June 12, 2016

2016 Blind Spot Update! The Movies I've Seen So Far

June 12, 2016 |

As you've noticed I've been absent from the blogging community for a few months now, and because this absence was due to a complete lack of time and mental exhaustion it was not just my writing that was affected, but also my viewings. However, seeing June arrive so quickly had me racing to at least watch six Blind Spot films - what I needed to stay up to date - and I did!

In the past few weeks I've seen five classics (amongst other non-blindspot gems because really, once you start, you can't stop) which, together with the January film that I didn't miss, makes this a mission: success. But of course, I couldn't just write six individual full posts in a few days, so here's a general update instead on five of the movies I saw - because one of them was so damn perfect, I owe it a full post.

January 29, 2016

The Blind Spot Challenge: 2016 Edition

January 29, 2016 |
When fellow bloggers warned me of how difficult it can be to do this series I thought "Oh please, a movie a month? Soooooo hard - right." Well here I am, one year and 90 movies later, with only three Blind Spots watched. I don't even know how that happened! I watched nearly a hundred films, surely twelve shouldn't have been a problem?!

So yeah, I failed - I mean, FAILED - but damn it if I'm not gonna set that goal for myself again. Because the truth is, some of these films are still missing from a little list I started three years ago (the list of shame, remember that one?), and that means they're absolute cinematic gems that I (and everyone) should watch in their lifetime. So get on board and challenge the movie lover in you, even if you're not a blogger! The goal is to watch a movie a month, and share your experience either on your blog or social networks.

this year's blindspots:
Metropolis 1927
M. 1931
Top Hat 1935
Citizen Kane 1941
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948
Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) 1957
À Bout De Souffle (Breathless) 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Dr. Strangelove or: [...] 1964
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1966
Persona 1966
Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) 2007

the blind spot series was first seen on The Matinee

January 02, 2016

Suddenly, 2016: Last Year's Challenges, This Year's Goals

January 02, 2016 |

I once read that talking about your goals is a step towards not achieving any of them. Theoretically, by sharing them you're anticipating and prematurely feeling a sense of - albeit false - achievement, which numbs your will power to actually work for them. Or something like that.

Well, in the words of the ever eloquent Matthew McConaughey, bullshit, Mama.* So get to goal sharing everyone, because I'm dying to read about your dreams for 2016. In the meantime, here's what went right and what went wrong with last year's resolutions, and what I hope to achieve this year.

*actually it makes sense, but what's the fun in that

November 08, 2015

FWeekly: Domingo, Flacido Domingo

November 08, 2015 |

Last Sunday's The Good Wife focused on Howard's feud with Cary and, needless to say, the ageism jokes were a treat. I knew the post title would be cringeworthy for some but, after a torrent of puns, that little word play with Plácido Domingo's name killed me with laughter. Best of all was how the show had us torn between feeling sorry for Howard and suspecting he was making it all up. Oh, fun fact! Sunday in Portuguese is Domingo. 

Also funny was Bronson, Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 movie, starring Tom Hardy as Britain's most violent prisoner. From the poster I always thought it was about a boxer. It kinda is. It has a Clockwork Orange vibe to it - violent, eccentric, theatrical - so if that sounds good to you be sure to check it out. Refn's next project, The Neon Demon, will star Keanu Reeves and is set to premiere next year.

November 06, 2015

A Week in the UK, Part I:
The Maps, The Apps, and The Mishaps

November 06, 2015 |
If you follow me on Instagram or been reading this blog for a while, you know that this past summer I went on a UK trip, spending four days in London, and three days in Cambridge. There are still more pictures to come - I know it's supposed to be instant, but I'm not about that life - so stay tuned for more of my favorite moments and sights on Instagram!

This will be a series of posts: this first one detailing how I planned the trip, focusing on the most useful apps I turned to; the rest will be a kind of walkthrough of the seven days we spent in the UK. I prefer smaller posts at this point, so it is possible to have only one/two days per publication.

October 17, 2015

FWeekly: How Could I Have Known That Murder Can Sometimes Smell Like Honeysuckle?

October 17, 2015 |

Man, I'm rusty! I don't know how to write these introductions anymore. Do you even read them? Probably skip right to the pictures and lists, eh? You lazy youngsters. Anyway, I've got some movies, tv shows and books to tell you about before the next post (which will be about the UK trip!), so let's get right to it!

August 21, 2015

FWeekly: Blogging Update + What Autumn Will Bring!

August 21, 2015 |

Look who's back with exciting news! Now hold on, I know what you're thinking: Oh no, not the layout again... Relax guys, I'm not changing the blog's design. I tweaked it a little - it's stronger than me - but there won't be any structural changes any time soon, at least not until I master this responsive template thing. And that's going to take, like, months - which by my standards, is a lifetime.

Now, some of the above mentioned little changes actually hint at what's coming: as you may have noticed, I put my face on the sidebar (yep, that's me!), and added a little author bio below each post, so you know it's going to get personal. Not this-is-now-my-online-journal personal, but kind of lifestyle personal. Every now and then I'll share stuff that I did and that (hopefully) you'll find interesting!

July 04, 2015

FWeekly: I Haven't Had a Bite All Day + Suddenly, Last June

July 04, 2015 |

Didn't feel like doing a proper Suddenly post because movie-wise it was such a BORING month. In fact, let's get that out of the way right now: I watched next to nothing, half of which was lame. The highlight? Ex Machina, right in the beginning of June. I just wasn't in the mood for feature length movies, so instead, I read a bunch of books; now that went fabulously.

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