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😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Directed by: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; Written by: Jeff Nathanson, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert)


Deadly ghost pirates led by the terrifying Captain Salazar escape from the Devil's Triangle determined to kill every pirate at sea... especially Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon.


Starring: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Golshifteh Farahani, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley


❤️ I am a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean series; therefore, I was looking forward to seeing this one. I must say that I absolutely loved it!
The plot is straightforward but still has a compelling human element, the acting is amazing, particularly Javier Bardem - I was not a big fan until now, he is superb!
The story is very funny, Jack Sparrow is his usual self, and the special effects are even better.
This was probably the only film from the series that made me cry (but only at the end, the rest of the movie is packed with action, I promise).
Although I must say that I missed Mackenzie Crook and his wandering eye.
Overall, the best Pirates of the Caribbean since the first one came out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice Work - If You Can Get It (Celia Imrie)

Tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the red carpets of Cannes, Bellevue-Sur-Mer seems like the perfect place for an enterprising band of inhabitants to open a restaurant. Happily exiled from demanding families, they have found peace and Provençal cooking in the cobbled streets and azure vistas of their new home. But all is not as rosy as it seems, for it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to sabotage their project.
Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing. Celebrities are flying in and luxury yachts are arriving. As the excitement spills over into Bellevue-Sur-Mer, the residents realise that they are embroiled in something much murkier than they could have imagined - and the race is on to get the restaurant open in time.

Quote: "I must admit I've started looking at things in a slightly different way. I mean, really, Mummy, you either have to laugh or cry. And I don't like crying, it plays havoc with my mascara."

😐 Maybe I did not enjoy this as much because I had not read Celia Imrie's previous book.
My favourite character was Jackie, since she was so funny, but to tell you the truth, she was the only one who made me laugh.
The French setting was nice and the plot had everything to be fun and entertaining but I did not care for any of the other characters, they were too annoying.
In terms of story, it only became interesting as I reached the last chapter.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Their Finest (Directed by: Lone Scherfig; Written by: Gaby Chiappe (based on the novel by Lissa Evans)

During the Blitz of World War II, Catrin Cole is recruited to write scripts for propaganda films. In the line of her new duties, Cole investigates the story of two young women who supposedly piloted a boat in the Dunkirk Evacuation. Although it proved a complete misapprehension, the story becomes the basis for a fictional film with some possible appeal. As Cole goes into writing the script with her new colleagues, veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard must accept that his days as a leading man are over. Together, they share a hope to contribute something meaningful in this time of war and in their own lives.

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Paul Ritter, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Jake Lacy, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory

😐 This is a beautiful period movie with some slight comic bits here and there, blended with heart touching sentimental scenes, and beautiful visuals.
As it starts moving towards the cliché of a Hollywood ending, the director decides to go the other way. Expect a major shocking twist.
In other movies, I would have applauded the director's choice; however, in this case, I feel that it has rendered the story pointless.
Overall, a good film to watch, but I would not see it again.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 13th, 2017

On May 13th, 2017, the Pope was in Portugal to canonise the two youngest shepherds who claimed to see the Virgin Mary 100 years ago, which turned Fatima into a world-famous pilgrimage site. Pope Francis was welcomed by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On the same day, Lisbon football team SLB (Sport Lisboa e Benfica) won the Portuguese championship for the fourth time in a row.
Later that day, Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time through the delightful voice of Salvador Sobral.
What an eventful and historic day!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Demain tout commence (Hugo Gélin)

Samuel parties hard in France and is awoken one morning by a woman carrying a baby she claims is his. She drives off leaving him with a wailing infant; he gives chase to London where he finds work and raises Gloria by himself.

Starring: Omar Sy, Clémence Poésy, Antoine Bertrand, Ashley Walters, Gloria Colston, Anna Cottis

❤️ I like the story, I like the conundrum, and I like the fact that it touched my emotions.
It is kind of a heartbreaking dilemma, which I believe to have been portrayed quite realistically.
The cast was also amazing!
I have been a fan of Omar Sy since I saw him on 'Intouchables' and he has not disappointed me since.
What can I say? Worth seeing!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Funny Girl (Nick Hornby)

Five minutes after being crowned Miss Blackpool 1964, Barbara Parker has ditched the tiara and is off to London to make her fortune. A chance encounter, a shrewd change of name and one audition later sees Sophie Straw with her own BBC comedy series.
Sophie works with a team of producers, writers, and actors all vying to make this funny girl even funnier, and the nation loves her. This is the Swinging Sixties: freedom and creativity are booming in London.
But everything is changing and nothing lasts for ever. Sophie and her colleagues are in the limelight but how long can they stay on top?

Quote: "It was such a joyful world that Tony worried for a moment whether he and Bill had gone soft, but these characters had real problems, and they spoke in real sentences, so it wasn't that. It was the form itself, with its promise of next week, another episode, another series; it couldn't help but offer hope, to its characters and to everyone who identified with them."

😐 I did not love this story, but I did not hate it either. I have read funnier books by Nick Hornby, and this was not as funny as I expected it to be.
The main character Sophie (formerly Barbara) does not seem to be very interesting, or else I would have enjoyed this a little bit more.
Most of the other characters - while likeable - are very similar. Dennis, Tony, and Bill almost seemed like the same person at times and I found it difficult to keep track of who was who during conversations. They were a little flat. Clive was probably the most interesting one, Bill was interesting too, but his world was not explored, only touched on slightly.
I enjoyed it when fiction characters mingled with real ones from those days, but I would have liked to read more about what their situations were like in the 60s. A little more background would have been nice.
My favourite part was the last chapter, where they grow old and come to terms with how much things have changed. It makes you realise that you should not take anything for granted because you might lose it someday.