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Movie Rambles: Sicilian Ghost Story (2017)

One of the movies I’ve studied during the last months was Sicilian Ghost Story, written and directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. I also had the fortune of attending a talk by Piazza himself, where he revealed technical and behind-the-scene details and explained their choice of dealing with a tough subject in the way they did.

The movie is based on the short story Un cavaliere bianco, found in the collection Non saremo confusi per sempre, in which the author, Marco Mancassola, retells famous, tragic Italian cases in a fairytale-like manner. That is also what Grassadonia and Piazza chose to do when adapting the Mafia kidnapping of 13-year-old Giuseppe Di Matteo to film.

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Book Rambles, Media

The College Freshman Book Tag

What’s the best way to get out of a blogging slump? Why, a book tag, of course!

The College Freshman Book Tag was created by Dawlyn and Krista @ Little Blind Book Finds. I discovered it earlier this summer through Vrinda @ A Bookish Human.

I’m no freshman – on the contrary, I’m in my final year – but this tag suits this period. I wanted to post it a couple of weeks ago to coincide with the start of the academic year, but hey, I’m still in time, right? (Freshmen in Malta started this week, in fact!)

I’m not tagging anyone. If you’re going to do it, let me know so I can read your post. 🙂

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Media, TV Rambles

TV Rambles: The Crown

On my birthday, the only thing I felt like doing was to chillax in front of the TV with Matt. So I thought of choosing something completely new to watch, some genre that I’ve been longing to try out, i.e. period dramas.

My first choice fell on The Crown, a Netflix biopic drama. Yes, because what’s better than a period drama, if not a biographical period drama! Created by Peter Morgan – known for writing biopics such as The QueenFrost/Nixon, and Rush – this series is about Queen Elizabeth II.

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Book Rambles, Media

Book Rambles: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

After My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises, the next Fredrik Backman novel in my possession was Britt-Marie Was Here.

It’s a spin-off centred around one of the secondary characters in My Grandmother. If you haven’t read the previous book, don’t worry: Britt-Marie can still be read as a standalone because it is unrelated to Elsa’s adventure and it retells the main character’s backstory from scratch. Readers who have read My Grandmother, on the other hand, will learn more details about Britt-Marie’s past and discover a new side of this woman, who had previously seemed too annoying to bear.

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Media, Movie Rambles

Movie Rambles: My Top 20 Michael Nyqvist Films

Swedes and movie buffs, especially fans of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick, were shocked to learn of Michael Nyqvist’s death at the age of 56 on 27th June.

I discovered him through some of his most popular Swedish films. Ironically, the news of his passing came out while I was finishing the Millenium trilogy, which had catapulted the Swedish actor to international fame.

And so I wanted to rewatch his films and catch up with most of his works. Naturally, I couldn’t watch everything due to lack of time and availability, and some of those I watched were hard to get. But I’m lucky to have a native Swede and a big movie fan as a partner, so I thank Matt for all the help and patience throughout this month! 💕

Today, one month from his passing, I’m proposing my personal top 20 films with Michael Nyqvist. My ranking is based on a combination of the films’ quality, Nyqvist’s performances and the relevance of his roles.

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