The Hobbit – The Battle Of The Five Armies

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The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honour in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason,  Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war …

Fantasy, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gage, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Fry, James Nesbitt and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch.

As I said last year, I love how Peter Jackson adapted Tolkien’s novel for children in an epic and magnificent saga. I was never bored and felt dread for the tragic ending. As expected I cried, not only for the dead, but for remembering as thirteen years ago I went and watch ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’ being sure that I would never read Tolkien’s books … Not only I have read The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, but I enjoyed them and would recommend them to everyone as classics from the creator of Fantasy. Without Tolkien we wouldn’t have George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire’s saga. As a conclusion I will say thank you to Tolkien for being so imaginative and to Peter Jackson for giving us two spectacular and emotional trilogies.

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A Conversation Between JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe (2011)

Last night, I found this video completely by chance. I thought it was so interesting even if it’s from three years ago. I love the Harry Potter books and I’m looking forward to reading anything Rowling would write on this topic. It was fun to follow the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore and I really think Rowling is such a touching person as I watched her in Who do you think you are ?, discovering her family’s past in France. I need to reread the books as I miss her characters so much.

** SPOILERS** If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies yet and want to, do NOT watch that video.

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Begin Again (2013)

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Gretta and her long-time boyfriend Dave are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan, a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

Comedy, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener and Adam Levine.

Eight years after his much acclaimed Once, John Carney gives us a new story in which the characters are united by their love of music in a beautiful New York City background. Since the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, I follow Keira Knightley’s career and she is able to amaze me each time, I remember her so moving in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World two years ago and now she has proved she can sing. All I can say is when I watched this movie, I forgot I was in a theatre as I was singing along and dancing in my chair, completely carried away by that charming story in which the main actors portrayed endearing characters. This is my favourite movie this year so far, since Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Those two songs take a great part in the soundtrack as we get different versions throughout the movie. I love them both.

 

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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This drama recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune, all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

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Drama, strarring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, F Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Mathieu Amalric, Léa Seydoux, Bob Balaban, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.

This movie is one of the best surprises this year. I haven’t seen a Wes Anderson movie since The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001 and at the time I didn’t think it was interesting. Now, with an excellent international cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel is in my opinion zany, funny, crazy, exceptional and unforgettable … 99 minutes of pure pleasure!