Thursday, March 14, 2019

What's Next On My List? Wayne's World

After hearing about the shooting in Aurora, Illinois, the first image that popped into my head was of Wayne telling me where he is from and where the movie about him and his best friend Garth takes place. Now, I resent America for its gun laws. And I could go into an hour long discussion as to why that is, but instead, I'll just say that they should be ashamed of themselves for feeling that they are better than others when hiding behind the 2nd amendment is so popular...

Moving on from that thought, I have loved and adored these two movies since I can remember, so even if it was a tragic event that reminded me of them, I do wish to write a short but intense review, wishing to bring it to the attention of everyone, who might not know it but definitely should!


Two best friends, Wayne and Garth, are the stars of Wayne's World, a cable show where they rate movies and music. In order to promote themselves and enjoy the best the music industry has to offer, they attend concerts all around, which brings into their life Cassandra, who becomes Wayne's girlfriend. Her quick rise to fame causes some tensions, but ultimately, the kind side of these two adorable idiots saves both Wayne and Cassandra's relationship, and her career. In the second movie, we have similar tensions, except that Wayne has a larger task at hand, as he is visited by the spirit of Jim Morrison, which tells him to put on a big concert.

Wayne's World was originally a Saturday Night Live sketch, which I found out only years later. SNL still has characters that gain enough following to try and turn them into movies. I find that these two are the prime example of why they shouldn't stop with that practice! (The other is Superstar, starring Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher! That movie is super funny.) Now, what I love about these movies, is that they are self-aware. Wayne and Garth continuously break the fourth wall, and highlight the weird montage scenes, or the movie clichés that they themselves decide to use to move the story forward. What I also love is that these two best friends have their separate lives too. They might seem like dummies, but Wayne's relationship with Cassandra is very mature, and well, I can't blame Garth for thinking about eating candy all the time, because he still does his part when assigned any job.
The movie highlights great music of its decade, highlights how Wayne and Garth care for that music, and also why it is so important to them. I have to admit that this movie had a great impact on me. I was already a bit older when I watched it, giving it 100% of my attention, and well, it taught me why live music is so great. It helped me go out there and listen to music, sometimes playing in the background too, and not ignore it. My best friend had a band, and every concert I rejoiced to hear them live. There is something wonderful about sharing that experience with everyone else. Yes, admittedly, we all prefer smaller concerts, in our ears, where no one can disturb us as we listen to our favorite songs, but the live version is something that has to be experienced too. And besides this great message... the movies are just effing funny! There is both physical comedy, and puns, and great classic movie parodies, I just... I don't even know where to start to list all the jokes I laugh out loud at every single time I watch them! And I do watch them a lot, as the fall season after summer when we are waiting for Halloween, my sister and I always put on the DVDs and just have the time of our lives over and over again. And they feature music from Queen, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and great covers by Tia Carrere.


Watch them? Please do. I believe the 90s was far greater at making sequels, that Americans might not have loved, but the international audience definitely did. I can think of at least 10 sequels that are better than the originals just on the top of my head. These two movies work so well together, giving you more of exactly what you wanted: great interactions, more jokes, more music!

"- Party on Wayne!
- Party on Garth!"

Until the next item on my list!
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Wayne - Mike Myers
Garth - Dana Carvey
Cassandra - Tia Carrere
Benjamin Oliver - Rob Lowe
Bobby Cahn - Christopher Walken

Thursday, March 7, 2019

FRESH FROM THE THEATER: Captain Marvel

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!

I thought I already had a favorite, and I did not think that they could make a movie that I would love more than anything I have seen from this universe so far. But it happened. This is now going to be my f*cking favorite Marvel movie of all time.


Vers, resident of planet Kree, finds herself on planet C-53, also known as Earth, where she faces her planet's mortal enemy, the Skulls. She finds out that perhaps she is on the wrong side of a never ending war, and that she has a past with terrans that is worth uncovering.

Before I head it to why I really liked this movie, I need to mention Wonder Woman for a second. You might argue, that DC decided to go and make an all female superhero movie before Marvel did, and although you are technically right, let me ask you, do you know Captain Marvel? And this is the main difference: although we were all happy that WW was not a sexist movie exploiting the famous bathing-suit like dress of the original comic book, she is still one of the most famous comic book characters ever written. The fact that DC went with her was still a safer bet, then how Marvel decided to give a separate movie to a mostly unknown hero outside of the comic book reader community. Nonetheless, taking these two movies into account, we now have two awesome all female superhero movies that can lead the way to other awesome movies showcasing that not only do we want them but we need them.

So now, heading into this movie: I loved her interaction with everyone; I loved how there was no love story whatsoever; how the villains were not apparent but once discovered, where beaten in a complete different way then expected from action movies (moral and just victories all around!). What I loved more than anything is that she had fun! My partner said it, if someone had these powers they would have fun with it, and she did. The very simple but effing important message of the movie was that even if beaten down, girls always get up and keep on going. Carol Danvers did not let anyone beat her down on her planet before, so it makes sense, that she won't let anyone do it in the whole universe. And doing the right thing isn't something that is shoved in your face, nor does she make big speeches: she has a choice and she acts according to her moral code. Honestly, I was happy that we did not have to listen to a talk on responsibility and great powers... she has it, she'll make it work.
The movie had that subtle but terrific sense of humor that we want from the MCU. Not just that, but her on screen chemistry with Nick Fury, who never, ever, questioned the powerful women around him, was just outstanding. The screenwriter deserves all the praise in the world. And on that note, we did get some insight on where Fury came up with his plans and initiatives, but what I loved about him, is that in the beginning he was a beginner cop like everyone else - he wasn't born with the eye-patch. And his faith in Maria Hill was somewhat justified even more. Being finally shown as a team player himself, it is no wonder he wished to coach other heroes.
I mean really, when you think about his character, he would be one of those stuck up executives who doesn't believe in 'heroes', but this movie gives you the insight you always wished for to understand his character.
Finally, and most importantly, every single female character in this movie was just wonderful. The story was devoted to the women pilots in the U.S. Air Force, and they deserve every inch of praise. I can say that they were portrayed with respect and care. One of the major reasons for that is that there were no shots of Captain Marvel's ass, or her boobs, or any kind of sexy poses she could be forced into to, pretending that the audience still needs it... I hope this movie will lead way to other awesome female hero movies, as stated above as well.

Watch it? Please do. This movie is wonderful. It has a great 90s soundtrack - as it is when the story is situated - and it is all songs from my childhood, and I felt alive and part of the story more than I have in other MCU movies. I can't wait to see it again! And see Captain Marvel in Endgame.

And as the beginning of the movie said too, thank you Stan.

Until the next item on my list!
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Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel - Brie Larson
Nick Fury - Samuel L. Jackson
Talos Ben Mendelsohn
Yon-Rogg Jude Law
Mar-VellAnnette Bening
Maria Rambeau - Lashana Lynch
Agent CoulsonClark Gregg
Minn-ErvaGemma Chan

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Blogger: The Sound Of The 1975

Do you have a song, that reminds you of someone and every time you hear it you just cannot shake that time machine that takes you back? ... did you ever have a song that survived that person? Strangely enough, The 1975 had a song on their first album, She Way Out, that I remember connecting to three different people. And even today, the song lives on for me, and I no longer think of everyone when I listen to it, that is how powerful their music is to me. Each line of the lyrics created the details of someone's face in my head, and they faded, as I grew and my heart evolved and the song came with me. If somebody asked, that is my favorite song of all time. I don't know how it can be so powerful to override the emotions in my head, but it is not the only song of this kind from this band...

I cannot help but listen to each of their songs on repeat for days.

The 1975 are an English pop rock band from Manchester, consisting of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matthew "Matty" Healy, lead guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald, and drummer George Daniel. Their choice of name was inspired by a Jack Kerouac beat poetry book. In it, someone dated their notes as the "1st June. The 1975." He said of finding the phrase: "The use of the word 'The' really stuck with me. It was the perfect band name." Since then they had three albums, cooperations with other bands and covers on BBC Radio 1 (which in my humble opinion are far better than the originals...), and with video clips breaking records on Youtube all around.


I first heard them on Conan, in July of 2013, and their album was set to be released in September. They performed Chocolate, which is simply a divine song. I knew they were a modern band, a bit hipster too, but I love bands that are doing songs that sound more like the 80s. That is my favorite era in music, and I like to feel good when I listen to music, and damn, they make me feel good.

Which is funny, because their lyrics are really heavy.

What is amazing to me, is that their lyrics are not really straightforward. I find that is why that one song stuck with me for so long. It was more like poetry, and depending on what we feel, go throw, experience, our reading of a poem can change significantly. They have songs on sex, cheating, loving, break ups, on current political questions and more importantly: on loving yourself. Which I love, because their fan base is not stupid, we have eyes, we have feelings, and sometimes music helps us through the hard things. I am fed up with songs about nothing... I keep showing people their songs because it amazes me how well they catch those real feelings in our hearts that are the hardest to talk about.

"I don't want your body/ But I hate to think about you with somebody else."

"And I'm not trying to stop you, love/ If we're gonna do anything we might as well just fuck."

"The war has been incited/ And guess what, you're all invited."

"Just keep holding their necks and keep selling them sex
It’s better if we keep them perplexed
It's better if we make them want the opposite sex."

"I swear that/ I only called her one time/ Maybe it was two times?"
"It's just you and I, tonight/ Why don't you figure my heart out?"

"I know you're looking for salvation in the secular age/ But girl I'm not your savior."

"You learn a couple things when you get to my age/ Like friends don't lie and it all tastes the same in the dark."

"And we left things to protect my mental health/ But you'll call me when you're bored and you're playing with yourself."

This selection of lyrics was very hard, I actually wanted to quote to you every single song they have, but that might have been too much for a novice... and hey, if you are a fan, I hope you sang the songs whilst reading these lyrics! Overall, you might be jealous at the guy, because girls are in love with him, and you might be into metal or classical music, and that is fine. I don't expect everyone to be in love with this band, but when you can sense a spiritual evolution from the first album to the last, and a change in the video clips, then really, you cannot deny talent. Somebody who has no problem quoting verbatim the current president of the U.S. to showcase through a song what a ridiculous state our world is in right now, is OK in my book.

I am now set on making sure I can see them live, just once in my life.

They came to Hungary once, haven't come back since, but they will this upcoming summer to the Sziget festival and I cannot wait! The ticket cost a lot, but I do not care, I feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. It is the burden of loving bands that are not from my home country... But hopefully this won't be the only time! I am however super giddy excited about finally being there in front of the stage and hearing my favorite songs live. I know, that I am not the only person they are writing songs to, but it feels that way. And the same way as my favorite Placebo band helped me through some major things in my life (read that entry of mine here!), The 1975 helped me through even bigger ones, with being my companion through university, and now the hell hole that is becoming my planet...

Of all the things in my life, I find that I am lucky to be living on this planet at the same time as these songs are getting released. There is a lot out there that I missed out on, and sometimes not even by choice... this band makes me want to be active and alert and doing what I can to make my life the best possible. Hope you will check out some of their materials, I for one, will re-listen to all three albums right now (and probably every time someone reads this entry.)


Monday, February 25, 2019

What's Next On My List? Rambo III

We have finally reached entry number 500! I am so proud to be here after almost seven whole years of movie reviews and thought sharing! I know that my blog is not the most viewed thing out there, but I still write it for the pleasure of it. And since my longest running series has been that of #StalloneMonth, it is my pleasure to end this year's February month of reviews with this milestone entry. Thank you everyone for reading!


Welcome to the fifth installment of #StalloneMonth, which I have to say, is my favorite time of the year! In this period, over the span of four or five weeks (depending on the dates), I review Sylvester Stallone movies. This has been a fun project, and I will keep on going until I run out of movies to review! So here comes year five!

Johnny Rambo's war might be over, but the world is not done with him yet. In an attempt to stop Russians in Afghanistan, his old lieutenants goes undercover, and once captured, Rambo sets out to get him out of prison. Of course, against all odds, Johnny manages to not only help his friend out, but in the process saves a lot of Afghans who are fallen prey to this proxy war.

I need to say, that this was the most over the top of the ones I have seen so far. I don't know how to explain it, but the first two felt a lot more down to Earth. Odds are always stacked against him, don't get me wrong, but as the still image shows here too, he just went around and kicked everyone's ass. Using a machine gun with one hand, taking people on his back, burning himself to stop bleedings, and all of this shirtless half of the movie. Need to say, that is the main reason this will be my favorite Rambo movie! Now... I am certain that this was their intent. Rambo changed a great deal. To me it is interesting to see that this soldier, whose PTSD never really went away, kind of forgot about it... I wouldn't straight out say that he looks for conflict, especially because other than fist fighting, he has found his spiritual side too. But then again... he was always a simple character, with a lot of feelings buried down there, so perhaps I don't have enough information about him to see what is out of character and what isn't. Nonetheless, he sure did not care about shirts in this movie. Overall, I like that he was someone who cannot run from his demons, but decides to face them.

Up to today I read hundreds of articles about soldiers who have a hard time settling back into society. Johnny Rambo's story feels similar to me and a good parallel, as how sometimes one finds peace in the most unlikely of places. But like most soldiers, he is good at what he does. I think this third movie solely exists to be an action movie, with a subtle bow to political war affairs at the time.

Watch it? Sure. It is over the top because Rambo doesn't eat, sleep, or drink, and still defeats everyone. But hey, I am certain that entertainment was the main purpose of this movie, and it really was fun to watch!

And that concludes this year's #StalloneMonth! Thank you so much for reading my reviews, and spread the knowledge and awesomeness that is Sly Stallone!

Until the next item on my list!
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Col. Samuel Trautman - Richard Crenna
Colonel Zaysen - Marc de Jonge
Griggs - Kurtwood Smith
Masoud  - Spyros Fokas

Sunday, February 17, 2019

FRESH FROM THE THEATRE: Creed II

Welcome to the fifth installment of #StalloneMonth, which I have to say, is my favorite time of the year! In this period, over the span of four or five weeks (depending on the dates), I review Sylvester Stallone movies. This has been a fun project, and I will keep on going until I run out of movies to review! So here comes year five!

The continuation of award winning re-booth of the famous Rocky series, about Apollo Creed's son, who seeks out Balboa as his mentor. In this movie, Adonis Creed has the chance to go up against Ivan Drago's son Viktor, and since Ivan killed Apollo in the ring, Adonis feels that he cannot refuse the fight.

Alright, this review might not be so fresh, but it came out in January in Hungary, and even then I was forced to watch it with dubbing, so give me a break here... Nonetheless... never in my life have I cared so much for boxing, as I do, when I watch these movies. Every time I think I cannot be surprised anymore, that I know what is going to happen, the movie takes a different path, a less cliché and life-like path that leaves me without words. This movie was excellently written. Even if you expect for Adonis to win, for example, the writers don't throw twists and turns at you, they just show you his thoughts and his process, and that is the unexpected part. The scenes have a raw reality to them instead of being bait for tears. I just loved this movie from beginning to end. And this will contain a lot of spoilers, because I want to go into detail.
First off, the rawness of the script, as I said. Second, this was not the story of one boxer, it was a chapter of the life of at least six people, and how they have to deal with an old chapter of their life that was reopening without their will, whilst everything else was moving ahead. And I didn't feel that these stories were fillers, nor that they didn't add to the overall story. I felt like I knew the main characters through a couple of short but strong scenes. And then three, the characters we already knew: Rocky and Drago. I am from Hungary, we were invaded by Russia, this country knows and understands that pressure of the Cold War that Drago was put under, in the story of this movie. He claims that he was kicked out, and just remember the jokes people made at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, that now the Russian team will disappear because they lost? The reality behind those jokes was clearly portrayed in this movie. Drago wants to get his life back so bad that he almost sacrifices his son over it, and to me, the greatest scene of all was when Drago decided to throw in the towel and tell his son that it was OK to lose. He gets to this realization that their relationship is more important than the place where they live, and I have found that truly smart. In the end, he trains with his son instead of training him. Rocky, of course, was himself, and he was more of a background character, but he was used very wisely. I did not mind, that this movie was indeed about Creed. But he was around when he had to be.
Finally, the new characters. Needless to say, Jordan and Thompson are obviously outstanding actors, their chemistry and interactions were honest and moving. The person that surprised me was Florian Munteanu, playing Viktor Drago, someone, who despite two scenes, does not utter a single word, and still conveys just as much emotion as everyone else. I was just mesmerized, by how well I could read his thoughts, feelings, movements, simply by him playing with his eyes and facial muscles. I just... I loved this movie, really, I mean, it was nothing that I thought it would be, and then it was everything I wanted to see and expected after the first, and they f*cking delivered.

Watch it? This was a simply wonderful sequel, and I was scared about what to expect, because even today, with the great quality movies made out there, sometimes a sequel can be forced on us for no reason. Just like the original Rocky series, each new movie ads something to a larger picture, instead of being a drawn out drama fest... and this is a great movie on its own too: that is how you know if its a good sequel.

Until the next item on my list!
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Adonis Johnson - Michael B. Jordan
Rocky Balboa - Sylvester Stallone
Bianca Tessa Thompson
Mary Anne Creed - Phylicia Rashad
Ivan Drago - Dolph Lundgren
Viktor DragoFlorian Munteanu