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Movie Weekend recommendations – Antonio Banderas, Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd

It’s no secret, I’m in LOVE with films. The lights go down, and for ninety minutes you are transported into another world. You cry, you laugh or scream of horror, but for that period of time, the world disappears, and you are submerged into the imagination of the filmmakers. The ultimate treat is coming out of the movies with the feeling that you just watched a great story. I can’t say when I started loving them, but I remember being a little girl and watching black and white horror movies every day even when I couldn’t sleep at night. Or begging my mom to let me rent a movie – EVERY DAY- as long as I got all As. Yes, I’m a film buff, and a very proud one. Luckily Danny is a film buff too, and together we remember film quotes or references that nobody can understand. We are known for watching films nobody else knows or watches, from all genres and countries. Our friends know us for that. In light of that, I would like to continue with my movie recommendation posts.

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This week I’m recommending three great actors in three very different genres: Antonio Banderas, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper.

Foreign: “The Skin I live in” – by Almodovar. If you are an Almodovar far, you have to watch this film. If you are not an Almodovar fan, you better pass. This film is for serious film lovers as it is like non other.

Comedy: “My idiot brother” – This movie is seriously silly, and totally awesome. Great acting, amazing cast and totally unpretentious, it definitely became one of my favorite Paul Rudd’s movies.

Thriller: “Limitless” – With Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro you can’t really go wrong. Very good acting by Bradley Cooper, and a great story that will make you want to be Limitless.

Black Swan – Weekend Movie Recommendations

It’s date day for Danny and myself, and we head out to the movies. With so many titles, we can’t decide. Either we watch his girlfriend’s – Natalie Portman – film, or my boyfriend Johnny Deep. It’s a tough decision, so we watch both.

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Ever since I saw the trailer of Black Swan, it was on my list of must see films. Darren Aronofsky is an incredibly talented director and storyteller. He knows how to make the audience feel what he wants them to feel. The film is visceral, and not for everyone much like his previous films Pi and Requiem for a Dream. But on this film, you see a more mature director. The cinematography is spectacular, specially during the mirror sequence. Unbelievable how you don’t see the camera.

The only spoiler for me was having read a review from Vanity Fair the night before, which basically gave away the ending. The words of my professors sounded true at that moment, never read reviews. But even though I knew some of the plot and twists, I enjoyed every single moment of it. The story is not new, but it feels fresh, even with its darker tone. And kudos to Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, both are such accomplished actresses. Natalie Portman gives such a wonderful performance; she is both fragile and freeky and definitely worthy of an Academy nomination. When you have an actress of the caliber of Natalie Portman is hard to imagine a young actress who is able to be side by side with her without being overcast. Mila Kurnis pulls it off wonderfully. Her performance is remarkable and confirms her as one of the great actress of the new generation.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.

As for The Tourist. I’m glad I saw it to get it out of my system, but I wonder how can you have Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and still get it wrong, specially when the film was written and directed by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck who received an Oscar for The Lives of Others. Johnny Depp is sadly miscast, and although it’s original, the film seems like a bad remake of a 1950’s movie with Audrey Hepburn. If you can, just wait for the DVD.

Thankfulness – Weekend movie recommendations

Very often, I feel thankful: for my wonderful family, my great friends, clients, life, food and the roof over my head. I just look at Isabella sleep, and I caress happiness with my fingers. And during this time of the year, I feel specially thankful. They joy is everywhere and with everyone. We just had Thanksgiving, Christmas is coming, and even when the music is not playing I hear bells ringing. Right now, life is simply jolly.

But there are other times, when I forget to be thankful. I work, and work and work, and I forget to look around. It is during this time, that even when the music is playing, I don’t hear a thing. Even when the laughter is contagious, I’m thinking of the next thing on my list. It is during this time, that I need films to remind to be Thankful.

This week, I’m recommending films that made think and cry.

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Serafine – It’s a magnificent film based on the life of Serafine de Senlis, played by Yolande Moreau, who gave a remarkable performance. If you love filmmaking and storytelling, you will love this film. It touched me in some many levels that I can’t begin to describe.
Foreign ** featured ** available on Netflix Instant Watching – Starring Yolande Moreau and Ulrich Tukur

My sister’s keeper
I recommend this film only to people who have not read the book. Normally, I don’t cry watching films. Correction, I never cry watching films, but I admit, this one was the One. Danny is the type of person who cries even with a soap opera, and he not shy about it, so it’s OK for me to publicly say that about him, so obviously, you could expect that he would cry during this one, but he just didn’t cry, he sobbed, and sobbed, and had to stop the movie, and when I saw him, naturally, I cried with him. This movie made thankful for my daughter and the fact that she is healthy. So you are warned, bring a box of tissues.
Contemporary. Starring: Cameron Diaz

It’s a wonderful life
What can I say about this film, that hasn’t been written already. It’s a must see film. “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.”
Classic Directed by one of the best directors of all times, Frank Capra and staring James Stewart.