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Ruby Sparks is a charming indie film about Calvin (Paul Dano) a shy, self-absorbed writer suffering from a writer block. Calvins therapist set him a task, “to writer something bad”. So he begins to write about a girl in his dream and falls in love with the character (his dream girl) his writing about and who then somehow becomes real? It might sound dull, but believe me, it is not!.

Ruby sparks directed by the husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine – that already gives you an idea what to expect in this film. However, in its own way, the film is very charming, romantic, funny and with some seriousness. The love between Calvin and Ruby is so undeniably pure and honest and really fun to watch.

The film has a great style, great shots and I love the soundtrack too. Ruby sparks oozes with tenderness, and vulnerability. The film is bursting of energy one moment and suddenly it comes to dark and quite serious moments. It’s impetuous, superbly written by Zoe Karzan, who dazzles with talent and style. So, did Ruby spark in the film? I say, she certainly did and I think you would love here too. Watch the trailer below.:


The Colosseum

Woody Allen on the set in magical Rome directing his latest movie, To Rome With Love

Trevi Fountain, aaaw my favourite fountain to hang out and dream away…

Love the backdrop here with the lovely Alessandra Mastronardi (Milly)


The Spanish Steps

Reading the Writing on Pomeii´s Walls

I find Jesse Eisenberg (Jack) a perfect fit for Woody Allen’s film. His like the younger modern version of Woody Allen.

[ Images via virtual history ]

After my love for Woody Allens film Midnight in Paris – on the contrary – I had absolutely no expectations for his latest film To Rome With Love. I went to see the movie with the idea of wanting to listen to some Italian, see and experience Italy all over again. The cast is great, but it was Penelope Cruz that made it easy for me to decide to see this film.

Although the film is somewhat predictable and silly at times, still, it made me laugh and enjoy my night out. I know I was not the only one. It also took me back to my first time in Italy, the year of 1993. I was seventeen then, travelling with my brother and his girlfriend (at the time, who remains a very close friend of mine) all through Italy, and I feel in love, with the Renaissance art.

If you want to enjoy the film, I suggest you don’t compare it to Midnight in Paris. Instead, just enjoy the scenery, the iconic backdrops of magical Rome. Escape from reality while you enjoy watching Woody Allen back on the big screen again….If you have seen the film, did it also make you want to hop on the next plane and go to Rome, Italy?

Twenty-five years on and Paul Simon is back into my life! He is performing tonight (as I write) in Amsterdam. Such a shame I am not there, but lucky for me, I got to the chance to watch the film on TV last night and I can not stop thinking about it… Paul Simon is now 70yrs old and still singing in tune — just like I remember.

Under African Skies, is a new documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s beloved album, ‘Graceland’. The film is a musical journey, that reunites Paul with the original band members in South Africa. Racial and political problems tensions also plays a major role in the film.

BUT it’s the magic of the music — the collaborative effort between Paul Simon and the South African musicians — that inspired me the most. I felt bewitched by the end of the film, by the exquisite voices of the cappella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Homeless” — That explains why I included the precious photo of the little girl (see above picture) praying/singing. So sooth your soul and see the documentary.

If you are located in Holland, you can watch the full length documentary here
[ Images from left to right.: via here and here ]

With some films there is no need to write a movie review, except to say, “you should just see it and enjoy it”. Moonrise Kingdom is one of those films that I need to see it again because I simply love Wes Anderson´s divine world and visionary storytelling; it is very unique and he has an easily recognizable style: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

“I prefer stories with magic powers in them. Either in Kingdoms on earth or foreign planets. Usually, I prefer a girl heron, but not always.”  – Suzy

See it, enjoy it, step back in time – the 1960´s, relive your childhood memories and laugh a little. I hope you also fall in love with the young runaway lovers, Suzy and Sam.

[ Posters by: The Rushmore Academy, found via: Indie Wire ]

Every two years a special group of volunteer workers from Filmhuis Lumen (showcases independent and foreign films) in Delft puts together a special Spanish and Portuguese Film Festival, Festibérico. You can expect to see directors, producers, actors for Q&A and listen to live music. Tonight is the opening night and as a volunteer worker at Filmhuis Lumen, I’ll be there tonight!!!  

For more Information..: Go to the Festibérico website.

Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator has been making films since the mid-’60s and i’m only just discovering the marvelous weirdness of Jan Švankmajer.

At the film house in Delft they had a special screening last night. Six short films of Jan Švankmaje early work – a mix between motion animation, puppets and live-action. His stories are fantastic, unpredictable, with a mix of weird and funny moments. Perhaps it’s not for everyone but i really appreciate the painstaking process of stop-motion animation and Švankmajer certainly didn’t disappoint.

There was one that stood out from the rest, Byt (The Flat) 1968. This film is crazy, black and white stop-motion masterpiece about a man trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature. There was one scene that made me feel like i was watching René Magritte’s painting Not to be Reproduced come to life. Just like the painting the man looks into the mirror and only sees the back of his own head, a backwards image.

Not to be Reproduced (La reproduction interdite, 1937) by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte, located at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

{Source, puppet image The Last Tricky and Byt and René Magritte}

 

I just came back from the Film house and i watched this movie, specially for Valentine ’s Day! Medianeras (Sidewalls) and i LOVE it!!! It’s a sweet, romantic comedy that will keep you smiling all the way to the end… Martin and Mariana live in Argentina, on the same street, in opposite building and would make the perfect couple. But of course they haven’t meet, so it’s inevitable that they will meet, but how and when?…

It’s a very charming movie to see. At least check out the trailer and enjoy this sweet song by Daniel Johnston, True Love Will Find You In The End…Happy Valentine’s Day!

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