Natalie Portman and Millie B. Brown

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Love them or hate them, deny it all you want but even the Media is picking up on How Psychically Similar These two actresses look alike. By look alike I mean a young Natalie Portman from Leon and Beautiful Girls. IMO Millie B. Brown resembles a LOT and I mean a Lot a young Natalie Portman, especially the eyes.  Millie looks NOTHING  like Carrie Fisher or a young Elizabeth Perkins. Love Both actresses but as far as looks go, Fisher was average and so was a young Perkins, while Millie B. Brown (like her or not) has more attractive features like her eyes and  pouty lips.

Motorcycle Diaries/Diarios de Motocicleta

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This film portrays the life of a 23 year old Ernesto Guevara de La Serna looking for adventures and inspiration. He was a young man at this point, far from becoming the infamous warrior the world came to know as Che Guevara. I love this film, in fact it is one of my favorites. I am appalled to learn about his actions in Cuba and his decision to stop practising medicine. I admire his desire for a more just world but I despise what he became. Nonetheless, the point of this film is to depict his journey through South America, not how he became Che Guevara in the end.

 

Portugal

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Most people when planning a trip to Europe dream of going to London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Florence and Venice.  I too want to visit these places but my dream destination in Europe is Portugal.  I have been drawn to this country ever since I saw a documentary about Portugal and Fado ( Portuguese traditional music) over 10 years ago.  I want to see Lisbon, The Alentejo region where the movie The House of the Spirits was filmed and the gorgeous library in Porto used for the film Harry Potter.  Night Train to Lisbon  was also shot in this beautiful country. I’ve had to put this trip on hold twice and quite frankly I’m Sick to Death of putting off this lifelong dream of mine.  I’m not getting any younger and WILL make this dream Come True sooner than later!

Spotlight

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Terrific film!!  I loved the Danish Girl but Spotlight is by far the best of the two.  The movie is based on real life events that occurred in Boston in 2001. A team of journalist from the Boston Globe known as Spotlight blew the whistle on the massive child molestation scandal covered up by the local Catholic Church in Boston.  There are many poignant scenes in the movie, especially when the survivors have to recount in detail what happened to them. I don’t want to give too much away but the narrative, the acting and how the story unfolds until the end will keep you interested and never bored.  I hope the film industry continues to make movies of this caliber.  It’s time for Hollywood to leave behind the inane slapstick comedies, useless action films and romantic comedies that have been overdone for too long. I applaud this film for taking a stand on such a sensitive and  controversial subject.  I know the Academy Awards is mainly a popularity contest and has very little to do with real talent but I will be very disappointed if this film is not nominated for Best film.

Another thing that caught my attention in this film was this line regarding Boston ; “This city has a way of making  you feel like you don’t belong”.  Personally I find this statement true.  The few times I visited Boston I always felt like an outsider.  I never felt that in Chicago, New York, San Francisco or LA.  It is a nice city but I don’t see myself living in a place where my ethnicity determines my value as a person.

 

The Danish Girl

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I loved  the book  and it was great to see that the main characters translated so well on the big screen, something that rarely happens. Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne shine in this movie. They both did  a stunning acting job, I don’t agree with most critics that Alicia Vikander outshines him.  There was so much sincerity in his performance, every line delivered, every gesture was genuine. The same thing can be said of the swedish actress Alicia Vikander.  I hope both of them win an Oscar for their performances.

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