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21 Days to go

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Taking advantage of my last sips of the delicious Caramel Machiatto I decided to write a bit. I just came back from doing some shopping for St. Nicholas. I bought lots and lots of sweets, tea cups and warm socks for my parents and for my grandmother. I’m very excited about this Christmas. Actually, no, I’m excited about Christmas in general, to be honest. I know, I know, it’s “over commercialized” and so on. I’ve heard this side of the story, too, because one my friends is a very cynical soul ( so am I in general, up to a point ). 

i just can’t help it, that warm feeling inside once December starts. I love everything about it. I get so excited when the first Coca-Cola commercial with Santa comes up in the cinemas, or when Starbucks change their cups to red. I love listening to carols on the radio, all of them! ( Last Christmas was once my favourite song, so yeah…). I enjoy the slight taste of cinnamon in every food and I actually always wanted to have one of those ridiculous red-reindeer jumpers. I can’t wait to walk with my best friend around the shops and buy all kinds of stupid things for the relatives or help her choose a gift for her mum. Or, walking under the lights in city centre, taking pictures. What about those cute Christmas-markets, where they sell mulled wine and ginger bread?

 I mean, how can anyone really hate Christmas?

I agree that the world doesn’t get better for a month, that people don’t change just because they see some lights on the streets and drink more hot chocolate. But it does send a positive message, to spread joy, make people smile. It should be more about that than about buying huge presents, I agree. And, like it or not, I actually think it brings a bit of warmth in this cold months.

 

 My favourite seasonal songs (that you probably never even heard) to cheer up all the grumpy cats out there:

Learning time: Prisoners

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Last week I’ve been for the second time at the cinema to watch the movie Prisoners and it was also the second night I couldn’t stop thinking about something.
This brilliant movie approaches a sensitive subject: the kidnapping of one’s child. The movie is dark, cruel, very sad and very close to reality. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a light, Sunday-evening movie, because it is not. From the superb performance of the actors, to the intelligent script, this is one of the very few movies that made me buy a second ticket.
Now let me get back on the actors. Paul Dano is brilliant in his role and makes the story twisted and dark, while Hugh Jackman gives a touching performance of a father so desperate, that he would do anything to get back his little girl. And last but not least, there’s that damn Jake Gyllehaal. Leaving aside his baby blue eyes and that annoyingly beautiful face and… What was I saying?
Oh, yes, even my father loved him. I mean his performance.
Go see this movies while it’s still in cinemas. My mother, a romance fan, hated me for dragging her to a creepy movie and in the morning she said it was absolutely brilliant.
Go for the plot, go for Jackman or Gyllenhaal, go for the writing of the story, just don’t miss it!

Love, M.

P.S. Talking about my whole absence and my summer would take a while, so if your curious to find out more about my adventures in France and Italy visit my photography blog here

Learning time: Life of Pi

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I have just turnee home from the cinema and I am confused. I watched Life of Pi. I didn’t read the book before, as I should have, but the movie was utterly gorgeous. And very confusing. While I understand most allegories ( after searching for meaning on the Internet and long debating with my friend ) I am quite sure half of the movie’s meanings are still an enigma to me.
Life of Pi is a movie that needs to be seen twice, maybe even three times to be completely understood. Happily, it’s a story that leaves everybody to draw their own conclusion. Happily, or sadly, because it became more of a torture to me.
I gather that the Animal story as well as the human story represent the faces of religion. If you are ready to embrace the fantastic story, the miracles, with its good and bad, the faith and the unbelievable, or if you like to rather settle for a more realistic view, a rational explanation.
The movie itself is a visual masterpiece, and a journey which will definitely make you question a lot of things.
Which is what I love most. Leaving the cinema, thinking…

Now, that is one thing I couldn’t have done! That is a way of putting things!

“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”

~ Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

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My relationship with libraries

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Hello, lovelies, how’s your weekend so far? I have just been to the cinema with mom ( we watched Playing for Keeps. Basically it’s worth watching for Gerard Butler. ).

So, anyways, on our way back we stopped to my favourite library. I have a serious relationship with books, okay? I am in love with books and I would love to live in a library. I love watching books, reading books and buying books that I have no time to read because I have other books to read.
As I was searching for Proust and Stendhal I couldn’t help but hear a discussion between two girls next to me.

Now, whenever I am in a library, I am torn between the warm feel I get at seeing so many books, and the stupid people I hear talking. Those conversation are sometime so stupid they make me laugh, although my heart is slowly dying inside.
So here’s what I heard:

Heyy, gurl I keep seeing this novel, this umm.. Madame Bovary thing or something?

Oh, yeah. Heard it’s famous, I don’t know. Never read it.

Yeah, me neither. I bet it’s bad.

Of course, since no one has heard of it.

Ummm…what??

I fought a serious urge not to go and make a scene. But be proud of me: I could stand still.

Any stories about stupid people, that know nothing about anything? Please share and make me feel better.

🙂

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Learning time: The Hobbit

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So, I have decided to do some posts ( Learning times) where I can post about books I read, opinions on them or sometimes, movies. Why? Because I want to share with you those I find great and maybe make some of you read more, a thing everyone should make a routine out of.
So, as you all know, on the 14th of December the big premiere of the Hobbit appears and I hate seeing a movie without reading its book. That is why today I bought J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel and started it immediately. You can judge me for not having read it until now, but better late than never. So far, so good is all I can say. I can always admire a writer who creates a whole world by himself, who leaves reality behind and focuses on a fictional universe. The start is definitely promising and I am sure the rest will not disappoint me.
Of the movie I have heard a lot lately and I am far too excited for it. I’m just very curious to see little Martin as a hobbit. I’m sure I’ll have a good laugh, then I will be amazed…
Hmmm, well, until the 14th of December( after, sooner,..anytime really) let me know what you are reading, what books you like or what you are planning to see in the near future 🙂

More information about The Hobbit you can find on:
http://www.thehobbit.com/

Or on old, trustworthy Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit

Have fun! and read as much as you can!

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