Life is pretty dynamic these days, isn’t it? You go to sleep and the next day you come across new amazing trailers that blow your mind just like that! Here are some other 3 (always small) productions I’m also dying to see this year!
This is perhaps the most interesting project in years. Director Richard Linklater decided in 2002 to shoot a movie for the following 12 years. He then hired a boy (Ellar Coltrane), and every year got a handful of actors together to shoot that year of the boy’s fiction life. Winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, among other awards, “Boyhood” really is a must-see!
# God Help The Girl, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch
The frontman of Scotish band Belle and Sebastian Stuart Murdoch came up with this project a while ago (2007) and got together a bunch of talented female singers and made an album in 2009 “God Help the Girl”, having Catherine Ireton as the main singer. Now, in 2014, the movie is ready. In comes Emily Browning instead of Ireton (maybe she got too old for the part in the process), and the trailer is exhilariting. Can’t hardly wait!
# Begin Again, directed by John Carney
Starring Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
Director of the stunning film “Once”, he brings to screen the story of an ex-rock executive (Ruffalo) and an ex-rock star girlfriend (Knightley), “Begin Again” does share some elements (or lots of) from “Once”, but that is far from being a problem. Quite the contrary, I’m dying to see the new “Once”.
God Help The Girl, Catherine Ireton (God Help The Girl, 2009)
this is the first version sung by Catherine Ireton of the theme song written by Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch for his homonym project God Help The Girl which is (finally) on theaters and iTunes in September.
My wait is usually for films that most people do not even acknowledge the existence! The second semester of 2014 has barely started and here are three of the movies I’m dying to see on the big screen. For now, of course.
# Mood Indigo, by Michel Gondry
Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris
Why: Audrey Tautou is always a good reason to watch a movie. Add director Michel Gondry (from the masterpiece “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, with Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey) and that makes two reasons why. Winner of a Cesar Award, this 2013 film is finally hitting American soil.
# Wish I Was Here, by Zach Braff
Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King
Why: Despite some negative reviews, I’m still really looking forward to seeing the new directorial act by Zach Braff. I’ve seen “Garden State”a handful of times and can definitely put it among my all-time favorite movies. That pretty much explains all the anticipation, doesn’t it?
# St Vincent, by Theodore Melfi
Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts
Why: Bill and Melissa are definitely a dream team, aren’t they? Plus, the trailer is hilarious and I can expect Bill to deliver another unforgettable performance. Plus, Naomi as a bonus!
Album Of The Week: TESSANNE CHIN's "Count On My Love"
Winning season 5 of The Voice was the begining of Tessanne Chin's career in music industry. Despite the weak debut of her first album since her victory, "Count On My Love" really is a tremendous album!
First, there is her delightful single “Everything Reminds Me Of You”, which she premiered on season 6 finale. Then, there is “Tumbling Down”, that one single written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder especially to whoever won season 5 of The Voice - I have to admit the final result wasn’t as good as I’d imagined but still a good track to listen.
However, the most beautiful and contagious song for me is definitely "Heaven Knows". Tessanne does sound a bit like the good old Celine Dion here, and that is a hell of a compliment. Full of passion, this is the one I’d choose for the next single in the album.
What about the other tracks? Well, some reggae”ish” tracks which are kind of cool and easy to listen to, such as “Always Tomorrow” or"Count On My Love", and certainly the beautiful ballads "People Change" and"Lifeline". The only two mistakes are the non-inclusion of her single “Back To My Love”, which in my humble opinion is flawless and deserved to make it to the final cut,and the inclusion of the track "One Step Closer", a complete lost track in a good album for the fans of Tessanne.
Lovely, beautiful and powerful. I’m still trying to figure out why the fans did not go for it. With nearly 1 million followers on facebook, there is no way to explain the low sales of “Count On My Love”. Hope you give it a try!
Ed Sheeran has definitely improved on himself. He was already good, but in his latest effort entitled "X", the English singer reinvents himselfs at the same time he keeps his roots and delivers an album with a mixture of innovation and the same old good stuff. And everyone is then happy!
The first single "Sing"already denotes a turn on Ed’s usual path. It’s as if he’s found a way of mixing his own sound with Justin Timberlake’s. The result could have been catastrophic but his talent kept the boy on the right track. This new Ed Sheeran comes to me as one of the best surprises of the year. Seriously!
But if you are a fan of the old Ed, do not worry! The album opener “One” comforts us from the very beginning; it is just the same wonderful ballad with cute lyrics and outstanding vocals by Ed. "I’m a Mess" maintains this atmosphere up to the moment "Sing" hits the speakers with this dancing Ed Timberlake I was talking about earlier. Then he goes a bit “hip-hop” in "Don’t" and"Nina", which turn out to be just as great, before going back to his origins in "Photograph", and"Bloodstream", and"Tenerife Sea" . And so the rollercoaster continues, and the ride is never dull.
As you can see, Ed Sheeran has brought all his passion back with some innovative tracks which will prove that 1) he isn’t afraid of daring, 2) he can be different and still genious, and 3) he has come to music scene to stay. Long live Ed Sheeran!
Album of the Week: TIËSTO's A Town Called Paradise
Every year there is this one new DJ who takes everyone by surprise and keeps delivering hit after hit. David Gueta, Calvin Harris, Aviici, and now Tiësto. The formula may be similar, but they all sound different somehow. “A Town Called Paradise” is Tiësto's sixth studio album - which already contains two hit singles: "Red Lights" and “Wasted”, the latter currently on UK Top 40 (peaked at #3) as well as Billboard Hot 100.
Full of massive dance songs, "A Town Called Paradise" is definitely 2014’s dance album. Apart from the two hits, the album offers the powerful and yet beautiful "Footprints" (featuring Cruickshank), my favorite track in the CD:
"Let’s take a trip to the edge of the night,
Where stars and the sun collide
Won’t wait a lifetime, it’s our turn
To put our footprints all over the world
We live forever wherever we go,
Leaving footprints all over the world”
"Light Years Away" and the album title "A Town Called Paradise" are the most likely to become hits as well, but rest assured the other tracks won’t let you down. Icona Pop features in the promotional single "Let’s Go" while Matthew Koma, from the mind-blowing song "Wasted", can also be heard on "Written In Reverse".
Tiësto and Matthew Koma performing their massive hit “Wasted”.
"A Town Called Paradise" is the one dance CD you want to buy this year! Higly recommended for those who appreciated the albums “Nothing But The Beat”, “18 Months” and “True”.
The story behind the production of "Mary Poppins" really is one of a kind! Emma Thomson plays the role of P. L. Travers, the author of worldwide sensation Mary Poppins, a woman who Walt Disney himself - played by Tom Hanks - had been trying to get to sign the document which would grant him the right to adapt her novel to the big screen for the past 20 years, thus fulfilling a promise he’d made to his daughters who simply adored the book.
Emma Thomson offers the performance of a lifetime in "Saving Mr Banks" as she portrays one of the most difficult people who ever lived on Earth (no, I’m not exaggerating). Impossible to understand how the Academy overlooked this flawless acting by Emma Thomson. Tom Hanks is also superb as Mr. Disney, as she insists on calling him even though he prefers only Walt.
The lines of Mrs Travers are utterly hilarious and so are her faces and habits. Little by little we get to understand what transformed her into such an unhappy person (not to say a b****) as well as get to understand the core of her book. All she ever wanted was to save Mr. Banks, even if in our imagination. A small masterpiece to be appreciated with a good cup of tea. Milk first, and a teaspoon of sugar, of course.
If you’re looking for authentic Brazilian music to dance to while you enjoy the after (or pre) World Cup games, forget about Fifa’s Original album. Fatboy Slim's Bem Brasil rescues the old good songs and inserts dance beats and drum n bass in all of them.
Here you’ll find Gilberto Gil's "Toda Menina Baiana" and "Maracatu Atômico" in awesome drum n’ bass, Elis Regina's “O Cavaleiro e os Moinhos”, as well as Jorge Ben's "Taj Mahal".
Of course there are some infamous songs in the mixture, but they do not affect the fun of listening to all-time Brazilian classics in a whole new style. Way to go, man!
Jennifer Lopez is widely famous for being one of the biggest pop artists in our times. Back in the beginning of the 2000’s she was atop the Billboard charts at the same time her movie premiered in the number one spot at the box office. The album was "J.Lo", the movie was “The Wedding Planner”, and the year was 2001 - a bit far away but still unmatched by anyone else. She’s a fragance (Glow, for those who do not live on Earth), owns a restaurante (Madre’s) and is a fashion designer (Kohl's clothing line), besides other fronts (producer, entrepreneur, soon to be an author). Although most fans prefer her music above all, she has been in a handful of interesting films that caught my attention way before I knew she could even sing. Here are my TOP 5 Jennifer Lopez’s movies.
#5 U-Turn, directed by Oliver Stone, acted alongside Sean Penn and Nick Nolte (1997)
This is an interesting story of a man (Penn) who stops in Arizona on his way to Vegas - where he’s got some debts to pay - and absolutely everything starts to go wrong.
#4 Antz, animation by Eric Darnell and Tim Johnson, lending her voice alongside Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Sharon Stone, among many others (1998)
What would Woody Allen’s life be like if he had been born an ant? That’s pretty much what Antz is about: a neurotic ant named Z. Simply hilarious! If you have never seen it, give Z a chance! J. Lo plays the role of a cute ant that goes by the name of Azteca.
#3 The Cell, by Tarsem Singh, with Vincent D’Onofrio and Vince Vaughn (2000)
Jennifer Lopez is an FBI agent trapped in the mind of a serial killer. With the looks of a state-of-the-art extremely long videoclip, both visual effects and cinematography were spetacular in a distant 2000.
#2 Selena, by Gregory Nava, her real debut as a true artist (1997)
The HBO film based on the life of Selena allowed Jennifer Lopez to become a star when everyone could see the girl had all it takes to be a singer. For me, it made me acquainted with Selena’s beautiful music and a fan of Lopez.
#1 Out Of Sight, by Steven Soderbergh, sharing the screen with George Clooney (1998)
By far the best film of Jennifer's career, Karen Sisco is a police officer who chases a bank robber (Clooney). The majestic sequence when they are trapped in the trunk of a car is one of my favorite in film history. We can feel the steam between the two actors.