Saturday, September 27, 2014
Starring: Maria do Céu Guerra, João Jesus, Fernanda Serrano, Ricardo Carriço, Nicolau Breyner, Tiago Delfino, Joana Barradas, Miguel Santiago, Eva Barros, António-Pedro Vasconcelos
My thoughts on this film: When I saw the trailer, I assumed that something very funny was going to come along. Well, was I wrong!
The story does have a moral duty to it about everyone being equal and deserving a second chance. However, that is all I got from this movie. Everything else was not as funny as I expected and really left me wondering whether I had gotten my money's worth. Maybe I should have lowered my expectations, then I would have left the cinema satisfied.
This is not a bad film; just not as interesting as they are making it out to be!
Monday, September 08, 2014
When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.
Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's world, the darker things become and the closer he gets to terrible danger...
Quote: "He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met."
My thoughts on this book: The Cuckoo's Calling was actually recommended to me by a friend with the description that it was 'nothing like the Harry Potter books'. Boy, she was right!
It is an o.k. book, I guess, a private eye with a silly name solves a murder mystery, and there is a long exposition at the end of the how and why. The characters are quite well drawn, and the writing is competent, but I felt that the story dragged on for too long. I was a bit sick and tired after a while and could not wait to finish the book.
I know there is a second Cormoran Strike novel out but I will not be reading it.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Starring: Colin Firth, Simon McBurney, Catherine McCormack, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver
Why I loved this film: I have been gradually becoming a fan of Woody Allen over the years and I must say this is yet another masterpiece by one of the greatest American directors.
Like the master magician here played so brilliantly by Colin Firth, Allen manages to use illusion to keep you guessing the outcome. But like an artist, he is also as enthralled as we are, as lost in the journey, as anxious about the question of life's purpose. Once again, Woody Allen proves that he is both right and wrong in his cynical outlook on life, that rationality and irrationality can coexist perfectly, that one cannot judge or evaluate the other fairly as neither has a framework to understand the other, within this absurd, emotional, light yet great work of cinematic art.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Joan Rivers has died at 81. On August 28th, the 'Fashion Police' host was in New York City having surgery when she suffered cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the hospital, where she arrived unconscious and doctors kept her sedated. On September 2nd, Rivers was placed on life support and finally passed away today.
The world just got a little less funny!