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Sunday, 22 February 2015

9 STORIES IN 2 FILMS

In less than 24 hours I have seen two exceptional movies which have the same structure. The two films are divided in four or five stories with one topic in common. The characters have not any relation among each other but their actions represent the same theme.  

The first film is called ‘A Touch of Sin’, a violent Chinese movie filmed in 2013. It is divided into four different stories based on real events; the main four characters experience a situation with death that unfortunately happened in the real world. The movie is explicit with aggressive acts. Do not watch it if you are susceptible with blood!



The second film is the fantastic ‘Relatos Salvajes’, an Argentinean black comedy with a political and social criticism. It is divided into five different stories based on how human being reacts in an extreme situation. The audience will feel more identified with these characters and their state.  If you are a fan of black comedy (like me) you will enjoy this film a lot!



I cannot finalise this post without choosing which story was my favourite for each film:

  • A touch of sin - first story, with coal mine worker
  • Relatos Salvajes - third story, with two drivers

If you have seen those two movies, feel free to tell me which one is your favourite!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

OSCARS

This year I have decided to post my predictions for the Oscars. Unfortunately I have not seen all films but I feel brave enough to share my thoughts with you!

BEST PICTURE: Boyhood

BEST ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

BEST ACTRESS: Juliane Moore (Still Alice)

BEST ACTOR SUPPORTING ROLE : J.K. Simpsons (Whiplash)

BEST ACTRESS SUPPORTING ROLE: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

DIRECTING: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:  Dick Pope (Mr Turner)

COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood (Into the woods)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE : Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier (The Salt of the Earth

FILM EDITING:  Tom Cross (Whiplash)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE: Ida (Poland; Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)

MAKE UP AND HAIRSTYLING : Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

SOUND MIXING :Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga  (Birdman)

BEST SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION: Butter Lamp


I am afraid I have left some categories out - I will need to see some movies before to make a guess :)

Feel free to leave your predictions for this year!


Sunday, 2 November 2014

NEW PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

Hey People!!

I have not been writing any posts recently because I have been working on my portfolio website!! It is finally done!

Have a look and let me know what you think:


If you like what you see, contact me!

Monday, 25 August 2014

HOT DUB TIME MACHINE (THE BEST PARTY EVER)

Lucky me! I was in the best party ever last night!!

I have been trying to get tickets for the Hot Dub during the last two years, but finally this Edinburgh Festival I was to determined to go, so I got my tickets quite early.

Hot Dub is the first time travelling dance floor that goes around world’s festival. The fact that the music starts on the 50s and goes all the way up until 2014 is just a great way to make people enjoy and dance some of the best hits for some decades.

The party is accompanied with videos which give the final touch to get you into a diversity of party mood’s: from rock, funky and jazz to pop, techno and hip-hop,  a great way of showing the history of music. In my opinion, the chosen songs from the 90s to nowadays could have been much better or it is simply that I prefer the oldies?


Definitely I strongly recommend everyone to go!





Saturday, 5 July 2014

THE UGLY IS GONE

I like the feeling of not knowing what is going in the world for a period of time, this is part of the fact of being on holidays. However this includes missing some information like the death of one of the most loved and long-lived actors: Eli Wallach-I realised about his death a week after(which annoyed me a bit)


There are some reasons why he deserves to be on my blog:
  • He has been one of the best supporting actors ever.
  • He had more than 60 years of acting experience and played more than 160 characters.
  • He was not one of “The Magnificent Seven” but he was the fabulous villain: Calvera.
  • He was in one of my favourite westerns without knowing he was the character called “The Ugly” until the end of the shooting.
  • He was part of my favourite trilogy (The Godfather)-even if the third part is not good enough, he was worthy to be seen.
  • He was still working until not long ago- he was part of the "The Wolf of Wall Street" cast- amazing!!

I felt in love with his Ugly character and this scene will be always my favourite one:



Sunday, 15 June 2014

PAOLO NUTINI

Paolo Nutini is one of these artists who keeps improving and improving! I discovered him in his second album “Sunny Side Up” – a fantastic 14 songs full of energy.  Then I listened his first album which I found it a bit cheesy; I like some songs but it is quite far from the quality of his second one. And now he just released his third album “Scream” which is (as I said before) getting better in quality. His latest album remains me of Ben Harper, another great musician.

When I saw him live he played covers of all of his old songs which I thanked him for that, I hate when I go to  concerts and the songs sounds the same than the album. The experience of seeing a concert just depends on how much the artist wants to give to his public, and Paolo Nutini gave loads!


As I said one of the best characteristic of Paolo Nutini is his love of doing covers but not only of his songs, he loves covering great songs, see some examples below:











Sunday, 8 June 2014

THE GREAT SPEECH

I just can say... listen carefully, please!


Probably the best director and actor that have ever existed: the Great Charles Chaplin!