Destroyer

Hello to the couple of you who actually read my posts! haha
I know I said the next post would be about Mary Queen of Scots or You, but I guess it makes sense to write about Destroyer whilst it still is in theatres.

This movie is said to be Nicole Kidman’s best performance ever. I must say I haven’t watched a lot of her films – only Moulin Rouge [lovelyyyyyyy] and The Interpreter. So, I’m not a Nicole Kidman fan but I like what I’ve seen.

In Destroyer, she is undoubtedly unrecognizable. I can’t even tell what age she is, but I reckon Detective Erin Bell is in her forties [?]. She plays an agent who, in her twenties [?], was undercover in a gang who robbed banks. Now, and after at least sixteen years, she finds out the gang is back in action and wants to do what she wasn’t able to before – stop them.
It’s funny the film name is Destroyer since Nicole Kidman plays a woman who is destroyed by the bad choices she made, abusive behavior and who cannot cope to live with the path her life took. Besides this, she is the true destroyer. If you expect to see a brilliant performance you will not be surprised, because it truly is an amazing role. The make-up work is great, giving the sense she looks much older than what she is in fact. When in a flashback you see young Erin Bell, with a light face, not carrying the pain she now carries and that is brought to her facial expressions.

Another plus is… Tatiana Maslany! I only found out she was in the film when I was entering the theatre, and I immediately became more excited about it. Although her role is relevant, I felt she is too little on screen. Nevertheless, she is a fountain of talent that cannot be ignored. One of the greatest actresses ever, I dare to say! So… she should have gotten more screen time! haha

Nicole Kidman and Tatiana Maslany. Source: IMDB.

To sum up, it is worth watching, mostly because of Kidman’s performance, but not only due to that. The story is good, the plot twist is better.

[Side note: how can someone in her fifties look so good as a twenty-something-year-old??]

Love,

Ana Teresa

Advertisements

Sex Education

Hey, guys! So, you must’ve heard about Netflix’s Sex Education, starring the talented Asa Butterfield – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Hugo – and the amazing Margot Robbie lookalike Emma Mackey.

Since I haven’t been much occupied lately, I’ve watched Sex Education in two days. It only has 8 episodes, which made me a bit sad, because I wanted so much more! But this only reminded me that I had a teacher who told me several times “Ana, it is better when you crave for more of something than when you feel it is too much”. She always referred to reading/writing when saying this, but I remember her wisdom in almost every situation since I feel it applies to most things in life.

Sex Education is a beautiful show due to its lightness in bringing up subjects that are still taboos among us. It talks about teenage sex, masturbation, homosexuality, gender prejudice, abortion, pregnancy, queer and so many others with a natural approach, without any prejudice or fear of touching someone’s nerves.

Otis, the main character, struggles with masturbation and his mother, a sex therapist, tries to help him when she acknowledges the situation. This, obviously, makes the boy uncomfortable but he then realizes he can help his fellow colleagues as his mother helps her patients. I really have to mention the one thing that made me so happy about his character/this show. Ottis’s best friend, Eric, is gay and he loves dressing exuberantly and putting on drag-inspired make-up. So, on Eric’s birthday, Otis and Eric dress up in drag and go watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I mean, what kind of 16-year-old boy dresses up in drag to make his best friend happy on his birthday?! This is the most beautiful gesture! Otis is a great character and has a lot to teach to every human being.

I haven’t found the full look, but here is drag Otis 🙂

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the show. Just want to tell you it is worth it. It will surely make you a better person. If you’ve watched, let me know your opinion on the comment section. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

In other news, should my next post be about Netflix’s You or the movie Mary Queen of Scots? Please comment.

Love,

Ana Teresa

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

I usually don’t give in very easily to scandalously hyped stuff. I’ve given in maybe a couple of times and much later than expected – Game of Thrones being an example that actually turned out THE show.

Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is probably one of the most hyped things going on right now. Well, I had never watched Black Mirror until now. I know it’s one of the most acclaimed series but I honestly was a little frightened to watch it. Being the main subject the extremist effects technology may have on our lives, I was scared to face the reality and actual state hyper-technological society is nowadays and preferred, until now, to ignore this and not watch it. Despite this, I obviously watched Bandersnatch. Last week, I think.

I must say I was a bit excited because this kind of entertainment had been discussed in one of my classes this semester. One of my lecturers is actually a film director and has several projects like Bandersnatch. So he showed us, students, his last film to hear some feedback. So, this type of show was not new for me – I had also “studied” it prior to this course. Unfortunately, Bandersnatch was a disappointment. It is not THAT interesting and the decisions we take are not THAT volatile, since it kind of “obliges” you to choose one over the other. Many of “wrongful” decisions you take lead you to an immediate not-so-interesting ending and then give you the option to go back and choose the one you haven’t chosen before.

Thus, the type of interactive show is interesting and makes you really want to know how your decisions influence the character, however the dissimulated way to make you choose the path they want you to turns the experience boring and not pleasant to the watcher.

If you have watched Bandersnatch and want to, leave your opinion in the comments!

Love,

Ana Teresa

[My] Metamorphosis

For a couple of years now, I always set myself a reading challenge for the upcoming year. This started thanks to the amazing Goodreads. However, I’ve never reached my goal of books to read in a year. There are plenty of reasons for this – spending too much time outside, always having a movie/series to watch, being too tired to read and not fall asleep and always [!!!!] the goddamn addiction to scrolling on social networks – which I’m avidly trying to fight! So, hopefully 2019 will be the year I rock my reading challenge. My goal for the year is fifteen books. Let’s see how it goes.

Besides this, I wanted to mention a piece of work that I’ll never forget.

The last book I read in 2018 was finished on December 30th. It was Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. This is a short story about Gregor, a young adult who once wakes up to his transformation into a cockroach. The short story is considered a classic for many, so you’ve probably read it or heard about it. The beauty behind this novel is that I feel it shows what happens on a daily basis when the people we love/deal with tend to change their attitudes into something we dislike or don’t understand. We tend to put them aside instead of trying to acknowledge why it happened and how we can deal with it or even revert it.

My advice is we all should read this book with a very critical view of our actions towards others.

Here’s a picture of the copy I’ve read [in Portuguese].

Love,

Ana Teresa

New beginnings

I’ve always wanted to have a blog.

I love writing and reading, but never thought I could take this idea further. There is no reason why, I just kept killing my desire to create a blog even before starting it. Thus, with the turning of the year and that inevitable feeling you get every new year that all is new, life is beautiful and you feel now is the perfect time to start something from scratch, I made it. I created my blog.

I confess I’m not very able to define this into categories right now, but I know what I want. Mainly inspired by the Instagram page @booksthatmademe, I realized I wanted to have a personal space sharing my ideas about books, movies, tv shows, photography, illustration and art in general.

So here it is. Welcome to my blog! I hope you have a great time around here.

Beatriz’s @booksthatmademe page

Love,

Ana Teresa