Vino el Amor: David and Luciana sacrifice for a whiny 18-year old

grapes-1611089_640I’m back. I haven’t been posting as much as usual because I decided to take some time to get started on a new Lincoln Falls novel and the first story in a brand new series, which I hope to release this year. During my break, I’ve kept up with Vino el Amor and I’m disgusted.

I know the Vino el Amor writers had to separate David and Luciana to keep the storyline going, but to separate them because of Fernanda is ridiculous. Fernanda is an 18-year old, but she acts more like a two-year old.

After Fernanda found out about David and Luciana, she threw a fit and turned to her friends who got her drunk and then gave her pills that were supposed to not make her feel sad. Apparently, none of them have heard that you shouldn’t mix pills and alcohol.

Fernanda took the pills and passed out. David found her and she was rushed to the hospital. She recovered after a stay in a hospital that was far longer than any realistic stay in a hospital. In reality, she would have been discharged the following day. Maybe she got a longer stay because David is friends with César.

Since being home, she’s been seeing Dr. Anderson who has convinced her that she really wanted to commit suicide, not that the overdose was accidental. Of course, Dr. Anderson is being paid by Graciela and is manipulating Fernanda.

Fernanda who is completely self-centered keeps telling David that she can’t be happy if David is with Luciana. I have no idea why because she and Luciana were once friends and you would think she’d care somewhat about her father’s feelings, but Fernanda only cares how she feels.

David thought maybe Fernanda was changing because she didn’t freak out when she caught Luciana and David tasting wine together. He was wrong. Her latest bombshell is that she wants David to find love with Graciela. Yes, the kind aunt who has manipulated her and, by the way, killed her mother. I wonder if Fernanda will love her dear aunt when she finds out that her mother is no longer with them because, in a fit of jealousy, Graciela hit Lisa in the head with a rock and then watched her drown in the river.

David’s mouth fell to the floor after Fernanda’s latest request. I can’t wait to find out what his response is. Even though he and Luciana have been on a break, there’s been lots of smooching. I can’t imagine he’s going to drop Luciana to pursue Graciela because that’s what Fernanda wants. Seriously, Fernanda needs to grow up.

What do you think of the latest on Vino el Amor?

 

 

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The Vampire Diaries says goodbye

The series finale of The Vampire Diaries was bittersweet. I wish everyone had a happy ending, but they didn’t.

Vicki followed through on Katherine’s order to ring the bell. She released the hellfire that was supposed to destroy Mystic Falls. I say supposed to because it didn’t. Bonnie, as she did so many times during the series, saved the day.

She came up with a plan that would allow her to send the hellfire back to Hell and destroy it. To make sure Katherine was gone once and for all, someone had to ensure Katherine was in Hell at the time Bonnie destroyed it. Damon volunteered to do it and thought he compelled Stefan to leave him in the tunnel with Katherine. But Stefan had vervaine in him and couldn’t be compelled. Instead, Stefan gave Damon a shot of his blood, making Damon human. Stefan then stood in the tunnel and killed Katherine as the hellfire passed through.

I couldn’t believe Stefan died. I thought a miracle would happen and he would survive, but that didn’t happen. Like in many episodes over the years, I watched as everyone said goodbye to Stefan for one last time. I felt bad for Caroline. She ended up becoming a widow after being married for only one day.

In the end, Caroline opened up a new school for gifted children with Alaric and Jeremy came back to help them run it. It was named after Stefan.

Matt was still a cop in Mystic Falls and got a bench with his name on it.

Bonnie figured out how to break the spell on Elena. Once the spell was broken, Bonnie decided she was going to do what Enzo wanted and live life to the fullest. She planned to travel the world.

Elena and Damon were the only ones to get a true happy ending. Elena became a doctor and lived a long human life with Damon until they both died. In death, Elena was reunited with her family and Damon saw Stefan again.

Overall, I thought it was a good ending. It was touching to see the love between Stefan and Damon, and I loved that Bonnie finally got her powers back and saved the town.

Did you like the series finale?

 

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The Oscars: How did I do?

The Oscars were Sunday night and I thought I’d share with you how I did with my picks. The winner is in bold.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” – My pick

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortenson, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

 

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land” – My pick

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” – My pick

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” – My pick

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

 

Directing

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” – My pick

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

 

Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures” – My pick

“Lion”

“Moonlight”

 

Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land” – My pick

“The Lobster”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“20th Century Women”

 

Best Picture

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land” – My pick

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

I didn’t do too bad. La La Land was obviously my favorite and it should have won Best Picture. I’m still holding out hope that a musical will win Best Picture again. A musical hasn’t won that award since Chicago.

How did you do?

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Vino el Amor: Romance is everywhere

Vino el Amor has made me so happy. After months of waiting, David finally came to his senses and told Luciana that he wants to be with her. I’m glad the writers didn’t rush them. It made the last couple of episodes more satisfying.

Of course, now that they are together, the door is open for more exciting things. Luciana has a huge target on her back. Graciela will most likely attempt to kill her. After all, she killed her sister, Lisa, because she wanted David for herself. As far as Graciela is concerned, no one will stand in her way when it comes to David.

While that storyline is heating up, I’m also glad to see more focus on Sonia and León. I still haven’t figured the two of them out, but I laugh every time I see them together. I wonder if Sonia will stop acting like she’s in a romance novel. León seems to like it, which amazes me because he pined for Carito for so long and, while she’s crazy, it’s in a different way than Sonia. I love this storyline though because it gives Vino el Amor some comic relief.

The other couple I like is Erika and Miguel. Miguel appears to be finally moving on, even if it is at a snail’s pace. Unlike Luciana, Erika really likes him. He continues to remind me of José Luis from Lo Que La Vida Me Robó. José Luis was with someone else for awhile, but he never got over Montserrat. I hope I’m wrong about Miguel.

What do you think of all the romance on Vino el Amor?

 

 

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Pet Video of the Week: Lady and the Tramp as done by cats?

I thought I’d add a little romance this week because Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday.

I love Lady and the Tramp. It is truly a Disney classic. There’s romance, even though it’s between two dogs. Lady just can’t keep herself from falling for Tramp.

When I came across this version, I was truly stunned. It is done with cats. It’s cute and will put a smile on your face.

Enjoy!

 

 

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The Vampire Diaries: Doesn’t Bonnie deserve some happiness?

This final season of The Vampire Diaries is supposed to be a short season, but it’s taking forever to get to where it’s going.

We finally got rid of the sirens only to have Cade in Mystic Falls. Cade is worse than the sirens. Damon, who now has his humanity back on, decides to try to kill Cade only to find out that he can’t be killed. Cade tells Damon that he has to kill 100 people or Caroline. He won’t kill Caroline and doesn’t want to kill 100 people.

Apparently, Cade gave Stefan the same deal. Stefan could kill 100 people or the love of Damon’s life, Elena. I’m disgusted by Stefan. I know his humanity is off, but I agree with Matt that it’s still him and, as far as I’m concerned, he did the unforgivable. He tore out Enzo’s heart in front of Bonnie in his quest to get to Elena.

The writers just seem to want to make Bonnie miserable. She can’t seem to have happiness. I thought for sure that she and Enzo were going to have a happy ending, even if he couldn’t take the cure. I actually liked her with Enzo more than Jeremy. The writers destroyed Bonnie and made me hate Stefan. I’m not sure the writers can redeem Stefan.

Luckily, Bonnie stabbed Stefan with the cure, which means he’ll now be human, but how will Bonnie ever look at him again. It doesn’t matter how guilty he feels for what he did or how sorry he is. He can’t bring Enzo back.

I’m tired of seeing Bonnie be miserable. I hope she’s able to have some sort of happy ending before the end of this series. I also hope that the blast of energy at the end of last week’s episode means that Bonnie has her powers back. Bonnie’s powers made the show more interesting and I’ve been waiting all season for her to get them back. I guess I’ll have to wait until the next episode to see what happens.

What do you think of the latest happenings on The Vampire Diaries?

 

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My Oscar predictions – 2017

With the Oscars only a month away, I thought I’d make my Oscar predictions. This year, I’ve made an effort to see as many of the nominated movies as possible. I’ve chosen only the categories I’m most familiar with for my picks.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” – Winner

Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Viggo Mortenson, “Captain Fantastic”

Denzel Washington, “Fences”

I believe the winner of this category could be any of these actors because they all did a fantastic job. My pick is Casey Affleck. He portrayed the tragic story of Lee Chandler well. He made me really feel for the character.

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

Emma Stone, “La La Land” – Winner

Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Emma Stone should win. She really impressed me with her portrayal of a struggling actress.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” – Winner

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”

Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”

Dev Patel, “Lion”

Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Mahershala Ali is definitely the one to beat in this category. He was phenomenal. I loved Dev Patel in Lion, but I’d be surprised if he’s able to overcome Mahershala Ali.

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences”

Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”

Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures” – Winner

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

I loved everything about Hidden Figures and Octavia Spencer’s performance is one of the reasons I enjoyed it. As Dorothy Vaughan, she was tough and didn’t give up. I’m sure if Dorothy Vaughan were still alive, she’d be proud of Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of her life.

Directing

Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” – Winner

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

I know the work that goes into a musical. It is not an easy feat. For that reason, Damien Chazelle should win. He was creative and somehow brought the feel of an old Hollywood musical to a modern one.

Adapted Screenplay

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hidden Figures” – Winner

“Lion”

“Moonlight”

As I said before, I loved everything about Hidden Figures. I thought the true story was told well.

Original Screenplay

“Hell or High Water”

“La La Land” – Winner

“The Lobster”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“20th Century Women”

The story told in La La Land was wonderful. I enjoyed every minute of it. The way Mia and Sebastian supported each other and allowed each other to follow their dreams was beautiful.

Best Picture

“Arrival”

“Fences”

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hell or High Water”

“Hidden Figures”

“La La Land” – Winner

“Lion”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

La La Land deserves to win this one. The story, the music, and the choreography all make this one dynamic movie. Moonlight is the only other movie on this list that I believe could win.

What are your picks?

 

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