Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Read It before You See It

9 Books to read before you go to see the Movies on http://theteenytinytoutfaire.blogspot.it/2014/02/9-books-to-read-before-you-go-to-see.html:
In the past years, there's been a lot of books adaptations: whether they were comic books (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, but also Superman, Batman and so on) or proper books (like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight, Da Vinci code ecc.). Not to mentions videogames adaptations like the Resident Evil saga...
Well, be prepared! because in the next few moths we'll be flooded with movies based on books. Here some of them, 

The Light Between Oceans is a heart breaking novel about motherhood and relationships (with others and with your special one). Is on this set that Micheal Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fell in love.
Scheduled release date: September, 2nd (USA) 
Click for my review HERE

13 (Reasons Why) is about to become a Netflix series. The novel is about a girl who takes her own life, but previously records 13 cassette tapes and send them to the people who force her on this tragical ends. 

Selena Gomez was first thought for the protagonist's role, but declined it and decided to be the procuder.
Scheduled release date: 2016 (USA)

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children - I read the trilogy and found it very interesting, the style and plot are flowing and, belive me, this first book will give you goose bumps for the entire reading.
Scheduled release date: September, 30th (USA) 

Assassin's Creed - the movie is based (or better, took inspiration) from the novels, who are based themeselves on the popular videogames. We find Micheal Fassbender souls "moved" from nowdays to the XV century Spanish Inquisition in the body of one of his ancestor.
Scheduled release date: December, 21st (USA)

Inferno by  Dan Brown. After Paris and Rome, it's time for Florence to be in the spotlights! A new adventure for Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and his new "sidekick" Felicity Jones.
Scheduled release date: October, 28th (USA) 

The Girl on the Train - this was the IT thriller last summer...Everywhere I went (and I mean really everywhere!!) I've seen people reading or talking about it, posters outside lilbraries e and even spots on tv. Let's see if the movie gets the same attention and success.
Scheduled release date: October, 7th (USA) 

So this are a few of the movies scheduled for the second half of 2016...did you read some of these books or are you waiting for the movie?

Photo credits: impawards.com & goodreads.com 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lucy Liu vs Jennifer Lopez

After Irish week, I can go back to usual categories as #WWIB, which I like a lot! 
Today we have two actresses wearing the same Self Portrait black lace mini dress, so cute with all that tiered peplum layers!
This dress has been worn first by actress Lucy Liu, on the red carpet of her animated movie premiere "Kung Fu Panda 3", earlier this year. She went all black with T-strap shoes, but added a pop of colour with a bright red clutch. Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez wore the same piece last week, while attending the afterparty of the theatrical play "Hamilton". She opted for a slick high ponytail and open black sandals.

I have to take sides this time and choose Lucy Liu as the winner of this #wwib...she look fabulous and elegant!

Who do you think wore it better?  
Lucy Liu or Jennifer Lopez?

Photo credits: fashionsizzle.com

Monday, July 18, 2016

[Irish Week] 48 Hours in Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath), Ireland

Last Post for Irish Week!!

Quick news before heading to the last post of this Irish week...
I just heard Galway city has been nominated as 2020 European Capital of Culture and I couldn't be happier for such a well deserved accomplishment! 
Go Galway!

If you're planning a weekend getaway in the Irish capital (or anywhere else in Ireland) let me give you the key tip: you've to keep in mind that (regardless of the season) the weather there changes quite often from sunny to windy to rainy ecc ecc...and, even if Dublin is dryier than most of Irish west coast's cities, an umbrella would be more an hindrance than a proper help. Only one piece of clothing will be your most valuable alley: the raincoat!

After saying so, let's get to business: here are my top things to see and where to eat in Dublin! 

I would have loved to share my personal photos while there, but I'm not a great photograper, so I'll pass this time....but I'm learing! - The only who's mine it the one inside Old Library - 

Phoenix Park: is the biggest city park in the EU; 1½ times bigger than Central Park in New York and 3 times bigger than the entire principality of Monaco. 
There you can visit the Dublin zoo or just take a walk throught the park, it's massive!
When I was there I took a break at "Tea Room", a simple and petite bar just near the zoo entrance. The food and beverage are really good and aren't overly expensive, but the most attractive thing about this place is its interior design: so cute, it reminds me of the cartoon scenes in "Mary Poppins".
Trinity College and the Old Library: you CAN'T leave Dublin without seeing its famous university. It is worth a visit, even just for the externals: the campus and the park inside the walls can easily compete with the American ones. If you're a bookworm, then you should definitely visit the Old Library: it has an impressive collections of books (one of the largest in the EU). It's breath taking, but unfortunately the second floor is closed to tourists.

Another tip for bookworms: Free Wee Library

Temple Bar: is probably the best known area of Dublin, with all the pubs and bars. During daytime it may looks like a touristic place (and maybe you're right), but the nightlife there is on a whole other level: there are live bands and all sorts of events, it is really a funny place where to spend the evening.
"Brick Alley" cafè in Temple bar --- highly reccomended!
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland
St.Patrick Cathedral: another place you can't leave Dublin without seeing is the Cathedral named after Ireland's patron saint. The gothic church is pretty impressive from the outside already, but the inside is no less...Even if Ireland is mainly a Catholic country, St.Patrick Cathedral is actually a Protestant church.
Immagine correlata
St Stephen's Green is a beautiful park in Dublin and, even if MUCH smaller than Phoenix park, it's worth a visit. During summertime, concerts and other sorts of pubic gatherings happpen in there and the surrroundings make you forget you're in a city.

A few tips...
If you opt to have all your meal outside your hotel/hostel here a few places where to go:
Breakfast at "Kylemore" (not expensive at all) or "Anne's Backery". These are both in Shop Street.
Lunch at Panem, for a quick sandwich or an easy lunch.

Dublin Sightseeing buses are extremly handy and you can jump on and off it as many times as you'll like. I don't know if I was lucky or all tour guides are alike, anyway mine were interesting and funny.

Dublin is well served from and to the airport, with buses leaving from various stops in the city centre and out every 15/20 minutes. From the city centre to the airport it's 30/40 minutes by bus.

Here other travel bloggers tips on what to do in Dublin - 
A quick guide to Dublin - world of Wonderlust 
How to spend a week in Dublin That Backpacker
A rainy Dublin travel diary - Perhaps Bananas
10 Terrific places you MUST experience in Dublin - Hand Luggage Only

This is it...Irish Week is over and I hope you liked the idea as much as I liked Ireland!
Slán leat!

Song Of The Day : Paradise by Coldplay

Photo credits: walksireland.com, travel.sygic.com, blog.volagratis.com & q-park.ie

Saturday, July 16, 2016

[Irish Week] Movies and Tv Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland

If you're a cinephile then Ireland is the place for you...thanks to its various landscapes and territories it's perfect for every movie and Tv series genre: comedies, action movies, thrillers and historical too. Maybe what you don't know is that they filmed there quite a number of movies, but pretended to be in another country and, in a case, in a whole different...galaxy!

Penny Dreadful - shot in famous spots in Dublin (like Dublin's Castle), some filming were also in Co.Wicklow, but Showtime hit show is supposed to be set in London during Victorian age.
Game of Thrones - For Winterfell set, the show has been shot in Co.Down and Co.Antrim. (Northern Ireland) as well as in Belfast indoor sets.
An Klondike (Dominion Creek) - filmed in Connemara, is about 3 Irish brothers who emigrate in Yukon (westernmost Canada federal territories) during Klondike gold rush.
Star Wars The Force Awakens - the last scene where Rey and Finn seek for Luke Skywalker to come back from his self inflicted exile and find him on a lonely island...that is Skellig Michael, an island in the south west area of Ireland.
King Arthur - the 2004 movie is, by title, about the legendary King and his round table knights. King Arthur is one of Britain's most famous kings, and yet the movies was shot in Co.Wicklow and Powerscourt
Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince - the adventures of the famous wizard in the 6th movies were shot in co.Clare and Co.Kerry, Cliff of Moher and Skelling island.
Braveheart - this movie is probably know worldwide as the story of a Scottish patriot...to recreate Scotland's landscapes they shot partly in Co.Wicklow and Co.Meath.

This were just to name a few, but there are so many more movies...like "Marley & Me", when the protagonist go on their belated honeymoon in Ireland. The hotel is real and is in Connemara, Co.Galway.
Or "P.S. I Love  You", part of it has been shot in County Wicklow.

Friday, July 15, 2016

[Irish Week] Real Places in Ireland from the Movie "Song of the Sea"

If you read yesterday's review or watched the movie, you'd probably had some deja vùs regarding some parts in "Song of the Sea"...long story short, the creators took inspirations from real Irish places for their stunning drawings! 

"You'll love the city Ben, I know you will!" - Granny said this to her nephew Ben, while on the road that will lead Ben and Saoirse to their new house...The city mentioned is non other than Ireland's capital, Dublin...and it's easly understadable when the kids runway to go back to their father, they pass through some famous city monuments, like:
 Molly Malone statue
St.Patrick Cathedral & Four Courts Dome

Have you ever thought about what it would be like living in an actual lighthouse island? 
Well, in Ireland there are planty of them, on the mainland and isles all around. Some of them are visitable and in others you can even sleep in as well!
Ballycotton island lighthouse

In the movie they're spirits and fairies turned into stones by an "evil" Owl witch Macha. In reality, anthropomorphic carved stone statues can be found in Caldragh graveyard on Boa Island.

That's it for today's post. I hope you liked it! 
Slán leat!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

[Irish Week] Movie Review: Song of the Sea

As I was an au pair in Co. Galway, the kids I was minding told me everything about it (they saw it twice and almost hit the three time, since they wanted me to see it too)...
I rememebered it was a mix of Irish legends and stories, but I've never thought they could melt one another so well!
Song of the Sea Movie Poster
This animated movie was in cinemas while I was in Ireland, but while there I chose to watch other movies. I saw Song of the Sea recently (it came out last month here in Italy). 
Here's to you, my review and thoughts!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

[Irish Week] Books set in Ireland

Dia duit everyone!
If you follow my books reviews then you'll know that (beside choosing the books mainly from its title/cover) I have periods were I only read a certain genre and sometimes also just books set in a particular country, like when I read everything that was set in Russia (it all started with One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore, my review HERE), moving then to Japan, Paris (always a must!), North and South Carolina with Nicolas Sparks and recently Scotland, thanks to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

Well today is time for you to visit Ireland, thanks to all the books set there, at least, a few of them...These are for all types of readers: historical, modern-age, thriller, young adult, commedies, romance, fantasy...
Dublin: Fondation (The Princes of Ireland) and Ireland: Awakening (The Rebels of Ireland) by Edward Rutherfurd 
What Happens in Ireland by Whitney K.E. & Juno And Juliet by Julian Gough (also great if you're into twins themed novels!)
The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins & Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
Ireland by Frank Delaney & The Claddagh Ring by Malachy McCourt
The Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn
Cecilia Aherns books are all set in Ireland, mainly in Dublin.

Of course I didn't put obvious picks like Dubliner by James Joyce or books from famous Irish authors like Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Yeats, Swift ecc ecc...

If you'd like to read novels based in your favourite place on Earth, then you should pay a visit at Placing Literature website. There you can search for your favourite country, region, city all over the globe and see if there are novels set there...maybe you'll find some you've never heard about!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

[Irish Week] Movie Review: Leap Year

This movie is perfect for "Irish week" and this year in general becuase it's set mainly in Ireland (groundbreaking, I know!) and 2016 has been bissextile, meaning we had an additional day to the calendar, the 29th of February...
Leap Year Movie Poster
Anna has it all: a great job in Boston as "home stager" (don't worry, they'll explain what it actually is further on in the movie) as well as a great boyfriend, Jeremy, and they’re looking for some place to live together. After an interview for an appartment in a very luxury condo, Anna meets with her naive dad and tells him she’s about to get married (a friend saw Jeremy inside a chic jewellry shop) and her dad start telling about some family Irish tradition where a girl can ask her boyfriend to marry her on a leap year….Anna states it as her father’s foolish belifes, but when she thinks Adam is about to propose, she has her hopes disregarded!
Leap Year
Jeremy leaves the next day for a doctor convention in Dublin and so Anna decides to follow him and surprise him by proposing herself; great plan, if it wasn’t for English/Irish weather who forces the airplane to land in Wales and with no other flights scheduled until the storm calms down. But Anna is a pretty stubborn lady and finds a way to at least get on Irish soil…in Dingle, in the South of Ireland. There she immediately meets Declan, unwelcoming owner of a shabby pub and, in one way or anothe maganes to get Declan ride her to Dublin.
As you can imagine, their trip won't be flawless: in fact, they'll have to face luggage's robbery, car malfunctions, cows blocking the way and the good old Irish weather...and a whole bunch of other annoyances. But don't worry, they'll of course manage to get to Dublin...somehow!

My Opinion
This can easly be categorized as chick lit comedy: it has no claims except that make the viewer spend a few hours laughing and enjoying these improbable serie of events and Irish landscapes, which were all added in post production, but they look good anyway! 
It's predictable how it could end, but I love re watching it every now and then because A) Matthew Goode (and I've said all!) and B) it makes you wondering how a road trip in Ireland might be.

Raking : 2

Photo credits: impawards.com & aceshowbiz.com

Monday, July 11, 2016

[Irish Week] Introduction

Hello everyone!! Three days from today, last year, I was travelling to spend two month in Ireland...I loved the country, the places and the people so much I could help myself stop talking about everytime I had the chance ever since I got back...my friends and family are starting to get sick of it!
you wouldn't understand!:
However, I wanted to do something special to celebrate the time I spent there, so this week is going to be Irish themed! Books, movies, curiosities and on Sunday the weekend experience I had in Dublin, celebrating mine and my twin's birthday!

So for starting, a quick post about two Italian novels:
Il vento di Kornog by Alessia Litta, who's set in Brittany (France) &
The Tennerson Academy. Il Segreto dei Cacciatori by Cecilia Claudi, which I don't know where is set, (I think maybe England? Someone tell me!!)
but I wanted to talk about them because of their book covers...
On the left you can see a costal landscape with cliffs and a lighthouse...well, this is actually the view you'll get if you visit the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare
Beside the lighthouse (who has been added), there's no doubt it's them!
Here, instead,  a girl sitting in front of a beautiful mansion with what could seem to be a lake. 
If you follow my Instagram, then you'll be familiar with Kylemore Abbey, in County Galway. I visited it and is an amazing view just from the outside, but if you're lucky and it is a sunny day, you definitely should pay a visit to its gardens, I've heard they're outstanding!

I hope you'll like this week's theme and if any of you is from Ireland and see any kind of mistake, let me know!
Slán leat!

Irish photo credits: www.emerald-vision.com & www.global-yurtdisiegitim.com

Friday, July 8, 2016

[Vintage] Movie Review: Operation Petticoat

This is probably one of the funniest '50ies movie I've ever seen! Cary Grant and Tony Curtis are amazing, playing two characters who couldn't be more different: the uncompromising commander on one side and the listless marine officer intolerant of rules on the other.
Here's my review and thoughts!