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to Liam Hemsworth with love

Dear Liam,

why don’t you come to Italy, for spending a month of carefree, visiting the beauties of our country?
In Italy there are many people who love you, who would welcome you with open arms and who would greet with enthusiasm your arrival and your stay! You could visit Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice, Genoa, (more…)


Big Fish & Begonia

Big Fish & Begonia

“Human beings are from the sea, that’s why their tears are salty”

“What proofs are we willing to face for those we love?”

from the movie

In a parallel world, in which the sky is formed by our oceans, some people with magical powers manage our weather, tides, clouds and seasons. At the age of 16, in the shape of red dolphins, they have to get out of their dimension for a week. By chance, the fate of a human being meets the one of a red dolphin, and (more…)


MTV Awards 2018: nominees and winners

Best Movie (Presented by Toyota)

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • WINNER: Black Panther
  • Girls’ Trip
  • IT
  • Wonder Woman

Best Show


Cannes 2018: awards and winners

from the official Cannes festival website (and the best congratulations to Marcello Fonte):

FEATURE FILMS

PALME D’OR

MANBIKI KAZOKU (Shoplifters) directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu
The Palme d’or was awarded by Cate Blanchett.
Hirokazu Kore-eda:  (more…)


a special blog…

Based on / on the same tune of Abba ‘Dancing Queen’, from their fourth studio album, ‘Arrival’. It was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. Andersson and Ulvaeus also produced the song, and was among the ABBA songs included in ‘Mamma Mia!’, the jukebox musical first produced in 1999 and adapted into a movie released in 2008.

Songwriters: Andersson, Benny Goran Bror / Ulvaeus, Bjoern K. / Anderson, Stig / Kunze, Michael 

 REF: You can blog, you can share, maybe with all your Pasqual Friends!
See every day what’s new in the world, to deal with in your blog!

It is night and the lights are low…
wondering on what’s actually to do now:
watch TV, going to a theatre, what about a film?
Out of the blue, an idea springs!
What is nicer than  (more…)


matres dulcissimae

  • ‘Mamma mia! Here We Go Again’, a remake of the 2008 Meryl Streep starred ‘Mamma mia!’, will be released in US on July, the 20th, in Italy on September, the 6th (‘Mamma mia! Ci risiamo’).
  • As for the ABBA, the very famous pop group whose songs were ‘Mamma mia!’ actual soundtrack, they announced on their official Instagram account they are set to release new music for the first time in 35 years: (more…)

Earth Day 2018, in Italy, world and cinema

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution(…)
Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health!

(…) Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally
change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

(…) Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. (…) Earth Day is now a global event each year, and we believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. It is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Faith leaders, including Pope Francis, connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on. Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, today announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along with global regulation for the disposal of plastics.  EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.” (Source: https://www.earthday.org/)

There also is a Google specific Doodle, with a Jane Goodall contribution: (more…)


Oscar Wilde according to Rupert Everett (2): just a blurb

Rupert Everett the Happy Prince

In Rupert Everett ‘The Happy Prince’, the precise atmosphere of the times and the precise Oscar Wilde’s spiritual mood are precisely and scrupulously recreated.
The dialogue between Love and Death, a quite powerful reading key for the entire Victorian Age, seems a useful silver thread of the Irish novelist’s final season, and Everett managed to (more…)


2001 a space odyssey: 1968 – 2018

In my humble opinion,
it represents the continuous dialogue
between Finite and Infinite,
Relative and Absolute…

2001 a space odissey

2001 a space odissey


the sea-god who laughs

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘the Shape of water’, recently watched in an Italian theatre, brought me to do a comparison with the Victor Hugo’s novel ‘the Man who laughs’, often quoted in this blog (and in many works of art as well).
In both the masterpieces, two “different” people (more…)


Bafta 2018, nominees and winners

(winners in bold)

FELLOWSHIP
SIR RIDLEY SCOTT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL (NFTS)

BEST FILM
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter Spears
DARKEST HOUR Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski
DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale (more…)


2018 edition of Berlinale Film Festival

2018 edition of the Berlinale Festival will be held since February 15 till February 25: (more…)


Steven Spielberg ‘The Post’: the most important quote

“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy.

The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”

(more…)


we are the (Pasqual?) world

Based / on the same tune of ‘We are the world’ (1985 – 86),
a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985,
written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones for the album ‘We Are the World’.

In any time we are to feel a certain call,
and the world must come together as one!
Pasqual day is important
like no day at all
to celebrate him, and to (more…)


Oscars 2018: full list of nominees and winners

Update on March the 5th, winners in bold:

BEST PICTURE
‘Call Me by Your Name’
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers
‘Darkest Hour’
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
‘Dunkirk’
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
‘Get Out’
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers
‘Lady Bird’
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, Producers
‘Phantom Thread’
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers
‘The Post’
Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
‘The Shape of Water’
Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers
‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (more…)


Lucifer and… another devil…

Is Lucifer gay or straight? In Italy (and in France) we use to say ‘arguing about the sex of the angels’ when speaking of something that has not practical consequences and in which it is virtually impossible to come to a conclusion. (In English we could say ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’).
What about the sex of the Fallen Angels, e.g. Lucifer? (more…)


Golden Globes 2018: the winners

Best actress in a limited series or television movie

WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best supporting actor in a motion picture (drama)

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: (more…)


Coco, a pentagram of feelings, between Life and Death

My season holydays could have never ended better than going to the cinema for DisneyPixar’sCoco.
No film could ever make me move too, much less to cry, I was almost sure. ‘Coco’ managed to do it.
Shining colours, astonishing features, and an incredibly huge job done with animation are nothing compared to (more…)


Liberty: how long to fight again?

Last December 26 Chinese human rights activist and blogger Wu Gan was sentenced to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and to five years of deprivation of political rights, according to the court in the northern city of Tianjin where the sentence was pronounced.
Wu Gan, 45 years old, also known as ‘Super Vulgar Butcher‘, formerly a soldier and security guard, began his activism a decade ago, and he is currently well known for using irony and humor in his campaigns; according to Chinese official media, he was accused of (more…)


season greetings and… a magic flying carpet!

Based /on the same tune of ‘A Whole New World’,
song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album ‘Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’
Label Walt Disney, Composer Alan Menken, Lyricist Tim Rice, Producer(s) Alan Menken, Tim Rice

Every year, as you know,
my Good Star makes me inspired,
filled with noble spirit
and creativity…

Every year, as you know,
I’m used at season greetings
by composing special lyrics
or making parodies…

And a whole world
like the one you’re dreaming of,
now it rises and, by shining, (more…)


happy birthday, Uncle Scrooge!

Paperone Uncle Scrooge as a child (Don Rosa)

Update on December 14: a good way to celebrate Uncle Scrooge! the Walt Disney Company bought a part of 21st Century Fox: films, cable tv, international activities!

Paperone Uncle Scrooge as a child (Don Rosa)

Paperone – Uncle Scrooge as a child (a Don Rosa comic strip; the official creator of Scrooge McDuck was Carl Barks…)

One of the most important anniversaries of 2017 is that one of Uncle Scrooge McDuck, known in Italy as ‘zio Paperone’ and ‘Paperon de Paperoni’. According to different sources (e.g. Don Rosa), the richest duck of the world was born in 1867  in Glasgow, Scotland (an was a Templar!) or  in Klondike, according to Guido Martina (Klondike is rather to be taken just as the land in which uncle Scrooge started to build his prosperity, by gathering golden nuggets).
His first appearance in TV was in ‘Scrooge McDuck and Money’ (1967); the first comic strip he appeared in was (more…)


birthdays in comparison

Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese! (pardon for being late…)
Happy birthday, Ridley Scott!
Happy birthday, Iris! (an Italian TV channel)

As for Iris, Italians only: (more…)


a volte ritornano (14)

Le ‘Ducktales’, avventure di Paperon de Paperoni e parentame già in auge negli anni Novanta, tornano nella televisione italiana oggi, su Disney Channel, alle 19.45. Saranno in onda ogni domenica, per venticinque episodi venticinque e storie completamente inedite: Paperone, stavolta anche Paperino, Qui, Quo, Qua, il maggiordomo Archie, Archimede Pitagorico, Jet McQuack, la Tata Bentina Beakley con la nipote Gaia dovranno affrontate nemici storici quali la banda Bassotti, Amelia e Cuordipietra Famedoro.
E le Ducktales escono anche in cartaceo, si badi! Le disegnano gli italiani Luca Usai e Granfranco Floro, con la supervisione di Marco Ghiglione, in Italia ogni settimana con Topolino. Con riguardo al nuovo stile grafico della serie, piú “spigoloso” di quella storica, il citato Floro ha dichiarato*: (more…)


world tv day 2017

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