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2/22/17

Ashton Sanders, breakout star

 To say that 'Moonlight' fascinated me, is an understatement. It really blew my mind. And out of everything that was mind-blowing in the movie, there's Ashton Sanders, who really stands out in a cast that is completely stellar.

Sanders probably plays the most difficult part of Chiron's life, his teenage years, and you can feel his struggle through the screen. He perfectly expresses every emotion without saying a word, physically speaking, and that's what makes his performance so grand and obviously, he's been getting a lot of praise.

So, as i loved him there i'm posting two fantastic photoshoots of the 20-year-old actor as he looks amazing in these. I'm sure we will be seeing more of him in a near future because, how could we not.


sources: dazed & wmag

2/15/17

Ryan Murphy's 'Feud' official trailer

The official trailer of 'Feud' is out and i'm just so excited about this new tv show by Ryan Murphy. I was already excited about the idea behind the show as i've watched 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane' when i was a kid as my mom loved it and i'm ecstatic.

In case you don't know, or you haven't seen the iconic movie (which you really should ASAP), 'Feud' follows the infamous filming of the film Joan Crawford and Bette Davis did when both their careers had hit a rough patch after growing old in the industry and the rumors that came out of it were insane. Tidbits about their rivalry and on set shenanigans that they both did to each other made the movie, which is about two once famous rivals sisters, transfer the screen. The idea that Ryan Murphy is embarking in such an iconic project is priceless. Because it was the most talked about shooting ever and to film it with such amazing actresses like Lange and Sarandon, who are at the same high level of the original Hollywood actresses, is insane. The images from the show where they film scenes of the movie resemble so much the old film it's bananas. And the new released trailer looks like is going to be a hell of a trip. In top of that it has a hell of a cast with Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kiernan Shipka... because which actor would want to miss this?

'Feud' premieres on March 5, and i'm already anxious for it. Watch the trailer below and watch the classic film because this is something you don't wanna miss.


sources: AHSFX & youtube

2/13/17

'Moonlight' (2016)

(Spoilers!)
What a beautiful thing this movie is. What a marvelous, marvelous thing. I went to the cinema without really knowing much about 'Moonlight' and it totally won me over. The story, the superb acting by the whole entire cast, the ending... practically everything is something stellar.

Barry Jenkins directs this coming of age story of Little, a young, introvert kid becoming an adult, and the process of getting to know himself and getting lost in the middle, and it does it so beautifully that the story replays in your head. Not only that, but the filmography is something gorgeous, tainted in blue or neon lights in many scenes that evoke that scene where someone tells that "In moonlight, black boys look blue", so they own that color in the whole entire movie.

The portrayal of Little, then Chiron and later Black, is very well developed in a character that doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin. From the very start we see how he doesn't fit in at school and is bullied by some other kids, thing that also happens in highschool as he's called a queer and even in adulthood he doesn't feel at ease. Growing up he's influenced by Juan, a drug dealer that picks him up the streets after being chased by some bullies, and somehow serves as the father figure that he never had. There are some really beautiful moments with him, like when he teaches him how to swim at the beach but also some tough ones, like when Little asks him what does he does as a living and if he sells drugs to his momma too.

In his teens we see how the bulllying, the uneaseness, increases in highschool and the bullying gets harder for him, his mom does no longer have a job and is a full crack addict now and he suffered the loss of an important role model as Juan passed away (presumably killed after his drug dealing). He can still go to Juan's girlfriend Teresa's home to feel safe but he's still hasn't opened to anyone of felt at ease. That is until a beach night with his pal Kevin takes place, his first sexual encounter with a man, all drowned by the moonlight. This, and the event that will place him serving time after hitting one of his bullies with a chair in the had, are what will mark his fatal transition to adulthood.

When he, now called Black, becomes a man, we see the spitting image of the late Juan. Black spent some time in prison and his future took a toll and became a drug dealer like his mentor. Probably what Juan didn't want him to become but he fully took his shoes and is even driving his car. But even like this, he doesn't feel fully complete. In fact, we're seeing a mask to hide his true self and not facing the world, and the easiest way is to become what he once admired. That is until he receives a call from his old buddy and one night lover Kevin. And then, when they meet, he's at the same time more uncomfortable but more close to being who he really is than ever. The tension that they have, in that scene in the restaurant where Kevin works, is one of the greatest things i've seen in a movie. The music, how they look at each other, what they're not telling but feeling... emotions are out there but in spoken silences and you can feel the thrill. Everything finally bursts from Black's mouth when he reveals that Kevin was the only man who ever touched him and then everything is out there, and he can finally become who he really is, presumably, in the company of Kevin.

This movie is so full of emotions and feelings that remains in your head for days. It really deserves to win every award before 'La La Land', which is an ok movie after watching this. But we know it's not going to happen though i would love to see it being the surprise winner at the Academy Awards.

I cannot but post a bunch of beautiful images of the film after the cut and really recommend you watch this film because it's something else. It really is.



2/9/17

'Girls' Season 1 best moments and scenes

The final season of 'Girls' premieres on Sunday and i don't think we're ready for it. But, as we have no other choice and i'm really willing to watch it despite the sadness, i'm making my now traditional post about the best moments and scenes the first season had as it was the only season left that i hadn't done it (as i did with seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5) and the first season really deserves it. I will do the same with the final season and also a Top 10 Favorite 'Girls' episodes' post once season 6 ends, but for now, here are the best moments and scenes the glorious first season had. Check them all out after the cut!

(Spoilers!)
First things first, the very first scene where i thought, "i'm gonna love the shit out of the show" was in 'All Adventurous Women Do' (1x03) when Marnie returns home and finds Hannah dancing to Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own' and she joins in. It might be a simple scene but how spontaneous and natural it feels and how anyone can relate to the feeling of dancing your pains away despite everything being shitty is fantastic. Hannah had just discovered that her ex-boyfriend Elijah had been gay all the time she was with her and Marnie is confused with her feelings about Charlie but in that moment they don't care. And i loved that.

'The OA' renewed for a second season

This was bound to happen. There was no way that after Season 1's finale we wouldn't be getting more of this. More answers. Or more questions. But definitely more about the amazing story of Prairie, or the OA, as she likes her friends to call her.

'The OA's first season was something that it took me a while to watch because i heard mixed opinions about it, many were saying that it was an amazing show while others quit saying that it was absurd. So i didn't have many expectations. But i have to admit that the pilot really fascinated me, Prairie's story and how Brit Marling narrates it it's something beautiful and the small but stellar detail of having the opening credits for the show at minute 40 (i think more or less) of the ep, was something grand. And what about the story...

(Spoilers!)
At first, with the first few eps it took me a while to get hooked on the show, i really didn't know what to think, whether she was making it up or what, but after a few eps, that they started ending with amazing cliff hangers, i was right onto it. And the finale was something that i really didn't expect, from the discovery of Prairie's books making it believe that it was all a tale, from the thrilling last 10 minutes with the scary school shooting and the opening ending guessing if it was all real or not, obviously there had to be a second season. And below there's a teaser of S2, it doesn't give away much, practically anything, but enough to get excited.


sources: inverse & youtube

2/8/17

First look and trailer of Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled'

Sofia Coppola's much awaited film after the, disappointing to some, 'The Bling Ring', is nearly here and finally we have some stills and production photos to start getting anxious. Not that i didn't like 'The Bling Ring', it was a fun, superficial movie about the celebrity thefts by a group of teenagers that shocked the tabloid world, and i liked how she exposed the celeb hungry world we live in nowadays, but as it happened with 'Somewhere', it had no rhythm and it wasn't easy to relate.

Anyway, the movie is based in Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel and Clint Eastwood made his own film version in 1976, which i haven't seen, but looking at these new stills and the cast, i'm starting to get thrilled. The movie stars Nicole Kidman as the headmistress of the stately Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies, Kirsten Dunst plays a teacher and Elle Fanning a young student and i couldn't love more this trio of actresses. Not only Sofia is working again with Elle Fanning after 'Somewhere' but she's making her third movie with Kirsten Dunst after her debut with 'The Virgin Suicides' and the royal 'Marie Antoinette'. And i've always adored Nicole Kidman so i can't complain. And Colin Farrell also appears so it looks promising.
And we even have a trailer already! I feel like it reveals too much of the story but it made me want to watch it even more because it looks exciting and thrilling, so unlike any other movie by Coppola (even though i adore her subtle touch in those other films).

The movie is going to premiere on June 23 so it won't take long but you can have a taste and watch the trailer below and check out some brand new stills below and some instagrams from the cast during filming after the cut.

2/2/17

Gone Girls

 In 11 days, the final season of 'Girls' and i don't think we're ready to say goodbye to our girls (and boys). But the good thing about it is that we're getting tons of marvellous magazine spreads like this one from The Hollywood Reporter with amazing cast photos that are to die for. And i cannot but post them here, obvs.

After the cut i'm posting some really great portraits of this gorgeous shoot and also at the source you can read a really awesome interview with all the actors about their moments filming and favorite and tougher scenes they had to do in the show so it's worth to read it. Enjoy because the Girls will be soon gone girls.

2/1/17

'Skam' (Season 2)

(No Spoilers)
I watched the first season of 'Skam' in less than two weeks but Season 2 only took me a Sunday. A very long, rainy and boring Sunday, that is. And ironically, even though i binge-watched the hell out of S2, i liked the first season much better.

Season 2 focuses mainly on Noora and William, and i think, while their story is super sweet and exciting, it was a big mistake. Not because their story was not interesting and thrilling but it focused way too much on them and it forgot about Sana, Jonas, Chris and Issak who were a lot more present of the first season, even though Eva and Vilde get to appear more but not enough. But on the other hand we got to see more of Eskild and even Linn so not everything was bad.

Anyway, the second season was fine but that overexposure made me not like Noora as much as i did, and i felt that it lost some good plots with everything that happened with Eva and Jonas after the break up, anything about Sana and her sister in law or even give Chris some kind of plot, so that's a shame. But, i still got Season 3 left and many seem to have adored it so i expect much better. I guess i'll tell you about it soon!

sources: skamtv

1/26/17

The 2017 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio

The always gorgeous Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio is here and i'm loving this year's photographs, as always, shot by Annie Leibovitz.

The actresses appearing are Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong'o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Great Gerwig and Janelle Monáe and they all look gorgeous. Some of them are currently nominated for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards like Stone, Portman and Ruth Negga, but they've all had a pretty stellar year when it comes to acting (except for Dakota Johnson that i feel doesn't belong here that much). But anyway, these photos are always especially beautiful and i'm posting after the cut the ones with the actresses that i liked best, there are a few of them that (i think) i haven't seen anywhere yet but i'm waiting for them to impress me. You can see the rest of the portraits at the source, enjoy!

(Updated!) Some gorgeous behind-the-scenes photos added after the cut feat. Don Johnson.

1/24/17

'Skam' (Season 1)

(No Spoilers!)
It was not long ago when i learned about 'Skam', a Norwegian tv show described as the new 'Skins', and obviously,  i had to watch it. And the comparison was accurate and wasn't disappointed one bit as i watched the first season in less than two weeks.

'Skam' means "shame" in Norwegian and it has a lot to do with the plot and the characters of the show. After all, there's nothing more mortifying in your teens than to get embarrassed or feel ashamed about anything at all, especially in highschool. And while it follows the same pattern as 'Skins', i felt that 'Skam' was more relatable in the sense that the protagonists and the situations going on were more normal (when i'm talking about 'Skins' i'm referring to generation 1 and 2, obvs). And the more down to earth, the more real it feels. And also, bonus points to the Norwegian gang as there are a lot of characters involved, though the story seems to center mainly female characters like Eva, Vilde and Noora, so that's great. Not to take anything from 'Skins' but there are things that i'm liking more, even though there has been nothing that has gotten me like everything that happened on 'Skins' so far.

Anyway, apart from the obvious comparisons, and while there are still two more seasons that i have to watch, i feel like it's going to be among my faves. Ever from  the beginning i loved some characters like Vilde (so underrated), Noora, Sana, Chris and even Eva- who at first didn't tell me much though her past story with her friends was something interesting and that sadly (as someone who's been on her shoes) usually happens at that age. And i feel like there's a lot coming on where my teenage self would relate a lot.

So, i'm posting a few funny moments after the cut (i couldn't find more because i was afraid of finding spoilers), but seriously, you have to watch 'Skam' if you liked 'Skins's good seasons. I hope it keeps getting better as it seems and it doesn't fade with seasons like IT HAPPENED with the UK show. I guess i'll find about that soon!