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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)

This is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.


Starring: Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau

My thoughts on this film: I am still not convinced regarding bin Laden's death. The guys who killed him could not confirm the man's identity; a woman comes along, takes one look at his face, says that is him, thus it is confirmed...?
I believe the Navy S.E.A.L. killed someone but you cannot convince me that person was bin Laden.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, Matthew Quick)


After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with ex-wife Nikki. Things become more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.



Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, Dash Mihok, Brea Bee


Why I loved this film: I did not know whether to go and see this movie or not because I really believed it was just going to be another lovey-dovey film. However, I was very impressed!
Bradley Cooper was different from what I am used to, yet he maintained his old funny self (the guy is not just cute but he can really act); Jennifer Lawrence was this hilarious yet intense character (you had to love her, and the Golden Globe was well deserved); Robert DeNiro was himself, which is another word for 'brilliant actor' nowadays; and Chris Tucker had to be the funniest of all, every time he came on the whole audience was in tears from laughing so much.
Overall, I loved the story, it was truly funny but really made you think, while dealing with real life issues such as 'being bipolar', which I do not remember seeing in a movie.
The only thing I did not care much for was the happy ending. Unfortunately, real life is not made of such happy endings!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Les Misérables (Victor Hugo, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel, James Fenton, William Nicholson)

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette, while at the same time he flees from ruthless policeman Javert. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. Directed by Tom Hooper.

Starring:Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone

Why I loved this film: I have read the book millions of times, watched the musical in London's west end, bought the CD, DVD, watched the Liam Neeson and Claire Danes movie, know the story and songs back-to-front, so I had set the bar pretty high for this film.
I was very surprised indeed! Only one word can sum it all: wow.
The settings were amazing, realistic, and gave a proper feel to 19th-century France. Now, add the astonishing acting and music to it. As much as I knew everything by heart, I still wept through some scenes and felt chills listening to 'Do you hear the people sing?'
Regarding the cast, there were quite a few surprises starting with Hugh Jackman. In the beginning I thought 'I know those eyes' but otherwise I had trouble figuring out it was him straight away. What a voice, what an actor, what a performance!
Russell Crowe was another surprise. I had seen him in other films but I never realised he was this good! And what a voice! It gave me chills!
I never really liked Anne Hathaway, I always thought of her as another pretty actress with no brains. Just there, nothing more. But in this film she really proved me wrong, her performance was so incredible that it actually brought tears to my eyes.
When I heard that Sacha Baron Cohen was in the movie, I could only imagine him playing one character and was not disappointed. He really brought Thénardier to life in the best and funniest way possible. What a nice surprise to see Sacha Baron Cohen in another type of movie and nothing like his Ali G/Borat/Bruno characters. Totally loved it!
I was not so sure about Eddie Redmayne because he was nothing like the Mariuses I was used to - usually very appealing to female audiences -, Eddie is cute but Aaron Tveit (who played Enjolras) seemed more like a Marius to me; however, I changed my mind as soon as I saw and heard Eddie singing 'Empty chairs and empty tables'. His entire soul came out and brought tears to my eyes! I fell in love with that performance!
The only person I am still not so sure about is Amanda Seyfried. She is very pretty, a good actress, and a good singer, but not so long ago I saw her in 'Mamma Mia' and felt it hard to tell both characters apart. I looked at her and did not feel Cosette was totally there. As far as I am concerned she was playing both characters the same way.
Overall, this will definitely be an award-winning movie throughout 2013!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

2012 Top Ten: My Choices

Movies:
1- Ted
2- The Dictator
3- Magic Mike
4- Comme Un Chef
5- Moonrise Kingdom
6- Argo
7- The Dark Knight Rises
8- Ice Age 4
9- The Iron Lady
10- Coriolanus

TV:
1- The Tonight Show
2- Grey's Anatomy
3- Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
4- Modern Family
5- The Daily Show
6- Happy Endings
7- Community
8- Parks & Recreation
9- New Girl
10- Parenthood

Songs:
1- Some Nights (Fun.)
2- Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye)
3- Home (Phillip Phillips)
4- Mr. Dow Jones (Rui Veloso)
5- We Are Young (Fun.)
6- Sexta-Feira (Boss AC)
7- Girl On Fire (Alicia Keys)
8- Anda Comigo Ver Os Aviões (Os Azeitonas)
9- Do Ya Thing (Gorillaz)
10- Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)

Books:
1- Sétima-Feira (Davi Reis)
2- The Titanic Secret (Jack Steel)
3- Private Games (James Patterson)
4- Zoo (James Patterson)
5- Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (James Patterson)
6- Hate List (Jennifer Brown)
7- The Christmas Wedding (James Patterson)
8- Room (Emma Donoghue)
9- New York To Dallas (J.D. Robb)
10- Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)