Movie of the Week: Pitch Perfect 2

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Today Pitch Perfect 2 premiered here in Spain, so naturally I went to the first showing on the movie theatre right down from my house – good thing too… I was totally alone in there!

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I loved it. I cannot actually say that I liked it better than the first one, for the simple fact that I don’t remember it (though I’ll probably see it again this weekend). This movie is super (SUPER) fun, I spent the whole time laughing out loud, and sporadically crying… yeah, that last performance made me cry!

If I had to pick a favorite part, it would be anytime that Elizabeth Banks shares the screen with John Michael Higgins. They’re hilarious! Anything they say is on point and super super fun!

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Other high notes include all sorts of cameos (Obama, Snoop Dogg, The Voice and its judges, the Green Bay Packers, …) and some favorite actors from comedy TV shows. Anna Kendrick just totally kills it – as usual. And if I’m being totally honest, even Rebel Wilson was very allright here, actually she has a duet scene with Adam DeVine that is just awesome.

Oh, and that last performance by Das Sound Machine was amazing! But the Bellas were just even more, oh, wow… that last performance… well done!

What I’ll be watching new next season (The Cw)

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This one is super easy, The Cw only has 3 new shows starting next season. I’ll probably watch two of them (Yep, not watching Containment, it doesn’t look like a Cw thing… if it endures and the reviews are Ok, I’ll give it a look…).

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

I’m obviously watching this!!! Too bad it only starts mid season…

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends! With Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

It looks weird… but hey, so did Jane the Virgin and that worked out GREAT, so I’ll be giving this one a chance.

Rachel Bloom is Rebecca Bunch, a successful driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness… in suburban West Covina, CA.

 

My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga)

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>>  Nº 38 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that made you cry <<

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.

*Warning – minor Spoilers*

This book made me cry… not the “sobbing, tears rolling uncontrollably” kind of cry. But that one “that you don’t even realize it’s happening until everything starts to get wet” kind of cry. I was so glad when I found this book on the same day I got to São Paulo, and I just knew I wanted to read it right away, and man, I was not disappointed!

Words cannot describe how beautiful this book is. Literally, there are no words!

I had never read a book about depression and teen suicide, so I’m so glad that this book even exists. I loved the Physics analogies, specially the Relativity theories, because it’s so true, everything depends on the perspective of who’s living/seeing it.

I also know that not all stories end as well as this one does, but it would be nice if they did.

I can’t wait for Jasmine Warga to publish something else, because I’m sure it will be amazing!

Rating: 4.7 Stars

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What I’ll be watching new next season (NBC)

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NBC has a total of 5 shows that I want to check out this fall.

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Blindspot

This trailer looks amazing and intriguing, so I’m in. Also, Jaimie Alexander! And Marianne Jean-Baptiste!!!

A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity. With Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Ashley Johnson.

Chicago Med

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As a part of the Chicago-family, I’ll obviously watch it! Starring S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Yaya DaCosta, Nick Gehlfuss and Oliver Platt.

Heartbreaker

When this trailer begun I was expecting something completely different from what it became. I hope this is a different kind of Medical Drama. And they learned that Dave Annable should always be playing a doctor (good call!!!).

Inspired by the real-life Dr. Kathy Magliato, this medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panettiere, one of the rare female heart transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. With Melissa George, Dave Annable , Jamie Kennedy, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, Don Hany, Joshua Leonard and J. Louis Mills.

Heroes Reborn

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Hell yeah! Starring Zachary Levi, Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Robbie Kay, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Gatlin Green, Judi Shekoni, Henry Zebrowski, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Francesca Eastwood, Toru Uchikado and Kiki Sukezane.

People are Talking

This trailer just seems fun :-) .

Follows two diverse couples who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything. From topics like sex and race, to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a porn star, nothing is out of bounds for this wildly outspoken foursome. With Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb.

Shadowhunters adds Maxim Roy as Jocelyn Fray

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Canadian actress Maxim Roy as joined the cast of Shadowhunters in the role of Jocelyn Fray, Clary’s mom, Valentine’s ex, Luke’s love… oh… I really like Jocelyn!

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I don’t know who the lady is, but I wish her best of luck. I just want her to be as fierce as book-Jocelyn is (she’s a Fairchild! And we can so see Charlotte in her personality!!!). And I hope she and Isaiah Mustafa have an amazing chemistry (because I ship the hell out of Luke and Jocelyn!).

Movie of the Week – Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Wow, I hadn’t posted about a movie in a while… oh well, here it is… When I got back to Portugal, after my trip to Brazil, I managed to include a visit to the Movie Theatre with my friend, to watch (by then, very late) the new Avengers movie.

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Let me start of by saying that I loved the movie. Granted, I wasn’t as surprised and excited as the first one. It wasn’t as good story wise as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But nonetheless, it was AWESOME! And for the life of me, I can’t understand all the hating towards it. Warning, there will be SPOILERS!

What I loved:

  • This movie was a Clint Barton fest and I was delighted by it. Hawkeye hasn’t been the center of attention in none of the other movies because he doesn’t have powers or lots of money, but here we see how much the team needs him and it’s glorious. Jeremy Renner was amazing.
  • The Vision is from now my favorite new Avenger, yup, no doubt about it. He’s like an upgraded version of JARVIS, he flies and he can create clothes… what’s not to love? Paul Bettany, who was present from the beginning of the MCU as JARVIS, was absolutely amazing as Vision and I can’t wait to see more of him.
  • Speaking of JARVIS, I will miss him most of all…
  • Thor and Tony comparing their wives (girlfriends, whatever), in a game of who’s better and more accomplished was hella cute and such a break from the usual system.
  • I really loved that Sam and Rhodes were at the party and I was really glad when War Machined showed up to fight. It would have been nice however to see Falcon there as well, given the wings and the fact that they were in the air… it would have helped.
  • Oh Captain America, poor baby, my heart breaks each time that he has a scene with Peggy Carter…
  • Pietro and Wanda Maximoff were pretty great. I was a bit wary about Quicksilver, given than just last year we saw a version of this character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but I have to say, that even though Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was amazing and lots of fun, I kind of liked Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s version a bit more. I think they made Quicksilver more human, which makes sense, given that he was never without his sister.
  • Bromances all around! I love the Bruce/Tony bromance, but my heart gave a little jolt when Thor sided with Tony!!!
  • There were some amazing fight scenes!!! =D
  • The New Avengers!!! Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Falcon! Can’t wait to see them in action on Civil War!!
  • I really loved that Natasha was made Clint’s BFF and that his kids call her Aunt Nat… It was adorable…

What I wasn’t especially fond of:

  • The plot was really complex, which made the story seem confuse at times. I don’t know what they could have done differently to fix it… everything was important.
  • I wanted to slap Bruce Banner really hard… First, I don’t think they should have gone there with Natasha and Bruce, yeah they have some kind of weird chemistry, but they shouldn’t have implied that she would abandon everything to be at peace with him, I don’t think that’s in character for her, and it really bothered me.
  • Nick Fury. What the hell was he doing there? They did not need him, his lines could have been said by Maria Hill and his named dropped and that would be ok… no need to bring him there (especially because he’s supposedly dead!).
  • There weren’t enough outside shots of Iron Man. Most of Iron Man scenes were done inside the suit and I felt that the suit did not see much action.
  • Oh, yeah, Pietro dying?! Not OK people… not OK at all!!!

I guess this is it, I need to watch it a second time though :D !!!

What I’ll be watching new next season (CBS)

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CBS has released the trailers for their new shows coming this fall. From the bunch, I only intend to check out 4 of them.

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Supergirl

There’s no way to escape this, the trailer looks cool, and I’ll give it at least a try :-) !!!

Kara Zor-El escaped her home planet of Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has concealed her powers. But at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Starring Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Laura Benanti, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood and guest stars Helen Slater, Dean Cain and Jeremy Jordan.

Angel from Hell

I’m not sure about this one, and I’m afraid I’ll get attached to it only to find it cancelled prematurely. But I really like Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson, and I hope that this one sticks.

When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts. With Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollak.

Life in Pieces

This just looks like a lot of fun, and I adore the cast (fingers crossed!).

A comedy about one family told through the separate stories of its different family members.Starring Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, James Brolin, Thomas Sadoski, Angelique Cabral, Dianne Wiest, Dan Bakkedahl and Zoe Lister Jones.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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I really liked this planted pilot and I’m really glad that Anna Gunn has stepped out…

The Criminal Minds spinoff focuses on a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in danger abroad. With Gary Sinise, Tyler James Williams and Daniel Henney.

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination (J.K. Rowling)

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>>>>  Nº 27 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book you can finish in a day <<<<

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J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice. 

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of VERY GOOD LIVES will benefit both Lumos, a non-profit international organization founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to end the institutionalization of children around the world, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

Oh my, she’s funny, and witty and marvelous! You can read this commencement speech J.K. Rowling gave at Harvard back in 2008 online, or you can watch the video below. But the book is gorgeous, the illustrations are wonderful and the sales of the book benefits the LUMOS foundation.

Also, a very easy read, it took me all of 30 minutes :-) !!!

Rating: 5 Stars

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What I’ll be watching new next season (ABC)

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ABC has 3 shows that I’ll take a look at, though I have to admit that I’m not overly sold by any of them.

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The Family

Does sound new, but it looks good and has the potential to be an amazing series, so I’ll have a look. It starts midseason.

The thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? Starring Joan Allen, Zach Gilford, Andrew McCarthy, Alison Pill, Liam James, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, Madeline Arthur, Margot Bingham and Floriana Lima.

Quantico

As soon as I watched the trailer I was intrigued by the premise, I hope it is as good as it looks.

A diverse group of recruits have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. With Aunjanue Ellis, Dougray Scott, Jake McLaughlin, Tate Ellington, Priyanka Chopra, Al Massri, Johanna Braddy and Graham Rogers.

Wicked City

This one actually looks damn good… midseason.

Each season will follow a different case set in a different noteworthy era of LA history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. With Erika Christensen, Ed Westwick, Taissa Farmiga, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Adam Rothenberg, Holley Fain, Anne Winters, Gabriel Luna and Karolina Wydra.

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