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Fairytales, Sushi and Tissues. (Lots and Lots of Tissues)

Published May 31, 2014 by The Feminist

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I will start this post with a couple of warnings:

1)    This post contains a lot of spoilers

2)    I will probably use plenty of dramatic descriptions and euphoric exclamations, because I tend to get overexcited when I’ve just seen a great, great film. So please forgive me my !!!s, OMGs and f***s.

3)    This post will contain some rather obvious feminist remarks.

4)    Since this post is primarily about film, the sushi-interval will seem a bit random, pointless and uncalled for. It is. But OMG it was just so f***ing delicious I simply had to share it with y’all !!!

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Fairytales and Feminism

I went to see Maleficent a couple of days ago. Why? So nice of you to ask!

Well, first of all, I love Angelina Jolie.

Secondly, I love fairytales. I love everything about them. The magic. The splendid castles. The talking animals. The brainless knight-in-shining-armour. The very unrealistic love-at-first-sight bullshit. I love it. No, I adore it.

So given my love for Angie and fairytales, it seems rather straightforward that I absolutely, freakishly loved this movie as well. Maleficent was amazing! Even with horns on her head Angelina is the most beautiful woman on the planet. Maleficent’s tender and vulnerable heart made me coo, her cold fury made my cheer and her spot-on remarks were often hilarious. Moreover,  the special effects –the fairyland! The dragon! The stupid three fairies!(one of them was Harry Potter’s Professor Umbridge!)- it was everything I wanted and more.

[START FEMINIST RANT: skip this paragraph if you’re not in the mood]

However, the only problem I have with fairytales is that they are so f***ing sexist. Seriously. All Disney movies are. Watch them. You’ll agree with me. And yet – as a hardcore feminist- I still watch them. Over and over again. Because sexist bullshit aside, they are f***ing fantastic! So in order to soothe my feminist conscience, I always put my critical and realistic side on hold. It’s for the best. For both my feminist heart and Disney.

However, Maleficent does have some progressive twists on the original sexist story. [SPOILERALERT] Instead of a true love’s kiss between Aurora and the Prince (who –by the way- has an awfully buffoonish haircut), it a lovable kiss of Maleficent that wakes her up! Moreover, Maleficent is not just a flat, one-dimensional villain, but a flawed magical creature full of emotions.

But (and there is a big but) it still remains a fairytale. Apparently, women turn into evil, jealous bitches when they are abandoned by their lover. Apparently, a broken heart can only be healed with motherhood.

But the most traumatic scene by far was this one: Stefan hands Maleficent a drink. She sips, falls asleep and he F***ING CUTS OFF HER WINGS!!! When Maleficent wakes up and realizes her beautiful wings were stolen from her, she is inconsolable.

Just think about that scene for a moment, dear readers.

Yeah, that’s right! Stefan basically roofied her and violently took her “most precious possession” while she was unconscious.

All the more proof that Disney’s feminist barometer needs to be reset.

[END FEMINIST RANT: you can breathe easy now]

Having said that, Maleficent is still a wonderful movie. Entertainment, fairies, castles and plenty of close-ups of Angelina’s incredibly perfect teeth. What more could you possibly wish for?

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Sucker for Sushi

Okay, so now on to some sushi. I’m always amazed how much flavour these tiny (or not so tiny) rolls can have and this plate of delight was just the flavour explosion I was looking for! I find it an immensely luxurious experience to dip a morsel in some soy sauce, add a touch of wasabi and then to swallow it up like a happy penguin. It’s a true OMG feeling. As in:

OMG, this is delicious.

OMG, too much wasabi.

OMG, my mouth is too small.

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Anyway, you get my point. This plate was pure heaven and gave me the right amount of energy to prepare myself for the eye bawling that was yet to follow…

The Normal Heart: Sponsored by Kleenex

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As some of you may know, last Sunday the HBO movie The Normal Heart was aired on television. It was something I had been looking forward to for quite some time, simply because the ensemble cast is a group of Hollywood’s crème de la crème. Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina,… the list goes on and on! (Be still, my star-struck beating heart!)

So with moderately high expectations I poured myself a cup of coffee, sat down and took it all in…This movie surpassed all my expectations. Even though sitting still for 2 hours and 15 minutes is usually not my forte, I was simply too captivated to move. The Normal Heart is anything but carefree entertainment. Whereas with Maleficent I could just put my brain on hold, switch off all emotions and take it all in, I wish I could have had an off-button with this one.  The Normal Heart is so raw with emotions, so gritty in its depiction of human suffering, so agonizingly beautiful, I often cried like a little baby. And then I laughed, got frustrated, angry, and then I cried some more. This is not a film for the faint hearted, but having said that, you simply have to see it, because it is pure gold!

The film is based on the 80s play The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer and tells the story about Ned Weeks, who does anything in his power to sound the alarm over the outbreak of so-called “gay cancer”. What follows is a depiction of the dawning horrors of AIDS, the unwillingness within government to do something about it and the almost desperate cry for more activism. It is also a love story and a story about friendship, death and homophobia. The film raises so many social, political and moral issues it is sometimes uncomfortable to watch. And yet, you keep watching, because this story is just too important not to be told.

[the following paragraph is filled with spoilers, so y’all be warned!]

With a star cast like this, it is hardly surprising that the acting is truly award-season material. Mark Ruffalo’s performance as Ned is spot on, for he manages to balance the anger, fear, love and militancy in a character overflowing with complex dilemmas and emotions.

Jim Parsons, to my surprise, was astonishing in his role as “Southern bitch” Tommy. Although it was difficult at first not to see him as Sheldon Cooper – I kept expecting him to shout Bazinga at some point or other- his nuanced depiction of Tommy as the vulnerable yet optimistic young man clearly demonstrated that Jim Parsons is more than just a TV nerd. In one scene, Parsons delivers a eulogy that could even make the most heartless person shiver. His heartbreaking “they just don’t like us” was dripping in so much bitterness and sadness, it almost felt as if I was one of the attendees in the church there with him. *takes a tissue*

The film is full of tissue moments like these. One sequence depicted how an AIDS victim, a couple of hours after he died, was ruthlessly SHOVED INTO A F***ING GARBAGE BAG and put into the hospital alley. *takes another tissue*

And then there was Matt Bomer’s performance. Before I saw this movie, I already was a huge Bomer-fan… Because he is drop dead, gorgeously hot. I never really thought about him as a marvelous actor, but more as an okay actor with a marvelous body. His good looks were simply too distracting for me to be able to pay much attention to his acting skills. BUT SWEET MOTHER OF JESUS, Matt Bomer’s performance as Felix is  truly the role of his life. In the beginning it started of really familiar: Bomer in all his sexy naked glory. But then his character got AIDS and the physical transformation on screen is absolutely painful to watch. *takes another tissue*  Not to mention that one scene in which Ned helps Felix shower. I thought I was going to choke in my Kleenex.

As you can see, the Normal Heart is not something you should watch when you’re already feeling a bit depressed. It is indeed a dense piece of raw  emotions, furious arguments, violent accusations and much more. In the end your box of Kleenex will be empty and your heart will be full, but watching it is not a gentle suggestion, it’s a must!

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Sometimes it’s good to be a little bad: Banoffee cheesecake in a glass

Published September 29, 2013 by The Feminist

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In my humble- but very expert and trustworthy- opinion, this dessert should come with a couple of warnings:

Warning nr. 1: Merely looking at it will make your ass grow bigger
Warning nr.2: Due to the high sugar content, you will most likely need an emergency appointment at the dentist.
Warning nr. 3: This dessert is so easy to make, you are in grave danger of making it too often than is actually good for your physical health.

Ooooooh yes, when it comes to this heavenly creation –concocted by the culinary genius that is me- I simply cannot warn you enough, for this could possibly be the deadliest of all yummy things. This is what I like to call a banoffee cheesecake in a glass: Rich chocolate toffee custard topped with slices of sweet banana, all covered under a dome of chocolate liqueur-flavoured mascarpone cream, finished by a sprinkling of caramelized nuts.

Simply describing the magical content of this bowl, makes my mind do crazy summersaults . It is the atomic bomb of desserts: lethal and destructive.

Boom! And gone were all my good morals
Boom! And gone was my exemplary behaviour

Eating this will make every good girl at least a tiny bit bad. And that is exactly why I love this! Because if the drop-dead gorgeous Neal Caffrey has taught me anything, it is that sometimes (are in my case: every minute of every single day) it is good to be a little bad.

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So yeah, this banoffee cheesecake in a glass is dangerous, but it is also –and foremost- darn delicious! And no matter how you twist or turn, you simply cannot deny that in the end that is what desserts are all about.

Forget calories! Forget acute sugar binge headaches!
Be Dangerous! Be Bad!

Neal Caffrey already gives his sign of approval….

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Ingredients (makes 4 medium-size glasses)

• 1 banana, cut into thin slices
• Handful of chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts,…)
• 2 tbsp caster sugar

For the chocolate toffee custard:
• 125gr of chocolate toffees
• 15gr corn flour
• 150ml full-fat milk
• 2 tbsp chocolate liqueur

For the mascarpone cream:
• 200gr of mascarpone cheese
• 2 tbsp caster sugar
• 4 tbsp chocolate liqueur
• 1 egg

Method:
1. Put the chocolate toffees, milk and liqueur together in a small saucepan and heat on medium heat until all the toffees have melted. Mix the corn flour together with a splash of milk and whisk until you get a gloopy paste.
2. Add the corn flour mixture to the toffee milk and stir until the mixture starts to thicken. Whisk until the mixture has a custard-like consistency.
3. Spoon the custard into your glasses and put them in the freezer to set for about 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile make your mascarpone cream. Whisk all the ingredients together. Voila. It’s that simple.
5. Spread the nuts on a baking tray and sprinkle the caster sugar on top. Put under a hot grill for a couple of minutes until the nuts and sugar have caramelized.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. When the caramelized nuts have solidified, chop them into chunks, some small, some big.
7. Take your glasses out of the fridge and put a layer of banana slices on top of the toffee custard. Now spoon a generous layer of mascarpone cream on top.
8. Put back in the fridge for at least 30 minutes until the cream has firmed up.
9. Decorate the banoffee cheesecake glasses with caramelized nuts.

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How to make studying interesting: put the stud in study

Published January 29, 2013 by The Feminist

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Two more days to go and I am finally exam free. I feel like I have been living like a caveman the past few weeks. Waking up, studying, eating, studying, eating, and so on. When your social life is practically nonexistent and when you only leave the house to go to the supermarket, you know it is about time the exams are over.

I am truly SICK of studying! Merely looking at my books triggers a sudden gag reflex. So I decided to throw my books in the bin and have fun for a change! I still had to stay at home – to keep up appearances 😉 – and therefore needed to find the perfect outlet for my emotions indoors.

This is where the sexy men come in. What better way to relax than to watch your favourite hot actors in your favourite films and TV series?

Here is a list of all the things I’ve been watching over the past few days to boost my spirits:

1) Gossip Girl, reminding me of the fact that Chuck Bass is probably the sexiest TV character of the century.

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2) And then there is Matt Bomer! World’s most perfect man!

With or without a beard

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With or without glasses

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With or without hat

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And with or without clothes: he is always sexy!

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Season 4 of White Collar returned last Tuesday so you can probably imagine how excited I was about that. 😉

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3) And last but not least: Coca Cola Light released a new commercial this week! Starring a sexy man! With his shirt off! And it’s smoking hot!

What do you think? Is it the exam stress talking or do you believe it is my God damn right to drool over these sexy men? P-leeeaaase say the latter! Otherwise it would be quite embarrassing …

Time to drool: The sexiest men of 2012

Published December 28, 2012 by The Feminist

2012 is almost over and what would a year’s end be without the many lists of all the best things 2012 had to offer? It is time to look back and thank the universe for giving us:

• great films (Anna Karenina! Skyfall!)
• great music (Ed Sheeran! Emeli Sandé!)
• great fashion trends (leather skirts! Baroque embroidery!)

and last but definitely not least

• great men (tons and tons of them!)

The following list is very subjective and those who pay a regular visit to my blog will immediately notice that I already dedicated multiple blog posts to most of them. But hey, these guys are just immensely sexy and talented, it would be a crime not to write about them!

1) Bruno Mars: His new album is the perfect combination of energetic songs and profound lyrics and his voice is so unique it gives you goose bumps every single time. And did I mention he is ridiculously good looking too?bruno-mars-gq-01

2) Channing Tatum: recently named People’s Sexiest Man of 2012. Who am I to argue with that, right? After seeing Magic Mike, I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be seeing A LOT MORE from him in 2013!channing-tatum-moty-5

3) Darren Criss: Glee was hot in 2012 and let’s hope it will still be hot in 2013, because Darren Criss was born to be famous. I know that I keep going on and on about how fantastic he is (Seriously, the guy should get his own statue!), but sometimes the truth just needs to be told. And that truth is: He’s hot, he’s funny and he can sing. What more could you ask for? A great sense of style, maybe? Well, consider it done! 😉darren

4) Matt Bomer: A gentleman in dapper suits in White Collar (soooo sexy) and a perfectly toned stripper body in Magic Mike (even more sexy). He may be gay in real life, but he sure has a lot of female fans as well! Did you know that he is also the clear front-runner to play Christian Grey in “ Fifty Shades of Grey”? Well, I sincerely hope he gets the part!

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5) Ian Somerhalder: I HATE the Twilight Saga (Why do Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart only have ONE facial expression??) but I absolutely LOVE The Vampire Diaries! And that has everything to do with Ian Somerhalder’s character Damon. He is sexy and has the most awesome sense of sarcasm, a killer combination if you ask me…Ian-3-ian-somerhalder-32631882-337-480

This was my list of favorite hotties of 2012, but who would be in your top 5? I’m definitely curious! 😉

You can leave your hat on

Published November 16, 2012 by The Feminist
You can leave your hat on

I have a confession to make, dear readers. I have a mind-boggling, hair-raising and heart-stopping addiction to hats.

There, I said it. Luckily for me, this addiction won’t make me fat or die of lung cancer. Hence, I can indulge in my little hat frenzy as much as I want to. I love hats in all styles, textures and sizes. They are fashionable, comfy and keep you warm: three very important advantages when you want to go shopping in the middle of winter.

So join me in my hat madness and buy yourself a hat! I can assure you, you won’t regret it.

Before I forget: this post is also – and especially – directed at every fashionable man out there! Hats are the epitome of style and class: Matt Bomer, Ne-yo, Bruno Mars, Johnny Depp,…. They are, quite frankly , so sexy it hurts. So buy yourself a hat and I can guarantee: your swoon factor will shoot through the roof!

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Diane von Furstenberg / Mulberry wool felt hat / French Connection floppy hat, $40 / Knit hat / Pieces wool hat, $28 / Fake fur hat, $25 / H&M , $24 / Yumi knit hat, $21 / Knit hat, $16

Don’t rain on my hot guy parade

Published November 2, 2012 by The Feminist

Some days, I just want to stay inside, sit in my couch and watch television. That’s not being lazy, that’s being highly motivated to do nothing!
What better way to spend a gloomy day than to watch very sexy men in very addictive TV-series, right?
If you feel the urge to follow my example and curl up on your couch with a hot chocolate and a blanket, here is my TV-series top 5.
Warning: this top 5 is very subjective and merely based on the presence of hot actors.
5) Grey’s Anatomy:

Now that Mc Steamy is dead, and Mc Dreamy is getting way too old (Sorry, Patrick!), there is only one reason why I love Grey’s anatomy (apart from all the blood and drama of course) and that is Jesse Williams! His mother is Swedish, his father African-American… Need I say more??
4) White Collar:


Seriously, how can you not love Matt Bomer? His character Neal Caffrey is charming, well-spoken , looks incredibly handsome in a suit and even better shirtless. Not to mention his perfect face and piercing gray eyes!
3) The Vampire Diaries:


Frankly, I believe the male actors were merely cast because of their looks instead of their acting talent. But who cares?! Damon and Stefan, Tyler, Klaus, Jeremy,… It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite male character, because they are ALL SEXY AS HELL and they ALL MEAN TROUBLE!
2) Gossip Girl:


Chuck’s sexy suits, Chace’s perfect hair and Dan’s puppy eyes: a Gossip Girl marathon will lift your spirits in a blink of an eye!
1)Glee


True, Glee may not have as many sexy fellas as the Vampire Diaries but let’s forget about six-packs for a minute and focus on the feel good factor, because that is what Glee is all about! From Westside Story covers to Lady Gaga mash-ups, Glee is guilt-free feel good heaven!