TV Series: House of Cards

House of cards is a 55 minutes series which has already two seasons out and the third is coming out in February.

In resume: Kevin Spacey, a congressman works his way up the "food chain" with his wife at his side and as equally convicted to the same objectives as Frank.
In the second season Beau Willimon, which is responsible for House of Cards, wants them to fast a bit of the victory they earned last season but not gorge on it. They must face big issues in this series to step up on the game.
Willimon, who paired with director Carl Franklin for the first two episodes, has mostly delivered on the good stuff that makes House of Cards watchable. However, he's still prone to letting Frank pontificate to the point of spouting cliches from time to time.

There is a particular thing in this series which is a type of narrative that Underwood does, addressing the viewer directly. This, to me, is a fun twist speciality when Frank doesn't actually address the camera in the first episode of the secons season until just before the end: "Did you think I'd forgotten you?" Frank asks, looking directly into the camera. "Perhaps you hoped I had."

We started seeing this series at the beginning of the year and we already saw it all, also we are anxious to see the third season. It deserves, without a doubts all the hype it receives and even more. It is described as a Dramatic series but I would say it a tips of a Political Thriller because you are constantly on your feet and hanging on to the popcorn to see what comes next. It also has a lot of plots and some romance it is not all politics :)

I give it a 10/10 without a flinch and I recommend everyone to see because you can even learn how not to act, or how to... I leave that to your personal choice. Just know that everything you do always comes back to you sooner or later!

Movie: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls is a 96 minutes Animation where a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. 

In Resume:  It’s a tale of class envy and attempted genocide in a mountaintop Victorian-era township called Cheesebridge, where access to that dairy product in all its most flavorful forms is what separates the rich “White Hats” from the poor in red. Down below ground level live the Boxtrolls, mischievous nonverbal creatures outfitted in recycled cartons. Each of them takes its name from its packaging: Fish, Shoe, Fragile, etc.

The saddest misstep here is that while the kind industrious Boxtrolls are the downtrodden of the story, they are also treated as such by the screenwriters. Their fate becomes entirely secondary to Snatcher’s lust for position and wealth, to Eggs’ friendship with plucky Winnie, and to the boy’s reunion with a lost figure from his past. And frankly, when there are trolls in peril in the mix, who cares about all that other stuff? =D

I would recommend to all Animation lovers and give it a 8/10, you know how much I love animations ;D

TV Series: True Detective (2014)

True Detective is a 55 minutes Crime, Drama, Mystery with  Matthew McConaughey. 

In ResumeTrue Detective is about two detectives, one an old-school investigator, the other a book-smart profiler, brought together on a murder investigation with occult overtones and a strong whiff of serial killer sophistication. It's the kind of case Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division hasn't seen before.

The story moves back and forth between 1995 and 2012, revealing bits of the case and personal bits of both Hart and Cohle keeps viewers hooked on each track, while the technique also provides a glimpse at how their relationship changed all the people around them over time.

True Detective has three immediately impressive attributes:

  1.  The acting by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson is off the charts.
  2.  The writing, by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, undulates from effectively brash soliloquies to penetratingly nuanced moments carried by sparse prose.
  3.  Lastly, director Cary Fukunaga has created a beautiful, sprawling sense of place, the series is shot and set in Louisiana.

The series is an interesting swirl of detective work and relationship scenes that involves you not with the rapid movement of the scenes but the intensity every moment is lived.

It's and impressive series and I would recommend seeing it at night in relax mode. I would give it a 8/10.

Movie: Predestination (2014)

Predestination is a 97 minutes sci-fi thriller with a twist that will discuss you. But just look at it scientifically and it will be better =D

Inevitability and destiny are at the root of this mind-twisting adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s. A  complicated story, often boggling and frequently challenging, sci-fi drama dealing with the self, identity, gender and, of course, the paradox of time travel. It's a lot to fit in to one unique movie but Heinlein did it and it's very well constructed.

Predestination takes temporal paradoxes to an entirely new level. I don't want to reveal the gold of the movie but what I can say is that it gave me a little bit of a bad disposition, but very worth it. Still, it’s the kind of movie that will get audiences talking, trying to find the “beginning” of the story and piecing together—or tearing apart—the logic of it. 

The final 15 minutes, sadly, feel a bit rushed. And the final reveals come at a frantic pace that clashes with the earlier relatively slower and meticulous pace. 

For me it's a 8/10. I would recommend you to see it.

2015 Resolutions/Goals

Last year I wrote some resolutions down on my planner and it really helped me to achieve them. This year I've already written some down and I also made a video reviewing my last year and also talking about this year's resolutions/goals:

I'm happy to say that even though this year started on a wrong foot for me I'm giving it all I can by trying to do everything on my list. I've been sick since day 2 =( but I have pushed through and I think I will be successful =)

My goals for this year are:
      1. Exercise 4-5 days per week
      2. Eat home made and healthy meals
      3. Drink 2 litters of water per day
      4. Start running outside when the weather get better
      5. Blogging, Instagraming, Twitering and Pinning... more
      6. Make better quality videos and also edit better
      7. Visit my family more than last year  
      8. Be more organised (mostly at home: trying a new schedule =D
      9. Get my youtube subscribers to 100 (maybe 200 until the end of the year?!)
      10. Get my weight down 5-7 kg

I have some more personal goals but these are the top 10 ones. Hopefully I did not forget any but check out the video to see if I did.

If you are an image person and need to see your goals everyday I would recommend you go and see a friend of mine video that has a fantastic goal board:


Hope you like, and subscribe to her, as much as I do =D

Reality TV: Hell's Kitchen

I don't see a bunch of reality TV but Hell's Kitchen is just at the TOP of the TOP. 

It's a 42 minutes Game-Show where selected cooks and house-cooks are competing against one another and also in group showing which is the best under pressure cook in the mix.

Gordon Ramsay is an amazing cook and I will eat, one day, food that he made =) (it's a dream and a honor) And in this show he inspires other cooks to be the best they can be at the same time as showing us what he expects from a restaurant of his. 

I also see his channels on youtube:
     - Gordon Ramsay
     - The F Word

Which I also recommend seeing for great and fast recipes.

I recommend this series to every food lover and even reality TV lovers. If you aren't either give it a go too =D I give it a 10/10!!!

Movie: Lucy

Lucy is a sci-fi thriller of 89 minutes that fantasises about unlocking 100 percent of the brain's potential and expects viewers to be using just 2 or 3 percent of their own grey matter =)

The idea is some what interesting but the making is just wrong, it should be different in a lot of different aspects and leaves us (viewers) with a bunch of questions about in one scene she can do this but on the other she can't?!!?

Besson's script offers neither the well-drawn character dynamics nor the clear motivations of a decent comic book origin story.
Helpfully, Besson mixed Lucy's story and an academic lecture in Paris where a researcher has been hypothesising about the very thing that is happening to her, making remarkably specific predictions about what might happen if humans were able to use more than the 10 percent we currently use (a myth) of the magnificent supercomputers in our heads. His ideas, like some of the film's other early scenes, are illustrated with cutaways to nature footage suggesting the ways in which all of Earth's creatures are interconnected, governed by the same laws. Think Besson doing The Tree of Life =D

I would go in a different path and reach the same enlightenment than Besson. But I would say it's a 6/10 just a bit above average because of the actors and great basic idea.

Nail Care Routine || Winter

Love treating my nails when they need a little love!

They usually give me some colour to my day so at night and when the time is right I pick up my nail kit and start by step 1:

This leaves my nails, cuticles and hand feeling rejuvenated. I leave them bare for a day or two so that they can breath and then THEY GIVE ME MORE COLOR on the other days =D

I can also add and extra one or two steps when they are looking yellow:
     - I put some tooth past and brush them
And when they are extra brittle:
     - I do a soak of Johnson and Johnson baby oil or if you prefer olive oil does the same =)

This is great when I'm watching a series or a movie at night, a little mini pamper.

What do you do to take care of your nails?