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12/1/17

Re-watching 'Melrose Place' 25 years later


Forgotten iconic show and ultimate soap opera 'Melrose Place' first aired on July 1992, 25 years ago, and back then was my ultimate guilty pleasure. The show started as a spin off of '90210' and the first episodes were a crossover with Kelly getting involved with Jake, and that's how everything started. And as i loved the show when i was a teen and hadn't watched a single episode since then i decided to re-watch the whole thing this last Summer. A total of 7 seasons and 226 episodes.

Re-watching 'Melrose Place' has been an ultimate pleasure at first. The first three seasons are really entertaining and a joy to watch as those are the best episodes from the show. It seems unbelievable but at first they all got along. In the famous apartment building, there was Allyson Parker who found in Billy Campbell a new roommate, also newlyweds Jane and Michael Mancini, there was Matt Fielding who was the gay character who was never seen kissing anyone, and hottie Jake Hanson; and also there were Sandy, who got written out after 13 eps, and Rhonda who didn't come back for the second season. And despite the show being famous for the backstabbing and cheating, at first they all were friends, making pool parties in the building and barbecues with all the neighbors.

All the good vibes between them started to fade halfway the second season and with the introduction of characters like Sydney, Jane's envious little sister, Kimberly Shaw, who already appeared on season 1 but wasn't gone crazy back then, and special guest star Amanda Woodward, who also appeared on the first season and she was even nice and friendly with Allyson! But that didn't last long. Soon she would seduce Billy interfering in his and Allyson's blossoming romance while Michael would start cheating on Jane with Kimberly and later with Syd. And the story only started to get more and more entangled. But it was fun to watch so it was cool.

But time has been unfair and while there were many cast departures and replacements, many actors gpt their start by living in Melrose, like Marcia Cross who reunited with Doug Savant in 'Desperate Housewives', Kristin Davis played Brooke and later was Charlotte in 'Sex and the City', Laura Leighton who was Hannah's mom on 'Pretty Little Liars', Lisa Rinna now turned into a 'Real Housewife', 'Charmed' Alyssa Milano, Grant Show who has now made a comeback in the reboot of 'Dynasty' or Kelly Rutherford who was in 'The OC' with Rob Estes and later in 'Gossip Girl'. And it's truly a shame that special guest star for six seasons and the best thing on the show Heather Locklear, who played Amanda, didn't really succeed after the series.

Winona Ryder in 'Reality Bites' said it, "Melrose Place is a really good show" but truth is it has fallen into oblivion and it should be given a lot more credit that it has, though after that failed 2009 reboot it only hurt the show more. But for me the series was part of my early teen days and it hasn't really aged that bad, so it remains one of my best guilty pleasures ever. And five years ago Entertainment Weekly reunited some of the cast for its 20th anniversary so below you can see the photoshoot to have some 90s nostalgia.


sources: ew & digitalspyuk

11/28/17

Sofia Coppola wins Gotham Award Special Tribute

Sofia Coppola was awarded the Gotham Award Special Tribute last night in honor of her career as a director and they did a gorgeous supercut of her movies to present the award to her, and i always love these type of videos.

In a recent interview she says that she has started writing her next project but there's no more info about it, and while 'The Beguiled' was a film that i didn't really love (the movie was beautiful but the trailer gives away everything), i'm always excited for her new projects. As for jumping to the small screen, she has no plans to direct any series in the future, as she doesn’t like to extend a story that long, which is a shame.

Anyway, you can watch the super beautiful video below as it contains scenes of all her movies, that out of her six features i really love three of them. Enjoy!

11/24/17

26 years of 'Achtung Baby'

Last year i totally missed U2's best album 25th anniversary so this year i had to dedicate it a post. I know many refer to 'The Joshua Tree' as the Irish band's best album but i have to simply disagree. In fact, as a kid i had to suffer from a die hard U2 fan (my brother) so i listened to everything U2 that was out there and the first album that i actually liked was 'Achtung Baby'. It was a total game changer for a band as it used to have a more conventional sound, so it was a really nice surprise, and the 'Zoo TV Tour' was something visually amazing and i wished i could have gone to one of their concerts but i was too young then.

So, below i posted my favorite songs from this one of a kind album that remains to this day my fave from them, i hadn't added 'Even Better Than The Real Thing ' because everyone knows that song (and i like these ones better) but you can listen to the full album here.

Zoo Station

The Fly

One

Who's Gonna Ride your Wild Horses

Ultraviolet. (Light My Way)

sources: u2 & youtube

11/21/17

'Ingrid Goes West' (2017)


(#NoSpoilers)
'Ingrid Goes West' could be easily described as this decade's 'Single White Female' but with instagram accounts. Because if anything, this movie is a critic to the attachment we have to social media and specially to display a picture perfect life on instagram.

The movie clearly starts on that point with a scene that echoes the gloriousness that was 'Black Mirror's episode 'Nosedive', with a wedding scene all sabotaged by Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) because she wasn't invited. But in reality, she didn't even knew the bride or anything, she just followed her life through social media so she couldn't handle it and had to ruin the most #perfectday out of spite. 

Ingrid's case is going too far but at the same time i don't think it's that far from reality. Nowadays we all have, at some extent, a little bit of an addition to social media (facebook, twitter, instagram...) you name yours. I have to admit that i adore instagram and i like to upload pretty things but that's pretty much it but in the movie, not only Ingrid, which would be the most extreme case, but Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen) are victims to that addiction. Taylor is a socialite whose income provides from brands paying her to promote their products on instagram and that's pretty much it. She lives any girl's dreamlife, to just live, laugh, love and publish it on her account. But it's a fake life, where she depends on her likes and followers to have some kind of validation of herself. And it's not far from what Ingrid does, but Taylor's is the more acceptable way nowadays. There are tons of people who display their perfect life in photos but that in reality it's all a facade and they all tend to believe and that's what the movie is all about: The creation of this perfect life and validation through people we don't know, believing that we're some kind of celebrity among our followers.

Apart from the deep reflection, 'Ingrid Goes West' is a really funny movie. It's a dream film for instagram users because everything that it's expected it's shown, and both leading ladies are perfect on it. The movie opened this last Summer so be sure to watch it whenever you have the chance, but if you aren't convinced yet you can watch the teaser trailer below.


sources: archstecnica

11/10/17

6 favorite songs by Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton has announced that she's releasing a new album soon and that's good news even though you don't think so. Why? Because her debut album 'Paris', released in 2006, was a pure pop jewel. Sure it contained the basic 2000 pop album sound, similar to those released by Hilary Duff or Ashlee Simpson, but  songs like 'Nothing in This World' or 'Stars Are Blind' remain hit tracks to this day. Maybe you cannot get over the fact that it's indeed Paris Hilton singing this songs and yeah, her voice may not be that good and she doesn't write her own material but if you get over that stuff, the album is kinda good.

So, as we'll have to wait for the heiress to grace us with her new album, here are six songs that you have to admit that are really catchy and fun to dance to, many are from her debut record and 'Good Time' was randomly released but still a great dance song. Listen below!

Stars Are Blind


Nothing In This World


I Want You

DoYou Think I'm Sexy

Turn It Up

Good Time

sources: youtube

11/8/17

Jeff Goldblum for GQ Magazine

 Jeff Goldblum has been photographed by Peter Yang at his home, with his family, capturing a day in the life of the 65-year-old actor and the result is something fantastic.

If there's something about 'The Fly' actor (i always remember him from that film), is that he seems extremely charismatic, elegant and all that makes him really attractive now at his age -i didn't think that when he was younger. But these pics really emphasize that and make out for a funnier and more intimate look at his personal self. And not only that but GQ has interviewed 34 of his famous friends to explain the world according to him, to Jeff Goldblum, so be sure to read the interview at the source and check out more pics from this really great photoshoot of this man, i simply loved it.



sources: gq

11/3/17

'Stranger Things 2'

(Spoilers!)
The much awaited season 2 of 'Stranger Things' premiered a week ago and obviously it was binge-watched by absolutely everyone and everybody who loved the first season. And while i didn't expect much from it as it's always really difficult to keep up the hype, i was not left disappointed though i was also not impressed. At all.

Season 2 picked up a year after things were left on S1 and while all the characters still pretty charming, some storylines were a bit unnecessary, like all the kids' romances. Max's addition to the gang was something really cool, but why romantically link her to two of the boys so soon? Though thinking about it, that's exactly what happened when Eleven first met the boys. And that's also one of the biggest problems that i saw on this second season, that everything that happens has already happened before. Like S2 follows the same pattern of things as the first season and even the resolution of the conflict is the same one, with Eleven solving everything in the end. They could had bring her sooner to fix things. 

Another factor that made me think that Season 2 wasn't close to the level of perfection than S1 was is that it didn't get me hooked on it until things started to develop in episode 4. Those three episodes from the beginning were simply ok but i really withdraw from the story a lot, like checking my phone just because, for no special reason, because i was bored. And keep in mind that i love 80s nostalgia and i'm sold pretty quick on these type of movies and shows were kids go on bikes to places solving mysteries and having adventures ('The Goonies', 'Super 8', even 'It'!) but here i didn't love it as much. Truth is that after episode 4 i watched te show on two days but the feeling of not having enough like it happened to me during the first season was not happening for me this time.

Also, there weren't any amazing scenes on this new season, or none that i can remember. Like when 'E.T. the extra terrestrial' style, Eleven, while riding with the boys escaping from someone, made the van that was going towards them fly above them, in a really badass move. But in part 2? No memorable moments that i can recall. And it's a shame because this show used to amaze me. 

And the worst thing of it all, and i think we all agree, was episode 7. Like it was a bit necessary to know what happened to Eleven's mom and all but the sister part? A bit unnecessary and boring. Yeah it served El to figure out herself and understand what happened better but dedicating a whole episode to that was a bit too much. The only good thing was the moment where Bon Jovi's 'Runaway' sounds but the rest was pretty meh.

It's not all hating here, because nearly all the new characters were really great, like Max, Bob, adorably played by Goonie, Sean Astin, Lucas' little fierce sister Erica and well, Billy, Max's stepbrother. But overall they were all amazing.

When it comes to the original cast, Steve remains one of my fave characters, like he was made for you to hate on him but he's simply a nerd with good hair but he remains adorable, and his bond with Dustin and the rest was so cute and funny. Nancy was still great though she made some poor romantic choices, while Jonathan still is as boring as i remembered (Team Steve all the way). As for the party, the kids are always great and i loved seeing them in 'Ghostbusters' costumes. When it comes to the adults, Chef Hopper remained the best, and gave us a lot of feelings when he gets granted the adoption papers for Eleven, now Jane, as he lost his daughter years ago. Also, with the super sad death of Bob, there could be a romance in the cards between him and Joyce and we're all rooting for that for Part 3.

Anyway, i ranted a lot about the things that i didn't like from part 2 but at the same time i watched the whole thing in four days so it wasn't that bad. Yeah, it didn't live up to season 1 but it was enjoyable for the most part and the ending ball scene was cute, i got to admit. So, we'll have to wait to part 3 to see the story repeating itself but i hope this time everything is a bit more original.

sources: lynchoid

11/2/17

Rihanna chanels Queen Nefertiti in Vogue Arabia


Rihanna couldn't possibly look more beautiful or stunning than she does in the November cover of Vogue Arabia, channelling Egyptian queen Nefertiti and photographed by Greg Kadel.

Queen Rih is wearing gorgeous pieces by Gucci, Miu Miu and more, and while the photoshoot is having some criticism over cultural appropriation, I don't think it's wrong to mix cultures occasionally from time to time, especially when the result is this good. After all, Rihanna has a tattoo of Nefertiti on her back.

Either way, the photoshoot is amazing and she looks her best, so after the cut you can see the rest of Rihanna slaying anything she puts on, as the iconic queen that she is.


10/19/17

Beck's 'Colors'

Beck has released his 12th studio album with 'Colors' and this really is a touch of color in his career. The album is a good-feeling record where practically every song is a dance hit with the exception of 'Fix Me', the only song that could be considered a ballad. But there's no bad track on this record, not at all.

From the hit single 'Up All Night' to 'Seventh Heaven' or 'I'm So Free' all the songs cheer you up and make you wanna dance and it's always great to have a full album like this to change your mood, and it's surprising that it's coming from an artist like Beck. But at the same time, you can hear his signature sound on the album so that's really great as this record has been on repeat at my house ever since i first listened to it. So, below are some of my fave songs from 'Colors' but listen to the full album here because it's really a game changer.







sources: diskunion & spotify

10/18/17

'Blade Runner 2049' (2017)

(No Spoilers)

"I've never retired anything with a soul before"
With this quote towards the middle of the film we encounter the struggle that the protagonist faces during the story, but let's not get ahead of that. Because that is the key to the whole story and it's isn't at the same time.

This shouldn't have to be said, but one has to watch 'Blade Runner 2049' without thinking about the 1982 classic. Because, even though it's a follow-up movie from the original Ridley Scott film, it's a completely different world, a different age, and obviously it couldn't live up to the original masterpiece.

For a starters, Denis Villeneuve's new take on the dystopian story has an amazing, breath-taking photography. Cinematographer Roger Deakins not only provides beautiful and astonishing shots but also achieves to create the same environment and urban decay that the 80's classic provided and that's really a win. It blends that decay with modern times and advances in technology but in depth, it creates the same vibe. And it's about time that Deakins wins an Academy Award for his work as he has been snubbed before for his excellent work in 'The Shawshank Redemption' or 'Fargo'.

When it comes to the story, i actually enjoyed it. A lot. I really liked the first half of the movie better, when we get introduced to officer K's life (Ryan Gosling) and his job as a new blade runner in the Los Angeles Police Department. Despite having some similarities with virtual intelligence and love stories as it does in 'Her' -but let's be honest, that's something plausible in a near future, we get to see what Rick Deckard's (Harrison Ford) character would be like now, but this time as a new replicant, or was Deckard a replicant after all? We get answers to that and also this new take makes us wonder many other things but, even though the movie is an enjoyable experience, it doesn't come close to the perfection that the original movie is. And i don't think Villeneuve was attempting to exceed everyone's expectations, but at least he provided a decent sequel and that was no easy task. And maybe it won't make it onto the test of time and people will forget about the film, which has not done as well as it was expected in the box office, but neither did the Ridley Scott movie back then and look at how it's praised now. But if one thing is clear is that, despite its effort, the ending of 2049 is far away from the perfection that it's the ending of the 1982 film.

Anyone who appreciates 'Blade Runner' should watch without any prejudices or expectations this new film, if only for how pleasurable it is to watch it on the big screen. Not only because of the beautiful cinematography but also because it has a really awesome set of actresses (Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Mackenzie Davis and Ana de Armas) that are complete scene-stealers. Ryan Gosling nicely delivers his part and Harrison Ford is not bad but Jared Leto is totally unacceptable, especially after learning the news that the director originally wanted David Bowie for the role.

Anyway, after the cut you can see some of the shots that i really loved, so i hope you will enjoy it as much as i did if you get to watch it on the cinema.