The Silence of Slovenia / 0 comments (+)
I am currently in my semester holidays, well, kind of since I have to prepare for 5 exams in the next 4 weeks. Anyways, last week a couple of friends and I decided to go on a short weekend trip to Slovenia. Overall we went to Ljubljana, the capital city, and also took a day trip to Lake Bled and Bohinj. Ljubljana was a nice, peaceful town with the population of only about 300.000, surprisingly low for a capital city. I was really surprised at how quiet it was, and we came on weekends.





Ljubljana Old Town

This pic reminded me of the Game of Thrones Promo, the one with the caption "All Men Must Die"

This dragon bridge is the icon of Ljubljana. Virtually every shops sell dragon-themed souvenirs

Cevapcici!!


Hiking up to see the Ljubljana Castle












The second day we took a bus to see the lakes Bled and Bohinj, about 1,5 and 2 hours from Ljubljana respectively.



Lake Bled, which is famous for the tiny "island" at the center of the lake (that one with the small castle/fancy building is the island)

I find Lake Bohinj, the biggest lake in Slovenia, to be much more breathtaking. Too bad there was so much fog when we got there.









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Posted on Monday, March 2, 2015


2014 Golden Thumb Awards / 2 comments (+)
So, here it is, the shortened, compact version of this year's Golden Thumb Awards!


TOP 10 MOVIE OF 2014
10. Interstellar
Mind-boggling, in a typical Nolan way (Not in a bad way). Great performance from all of the casts, particularly Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain. 
 
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
It was not as good as I expected it to be, but maybe I was expecting too much. It's still worth watching and still a good film, but I felt like this movie was done to clear all of the events that happened in The Last Stand, which I happen to like. Plus I need more scenes from the original X-Men cast without involving them looking scared inside that temple-like place.

8. The Fault in Our Stars
Everything that I imagined it would be. Book was better but I wasn't expecting the movie to be better than the book either. A solid performance by newcomer Ansel Elgort.
7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I
I can't understand why they need to label it "The Hunger Games" as if people won't know that the big shiny mockingjay symbol pretty much represents the franchise. Overall, the director / writers did the best it could with a weak material. I mean, cutting the book in to two parts is not easy, particularly because I know the first half of Mockingjay is mainly filled with Capitol/Katniss taking turns in producing propagandas. But as usual, Jennifer Lawrence shined and I got to hear my favorite quote "If we burn you burn with us" so no complains here.
6. The Theory of Everything
What an amazing performance by Eddie Redmayne. The story itself is a little dull, without any apparent 'climax' or problems. If not for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones I would have been bored to tears. So yeah, they're the reason why it ranked so high on the list (and the fact that last year's movies were pretty weak)

5. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Yes, it's not as good as the LOTR trilogy but as its own trilogy The Hobbit managed to tell an incredible story from a 200 page book without making it feel stretched. As usual, mind blowing cinematography and visual effects. A 2,5 hour I would gladly repeat.
4. The Imitation Game
Such a moving story, delivered by incredible actors, and it had all the things I like: spies, world war, codes, BEN. It would've been ranked higher on this list if not for the plot holes in the storytelling.
3. Gone Girl
Wow, David Fincher, you have done it again. Even though I have already read the book and the film did not disappoint. Hats off to Rosamund Pike for being so convincing as this mesmerizing sociopath without even raising her voice once, she should have brought home all the awards.

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Now I have never seen a Wes Anderson movie before but I know his type well, and it's definitely different than other stuffs out there, in a good way. His is so way over our imagination but yet always so prettily shot. I have never been a fan of these weird artsy not-happening-in-real-life type but The Grand Budapest Hotel is, funny, quirky, and worth your while.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Turns out I am still a popcorn-movie/summer blockbuster fan at heart. Lately I'm getting so fed up with the stereotype superhero movie formula: Hot guy becomes a selfless/one-dimensional superhero saves the day and got the girl (Captain America, I'm looking at you) so thank gosh Chris Pratt came in and introduced us to Star Lord and gang. A funny superhero movie that's got everything you can possibly want: awesome cast, witty dialogue, action, and catchy 80s soundtrack, with a bonus of Groot.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
Other Nominees: Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

BEST SCRIPT
GONE GIRL
Other Nominees: The Imitation Game, Birdman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN


BEST PROTAGONIST CHARACTER
PETER QUILL / STAR LORD in Guardians of the Galaxy


BEST VILLAIN
AMY ELLIOTT DUNNE in Gone Girl


BEST OPENING SCENE


BEST ENDING


Not story wise, mind you, but the closing credits of 22 Jump Street where they showed us about 40 possible plots for sequels is just hilarious.


BEST DIRECTOR
WES ANDERSON for The Grand Budapest Hotel


BEST SCREEN COUPLE
 PETER PARKER & GWEN STACY in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Just look. at. how. cute. they are. gazing at each other. Doing nothing.

Other Nominees: Augustus Waters & Hazel Grace - The Fault in Our Stars, Stephen Hawking & Jane Wilde - The Theory of Everything




BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
ANSEL ELGORT AS AUGUSTUS WATERS in The Fault in Our Stars

He managed to portray Augustus as this cool bad boy sort-of type who's also vulnerable inside and became a bit of a crybaby/mommas boy as his illness later progressed, all while still making us fell in love with him.

BEST QUOTE


"If we burn you burn with us!"--The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
  

MOVIE HOTTIE
CHRIS PRATT in Guardians of the Galaxy

Other Nominees: Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, Nicholas Hoult - X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ansel Elgort - The Fault in Our Stars, Matthew Goode - Imitation Game

BEST ACTOR
EDDIE REDMAYNE as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything 

Just, when you see him make those facial expressions to resemble Hawking, and how he mimicked Hawking's limp walk, that's some great acting right there. I can hear the Oscar bells already. 

Other Nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing- The Imitation Game, Steve Carell as John Du Pont - Foxcatcher, Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave - The Grand Budapest Hotel, Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson - Birdman


BEST ACTRESS
ROSAMUND PIKE as Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike deserves her Oscar!!

Other Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking - The Theory of Everything


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
 EDWARD NORTON as Mike Shiner - Birdman


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
 KEIRA KNIGHTLEY as Joan Clarke - The Imitation Game


BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT
 SHAILENE WOODLEY as Tris Prior - Divergent

The third book ruined any chances of me liking the series. The first movie was meh and Shailene was too good an actress to be wasted on another selfless female protagonist. 


BEST DRESSED ACTOR
EDDIE REDMAYNE for The Theory of Everything Promo


BEST DRESSED ACTRESS
ELIZABETH BANKS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Promo


BEST CAST
BIRDMAN



BEST SOUNDTRACK:

 
YELLOW FLICKER BEAT - Lorde, OST. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

Other Nominees: Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede (OST. Guardians of the Galaxy), All of the Stars - Ed Sheeran (OST. The Fault in Our Stars), Immortals - Fall Out Boy (OST. Big Hero 6)

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
ONEREPUBLIC

In the time where everything is autotuned and EDM, OneRepublic proved that you can still go on a 1,5 year world tour with cellos and pianos.

Other Nominees: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea

BEST COLLABORATION
 FANCY - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX


BEST NEW ARTIST
SAM SMITH Other Nominees: 5 Seconds of Summer, MKTO, George Ezra, Birdy

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

 
FANCY - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX

Because, who doesn't love a good Clueless reference?

Other Nominees: Blank Space - Taylor Swift, Love Runs Out - OneRepublic, Chandelier - Sia, Born Hater - Epik High


BEST BAND
ONEREPUBLIC

Other Nominees: Fall Out Boy, Coldplay, The Script


BEST FEMALE SINGER
SIA

Other Nominees: Lorde, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Birdy


BEST MALE SINGER
SAM SMITH

Other Nominees: George Ezra, Ed Sheeran



SONG OF THE YEAR
CHANDELIER - Sia

Other Nominees: Love Runs Out - OneRepublic, Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer, Out of the Woods - Taylor Swift, Yellow Flicker Beat - Lorde, Classic - MKTO, Budapest - George Ezra, Centuries - Fall Out Boy, Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX, Pompeii - Bastille


ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
1989 - Taylor Swift

Other Nominees: The New Classic - Iggy Azalea, X - Ed Sheeran, Awesome Mix Vol 1 - Guardians of the Galaxy, My Everything - Arian Grande


BEST YOUTUBE VIDEO
 
LIP SYNC BATTLE WITH EMMA STONE

Other Nominees: Kim Jong Illah #1 Husband, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta Line, After Us - Wong Fu


BEST TRAILER
 
THE IMITATION GAME

Other Nominees: The Theory of Everything, The Hobbit, Gone Girl, Interstellar



BEST CAST
PARKS AND RECREATION
Other Nominees: Miranda, Orange is the New Black, NCIS


BEST DRAMA SERIES
SHERLOCK
Other Nominees: You From Another Star, Game of Thrones, True Detective, How To Get Away With Murder


BEST COMEDY
MIRANDA

Funny, smart, awkward, with lots of catchphrases, complete with an OTP. Miranda is easily one of my all-time favorite shows.

Other nominees: The Graham Norton Show, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Silicon Valley


TV HOTTIE
GRANT GUSTIN as Barry Allen - The Flash

Other Nominees: Tom Ellis as Gary - Miranda, Jack Whitehall - Backchat, Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon - You From Another StarAlfie Ennoch as Wes Gibbins - How to Get Away with Murder,


FUNNIEST PERFORMANCE
NICK OFFERMAN as Ron Swanson - Parks & Recreation

Other Nominees: Alison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett - Mom, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti- Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dwi Sasono as Adi - Tetangga Masa Gitu, Miranda Hart as Miranda Priestley - BBC Miranda


BEST SCREEN COUPLE
MINDY LAHIRI & DANNY CASTELANO - The Mindy Project
Other Nominees: Leslie Knope & Ben Wyatt - Parks & Rec, Do Min Joon & Cheon Song Yi - You From Another Star, Miranda & Gary - Miranda

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES
ALISON JANNEY as Bonnie Plunkett - Mom

Other Nominees: Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri - The Mindy Project, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope - Parks & Recreation, Jeon Ji Hyun as Chun Song Yi - You From Another Star, Viola Davis as Analise Keating - How to Get Away with Murder


BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock

Other Nominees: Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta - Brooklyn Nine Nine, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister - Game of Thrones, Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cole - True Detective


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES
CHELSEA PERETTI as Gina Linetti - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Other Nominees: Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes - Orange is the New Black, Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson - Red Band Society, Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan - Sherlock


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES
PEDRO PASCALL as Oberyn Martell - Game of Thrones

Other Nominees: Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson - Parks & Recreation, Joe Morton as Rowan - Scandal, Jack Falahee as Connor - How to Get Away with Murder

BEST NEW SERIES

Other Nominees: Silicon Valley, The Flash, How to Get Away With Murder, Tetangga Masa Gitu

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