OH Hollyweird!!

I just saw two movies today that by Hollywood and Mainstream standards are Super “Funny”, “dramatic” and “Good”. I didn’t think the movies were Awful but they weren’t that good nor funny. In fact one of them, This is 40, it’s kinda depressing. The other movie is a very bad remake of one of the Best Latin American/Argentinian Movies I’ve ever seen, The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos). I Honestly cannot remember the Last Time I saw a mainstream movie I liked, that’s how long it’s been. That’s why I prefer foreign movies over “Hollywood Movies”.

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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.

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!