zondag 29 september 2013

Movie Trailer Sunday (106)

Here are this weeks trailers.

Dom Hemingway
Description: Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he's owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demián Bechir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bechir, Emilia Clarke
Trailer: Trailer "Dom Hemingway"

Sunlight Jr.
Description: We follow hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her disabled boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Through this adversity, the couple realizes that they can never lose everything as long as they have each other.
Director: Laurie Collyer
Starring: Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Tess Harper
Trailer: Trailer "Sunligh Jr."
Comment: Naommi Watts always gets me excited!!

The Nut Job
Description: Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Starring: Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, Jeff Dunham
Trailer: Trailer "The Nut Job"
Comment: I go nuts for squirrels.

Mr. Morgan's Last Love
Description: Matthew Morgan (Michael Caine) is a widowed, world-weary professor living in Paris. The cynical Matthew sees no meaningful future for himself, until he meets Pauline (Clémence Poésy), a free-spirited young dance instructor. The unlikely bond they form ultimately leads them to rediscover the joy that only family and true friendship can offer.
Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
Starring: Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, Justin Kirk, Jane Alexander, Gillian Anderson
Trailer: Trailer "Last Love"
Comment: Heartwarming...

The Need for Speed
Description: The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time, one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul)�who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side, reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race, the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
Director: Scott Waugh
Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson
Trailer: Trailer "The Need for Speed"
Comment: I'm probably no going to see this.

zaterdag 28 september 2013

Movie Moments: "Happy-Go-Lucky"

This is such a feel-good movie, the Brittisch sister of “Amélie”. Today I just felt like rewatching it and sharing my favorite moments with you.

Moment # 1: Bookstore
Poppy visits a bookstore she’s never been to before. She is trying to make conversation with the salesman, but he’s not very talkative.

Moment # 2: Making birds
Poppy and her friend and colleague Zoë are making birds out of paper bags, with their classes.

Moment # 3: Poppy’s first lesson
After Poppy’s bike was stolen she decides to take driving lessons. Her instructor, Scott, is not as jolly as her and Poppy doesn’t really take him seriously.

Moment # 4: Flamenco
Poppy joins a colleague who is taking a flamenco class. It doesn’t really go smoothly.

Moment # 5: Tim the social worker
Poppy asks a social worker, Tim, for help with one of her students who’s been very violent lately. Together they are trying to find out why. Tim is very interested in Poppy as well.

Moment # 6: Date
Poppy goes on her first date with Tim. They really get along and they end up at Tim’s house.

Moment # 7: Scott’s rage
Another driving lesson for Poppy, but this time Scott isn’t in for her jokes anymore. He’s mad and he tells her exactly why.

Favorite Moment: Moment # 2 : Making birds

50 Books Challenge 2013 - 34: Hannibal by Thomas Harris (Hannibal Lecter # 3)

Title: Hannibal(Hannibal Lecter # 3)
Author: Thomas Harris
Story: Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he's been at large, free to savor the scents, the essences, of an unguarded world. But intruders have entered Dr. Lecter's sanctuary, piercing his new identity, sensing the evil that surrounds him. For the multimillionaire Hannibal left maimed, for a corrupt Italian policeman. and for FBI agent Clarice Starling, who once stood before Lecter and who has never been the same, the hunt for Hannibal Lecter has begun. All of them, in their separate ways, want to find Dr. Lecter. And all three will get their wish. But only one will live long enough to savor the reward.
Start: september 23rd 2013
End: september 28th 2013
Comment: Of all the books in this series, this was the one I was least looking forward to. And, so far, this is the one I like the least. I did enjoy it to some point, but I just didn't like the ending. I know that no one expected this, because it is surprising. For me it's a bit unbelievable. I was sorry to see Clarice Starling come to such a sorry end. The character Mason Verger was a revolting and fascinating villain. I easily was more sympathetic toward Dr Lecter. There was lots of Harris's trademark detail and atmosphere and that's what I liked. I just did't enjoy this book as much as the previews two.
Rating: 3/ 5

donderdag 26 september 2013

Top 5 Thursday: Female TV Characters of the Moment

I like a strong leading character in a TV show, but mostly it’s the guys. Really? I found some great women who shine between all those guys. These are the female characters I love the most at the moment.

5. Deb Morgan in “Dexter”
I started to follow this show recently, but I still need to rewatch the entire series sometime. Deb is great, although she has some issues.

4. Tara Knowles in “Sons of Anarchy”
Tara really transformed in this show. She is really part of the club now and sometimes she even handles things the Gemma-way.

3. Maggie Greene in “The Walking Dead”
I liked her from the beginning. She lost a lot of her loved ones, but she learned how to deal with it and how to kick ass!

2. Morgan Brody in “CSI”
Morgan had a guest appearance once and when I heard she was getting a regular role I was excited. I like her, she is a great addition to the team and she’s very smart.

1. Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”
I don’t like to admit it, but sometimes I’m a little bit like Claire. Maybe that’s why I love her so much. Claire is a hands-on mom and she likes to have control. And although Phil is a bit of a cluts, she loves him unconditionally.

They Almost Made the Top 5: Gloria Pritchett in “Modern Family”, Julie Finlay in “CSI”, Meredith Grey in “Grey’s Anatomy”

dinsdag 24 september 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 2013 - Theme # 39: Writing

Here is this weeks theme.

I love writing. Journals, lists, letters, postcards, short stories and of course my blog. This photo show a letter and postcard I was writing to my Polish friend Patricia.

zondag 22 september 2013

50 Books Challenge 2013 - # 33: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (Hannibal Lecter # 2)

Title: The Silence of the Lambs(Hannibal Lecter # 2)
Author: Thomas Harris
Story: There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.
Start: September 10th 2013
End: September 22nd 2013
Comment: This is the perfect book when it's raining outside, you got the lights on in your house and you're curled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea. This book is chillingly creepy. Hannibal Lecter is one of the scariest villains even created, but I thin Buffalo Bill is even creepier. His whole act and attitude is freaking me out. Clarice Starling is a strong female character, someone you can easily sympathize with and relate to. You feel her fear and strength. The dialogues between her and Hannibal are the strongest bits in the book. They captivate you from beginning to end. It's a fantastic book and now I think te movie is pretty true to it. Great read!
Rating: 5/ 5

Movie Trailer Sunday (105)

Here are this weeks trailers.

Grace of Monaco
Description: Grace Kelly, age 33 and having given up her acting career to focus on being a full time princess, uses her political maneuvering behind the scenes to save Monaco while French Leader Charles de Gaulle and Monaco's Prince Rainier III are at odds over the principality's standing as a tax haven.
Director: Oliver Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Jacobi
Trailer: Trailer "Grace of Monaco"

Description: After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.
Director: Aexander Payne
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk
Trailer: Trailer "Nebraska"
Comment: Bruce Dern is back!!

The Last Days On Mars
Description: On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery, fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up and goes out on an unauthorized expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes they start to suspect that the life-form they have discovered is not yet dead. As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora.
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Starring: Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams, Tom Cullen
Trailer: Trailer "The Last Days On Mars"
Comment: Space movies aren't always very succesful, but I'm drawn to it. This looks exciting.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
Description: Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Robby Cleiren, Geert Van Rampelberg
Trailer: Trailer "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Comment: The movie already came out in our country, but I still haven't seen it.

Blue is the Warmest Color
Description: The story of a young lesbian couple's beginning, middle and possible end.
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Trailer: Trailer "Blue is the Warmest Color"
Comment: I heard lots of great things about it.

zaterdag 21 september 2013

Pic Spam: Theo Rossi

With the new season of "Sons of Anarchy" on the go I decided to do a pic spam of the sexiest man on the show: Theo Rossi. I know most people go for Charie Hunnam, but I'm not most people... Here are Theo's best pictures.

In My Mailbox (115)

Seven officials and two private swaps this week. Two extremely cute puppies came this week from Prague, Czech Republic.

Sent: september 10th 2013
Received: september 15th 2013
Distance: 609 km (378 miles)
Travel Time: 5 days

An add card, but also with the classic movie star John Wayne. I think it's great!! It's from Nagoya, Japan.

Sent: september 10th 2013
Received: september 17th 2013
Distance: 9,298 km (5,778 miles)
Travel Time: 7 days

One of my favorites this week came from Norilsk, Russia. I love autumn and sometimes I just enjoy the rain. An this card shows you why, because it's beautiful.

Sent: september 6th 2013
Received: september 17th 2013
Distance: 4,530 km (2,815 miles)
Travel Time: 11 days

Cute birds, wonderful drawing. From Taichung City, Taiwan.

Sent: september 9th 2013
Received: september 20th 2013
Distance: 9,511 km (5,910 miles)
Travel Time: 11 days

I like this vintage school card, but it's also an old add for Greece cookies. It came from Ioannina, Greece.

Sent: september 10th 2013
Received: september 20th 2013
Distance: 1,724 km (1,071 miles)
Travel Time: 10 days

My favorite of the week came from Wormer, Netherlands. I love this beautiful cat postcars. It could be me, because some people compare me to a cat and I have green eyes.

Sent: september 18th 2013
Received: september 20th 2013
Distance: 160 km (99 miles)
Travel Time: 2 days

Last I got this postcard from Minsk, Russia. I think it's a hotel and it looks very expensive...

Sent: september 2nd 2013
Received: september 20th 2013
Distance: 1,486 km (923 miles)
Travel Time: 18 days

I got a card from my friend in Gdansk, Poland. We both love owls!!

And one from my friend in Barnaul, Russia. Is't it gorgeous?

Thanks Michaela, Sakura, Oksana, Debby, Voula, Willy, Dasha, Patricia and Sophia for these amazing cards this week!

donderdag 19 september 2013

Top 5 Thursday: Sexiest Men on TV of the Moment

If I had to do a list of TV actors of all-time it probably has to be a top 100, because a top 5 of 2013 was already hard enough. Here is my choice of sexiest men on TV 2013.

5. Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”)
He’s not my favourite character, but I think he’s slightly more attractive then Norman Reedus. I already loved this guy in “Love Actually”, where he melted my heart…

4. Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”)
Although I stopped watching this show, I remember why I started to watch it in the first place. Ian Somerhalder hypnotizes you with his handsomeness.

3. Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”)
What can I say, his character Juice isn’t the brightest star but he’s definitely great for the female eye. I can understand why his nickname on the show is Juice. I started to like him as a character as well, he’s my second favorite.

2. George Eads (“CSI")
Still staying strong after thirteen seasons of my favourite show “CSI” and about to kick of the 14th season! I love his Texas charm.

1. Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural")
Frequent readers of my blog probably predicted this. Jensen Ackles is still on TV and he’s the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. He’s perfect in every way.

They Almost Made the Top 5: Alex O’Loughlin in “Hawaii Five-O”, Norman Reedus in “The Walking Dead”, Charlie Hunnam in “Sons of Anarchy”, Jesse Williams in “Grey’s Anatomy”

dinsdag 17 september 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 2013 - Theme # 37: Creative

Here is this weeks theme.

I'm all about creativity. I love being creative with paper, photos, words, colors, letters, stickers, tape, paint, pencils, you name it.... I actually made this creation for a challenge. I didn't win, that sucked because I put a lot of work into it. But then again, I love being creative and that's the important part.