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😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

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.