Movie of the Week: Spotlight

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When Spotlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture last Sunday I was a bit surprised, mostly because I hadn’t even heard of this movie, but because I wanted to know what the hell it was about, I loaded the trailer and was soon checking if it was screening in any of the 3 VOSE cinemas in the city. Yesterday I was finally able to go and watch it, and I’m so damn glad I did.

The trailer is pretty straightforward about what goes on during this movie – given that it’s based in real life events and all. But mostly it’s the journey of the Spotlight team while they uncover the facts and expose a pedophilia scandal inside the church.

The subject itself is abhorrent, but what they uncover will make you feel very uncomfortable. The shear size and numbers of the scandal is mind blowing.

About the movie itself, it’s just amazing. It doesn’t have action or anything like that, what it does have is heart and amazing acting. Mark Ruffalo blew me away (as always), and so did Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber.

It’s a movie worth watching, but more than that, it’s information worth knowing, because then maybe we can actually see…

Blast from the past: Movies From My Childhood (1)

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Instead of music, I thought I would share some movies that were constantly on TV when I was little. I’ll do a bunch of these, because they are so many damn movies that were a part of my childhood, eheh. By the way, this was prompted by the fact that my nephews had no idea what I was talking about when I mention some of these movies.


The Blue Lagoon (1980)

OMG, this trailer makes me feel so old!!! There were a lot of Blue Lagoons, but this one is the original 😉 .

Dirty Dancing (1987)

This one is epic, I think everyone knows about Dirty Dancing, right?

3 Men and a Baby (1987)

I want to rewatch this movie, I remember loving it each time it was on TV on Sundays…

Twins (1988)

This movie is a classic! Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito together are epic.

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

I loved this movies. Who remembers this one?


Guys, I have to tell you, trailers sucked back in the 80’s! LOL! This movies were a constant presence in my TV while I was growing up in the 90’s – back then Hollywood wasn’t as prolific as it is nowadays.

Movie of the Week: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 finally opened this week here in Spain – yes people, we are ALWAYS behind on movie’s premieres… it sucks! Anyway, it opened on Friday, so I was obviously there.

I really liked the movie, it’s a stellar adaptation from the source material. These 3 books might just be the best adaptations from book to screen ever. The movie does a great job telling the last part of the story, still showing all that goes on behind the action, and how Katniss and her team are still nothing more than a piece in the game of President Snow vs. President Coin.

The action was on point, there are some true horrific moments that will make you gasp if you haven’t read the books. Heck, I read the books, and when these moments and deaths came, I still gasped and cried like a baby. It’s such a sad movie… Oh Finnick… 😦

The only thing I wish that they had included in the adaptation was Johanna and Katniss bonding and becoming friends. The movie does very little to humanize Johanna and she comes off as a b***h sometimes, while in the book we see her struggles firsthand. Hers and Katniss’ training is important, but I do get why they had cut that.

The acting is truly stellar here! Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as always, but Josh Hutcherson is brilliant as Peeta, he looks so broken most of the time =/ that it’s unbearably sad 😦 . But Elizabeth Banks is still my favorite! She has a scene towards the end, when she’s saying goodbye to Katniss and Haymitch that just broke my heart with a single expression from her.

The ending is bittersweet, and while I admire that they included the epilogue in the movie, and almost wish that they didn’t. The epilogue in the book is all Katniss inner monologue and they translated that to her talking to a baby, and while it’s well done, I almost wish that the movie would have ended in the mythic “real”.

And finally, I’m so glad that my theory about Haymitch and Effie came true!

So people, have you watched this movie yet? Did you cry (oh, please, tell me I wasn’t the only one…)? What did you think of it?

Beauty and the Beast: Ian McKellen to play Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen (you know, Magneto, Gandalf) will be playing Cogsworth in the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (2017).

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Director Bill Condon is getting an all-star cast for this one, Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. So the next question is, who is playing Lumiere and Chip?!

So many movies, so little time…

Award season (as we all know) has begun and today the Oscar nominations came out and, as always, there is so outrage for one specific movie or another or other stuff, but hey, it happens all the time. My problem this year is that I REALLY want to watch a lot of these movies, but don’t have much time to do so.

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So, here’s my list…

Still Alice

The Theory of Everything

Whiplash

Birdman

Fury

Big Eyes

Mr Turner

Unbroken

Boyhood

Hector and the Search for Happiness

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While I can catch 4 of these in the movie theatre right down the street (original version) – where I saw The Imitation Game just yesterday – for most of them I’ll have to watch in Barcelona… so I predict a couple of double (or triple) features this weekend, one here in Sant Cugat and another in Barcelona… given that it’s highly unlikely that Boyhood and Mr Turner will hold on for another week.

The plan will be something like:

Friday (when I get home from work): The Theory of Everything (because this is the movie I’ve been looking forward the most) and Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? (mainly because it premiered before Christmas and it’s a miracle that it is still on… I never saw this many French movies…).

Saturday (wake up extra early to catch the first screening): Hector and the Search for Happiness (Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike… I don’t even have to watch the trailer to know that I really want to see that) and Boyhood (because it has been showing for a long long time). Then I would love to catch Mr Turner or Unbroken but those bastards only show this movie at 10pm, and by that time I have to be home…

Sunday will be a day for work and maybe catch The Grand Hotel Budapest in the comfort of my bed…

– Sometime during the week I’ll find some time to watch Birdman, before they stop showing it here.

Movie of the Week: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay pt1

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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DC Movies Announcement

In the middle of last month, WARNER BROS / DC announced the release of 10 movies throughout the next 6 years, without counting another Batman and Superman standalones movies, with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively:

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  • March 25, 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder.
  • August 5, 2016 – Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer.
  • June 23, 2017 – Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot debuts the character in BvS: DoJ.
  • November 17, 2017 – Justice League Part One, directed by Zack Snyder
  • March 23, 2018 – The Flash, starring Ezra Miller.
  • July 27, 2018 – Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa.
  • April 5, 2019 – Shazam, starring Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam.
  • June 14, 2019 – Justice League Part Two, directed by Zack Snyder.
  • April 3, 2020 – Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher
  • June 19, 2020 – Green Lantern.

Though I’m not overly excited about BvS: DoJ, I’m intrigued to say the least, about this DC universe. But I can’t help feeling that maybe they’re missing an opportunity by not integrating the DC movies with their TV shows. I mean, I LOVE Ezra Miller, but we just got a Flash, does it really make sense to introduce another one in just 4 years?! Well, we’ll see…

Holiday season is here!

Everyone gets excited around Christmas, am I right? Here are some reasons why I can’t way for it to come…

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I get to go home

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Actually, I don’t even have to wait that long for this one, tomorrow afternoon I’m headed to Lisbon, for a two and a half weeks “vacations”. And this means…

   

I get to see my family

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Who doesn’t like that? I miss them all so much, but most of all, I miss my nieces and nephew, and Christmas it’s their time :).

   

I get to bake

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I like cooking in general, but I love love love baking! Anniversaries, Holidays and special occasions are the only times I get to seriously bake. So I’m planning to make an apple pie, Red Velvet cake with cream cheese filling and a chocolate cake (for the kids) and maybe I’ll get excited and bake some cupcakes =). It’s a busy few days before Christmas, but I have to admit that I love it!

   

I get to travel

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Here’s another thing I couldn’t live without: travelling! I get to travel all the time, between BCN and LIS, but it’s not the same thing. So, for the New Year, I’ll be going to Casablanca with my mom. We travel together all the time, earlier this year I went with her to the US (Atlanta and NY), so it’s nice to do it again. Next year we have at least one trip together lined up, to Ireland, and we’re considering two more =).

   

I get some time off

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Anyone who’s taking or took their PhD knows that this is not entirely true, you can never truly tune out the amount of work you have waiting for you at home and at the lab… but dammit, I had a couple of super overworked weeks, I really need a break… even if said break consists of running around buying Christmas presents for the kids and slaving myself in the kitchen! I do hope I get some time to re-watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and to finally see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And to catch all the Christmas classics on TV =). When Christmas is done, I hope I get around to make some progress on my Harry Potter Gryffindor house scarf and to do some reading.

    

Doctor Who Christmas Special

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In between all this stuff, I’m really excited for the DW Christmas Special. I’m obviously sad that Matt Smith is leaving, but I can’t wait for Capaldi’s Doctor to begin.

   

Sherlock and the New Year

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Sherlock returns january 1st and I can’t wait!!!! =D

   

And last but not least… I get to sleep in my own bed!

Which is just perfect 🙂