Category: Movies

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Fantastic movie!! I usually read the book before seeing a movie or see the movie and if I find it’s based on a book and I liked the film then I read the book. Jessica Chastain is one of my favorite actresses and I could not resist. Beautiful movie, incredibly well acted. I cannot wait to read the book.

Forrest Gump

I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since this movie came out. I was just a kid back then and for a while I didn’t like nor understood this movie. When I saw it for the second time in my early 20’s I still didn’t think much of it.  Years passed and when I saw it again I fell in love with it. Tom Hanks gives a heartwarming touching performance, and well deserved the Oscar he got for this role.  I love it! From the message of the movie to the incredible soundtrack. Now I consider this movie a masterpiece of American film history, right up there with ET and Star Wars. Beautiful movie!

Sophie and the Rising Sun

Incredible book and movie. It is Devastating that after all the “advances” We Humans have supposedly made we still have the same amount  (if Not More) of Ignorance, Bigotry, Hatred and Racism as before. The movie is now available on Netflix.

Elton John

One of my all time favorite musicians. Hard to choose a favorite since he has an array of great  songs that span more than 3 decades.

 

Motorcycle Diaries/Diarios de Motocicleta

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

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

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.