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:

 

 

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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!

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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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.

Real life movie characters 2

Animal lover and a film fanatic can only result in lots of photos in the Zoo and a second post about those famous “stars” ‘ doppelgangers.

Life of Pi

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Simba and Nala from The Lion King

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Wuff the Prairie dog from Tom&Jerry

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Tigress from Kung Fu Panda just chillin’

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Finding Nemo

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He’s not in the movie, but I couldn’t help but think of The Pelican brief

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Real life movie characters

On Sunday we went to one my favorite places in Sofia – the Zoo. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big animal lover and spending my time with them drains me from all negativity. This time I couldn’t help but notice how all of the animals that we saw were the real life doubles of some amazing and iconic movie characters. Like Hedwig from Harry Potter:

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King Julian from Madagascar

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The Croods

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the little monkey that cause all the trouble in Outbreak

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Bambi

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Khumba

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My little pony

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The Mouse and The Nanny

Disney fan – check!

Mary Poppins fan – check!

Tom Hanks fan – check!

Emma Thompson fan – check!

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No wonder I really liked “Saving Mr. Banks”. Despite watching the trailer and knowing the story, the movie still managed to surprise me. It’s a beautiful, tender film that manages to be sad without being mawkish, funny without detracting from the emotion and with far greater depth than expected. It is a beautiful film, with the right doze of the hilarious, sad, touching and emotional, but is not overly teary or cheesy.

Tom Hanks’ performance is warm and truthful and as expected he is matched all the way by Emma Thompson. I also loved how the screenplay intertwines the story of the film rights with the account of Travers’ difficult childhood to unravel the reason for her trying persona and the background to her literary achievement. It is this feature of Saving Mr. Banks that surprises most and perfects the film.

Director John Lee Hancock reveals each side of P.L. Travers’ life very differently and her troubled history is shot in muted colours which¬† emphasize the bleak events that shaped the girl into the woman. I’m not big on Colin Farrell, but I loved his depiction of Travers Goff, the drunk father who lives in his own fantastic world to escape the harshness of the real world.

The casting of the other supporting actors is just great, with Annie Rose Buckley as the young writer, Ruth Wilson as her mother,¬† Paul Giamatti as Travers’ driver, Ralph, Bradley Whitford as screenwriter Don DaGradi and B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as the Sherman brothers.

This movie is so much more than ” the making of Mary Poppins”. It deals with difficult and important issues like alcoholism, loss, grief, imagination, inspiration and the importance of strong will – ¬†we even get a brief glimpse of a smoking Walt Disney :).¬†I will never see Mary Poppins in quite the same way. All of the acting is superior, the story is amazing and the score is excellent.