North & South (2004)

I’ve always loved BBC films. Be it movies, miniseries or serials, they are always beautiful, deep and sensitive. Pride and Prejudice (1995) with Colin Firth was the first miniseries with the same title as a novel which I loved. I’ve watched it three times. Then I watched Robin Hood (2006) where I’ve „met” Richard Armitage. He played there the villain, sir Guy of Gisborne, but believe me: he can play magnificently a romantic man as well. You can check this by watching „North & South”, a story very similar to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It takes four hours, has an amazing soundtrack and makes you cry for sure. Margaret Hale moves with her family in Milton and meets John Thornton. Though she thinks very poor of him, Thornton falls in love with Margaret, because she’s different from the other women around him. When he proposes to her, she refuses him, as finally to realize that, despite all, she cares for him too.

storyline via imdb: This series operates on many levels. At the heart of the series is the tempestuous relationship between Margaret Hale, a young woman from a southern middle class family who finds herself uprooted to the north, and John Thornton, a formerly poverty-stricken cotton mill owner terrified of losing the viability of his business. Around them are class struggles between the workers and mill owners and ideological struggles between the industrial North and the agrarian South. After moving North, Margaret’s father befriends his student Mr. Thornton. Margaret has already formed her opinion of Mr. Thornton independently after seeing him treat his workers harshly. As the series progresses, she and we the audience begin to learn that his strict treatment is due to an overarching concern for his mill and by extension, his employees. John Thornton, on the other hand, is attracted to Margaret’s independence and position in society as a well-educated Southerner…

Here are my favorite songs from North & South:

The trailer:

And my favorite scene:

I’m the kind who sits up in his room

Well, I promised you guys a bigger post, so here it is! I’ve been thinking since summer to write it, but I have never had the mood until now. People who know me well, would describe me as obsessed or even crazy… in a good way (I hope). The thing about me is that I live in my own world; I fell in love with (lots of) movie characters and I make research, research and again research until I find everything about that man. People who know me better can say that I do the same thing in real life, but this is another topic that I’m not going to discuss here and now. So, coming back to the actual post, I’m gonna make a top of my favorite men in chronological order. And if I put a *, this means the obsession took more than a few weeks/months.

1. Christopher Uckermann* – From the band RBD; I started loving him in 2006 and I still like him a lot: I follow him on Twitter, I have photos of him on my phone, but of course it’s not the same like then. He is 25 now, so I liked him when he was just 19. I liked his talent (he can play the guitar, the drums; he also sings and acts) and his looks.

2. Heath Ledger* – I can say about him that he was my greatest obsession ever. I read tons of articles and I’ve seen documentaries on TV about him , but unfortunately, he passed away before me knowing so much stuff about him. I first saw him in The Dark Knight as the Joker, where he blowed minds and kicked asses and next were Casanova, 10 things I hate about you and others. I love-love-love his acting, he was extremely talented: that’s why he received an Oscar and a Golden Globe award. I love his Australian accent, his smile and his looks.

3. Robert Pattinson* – first of all, I loved the character who made him famous: Edward Cullen. Twilight is the first book that I read without stopping in two days because that vampire was so romantic, loving and protective. It was impossible for me to resist him as it was for Bella. From the whole saga I like the most the first movie/book. Maybe the impact was bigger at the beginning or maybe volume one is better. I don’t know and I don’t care. And we have to admit that Robert looked perfectly gorgeous in 2008. Then I saw him in Remember Me, another romantic movie, so yeah… Now I’m very looking forward to seeing him in Bel Ami. I read that book especially for him and I also bought a book with his biography.

4. Taylor Lautner – I know it’s a little bit awkward to love so much two different characters that are also enemies, but I can’t help myself. Taylor is younger and hotter than Robert. In the book I totally prefer Edward, because he has the most amazing personality ever, but on the screen Taylor looks better. Than I saw him in Valentine’s Day and in Abduction… that abs, that arms, that face… so so so hot!

5. Diego Forlan – well, yeah, a football player. It had to be a football player in my list too! I first „met” him when he was playing for Uruguay in the world cup 2010. His nickname was „the blonde angel of Uruguay” which is so damn true! Just looking at his face and you can say: YES, THIS IS A GOOD MAN! And I’m not speaking just metaphorically… I typed his name on we♥it and I hardly managed to pick a photo with him with clothes on.

6. Jim Morrison – I started to like him in July 2010: after visiting his grave in Paris I documented myself, listened to some of The Doors songs and fell in love with his black leather pants, his mentality, his lyrics and his cute curly hair. I’ve seen a movie about him with Val Kilmer and I still have a documentary called When You’re Strange in my laptop.

7.  Ian Somerhalder* – Damon, Damon, Damon Salvatore. Man, I still love him so! I love Ian and I love Damon, though they are very different persons, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Damon. Damon is sarcastic, strong, charming and „totally hot”; Ian is shy, kind-hearted and helpful. Damon drives me crazy and I’m craving to see him with Elena; I want so badly him to have a serious relationship, not just one night stands. After Heath, this man I love the most now. Unfortunately, The Vampire Diaries is the only movie I’ve ever seen with Ian, but soon I’m gonna download Lost and other films with him.

8. Richard Armitage – loved his character in BBC’s series Robin Hood where he played bad boy Guy of Gisborne. I loved the passion in him, his height, his British accent and his dark black hair.

9. Tom Hardy – I know him since 2009 when I saw him as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Then I heard he is going to play Bane, the villain, in Christopher Nolan’s last Batman movie. And in February this year I saw This means war where he completely won me, followed by Rocknrolla. I think he is more sexy than beautiful.

10. Alexander Skarsgård* – Eric in True Blood, so this is my latest obsession. All I know about him in real life is that he is Swedish, he is 194 cm tall, he is sarcastic, his English has no accent and he doesn’t speak that much. I love Eric’s feelings for Sookie, Eric’s way of talking and thinking.

Basicaly, this is my top 10. I also had small crushes (a couple of days) on Ryan Gosling from Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Notebook and Blue Valentine, Logan Lerman from The Three Musketeers, Stephen Moyer from True Blood, Brad Pitt from The Strange Case of Benjamin Button, Troy, Legends of the fall and Interview with the Vampire, Rupert Grint from Harry Potter, Ashton Kutcher from No strings attached, Killers, Valentine’s Day, Spread and What Happens in Vegas, Ed Westwick from Gossip Girl and J. Edgar, Colin Firth from Pride and Prejudice and Leonardo Dicaprio from J. Edgar, Inception, Shutter Island, Blood Diamond and The Departed.

My fingers and back hurt so I’m gonna end now, before you will think I’m a total freak. Unless you don’t think that already. Thank you for reading!

Love Actually

Yesterday night I saw this wonderful movie called „Love Actually”, which is a romance and a comedy. Of course, at the end, I cried, but that’s me: very emotional. Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley and Rowan Atkinson in the same movie made it excellent! I laughed, cried and felt happy while watching this movie. With you want to cheer up, watch this film. I can’t tell you the story, because in this movie there are lots of people: the prime-minister falls in love with his assistance and she falls in love with her boss too; Colin’s character (I can’t remember names in general :() falls in love with his Portuguese house-keeper and they marry; Liam Neeson’s character’s wife dies, but he manages to get over it and be a good father for his step son, who’s in love with an American eleven year old girl. He also meets another woman; an old rock star takes the first place in tops and he realizes that the closest person to him is his manager and a lot of another beautiful love stories. Everything it is about love. I hardly recommend „Love Actually”!

83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners

Best Motion Picture of the Year

WINNER

The King’s Speech (2010): Iain CanningEmile ShermanGareth Unwin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER

Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

WINNER

Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

WINNER

Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010)

Best Achievement in Directing

WINNER

Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech (2010)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

WINNER

The King’s Speech (2010): David Seidler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

WINNER

The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

WINNER

Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

WINNER

In a Better World (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark)

Best Achievement in Cinematography

WINNER

Inception (2010): Wally Pfister

Best Achievement in Editing

WINNER

The Social Network (2010): Kirk BaxterAngus Wall

Best Achievement in Art Direction

WINNER

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Robert StrombergKaren O’Hara

Best Achievement in Costume Design

WINNER

Alice in Wonderland (2010): Colleen Atwood

Best Achievement in Makeup

WINNER

The Wolfman (2010): Rick BakerDave Elsey

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

WINNER

The Social Network (2010): Trent ReznorAtticus Ross

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

WINNER

Toy Story 3 (2010): Randy Newman(„We Belong Together”)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

WINNER

Inception (2010): Lora HirschbergGary RizzoEd Novick

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

WINNER

Inception (2010): Richard King

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

WINNER

Inception (2010): Chris CorbouldAndrew LockleyPete BebbPaul J. Franklin

Best Documentary, Features

WINNER

Inside Job (2010): Charles FergusonAudrey Marrs

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

WINNER

Strangers No More (2010): Karen GoodmanKirk Simon

Best Short Film, Animated

WINNER

The Lost Thing (2010): Shaun TanAndrew Ruhemann

Best Short Film, Live Action

WINNER

God of Love (2010): Luke Matheny

So here are the Oscar Winners. I’m so so so glad for Colin Firth, omG, he deserved this Oscar! Finally! Yay! I’ve also seen The Social Network, Toy Story, Inception and Alice in Wonderland so I’m very proud. I’ve downloaded The fighter, Black swan and The king’s speech too, but I don’t have time to watch them. Hope I’ll do it soon.

Congratulations again, everybody! Until next year..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominees: 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Nominees:

Kynodontas (2009): Giorgos Lanthimos(Greece)

Hævnen (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark)

Incendies (2010): Denis Villeneuve(Canada)

Hors-la-loi (2010): Rachid Bouchareb(Algeria)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Nominees:

127 de Ore (2010): A.R. RahmanRollo ArmstrongDido(„If I Rise”)

Country Strong (2010): Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges(„Coming Home”)

O poveste incalcita (2010): Alan MenkenGlenn Slater(„I See the Light”)

Povestea jucariilor 3 (2010): Randy Newman(„We Belong Together”)

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Best Short Film, Live Action

Finally, the Oscars’re coming soon. I think 2010 wasn’t a year with a lot of good movies, but some of them are. I’ve seen The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Harry Potter 7 part 1 and Salt. I’m also going to see soon The King’s speech, The fighter and maybe The Black Swan. I’m very happy again to see that Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale and Helena Bonham Carter are nominated again. Looking forward to see the winners, yay!