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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

R.I.P. Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins has died following pneumonia at the age of 71.
Hoskins, whose screen roles during his four-decade-long career spanned from gritty gangster films to animated hits like 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' retired from acting in 2012 after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of this amazing actor! He will surely be missed!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Revolução dos Cravos: 40 anos

Mais do que um feriado, celebramos 40 anos de liberdade! Estou grata porque hoje posso queixar-me, falar o que me vai na alma, dizer bem ou mal... Sem medo!
Estou grata porque posso fazer as minhas escolhas... Sem medo!
Estou eternamente grata a um grupo de militares que lutou por um futuro melhor para o meu país!
Não podemos esquecer a razão de hoje ser feriado, nem destruir aquilo que os Capitães de Abril conseguiram construir. Como diz a canção, "o povo é quem mais ordena!"
Viva o 25 de Abril, sempre!

"Terra da fraternidade,
Grândola, vila morena,
Em cada rosto, igualdade,
O povo é quem mais ordena!"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Black Roses (Jane Thynne)

Clara Vine, a young, talented British actress, finds herself in Berlin and, unwittingly, in the midst of an uneasy circle of Nazi wives, including Magda Goebbels.
There she meets Leo Quinn, an undercover British intelligence agent, and is soon recruited to spy on her new acquaintances.
But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised, and desperately caught between duty and love.

Quote: "It would be useful to know what those Nazi women thought. It could tell you a lot about the cohesiveness of the top brass. Behind every powerful man was a wife, after all, who heard things he would tell no other living soul. They may be Lady Macbeths, or Caesar's wives. They may urge caution, or goad their men on."

Why this book speaks to me: What is slightly unusual in this novel is that the action focuses on the wives of the Nazi leaders rather than the better known men themselves. The focus is on Magda Goebbels, who actually had a more complex background and personal history than I would ever have guessed. This story is based on extensive research into the Nazi wives' and girlfriends' real lives and in this case truth appears to be stranger than fiction.
The only disappointment was the ending, since I guess I expected more, but I have come to realise that there is a sequel, so I cannot call it an 'ending' after all.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

This recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson

My thoughts on this film: There is not much to the story but it is a quite amusing one - although not as amusing as one would have thought from watching the trailer. The visuals are also absolutely delightful. However, the best part, in my humble opinion, is that the film is loaded with great cameos and little roles giving it that extra flavour.

Friday, April 11, 2014

R.I.P. Sue Townsend

This really breaks my heart. When you love reading as much as I do you really need to give credit to some authors for getting you started. Adrian Mole was not the first book I ever read, but it is among the very first ones that had me hooked on literature. Besides Adrian Mole, Sue also wrote many other different, yet extremely funny, stories. So, it really breaks my heart to know that this amazing author will not be writing anymore.
Sue Townsend passed away last night. The 68-year-old writer suffered a stroke.
This is such a loss for British culture. May she rest in peace!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

R.I.P. José Wilker

Existem referências que marcam a nossa infância/juventude. São essas referências que fazem de nós aquilo que somos e, quando damos pela falta delas, apercebemo-nos que o mundo está a mudar, todos caminhamos para a velhice e nada mais será o mesmo.
Eu cresci em Inglaterra, mas vinha passar todas as férias a Portugal e, como tal, acompanhava as novelas que passavam por cá. Uma dessas minhas referências foi o Roque Santeiro, representado pelo excelente José Wilker. O impacto foi tal que ainda hoje se fala no Roque Santeiro, na Viúva Porcina e no Sinhozinho Malta.
José Wilker deixou-nos hoje, aos 66 anos de idade (julga-se que terá sofrido um enfarte do miocárdio) com um legado invejável de novelas, peças de teatro e filmes. Entre as suas inúmeras contribuições encontram-se: Gabriela, Roque Santeiro, Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos, etc. A última novela em que participou foi Amor à Vida (2013). Ironia do destino, ou talvez não, foi assim que se despediu da vida. No entanto, ficam as inúmeras referências do que de melhor se fez em televisão.
R.I.P. José Wilker e até sempre!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Private Down Under (James Patterson & Michael White)

P.I. Craig Gisto - head of the latest branch of Private - is enjoying the glamorous launch party with his new team when their celebrations are interrupted by the bloodied arrival of a boy with his eyes gouged out.
The boy is the kidnapped son of one of Australia's richest men - but investigating his death is not their only pressing case. Rock star Micky Stevens is convinced that someone is trying to kill him, and believes that Private are the only ones who can help.
As if that was not enough, someone is murdering the wealthy wives of the Eastern suburbs, in the most brutal way imaginable. And if they do not catch the killer soon, the next victim could be someone close to Private.

Quote: "Then he turned back to the stage, hardly able to believe how the demure shy character he'd met at Private could transform himself into this massive personality, this rock god parading in front of them."

My thoughts on this book: I must confess that I read other reviews before writing my own as to make sure that I was on the right page.
I am not Australian but, as Brits would agree, having grown up in England, I grew up watching Australian soap operas (Neighbours and Home & Away were the two most popular when I was growing up). So, when I picked up this book I was curious about how Australia and Australians would be portrayed and came to the conclusion that they must be very similar to the USA (or not, had Mr. Patterson done his homework). Except for names used, there was no Australia in this book but yet another normal story for the Private series, which I am also beginning to get sick of. How I miss James Patterson's earlier and different work!