Episode 13: time, love, death and the collateral beauty

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What to expect from a movie that starts with the question, what is your why?? Add to that Will Smith, Hellen Mirren, Keira Knightly and you will have a movie that will make you cry, smile and think, a lot.

Critics and sites like Rotten tomatoes hated the movie and gave it very bad reviews. Yes, the movie hast its flaws but I just think they did not get the message this film is trying to share.

Let’s talk about the plot and by the end you can decide if this film is for you or if you agree with the critics and this movie should not have been produced in the first place.

Will Smith plays the main character. His name is Howard Inlet and he is an advertisement executive, one of the company’s owners. His young daughter died 2 years ago and he never recovered from it. His marriage ended, the company is going down and he is a mess. As part of the healing process Howard writes letters to Love, Time and Death, as he believes those are the 3 things that connects us. We long for love; we wish we had more time ; and we fear death

His friends and business partners decide to do something for fear of losing the company and also for him. As they hear he wrote to Death, Time and Love, they decide to hire actors to play this role and pretend to be those 3 thigs and confront Howard. If this was real life this would be the sickest joke anyone could ever play on someone. Playing with soemone’s sanity and pain like that is not nice, to say the least. But in the movie we are not quite sure if those 3 are real actors or the things itself that not only came to confront and help him heal but also to help his partners deal with their own problems.

It is interesting to see how each one of them partners up up the one thing they are struggling with in life. Whit, who is having trouble connecting with his daughter helps love prepare. Claire is worried that it may be too late for her to have children and she prepares time and finally Simon, who is fighting a terminal cancer no one knows about must prepare death to confront Howard.

For me, those dialogs were the best part of the movie. How when they were talking about Howard they were many times referring to their own issues and concerns. Also the second confrontation between Howard and Death, time but especially love still make me sigh. It is amazing to think how much is at the base of so many other things.

Howard also starts participating a grief support group where we meet madeleine, who lost her daughter, Olivia. I will not give you the spoiler, but the way they unfold this was somewhere between amazing and strange. Sorry! You will have to watch it to see what I mean. Or find a blogpost that gives you that spoiler.

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Episode 12: Kiefer Sutherland – the only survivor

In this weeks episode Jennifer discusses the series Designated Survivor.

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Imagine this picture, on the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion kills the US president and all members of his Cabinet. The only exception is the U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman who was the designated survivor of the night. In the same evening, Kirkman is sworn in as President.

This guy was like number 14 in the line of succession. They show us a man who does not seem to be a leader, who seems weak, never wanted power nor had much ambition. One more detail, this normal guy is played by Kiefer Sutherland.

This is how the show starts. It is a trucky beginning because you have an amazing actor but what seems a weak character. You are also not so sure where the show is headed. Will it focus on politics, power, terrorism…?

As the episodes develop, though, you see there is a lot happening under the surface and not everything and everyone is what is seems. But the hightpoint of this first half of season 1 was certainly episode 10, the last one so far. As we contain our curiosity to know exactly what happened in that episode until the series starts again in a few weeks listening to the show might help you revise facts and keep in touch with the show. Enjoy!

Episode 11: Arrival – more than an alien invasion

 

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I decided to watch this movie  because I like sci-fi but was not expecting what I found.

Thought it was just another alien invasion movie. Could not be more wrong! The movie is not really about aliens at all!

Surprised? Well, I was too! But it was a pleasant surprise!

It focuses on language and the importance of communication and as a teacher and a lover of languages that part really stuck with me. I truly believe that if we communicated better or spoke each other languages better and understood and respected the differences in culture and habits many problems we face today could be avoided.

It also focuses on relationships and love. But before we get deeper into those issues lets summarize the plot.

12 spacecrafts land on earth in different countries. They float above the ground. Every 18 hours a hatch opens in the shell’s lower tip, admitting a delegation into the gravity-bending interior.

The aliens are called heptapods and they are a mixture of squid, spider, whale and mangrove. Their way of communicating as also unique. One symbol that seems like a coffee mug satin means whole phrases. They have something to say, and the race to figure out what it is gives the movie its amount of adrenaline and excitement you would expect from a sci-fy.

But why 12, exactly? And why those specific locations? I read somewhere that Arrival is a puzzle box.And they are right. Besides the aliens and the many questions they arouse, we have the main character played by Amy Adams. And there, inside her, seems to be an entire other story going on. Until we start getting a feeling her pain is connected to the main event. But we only figure out just how much her personal struggle and pain is connected to the vents and the flashes we see throughout the film are related to the aliens arrival towards the end.

It is one of those movies that make you reflect about quite a few things.

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Episode 10: Revival fever

In this episode, Jennifer discusses this new revival and reboot fever going on. Especially by Fox. Many old series are coming back. Sometimes with more seasons and sometimes completely new. Some of the series mentioned in this episode are: X-Files, Gilmore Girls, 24 Hours, Prison Break, MacGyver, Fuller House and many more.

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Would you like to know all the rebbots and revivals that we already have and also which ones are coming? This list seems quite complete: HERE 

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Episode 9: A disappointment called GG

In this episode, Jennifer discusses the series Gilmore Girls. She tells us why she was disappointed with the series although she enjoyed watching all episodes of the original series. She then talks about the revival, he expectations and what she thought of it.

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Episode 8 – GoT Theories (Part 2)

In this episode Jennifer and Camila continue the discussion. They talk about a few more crazy theories involving the Lannisters, Bran, Jon and Meera and also about a few things that might just happen in season 7 or they hope would happen.

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Episode 7: GoT theories (Part 1)

In this episode, Jennifer and Camila talk about some common Game of Thrones theories as well as how some characters changed throughout the seasons and much much more. Be advised, there are spoilers from all first 6 seasons and some from season 7 as well.

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Episode 6: 2016 the good and the bad

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In episode number 6, Jennifer gives you a summary of some of the series she watched in 2016. The ones she liked, liked a lot, not so much and even the ones she does not recomend. Some of those series are well known (like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead) while others started last year (like Pure Genius and Aftermath).

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Episode 5: The road so far

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In this episode Jennifer talks about the first 8 episodes of TWD, main moments, important characters, questions of what is still to come… Let’s do a recap of the first 8 episodes:)

 

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Episode 4: A tale of two futures

On this episode Jennifer discusses the differences and similarities between two major series right now, Humans and Westworld. If you have watched any of them and /or would like to know what it is all about just join us for one more episode. Enjoy!

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