Alice In Wonderland – 3D Experience

This was what I liked about this movie: the 3D effects, present from the very beginning, including the starting part showing the producer: Walt Disney Pictures.
I cannot say I liked the story so much, neither the Bandersnatch, the animal-monster creature, nor the Jabberwocky.
Johnny Depp is there to do his part, nothing more. He never goes so over the top that you can connect with the character.
Helena Bonham Carter, on the other hand, is great in her role as the Red Queen.

Alice is now an adult and it helps since many happenings in Wonderland can be quite unfriendly, bizarre, and grotesque.

I’ve already said it… go see the movie in IMAX.

Eat for Better Memory

Studies have shown blueberries help prevent and reverse age-related memory loss.

Coffee has been shown to improve memory, reasoning and reaction time in older folks. Good news for lifetime coffee drinkers: Long term consumption’s been linked to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Even canned tuna may sharpen your mental capacities. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, are important for maintaining memory.

A Toronto study found breakfast helped men and women, ages 61 to 79, score better on memory tests. And when kids eat a morning meal, their exam scores improve.

A study of 746 adults found that those who drank one to six alcoholic beverages a week were 54 percent less likely than abstainers to develop dementia over six years. That’s no license to go crazy though… the same study determined 14 or more drinks weekly increased the risk of dementia by 22 percent.

Sage oil has been shown by some studies to boost acetylcholine levels in the brain, improving memory function. As a tea, it also aids digestion.

An Italian study found that curry may ward off memory loss and Alzheimer’s. The seasoning is thought to enhance an enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative damage.

Calorie Data to Be Posted at Most Chains

Buried deep in the health care legislation that President Obama signed on Tuesday is a new requirement that will affect any American who walks into a McDonald’s, Starbucks or Burger King. Every big restaurant chain will now be required to put calorie information on their menus and drive-through signs.
In other words, as soon as 2011 it will be impossible to chomp down on a Big Mac without knowing that it contains over 500 calories, more than a quarter of the Agriculture Department’s 2,000-calorie daily guideline.
The legislation also requires labels on food items in vending machines, meaning that anybody tempted by a king-size Snickers bar will know up front that it packs 440 calories.
The measure is intended to create a national policy modeled on a requirement that has already taken effect in New York City and was to go into effect in 2011 in places like California and Oregon. The new federal law requires restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets to disclose calorie counts on their food items and supply information on how many calories a healthy person should eat in a day.

Revolutionary Road

It’s 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they’re not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job – one where he places little effort – although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris – a city Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been – as a means to rejuvenate their life. April’s plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April’s plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April decides she will do whatever she has to to get herself out of her unhappy existence.

Non Ti Muovere

Non Ti Muovere is a 2004 movie, a true masterpiece.

Penélope Cruz is astounding, realistic and yet heartbreaking, enormously moving, totally disappearing into her character, who’s a poor, destitute, cheaply dressed and unkempt woman named Italia. She cleans hotel rooms for a living and lives herself in a slum, but has got the purest and noblest of souls (“She’s a toad in a miniskirt who teaches the Prince how to love”, in actor-director Castellitto’s own words).

Really nothing in Penélope Cruz’s resume will prepare you to what she does here… nothing indeed! Not to mention that she acts here in Italian language, and she commands it perfectly.

Just to get an idea of her greatness in this movie, here are actor-director Sergio Castellitto’s words at the press conference for the movie, which took place in Rome on March 9th:

Penélope is heartbreaking, she’s as great as Giulietta Masina in the movie La Strada, what she did for this movie is amazing: a lesson of humbleness, passion and courage. But beware! Her act of courage is NOT the fact that she became ugly, this is a silly thing which you use to read everywhere, but it’s wrong; to become ugly for a movie, for an actress like her, who then comes back to her natural beauty, is actually a privilege. Her act of courage, instead, was how she succeeded in building her character’s misery: she got on this horse and she did ride on it, without any radar equipment, with a total faith, asking just for one thing: ‘I want to act with my own voice, at any cost’. And since I’m an actor myself, I just take a bow in front of a person who tells me: ‘nobody will touch my own voice’. Anyway, did you hear her? Did you hear how good she is? She gave a true diction lesson to so many, many Italian actresses.

Uggs: These boots aren’t made for walking

The persistently trendy boots are the subject of a new wave of criticism by health experts in the United Kingdom, who say that the furry footwear – and its many cheap knockoffs – are “harming the feet of a generation of young women,” according to the Mirror.

“Because these boots are warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact, they are literally breaking their feet.”
“Their feet are sliding around inside. With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the feet splay,” Dr. Ian Drysdale explained. “This flattens the arch and makes it drop. The result can be significant problems with the foot, the ankle, and, ultimately, the hip.”
The original Uggs, made by Ugg Australia, were a cult favorite of surfers. The shearling-lined boots became a fashion craze in the mid- 2000s, thanks to celebrity fans such as Cameron Diaz, Katie Holmes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Years later, Uggs are still popular – and while the slipperlike boots seem best suited for loafing around the house, many women wear their Uggs all day, every day.

“If someone plans on going on a long hike or standing on their feet all day, Uggs are not good, whether it’s the brand or an imitation. People tend to get pain on the outside of the ankle, the arches start to hurt, and they tend to get foot fatigue.”

I’ve never been a fan of the classic Uggs, I like shoes and boots that do have a form.

There are few models that actually look good but I’ve never seriously considered buying a pair.

Sin Mirar Atrás

Hoy es mi primer día con el último (el más reciente) álbum de David Bisbal, Sin Mirar Atrás. Cada vez que tengo un CD nuevo intento escuchar todas las canciones. Luego empiezo con las favoritas. Y las escucho hasta más no poder. Aún no he llegado a ese punto.
Bisbal, fiel a su estilo, alterna baladas con temas ritmadas.
Además de las conocidas Esclavo de Tus Besos y Mi Princesa me gustan Sin Mirar Atrás, 24 Horas, Si Falta El Aire, El Ruido y Sufrirás, a dueto con Pixie Lott.
Y especialmente me gusta la letra de Antes o Después:

Hoy, precisamente hoy, el pasado regresó, yo te vi, no dije nada, te ves tan bella como ayer, que me hiciste recordar lo que significa amar.
Yo sentí que el mundo se paró y sin permiso el corazón quiso que entraras y si el tiempo es de los dos, aprendamos la lección.

Yo sé que antes o después regresarás conmigo y cuando estemos piel con piel nunca te irás antes o después continuáremos esta historia una vez más y será antes o después.

Hoy, precisamente hoy, mi presente te encontró cuando menos lo esperaba, ya ves, tampoco yo cambié, ni me vuelto a enamorar, pero no puedo negar.
Que sentí que el mundo se paró y sin permiso el corazón quiso que entraras y si el tiempo es de los dos ya aprendimos la lección.

Yo sé que antes o después regresarás conmigo y cuando estemos piel con piel nunca te irás antes o después continuáremos esta historia una vez mas y será antes o después.