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Favorites of 2018

The years just keep going by faster and faster. Don’t they?

Thanks to an idea from my favorite president, Mr. Obama, I’m going to do my favorite books, songs and movies/tv shows from 2018. Let me add that not all of these are from the year 2018 (especially tv shows) but it’s what I enjoyed this year. Let’s get right down to it shall we?

Favorite Books

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

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Favorite Songs

Malamente by Rosalia

Rockstar by Post Malone (feat. 21 Savage)

Losing It by FISHER

Pray For Me by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar

Nice For What by Drake

Delicate by Taylor Swift

When The Curtain Falls by Greta Van Fleet

Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe

APESHIT by The Carters

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Favorite Movies/TV

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Love, Simon

BlacKkKlansman (my favorite!)

Eighth Grade

Bohemian Rapsody

Shameless (TV)

The Crown (TV)

Better Call Saul (TV)

Ray Donavan (TV)

** and one WTH movie that I saw which is turning up on Top 2018 movies – Mandy. Seriously?!?! Maybe if you’re tripping, then it would be awesome. **

And that’s it folks. 2018 is a wrap. Mwauh xxoo ~ k

 

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Cloud Atlas + Mallorca = True Love

The most expensive star studded blockbuster film to have been partly shot on location in Mallorca, Cloud Atlas, will hit the screens here next week.

Have you seen the movie Cloud Atlas? I haven’t yet but I will.

It has already topped the box office in a number of countries, including China, the 100 million dollar movie, the most expensive independent film ever made, opens across Europe next Friday.

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 German epic drama and science fiction film written, produced and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski, of Matrix fame, and Tom Tykwer. Adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the film features multiple plot lines set across six different eras and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, to name just a few.

The official synopsis for Cloud Atlas describes the film as: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

The crew along with Tom hanks and Halle Berry spent most of the summer of 2011 on the island shooting in locations such as the Port of Soller, where a huge set was constructed, the beach in Formentor, sa Calobra and various locations in the Tramuntana mountains including the Puig Major.

I remember reading almost daily when the actors were here filming about every movement any of them made. Also, People magazine published several pictures of Halle Berry (affectionately called Hairy Belly here in this household) walking around Palma or on the beach with her boyfriend Olivier Martinez. And she was quoted as Mallorca being one of her new favorite get-away spots! I mean, of course, anyone who has ever visited Mallorca knows what a beautiful paradise we live in.

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Sa Calobra (above) is a great beach to go to, with long curvy roads to get there. It is located in the heart of the Tramuntana mountain range (the west coast), and you can reach it via a narrow motorway that winds its way along an impressive route: 14 kilometres of asphalt that descend towards the sea with a host of curves, 12 of them at 80 degrees and one – called Nudo de la Corbata (the tie knot) – at 360º.

I went to Sa Calobra for the first time last year and I quite impressed. Walking 300 metres along the cliffs leads to the outlet of the Torrente de Pareis stream, which makes a tiny, very well-preserved pebble beach. It is an impressive site, surrounded by soaring rock walls facing the sea 30 metres long and more than 200 metres tall.

I can’t wait to see Mallorca showcased in Cloud Atlas! Check out the trailer and go see it! The opening scene in the trailer is Mallorca and most of the outdoor scenes throughout it are the island as well. Looks like a fantastic movie.

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Movie Monday

Mooooooooviessssszzzz!! I heart movies. There, I’ve said it. When I REALLY like one, I buy it (if not bought already) and I watch it over and over and over and over. Kinda like when I find a song I like. I wonder if that is a Libra thing?

My movie reviews, get the popcorn ready. And get that flourescent orange salt too! MMmmmmmmm

1. Footloose! Cut loose! Kick off your Sunday shoes. Sing it! When I was in the states I saw Footloose (the remake) in the theatre. I give it a 6.5. Is that harsh? I liked the actors casted for the main roles of Ren (Kenny Wormald) and Ariel (Julianne Hough) but for the rest? NO. Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell as Ariel’s parents were AWFUL. Seriously, how long have they been acting? And the scene where Ren is in front of the city council he was so unenthusiastic! Remember when Kevin Bacon’s character was there? Awesome. This remake, not so much. Sorry! I really enjoyed the dancing …..

2. Lincoln Lawyer starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe. I give it a 7.5. Great cast! Mick Haller (MMc) is a smooth talking lawyer who pretty much works out of his Lincoln. It is the perfect mix of smart plot with intriguing twist, throw in a few good one-liners and you got yourself a great movie. Questions of innocence vs. guilt surround Louis (R. Phillippe) as Haller takes on his case. But as the case begins to collide with events from the past the twists begin. A great cast of characters, too bad William H. Macy is only in it for a short bit.

3. Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage. OMG, just return it now. We were seriously scraping for a movie to rent and I always love Nic but this was awful. John Milton (Nic Cage) is from hell and comes back to revenge his daughter’s death and to save his grand-daughter from a Santanic cult. If you like swear words, stupid girls, naked girls, and cars maybe this is right up your alley. The best character was William Fichtner (The Accountant) who is also from Hell and there to bring John Milton back with him. If it weren’t for Mr. Fichtner I would be rating this much lower than 5.0.

4. Bad Teacher was a hit! Cameron Diaz was freakin hilarious. I heard a lot of negativity regarding this movie but I think I figured out why when I saw the movie. This movie isn’t about learning a life lesson, finding some moral message on living your life in the right way. This is an adult movie – with crude sayings, some boob fondling and some marijuana smoking. Oh my! The basic plot of the movie is this – when Elizabeth Halsey’s  (C Diaz) fiance breaks off their engagement she returns to her job as a middle school teacher. She is the worst teacher ever (hence the movie name) and she decides that her  life will be better if she gets a boob job. I thought the movie was funnier than anything I’ve seen in a while. I give it 7.5.

And there you have it! My popcorn is done, fluorescent orange salt ready to be dumped (yes, poured for a good five minutes over it) and next up is the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. Check out my next Movie Monday for some more reviews.