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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Directed by Peter Jackson; Based on the novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien)

After the Dragon leaves the castle, the people of lake town see a threat coming, the orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help everyone.

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Ian Holm, Stephen Fry, John Bell

My thoughts on this film: I loved all the 'Lord of the Rings' books and movies, but not so much 'The Hobbit'. It started on a high note, but maybe because I did not pay much attention to the first books/movies, I felt there was a lot of unnecessary fighting, and there were even points where my attention just drifted away.
I loved the scenario and the film was, overall, well done, Peter Jackson-style, but I am just not a big fan of the story.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Top Ten: My Choices

Movies:
1- Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?
2- Pride
3- The Hundred-Foot Journey
4- The Other Woman
5- Magic in the Moonlight
6- The Grand Budapest Hotel
7- Interstellar
8- Maps to the Stars
9- The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
10- Frank

TV:
1- The Tonight Show
2- Late Night
3- The Colbert Report
4- The Big Bang Theory
5- Grey's Anatomy
6- Derek
7- Franklin & Bash
8- Community
9- House of Cards
10- Cougar Town

Songs:
1- Balada do Desajeitado (D.A.M.A.)
2- Am I Wrong (NICO & VINZ)
3- Happy (Pharrell Williams)
4- Bailando (Enrique Iglesias & Mickael Carreira)
5- I see Fire (Ed Sheeran)
6- All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor)
7- She Knows Me (Bryan Adams)
8- Animals (Maroon 5)
9- É Melhor Não Duvidar (B4 BIG NELO & C4 PEDRO)
10- Não me Toca (Anselmo Ralph)

Books:
1- NYPD Red 2 (James Patterson & Marshall Karp)
2- Trouble Has A New Name (Adite Banerjie)
3- Toda a Mafalda (Quino)
4- Black Roses (Jane Thynne)
5- Doctor Sleep (Stephen King)
6- Confessions of a Wild Child (Jackie Collins)
7- The Cuckoo's Calling (Robert Galbraith)
8- Touch & Go (Lisa Gardner)
9- Inferno (Dan Brown)
10- Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Helen Fielding)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Maps to the Stars (Directed by David Cronenberg; Written by Bruce Wagner)

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, a child star. One of Stafford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night... Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab programme he joined when he was 9, and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for pyromania.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon

My thoughts on this film: It takes a look into modern-day wealthy Hollywood life, which is filled with rotten characters, and some really uncomfortable subject matters; hence mixing a perfect cocktail of both dark satire and horror. The film constantly switches focus between the multiple leads, with Julianne Moore stealing the show in the finest performance I have ever seen of her as a morally backward ageing star with a heap of baggage and multiple mental health issues. This film is quite heavy and it really requires the fullest attention to properly take in and appreciate everything there is on offer as the plot cleverly zig-zags between the interlocking characters. Overall, I felt it was worth watching.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan)

In the near future, Earth will be devastated by drought and famine causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan. A group of explorers must travel beyond our solar system in search of a planet that can sustain life. The crew of the Endurance are required to think bigger and go further than any human in history has ever gone as they embark on an interstellar voyage into the unknown.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Timothée Chalamet, David Oyelowo, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Topher Grace, Matt Damon, Brooke Smith

My thoughts on this film: First of all, this is incredibly beautiful to watch. The atmosphere around it is just stunning!
And so is the cast. To begin with, Matthew McConaughey is not only part of the movie... He is the movie. He is capable of making us feel so many different emotions all along the story, as a father and as a human being. Anne Hathaway is also very convincing, and I have never been a big fan of her until now. And then there is... Matt Damon. I will not say much about his role in the film as not to spoil the ending, but one word can be used... Unexpected (in a good way).
And finally, the scenario/story. I can only say that, more than a sci-fi movie, this is a story about humanity. And do not forget it!