Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cure it with Movies/Books: Terminal illness/Cancer

I bet most of you are super excited about the brand new trailer of "Me before You", based on the same name novel by Jojo Moyes. For those who have no clue of what I'm talking about, the story is about Louisa Clark and  Will Traynor, two people who couldn't be more different but, due to Will's conditions (he's tetraplegic) get to know each other. Here's the trailer: 
Now...I read and loved the book, so I wanted to keep "torturing" and crying myself out by reading & watching more books/movies about this topic (terminally illness). There's no right or wrong way to deal with it: someone accepts it and someone doesn't, but the list here shows how illness afflicts not only the sick ones, but everyone around them.


Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias (1989) by Herbert Ross. With Shirley MacLaineOlympia DukakisSally Field  and Julia Roberts.
Dying Young (1991) by Joel Schumacher. With Julia Roberts, Campbell Scott, Vincent D'Onofrio and Ellen Burstyn.
Autumn in New York (2000) by Joan Chen. With Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Elaine Stritch and Vera Famiga.
My Sister's Keeper (2009) by Nick Cassavetes. With Cameron DiazAbigail BreslinAlec Baldwin and Sofia Vassilieva.

Intouchables (2011) by Jim Sheridan. With Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
50/50 (2011) by Jonathan Levine. With Joseph Gordon-LevittSeth RogenAnna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. 


Stepmom (1998)
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Now is Good (2012) - my review HERE

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl 
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes  
Socrates In Love by Kyōichi Katayama my review HERE
In Bloom or The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow

-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - my review HERE

Unfortunately I don't know a lot of books with this particular theme, so comment down below if you have suggestions! 

Books photo credit: goodreads.com 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence vs Bianca Balti

If there's an Italian brand celebs worldwide like as much as Valentino, that is for sure Dolce&Gabbana...and I don't blame them!
American actress Jennifer Lawrence is testimonial for Dior, so it's rare to see her wearing other designers creations. One of these rare times was last November, when she wore this sheer black lace Dolce&Gabbana dress while going to the book launch of Tim Palen - Photographs from ‘The Hunger Games’, while she was in London promoting the movie.
Three months after, on February 28th, Italian top model Bianca Balti attended Dolce&Gabbana A/W 2016 runway show, as part of the Milan Fashion Week, wearing the same piece.

Who do you think wore it better:
Jennifer Lawrence or Bianca Balti?

Photo Credits: instyle.com & vogue.co.uk

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today's Obsession: Fairytale Retellings

As I recently finished reading “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, I came across with this new literary trend: fairytale retellings... which is basically taking one famous classic kids fairytale and make it modern/distopian while keeping the bases. 
In movies, they call it a “reboot”.  
source: IG

If you think, that isn’t something new: 

- first it was Marvel/DC Comics superheros who got their own new stories with movies, 
- then (strictly books speaking) TV series 'Once Upon A Time' is doing the same thing since 2011, and even before that Alex Flinn wrote his nowdays version of 'Beauty and the Beast' that , 
- Seth Grahame-Smith did the same thing with "Pride and Prejudice" and made the story all about a zombie apocalypse.

Well, I dagged a little and if you’re interested in retellings, here’s my movie & books discoveries!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (books)
What I thought were self ending retellings of Cinderella and other famous princesses' stories happend to be a saga incorporating all of them! We start off with a cyborg Cinderella (Cinder), who works as a mechanic in New Beijing. In the following books, we'll me Scarlet (who I belive is Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). Can't wait to read these and see how the author 'restyled' them!

Tales from the Kingdoms by Sarah Pinborough (books)
As opposed to Lunar Chronicles, these books are self conclusive reboots novels and their plus add is that they're beautifully illustrated.

Other Fairytale retellings (books)
- Beauty and the Cyborg by Miriam Ciraolo - only in Italian (The Beauty and the Beast retelling)
- Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Cinderella retelling)
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (One Thousand and One Nights retelling)  
- Captain Hook's true story by Pierdomenico Baccalario (Peter Pan retelling)
- Sleeping  Beauty's Dream by Luca Centi - my review HERE (Sleeping Beauty retelling, only in Italian)

Movies Retellings

Hook (1991) by Steven Spielberg. With Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith and Julia Roberts.
- The Brothers Gimm (2005) by Terry Gilliam. With Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and Monica Bellucci.
- Beastly (2011) by Daniel Barnz. With Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Neil Patrick Harris and Mary Kate Olsen
Sleeping Beauty (2011) by Julia Leigh. With Emily Browing, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie anLes Chantery.
- Red Riding Hood (2001) by Catherine Hardwicke. With Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke and Max Irons.

- Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) by Rupert Sanders. With Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth

- Mirror Mirror (2012) by Tarsem Singh. With Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer
Hansel&Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) by Tommy Wirkola. With Jeremy RennerGemma Arterton and Peter Stormare 
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013) by  Duane Journey. Molly C. QuinnMichael WelchLara Flynn Boyle and Andrew James Allen
Maleficent (2014) by Robert Stromberg. With Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie and Sam Riley.
- Pan (2015) by Joe Wright. With Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund 

As far as I'm concerned, I loved 'Mirror,Mirror' and 'Hook'...they're hilarious and Lily Collins and Julia Roberts are stunning! 'Beastly'....the book is better. I have mixed fellings for 'Maleficent' and I wish they never did 'The Brothers Grimm', but I have to admit that make up and costumes are brilliant!  
I never saw the others, and I think I'll never going to watch 'Hansel and Gretel get baked', which is only one thing to me: pointless.

Well, this is it. I hope you enjoyed this "retellings brainstorming" and let me know in the comments if I missed some books or movies!

Photo credits: goodreads.com & impawards.com

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Novel of the Week: Socrates In Love by Kyōichi Katayama

If you thought "Me before You" by Jojo Moyes was heart breaking, Socrates In Love by Kyōichi Katayama will definitely raise the bar! I had to spoil a bit of the plot, it was necessary for you to understand....so here's my review and thoughts.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Postman Always Rings Twice #3

Here my library's new entries for February/March ...I'm overwhelmed for all of them! Keep reading if you want to know why...or if you're just curious about the front covers! 
This past two months were a total triumph when it came to books exchanges: I got this amazing edition of Ragione e Sentimento (Sense and Sensibility) by yours truly Jane Austen, which looks like it came from some Disney movie's library! 
The other book is Gridare Amore al Centro del mondo (Socrates in Love) by Kyoichi Katayama...now, this novel needs an explanation: I read the ebook as soon as I finished reading "Me before You" by Jojo Moyes and it was a revelation, so I decided I wanted it in paperback!! Soon I'll post the review, so for now you can admire the cover.
A special and huge THANKS goes to Lidia, who gave me 'Gridare Amore al Centro del Mondo'...She is likely the sweetest and kindest girl I've ever exchanged books with and, not only the book was in perfect conditions, but she also wrote a little note for me and made such an amazing art work on the envelope, I almost didn't want to open it!! 
So, thank you Lidia!!!
Last Christmas both my aunt and my sister & brother got me the same book, so - long story short - I got 2 books for the same price of the one changed.
These are L'ultimo dei Mohicani (The Last of the Mohicans) by James Fenimore Cooper. To be honest I wanted '20 thousand Leagues under the Sea' by Jules Verne in this edition, but there wasn't in the library and since I never saw the movie...
Oltre i Segreti is nothing more than the Italian version of Nash by Jay Crownover (you can read my review HERE). I already have the English ebook version, but I loved it so much that I had to have it in paperback.!

I could not be more satisfied about these new books...thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Willow Shields vs Malia Obama

I never thought one day I would have done a #WWIB post on a amazing Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2015 gown and that one of the contestants would have been no other than Malia Obama, daughter of USA President Barak Obama...well, I guess it's true what they say "There's always a first time for everything!"
"The Hunger Games" actress Willow Shields wore this stunning piece first, almost 6 months ago, at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’. Since the dress is already eye catching, she went for a light pinky/bronze make up and beach waves hairstyle. 
'First Daughter' Malia Obama attended her very first State Dinner last week, March 10th, along with her younger sister Sasha (also wearing a splendid Naeem Khan dress) and, of course, her parents. 
She also styled the gown very simply...as a matter of fact, the two young ladies here are very look-alike (you don't say, in a 'who wore it better' post?!), opting for curly loose hair and "barely there" make up.

Who do you think wore it better:
Willow Shields ore Malia Obama?

Photo credits: zimbio.com & teenvogue.com

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Chloe Sevigny vs Lynn Wyatt

These two blondies have something in common: they both wore this piece from Gucci’s Resort 2016.
You are probably wondering who Lynn Wyatt is...I didn't know myself as well before seeing her pics at Vanity Fair Oscar party last week: she is a Texan heiress, socialite and philanthropist. Her gradfather started the Sakowitz Department store chain.
Actress Chloe Sevigny wore the Gucci Resort dress first at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala, last November. We can call this dress a "statement" one, so full of details and animals/floral inspired images. She opted for a slicked back hairstyle and light blue drop earrings.
Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt opted for the same dress and walked the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party red carpet, las 28th of February.

Who do you think wore it better:
Chloe Sevigny or Lynn Wyatt?

Photo credits: zimbio.com 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#TTT: #TTT: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. It was meant to be only for books, BUT I changed it a bit so will be 5 books in my TBR list and 5 movies I'm planning to see PLUS it's going to be monthly, not weekly.

What I've seen of the previously #TTTs:
- PPZ - Pride + Prejudice + Zombies 2½/5
- Cinder (Currently Reading)
Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire - my review HERE

This month wishlist:


Hail, Caesar! (2016) by Joel and Ethan Coen . With George Clooney, Ralph Finnes, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Tilda Swinton.
Hail, Caesar!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cure it with Movies/Books: Masterchef

A few weeks ago, during an episode of the famous cooking show "Masterchef", the contestants had to replicate dishes made in famous movies...They had to do sushi inspired by "Kill Bill" or the apple pie that Meg Ryan asks in "When Harry met Sally", but also Italian classics like the tomato and artichokes spaghetti in the movie "Il Postino" (the Postman).

It was so fun to watch and, since cooking shows like Masterchef, Hell's Kitchen or Bake Off are so popular right now, I thought to put on a themed list!

Here's to you my choices!

Chocolat (2000) by Lasse Hallström. With  Juliette BinocheJudi Dench, Alfred Molina and Johnny Depp.
No Reservations (2007) by Scott Hicks. With  Catherine Zeta-JonesAaron EckhartPatricia Clarkson and Abigail Breslin
Julie & Julia (2009) by Nora Ephron. With  Amy AdamsMeryl StreepChris Messina and Stanley Tucci.
Chef (2014) by Jon Favreau. With Jon FavreauJohn Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony  and Sofia Vergara.
Hundred Foot Journey posterclick for larger (if applicable)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) by Lasse Hallström. With Helen MirrenOm PuriManish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.
Burnt (2015) by John Wells. With  Bradley CooperSienna MillerDaniel Brühl, Emma Thompson and Omar Sy.

Les Saveurs du Palais - literally "The flavors of the Palace" (2012)
The Lunch Box (2013)
and if you want to see "26 Iconic Foods from Disney Movies" click HERE


The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau - my review HERE
Meet me at the  Cupcake Cafè by Jenny Colgan 
Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

I don't know that many books "food themed", so if you have other suggestions...leave a comment!

Movie & Books photo credits: movieinsider.com & goodreads.com