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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Show Of The Month: Marvel's Daredavil


Picture by: HelloGiggles; Edited by: me

Favourite Episode(s): Cut Man (Episode 2), Speak of the Devil (Episode 9), Daredevil (Episode 13)
Favourite Character(s): Matthew Murdock (Daredevil), Foggy Nelson, Ben Urich
Favourite Feature(s): the fight scenes, the scences when Matt uses his special powers (camera, sound), the mix between funny conversations and the dramatic storyline
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I'm a big fan of the slightly darker comic filmings, which is why I am also a big fan of the Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan. "Daredevil" is from the Marvel universe and everyone who knows the Marvel movies like Thor, Avengers and Captain America, maybe would expect a funny TV show.
But Daredevil is adopting a completely different direction. Dark, serious and much more brutal than the Marvel movies. "Daredevil" do features some funny moments,  particularly through the character Foggy Nelson.

A small plot summary for you:
Daredevil deals with the attorney Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). He is blind, but his remaining senses are supernatural. At night he fights as "Daredevil" against the crime of Hell's Kitchen. He opens a law firm named "Nelson & Murdich" with his best friend Foggy Nelsen (Elden Henson).

I was quite impressed by the depth and complexity of the characters. I sympathized directly and could not stop to watch this series. It is very demanding and not for sensitive people, because there are a lot of very bloody scenes. But this doesn't detract from the value of this series. I am not a big fan of unnecessary scenes of violence with only one goal: provocation (Game Of Thrones :P). Daredevil convinced with his characters, the drama in the story and the good appearance. It is exciting and thrilling. The camera, the cut and general appearance of the series is impressive. The fight scenes are filmed so well that even I was impressed. And normally I'm not impress by battle or action scenes.

Watch this if you like comics and super hereos without crazy super powers (like superman who literaly can do anything). Don't watch this if you're not a fan of brutal images and fight scenes. Some of the stuff in this is very bloody and brutal, so if you can't see stuff like that, don't watch it!
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Flour-Free Banana Pancakes + Cinnamon Apples


I love breakfast! Therefore, breakfast is always the biggest meal of my day. In the morning I'm always more hungry then later. My favorite recipe is the "flour-free banana pancakes with cinnamon -honey-apples". If you don't like cinnamon - or apples. I have an alternative recipe with chocolate. Both recipes are healthy and 100% vegetarian.

You need this for one portion:
• 1 egg
• 1 large banana
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
•Tip: For a better consistency add 1-2 tablespoons milk (soy, almond, lactose free) and one tablespoon of coconut, almond or soy flour. In case you aren't intolerant to gluten - rye flour is also a healthy alternative.

For the apple pancake:
• 1 larg apple
• 1 tablespoon of honey (or a vegan alternative)
• 1-2 teaspoon of cinnamon (but you can add more or less. It's your choice)

For the chocolate pancake:
• Cacao Nibs - But: dark chocolate with no added sugar (I always get the one with 100% chocolate)
• Extra: you can add some fruits for the side if you like to :)


Preparation of the pancake:
1. Cut the banana into small pieces and crush them to much with a fork.
2. Add the egg and baking powder
3. if the consistency is good, then your ready. If you do not like the consistency, add the flour and the milk. The dough should not be too "slimy" and not too solid. Attempts to achieve a creamy dough.
4. Now you should add a little oil in a pan - olive oil, coconut oil or other oil. Put the oven to a medium or mid-high level.
5. Make small pancakes! It's easier to flip them when they are small.
5b. If you want to make the chocolate pancake, then place a somecacao nips on the pancake.
6. Flip the pancake when you're seeing small bubbles on the pancake - after 1-2 minutes.
7. Let the other side fry for 2 minutes.

Preparation of the cinnamon-honey-apples.
1. Cut the apple into elongated, not too thin pieces.
2. Pit the apples in a cooking pot, add one tablespoon honey and cinnamon in the amount of your choice.
3. Let the apples cook until (also put the oven on a medium to mid high level) until the honey is very liquid and boiling. The apples should also be softer too.
4. And do not forget: Stir! Don't let the apple burn.
5. If you like the consistency of the apples, you can place the apples on your pancakes.


I love this recipe! It's quick, easy and healthy. I can eat pancakes without remorse.

Send me your pictures of the pancakes if you have tried the recipe :)
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London: Lady Dinahs Cat Emporium


Me and my boyfriend visited London in December. And I knew I had to visit this one magical place: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium. It's a cat café in Bethnal Green, London. I follow them on social media and immediately fell in love with literally all of their cats and all the yummy drinks und food.







We entered the Café - after a short introduction and explanation of their rules - and there were cats everywhere - most of them were asleep. As a cat owner myself I wasn't suprised because I knew how long and often my cats are sleeping - all the time. I know that some visitors were bothers by the sleeping cats, because they expected more. They expect them to immediately show love and affection. To jump on their lap, but cats aren't like that. Cats are often very shy. Even my two Ragdoll cats, who are very trusting because that's the nature of this breed. So even my both lovely cats need at least two days until they show some affection to a visitor. I was incredibly happy to be able to simply enjoy the presence of so many cats.


We were greeted warmly and as I mentioned before we were told the rules of the cat café: Don't wake up the cat, don't lift up the cats, don't disturb the cats and don't give them food and so on. In addition, we had to wash our hands so we don't infect the cats. All this has made me so happy because I knew that the cats are loved by the staff of the café and the well-being of the cats is  the main priority.

We were taken to our seats. A lovely couch with a sleeping cat right in front of us on a chair. I was internal screaming. The cat was so beautiful. Unfortunately a visitor petted the cat and she left. I was in three cat café before and so many visitors don't understand cats and they pet even if the cat's asleep. 

The staff was very friendly, not pushy and they always told funny stories about the cats. We were almost immediately asked where we came from. Our German accent had betrayed us ;) Unfortunately I never was in an english speaking country before and was really really shy.




 He destroyed it!

We then ordered us some breakfast. I orderd a Hummous and Roast Vegetables Bagel (5,5£) and my boyfriend took the Meatball & Cheese Bagel (5,5£). It was so delicious! My boyfriend is a really fuzzy eater, but he really loved it!

After we finished this - and watched the cats enjoying all the sleep or attention - I ordered a "Artemis" - a Hot Chocolate Orange (4,1£) and a Chocolate Madarin Loaf (3,5£). It was so tasty! I would have liked to order it again, but I was so full!

The cats were treated very well by the staff. Unfortunately, the other visitors weren't. A visitor petted a cat which were in a house at her cat tree. It was so wrong, because that's a "safty spot" for cats. I hope the staff is able to fix these problemes. I know it's hard because they can't stalk and watch every visitor all the time. It's absolutly not their fault. I just felt really sorry for the cats. They just wanted to sleep. One time three visitors sourrounded a cat named Biskuit who was asleep. He just moved a little bit. The visitors immediately took their "chance". Thankfully a staff member came and explained that they please don't pet the cat while it's asleep or even half asleep.



 

The booking costs 6£. Some people might think it's too much. In my opinion it's not, because you're paying for the amazing staff und the cats. You are paying the service, the food and toys for the cat. They also gave as water for free which was really nice. The food and drinks aren't that expensive (for london prices ;D.

I really want to come back to this lovely place! In December I want to travel to London again and a visit at Lady Dinahs is the first task on my list.
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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Oscars 2016: Predictions


Picture(s) by Oscars.go.com

The Acadamy Awards are almoste there - finally! I love watching the Oscars - all the happy winners and sometimes I am happy because my "wish-candidate" won the golden statue. With Chris Rock hosting the Oscars, I also hope that the show will be amazing, funny and entertaining.

I am doing a Oscar prediction every year and with 28 days left until the Oscars - here they are. I'm going to tell you the nominee who I would WISH wining the Oscar and the nominee who I PREDICT that he or she will go home with the Oscar.

Best Picture

  • The Big Short – Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
  • Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger
  • Brooklyn – Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Doug Mitchell and George Miller
  • The Martian – Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam
  • PREDICTION The Revenant – Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon
  • Room – Ed Guiney
  • WISH Spotlight – Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Blye Pagon Faus


Best Director


  • Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • WISH George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • PREDICTION Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Lenny Abrahamson – Room
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight Even if am wasn't a big fan of "Mad Max", the passion and time George Miller put in this movie is amazing.


Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo
  • Matt Damon – The Martian as Mark Watney
  • WISH + PREDICTION Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs as Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe / Einar Wegener



Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol as Carol Aird
  • WISH + PREDICTION Brie Larson – Room as Joy "Ma" Newsome
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy as Joy Mangano
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years as Kate Mercer
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey


Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short as Michael Burry
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant as John Fitzgerald
  • WISH Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight as Michael Rezendes
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel
  • PREDICTION Sylvester Stallone – Creed as Rocky Balboa


Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight as Daisy Domergue
  • Rooney Mara – Carol as Therese Belivet
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight as Sacha Pfeiffer
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
  • PREDICTION + WISH Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman



Best Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen
  • Ex Machina – Alex Garland
  • Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie del Carmen
  • WISH + PREDICTION Spotlight – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
  • Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus



Best Adapted Screenplay

 
  • The Big Short – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph from The Big Short by Michael Lewis
  • Brooklyn – Nick Hornby from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  • Carol – Phyllis Nagy from The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  • WISH + PREDICTION The Martian – Drew Goddard from The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Room – Emma Donoghue from Room by Emma Donoghue


Best Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran
  • Boy & the World – Alê Abreu
  • WISH + PREDICTION Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie – Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • When Marnie Was There – Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura


Best Foreign Language Film

  • Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia) in Spanish – Ciro Guerra
  • Mustang (France) in Turkish – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • PREDICTION Son of Saul (Hungary) in Hungarian – László Nemes
  • Theeb (Jordan) in Arabic – Naji Abu Nowar
  • A War (Denmark) in Danish – Tobias Lindholm


Best Documentary – Feature

  • PREDICTION Amy – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
  • Cartel Land – Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
  • The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? – Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby, and Justin Wilkes
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom – Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor


Best Documentary – Short Subject
Body Team 12 – David Darg and Bryn Mooser
Chau, Beyond the Lines – Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom – Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Haven't seen any of those :/



Best Live Action Short Film
Ave Maria – Eric Dupont and Basil Khalil
Day One – Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay – Patrick Vollrath
Shok – Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer – Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Haven't seen any of those :/



Best Animated Short Film

  • Bear Story – Pato Escala Pierart and Gabriel Osorio Vargas
  • Prologue – Imogen Sutton and Richard Williams
  • Sanjay's Super Team – Nicole Paradis Grindle and Sanjay Patel
  • We Can't Live Without Cosmos – Konstantin Bronzit
  • PREDICTION World of Tomorrow – Don Hertzfeldt


Best Original Score

  • Bridge of Spies – Thomas Newman
  • Carol – Carter Burwell
  • PREDICTION + WISH The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  • Sicario – Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – John Williams


Best Original Song

  • "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey – Music and Lyrics by Ahamad Balshe (Belly), Stephan Moccio, Jason "Daheala" Quenneville, Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)
  • "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction – Music by J. Ralph, Lyrics by Antony Hegarty
  • "Simple Song #3" from Youth – Music and Lyrics by David Lang
  • "Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground – Music and Lyrics by Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
  • PREDICTION "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre – Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith (but I don't really like this song :/)


Best Sound Editing

  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Mark A. Mangini and David White
  • The Martian – Oliver Tarney
  • The Revenant – Martin Hernández and Lon Bender
  • PREDICTION Sicario – Alan Robert Murray
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Matthew Wood and David Acord


Best Sound Mixing

  • Bridge of Spies – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Drew Kunin
  • PREDICTION Mad Max: Fury Road – Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, and Ben Osmo
  • The Martian – Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, and Mac Ruth
  • The Revenant – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, and Chris Duesterdiek
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson



Best Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies – Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich, and Adam Stockhausen
  • The Danish Girl – Michael Standish and Eve Stewart
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
  • WISH The Martian – Celia Bobak and Arthur Max
  • PREDICTION The Revenant – Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy


Best Cinematography

  • Carol – Ed Lachman
  • The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
  • PREDICTION Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
  • The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Sicario – Roger Deakins


Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • PREDICTION Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, and Damian Martin
  • The Revenant – Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini


Best Costume Design

  • Carol – Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella – Sandy Powell
  • PREDICTION The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
  • The Revenant – Jacqueline West


Best Film Editing
  • The Big Short – Hank Corwin
  • WISH Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
  • PREDICTION The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight – Tom McArdle
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey



Best Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina – Mark Williams Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, and Andrew Whitehurst
  • PREDICTION + WISH Mad Max: Fury Road – Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, and Tom Wood
  • The Martian – Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence, Richard Stammers, and Steven Warner
  • The Revenant – Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith, and Cameron Waldbauer
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan




 I can't wait for the Oscars. What are your predicitons? Tell me :)
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