The Merc with the Mouth: Deadpool review

I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time and the best thing is Martin came home on Saturday and we watched it the day after. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, so it was the perfect date night ūüôā

I was expecting a¬†game changer, a movie that would¬†add flavor to the superhero genre and it delivered big time.¬†Lots¬†of fourth-wall breaks, awesome soundtrack, gruesome fight scenes, I don’t know how many mentions of the F-word and truly hilarious moments, there’s tons of cool things in the movie.

Basically,¬†it’s a superhero origin story¬†where we¬†follow¬†Wade Wilson, the irreverent mercenary who becomes the¬†still irreverent super-powered anti-hero. His goal is¬†to find¬†the man who tortured him and transformed him into Deadpool¬†(Francis, aka Ajax). But he¬†doesn’t want to kill him… right away,¬†as he wants¬†Ajax to cure the mutant side effects.

We get plenty of opportunities to laugh at practically anything Wade’s smartass mouth comes with. Don’t expect some¬†big twist: guy fights bad guy, guy gets the girl… but not before killing so many people he can spell out the bad guy’s name with their corpses. One word –¬†awesome.

I also loved all the complimentary things that came with the movie – trailers, teasers, posters, etc. Just check out some of my favorites:

 

 

Friday finds

These are my first Friday web finds for the new 2016 and I’d like to start with this amazing thing Martin sent me yesterday.

He described it like “Airbnb for dogs” and he was quite right. It’s a pet sitters platform for Ireland where you can find pet sitters in your neighborhood, review their profiles and availability, you can contact them, reserve and pay online. It looks super useful and I’d give anything to have something like that in Bulgaria, considering how often I travel.

You can see the site here: www.pawshake.ie

The other thing I found are the release dates for all the upcoming Star Wars movies. Maybe I should stop with the Star Wars related posts but the hype from me viewing The Force Awakens hasn’t died out yet, so I guess you’d have to bare with me ūüôā

Check them out here: http://moviepilot.com/posts/3713121?utm_source=fb-stream-post&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=these-5-upcoming-star-wars-movies-make-a-galaxy-far-far-away-seem-pretty-damn-close

My¬†last find is this great fitness site by Strahil Ivanov, where you can read all about dieting, exercises, sport and health. I love that he explains the medical reasons behind his statements and he provides all kinds of tips why you should or shouldn’t do something.

You can see it here: http://fitbg.net/

 

 

 

Star wars the force awakens review

Last Friday I finally got to see what I was waiting for since the first time I heard it was in production. I know the craze has been overwhelming. I was even discussing it it my cousin, who is also a big fan. But as he’s 5 years older he was wondering why the hype was that much. We trying to remember if it was was the same when the last 3 movies were released. And here comes the power of social media. However, hype or not (as you can see from the pic in my case it’s HYPE), the movie was absolutely all I was hoping for.

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The story is captivating though not new and as a stand alone movie, it is far from disappointing.

The new characters are interesting, different and at the same time familiar. I love that we get to meet one of the Stormtroopers and that he’s fun and neurotic. Rey, a scavenger from a desert planet who doesn’t know her parents (ahem, Luke anyone) ¬†is a great strong female center character. Kylo¬†Ren as the bad guy is a nice mixture between a troubled young man and a powerful Sith¬†with¬†anger issues.¬†I also loved that we got to see him without his mask.¬†Poe is the dashing Xwing Pilot from the resistance and the owner of the cute¬†BB8 robot. There are more new secondary¬†characters and¬†Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, C3P0 and R2D2¬†all return for the enjoyment of old and new fans.

I won’t share any spoilers, but I’d say the story is similar to A¬†New Hope. It’s not a bad¬†thing as for older fans its an awesome nostalgia experience¬†and for newer fans its a great introduction to the Star Wars universe.

I left¬†the cinema wanting to know more why things have turned bad again¬†and I¬†look forward to a second viewing, hopefully when Martin gets home on Thursday ūüôā

May the Force be with you !

The Golden Apple

…One woman had three sons. In the garden of their house grew a wonderful and beautiful apple tree. Each year, it bore¬†only one¬†apple,¬†not a normal fruit, but a golden apple. But at night, when the apple ripened and shone between the branches so that the whole garden was illuminated,¬†a dragon came¬†and tore the golden apple….

 

This is how the classical Bulgarian tale begins. Now, there is a project of making the beloved story an amazing animated series. You can check the trailer:

 

 

Looks pretty awesome, right.

The fantasy animated series, inspired by Balkan mythology and folklore is¬†currently in¬†pre-production. As the people behind it are still looking for partners I really hope they’ll be able to gather enough funds to release it.

And here is more info on the project: http://goldenappleseries.com/

 

Star Wars – the nerd in me awakens

In the wake of the release of Episode¬†VII of the Star Wars saga – The force awakens, it’s perfectly normal to be obsessed with everything Star Wars-y. The last two weeks I’ve been watching the old movies and this trailer was released just in time for the nerd in me to explode with excitement. And the best thing is that I got tickets for me and my folks to see the movie at the premiere on the 18th December!

About the trailer – it looks epic. The new characters¬†that weren’t in the teasers seem awesome and the fact that we see the bad guy in full is great. He looks super cool! And I love that there’s a possibility Luke to have gone all Darth Vader, so can’t wait for December. Oh, and one more thing, I really enjoyed the new vibe in the music, nice touch.

In addition, as it’s Friday and I try to share some interesting thing I’ve found on the Internet during the week, I think it’s only fair to share cool things related to Star Wars:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/oxygenics-reg-star-wars-trade-r2-d2-3-spray-showerhead/1044433369

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/oxygenics-reg-star-wars-trade-darth-vader-handheld-showerhead/1044433789?Keyword=Oxygenics%C2%AE+Star+Wars

If you want to have the coolest showers ever, you should check these shower heads from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

http://www.perezhiguera.com/the-other-side

You can also enjoy¬†Jorge P√©rez Higuera’s great artwork showing Stormtroopers in their free time.

Some amazing street art in Dublin

http://www.adidas.com/us/star_wars

And the old but gold, Star Wars Adidas shoes.

Let the Force be with you!

Bring on the hype: Star Wars Episode VII trailer is here

As you may know from some of my old posts¬†(here and here), I’m a huge Star Wars fan. And here I am, in awe, and nerdgasming with every scene and just overall filled with joy, as short as this trailer may have been.

I wonder what it will be like though. Dragging out the franchise or actually offering something new? The Star Wars Universe is pretty big, so there is potential.

The trailer shows that the new movie still has the symbols of the soul of¬†Star Wars ‚ÄĒ X-Wings and TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon. It also poses some¬†very interesting questions.

Who is John Boyega’s unnamed character, springing from out of shot at the beginning and why is he wearing stormtrooper armor? Is he an Imperial deserter? Or has he borrowed a set of the iconic white coverings to pass as a member of the military just like Han and Luke in Episode IV?

Then there’s¬†Daisy Ridley’s character that according to rumors¬†is¬†a Skywalker-esque figure called Kira, trapped on a desert planet and yearning for excitement and adventure.

In regard to¬†the gruff¬†voiceover that scores both Boyega and Ridley’s appearances: I think it’s a safe to say it’s¬†a Sith.

All things considered, that’s¬†a Sith¬†wielding a distinctive (and¬†much talked about) lightsaber.¬†For now, his¬†intentions¬†aren’t clear, but if he’s anything like every other Sith in Star Wars history, he’ll either want to kill the movie’s heroes or turn them to the dark side.

The¬†teaser ends¬†with something more recognizable. As the Millennium Falcon¬†tries to escape from TIE fighters you can see that the ship’s¬†round radar dish, knocked off during the escape from the second Death Star, has been replaced by a rectangular model.

For me the trailer shows that JJ Abrams is no stranger to Star Wars. With The Force Awakens, the franchise¬†has something new for a galaxy that was shaped¬†in¬†35 years¬†of filler material ‚ÄĒ it has mystery again.

Love and time: An Interstellar review

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I know that there have been many reviews of Christopher Nolan’s latest¬†film and all of them¬†have high praise for¬†it. I was also impressed by¬†the visual effects, the acting, the music but the best thing about Interstellar is that I¬†haven’t felt something like that in a movie theater¬†for a very long time – immersed and shaken at the same time. And four days after seeing it I’m still thinking about it, so I decided I’d better share my thoughts.

Interstellar is truly a sci-fi epic like no other. I’ve seen people are trying to compare it to¬†‘2001: A Space Odyssey’¬†but for me¬†the movies¬†are almost nothing alike,although they share some¬†plot elements. Furthermore, I’ve always thought that¬†Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation¬†of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel¬†was aiming mostly to make art rather than to ponder the philosophical questions that occurred with¬†the story. With Interstellar, Nolan made¬†his most personal and emotional film to date about love and time (time being a recurring theme throughout all of the director’s¬†movies). But it’s so much more than that too. I have¬†no words to express the epic journey Nolan takes us on in the film, but needless to say, it’s tear-jerking and emotional throughout. The acting is first-class, especially McConaughey, who gives, in my opinion, his most emotional performance yet. The¬†soundtrack from Hans Zimmer is, without a doubt, one of his best and most influential, helping drive the film’s bold and breath-taking vision (the church organ was stunning). The visual effects are easily¬†the best¬†of the year. Seeing¬†a black hole created through visual effects in such a way, with pages theoretical equations provided by Kip Thorne (theoretical physicist, of whom’s work inspired the film’s genesis) was mesmerizing. ¬†What you see in Interstellar¬†is the most realistic depiction of a black hole, and even offered new insight to accretion discs surrounding the anomalies. But even everything else, from the alien planets to the Endurance, the visuals are astounding. And the center of the film is the touching story with a¬†script that continually pours or oozes emotion, keeping the audience tethered to the film.

This is the sci-fi movie of the decade, and probably the best movie Nolan ever made. Simply go see it, without a second thought.

My fashion icons: Diane Kruger

From¬†finalist in the Elite Models Look of the Year ’92 competition to Hollywood star and¬†red carpet sweetheart,¬†Diane Kruger is my German style icon.¬†She goes for¬†vintage-inspired dresses¬†for her red carpet¬†appearances and for laid back¬†chic for her casual attire. She’s just the perfect fashion combo!

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Book review: The hundred-foot journey

Lately I’ve been reading lots of thrillers, so I needed something fun and relaxing. So this feel-good culinary escapade was an appropriate choice. I highly recommend it if you want to indulge in a greatly written love story¬†dedicated to food.

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Hassan Haji, the second of a a family of six from Mumbai, knows from an early age that his destiny lies in the food arena. In this simultaneously comic and touching¬†tale, we trace Hasssan’s culinary development from the roadside restaurant for servicemen established by his grandparents to the prominence¬†of the world of haute cuisine and the much sought after Michelin stars.

Morais’ exploration of Hassan Haji’s climb¬†in the world of haute cuisine also engages the themes of longing, homesickness, family legacy, and the losses and sacrifices that come with success.

This is a pleasant¬†story¬†filled¬†with a diversity¬†of vibrant¬†characters, from Hassan’s larger than life, candid¬†father who contrasts sharply with the polished, refined¬†Madame Mallory, protector¬†of classic French haute cuisine. You can hear, smell and taste the tenor¬†of the Indian and French kitchens -I would strongly advise you to eat before reading!

If you love traveling and indulging in fine foods, you will certainly enjoy this book.

I cannot wait to watch the movie based on this charming book, starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Daya.

Thank you, Odin!

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I’ve been looking forward to a viking film or TV series for many years, and when my wishes finally came true, I was very anxious that this production was going to be, how to put it, a total crap. Maybe that’s why I was postponing it in my “to watch” calendar. But after seeing the first three episodes I do not bother about that anymore.

I’m a big fan of the Nordic mythology and I consider myself a person with some historical knowledge of the viking era. Therefore, i couldn’t help but notice numerous flaws – but they didn’t ruin the story for me. After all, the historical accounts about those days are not totally dependable.

I’m very impressed with Travis Fimmel and I think the role of the legendary Viking King Ragnar Lothbrok¬†totally suits him. He does a great job at portraying a physical and intense character, with that spice of humor that is the viking trademark from the sagas. The rest of the cast is amazing too. The most impressive thing, however is the look of the show. Photography, art direction and just the whole look is so lush and rich, it looks like a feature film.

I am very happy that this show aired, I just hope it continues going in a this good direction.