November 17, 2012

Movies I've seen recently #10

Gigantic (2008)
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The description of the movie from IMDb: "A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up." Sounds like a weird story, right? It is! It is a quirky story and overall I think I like it, even though I didn't figure out why the homeless guy was in it. Zooey Deschanel is just a quirky as usual and I love that.

The Good Night (2007)
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I don't know about this one... First, the intro was just weird. Second, it was not as funny as expected. It is about a former pop singer, now writing jingles, who feels more and more depressed and unsuccessful, until he meets mysterious Anna. The problem is that he only meets her in his dreams and as you might have guessed, he will do anything to sleep and dream about her all the time...

Hysteria (2011)
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One of my classmates recommended this movie about how the vibrator was invented and I must say, I was sceptical at first, I mean, the history of the vibrator?! But the label "comedy" made me feel less put off. And it turned out to be a very good and funny movie! Maggie Gyllenhall is doing a great job and so is Hugh Dancy. I will definitely recommend it.


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November 11, 2012

Random verticals


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A few random verticals from Rome, Venice and California.

September 24, 2012

Movies I've seen recently #9

Leap Year (2010)
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The first time I saw this movie was on the plane back home from China two years ago. I really liked it back then, so I rewatched it when it was on TV. It is a sweet rom com, no surprises, a lot of clich├ęs, but I enjoyed it anyway (of course - rom coms is one of my guilty pleasures). Matthew Goode is, by the way, very very charming in this film!

Along Came Polly (2004)
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One of the best things in this movie is the scuba instructor Claude's accent! "Exactliii, like se hippoo", "Gut bye, Pollii" (check it out in this video from 2:53). I think Michael O'Sullivan from Washington Post is spot on with this review: "Is Along Came Polly a great film? No, probably not, but it is a very amusing one".

Jersey Girl (2004)
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Ok, maybe I'm just a big crybaby, but this is seriously one of the saddest romantic comedies I have ever seen. This is a movie I prefer to watch on my own as the water level in my eyes tend to rise several times during the movie. I just can't help it. But, of course it's not sad all way through, it is a rom com after all. And little Gertie is the cutest little girl!

Picture Perfect (1997)
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A classic chick flick, nothing special. Kevin Bacon's character annoys me and sometimes Aniston's as well. The story is pretty predictabl, hence the classic chick flick label I put on it.

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September 22, 2012

Liquid Drop Art

The Takeoff

This is simply amazing and very, very fascinating! Corrie White takes these incredible, colourful photos of water drops. I am not sure I can imagine how much effort it takes to take this kind of photos, which makes it even more admirable. I know that I wouldn't have the patience for this kind of photography (and I might be too lazy as well... all that equipment, you know!). So I'll just keep admiring Corrie's beautiful work. I can't get enough of those colours and crazy shapes, so inspiring.

Check out her website and her flickr to see more of her amazing water drop photos.

Chinese parasol
3 Up - 3 Down
Out of the Abyss
Dome FX
Clown Dance
Two Flash Splash
Mushrooms and Jellyfish
Passion
A Cherry on Top
Sea Flower
Emerald drop
Blue Mushroom

[Photos by Corrie White]

September 6, 2012

Street lights of Venice

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Love love love the street lights of Venice with the prettiest pink glass.

September 3, 2012

Movies I've seen recently #8

Becoming Jane (2007)
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This is a portrait of Jane Austen before she became a famous writer and it's pretty good. James McAvoy is so charming as Mr. Lefroy in this film! The dance scene is one of my favourites (1:08) It really surprised me that he suddenly appeared, gotta love that smile!





The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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The kids of a lesbian couple seek out their biological father, and when their mothers find out about that they try to welcome him into the family. It's not easy for them though. First of all, I think Annette Bening's character is sooo annoying in this film! Not a film I'll watch again, but it was ok.

Good Luck Chuck (2007)
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Not recommendable. I don't even know why I started to watch it in the first place - the plot doesn't even sound that interesting ("In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie Logan has to break the curse that has made him wildly popular with single women: Sleep with Charlie once, and the next man you meet will be your true love." - from IMDB).  It is not even that funny, even though it is claimed to be a comedy.

August 27, 2012

When in Rome... part 7

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The last photos from Rome, I think. Domes in different churches and lovely atmosphere with flowers and paintings for sale at Piazza Navona.

August 23, 2012

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

I wish I was better at writing about the books I read, but apparently I tend to forget it. Anyway, this is a book I think deserves a recommendation; Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld.

It has been on my reading list for years, but have been waiting for the "right time" to read it. Sometimes I come across books I know I'll like and then I keep procrastinating, because I like to know that I still have this great reading experience to look forward to. Do you know the feeling?

Anyway, I was right about Prep, it was a good read. It takes place on a boarding school and the story is told by Lee Fiora. She is a very thoughtful and insecure teenager, who feels different and is one of the outsiders.
Curtis Sittenfeld describes life as a teenager pretty well, I could recognize a lot of Lee's thoughts from myself when I was her age. Several times I thought of how happy I am, that I don't have to be a teenager again, haha! It was fun to read about Lee's life at the school and at the end I just wanted to know what happened to all of the students.


August 14, 2012

When in Rome... part 6

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Random details from Rome. I'm thinking about making some changes on the blog, not sure how and when, but I definitely need some changes around here. Hopefully, I'll make up my mind soon.

August 8, 2012

When in Rome... part 5

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I had an afternoon off to do whatever I wanted, so I went on a walk around the city, all by myself. I don't think I've ever walked around in a foreign city before without company, but it felt good. Just to walk around without any destination. I went to Isola Tiberina and strolled around. It was a special place, very tranquil compared to the rest of the city. Those colourful bottles in the river are kind of beautiful.