Wednesday, 11 July 2018

JUNE 2018 FAVOURITES

Susy Sánchez as Anabel and Bárbara Lennie as Chiara in 'Sunday's Illness'.  Photo: Netflix

'Sunday's Illness' by Ramon Salazar
'Sunday's Illness' is a very melancholic and intimate mother-daughter drama. Anabel (Susy Sánchez) is a wealthy and elegant lady, living in a stunning mansion with her family. One night, unexpectedly, she has to face Chiara (Bárbara Lennie), a daughter she abandoned 35 years ago. The woman asks her mother to spend ten days together in her house in the woods. The events in Chiara's house are very unconventional. Anabel isn't overly apologetic for leaving her daughter behind, Chiara doesn't demand answers. 
Even though this film is slow-paced, and its scenes are often filled with silence, every little thing in it speaks. The costumes, the light, the colours. They all tell us the story. The leading actresses give phenomenal performances, very stoical yet so full-bodied. The dynamics between them is great, they are very synchronised. 
Hard to believe, but I have almost missed out on watching it. The title isn't very attention-getting, but luckily the photos are. And the cinematography is one of the selling points of this movie. It is simply exquisite!


Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun) and Okja.  Photo: Netflix
'Okja' by Bong Joon-ho
Okja is one of 26 super pigs- a special breed of genetically modified swine, invented by the Mirando Corporation to deal with the global food crisis. Born in a cold lab, she grew up in the dreamy mountaintop in South Korea, surrounded with care and love from the local farmer (Byun Hee-bong) and his little granddaughter, Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun). One day the Mirando Corporation takes the giant pig away from her dearest friends, so Mija sets off on a rescue mission to bring Okja back home.
'Okja' is beautifully shot. The scenes filmed in South Korea are visually breathtaking. It is a good movie, there is some adventure, some humour, a bit of fantasy, and a dash of horror in it. If you're afraid of it being the 'vegan propaganda'- don't be. This isn't the main focus of this film.


James Corden and Paul McCartney.  Photo credit: CBS

Sir Paul McCartney on the Carpool Karaoke 
The youtube suggestions algorithm sometimes works wonders. Quite stressed and down, I was looking for something to cheer me up. The first suggestion that pops up on my screen is Paul McCartney on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. I did not stop smiling not only while watching the video but for the rest of the day.
They sang some of my all-time favourite The Beatles songs- 'Penny Lane', 'Let It Be', and a few more. It was fun, it was moving, it was very, very special! Over 26 millions of views within 2 weeks speaks for itself. James Corden has the best job in the world!


Joanna Kulig (Zula) and  Tomasz Kot (Wiktor) in 'Cold War'.  Photo credit: Kino Swiat

The trailer of 'Cold War' directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Probably the best movie trailer I have ever seen. It is a beautifully crafted combination of delightful music and gorgeous photography. I have seen it about a hundred times, and I can not wait to watch the whole film.
Cold War is a love story. Not a usual, sugary, boring one. It is a story of a complex, intense love and relationship between a woman and a man who can't live without each other, and can not live with each other. The team of actors and creators of 'Cold War' is simply wonderful. My favourite actor- Tomasz Kot, plays a lead male character in this movie, and I am sure that he will now finally gain an international recognition, which he so much deserves. Joanna Kulig (Zula) is a wonderful, wonderful actress. Pawel Pawlikowski is a great, Oscar-winning Polish director. He won the Best Director prize for Cold War at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. I have a feeling that they have created a masterpiece! 


Have you recently read or seen something interesting? Let me know, I would love to check out all of your recommendations! Thanks for reading x


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  1. I LOVED Paul McCartney no the Carpool karaoke! It was my favourite one to date!

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    1. I would never expect him to appear on this show, let alone being this amazing! X

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  2. Paul McCartney was brilliant, definitely in my top 5 Carpool Karaoke!

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  3. Best carpool karaoke EVER! I have watched it several times already

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  4. We've just started to watch 'Sharp Objects' on Sky and its pretty good so far. Still can't get 13 reasons why from Netflix out of our heads... Just watched the Carpool karaoke and its well good x

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    1. 13 reasons why is good. All parents should watch it

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  5. I love watching Carpool Karaoke. I haven't seen the Paul McCartney episode yet, but I bet it is hilarious!

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    1. He was just brilliant! It was funny and emotional. Thanks for reading x

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  6. I've totally forgotten about Carpool Karaoke. Friends had to. Introduce it to us and we loved it but we've forgotten to keep up with it since we moved. Your post has reminded me to start watching again!

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    1. I haven't watched it for a while, too. But I am back on track now ;) X

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  7. How have I not seen the Paul McCartney car pool yet?! The films sound gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing them.

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    1. you HAVE to watch it :) It is so much fun :) Thanks for reading x

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  8. I love watching YouTube videos when am bored. Great for cheering me up too.

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  9. Thanks for sharing as I am always at a lost of watch to watch. Although I did see Okja and totally agree so beautifully shot

    Laura x

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    1. I agree, it is visually breathtaking! x

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