Tag Archive: love


The Great Gatsby

The-Great-Gatsby-Movie-2013When The Great Gatsby by Baz Lurhmann was advertised to be released I was thrilled and determined to go and watch it. But having chosen Steinbeck over Fitzgerald at university I am ashamed to admit that I had never read the book. I decided to read the book first and afterwards watch the film. So now three years later I have to say that both book and film are perfect! THE GREAT GATSBY

Gatsby is this handsome, mysterious and very rich young man who has suddenly appeared in the social life of the 20s New York and is a neighhbour to Nick whose cousin is Daisy that happens to be Gatsby’s first and only love. Gatsby throws extravagant parties where everybody who is somebody wants to go to and waits for the day that Daisy will enter his door. Daisy that is unhappily married to Mr Buchanan finally sees Gatsby after all these years and is in love again. But everything goes horribly wrong to this love story as something usually does when true love is at stake and we have its tragic end.

The film is fabulous and Lurhman’s aesthetic fits once more and makes the story his own. The music is amazing, the photography is beautiful, Gatsby is mesmerizing and I just wonder once more how come Mr Lurhman didn’t think of making this film sooner. It is simply wonderful!

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Two night stand

Two_night_standAnother film that I happened upon on TV and decided to watch was Two Night Stand.

It is the story of two single people Alec and Megan, that meet through one of the online dating services and end up having a maxresdefault
one night stand in Alec’s house. In the morning there is a terrible blizzard and Megan is trapped in his house so they have to spend the whole day together, but things go a bit off so it is not as friendly as it was previously. But when night came they make up and  have the second night stand.

Have you ever watched something that was so bad but you couldn’t stop watching it? The performances are so bad, especially the girl’s, that they are unforgettable and for the rest eg. music, plot there is no space for talking about it in this blog.

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Me Before You

download (1)As my husband saw me crying my heart out over the book Me Before You and while trying to make me feel better, he agreed to take me watch the film yesterday.

William Traynor, an athletic fierce businessman that loves his active life, has a terrible accident that leaves him quadriplegic. After two years of physiotherapy, of trying and hoping to get better, he is 20disappointed, understands that there is no way that he could go back to being his old self and makes a deal with his parents that they could have him for six more months. After that he would go to Dignitas where he would be offered assisted dying. His mother desperate to change his mind hires, Louisa Clarke, a local unemployed girl with a weird sense of fashion, as his carer; and that is how everything changes in both Will and Lou’s life.

It is a very moving book and an equally emotional film. Two people that would never have met under normal circumstances affect each others’ lives so much and fall in love with each other with a pure love that goes past appearances and loves the person. Lou loves the man, not the man in a wheelchair; Will wants Lou to be happy and somehow loves her future self, how she will ME BEFORE YOUbecome as he already sees the changes in her in the six months they spent together.

I’ve read a couple of reviews that were quite polemic to the film for what their writers thought was the film’s message regarding disability. All I can say is that I have always been supportive of a person’s freedom and their right to make personal choices (as long as they are not harmful to others). In this case as I am fortunate enough not to be in Will’s position I could never assume to imagine what choices I would make.

It is a moving and romantic film, you get to love the characters and they stay with you for quite some time afterwards. Don’t miss it!

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Love, Rosie

love__rosie__2015____movie_poster_by_blantonl98-d8gtc68Last night I watched a romantic film that I hadn’t heard anything about. It is called Love, Rosie.

Rosie and Alex met when they were 5 years old and living in the same street they have been the closest and best of friends ever since. But growing into adults started to complicate their Love-Rosie
relationship and friendship. Just when they decide to leave their home town and go to college life steps in and changes their plans putting a great distance between them.

It is based on a book called Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern which I had never read. The film is quite nice as it is quite funny at times with weird situations that seem a bit too much; but as we know weird situations can happen to anyone any day. I loved the music when they went clubbing as it reminded me of my youth. It is sweet and interesting to watch and makes you think of how absolute and innocent first love can be.

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Far from the Madding Crowd

download (1)Last night I watched Far from the Madding Crowd, one of the most romantic films I happened to see lately.

Bathsheba Everdene is a young and independent woman helping her aunt with her farm. When farmer Oak sees her he asks her to marry him, but she refuses. After a turn of luck for both of them Miss Everdene inherits her uncle’s farm and imagesfarmer Oak loses all his fortune. He started looking for jobs and he happened to be around Miss Everdene’s farm just in time to save it from fire. Miss Everdene takes him to work in her farm, but her next door neighbour Mr Boldwood is the attractive and eligible bachelor that starts to court her. Still Bathsheba is too independent for a husband, until out of nowhere the young soldier Francis Troy appears in front of her…

Far from the Madding Crowd is one of the most famous books of the Victorian era of English Literature by Thomas Hardy. It is set in the beautiful English countryside and it has lovely melodic music to accompany it. The photography is amazing and it tries to make a point I think; when we know that farmer Oak is well, those are the only times the sun is almost blinding us, and we feel warm and sunny, young and happy. It’s a beautiful romantic love story, one of the best in the English literature as most people say, and one of the sweetest films I’ve ever seen.

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Second_Best_posterLast night I watched The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. After the first film, for some reason, I thought I would be disappointed. Luckily I was wrong and it was really a joy.

We see the same characters as they are happily settled in their exotic habitat and continue with their new lives. pg-28-oldie-filmsSonny is trying to find investors so that he will expand to the Second Best Exotic … and at the same time prepare for his wedding. After some coming and going and various funny events there is a happy ending for everyone.

Thanks to the amazing casting of this film, it makes it worth our while. They can be really funny without even speaking. The beautiful and vibrant pictures of India make you feel like you are travelling there and it makes you wish you were there.

It is worth watching and it is going to make for a relaxing evening.

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Magic in the Moonlight

magic-moonlightI finally watched Magic in the Moonlight the latest comedy by Woody Allen and it is absolutely magic. For me it is simply his best!

There is Stanley who is a famous magician that has practised any magic trick known and magic-in-the-moonlightbelieves that he has figured everything out, so he doesn’t believe in magic anymore. When his old friend and colleague Howard visits him to tell him about this psychic Sophie, that can really predict the future and come in touch with the dead, Stanley goes to the South of France to prove that she is a charlatan. And that is where he will encounter real magic!

Stanley is a very funny character and I often found myself laughing with his attitude. The film, which is so stylish, is set in a beautiful background and the way it is directed is so absorbing, it made me feel as if I was also on set. There is a time when they are in the garden and the light falls at the side of the characters but in front of us, that you feel you need to shade you eyes! I loved it! The music is great as usual and the characters are loveable.

Just watch it ! I am sure I’ll watch it again!

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Her

her-movie-posterOne of my closest friends insisted on me watching Her, and she had a reason. Because finally a film like that appears and you feel that something totally new was born from people who actually have something fresh to say. Since new ideas have become really rare, Her has felt like a rain of new ideas giving me so much food for thought and feeling.

There is Theodore, a lonely letter-writer who starts a relationship with an operating system, Samantha. Throughout the film we get information about his life and his relationships either friendly, romantic or professional, how his new relationship with Samantha started and evolved and how this new experience affected and 3023517-inline-i-3-what-we-can-learn-about-the-future-of-ai-mobile-design-love-and-pants-from-spike-jonzes-herchanged him.

It is a film that explores everything there is about every kind of relationship. A lovely long term relationship of a couple that actually grew up together, the ugly endings, the few uncomfortable dates, meaningless sex, loneliness, excitement over a new love, how it evolves and becomes old and boring leading you to another conlusion and a new result, which will open another door and new expectations. It is the circle of life for me. Endless, similar, yet so immensely different, new, fresh, weird. At the same time I loved the music, the colours, and the new technological design and possibilities in this film.

Is it optimistic for the future or pessimistic? Each one of us has to decide for themselves! My friend loved it and so did I; just listen to her and and watch it!

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Endless Love

EDL_31_5_Promo_4C_2F.inddThe last film of 2014 that I watched was Endless Love and I must admit it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I am sure I would have loved it though if I were still a teenager.

Two highschool graduates, Jade and David, fall madly in love, but they have to battle social endless-love-image02differences and Jade’s rich opposing father, who after the death of his eldest son has become overprotective of his other children. Being in denial after his son’s death he is unable to see how he drives everyone away, he is on the verge of destroying his marriage and strengthens his daughter’s love for David instead of weakening it.

The kids are fresh and new like their love, and the parent’s characters are complete carrying a personal tragedy that gives a balance and reason to the story. Losing a child is a tragedy felt acutely both by the rich and the poor and it is difficult to mourn and come into terms with this loss. One has to find a way to form new friendships and move on.

On this note I would like to wish fresh, real and endless love for a Happy New Year!

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Last Vegas

last vegasWhen I decided to watch Last Vegas I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I was a little prejudiced against it. I guess I thought why watch a film with a bunch of old guys? So since these old guys is old Hollywood, they really know how to make a film! And I was pleasantly surprised!last-vegas

Four 70 year olds that had been friends since childhood but hadn’t seen each other for over a year, get together as one of them decides to get married. Since after a lifetime of being single he finally decided to tie the knot to a woman that could have been his daughter, in Las Vegas, his friends decided to leave their troubles behind, start a new adventure, join him and throw an amazing bachelor party.

It is a film about old age but it is also about life, how important it is and how we have to live it. Get together with people that make us happy and understand us no matter how far apart we live. It is a simple story, but it is quite fun to watch!

 

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