Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breakdown part 2 (2012). Not convinced..


I have just seen that in rottentomatoes the audience gave it an 88%, I'm a fan of the saga myself but to me this movie was the worst of all the films of Twiglight, I kind of agree more with the critics that give it a 46%. I found it funny at times when I'm not sure the intention was to be funny, it's was just an effortless attempt to portray the same vampire characters! They even look tired themselves to be in another film. The love scenes between the 2 main protagonist were a bit far too cheesy; the scene with the vampires coming from different parts of the world, when they show the Irish ones, some part of the audience ( even ourselves) started laughing because of course they were so prototype (of course, with ginger hair ..), like the rest of the other vampires they showed. I can't say I didn't like the film at all because actually I was surprised by how the scene of the fighting among all the vampires ended (you will, too once you see it) and I like seeing again , specially , Jacob, Taylor Lautner ( I know, I could be his old sister lol) and the rest of the good-looking vampires. Last but not least, for those who are thinking that this was the last film of the series.. dream on!! I do not think so!! Can't wait to see the next week with Jacob dating Bella's daughter, what a soap-opera lol!! Don't get me wrong, I still have a teen side of me and I don't regret having seen this film but if you are not a fan of the saga, don't go, it's not a good movie, dialogues are not clever and the plot lacks action and even a bit of creativity..., it's only for people like me that wanted to see them on the screen again ..

Monday, 19 November 2012

Theatre play review: "Picture of Dorian Gray" (2012)





Those who know me will not be surprised by my choice to see this remarkable novel of my favorite writer: Oscar Wilde at the old Abbey Theatre in Dublin city centre. It's not easy to represent this novel as a theatre play, so much to tell and to portray in only a couple of hours but they managed to do that in a superb way. The desire to be beautiful and young forever will become true. Only the painting of Dorian Gray will age and show all the sins of Gray's goal to leave only for pleasure at any cost under the influence of Lord Henry. Best performances for me , British actor Tom Canton playing Dorian Gray & Jasper's Britton magnificent interpretation of Lord Henry ( it's unbelievable how he portrays the different stages of aging). They said the most intelligent lines of the book, words of thoughts of the true way of thinking of  Oscar Wilde, a man ahead of his time who will be misunderstood. Some of the best quotes are in this novel, just to have the pleasure to see Dorian Gray becoming alive on stage expressing such wise timeless words, makes it all worth it! I don't want to give you many more details so that you go and see it , if you get the chance. What? You have not seen or read any of Oscar Wilde's work!!?!! It will change your life , a small representation of some of the remarkable lines of Dorian Gray:

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful." 
There's no shame in pleasure. Man just wants to be happy. But society wants him to be good. And when he's good, he's rarely happy. But when he's happy, he's always good. 
  
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

I never talk during music--at least, during good music. If one hears bad music, it is one's duty to drown it in conversation.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.


We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities...




Monday, 12 November 2012

Recommended concert: David Garret (Nuremberg,2012)

I got the tickets for my husband as he's a big fan of this highly talented German-American violinist: David Garret (real name: David Bongartz)to see him at concert in Nuremberg (yeah we flew from Ireland just to see him!). Tickets were not cheap since he's very well-known in Germany and his concerts are usually sold-out due to their uniqueness and mixture of music styles, mainly classical and rock music blended by the Frankfurt Philharmonic orchestra, a pianist, 2 guitarists  a drummer all leaded by the violinist David Garret among beautiful female dancers and a giant screen in the back playing images of Garret's performances and even short stories in between the songs (al introduced by Garret's himself). Among some of the stories, David told us was that he was amazed to find his dvds in the black market in Bangkok LOL. To me, it was a great experience just making my husband so happy, he was totally carried away by the melodies, checking with his binoculars the way David G. played his violin. I have nothing bad to say about this concert, pure raw talent in an experience I have not had before. Even not being a big fan of him, I cannot deny the excellence of his performance (it made me overcome my fear of being surrounded by such a big crowd!). He has it all: great looks (he used to be a model), talent and originality in his versions of classical songs. He didn't stop smiling throughout the show, you could tell that he was really enjoying every moment of his performance, so was the audience (by the way, Nuremberg Arena, was packed!!! We were lucky to be in the second row, Andrés did not need the glasses!). One lucky fan was taken to the stage where Garret played a song seating close to her, amazingly enough she remained calm and did not even touch D. Garret, my respect to her!. Some of the highlights for me were the song of Pulp Fiction, the end with his version of Beatles's song "Let it be", Highway to Hell, "Cry me a river", "We will Rock you", "He's a pirate", "Smells like Teen spirit" and his performance of James Bond's soundtrack where he was playing James Bond in a video in the background. Last but not least, yeah you could tell that he knows that he's very talented and loves himself (and music), specially due to the facial expressions he did but no surprises there, I'd also be like him if I was so talented! What a pity that he only goes on tour mostly around Italy, , USA, Australia and some parts of Asia, the rest of the world is missing his concerts! An unforgettable concert for us, the first time I have seen my husband's tears out of joy when listening to the music live. Thank you Garret!!! I leave you with one of my favorite songs:







here you can find his official page with tour dates and videos:

http://www.david-garrett.com/videos/


Some French cinema recommendation: Rust and Bone (2012) (De rouille et d'os)


From the moment I saw this film was French and that it had the superb actress Marion Cotillard, I knew two things : That it was not going to be a conventional film and that the 85% score in Rottentomatoes was not a coincidence, the film had to be a good one! Well , I was not wrong at all, it was not a conventional film and Marion Cotillard plays an excellent role! Gee , the way she transforms herself is unbelievable! I don't want to tell you much, as usual , it's a drama film about 2 hard lives that mingle and learn to struggle together: A legless previous whale instructor, Stephanie (amazing some of the scenes where you cannot see her legs) and an ex-boxer father of 1, Matthias Schoenaerts,  trying to find his path. Some of the highlights for me, some of the photographic moments (beautiful) of the whales in the water and Stephanie (Marion Cottillard); the scene about Stephanie swimming in the sea for the first time after the accident; the scene about Ali's ( Matthias Schoenaerts) son in the ice and some of the lines : "Do you want to fuck?" (you will understand when you see it); "Are you OP?" ETC, ETC.

Last thing from me, make sure you are not depressed when you go and see this film, it's VERY DRAMATIC but definitely worth it!!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Recommended: Bram Stoker Festival (Dublin, 2012)

This year we have had the pleasure to be pioneers and participate in the first Bram Stoker festival in Dublin celebrating the life and legacy of  a brilliant Gothic Irish author , the creator of Dracula: Bram Stoker. There were different cultural activities throughout the city of Dublin from theatre plays, street live performances, to exhibitions, outdoors cinema (Nosferatu) in the heart of temple bar and tours. Most of the activities were free events but you had to registered well in advanced. I got tickets for 2 of the free events. the first one being the Stocker's Dublin revealed tour created by the well-known Dublin Historian Pat Liddy which brought us some specific details of the 19th Victorian's Bram Stocker Dublin. Although it was very cold, we enjoyed it very much the 2 hours of walking around Dublin that ended up in a small little church behind Dublin castle where Pat read  a few chapters of Dracula inside the church with Andrés and myself with make-up as vampires lol very surreal! Even Pat mentioned several times that we were a bit scary since we were the only 2 who took the vampire them seriously, the rest had no make-up or any fancy dresses on lol. In this tour we learned about another church which has mommies (we still have to go and see it!) , he also talked about the friendship that Oscar Wilde and Stocker had, one of the first stories about vampires  was "Sheridan Le Fanu's" which was about a lesbian vampire, Carmilla (so it was not Dracula as many people think). Pat also told us about the origins of Halloween which is in fact a Celtic tradition and not American, as many think, it was the Christian festivity of the dead.

The other event we were lucky to get tickets to, was the street theatre performance "Imaging Bram Stoker: Spraoi Spectacle  which took place in one of the yards of the Dublin Castle. To me, this was my favorite event, they recreated with a lot of style and imagination the Dublin of the 19th century inspired by the Victorian horror touch of Stoker. We were welcomed by Vampires in the Castle, by a ghostly man reading a book in the moon, a music band of vampires, a giant skeleton and the very own Dracula surrounded by beautiful female vampires dressed in white with a very scary and sensual look. The whole performance lasted 45 minutes, time flew and the actors interacted with the public. Have to say that although it was a familiar activity and there were plenty of kids (all dressed-up as it was a requirement to attend the show in a fancy dress), some of the little ones were a bit scared.

I do hope there will be many more Bram Stocker's festivals for the years to come, being Dracula one of the most sold books and not so celebrated in Ireland, he really deserves to have his own festival for so many vampire lovers out there.

Here the link to the festival and a few photos:

http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/events.php?x=s





2 very bad movies I have seen recently in the cinema.. avoid them

A bit embarrassed to admit that I have seen the following 2 movies I'm going to mention but I have to keep loyal to my new year's resolution to write about all the films we see throughout the year (good or bad) in the cinema; take this post as a warning so that you don't waste your time seeing any of the 2 following films:

cheap American comedy with Adam Sandler " That's my boy ". Really I just want to forget I went to see it.. not many comments, if I could rate it with a minus, it would be a minus 100 ... :-(

The other not great film but I have to say at least I found it a bit better (only a bit) is : " For a good time, Call ..". I knew it was not going to be great but it happened to be the only one showing at 19.00 yesterday and I didn't want to be waiting for one hour and half to see " Rust and bone" (I'm going to see it today, by the way). Well the conclusion is I should have waited lol. another movie to forget.. (have to say though that the cinema was packed.. i think some other people had the same problem as me, they wanted to go to the cinema at 19.00..)

No worries people as you know I'm a member of the cinema and I can go as many times as I want due to having the membership, so this is why sometimes i make the wrong choice to see a bad film... You are warned , now..





For James Bond lovers not for me: Skyfall (2012)

Taking into account that I'm not a James Bond's fan and that I went to see Skyfall because my husband wanted to see it, do not expect from this short and humble review that I'm going to say that it was the best movie of the year. What I liked most about it was Adelle's song "Skyfall", Spanish great actor intervention , Javier Bardem because he is great playing the bad guy and I cannot deny that, and I also loved the landscapes (specially the parts set in Scotland) and London's surroundings. I was hoping that on this movie, finally , Javier could get rid of James Bond but no, no surprises not even super villain Silva (Javier's role) could kill the invincible Bond, James Bond (of course he repeats this line again..). I was bored.. same stuff as usual..., self promotion of James Bond, expensive cars, chasing and fighting, beautiful women and not very clever dialogues and gee so long (143 mins!!) !!!. And come on the laptops shown on the movie, are VAIO (sony)??? they didn't even have Macs???!!! I wes even apple found James Bond obsolete, too modern for the film. I wonder how much  money they got from Sony to promote their slows laptops (I had a vaio and I know what I'm talking about.. slowest computer ever!!). How many more of these movies are going to be released? seriously!!  Have to say that of course my husband loved the film and like him, I'm sure many James Bond's fans will love it,too so if you are a fan of Bond, don't miss it! As I explained at the very beginning, this is the opinion of someone who does not understand James Bond's character..,what message is he trying to portray? That having a good body, money,cars and sleeping with beautiful stranger women is what makes you better than the rest ?? Come onnnnn!! Welcome to the reality of regular people with regular cars , with a regular salaries and who may be in love with a woman who is not super hot but may have something else to offer and maybe a brain, too?!


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