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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

How to lose a guy in 10 days (Michele Alexander, Jeannie Long, Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan, Burr Steers)

As directed by Donald Petrie, Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Andie Anderson covers the 'How To' column for 'Composure' magazine and is assigned to write an article on 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 days'.

Starring: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse, Adam Goldberg, Thomas Lennon, Michael Michele, Shalom Harlow, Robert Klein, Bebe Neuwirth

My thoughts on this film: To say this is generally predictable is to state the obvious. It is a familiar comedy to viewers of old movies.
The writing was occasionally witty, often funny, and sometimes it actually reached hilarious moments without being completely silly.
It makes you think about mistakes women and men make in relationships and how to deal with them without going into a real insight of universal truths.
This is one to watch for a good time!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paulette (Laurie Aubanel, Jérôme Enrico, Bianca Olsen, Cyril Rambour)

Paulette lives alone in a social neighbourhood on a tiny allowance, barely making it to the end of the month. One evening, she becomes aware of strange deals taking place nearby. That is when Paulette decides to become a hashish dealer, and - once used to baking cakes - this old lady will now find original ways to start a brand new career...

Starring: Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura, Dominique Lavanant, Françoise Bertin, André Penvern, Ismaël Dramé, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Axelle Laffont, Paco Boublard

My thoughts on this film: The story is not 'out of this world', but it is hilarious and a good way to spend a stress-free evening filled with laughs!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sushi for Beginners (Marian Keyes)

Hot-shot magazine editor Lisa Edwards' career is destined for high-rise New York when suddenly she is diverted to low-rise Dublin.
But what can she do about it?
Ashling Kennedy - Lisa's super-organised assistant - worries about everything from her lack of waist to the lack of men in her life. She is even anxious about a little bit of raw fish...
Clodagh Kelly is Ashling's best friend and has her prince, her beautiful kids and a lovely house - everything in fact that Ashling ever wanted. She should be - yet, she is not - happy.
Three women on the verge of happiness and even closer to complete breakdown. Which way will they fall?

Quote: "This pain has changed me, she admitted. This pain that is not going to go away for a very long time has made me a nicer person. Even if I don't want to be, she acknowledged wryly. Even if I consider it a fate worse than death, I am softer, kinder, better."

My thoughts on this book: For starters, I see myself in many instances - and not only for the fact that this is mainly directed at thirty-somethings -, such as the fact that nothing about Ashling's life is, or has ever been, remotely perfect. She has low self-esteem and is going through some very rough times. In the author's words, Ashling has 'loser star quality'- not to forget her disgust regarding raw fish -, but the cherry on top of the cake is when she finds a man and finally starts believing in happiness, her so-called best friend steals him away.
I also see myself in workaholic Lisa and her fear of love and growing up. Will I ever grow out of it? Only the future will tell...
The story was very realistic, but the ending did not seem as realistic to me. Somehow, I was left a little disappointed, since it produced the happy ending that is known to every romantic story.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The Big Wedding (Justin Zackham, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Karine Sudan)

A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae, Ana Ayora, Kyle Bornheimer

Why I loved this film: First of all, what a cast! All the greatest in one movie! What more can we expect?
Robin Williams is the best drunken Catholic priest I have seen so far!
However, this is another romantic comedy, nothing new there... but it is still hilarious! No doubt about it!
I found myself laughing from beginning to end, although, be aware, most jokes are sexually-based. You take in the Catholic ideal that you should not have sex before marriage, but if you do, do not wear a condom; you meet people who have too much sex as well as virgins; and you meet divorced and married couples who cheat on each other.
All these come together within one big laugh assisted by the right amount of drama. A good choice for a fun night at the movies!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

R.I.P. Chris Kelly


Chris Kelly - a.k.a. Mac Daddy - from 90's rap duo Kriss Kross was pronounced dead earlier today from a suspected drug overdose. He was 34.
Kriss Kross were known for dressing backwards as well as their most famous single 'Jump'.
I was not a fan but I remember seeing them live at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, in the UK, back in 1992.

Here is a video someone else posted of that event: