Child actors can become the most random things when they enter adulthood. Some will continue in the business however different they will look say ten or fifteen years later. Here are some great child actors who are popping up on the screens after significant time. I bet this will awe quite a few people.
Jamie Bell then, as Billy Elliot
Jamie Bell now, as Nymphomaniac's K, the sadistic guy
Nicholas Hoult then, in About A Boy (alongside Hugh Grant)
Nicholas Hoult now, as Beast in X-Men and as Jack in The Giant Slayer
After a four-year gap, Shakira is back with her tenth studio album - or her fifth in US territory - and just like Beyonce, she’s gone sefl-titled this time. However, the similarities end there; whereas Queen Be dared to do something new and experimental, Shaki played safe and basically delivered an album full of things she has done before. Is that bad? Not really. She’s great, and we love her for just being her, right?
For fans, it is always great to have new Shakira ballads as well as some pop songs to sing along to. As usual, there is a handful of delightful tracks, some okay tracks and a few you’ll prefer to skip. So let’s focus on the great ones. First "Loca Por Ti" is her ultimate ballad, the best in a long, long time. Though it is sung in Spanish, you can feel all her soul in it. Then, there is her beautiful collaboration with her mate from The Voice Blake Shelton named "Medicine", a powerful country ballad with the likes of Lady Antebellum.
My next favorite are "23" (featuring her baby Milan at the very end - Blue Ivy setting a trend), "The One Thing" and"Broken Record", followed by "Spotlight" and"Chasing Shadows" - which took me a while to understand that was exactly what she was saying. As for her smash hit collaboration with Rihanna “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, I have to admit I’m definitely not keen on. The Spanish version, though, which is Rihannaless, sounds a bit better, but still far from being good. Incidentally, this is not the only reggae in the album: "Cut Me Deep", in which features Magic, is also in this genre and I think it’s a fun song.
Everything considered, if you are a Shakira fan (like me), get it and have fun. If not, listen to the tracks mentioned here and pay for the ones you like. And if you go for the physical copies, it’s always a great idea to wait a bit cause when her album doesn’t do so well, she comes up with those amazing hits which are included in the album later on (such as “Hips Don’t Lie”). All in all, this is another decent job from one of the world’s hardest working - and most famous - women in music history.
Album Of The Week: LAKE STREET DIVE's "Bad Self Portraits"
I knew this one would be good. From the teasers previously released, my expectations towards Lake Street Dive's first album of originals has been up and up. True we get used to listening to amazing voices covering famous songs and it sounds a bit odd when we finally hear them singing their originals. But it took me only two “plays” and there you go, already addicted to "Bad Self Portraits".
Rachael Price’s voice is the best thing since Amy Winehouse; she really has got what it takes to sing jazz, going all the way in high notes as well as being raspy whenever she wants to. Added to this, the band is absolutely amazing! Trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese (or “McDuck”) bring the game to a high level and together they are the coolest band since Alabama Shakes!
My favorite tracks so far are the album title "Bad Self Portraits", "Bobby Tanqueray", "Seventeen", "You Go Down Smooth"and "Use Me Up", the latter reminding us a bit of George Michael’s “Faith”, awesomely covered in their previous EP “Fun Machine”. Check them performing live at Pickathon in the video below.
If you’re looking for something new which is also pretty good, "Bad Self Portraits" is the album to listen to. Sure you won’t regret it!
“All right, all right, all right. Though I’d been expecting to see Leo accepting the award for Best Actor, I myself stated back in August that Matthew McConnaughey was experiencing an awesome career change, which started with “Killer Joe” and continued with “Paper Boy”, “Mud”, culminating in his flawless work in “Dallas Buyers Club” which could lead him to an Oscar nod. Way to go, man! And the outstanding work continues on HBO’s “True Detective”.”—Matthew McConaughey's career change - see old post
Every year there is a handful of actresses and actors who manage to bring sexy back. Some faces are brand new, others are quite familiar, these are this year’s Top 5 Steamiest Performances. Oh, Behave!
#5 Leonardo diCaprio, “The Great Gatsby”
When you think his time is gone, he simply looks at you with the most gorgeous smile on his face!
Sexiest when: he is wearing black tie.
#4 Reese Witherspoon, “Mud”
She’s always been the cute girl next door, until she decided to go wild in Mississipi. No wonder Matthew McConaughey’s character went crazy over her.
Sexiest when: she first appeared on the screen on her way to the supermarket.
#3 Max Riemelt, “Freier Fall”
How can you not fall for these angel eyes? The way he looks into his love interest’s eyes is somewhat of an invitation to leaving it all behind and jumping into his arms. Added to that, he’s got one of the most fantasied occupations: police officer. If the crime is being awesomely hot, Max Riemelt is guilty as charged!
Sexiest when: wearing a tank on the balcony after sex
#2 Adèle Exarchopoulos, “La Vie D’Adèle” / “Blue Is The Warmest Color”
The best combination of innocence and sex appeal, Adèle Exarchopoulos had the world at her feet with this extraordinary character, but it was definitely her who printed all the sultriness onto the screen.
Sexiest when: she fixed her hair up; the idea was to make her look ordinary, instead she was a knock out.
#1 Margot Robbie, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
First she was Tim’s object of desire in “About Time” (that super cute chick flick with Rachel McAdams). But it was as Jordan Belfort’s second wife that Margot Robbie spinned everyone’s head round and round.
Sexiest when: she tried to prevent Jordan from touching her without knowing that the workers of the house were all watching.
Dir: Lars Von Trier Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin
Though this film breathes and exhales sex, there is much more to it than it meets the eye. "Nymphomaniac" is rather a study on individuals whose lives are completely dependent on sex, which brings about unthinkable difficulties to live a healthy ordinary life. And when love enters into the equation, results can become catastrophic. Lars Von Trier back to what he does best: provoking people.
#9 FREIER FALL (Free Fall), Germany / Alemanha
Dir: Stephan Lacant Cast: Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt
A modern, real unconventional love story which captivates the sensitivity of the matter at the same time it allows discussions on the topic of finding true love in the body of a same-gender person. Emotional, touching, and utterly eye-opening for some people.
#8 STOKER (Segredos de Sangue), USA / EUA
Dir:Chan-Wook Park Cast:Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman
The weird tale of a weird girl inserted in a weird family. Full of surprises and turnarounds, one of the most overlooked movies of the year. Matthew Goode is exquisite as uncle Charles, a character filled with mistery, eccentricity and attraction, which nearly drives both the protagonist India (Mia Wasikowska) and her mom (Nicole Kidman) crazy.
#7 BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (La Vie d’Adèle / Azul É A Cor Mais Quente), France / França
This year’s winner of Cannes Palm D’Or really is splendid! Raw, mature, intense, real. These are some of the qualities we might highlight. To me, it was the acting of both young actresses what had the biggest impact on me: they throw themselves body and soul into their roles. That made such a difference that for the very first Cannes has awarded the Palm d’Or not only to the director but also to the pair of actresses.
#6 INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Balada de um Homem Comum), USA/EUA
Dir: Ethan and Joel Coen Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
The extraordinary tale of the ordinary life of a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) trying to make his dream come true. Excellent songs throughout the film (thanks to music producer T-Bone Burnett), great acting, and an exquisite screenplay by the Coen brothers. Who could ask for more?
#5 AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Álbum de Família), USA/EUA
Dir: John Wells Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Margo martindale, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
The dialogues among the members of this dysfunctional family raise the most diverse revelations, fears, uncertainties and the like at the same time they make us think about our own attitudes in our family lives. Excellent cast ensemble, especially Meryl and Julia—both nominated for the Academy Awards, the latter having bigger chances to win. Precious!
#4 GRAVITY (Gravidade), USA/EUA
Dir: Alfonso Cuáron Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
In any other hands, the story of a woman estranged in space would probably be boring to death. Alfonso Cuarón, however, delivers a masterpiece, with a great help from Sandra Bullock who manages to push her acting to a level that she’s never gone before. An instant classic to have on your shelf, in between “Blade Runner” and the “Alien” quadrilogy.
The most original film you have seen in a long, long time. Spike Jonze delivers a brilliant modern love story in which a man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with an artificially intelligent operational system with the voice of Scarlett Johansson. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that?
#2 RIO 2096: A STORY OF LOVE AND FURY (Uma História de Amor e Fúria), Brazil / Brasil
Dir: Luis Bolognesi Cast: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga
The story of Brazil told in a very creative way, showing the other side of the story we Brazilians learnt at school. Beautiful animation that portraits 3 moments in our history: the colonization period, the “cangaço” – the so-called “social banditry” that took place in the northeast of the country – and the dictatorship, finally moving on to an illusional future in the city of Rio de Janeiro. A must-see!
#1 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (O Lobo de Wall Street), USA/EUA
Dir: Martin Scorcese Cast: Leonardo diCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey
Visceral. Powerful. Intense. Dynamic. Genious. These are just a few words to describe how amazing Martin Scorcese’s latest effort is. Leo gives the acting of his career and goes wild as the stockbroker who became a millionaire thanks to his persuading skills. Let’s just wait and hope he can persuade the Academy into giving him the Oscar he’s been longing for.
After watching all Academy Awards contenders, here are my favorite in each major category. Go Leo, go!
Since my favorite performance by a leading actress hasn’t made it to the final cut - Adèle Exarchopoulos for “Blue Is The Warmest Color” - I’d have to go with the next best thing, right? And here she is: Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"
Runner-up: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Leonardo diCaprio is the most talented actor of our generation. Period. How come he hasn’t won the Oscars yet? This year, he’s delivered the most visceral performance of his career in "The Wolf Of Wall Street". To me, the Oscar must be his!
Runner-up: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
That’s the toughest of all. Four young ladies have outstanding performances: Lupita, Julia, Jennifer and June Squibb. Anyone who wins this category truly deserves it, but my heart tells me: Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
Runner-up: June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
I never even reckoned this actor’s existence until I saw him on "Dallas Buyers Club". The sensibility of Jared Leto in the role has taken us all by storm. Way to go, man!
Runner-up: Jonnah Hill, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Best Adapted Screenplay
"Before Midnight" ends the loveliest trilogy in cinema history. Richard Linklater brings back the story of Jesse and Céline, beautifully played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who also co-wrote the plot with Linklater.
Best Original Screenplay
Being the most original film of the year, there is no way any other flick could win over "Her". If it did, that’d be so unfair. One of the most intelligent screenplays in the decade, Spike Jonze has topped himself.
Best Film in a Foreign Language
Set aside in the other categories, Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” was the first intense film of the year. Mads Mikkelsen has the role of his lifetime in an emotional and strong story which appealed to me the most in comparison to the other contenders.
How can you not agree that Alfonso Cuarón has made the biggest effort to put up a show in which a woman spends nearly 2 hours adrift in space and still keep our attention and interest at its highest level? The man is a genious!!!
Though this year we have had three instant classics, I have to confess it was not difficult to pick one. "Her" is by far the most original and warm-hearted production. "Gravity" is the fucking awesome movie of the year, which deserves a place right beside “Blade Runner” in our movie shelf. However, it was "The Wolf Of Wall Street" that blew my mind big time. It was as if I were in the World Cup final and my team was in it! Or, for Americans, the Super Bowl. Hadn’t felt this exhilarated in a long, long time.