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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

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.