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😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

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!

Friday, May 11, 2012

R.I.P. Bernardo Sassetti

Portuguese musician Bernardo Sassetti has passed away at the age of 41 after falling off a cliff at Guincho (a popular beach located in Portugal) in the middle of a photo shoot.
No words can describe this sad day. R.I.P.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Les Infidèles (Nicolas Bedos, Philippe Caverivière, Jean Dujardin, Stéphane Joly, Gilles Lellouche)



A series of short scenes set around the subject of infidelity.




Starring: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Violette Blanckaert, Bastien Bouillon, Guillaume Canet, Célestin Chapelain, Aina Clotet, Vincent Darmuzey



Why I loved this film: Although sometimes it was a little hard to follow due to the different scenarios, this movie kept me laughing so much I had tears in my eyes!
If you want to laugh this is a "must see" with some emotional scenes in the middle that make you think about life and relationships. The writers paid much attention to the perspective of both sides, with hilarious outcomes and a surprise ending!