Archive | February, 2013
15 Feb

2 exams down, 3 more to go!
P.S. I always find this photo funny!

As the picture says: Finals are here! This means that I won’t be able to read anything (except my textbooks) and I’m not going to post that much on the blog during this period. My last exam will take place in the first week of March, so until then: studying, studying and more studying….

Song of the day (5)

4 Feb

Well, this isn’t really a song. It’s just a cute animated short movie created by Walt Disney Studios, but it has some background music in it. 😀 I hope you like it as much as I do.

Books made into Movies – The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick

3 Feb

Paperback, 289 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published 2008)

Description

Why did NPR’s popular librarian Nancy Pearl pick The Silver Linings Playbook as one of summer’s best reads for 2009?

“Aawww shucks!” Pearl said. “I know that’s hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick’s heartwarming, humorous and soul-satisfying first novel . . . This book makes me smile.”

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)

The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

As the award-winning novelist Justin Cronin put it: “Tender, soulful, hilarious, and true, The Silver Linings Playbook is a wonderful debut.”
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About the movie

Synopsis

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

My thoughts

I watched the movie last night and overall I enjoyed it. The acting was great, the actors were perfect for their roles, but I wanted more
from the story. I know it’s supposed to be a dramedy movie and it was filled with funny moments, but I just expected more drama. I know that sounds crazy since one of the main characters was just released from a mental institution and is bipolar and the other’s husband just died, her life is not easy at all and is also bipolar, but those weren’t enough for me…I wanted more tension between the characters.

I know that almost everyone is raving about this movie and it also has tons of Oscar nominations, but when the movie ended it left me asking myself: That was everything? even though it was 2 hours long. Speaking of Oscars, I don’t really understand why Jacki Weaver was nominated for “Best actress in a supporting role”. I mean, I’m not saying that her acting was’t good, it’s just that she didn’t have much to say and her role was quite forgettable. Her role was important for the movie, but she wasn’t given much… I think that Chris Tucker had more lines than her.

I know that from what I said it seems that I didn’t like the movie, when in fact it’s quite the opposite. I liked it very much…I just didn’t love it, and I think that’s because of the storyline. I think that was the weakest point since the interaction between the characters was great, it was real and the dialogue was also good.
Excelsior!

Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Matthew Quick (novel), David O. Russell (screenplay)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles.

Haunted Places: True Encounters with the World Beyond – Hans Holzer (Review)

2 Feb

ebook, 52 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

 

Description

Join paranormal expert and ghost hunter Hans Holzer as he investigates the most famous haunted locations around the world.

Ghosts have been known to haunt not only houses but other locations as well—such as dark forests, trains, ships, and even airplanes. Professor Hans Holzer looks at several of the most menacing of these cases, from the ghost bride of Nob Hill in San Francisco to the “gray man” of Pawley’s Island in South Carolina and the haunted organ at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

My thoughts

I could compare “Haunted Places: True Encounters with the World Beyond” with “A Haunting”, a paranormal TV series which I used to watch from time to time on Discovery Channel. This book contains several stories about haunted places which the author visited alone or with a psychic friend of his.

The author described very well the locations and he also presented the history of all those places as well as people’s experiences, their encounter with ghosts. Even though the provided information was interesting in most of the stories, some of them contained too much history and tended to be quite boring.

What I liked:
-Some of the stories were quite spooky.
-In several cases, the author presented the identities of the ghosts.

What I didn’t like:
-The history parts were boring sometimes.
-I wish certain locations were analyzed in more depth.
-Some of the stories were accompanied by photos, but I wish more of them were included for us to be able to see the haunted locations.

All in all, I found this book interesting and I will continue to read more books written by Hans Holzer.
Thanks to Netgalley.com and Open Road Integrated Media for sending me this e-book.

My rating:  cute_flower_smiley_face_sticker-p217285791912455194envb3_400cute_flower_smiley_face_sticker-p217285791912455194envb3_400cute_flower_smiley_face_sticker-p217285791912455194envb3_400