dinsdag 30 oktober 2012

The Many Faces of... Heath Ledger

I always thought Heath Ledger was a fantastic actor, so it really shocked me that he passed away at the age that I am now. So I'm dedicating this item, the many faces of..., to Heath Ledger this time.

Face # 1: 10 Things I Hate About You
Role: Patrick Verona
Comment: That killer smile!
Rating: 4,5/ 5

Face # 2: The Patriot
Role: Gabriel Martin
Comment: Gabriel is the perfect name for him with this look. He looks like an angel.
Rating: 5/ 5

Face # 3: A Knight's Tale
Role: William Thatcher
Comment: A real knight in shining armor.
Rating: 5/ 5

Face # 4: monster's Ball
Role: Sonny Grotowski
Comment: He looks like Wentworth Miller.
Rating: 3,5 /5

Face # 5: The Four Feathers
Role: Harry Feversham
Comment: Nice, dreamy look.
Rating: 3/ 5

Face # 6: Ned Kelly
Role: Ned Kelly
Comment: Is he trying to look like wolverine or Dirty Harry?
Rating: 3/ 5

Face # 7: Lords of Dogtown
Role: Skip
Comment: Weird dude...
Rating: 2/ 5

Face # 8: The Brothers Grimm
Role: Jacob Grimm
Comment: I do like this look somehow. Heath looks so intelligent.
Rating: 4/ 5

Face # 9: Brokeback Mountain
Role: Ennis Del Mar
Comment: Perfect, just perfect.
Rating: 5/ 5

Face # 10: Casanova
Role: Casanova
Comment: He can wooh me anytime.
Rating: 4/ 5

Face # 11: Candy
Role: Dan
Comment: He looks so sad...
Rating: 2/ 5

Face # 12: I'm Not There
Role: Robbie
Comment: Hot!
Rating: 5/ 5

Face # 13: The Dark Knight
Role: Joker
Comment: People say this was hhis best role. I think it was the one in "Brokeback Mountain". But his look is awesome!!
Rating: 5/ 5

Face # 14: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Role: Tony
Comment: Looks charming.
Rating: 3,5 /5

zondag 28 oktober 2012

Movie Trailer Sunday (57)

Last week there was no movie trailer sunday, because of the lack of good trailers. I'm going to try it again this week. This weeks trailers are about a young woman trying to forget her past, the return of John McClane, relationships, Iron Man and raccoons

Safe Haven
Description: When a mysterious young woman (Julianne Hough) arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex (Josh Duhamel), a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love.
Director: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders
Trailer: Trailer "Safe Haven"
Comment: Ok, so Nicholas Sparks books are my guilty pleasure and movies based on his book as well.

A Good Day to Die Hard
Description: John McClane (Bruce Willis) faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney) is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy
Director: John Moore
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Yulia Snigir, Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Anne Vyalitsyna
Trailer: Trailer "A good Day to Die Hard"
Comment: I just love John McClane.

Save the Date
Description: Fiercely independent Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend) and finds herself caught-up in an intense rebound relationship with new infatuation Jonathan (Mark Webber). Always one to give life advice is Sarah's sister Beth (Brie), who is diligently planning her upcoming wedding to apprehensive fiancée and Kevin's band mate Andrew. With heart and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love.
Director: Michael Mohan
Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber
Trailer: Trailer "Save the Date"

Iron Man 3
Description: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Director: Shane Black
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall,Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley
Trailer: Trailer "Iron Man 3"
Comment: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark again. Hell yeah!!

The Details
Description: After ten years of marriage, Jeff and Nealy Lang (Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks) have an idyllic suburban home and a relationship on the skids. But, when a family of hungry raccoons ransacks their perfectly manicured backyard, Jeff becomes single-mindedly obsessed with eradicating the pests by any means necessary. Soon the relentless rodents aren't merely uprooting the lawn, but also overturning the Langs' entire bourgeois existence, as the man-versus-beast battle leads into an absurd mess of infidelity, extortion, organ donation and other assorted mayhem.
Director: Jacob Estes
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Ray Liotta, Anna Friel, Laura Linney
Trailer: Trailer "The details"

zaterdag 27 oktober 2012

In My Mailbox (69)

Seven postcards this week!! The first card was very special, because it came from New Zealand (first one) and it was send by a cat. Yes... a cat. The cat pictured on the postcard.

Sent: ocotber 15th 2012
Received: october 23rd 2012
Distance: 18,306 km (11,375 miles)
Travel Time: 8 days

This bear card came from Bremen, Germany. I love the bears, but also the poem written on this postcard.

Sent: october 19th 2012
Received: october 23rd 2012
Distance: 284 km (176 miles)
Travel Time: 4 days

I got this really cute and happy card from Hsinchu City, Taiwan. Appearantly this deer sort is an indangered species.

Sent: october 18th 2012
Received: october 24th 2012
Distance: 9,468 km (5,883 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

From Oldenburg, Germany I received these pretty flowers. Flowers always make me happy. Even pink ones.

Sent: october 19th 2012
Received: october 24th 2012
Distance: 264 km (164 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

My favorite this week came from Pori, Finland. A really beautiful rabbit. The writer didn't watch that many movies and she felt guilty about it, haha.

Sent: ocotber 23rd 2012
Received: october 26th 2012
Distance: 1,497 km (930 miles)
Travel Time: 3 days

This card is really special and original. Like nothing I ever received. Looks like a glass painting. It's from Lübeck, Germany and I love this card.

Sent: october 23rd 2012
Received: october 26th 2012
Distance: 434 km (270 miles)
Travel Time: 3 days

The last card came from Minsk, Belarus. I don't exactly know what this building is for, it would be nice if she wrote something about it. But it's a nice card.

Sent: october 17th 2012
Received: october 27th 2012
Distance: 1,486 km (923 miles)
Travel Time: 10 days

Thanks Gordon, Cornelia, Beatrice, Rainer, Hannah, Kerstin and Tanya for the wonderful postcards this week!

donderdag 25 oktober 2012

Top 5 Thursday: "Friends" Characters

When I was in High School I was a huge “Friends” fan. My friend and I always bickered about who the funniest, cutest or best character was. This is my opinion.

5. Rachel Green
Rachel is the complete opposite of me, but I really loved her. Although she’s spoiled, sloppy and very vain, I couldn’t dislike her. I even had the Rachel hair for a while.

4. Joey Tribbiani
Joey isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and that’s what made him funny. He got all the ladies by just asking them how they’re doing. And man could he eat.

3. Chandler Bing
This was my friends favorite, we could never agree. Chandler is definitely the goofiest of the men. And know one knows what he does for a living. Chandler was also pretty clumsy and not a very lucky man either.

2. Monica Geller
I like her because Monica might be an extreme version of myself. All the personality quizzes always point out to her and I hate to admit it, but I’m a bit like Monica. Control freak Monica, neurotic Monica. Yes, that’s me….

1. Ross Geller
To me Ross was the funniest character because he’s so geeky. None of the other friends understand why his job is so incredibly cool. He’s a dinosaur man!! It's hilarious when Ross gets mad. And his geekyness is also adorable.

They almost made the top 5: Phoebe Buffay

woensdag 24 oktober 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 46: Morality/ Blockade Billy by Stephen King

Title: Morality/ Blockade Billy
Author: Stephen King
Story: Morality - Chad and Nora Callahan are suffering from financial difficulties brought on by lack of employment and low-paying jobs. While both are seemingly frustrated with the influx of monthly bills and other expenses, they remain largely optimistic about future solutions to solve their money woes. Chad hopes to supplement their income by writing a book based on his experiences as a substitute teacher, while Nora, a nurse, works full-time for a retired reverend named George Winston, who is partially paralyzed and uses a wheelchair after suffering from a stroke. Nora's time spent with Reverend Winston is largely uneventful, until one day Winston propositions Nora with a solution to her monetary problems. Being a reverend, Winston states that he has largely lived his life without sin—though he also states he has not gone completely without it—and seeks to experience one major sin before he passes away.
Blockade Billy - Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William 'Blockade Billy' Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first, and only, player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.
Start: october 23rd 2012
End: october 24rd 2012
Comment: In this Stephen King month I decided to also read something that isn't that well known. At least I never heard of it. It's a book with two short stories. The first one tells the story of a retired reverend who wants to commit a sin. I read this story in just one sitting. Although not a lot of spectacular things happened, I had to keep reading. I just wanted to know what it was Winston wanted Nora to do. Only a master like King can make that happen. I really enjoyed the first story. The second story didn't really grab me as much. It didn't take me long to finish this one either, because it's just a straight forward story. But maybe because I'm not a baseball fan, it didn't grab me as much as the first story. What I liked about this story though was the way it was told. An old time equipment manager recounting the story of William 'Blockade Billy' Blakely to Mr. King himself. This book is definitely not one of my favorites by Stephen King, but I did enjoy it, especially "Morality".
Rating: 3/ 5

dinsdag 23 oktober 2012

Pic Spam: Chyler Leigh

I really miss Lexi Grey on "Grey's Anatomy". I liked her, she was my favorite female character after Izzie left the show. SO I'm dedicating this pic spam to Chyler Leigh.

maandag 22 oktober 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 45: Carrie by Stephen King

Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Story: Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act, of ferocious cruelty, turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.
Start: october 16th 2012
End: october 22nd 2012
Comment: "Carrie" was Stephen King's fourth book, but the first one he'd published. Quoting King himself: "Because of Carrie, I could finally afford a real home". And what a fantastic debut novel this is. The book starts with a horrible act of teenage terrorisation. Carrie White got her first period and doesn't know what's happening to her. The girls in the lockerroom, lead by Chris Hargensen, start laughing at her and throwing tampons at her. We soon learn that Carrie is a loner, an outsider and an easy target for mean schoolgirls like Chris. The reason that Carrie didn't know about menstruation is her mother. Margaret White is a Bible thumping nut, who sees a sin in everything. Boys in general, having breasts or hanging your underwear to dry in the yard. The mothers character is very well written and even a bigger nitjob than Mrs. Carmody from "The Mist". Carrie can't help it that she is the way she is. You feel sorry for her. Chris Hargensen is this typical populair high school girl everyone wants to be, but also secretly hate. One of her friends, Sue Snell, is the only one that also feels sorry for Carrie, although she did participate in the incident that happened in the lockerroom. Tommy Ross, Sue's boyfriend, looks at Carrie differently when he gets to know her. When he takes her to the school dance and their are crownd prom king and prom queen, Chris and her boyfriend Billy have something in store for her. From there on the terror really starts, but this time it's coming from Carrie. "Carrie" is, like many other Stephen King books, really hard to put down. Once your in the story, it's hard to let go.
Rating: 5/ 5

In the Picture: The Characters from "Crazy Stupid Love"

I rewatched this movie recently and I liked it even more after watching it a second time. I also got time to dissect all the characters, so here they are.

Cal Weaver
Played by: Steve Carell
Cal just found out that his wife Emily wants a divorce, because she slept with someone else. After moving in to his own appartement, Cal goes to a bar where he meets Jacob. After this meeting Cal decides to change and to stop sobbing about Emily. Cal is very honest, goodhearted and he will never stop loving Emily.

Jacob Palmer
Played by: Ryan Gosling
Jacob wants Cal to rediscover his manhood. He wants him to change. To be more like him, a womanizer. Jacob is a smooth talker and can get any woman he wants… but Hannah. When he meets Hannah, his view on life changes and he regrets who he used to be.

Emily Weaver
Played by: Julianne Moore
Emily cheated on Cal with a coworker. Emily says that she and Cal had already drifted apart, but when Cal really leaves she realizes how much she loves him. Emily is a very supportive mother and loves Cal deep in her heart.

Hannah Weaver
Played by: Emma Stone
Hannah is a recent law school graduate and is expecting her boyfriend to propose to her. Instead he offers her a job and that’s when Hannah decided it’s time for a change. She goes to meet Jacob in the bar, where she earlier rejected him. Hannah is not like other girls. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she is out of the ordinary.

Robbie Weaver
Played by: Jonah Bobo
Robbie is the only Weaver boy and madly in love with Jessica, his babysitter. Unlike his dad Cal, he fights for Jessica and will continue until he won her over. For a kid his age Robbie is pretty smart and wise.

Jessica Riley
Played by: Analeigh Tipton
Jessica is the Weavers babysitter. Although Robbie has had a crush on her for a while, Jessica is trying to ignore him. She made clear that she’s not interested in him. Jessica only has eyes for one man: Cal. And now that Emily is out of the way she thinks she stands a chance. Jessica is naïve, but kindhearted.

David Lindhagen
Played by: Kevin Bacon
David is the guy that came between Cal and Emily. He’s a bit of a sleezebag and he’s trying to find his way into the family. Robbie doesn’t really like him, Cal doesn’t and soon no one will.

Kate Tafferty
Played by: Marisa Tomei
Kate and Cal meet each other in the bar and she’s Cal's first girl after Emily. Kate appreciates Cal for his honesty and goes home with him. Cal promises to call her, but he doesn’t and when they meet again it doesn’t end well for Cal. Kate is a very unstable and emotional woman.

Favorite Character: Hannah Weaver

zondag 21 oktober 2012

zaterdag 20 oktober 2012

In My Mailbox (68)

I received 8 postcards and some really beautiful ones. The first one of the week came from Moers, Germany. This photo was made by the sender when he was vacationing in South Africa. Really beautiful.

Sent: october 10th 2012
Received: october 16th 2012
Distance: 53 km (33 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

I got this pretty view from Orekhovo Zuevo, Russia.

Sent: october 3rd 2012
Received: october 16th 2012
Distance: 2,224 km (1,382 miles)
Travel Time: 13 days

I got a card from Shantou, China. This is Victor Huang, a famous actor in China and the favorite of the sender. I never heard of him, but it's a nice photo.

Sent: october 4th 2012
Received: october 17th 2012
Distance: 9,344 km (5,806 miles)
Travel Time: 13 days

As you might know, I love autumn. And I've collected quite some autumn cards. And I have another one to add to my collection. From Saijo, Japan I got his wonderful postcard. Love it!!

Sent: ocotber 13th 2012
Received: october 19th 2012
Distance: 9,256 km (5,751 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

From Bochum, Germany I got this wonderful card. I love those horses. Such a great sight to see an animal with her young.

Sent: october 14th 2012
Received: october 19th 2012
Distance: 89 km (55 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

This next card really made me happy, because of the bright colors. It's such an adorable postcard. Minsk, Belarus

Sent: september 29th 2012
Received: october 20th 2012
Distance: 1,486 km (923 miles)
Travel Time: 21 days

From Krasnodar, Rusland I got this gorgeous dog. It's in front of a museum.

Sent: september 21st 2012
Received: october 20th 2012
Distance: 2,525 km (1,569 miles)
Travel Time: 29 days

My favorite card came today, from Bondy, France. I LOVE IT!!! Such a cute and sweet postcard. I love rabbits, and althoug my Oscar is black, the left rabbit looks a bit like him.

Sent: october 14th 2012
Received: october 20th 2012
Distance: 354 km (220 miles)
Travel Time: 6 days

Thanks Stephan, Dasha, LuanJin, Yunsei, Yvonne, Julia, Mary and Uster for the wonderful postcards you send me this week.