Movie of the Week: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay pt1

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The wait is over: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay part 1 has finally arrived. This is a movie very different from its two predecessors, Katniss is a shell of the young woman she once was, she’s a survivor suffering from PTSD, in a strange place and being expected to be much more than she’s able to at the moment.

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I read the book, so I was expecting little action a lot of emotions and I got that, with a bit more action than I thought. This is about politics and the consequences of a rebellion and a war – countless loss, doubt and uncertainty. Katniss struggles at every step to make the right decision that will keep those she loves alive, knowing that she will probably fail someone along the way and not knowing how to live with it.

Granted, the “stillness” of this first movie will make a lot more sense a year from now, when the second part comes out, because the next movie is all about the repercussions of the actions of Katniss, President Coin and President Snow.

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It’s a marvelous adaptation, there’re very few differences from book to screen. The biggest one being the presence of Effie in District 13, but can we really complain about it? No, not really! In the book the prep team, Flavius, Venia and Octavia are at D13 and they are the ones who make Katniss camera ready. But visually it makes a lot more sense to have a heavy weight such as Elizabeth Banks (and fan favourite Effie) on screen. So out goes the prep team and in comes lovely Effie, in all her gray glory – she owns every single second she’s on screen.

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Other “difference” is that given that the book is from Katniss POV, in the movie we get to see what’s going on in the other Districts as well as in the Capitol. Peeta’s deterioration throughout the movie (and Katniss’s along with his) are so well done, I found myself in tears each time Peeta was on screen…

Every single actor in the movie is brilliant – when you have a movie that has to work based on emotions shown rather than action, and with such a big cast, it could be tricky, but they hold up (Prim, maybe not so much). Jennifer Lawrence is amazing as always, the range of emotions that this girl is able to convey is tremendous. And how cool is the hair and makeup department on this movie?! They actually made them look bland, and made Katniss actually look 17!!!

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Josh Hutcherson really surprised me in this movie… just wait for the last 10 minutes to get what I’m saying. Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch will always be my favourite, and did I catch a little flirting between Haymitch and Effie?! Maybe it would be a cool thing to change from the book… just saying…

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore are perfect in their roles as Plutarch and Coin, lovely touch to dedicate the movie to Hoffman.

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I absolutely loved the filming crew. I loved them since the moment I read the book and Natalie Dormer just made Cressida come alive in a way only she could. But let’s not forget her 3 boys: Even Ross as Messalla, Elden Henson as Pollux that even though he doesn’t talk, he says a lot, and Wes Chatham as Castor.

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The Bane Chronicles have arrived!!!

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Look at what the mail (a.k.a. amazon.co.uk) brought me today… The Bane Chronicles… yupppiiii! I’m so happy!!! =D

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I waited for them to be published as a book to buy them, and ordered it last week, while also ordering the gift for my little niece, who has an obsession with the only guy from 1D whose doll is not available in most markets, go figure! With The Bane Chronicles also arrived The Shadowhunter’s Codex

Arrow: Draw Back Your Bow

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This week’s Arrow, Draw Back your Bow was all about relationships.

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Just a quick recap:

  • A crazy fangirl named Cupid is dropping bodies to get the attention of Arrow, her one true love… she’s cray-cray and ends up on the right place for her;
  • Thea is opening the club and has a new douche DJ/love interest (I like Austin Butler, but did like him as Chase);
  • Ray Palmer asks Felicity out on a platonic non-date diner, that ends up being not platonic at all – it starts with him on the salmon ladder and ends up with a steamy kiss. Ray, the salmon ladder is not yours… and Felicity, don’t get blinded by diamonds worth 10M$ or couture dresses… you love Ollie, don’t ever forget that!!!

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  • Oliver is not happy about Felicity’s love life, I fell for the guy. After Diggle tells him that if he doesn’t move, he’ll lose her, he goes there to tell her and finds Felicity kissing the other dude… not cool!!!

  • Diggle suddenly is everyone’s counsel, he tries to tell Felicity how Ollie fells, and then manages to get Ollie talking – good for him. The last scene was particularly nice, with Roy and Oliver showing up at Lyla and Diggle’s house for a late diner, showing how much they are now the family that the 2 guys don’t have… also to illustrate the gap that’s going on with Felicity and Ollive right now, she wasn’t there… instead, she was craving for more kisses from Mister Ray Palmer.

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  • Meanwhile in the island, sorry, Hong Kong, Maseo goes out for an assignment and fails to deliver news for over 9 hours. Worried about him, Tatsu wants to go after him and so does Oliver. So they both go, leaving their differences aside for a moment and providing a good moment of bonding between the two, which I guess was the whole point of the flashback… When Oliver asks her: “Why did you leave Japan?”, my first thought was: “Well, she went after Logan (Wolverine), didn’t she?!!” =P

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  • Katana is a fitting name for Tatsu in deed!
  • On a happier note: no Laurel this week!!! =D

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #8

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After a few months, Jimmy Kimmel finally delivered us the 8th edition of Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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Rádio Comercial – “Parabéns Carlos do Carmo”

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Today, portuguese fado singer Carlos do Carmo received the first ever Grammy to this country, a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 50 plus years of singing career. Fado is a musical style typical of Portugal and you won’t find it anywhere else. To celebrate his achievement, Rádio Comercial (nº1 in Portugal), recorded one of his most famous songs with 35 different artists singing it to give a huge congratulations to Carlos do Carmo.

35 artists, as many as the phrases on the poem, and from various musical backgrounds, sing “Lisboa Menina e Moça”, a poem from José Carlos Ary dos Santos, Joaquim Pessoa and Fernando Tordo, with music from Paulo de Carvalho, extensively associated with the image of Lisbon and Carlos do Carmo career.

Check it out, it’s a gorgeous song and a very nice tribute.

Cinderella (2015)

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Until this very moment I had no idea that a Cinderella live action movie was even in the works, but the first trailer just came out and it looks amazing.

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What surprised most of all was the highly recognizable casting.

  • Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother;
  • Lily James as Cinderella (if you don’t know her, go watch Downton Abbey!)
  • Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother;
  • Hayley Atwell as Ella’s mom (again, don’t know who she is? She’s Agent Carter! Cap’s first love and coming to our screens in January…);
  • Richard Madden as Prince Charming (and the King in the North looks mighty good!);
  • Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke;
  • Holliday Grainger as Anastasia;
  • Sophie McShera as Drizella (Downton Abbey again… Daisy!!!).

Shameless season 5: first look

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Shameless will be back Jan. 11, 2015, but for now, Showtime has released some first look video and a poster and it looks freaking amazing – season 5 will be summer, hurray! Take a good long look at how much those kids have grown!

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Castle: the third time’s the charm

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Castle… this was an episode 7 years in the making. I seriously doubt that I’ll spoil anything for any of you, so here it is: Castle and Beckett got married and it was PERFECT!!!

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After all the drama following Rick’s disappearance on the end of last season, he finally decided that they just had to pass over it and get married, right now – this happened after he got a glimpse at what his life would be without her in it. So the man proposes (again) and her face says it all: it is a woman who just can’t wait to get married with her guy – and who could blame her?!

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They take the plunge, in the Hamptons, and just with their families present – which means no Espo and Ryan and something tells me that they’ll not very happy about that. Kate finally got it right with the dress… after the first hideous one that was destroyed (thanks to some divine force of intervention!) and a second really lovely one, which she was wearing when she got stood up and thought her boyfriend was dead … But the third was the charm: a lovely pants and blouse combo, so very Beckett, amazing!

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Supernatural: Happy 200th episode!

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Happy and brilliant! Big congratulations to everybody on the Supernatural team, not only for 200 very enjoyable and amazing episodes, for a magnificent cast and for being, perhaps, the show that gives more back to the fans, like ever!

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Supernatural celebrated its 200th episode with Fan Fiction, and never a title was so well put. More than a nod to the fans, the show went a step too far a did an episode for them, about them, still managing to get back to the core of the show: the brothers. The episode was about their connection, their history, the good and the bad, and the road so far. It was also about the fans, the fanfiction, the dashes, the ships, the subtext and the innuendos. It was about saying that no matter in which way you love the show, the important thing is that you love it and respect all views and opinions. It was about saying that even it it isn’t canon, it’s ok.

I have to be honest, I do not read fan fiction. I’m aware of what’s out there, it’s just not my cup of tea. Still, Supernatural managed more than a fan service episode, they made an ode to their fans.

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Just a few notes:

  • Really talented cast. All the girls kicked some serious ass, whether literally or in singing form, specially Katie Sarife and Joy Regullano.
  • Sam is a real fan boy, right?
  • All the title cards, like ever!!!

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  • “Why are they standing so close together?” “Reasons,” “They do know they’re brothers, right?” “Well, duh. But, subtext.”

  • Destiel? Deestiel? Sastiel? Samstiel?! CasDean?! A nod to all the pairings and all…
  • There goes the fourth wall… well done Jensen!!! =D

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  • “Jerk” “Bitch” =D =D
  • Sam (s) quite literally saves the day… all three of them ;-)

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  • “BM scene” – “bowel movement?”… no Dean (and then Sam), it’s Boy melodrama!!!
  • Supernatural has everything. Life, death. Resurrection, redemption. But above all, family. It isn’t some meandering piece of genre drek. It’s epic.”
  • Carry On Wayward Son… I was in tears by now :D :D… so beautiful, I have to get me that soundtrack!
  • Who’s that?!
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  • Welcome home Chuck! God’s not dead after all… :D

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