Fifty Shades Freed (press-screening review)

Director; James Foley
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th

Words cannot express the pure bliss and excitement that I felt when attending the press screening for what must be one of the most anticipated movies in 2018 (mostly by ladies).
As most of you know I was devastated after Fifty Shades of Grey, the director had pretty much slaughtered the movie adaption, and it was just painful to sit through something that I had looked forward seeing with every bit of my heart and soul.
When the second one came out, I had zero exceptions for it but
decided to see it anyways, and I finally left the theater with a grin from ear to ear, it wasn’t perfect but definitely a tremendous step up from the first one.
It was a better script, the monologues were much more satisfying, so were the scenes, the clothes, it felt much closer to the novel that we had come to adore so much.
Now, the third book, the final goodbye to the characters we have fallen in love with, swept away by, and in ache knowing this is the end, was great.

One thing these movies never fail with is the music, the sound adds a glorious essence of beauty and depth to every moment, and that alone had me smiling like an idiot and getting goosebumps.
The song at the end did it for me, I was bawling my eyes out to the last moment when they were slowly wrapping it up.

If you have read the books, you most certainly know what the film is about, for those who yet have not taken the time to read the fantastic, thrilling, and enticingly love story of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele, then here is a little brief information about the storyline.

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are back, this time as Mr. and Mrs. But it ain’t all rainbows and roses after the wedding, they must now face one of the biggest threats out there, Jack Hyde, a man who will stop at nothing for his revenge.

As much as I enjoyed it, I felt as that they could’ve rounded it up to two hours, and added some lines that were missing from the book, or skipped a sex scene or two, and add something else. Besides that, you get enough. I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many are bashing it, especially on IMDb. Haters gonna hate.

I was smiling, crying, and sitting on needles through the thrilling scenes that had me gasping for air. If you have seen the two first ones, you must, of course, check it out. If you haven’t, don’t judge it too quickly simply because the first one was bad.

Dakota and Jamie shines in the last chapter, I could finally see them as Grey and Ana, and I loved that! Thank you to Erika for writing these books, and thank you to the entire cast and crew for bringing Fifty Shades to life. They will be missed. 7/10

Loving (Bluray review)

Director; Jeff Nichols
2h 3 minutes
Out on bluray.

A beautiful and soulful story that is inspiring and heart-shattering at the same time. Though it’s powerful, the script falls flat and becomes rather dull, but don’t let that overshadow its depth, beauty, and true love – no matter race.

Loving plays out in the sixties, where a couple gets arrest for interracial marriage in Virgina and gets into a filthy battle, a legal war that would become historic in the Supreme Court.

To my opinion it was too long for a drama, a thin thread over two hours that quickly becomes quite boring and dragged out, making you almost lose interest by the second half.
The very slight thrill makes itself present when they go into battle, that is when it becomes somewhat intellectual and gives you some sort of attachment to the characters, the plot, and their story. But it wasn’t enough since throughout the film they never built up anything to grasp and grab a hold of you.
By already knowing what it is about, there is nothing extra to expect.

Not something I’d personally recommend. Found it to be long, flat, and dull to be frank. The only beauty of it is its story. 5/10

Bluray Extras;
Making Loving
A loving ensemble
Loving v. Virgina
Virgina: A loveing backdrop
Commentary with director Jeff Nichols

The Raven (Review)

This writer has once again made my heart wrapped itself around one his works, refusing to let go. Now, I just need to get my hands on the rest of The Florentine series which includes The Prince, The Shadow, and then The Roman.

At first, I couldn’t imagine him enter the core of my being with another of his work, and I was pretty sure he’d used the full capacity of my heart with Professor Gabriel, thinking there was absolutely no room nor interest for some other man, boy was I wrong.
The Prince sure as hell managed to crawl underneath my skin, and get comfortable in both there, and my heart.
Each page made me more eager than ever to read more about this beautiful creature, William York.
I was becoming obsessed, completely addicted to each and every chapter, holding my breath as I was wondering what would happen next.

It’s thrilling, sexy as hell and yet sensual at the same time. So far, after all the books I’ve read, only Sylvain Reynard has the finesse of making erotic scenes sound poetic, passionate, and beautiful. It’s lovemaking at its finest, each word and detail surrounds you and transports you into that very scene.
At one point, I was so into it that I was pretty damn sure The Prince was whispering his words into my hearing, and not someone else’s.
That is what I love about this author, the details, that matters the most to me when reading, there’s no part where you have to wonder or be lost.
It’s exciting, you get a chapter from each of the main characters, which is amazing. His passion for writing shines through each page, and I love that!

Sylvain Reynard has become a huge favorite of mine, he managed to take one of my favorites which are Italian art and poets and create these extraordinary books. His works are made for me, being the lover of everything Italian that I am. I was more thrilled than ever when I read about Dante in his Gabriel’s Inferno series, and then having The Raven set in Florence, a city I visited last year, and it’s was like a throwback when he mentioned some of the places I had already visit, made the story sound even more real.

I spent hours at the shop at the Uffizi Gallery, I bought a mug, a pen, a painting of Primavera and Birth of Venus that I have perfectly placed on my make-up table.
And, I also have a book with all of Botticelli’s work that was a 24th birthday gift from my mother. One of my walls has a stunning image of Dante and Beatrice by the Ponte Santa Trinita – by Henry Holiday. So, if Reynard continues to write like he has done so far, he has a loyal fan until I take my very last breath.
His work continues to be one of my inspiration in writing.

If you enjoy supernatural beings, thrilling love that creeps up your spine in the most pleasurble way ever, I strongly recommend The Raven. 6.9/10

”Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…” – Goodreads

Hope all of you have a wonderful day, out there chasing your dreams, think positive, good vibes only.

Xo, Beauty