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Top of the World: Remembering David Bowie with 15 Favourite Songs

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Already one year ago, on January 10, 2016, a musical legend, David Bowie passed away and left his fans in deep sorrow. He was an icon and a real source of inspiration. This sad event is one that we aren’t completely ready to accept and that seemed to have happened too suddenly. Unexpected deaths like this one are the most painful.

However, I’m strongly convinced that Bowie’s memory will never stop being celebrated. Today, in his honour, I’m back with a top 15 of my favourite Bowie’s songs (already another top? Yes!) Plus, two days ago it was his birthday so that makes it a double occasion. There are moments like this when I allow myself to put movies aside and focus on a different cultural subject. (Yes, David Bowie did play in some films, but that’s another story).

This list is very subjective as these are my personal favourites. I ask you to please respect my choices. If a song you like isn’t part of the top, it’s not because I don’t like it! It’s just not in my top 15.

I love Bowie, but I’m really not an expert. To tell you the sad truth, I discovered most of his songs after his death. (You know, stuff like that always happens). I think I knew 6 of them before. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a favourite before his death, and I was one of those who couldn’t believe it. I’m telling you all this because this top mostly contains Bowie’s famous songs, which are the one I know the most. I’m not too familiar with his more obscure songs.

Well, enjoy the top now!

15. Changes (1971)

Seriously, how can we forget this refrain?

14. Let’s Dance (1983)

A perfect song to dance indeed.

13. Under Pressure (1982)

Davie Bowie and Freddy Mercury = priceless

12. Dancing in the Streets ( David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s version: 1985)

This song was originally written by  William Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter et Marvin Gaye and contains several different versions. Bowie/Jaggers’s one deserves credits for its video clip only.

11. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)

A “mysterious” song, that’s why I like it.

10. Modern Love (1983)

I know it sounds strange said like that, but I’ve always loved the musicality of this song

9. Rebel Rebel (1974)

Just for that lyric: “Hot tramp, I love you so! “

8. Suffragette City (1972)

Another unforgettable David Bowie’s song

7. Ziggy Stardust (1972)

Because I like the creativity of this song and Bowie’s very sexy voice in it.

(Seriously, his legs are amazing. And this live version is my favourite one)

6. The Jean Genie (1973)

This song has “swag”.

5. Golden Years (1975)

This proves that David was able to perform different styles of music and did them all well.

4. Starman (1972)

The first Bowie’s song I discovered. Used to be my #1 once, but it still has a special place in my heart.

3. Heroes (1977)

A powerful song and Bowie’s voice: OH MY GOD. The emotion.

2. Space Oddity (1969)

Bowie’s most iconic song. Always makes me think of my favourite Quebecker movie, C.R.A.Z.Y (Jean-Marc Vallée) in which the main character is a fan of Bowie and listens to this song in an iconic scene.

The song was originally released in 1969, but my favourite version is the 1972’s re-release, also the most well-known version.

C.R.Z.Y’s scene, in case you are curious.

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  1. China Girl (1977)

Strangely, I used not to like this song very much. But now I love it and… it’s my favourite one. Once again, David Bowie’s voice is amazing and full of emotion, and a song that mentions Marlon Brando’s name is always a winner for me. 😉

That was difficult and I’m still not a 100 % sure of my order of preference. There are some I just love equally.

Anyway, I hope you like these ones too! Please don’t hesitate to share with me what are YOUR favourite David Bowie’s songs.

I watched Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars yesterday and discovered a bunch of other amazing songs in it, but as I’ve heard most of them only once (except those in the top) and because this article was already edited I will leave it as it is now. But a big shout out to this film and its songs!

David Bowie: the man is gone, but the legend will live forever. RIP

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Top of the World: 10 Spanish Speaking Movies

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This past semester at university I had a Contemporary Spanish Cinema course. It was optional, but I took it for my own curiosity as, I have to admit, I don’t think I had seen any Spanish movies before. Here I mean Spanish from Spain. Some names were familiar, such as Almodóvar, but I still didn’t really know what to expect and if I would like it or not. Well, I did. The teacher was interesting and I loved almost all the movies we watched! The course is over now, but in good memory of it I’ve decided to do a…. top list! However, here I won’t only include Spanish movies from Spain, but Spanish speaking movies in general. So, some South American movies will be included on this list (actually, I think there’s only two) and movies produced by Spain, but not Spanish speaking won’t be included (here I can think of The Others with Nicole Kidman. We watched it in class, it’s very good, but not a word of Spanish is spoken in it).

Before I start the top, here are some new, and not so new warnings:

As I’ve just discovered the world of Spanish movies, I haven’t seen them all! So it’s no use saying “you should have put this film on your list.” If I haven’t seen it, I just haven’t, so I can’t include it. Among all the Spanish films I saw, I think that maybe 4 or 5 are not included in the list, so it’s not that much as you can see. And those are not like the “obvious” Spanish films that everybody should see. But of course, if you are curious to know if I have seen some particular film that might be among the 5 that are not on the list, you surely can ask! 🙂

I don’t say that any of these films are better than another one. This is a very subjective list. These are my personal favourites. Please respect my choices.

My course was about contemporary Spanish Cinema, meaning that the list doesn’t include Spanish movies from the 40s or the 50s for example. The oldest one is a 1980’s movie. However, if you know some good “old” Spanish films I should watch, please don’t hesitate to recommend them!

I think it would be important to mention that I did see all these films in class, but most of my viewings were related to the course, except for one.

All the Almodóvar’s films I saw are included in this list.

Ok, here we go!

10. La Mala Educación (Bad Education) – Pedro Almodóvar, 2004

I chose this film for my final essay of Spanish Contemporary Cinema and I got an…. A! 😀 Look what the teacher said about my text: “This was an excellent paper, with an outstanding engagement with both historical context and literature on the subject. Great work! Only as a minor comment, the paper, is 1000 words larger than the word count asked for, be sure to double check these things (I appreciate the effort but usually its better to try and not overdo too much). At any rate, this paper shows an excellent engagement with course topics and it was very insightful and complete assignment.”  Ok, I write too much, but hey! I got an A you know! 😉

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9. Flores de otro mundo (Flowers From Another World) – Icíar Bollaín, 1999

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8. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al bored de un ataque de nervios)– Pedro Almodóvar, 1988

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7. La piel que habito (The Skin I Live in) – Pedro Almodóvar, 2011

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6. XXY – Lucía Puenzo, 2007

A very interesting and touching Argentinian movie about the complex subject of intersexuality. I actually saw this one in a different class.

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5. Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) – Pedro Almodóvar, 1999

Definitely my favourite Almodóvar’s film so far, and the first I’ve seen.

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4. El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) – Guillermo del Toro, 2006

Ok, I think everybody knows this one. I loved it, but I actually thought she would spend more time in the labyrinth!

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3. Pa Negre (Black Bread) – Augustí Villaronga, 2010

Another great film about Spanish Civil War, still with the mean guy from Pan’s Labyrinth. Here I cheat a little as the film is not in Spanish, but in Catalan.

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2. Y Tu Mama También (And your Mother Too) – Alfonso Cuarón, 2001

Another pretty well-known film. I watched it because of Gael García Bernal and I was not disappointed. Amazingly shot. A Mexican movie. The only one I watched that was not related to the course (or any other course if I think of XXY)

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1. También la lluvia (Even the Rain) – Icíar Bollaín, 2010

The film that made me discover Gael García Bernal. I didn’t know what to expect from this film, but it’s just amazing. The story is breathtaking and the actors are excellent. Not to be missed.

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Here it is. I know there’s much more I have to see such as Almodovar’s Talk to Her or Diarios de motocicleta with Bernal, but these films gave me a good preview of how great Spanish cinema is. If you are like me five months ago and haven’t seen any Spanish films, I hope this list will be useful to you!

It was good to be back! See you soon! 🙂

And Happy New Year too!

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Top of the World: 9 Leo DiCaprio Films

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Just… too adorable ahah ❤

Today, one of my very favourite modern actors, the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio, turned 42! Young and still full of talents!

For the occasion, I’m presenting you my top 9 of my favourite movies of his! Why 9? Sounds a bit odd I know, but the simple reason is that I’ve seen 11 of his films, and there’s two of them that I didn’t really like, so I don’t see the use of including them in the top! It was The Revenant and The Great Gatsby. Leo is not the reasons why I didn’t like those movies! More like just the movie itself…

Of course, these are my personal choices and just list my own favourites. 🙂 Don’t hesitate to share your choices with me!

Ok, here we go:

9. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006)

Quite a cast.

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8. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

Not sure I understood everything, but despite that I liked it!

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7. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

A bit long and a bit too much, but overall I appreciated it.

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6. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

Weird film, but one you don’t forget!

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5. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012)

Normally not a fan of Tarantino’s films, but I exceptionally loved this one. Leo is delightfully evil!

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4. Catch Me if You Can (Steven Spielberg, 2002)

Gotta love Spielberg 🙂

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3. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004)

IMHO, what the best DiCaprio-Scorsese’s collaboration

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2. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)

Well, a  Leo DiCaprio’s top without this guilty pleasure wouldn’t be a real one. Anyway, I love this film, find it entertaining and Jack is such a cool character 🙂

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  1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape! (Lasse Hallström, 1993)

I think it’s for this film or The Aviator that Leo should have won his first Oscar! Gilbert Grape is a delightful film. Love it.

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Hope you appreciated the top!

Happy birthday Leo! 🙂

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Top of the World: 20 Favourite Movies to Watch for Halloween

It’s Halloween! Ouuuuu! Well, that seems to be the perfect occasion to do a top list of my 20 most favourite movies to watch for Halloween. As I don’t watch a lot of “traditional” Halloween movies, this top also contains thrillers, science-fiction, and dark comedies. I warn you, you won’t see anything such as The Exorcist or The Ring because I don’t like movies that are too scary and prevent me to sleep for weeks.

Of course, I could have included all Hitchcock movies… but I’ve limited myself to 4, those I thought were the most suitable for Halloween.

These are, obviously, my personal choices, so I’ll ask you to respect them. If a movie is not on the list, there are three reasons why: I don’t like it enough to put it on the list, I personally don’t really think it’s a Halloween movie or, I just haven’t seen it.

Well, here we go!

20. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975)

Especially for the music

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19. Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932) 

I’m not comparing those people to monsters, but there’s something a bit creepy in all this! “One of us!”

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18. Hush…Hush…Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich, 1964)

Aldrich was good at making disturbing movies…

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17. The Invisible Man (James Whale, 1933)

I just watched it for Halloween!

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16. Se7en  (David Fincher)

A film I once swore I’ll never saw until I had to watch it for school… I don’t regret I did and I didn’t find it so scary (disgusting, but not scary).

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15. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

Of course, this one should be on everyone’s list of the best horror movies ever made.

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14. The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955)

A delightful dark comedy. And it takes place during autumn!

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13. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956)

THE sci-fi film of the list.

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12. Harry Potter (all of them except the 5th and the 6th)

Well, just because it’s Harry Potter ❤ And there’s a ton of monsters in there!

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11. Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990)

Anything by Stephen King is suitable for Halloween. I bet you forgot Lauren Bacall was in this film. 😉

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10. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)

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9. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)

Same story as Se7en… The film itself never really scared me, but my! It’s creepy and quite perfect for Halloween. Bon appétit…

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“I’m going to eat you.” 🙂

8. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)

You know, when you’re afraid of pigeons, movies like that come to be quite scary (although there are no pigeons in The Birds…). You can read my review here.

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7. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)

Well, another creepy Aldrich’s movie. Similar to Misery. You can read my review here.

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6. Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971)

When a truck becomes a monster… Very stressful film. You can read my review here.

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5. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)

A very funny dark comedy! “He looks like Boris Karloff!”

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4. The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laugthon, 1955)

Ah! That Harry Powell… You can read my review here.

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3. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Hum, I think the film belongs on the list for the atmosphere that is created by Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca’s spirit. Plus, it’s one I love.

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2. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961)

In the genre of horror movies, this one has to be my favourite.You can read my review here.

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Rear Window! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Certainly not a “horror” movie, but what that strange neighbour does is enough to terrify us. I remembered being at the edge of my seat the first time I watched it.

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Honourable mention to The Shining. I’ve only seen the movie twice, and, the second time, it was only some excerpt so I don’t really remember it, explaining why I don’t really know where to put it in the list. But it deserves an honourable mention for Jack Nicholson’s performance alone.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the top, and don’t hesitate to share your choices with me!

Happy Halloween to all!

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CORRECTION: FILE - DECEMBER 15: Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died in California at 96 years old. Fontaine won an Academy Award for her role in "Suspicion" and was in such films as "Rebecca", "Jane Eyre" and "Ivanhoe." UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950:  Actress Joan Fontaine poses for a studio publicity photo in Hollywood around 1940. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Top of the World: 10 Joan Fontaine’s Films

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Last Saturday, we celebrated what would have been Joan Fontaine’s 99th birthday. Unfortunately, as I was quite busy, I didn’t really have time to do anything to celebrate the event on my blog. Well, I’m back with a top from the top of the world and would like to introduce you my 10 most favourite Joan Fontaine’s films. Of course, these are my personal choices, so I simply ask you to respect them (I think you know the song now)!

Here we go:

10. The Affairs of Susan ( William A. Seiter, 1945)

I must be honest, I really hesitated between The Affairs of Susan and The Bigamist, because I’ve only seen them once and quite a long time ago, so I don’t really remember which one I preferred. I’ll go with The Affairs because of Edith Head’s gorgeous gown.

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9. The Constant Nymph (Edmund Goulding, 1943)

But one of my very favourite Joan Fontaine’s performances

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8. Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson, 1944)

Once again, it’s one I’ve seen quite a long time ago. But I remember enjoying it. Must revisit it as soon as possible as it is one of Joan’s most iconographic films.

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7. Letter from an Unknown Woman (Max Ophüls, 1948)

Joan is lovely in this film. I couldn’t think of someone better for the role.

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6. The Emperor Waltz (Billy Wilder, 1948)

Yes, this probably comes as a surprise (even to me) that I like it better than Letter or Jane Eyre,  but it’s just a film I enjoy so much, and even more than that I’ve been to Vienna! You can read my review here.

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5. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)

A very underrated one. I watched it for the first time Saturday and highly enjoyed it. Fritz Lang is always a winner for me.

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4. Until they Sail (Robert Wise, 1957)

Because of the cast: Joan Fontaine, Jean Simmons, Piper Laurie, Paul Newman and Sandra Dee

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3. September Affair (William Dieterle, 1950)

Joan and Joseph Cotten. Such a beautiful film.

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2. Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941)

Hitchcock! And she won the Oscar, you know!

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1. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Hitchcock again! I know, not a very original #1 choice, but it’s such a great film! What more can I say…

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Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed. Don’t hesitate to share your personal top with me!

Happy heavenly birthday again Joan 🙂

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