Monthly Archives: August 2013

Behind the Candelabra

I only know the real Liberace by name and I know how he looked. Still, I wanted to see Behind the Candelabra. I saw the trailer of the film a while ago and immediately knew that I wanted to see this movie.

It seems that Liberace was quite a character. All that glitter and shine, and the candelabra and big pianos. Both Michael Douglas, as Liberace, and Matt Damon, as Scott Thorson, make an outstanding performance. Stunning and very intimate performance. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are moth actors that have made many very masculine roles, so this was different, but not in a bad way.

Behind the Candelabra tells both touching and sad story. There is true love, trust and affection between these two men. There is also jealousy, loneliness, vulnerability and possessiveness. One of the most intimate moments of the movie is when Scott sees Liberace without the huge wig that covered his bald head. All in all, I’m left with a feeling that Liberace was a lonely, confused man who desperately wanted to hide his true self from the public. He loved Scott but was kind of lost in his own world that he smothered this young man and wanted to make Scott someone else, a younger version of himself. And Scott let all that happen.

Behind the Caldelabra is a love story that doesn’t end well. In other words, a story of life. It is so sad that Liberace had to live his whole life hiding his true self. And it’s sad that all the people around him took part on this show.

I liked Behind the Candelabra. I’m not able to say how true or accurate it is, I’m not familiar with the story, but both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon deserve my applause. And we should not forget Rob Lowe as Dr. Jack Startz, a plastic surgeon who operates both Liberace and Scott Thorson. Hilarious character.

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The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore was entertaining. I bought this book from sale and it was cheap. I started to read it with no expectations and I was positively surprised. The story was well written and interesting, so it took me only a few days to read it. I enjoyed the two stories, the present day and the historical tale with Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stroker. Two different crime stories in two different times.

When I read this book, it made me want to read the real Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ve read only The Hound of the Baskervilles. Maybe I’ll go to the library and lend me some books of Conan Doyle.

The Sherlockian is not the best book I’ve ever read but it was well worth the money I spent on it. Probably I’ll forget about it soon, but it offered me some good entertainment. Mission accomplished.

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White House Down

White House Down was exactly what I expected it to be. Action, explotions, disaster, a hero that saves the president (and the world). The story and the plot were both ordinary, it was easy to predict what was coming. A hero is a police John Cale (Channing Tatum) who ends up being the only hope of the president James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Big guns and the muscles of Cale save the day.

The most interesting character in this movie is Emily (Joey King), the daughter of John Cale. She is a brave young girl and uses modern tehcnology to reveal the criminals to the whole world by downloading videos into her YouTube-channel.

White House Down didn’t give any unique experiences or show any astonishing acting. It was what it was, plain action. A good movie to see on a friday night, after working hard the whole week. Reset your brain and watch, that’s it.

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The Way Way Back

I absolutely loved The Way Way Back. At first I had no plans to see this, but then I decided to go to the movies and The Way Way Back started just at the right time. Relationships, humor, growing up, making friends, becoming more confident. All that and more.

Grown-ups sometimes concentrate on their own lives and problems and forget about the children. This is what happened to 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James). It’s not easy when parents are taking the second round with their relationships. Mum’s boyfriend rates Duncan, “On a scale from one to ten, I think you are three”. Three?

It’s not easy to be a teenager, especially if you’re not so social, fashionable and outgoing as others (I can relate to that).

But, if you find the right people (for you) who accept you as you are and then encourage you a little, miracles can happen. In The Way Way Back it was so touching to see how Duncan, with a help of some (grazy but wonderful) people from the water park, challenges himself and gets more confident.

I was smiling when I left the movie theatre and I’m still smiling. Absolutely lovely. Definitely enchanting. Touching, yes. I’m happy that I went to see this. On a scale from one to ten, I think The Way Way Back is nine. Maybe even nine and a half.

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In The Pleasure Groove – Love, Death & Duran Duran

I’m happy that this book was not available when I was a teenager. I felt deep love for John Taylor, the bassist of the band Duran Duran. My love for him was blind, he was flawless and the most perfect man in the world.

Years went by and I became an adult, so my enthusiasm decreased (luckily), but I was quite excited when I read that John Taylor was writing a book about his life. In the pleasure groove – love, death & Duran Duran was an interesting and great reading experience. Because Duran Duran was one of the most significant things in my life when I was young, my feelings for the band are still very warm. Reading this book brought back many wonderful memories.

What does this book tell you about John. Success doesn’t bring happiness. Alcohol and drugs mess up your life. On stage, performing, he was happy. After, lonely and confused.  John tells his story honestly and I love that.  In The Pleasure Groove – Love, Death & Duran Duran has opened new realistic perspectives about a phenomenon called Duran Duran. The book is also a story about survival. John’s life is better now, without alcohol or drugs.

Biographies are not my favorite form of literature and I only read biographies if the person in somehow meaningful for me. This book was just that and I feel very lucky that I was able to read it. I’m not able to give any critique, I’m too partial for that.

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Jane Eyre

My friend recommended Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë) to me. I’m not so much into historical novels but I decided to give this book a change. It was worth it. I absolutely fell in love with this book, I was captivated by the story. I have no idea why, but I was.

Some books don’t become outdated, they are current and fresh always, at any time. I think Jane Eyre is one of those books. Jane Eyre is a book about a woman’s life told with vibrant and beautiful language. I think the novel was ahead of its time and is dealing subjects that are still relevant, women’s independence, love, social class and many  more.

If I had to choose books to take to a deserted island, Jane Eyre would be one of them. And I think that, when some time has passed, I will read Jane Eyre again.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Los Amantes Pasajeros

I’ve always liked the films of Pedro Almodóvar. He makes films that are full of rude characters, weird plots, anguish, weird humor (mostly about sex) and lots of people who jabber, scream, cry, love and, very strongly, show other feelings. Almodóvar’s movies are different, that’s for sure and I know that many people don’t like them.

Yesterday I went to see Los amantes pasajeros (I’m so excited! in English). I was so disappointed. Yes, weird humor about sex. Yes, odd characters. No, no rational plot. And the whole time I thought that the movies was very amateurish. It was a surprise because in the movie there are many famous Spanish actors and actresses, like Javier Càmara and Lola Dueñas. It just didn’t work.

Even the best can’t always succeed. Los amantes pasajeros is the worst film of Almodóvar. But I love Spanish people (that’s why I married one).

Lo siento, Pedro!

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