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David O. Selznick, Joan Fontaine, and Alfred Hitchcock | 1
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April was the month of blogathons, and I got the chance to be a part of two really good ones: the God is in the Movies blogathon, and the Great Villain blogathon. My entries were, respectively, The Tree of Life, and Johnnie Aysgarth (Suspicion). The latter introduced me to some pretty neat blogs (like Girls do Film and Movie Classics), while also providing the opportunity to read Before the Fact.

The number of classes I take daily have duplicated, and will again this week. That’s why posting was erratical for the second half of April, and why I haven’t had a chance to review Mad Men‘s latest episode Field Trip, nor last night’s The Monolith (two great episodes, btw). I’m gonna try and have them published by the end of the week. Hitchcock Month didn’t happen either, as I had no time to watch movies, so it will happen in May instead, starting this week.

TV Spotlight: On the set of Hannibal, threesomes can be fun!

Glee changed its scenery entirely to NYC, making my wish of having a Fame-like show on air come true. On the other hand, Supernatural was… pretty weird, this past two weeks: first we got a typical monster of the week episode that I honestly found a bit boring so skipped through several parts of it; and this week the entire episode revolved around a shape-shifter (someone give that guy his own show) and a human, both trying to find the man who killed, respectively, his brother and his fiancé. There was a soap-opera feel to it and the Winchesters were barely there. It wasn’t clear to me if the drama was supposed to be serious or funny… and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such low episode rating.

WAIT. Just realised it was the set up for a spin-off (with none of the main cast in it) called Supernatural: Bloodlines, which sounds like every other vampire/werewolf show on air right now: hot people, family feuds, someone trying to kill them all… check, check, check. Doesn’t sound very promising, to be honest, but we’ll wait for its premiere.

We’ve all been aware of the rise of Hannibal‘s sexy level in these recent episodes, but just when you thought it wouldn’t go any further, they have a threesome. I wasn’t nearly as shocked as with the House of Cards menage, but then again, that one was real. Michael Pitt made his first appearance on the show, and so far Mason’s eccentric psychopathic ways are an interesting counter-weight to Hannibal’s subtle posture. Next to Mason, our Dr. Lecter actually looks pretty normal. 

However, my biggest TV obsession of the month was The Mindy Project. I binge-watched the entire two seasons in two weeks, and can’t wait for this week’s finale.

April was also a promising month in literature

Giving a much needed use to my Goodreads account, and making a real effort to complete the 2014 Reading Challenge, I’ve dedicated some of my free-time this month to read some books:

As previously stated, I finally got my hands on Before the Fact, the novel by Francis Iles that inspired Hitchcock to direct Suspicion. It was an eerie story of deception and manipulation, written so straightforwardly that I had to double-check the publishing date.

I also read Revolutionary Road, with the purpose of writing a comparison between book and film. I highlighted and took notes of everything on the Kindle App, but then lost the whole work and got so mad that I couldn’t even write the damn post. The book is great; heated arguments never sounded this good, it’s like you can feel the anger, but I wish Frank’s work scenes were shorter. 

See Also

A couple of weeks ago I flew through the pages of John Green‘s teen novel, The Fault in Our Stars. The movie and some positive reviews sparked my curiosity, so I decided to give it a try – and honestly, it got to me more than I thought it would. Some teen elements weren’t as appealing, but it’s undeniably an interesting and moving story, and I think everyone could benefit from reading it. 

Lastly, I began reading A Single Man (I just realised these are all books that were adapted to movies, plenty of material for May) and, yet again, I never cease to be amazed at how prominent the source material’s influence can be. Some scenes are literally the same, and the experience has made me re-think the golden rule of reading the novel first. You don’t get to be as creative, but the imagery becomes so vivid that it feels like you’re watching the movie all over again. And I don’t mind reliving Tom Ford’s masterful aesthetic work in A Single Man, at all.

favourite new to me movies

What Maisie Knew (2012)
Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan
Great independent movie based on the novel by Henry James (a must-read, I’m told), with an interesting and extremely well-cast ensemble. It tells the story of a nasty divorce, and subsequent custody issues, seen through the eyes of a little girl (who is pretty amazing here), which reminded me a bit of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — so if you enjoyed that one, you’ll probably like What Maisie Knew. 

The Godfather Part III (1990)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia
Going in I was aware that Godfather fans don’t think the third part is nearly as good as the previous two, but then I’ve never seen the previous films (that’s right, and now I know the ending), so this looked fantastic. Not mind-blowing, but there’s definitely a certain atmosphere, a sense of style that sets it apart from other mob tales and garnishes the film with a distinct identity. And, well, Andy Gracia helped too.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt
Not as thrilling as I thought it would be, though the tension does build up. As far as I could tell, it stays pretty close to the real events. Perhaps it lingered a bit too much on emotional close-ups of Jessica Chastain, but overall a very enjoyable watch and a good movie. Chris Pratt as a SEAL Team Six member was a… interesting surprise.

what you can expect this month
– Thursday is the Podcast’s one year anniversary, and we chicks have got some surprises for you, so stay tuned. 
 A possibly major link list on Saturday, since it’s been a while I’ve done one of those, are there were plenty of notable posts in the meantime.
– My contribution to the Great Katharine Hepburn blogathon, on May 11th.
Hitchcock related posts, for real.
Keeping up with Mad Men’s final season (the one year break is only three weeks away!)
Book and Film comparisons, thanks to the new e-reading app I’m using, Mantano Reader.
– I can’t promise much more than this, since exam-madness is about to start. 

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  • I liked What Maisie Knew, although parts of it were predictable, at least on how the story’s going to proceed (never knew it was based from a novel). The Fault in Our Stars was a great book, and I can’t wait for the movie to come out; I hope it does justice to the novel.

    • I did think there could be something between Lincoln and Margo but I didn’t expect them to go there because it would be a bit easy and cliché. Although I did like the way they made it happen, so it was fine.

      I hope so too, the story deserves a good movie.

  • I think all that sex stuff on Hannibal is fan service to get the show to be renewed and I’m not sure it’s going to work…I was disappointed with Zero Dark Thirty, I pretty much only enjoyed Ehle, Gandolfini and Stephen Dillane in that one.

    • And even worse, Alana is just there for the sex scenes now. I think three episodes in a row is more than enough as it adds very little to the story (not nothing because now Margot’s pregnant which sounds a bit like a soap opera honestly), so I’m hoping it will stop now. Not that I *mind*, it just doesn’t make any sense.

      I had no idea NBC was on the fence about renewing Hannibal…I hope they get at least a third season.

  • Yep, that episode of SPN was the backdoor pilot to a new series as SPN (hopefully) draws to its conclusion soon — season 10? I’m 100% not interested, nor have I watched SPN since last year or so. I think I won’t bother either, I’ve simply lost all interest.

    Love the books you’ve read! And films you’ve seen. I’ve done nothing but watch Shameless for the past few weeks. 😀

    • yeah it seems like Season 10 will be the last – at least I hope it will be, even though I’m loving Season 9. But even 10 Seasons is so much… I wish they had had these plot ideas sooner, but better late than ever. Not the angel stuff, but the brother conflict / character development stuff, that’s what I’m talking about and should’ve have been there during the snoozefest of seasons 6-8.

      Gosh, Bloodlines sounds pretty awful… and if it does turn out to be bad, it will be a shame to have Supernatural associated with it.

      Yay! Oh I don’t blame you, Shameless is addictive and SO good!

  • Interesting that you watched Godfather Part III before the first two. Any reason why? I’m genuinely curious. I’m dying to know what you think about the first two now.

    • No reason in particular, it was purely by chance! See, my grandmother wanted to watch a movie, and Godfather Part III was on at the moment. She’s a fan so I rewound it and watched with her! That simple.

      I’ll try to watch the previous two this month. If people think Part III is “bad”, they must be mind-blowing.

  • Oh, I really need to rewatch The Godfather Part III. I’ve seen the first two multiple times, and I think I’ve only seen the third once. Glad you liked it.

    Great book lineup, by the way. I’d like to read all of those.

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