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Friday, March 30, 2012

Intouchables (Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano)



Based on a true story, after he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, Philippe hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.



Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet



Why I loved this film: "Intouchables" rose the bar pretty high for movies this year. I absolutely loved the story and the fact that this is based on an actual event makes it even more amazing!
This film has everything, I went from laughing so hard to being really emotional... The storyline is beautiful. It makes you think about how worthless any problems you may have become in the big picture and how you should make the most of everything, no matter what. Now, imagine that story made into comedy... Nothing is impossible... And, if you are a softy like me, there will still be time for a few tears in the end.
I absolutely recommend it!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (based on the comic book series by Hergé)


Our beloved hero, young reporter Tintin - accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy - come to life in this international success directed by Steven Spielberg.
After discovering that a model ship hides a secret, Tintin and his gang find themselves in the hands of a diabolic vilain.


Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Enn Reitel, Mackenzie Crook, Sonje Fortag


Why I loved this film: I have been a huge fan of Tintin ever since I was a little kid. I read almost every book in English and dreamt of living the adventures of our hero Tintin, cute Snowy and Captain "with a billion blue blistering barnacles" Haddock. Not to forget the two hilarious detectives Thomson and Thompson.
I loved how they decided to do the film, by using digital media instead of actual actors appearing onscreen, it helps in bringing those adventures back, while if we got to see the actual actors it might have ruined the illusion.
I was also thrilled that they included Castafiore in this movie, she was one of the funnier characters and I always loved her relationship with Captain Haddock.
The only character missing is Professor Calculus. Hopefully, the writers will include him in future films. I would love that!
Finally, the movie was pretty funny, I laughed a lot from beginning to end.

Favourite Quote: "You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you."

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Coriolanus (William Shakespeare)

The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, a great soldier and their supposed hero, despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Coriolanus is finally banished from Rome, so he offers his services to his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Lubna Azabal, Ashraf Barhom, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave

My thoughts on this film: The fight scenes are not my cup of tea, however, all the ingredients for a good movie are there. It is Shakespeare, what more can you say?
I loved that they kept the dialogues in Shakespearian English; Gerard Butler once again proves that he is not just a pretty face with a hot body... The guy can really act!
The biggest surprise is actually someone of whom I am not a big fan: Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in the role of Coriolanus, but he also did a great job in his directing debut.
Great film. I reccomend it, but watch out for the fight scenes as they are too bloody!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Darren Criss, from Starkid to Star

I am not a Gleek, as in "I am not obsessed with Glee", but I must say I do watch it and I have become a fan of a Mr. Darren Criss. I know he aready had a career before the show, but I only first heard of him as Blaine Anderson, Kurt's boyfriend in Glee, so I am not going to talk about his Starkid days.
To begin with, I have to say I was surprised with The Warblers, the new acapella group that started in Glee, where Darren sings lead vocals. The guys are good, but the writers are mostly to congratulate for such a brilliant and innovative idea. With so many boybands and commercial sounds, we needed something like this in the charts:



Now onto Darren Criss, he is not just a good actor, at the young age of 25, but he is also a great singer, performer and, most of all, music writer. In case you do not believe me, here he is singing one of my favourite songs: