Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Academy Awards: My Winners

On January 24th, Oscar Nominees and Nominations have been announced! Like I did last year, I wanted to say my opinion on who should win (because, you know, I'm such an expert!) basing my picks on personal feelings AND also on who's most likely to win...

Last year, I scored 3 out of 8 (Best Director, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Animated Movies), but this year is even harder to choose since there are a lot of amazing movies and talented actors/actresses in the run!  

So let's begin!

Best Picture:

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director:
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve - Arrival
Damien Chazelle - La La Land ()
Mel Gibson - Hacksaw Ridge

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling - La La Land
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington - Fences

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Isabelle Huppert - Elle
Ruth Negga - Loving
Natalie Portman - Jackie
Emma Stone - La La Land
Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel - Lion 
Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Viola Davis - Fences
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Nicole Kidman - Lion
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Man Called Ove - En man som heter Ove (Sweden)
Land of Mine - Under sandet (Denmark)
The Salesman - Forushande (Iran)
Tanna (Australia)
Toni Erdmann 

I choose "Land of Mine" as Best Foreign Language Film because I saw it last year and, beside being an amazing movie, is so heart moving and well done in every single aspect that it can't simply not win!  
Same thing for Viggo Mortensen, who DESERVES the Oscar for his "Captain Fantastic", a cult movie!

I'm curious....who are your winners?

My winners in RED

Real winners in GREEN () to update on 26th of February

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cure it with Books/Movies: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every 27th of January is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, to let us not forget what hate and discriminations can led us to. One thing I'll always remember when I studied World War II during history class has been the fact that Americans filmed and took photos of the death camps because otherwise no one would have believed the horrors they've seen. 

Throughout the years, many movies and books tried to make us understand what has been like living in those years, and it was not just Jews who has been martyred, but political dissidents, gay people and mentally ill ones as well. Not to think about what happened to Japanese people living in the USA or the other way around (like Angelina Jolie's 2014 movie "Unbroken" taught us) or what happened to German soldiers when war was over.

Here's a collection of books and movies (some new, some old) that narrate stories of extraordinary courage and humanity. 

Train of Life Movie PosterDenial Movie Poster
Train of Life (1998) by Radu Mihăileanu. With Lionel Abelanski, Agathe de La Fontaine, Michel Muller and Marie‑José Nat
Denial (2016) by Mick Jackson. With  Rachel WeiszTom WilkinsonTimothy Spall, Andrew Scott and Harriet Walter.
The Book Thief Movie PosterThe Zookeeper's Wife Movie Poster
The Book Thief (2013) by Brian Percival. With Sophie NélisseGeoffrey RushEmily Watson, Nico Liersch  and Ben Schnetzer
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) by Niki Caro. With Jessica ChastainDaniel BrühlJohan Heldenbergh and Efrat Dor

The Cracow Ghetto Pharmacy by Tadeusz Pankiewicz
The Puppet boy of Warsaw by Eva Weaver
The Toymaker by Liam Pieper
The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy

photo credits: impawards.com & goodreads.com

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#TTT: Top Ten...Thursday

Here's the movies and books of the previous lists that I've watch/read last month!
- Sully : 5/5 Tom Hanks is terrific! I love this new thing Clint Eastwood has for stories of real life heroes
- Finding Dory: 4/5 Heart-moving, just like "Finding Nemo" was
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: 2/5 (I can't belive they've changed so much from
  the actual novel...Eva Green still looks flawless, anyway!)
Assassin's Creed : 2/5 I saw it on a promotion day and spent only 2€ for the ticket and that's exactly 
what it's worth...Beautiful action scenes, it's movie to watch when you want to spend 2 hours away from
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry - my review HERE

This month wishlist:
Hidden Figures Movie PosterAllied Movie Poster
Hidden Figures (2016) by Theodore Melfi. With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monàe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parson.
Allied (2016) by Robert ZemekisWith  Brad PittMarion CotillardJared HarrisLizzy Caplan and Daniel Betts.
Locandina italiana Your Name.Why Him? Movie Poster
Your Name. (2016) by Makoto Shinkai. With Ryûnosuke KamikiMone KamishiraishiRyô NaritaAoi Yuki and Nobunaga Shimazaki.
Why Him? (2016) by John Hamburg. With James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch and Megan Mullally
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A United Kingdom (2016) by  Amma Asante. With  David OyelowoRosamund PikeJack DavenportTom Felton and Laura Carmichael. 


The Zookeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
Mary Poppin by P.L. Travers 
The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Infinity + One by Amy Harmon
Cress by Marissa Meyer

Photo credits: impawards.com & goodreads.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

📖 Novel of the Week: The Air He Breaths by Brittainy C. Cherry

As I wrote in the first post of 2017, I want to test myself with a reading challenge and one of the tasks is to read something from a female author...I read lots of books from female authors, but since I've just finish reading The Air He Breaths by Brittainy C. Cherry, I decided to checked the task with this novel.
Here's to you my review and thoughts! Enjoy!

Tristan Cole and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bailey share the same unfortunate past: they both lost their reasons to live; Tristan his beloved wife Jamie and his son Charlie while Elizabeth her husband Steven, her true love.

Even so, they handled their grief very differently: Lizzie pretends (with little success) to be strong for her 5 years old daughter Emma' sake, while Tristan is consummate by it.

The two of them don't start with the right foot and since they also happend to be neighbors, Lizzie tries her best to be kind and reliable, even if Tristan couldn't care less about being polite. Not with Lizzie nor with anyone else. But as life goes, him and Lizzie start to talk, getting along and, when they find out their common misery, they decide to help each other when pain tries to drag them down. First in a mainly physical way, but when it became too much to bare, just being friends with one another.

They have their ups and downs, combined to the town people gossiping and giving unwanted opinions and Lizzie's longtime friends Faye and Tanner, who are suspicions about Tristan's temper. They'll have to go through revelations, judgements (both from themselves and others) and it looks like the journey to get back to normality is going to be long...

What I liked 👍
Feelings are the main protagonists in this novel and I think the author did a great job in describing and elaborating them. Characters' types and plot twists are various and believable...I spotted one plot twist at page 3, but the second one?? Superb!
Favourite character, you ask? Lizzie's BFF and walking tornado, Faye! She's always in her best mood, loyal and playful even if she's also a broken girl (her relationships are often a flop) and she protects herself with dirty jokes and big smiles...I loved her!

What I did not like👎
I find the motive why Tristan interruped his "physical help" to Lizzie so selfish from him and, frankly, a bit weak as reason. She had helped him in the exact same situations and now you don't return the favor? Excuse me!?!

After all, I enjoyed this book...the themes and events were serious but Brittainy Cherry managed to developing them without being overly depressive. I would suggestyou  to read it when you feel down and want a reminder that, even when you feel hopeless, there's always a way out!

My Vote: 6

Friday, January 13, 2017

👗Lily Collins vs Nicky Hilton

Better brunette or blondie??
Actress Lily Collins wore this Valentino white bardot mini dress first back in October, 2016. She was one of the front row guests at the Valentino show during S/S Paris Fashion Week. Lily recently enjoyed playing with her hair style colour, going from wavy flaming red to this super chich low cignon with bangs...It's not my favourite look of her, but she still looks amazing. She completed the look with matching white Louboutin high heels. The exact same dress has been worn by hotel heiress Nicky Hilton a few days ago to attening the Valentino Pre-Fall 2017 dinner. She twinned Lily almost in everything: the hairstyle, the shoes and the pose!

Who do you think wore it better? 
Lily Collin or Nicky Hilton?

Photo credits:dailymail.co.uk & zimbio.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Golden Globes 2017: My personal Best Dressed

It's awarding season all over again, yayyyyy!
This year's Golden Globes witnessed the crushing victory of the musical La La Land, who won everything it was nominated for. On the red carpet it was a whole other story, since there was a variety of designers and styles...

Here's my favourite of the evening!

Teresa Palmer in Armani Privé & Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan
If you go back to my favourite of 2016 Golden Globes, you might notice that Teresa Palmer is wearing a dress very similar to Lady Gaga's one; they both have a vintage inspiration.
We can say the same for Mandy Moore, who reminds me of Saoirse Ronan white gowns.

Laura Dern in Burberry, Brie Larson in custom Rodarte & Gilian Anderson in Jenny Packham

But my favourites of all (and I'm sure you'll agree with me) where these two young actresses below, whom seem to know what to wear to impress!

Emma Stone in Valentino & Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad

So, tell me...which one was/were your best dressed at this 2017 Golden Globes?

Ph: zimbio.com

Thursday, January 5, 2017

👗Charlize Theron vs Sela Ward vs Fergie

Back in September, I wrote about Tom Ford's gold sequin dress, who has been worn by both La La Anthony and Cindy Crawford...well, it's time for an update!
South african (naturalized American) actress Charlize Theron wore this shiny dress long before anyone else at the grand party of a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, back in October 2015! Then it was American actress Sela Ward turn: she attended "Independence Day: Resurgence" premiere, back in June with this dress. Last but not least, singer Fergie hosted the pre-taped portion of "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in Times Square" from the Billboard Hollywood Party.

Beside the dress, the all chose the same type of shoes: open toe sandals and opted for a loose hairstyle.

Who do you think wore it better? 
Charlize Theron, La La Anthony, Cindy Crawford, Sela Ward or Fergie?

La La Anthony vs Cindy Crawford post HERE

Photo credits: celebmafia.com, zimbio.com & fashionsizzle.com

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges

New year, same old resolutions: doing more of this, less of that and bla bla bla. Probably because 2016 has been not as great as I thought it'd be, I decided I needed to actualize something...nothing big or of world importance, but a task that would take me a year long to finish and what's better than a reading challenge? I'd read all year anyway...the only problem was to pick one of the many that sites and book blogs offer.
If you're interested, here's a list! Just click the pic to the actual blog post.

Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017


This is what I came up with, but since 2017 started only 48 hours ago I belive you'll be able to find more and more challenges within the next few days.
In the meantime HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you and happy reading challege!