Random – Fall TV Guide: 10 New Shows, 3 New Seasons

Finishing September, I found a very interesting article on IMDb’s Fall TV Preview, called Ten Shows to Watch. There you could find some information and comments on ten new series of the IMDb people’s choice. And you know, as I’m always tempted to try new series instead of finishing the ones I’m already watching, I decided to see the pilot of each one of those ten American shows. And any time I saw a pilot, I wrote my comment on it here. At the end of the list, I also included my opinion about the new seasons of three of my favourite series. As I’m only reviewing first episodes, my opinions don’t apply to the whole seasons, so maybe they’re a little unfair. Just take that into account, and now let’s go on with the list! Continue reading

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Books – Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I think I’ll be able to read your heart.

A couple of months ago, my aunt came in a visit and gave me a book by Japanese authour Haruki Murakami. It had a very strange title: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. But let me tell you, the title’s not the only strange thing about this book. Chapters take place alternately in a Tokio with touches of sci-fi (Hard-Boiled Wonderland) and in a walled city sorrounded by unicorns (The End of the World). It may sound weird, but believe me, it’s far much weirder than you can imagine.

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Movies – Frost/Nixon

The limelight can only shine on one of us.

During our last History lesson at school, the teacher was talking about Richard Nixon’s presidency and the Watergate scandal when one of my classmates jumped in and said: Hey, isn’t there a movie about this? About an interview or something. Oh, yeah!, I told him, I know what you’re talking about, you mean a movie called Frost/Nixon, right? The thing is, I had known about the existance of this film for a long time, but never actually sat down and watched it. So, considering I had a test ahead about the same topic, I finally decided to give it a chance.

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Movies – Water for Elephants

I don’t know if I picked that circus. But something told me that circus picked me.

Whenever I read a good book and then a movie based on it is released, the same old question arises: will the movie do justice to the book? This is exactly what I wondered after reading Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. I liked the book so much that I was afraid the film wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Once I finally watched it I was happy to see that, though not magnificent, the movie turned out to be quite a decent adaptation. Continue reading

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Movies – Rango

The name’s Rango!

Rango, the chameleon, lives in his little terrarium with a toy fish and a headless Barbie. No social contact, no worries. And no idea of how to survive in the real world. This is not a problem if you live quietly in your terrarium. But when your terrarium falls from your owner’s car, and you end up alone in a desert by the side of the road, it does become a problem. Rango walks and walks. He has no idea where to go, until he finds an iguana who gets him with her to Dirt, an Old West town in crisis because of the lack of water. Little did the animals of the town know that Rango would eventually become their last string of hope. Continue reading

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Books – The King’s Speech

How I hate broadcasting.

Sure enough everybody has heard of a movie called The King’s Speech, as apart from being pretty good, it turned out to be the big winner in the 2010 edition of the Academy Awards, calling the attention of even more people. But what about the real story that inspired the movie? What about the real struggle of King George VI to fight his speech impediment? What about the real Lionel Logue who helped him stop stammering? What happened before and after the two men met?

Lionel’s grandson Mark Logue wondered these same questions and, encouraged by the production of the movie, started researching everywhere he could to discover the true story of The King’s Speech. Under this title and with the help of biographies authour Peter Conradi, he wrote a very interesting book gathering all that information.  Continue reading

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Movies – The Breakfast Club

We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.

Until a couple of days ago, I had never heard about The Breakfast Club, a movie from the ’80s about five High School students stuck in detention. Having read some very positive comments about it and hoping that such an old movie would be a bit different from the new teen films, I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did.

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Books – The Imperfectionists

They had holes to fill on every page

…and jammed in any vaguely newsworthy string of words provided it didn’t include expletives, which they were apparently saving for their own use around the office.

After years of working as a journalist all over the world, Tom Rachman decided to start writing fiction. His debut novel The Imperfectionist proved very successful, and soon it was included in the New York Times bestseller list. Originally structured and very entertaining, his first book talks about the lives of the reporters and editors of an English-language newspaper in Rome. Continue reading

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Books – Water for Elephants

You didn’t just jump a train.You done landed yer ass on a circus, boy.

The #1 New York Times bestseller Water for Elephants tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a man who, during the harsh times of the Great Depression, worked as a veterinarian for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. This traveling circus may have been spectacular on the surface, but when lights went off and the show was over, a far much darker reality was revealed.

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Movies – The Adjustment Bureau

All I have are the choices I make, and I choose her, come what may.

Have you ever wondered whether you’re the one who decides the course of your life? Or is it all set up already? Do you believe in free will or destiny? Or… something in between? Well, that is exactly what The Adjustment Bureau deals with. But apart from making us squeeze our brains trying to find an answer to all these existential questions, the movie entertains us with a game defying the impossible and resembling, maybe, that one of Inception.

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Movies – A Chinese Tale

An Argentinian and a Chinese together because of a cow that fell from the sky.

Ricardo Darín is back with his usual brilliant acting in the Argentinian movie A Chinese Tale. This time he embodies a bad-tempered and solitary man who hates anything envolving social interaction and yet, is forced to live with a man who doesn’t even speak his language.

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Series – Sherlock

The game is on!

A couple of weeks ago I happened to come across a British series remaking the most famous detective of all times: Sherlock Holmes. Only that this time he would be solving mysteries in a 21st century London, with mobile phones, Internet, GPS and all. I must say that I was quite doubtful at the beginning, but this version of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece turned out to be pretty good. The bad thing? There is only one season so far, and consisting of just three episodes. The good thing? Each of them lasts 90 minutes! Continue reading

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What a cliché! – Ha! You thought I had fallen, didn’t you!

Guy jumps from a tall building. Everybody thinks he smashed on the floor. Nothing happens for one, two, three seconds, and suddenly… voilá! He appears again, alive and kicking! Because, you know, he landed on a flying car/gigantic eagle/gryphon/magic carpet! Have you ever seen that on a movie? Well, I have seen it not once, but FOUR TIMES! Yeah, it’s incredible that so specific scenes like this become clichés.

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Books – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Just don’t expect me to be all “Dear Diary” this and “Dear Diary” that.

I already know that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is supposed to be a book for kids and that I’m not precisely one, but who cares! I bought it anyway 😀 It is funny, it is original and it is attractive even on the outside. So why wouldn’t I read it?  Age’s certainly not a problem to me.

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Pixar Short Films & A Way Through The Company’s History

Does anyone here agree with me on how AMAZING Pixar is? I’ve always loved its movies, ever since I have memory. But what I want to point out in this post is not precisely Pixar’s long-lenght movies. Instead, I want to focus on those awesome three or four minutes you get to see BEFORE the feature films: Pixar Shorts. Because, apart from being as great as any other thing Pixar does, they are a very interesting way to get to know more about the company’s history. What I did here was to write a brief comment about each short film Pixar ever did, including a video of it (as most of them are in HD, you can see them full screen perfectly), plus a bit of info about what was going on with Pixar at the time the short was released.

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Movies – Just Go With It

A non-crappy comedy, for a change :]

Once in a while, I feel like watching just a silly romantic comedy to relax and spend some time. It also happens quite often, that the movie I choose turns to be excessively bad. And that considering my expectations in this occasions are really, really, low. But last weekend, I had the pleasure to enjoy a decent movie of the genre. Starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Just Go With It even took a few waves of compulsive laughter from me.

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Movies – Stranger Than Fiction

He’s not crazy. He’s just written that way.

While brushing his theeth, Harold hears a voice. Harold hears a voice of a woman telling a story. The voice of a woman telling HIS story, as if he was the character of some book, what happens to be terribly annoying and problematic, and turns into something far much serious when a single sentence is said: “Little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death”.

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Books – Lord of the Flies

No grown-ups!

Beautifully written by William Golding (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983), Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of schoolboys who crash on an island and have to govern themselves. Everything seems paradisiacal at the beginning, but soon they start to fight each other and fall into anarchy. A fable and a fiction at the same time, Lord of the Fliesentertains the reader and leaves them thinking about it long time after finishing the book.

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Movies – The Three Caballeros

Somos los tres caballeros, y nadie es igual a nosotros!

I think I was like three years old when my grandma bought Disney’s version of The Three Musketeers as a present for me. Only it wasn’t really The Three Musketeers, because she got confused and got The Three Caballeros instead. And that was the best mistake ever! More than a review, this is a tribute to the movie that accompanied me during my whole childhood, and was first in the ranking of my favourites for a long, long time.

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Series – One Tree Hill

Two brothers, one passion

Nathan and Lucas Scott are brothers, but… they hate each other. Pretending the other doesn’t exist has always been effective to them, but now that they play in the same basketball team, everything changes. This series has had several seasons (8 so far) which go around the lives of a group of teenagers living in Tree Hill. We, Jana and Guadi, wrote this review together to let you know more about one of our favourite TV shows (it’s also in Jana’s faves at the right bar). Hope you enjoy it :]

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