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Sunday, March 23, 2014

R.I.P. João Ribas

Não tem lógica escrever em inglês sobre alguém que fez tanto pelo Punk português. Lembro-me do João Ribas nos Censurados. Lembro-me das colaborações com os Xutos & Pontapés. Lembro-me da voz rouca do João Ribas. Sei que houve outros grupos, mas a minha preferência sempre fugiu para os Censurados. Gostos!
O João Ribas morreu hoje devido a uma infecção respiratória. Estava internado no Hospital Santa Maria há 15 dias e não resistiu mais.
Portugal e o Mundo ficou mais pobre.
Obrigada pelas músicas intemporais, João, e, onde quer que estejas, olha por nós porque cá em baixo jamais serás esquecido!
Descansa em paz!
"Há dias que tudo te parece errado;
Tempos de agonia;
Horas difíceis, horas infinitas;
Dias em que tudo que tu fazes parece errado;
Não te deixes ir abaixo, nem te feches num buraco;
Pensa que é só por hoje e melhores dias virão."

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Heat (Directed by Paul Feig; Written by Katie Dippold)

Neurotic FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and outspoken Boston Police Officer Shannon Mullins could not be more different. But when they join forces to catch a ruthless drug-lord, they become what you would never expect them to be... sisters!

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Spoken Reasons, Tony Hale, Joey McIntyre, Michael Tucci, Jessica Chaffin, Ben Falcone

My thoughts on this film: Forget the plot, just go with the flow and have a laugh. The plot is not out-of-this-world, but it is hilarious. I was also surprised to see so many known faces in the same movie. It was good fun to watch!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Identity Thief (Directed by Seth Gordon; Written by Jerry Eeten & Craig Mazin)

Unlimited funds have enabled Diana to live the rich life in the suburbs of Orlando. However, there is a little hiccup to this dream life: Diana is using Sandy Patterson's stolen identity, an accountant trying to make it the other side of the United States. With only one week to catch this con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Patterson has to take extreme measures in order to clear his name.

Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet

My thoughts on this film: The cast is really talented and I expected more from Melissa McCarthy; I guess I also raised the bar too high after loving 'Horrible Bosses', which also starred Jason Bateman.
This film has good intentions, but it does not seem to have an ultimate goal as its tone shifts quite frequently. There were plot points that could have been exploited, and others that could have been omitted in order to remedy this situation.
There were laughs in there, certainly, but there were also situations that confused me to the point where I did not know whether I was supposed to care about Diana or hate her, as well as other characters. It was just not straight to the point.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

August: Osage County (directed by John Wells; written by Tracy Letts)


This takes a look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.


Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch


Why I loved this film: I have never seen the play on which this film is based so in a way it was good to go to the cinema really knowing nothing more than 'people are saying this is good so maybe I should go see it'. The plot sees a deeply dysfunctional family of strong-willed women coming back together in the wake of a family tragedy. Resentment, past hurts, and bitterness are the underlying themes as the family sits around the dinner table. While watching it, I heard comments that it was a dull movie and people could not understand why it had been nominated for an Oscar. But if you look deep enough, this takes a very talented group of actresses, puts them together and gives them some really strong scenes to get their teeth into. And it is great to watch the cast go at it. Meryl Streep is great as usual and is utterly convincing as someone carrying so much pain that it has affected everything. Julia Roberts is just amazing here and I will not say she steals the show out of respect for Meryl Streep, but these two are the main reason why you should watch this movie.
August Osage County does move slowly and perhaps the story lacks real impact, but the strong individual scenes give plenty for the cast to work with, and they return the favor with a really strong ensemble feel that is engaging and convincingly laced with hurt and anger. There are also a few engaging turning points storywise, but I cannot say much there without giving it away.
Overall, it is worth seeing.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Touch & Go (Lisa Gardner)

Justin and Libby Denbe are living the dream. A beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter. A gorgeous Boston home. A great marriage. The perfect life. And now they are gone.
The scuff marks on the floor and a million pieces of taser confetti prove that the family was forcibly taken. But why?
Flawless fronts can guide secrets and with no witnesses, no ransom demands and no motive, the past must be unravelled piece by piece if they are to be found...

Quote: "Forget for an instant that the man has betrayed his own wife. He's also betrayed his only child. This is the guy you want to run away with?"

My thoughts on this book: Touch & Go is the second book I've read by author Lisa Gardner. It was an enjoyable read...but...there were times when it would just seem to go on and on without a particular direction! It dealt with the issues and problems of the characters for too long! In spite of that, I went along with the outrageous, suspense belief scenes, but seriously, even the story about Tess... Touch & Go just appears to be all over the place without a sense of direction.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Monuments Men (George Clooney)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements.

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban

My thoughts on this film: I was expecting The Monuments Men to be much more entertaining than it is. There are seemingly continuous laughs coming from quick one liners and witty character interactions, which keeps the audience somewhat engaged; however, it seems like the first act eats up almost all of the movie. Secondly, this is more about the actors than the characters. If you are there to watch Bill Murray, John Goodman, Matt Damon, George Clooney, or even Jean Dujardin (who happens to be in every film made this year) then you are in for a treat, otherwise, it is not worth it (or maybe the bar was raised too high due to all the publicity).
It is not the worst movie made, but it is the most disappointing film of 2014 as of yet.

Monday, March 03, 2014

It's Oscar Time: 2014 Academy Awards


Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres

Best actor in a supporting role: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Note: Well-deserved!

Best costume design: The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews)

Best animated short film: Mr Hublot (Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares)

Best animated feature film: Frozen

Best visual effects: Gravity (Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk & Neil Corbould)

Best Live action short film: Helium (Anders Walter)

Best documentary short subject: The lady in number 6 (Malcolm Clarke & Carl Freed)

Best documentary feature: 20 feet from stardom (Morgan Neville)

Best foreign language film: The great beauty (Paolo Sorrentino - Italy)

Best sound mixing: Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead & Chris Munro)

Best sound editing: Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)

Best actress in a supporting role: Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Note: Best speech ever!

Best cinematography: Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best film editing: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger)

Best production design: The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn)

Best original score: Gravity (Steven Price)

Best original song: 'Let it go' (Frozen)

Best adapted screenplay: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)

Best original screenplay: Her (Spike Jonze)

Best director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Best actress in a leading role: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Best actor in a leading role: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Note: Another well-deserved win!

Best Motion Picture: 12 Years a Slave