Monday, November 28, 2016

🎄 Novel of the Week [Christmas Edition]: Christmas Story by Marko Leino

Yesterday was First Sunday of Advent, which means we are only 4 weeks away from Christmas day! Yep, it's that time of the year AGAIN and to celebrate it I want to try with the Novel Of the Week - Christmas Edition I started last year (but failed!) to get you in the right mood for the 25th!
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So here's the first novel, Christmas Story by Marko Leino, on the origin of the myth of Santa Claus! 
Enjoy!

Likewise the Advent calendar, the story is divided into 25 chapters, one for every day of Advent (so it would be a great idea to read one chapther per day 'til Christmas day!) and it's about a young boy, Nikolas
Orphan of both his parents at a young age, Nikolas is hosted by a family in a small village for an entire year and the next one gets hosted by another family.

Nikolas is a good and willing boy and all the people at the village love him. Every anniversary of his sister's birthday (who died with his parents) Nikolas goes out at night and leaves to the village's children wooden toys he makes himself. But on a particulary rigid and cold winter, nobody is able to host him, due to food difficulties.

So Nikolas decides to leave, but he'll end up living with a solitary man who came to the village just once a year. He'll help Nikolas to improve his skills with the wooden toy and will also lend him his sleigh and reindeer to distribute them in one particular night of the year...


What I liked
This book is the perfect bedtime story! It has suspance, Nikolas is caring and good-hearted. He's also a positive role model given the fact that, even if in difficulties, he doesn't lose hope. The novel is drenched in magic, something that never gets old.

What I did not like
Simply nothing. There is absolutely nothing I didn't like while reading this story.

My Vote: 9/10

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jessica Alba vs Alessandra Ambrosio

This time an actress and a model didn't wore the same evening gown, but an everyday green varsity bomber jacket by Lovers+Friends.
Actress Jessica Alba wore it first, earlier last week, at the "DL 1961 x Jessica Alba" collection event. She went casual with a black top and matched high waist jeans and ankle boots. She also kept the make up and hairstyle very simple and cute. Later that same week, Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio showed up for a little shopping with the same bomber jacket, but opted for a more sporty look with blue jeans and Gucci sneakers!

Who do you think wore it better?  
Jessica Alba or Alessandra Ambrosio?


Photo credits: zimbio.com & justjared.com

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Movie Review: In Guerra per Amore (In War For Love)

I'm pretty sure this is my first review of an Italian movie...well, better later than never right?

New York, 1943.

A young emigrant from Sicily, Arturo Giammaresi, loves and is loved by a beautiful Italian girl, Flora. The only obstacle to their romance is Flora's uncle, who decided to give her in marriage to Carmelo, son of a powerful mob boss.
Anyway, Flora is sure that if Arturo will ask her father for her hand, she won't have to marry Carmelo and they'll be together. The catch is that Flora's family is still in Sicily...where Worl War II is bursting more than ever, after the USA joined it.
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Because of (or thanks to?) a funny casuality, Arturo finds a way to get to Sicily: joining the American liberation army. While on duty, he meets lieutenant Philip Chiamparino, an honorable and honest man, who got in the army to serve his beloved country and to help for an higher purpose.

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Meanwhile he's looking for Flora's father, Arturo gets to know better the people from the village they're staying in: there's a young boy, and his mom, hopeful that his dad will be back soon. 
The duplicitous and ambiguous most powerful man in town whom, thanks an agreement with the US government, will able to release some of his men from prison and put them in charge of important political offices.


And then he meets the strangest and most tragicomic duo ever: Mimmo and Saro, one is blind and the other cripple, but these two are the ones who'll help Arturo to find Flora's family. 
Arturo is so focused in reaching them that he doesn't notice that despicable and dishonest men are gaining more and more power...

My Opinion
I got off the movie theatre completely shocked: for 3/4 the film has light tones, is a typical Italian bittersweet comedy, but then, the lasts 10 minutes, BAM! it changes, becoming way more profound and dealing with serious themed like the rise of Mafia in Sicily.
The director pictured life at the time just the way it was, he didn't semplified it or made it more appealing and that's the big "pro" of this movie.

Raking: 3/5


Photo credits: comingsoon.it

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

10 movies you probably never watched, but should!

I already a similar list on Niume, but it has only 8 movies (click → 📋 if you want to see it anyway) and I was re thinking about it and kept saying myself "I should have added this movie or this other one.." so I decided to make a newer list with partially new movies. 

Since tons of movies come out every year, it is likely that will miss some of them, whether they be Academy-worthy or not...Blame it on the fact that it hasn't been publicized that much or it was an indipendent movie or, simply, it hasn't been aired in your country. So here's a list of nearly unknown movies I've watched in the last decade or so...and you should watch too!

- Dear Frankie (2004) is a bitter sweet story about a single mom, who replies to her son's letters pretending she's his father, working on a ship. But when the ship is scheduled to dock in the town they're living in, she comes up with a controversial solution rather than revealing the truth to her son.

If you'd like to know more, my review is here → 🎬
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- The Painted Veil (2006) set in London during the "Roaring Twenties", a young girl marries a man she's not fully in love with, but as she follows him in a travel in the poorest regions of China, every belief she had will change.
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The Air I Breath (2007) a mixed stories movie, where a group of people's lives (who don't know one another) intersect. Stunning Brendan Fraser in a tragic role!
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- Charlie Bartlett (2007) a troubled boy, seeking for acceptance and trying to be someone worthy of people's time, move from a private to a public school. What he'll be able to do there is astonishing!
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Taking Chance (2009) it is a TV movie with Kevin Bacon, escorting the body of a fallen soldier back to his hometown. It's heart melting how many lives the soldier touches, even if no longer alive.
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Cracks (2009) a story of female education and growing with Eva Green, portraying a strong and charismatic teacher, tested by the arrival of a new student, apparently immune to her methods.
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 Paris Manhattan (2012) it follows the life and love misadventures of a parisian pharmacist with the passion for Woody Allen's movies.
If you'd like to know more, my review is here →🎬
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Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014) a funny French commedy about a father of 4 daughters, all married to non French and non catholic men...except the youngest, who reveals she was proposed from a Catholic guy...when the parents go to meet him, they'll have a huge surprise!
If you'd like to know more, my review is here → 🎬
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A Perfect Day (2015) a tragicomic day in the lives of a group of aid workers in former Yugoslavia, by the end of the war. It has hilarious moments and really cruent ones, but I belive this is a must see!
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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) a wordless author start a paraller career as caregiver: his first patient is Trevor, quadriplegic young boy...Surprisingly they'll help each other with their own weaknesses during a road trip!
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This is my list of not so famous movies that everyone (in my opinion) should read. Did you see some of these? What's on your list? Let me know in the comments!

photo credits: impawards.com

Monday, November 14, 2016

Olivia Palermo vs Chriselle Lim

Socialite Olivia Palermo was the first who wore this Valentino black gown at the Black Tie gala, in honor of Italian designer Valentino, back in December, last year. She completed the look with pulled back hairstyle and a polished black hairband. 
Digital influencer Chriselle Lim attended the 5th annual Baby2Baby gala, on November 12th, wearing the same dress as Olivia, but giving it a more oriental vibe with wide gold rounded earring and a high chignon.


Who do you think wore it better?  
Olivia Palermo or Chriselle Lim?


Photo credits: zimbio.com

Friday, November 11, 2016

Busy Philipps vs Salma Hayek

Happy Friday everyone! This is actually a late #WWIB post, since the actresses wore this Gucci multi pattern dress this summer....but better late than never, right?
Actress Busy Philipps wore it first, in a very vintage and ladylike way, while heading out from  the Sirius SXM Studios in New York, last June. She paired the dress with big dark green sunglasses, a red purse and light pink Mary Jane shoes. 
Mexican actess Salma Hayek wore the same dress two months later, in August, while going on a doctor appointment with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault. She styled it very differently than Busy, opting for high ankle laced up boots and adding a floral accent on the pink collar.


Who do you think wore it better?  
Busy Philipps or Salma Hayek?


Photo credits: zimbio.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#TTT: Top Ten Tuesday


Here's the movies and books of the previous lists that I've watch/read during last month!
- The Magnificent Seven : 2¾/5 
- Looking for Alaska: my review HERE 

This month wishlist:
MOVIES
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Southside with You (2016) by Richard Tanne. With Parker SawyersTika SumpterVanessa Bell CallowayPhillip Edward Van Lear and Taylar Fondren.
In Guerra per Amore (2016) by PifWith Pif, Miriam LeoneStella Egitto, Andrea di Stefano and Lorenzo Patanè.
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Snowden (2016) by Oliver Stone. With Joseph Gordon-LevittShailene WoodleyMelissa LeoZachary QuintoTom Wilkinson
About Ray (2016) by Gaby Dellal. With Naomi WattsElle FanningSusan SarandonSam Trammell and Tate Donovan
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Free State of Jones (2016) by Gary Ross. With  Matthew McConaugheyGugu Mbatha RawKeri RussellMahershala AliSean Bridgers
BOOKS


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War & Peace by Lev Tolstoy
I Medici by Matteo Strukul 
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The Pink Suit by Nicole Kelby
Fiding  Zasha by Randi Barrow
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Dreamology by Lucy Keating


Photo credits: impawards.com & goodreads.com

Monday, November 7, 2016

[Vintage] Movie Review: Father Goose

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This is probably one of the least known Cary Grant's movie...or, at least, it was for me since I saw it for the first time two weeks ago. A friend suggest it, saying "If you liked Operation Petticoat, this one is even more hilarious!" 
Challenge accepted!

Set more or less at the same time and geographic coordinates as Operation Petticoat, Father Goose is about Walter Eckland, an opportunist former professor who travels the Philippines' islands on his boat, trying to take advange from the war situation. 
While trying to steal from the US navy supplies, Walter gets caught by an old friend, Comander Frank Houghton, and he's forced to stay on a desert little island and report on the movements on the Japanese airplanes.
Walter is also a drunk, so Comander Houghton hide all his wiskey to make sure he does his job, and eventually reveals him the positions of the bottles. 

But one night he has a special mission for Decklan: he has to go on a nearby island and save another US operator, who called for an SOS. 
Once there, Decklan finds...a group of school girls and their teacher, Catherine Freneau?!
Catherine tells Decklan that they were waiting to be transfered and ended up on the island by case, so he has nothing to do other than take all the girls back to his island...and the cohabitation won't be easy!


My Opinion
This movie is absolutely hilarious! I don't remember the last time I laugh so much...Cary Grant and Leslie Caron are so tragicomic that it's almost impossible not to love them. And the little girls? You may think they're just background character, indeed they're all important for the story and everyone has a particular character and personality.
If you fancy an old movies night this autumn, I suggest you give "Operation Petticoat" and "Father Goose" a try!

Raking: 5/5


Operation Petticoat - my review HERE

Photo credits: Piddleville.com & themoviescene.co.uk

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cure it with Books/Movies: The Queen of England

Tonight Netflix will air a new show named "The Crown" and, given the title, it can only be about -yours truly- the British Royalty. 
As a matter of fact, the whole plot is about Queen Elizabeth II: from her wedding day (back in 1947) to nowdays. The series is scheduled to be of 6 seasons, but it's better not to get ahead of ourselves. 
The Queen of England isn't new to public, thanks to a lot of movies and books based on her figure, so pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!


MOVIES
Elizabeth Elizabeth: the Golden Age (1998 and 2007) by Shekhar Kapur. With Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Ralph Finnes (1998) and Clive Owen (2007) 
The Queen (2006) by Stephen Frears. With Helen MirrenMichael SheenJames Cromwell, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam
The Young Victoria (2009) by Jean-Marc Vallée. With Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany and Miranda Richardson.
A Royal Night Out (2015) by Julian Jarrold. With Sarah GadonBel PowleyEmily Watson, Rupert Everett and Jack Reynor.
BOOKS
Pomps and Circumstance by Noel Coward - my review HERE
The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett


CURIOSITIES

Kate Middleton meme...SOON!:
Actresses who also portrayed the Queen of England:
- Judy Dench in "Shakespeare in Love"
- Kristin Scott Thomas in the theatrical play "the Audience"
Penelope Wilton in "The BFG - the Big Friendly Giant"
- Helena Bonham Carter in "the King's Speech"

Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth not once, but TWICE: 

- in "The Queen" and won the Academy Award  
 -in the theatrical play "the Audience" in 2013 and won the Olivier Award for her interpretation.

Queen Elizabeth also 'appeared' in a few animated movies like "Cars 2" (as a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV) and "Minions" (where they try to steal her crown).


E! Entrateiment produced a Tv series based approximately on the UK monarchy: it's called the Royals, and third season will air this December. With Elizabeth Hurley playing the Queen of England.


When she was a child, Queen Elizabeth II sufferd of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): it seems she didn't want to get to sleep until she wasnt done with a ritual with her rocking horses: she took their saddles away from them.


Photo credits: impawards.com, goodreads.com & theinnerduchessofkatemiddleton.tumblr.com

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Carey Mulligan vs Julia Carey

Time for a new 'Who Wore it Best', and today we have an actress and a producer wearing the same dress from Gucci S/S 2016 collection
Actress Carey Mulligan wore it first on the red carpet of the British Independent Film Awards 2015 back in December. She styled it very simply and went for a long wavy bob hairstyle and barely-there make up. Later this October, producer Julia Carey attanded the 2016 LACMA Art + Film Gala with her husband James Corden. She opted for a chic cignon and green open toe heels.


Who do you think wore it better?  

Carey Mulligan or Julia Carey?


Photo credits: zimbio.com