not banned in the USA? The political satire and racism related jokes were not lost in the plot, even Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 made an appearance (the funniest part for being so ridiculous, you actually have to see it to know what I am talking about).
Sometimes I felt guilty for laughing at certain jokes, but the ridiculousness of it all was so much that everyone was laughing out loud!

Friday, May 18, 2012

R.I.P. Donna Summer

Disco queen Donna Summer has passed away in Florida this morning, at the age of 63, after losing her battle with cancer.
Donna Summer - real name LaDonna Gaines - was a five-time Grammy winner famous for hits like "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", and "Last Dance".
May she rest in peace.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guilty Wives (James Patterson and David Ellis)

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo. They surrender to the sun and pool, the gambling and best champagne. For four days these women are free to live someone else's life.
However, when night turns into day Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime - a fight for survival.

Quote: "They tell me I will die here. This place I do not know, this dark, dank, rancid dungeon, where nobody wishes me well and most speak languages I don't understand - this is the place I will call home for the rest of my life. That's what they tell me. It's getting harder to disbelieve them.
There are people here who want me dead, some for retribution but most to establish their own notoriety. It would be a sure path to celebrity to kill me or one of my friends, known collectively as the Monte Carlo Mistresses. That was the moniker that stuck in the international media. More imaginative than the earlier ones - the Gang of Four, the Bern Beauties, the Desperate Housewives."

Why this book speaks to me: I usually like James Patterson books in terms of suspense and crime fiction. They tend to be very well written and once I start reading them it becomes very hard to put down. However, this one takes a step further in teaching us not to take things for granted because life can change in a second and you may lose everything you thought you had.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Leatherheads (Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly)

With the early days of professional football as a backdrop, this comedy leads us towards a scandal, a romance and a sport.
Desperate to legitimise the game he loves so much, reckless Dodge Connelly hatches a plan to bring college football superstar and American war hero Carter "The Bullet" Rutherford to his Duluth Bulldogs team – as well as the crowd of thousands that will follow. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune assigns equally relentless reporter Lexie Littleton to uncover the truth behind The Bullet's wartime accomplishments and bring down his charade of heroism. Things become even more complicated when both Dodge and Carter fall for Lexie and the game of football must take a backseat to the game of love.

Starring: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, Robert Baker, Jonathan Pryce

My thoughts on this film: There is not much to it storywise but I found this movie pretty funny in terms of one liners and George Clooney and Renée Zellweger did a hell of a job!