Saturday, April 22, 2017

What's Next On My List? Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Welcome to #ApocalypticApril! The aim is to cover movies that either have an apocalyptic element or take place after it. I had a class on this, "Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction", and although it was over three years ago, it is still one of my favorites to recall of the many free credits I did. I planned this month for a while now and decided that this is the year for it! Hope you enjoy!

Anime have been dealing with the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic worlds for decades. Anyone doing real and intensive research on this topic HAS to, at some point, widen their range to include manga and anime. I myself have actually got to know this genre through several anime while growing up. One of these was Cowboy Bebop, a 26 episode series that takes place roughly in 2071. A man-made catastrophe blew up the moon and making Earth almost inhabitable. The human race had colonized most of the rocky planets in the Solar System. The Inter Solar System Police (ISSP) established a system in which registered bounty hunters (known also as cowboys) travel in the galaxy to seek out criminals to help the police. Our main character, Spike Spiegel is from Mars and in this movie they go back to the planet to stop someone who actually is about to be responsible for a new apocalypse in the world they live in now.

The movie's story is situated somewhere in the middle of the timeline of the 26 episode anime. Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and Ein get together to find someone responsible for a biological attack on Mars. This man is a soldier who was used for experiments and is now trying to turn the world into the emptiness that he himself feels inside. The weapon eats up brain cells and everyone infected slowly dies. The man, along with another soldier has the antidote in their body, and the team uses it to make sure that the biological weapon never takes effect.

I love this world. Of course it can be dark at times and well, difficult to digest. But this movie perfectly fits into the main story. Cowboy Bebop is known for having mysteries, allowing the viewer to think about what is happening before revealing the truth. I personally adore that. Not so much the suspense, but the fact that it is clever about it. It gives you just enough to keep on going. In the end it is more like detective fiction, than anything else. In the series there was actually one episode that had a noir style to it. Long story short, these are not your average bounty hunters.
I particularly love this anime because it shows that even if technology advances, people will go back to something they already know, something they are comfortable with. Cowboy very much entails a Western American culture, and there are several instances when the show makes fun of it too. Cowboys on their horses running after criminals. Well, spaceships. And where man is man, there will be wars, conflicts, drugs, everything that is just as destructive as it was on Earth before it got destroyed. It seems that men never actually learn, and that's a powerful message.

Now, the movie, as I said, fits perfectly into the universe and personally it was a gift as the show ended and I craved for more. The writing was brilliant, in my opinion. The criminals, or villains, they all had a background that added to the story. This is one of the reasons why it is important to highlight that our main characters are bounty hunters. They live by their own moral code, and although something might be illegal, it isn't necessarily immoral. This is something I learned thanks to this anime. This movie fits into the apocalyptic thematic month not just because the main story is situated after a man made apocalypse, but because in it a second one is about to come into effect. Arguably I should be writing only about movies that take place during an apocalypse, but actually, I find that it is a lot more interesting to see what kind of worlds humanity builds up after it has to start all over again. This is a great example of how humankind doesn't have to make all of its governmental systems into dictatorships, as it happens in most post-apocalyptic tales.

Watch it? I recommend it highly, even if you don't know the series. It is a stand alone story that introduces to you the characters and you will likely be interested in the series which, some almost 20 years later still makes for a fantastic and original show. I myself wish there was more.

Until the next item on my list!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What's Next On My List? Titan A.E.

Welcome to #ApocalypticApril! The aim is to cover movies that either have an apocalyptic element or take place after it. I had a class on this, "Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction", and although it was over three years ago, it is still one of my favorites to recall of the many free credits I did. I planned this month for a while now and decided that this is the year for it! Hope you enjoy!

Growing up we all had our share of Don Bluth movies, and when you think about them now they are all, well, awful. Just awful. Not the art or the story, but the whole... like you showed this to children?! This is traumatic! It's much worse then the forced orphan story in every Disney movie... that said, there was one that despite being a bit strong, was still awesome as hell:

Humanity was attacked by the Drej, an alien race made of pure energy, which in fear of us decides to destroy the Earth. They are successful but some manage to escape, along with a ship called the Titan, which has the ability to simulate another big-bang, thus giving life to a new planet. The Titan is hidden by its inventor and both humans and the Drej seek to find it before the other. The key to the Titan is on Cale's hands, the son of the inventor of the Titan. Cale must hurry to reach it before the Drej do, who seek, after all these years to wipe out humanity.

The story is post-apocalyptic really, as not only was humanity destroyed but the planet itself. Humanity's worst fear of being wiped out by an alien race has become a reality. And when I re-watched it a couple of weeks ago I was amazed that actually the motivation of the enemy is not unjustified. Cale's father says that their ability to create planets and life is something that can be feared by others. Playing God is very problematic and not without reason. The Drej might have overstepped in wishing to destroy the human race, but when you think about it, fear is a strong motivator. Fear can make you do foolish things. Unlike every other alien race so far that only wanted to rule our planet (I still don't get why though...), the Drej feared us. Us, the one planet that every other enemy deems unworthy and about as good as slaves. That is important. That is unique, in my opinion.
The different creatures and the twists in this movie are phenomenal. I loved how we could discover galaxies and far away planets. I also like that our main character, having actually nothing to lose, decided to fight until his last breath to ensure that those who did survive will have a planet they can call their own. Many of course only wish to get a payday out of the catastrophes around them, but others endure and fight. I just loved the energy of the characters. And I also loved that I wasn't supposed to care just because they are the humans, because they are the ones I am supposed to feel the closest to, but because the story took time to make me care. I was introduced and shown who our heroes are and their adventures enchanted me.

Watch it? I highly recommend it. Yes, a lot of people die and yes, there are some parts of that still scare the shit out of me... I don't know if I would show it to children, but it is definitely a movie that has aged well, keeping its magic with a story that in a world of alien attacks coming from every angle is still creative and unique. I would definitely include it on a bucket-list of apocalyptic movies!

Until the next item on my list!
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Cale Tucker - Matt Damon
Capt. Joseph Korso - Bill Pullman
Preed - Nathan Lane
Professor Sam Tucker - Ron Perlman

Friday, April 14, 2017

What's Next On My List? I Am Legend

Welcome to #ApocalypticApril! The aim is to cover movies that either have an apocalyptic element or take place after it. I had a class on this, "Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction", and although it was over three years ago, it is still one of my favorites to recall of the many free credits I did. I planned this month for a while now and decided that this is the year for it! Hope you enjoy!

This movie too was part of the curriculum and because of it I watched it, and even though I wasn't crazy about it at first, my opinion didn't change after we talked about it in class.

Robert Neville is a doctor who believes to be the last person alive on this planet. He lives with his dog and survives in a home that he seals up over the night when the monsters come out. He captures one of them and does experiments to determine the cause for the zombification of the population around him. One day, however, he meets up with a woman and her son who are traveling to a place that is considered to be a safe haven. A place that has survivors. Robert never travelled, because if the place is a myth he could never get back before the dark hits again. Robert does not make it, but the woman and her son decide to travel on and do find others who haven't been infected yet.

First of all, I'm not a big Will Smith fan. He is a great actor, don't get me wrong, and in the end I am always pleasantly surprised when I see him, but I don't look around for his movies. In this case, he alone was just a bit too much for me. Second, the casting choice actually bothered me more when I found out that the movie is based on a book according to which the main character is a vampire hunter. Yes, those zombie-like, well... not even that. What were those creatures supposed to resemble? Yes, they come out in the dark, and are probably not friendly with the sunlight, but I would not have designed them as such if they were supposed to look like vampires. You can debate me, I don't care. I don't like this movie. After I heard the origin of the movie I just... it became clear in my head what I would have liked to see and this was not it. Smith is very lovable, that's fine. When it comes to the horror and the scary elements, all good. The movie in itself is fine, the 7,2 rating on imdb is actually very fair. I am not saying that this is a bad movie at all, but I personally don't like it. And the reason for that is three, they killed the dog. HOW COULD YOU?! F*CK YOU MOVIE! You think I care about anyone else except the dog? How stupid of you. And I know I'm not alone. No matter how happy I was to see that this wasn't, after all, the end of the world, I still cried as the movie insisted on the clichés of killing off characters to get you invested, but to me it backfired. Unfortunately I didn't see enough of Robert to care and was destroyed over losing the dog.

Watch it? Well, yes and no. As I said before it is not a bad movie so if you are looking for a bit of sci-fi, horror and drama as well then you might have a winner on your hands. The casting is fine and the story is intriguing, however, I can be critical when it comes to adaptations and knowing the background I wanted... not more, but something else. I'd say that this movie was inspired by the book rather then based on it.

Until the next item on my list!
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Robert Neville - Will Smith
Anna - Alice Braga
Ethan - Charlie Tahan
Marley Neville - Willow Smith

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's Next On My List? Cloverfield

Welcome to #ApocalypticApril! The aim is to cover movies that either have an apocalyptic element or take place after it. I had a class on this, "Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction", and although it was over three years ago, it is still one of my favorites to recall of the many free credits I did. I planned this month for a while now and decided that this is the year for it! Hope you enjoy!

I remember seeing this movie in the theater with one of my dearest friends and I was really scared because I never watch movies like this, not to mention, that yes, the format of the movie got to me. But more on that later. Let's fight the monsters of:

The story focuses around a group of friends trying to escape a monster attack in the New York. They have a camera with them and record as much as they can. They are first attacked above ground and people are causing chaos and havoc out of fear. So they decide to go underground, still unaware of what is causing the attacks. Slowly they fight off smaller monsters, but those who are bitten slowly die. The two main characters, Beth and Rob, escape the military as they are under attack and in Central Park encounter the monster for the first time, fearing it is the end of their life.

Well, yeah, I was terrified of this movie. It wasn't really horror, but the format was completely new. We see the whole movie through the lens of the camera and it worked. Some people just called it shaky, because they run and there were scenes that could not be seen properly, but to me that just added to the level of intensity. I think this movie stands alone and well, anything that copies it will be given bad criticism exactly because of the shaky cam problem. Overall I think that it was only those who did not see it in the theater could actually debate that it wasn't well done. I have tried to re-watch it and it really isn't the same thing, I agree. This movie is incredible the first time you watch it, because you don't know what is going to happen. But it does follow the typical horror movie clichés, as in, you know who will die and who is destined to survive. I wrote a mediocre essay on the monster for the above mentioned class, and the thrill of suspense, how not knowing actually makes it more interesting. Because in the end we all just want to see the monster and revealing it would have had a different effect. The movie was smart in not telling us too much too soon. It was amazing to see the end of the world, well, end, in a way, but also the movie doesn't give us a clear finish. It might not be the end of the line. The were several interpretations of the end and I believe that the debate is still open!

Watch it? Well, I don't know why you haven't yet. This one is a mixture of horror and catastrophe movies, however, it is a good mixture. It makes for an original brilliant movie that reuses some of the well known clichés but very smartly elevates them. Admittedly the format with the camera might not be as enjoyable on a computer screen or at home, but that does not mean that you should skip it!

Until the next item on my list!
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Marlena Diamond - Lizzy Caplan
Lily Ford - Jessica Lucas
Hudson 'Hud' Platt - T.J. Miller
Rob Hawkins - Michael Stahl-David
Jason Hawkins - Mike Vogel
Beth McIntyre - Odette Annable

Sunday, April 2, 2017

What The F*ck Is This Sh*t? Justice League Trailer

Welcome to #ApocalypticApril! The aim is to cover movies that either have an apocalyptic element or take place after it. I had a class on this, "Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction", and although it was over three years ago, it is still one of my favorites to recall of the many free credits I did. I planned this month for a while now and decided that this is the year for it! Hope you enjoy!

To start off with I want to start with a review of the trailer of this shit-fest BECAUSE I believe that after the apocalypse we will only have terrible movies like this one as they just never fade away for some reason... no matter how much you want them to... Two things will happen if you watch this trailer:
1) if you don't know the comic background you might think it is cool.
2) if you know the background, you can hear the Marvel Cinematic Universe burst into laughter, and just laugh, and laugh... as you cry.

Get ready for spoilers, because I just don't care about sugarcoating anything anymore at this point. First of all, again, you have a probably beautiful movie that they decided to just flood with this blue color that makes EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER LOOK THE SAME. Why?! Why this blue? Even if you shot your movie in Detroit again, you can't tell me that that is a natural filter! I want colors! That is another reason these movies are so f*cking depressing... There is no difference between the beginning, the initial conflict, the solution and the end of the movie. All the work people put into the background of each scene is just spit on with this gloomy color of SHIT!

You know I'd like to say that I let it go. That is doesn't bother me that neither Barry Allen (Flash) nor Aquaman have their signature blond hair. But I didn't. It f*cking drives me insane. Speaking of Aquaman, he is a funny character compared to Batman's gloomy self. That is the point of every f*cking story! Every hero is much more chippier and happier than the Bat! That's what I love about his relationship with Superman (something that adheres to his friendship when they are just Clark and Bruce as well); that is what kept me going back for more and more stories. And what did you have in this trailer? He seems to be the comic relief character! YOU CAN'T DO THAT! Admittedly, he is not that depressed idiot that Nolan made him out to be (okay, let's not start with that other pile of garbage, you can read my review here), but he is never - compared to others - the funny character! Especially not in a franchise that has already made him into a killer bat (I mean that in both senses!). So no, I didn't like anything about Aquaman.
Then you have Wonder Woman, who... oh god... someone save Wonder Woman please... I just love her, I love Gal Gadot, she is a fucking inspiration and I still have hope for her character and her movie, but here... it's like... she's the captain of a ship that is sinking soooo fast and being who she is, she will not leave. But she should. Like yesterday. There is this one scene where she stands in front of two guys, ready to go into battle... and sooo original DC, where have I seen that already? Oh yeah. It was in BvS, the same f*cking scene. I hope they also say a joke in the background just to make sure that zero creativity went into it. Because god knows, BvS was such a gooood movie! Let's imitate it everywhere!

Watch the trailer again. I dare you. Count how many different characters you find. Spoiler, if you went above 20, then you have a shitty movie. The reason for that is that I could see all the stories that they are trying to mash together again. In BvS you had four basic stories and had a hundred more in the background. All from different writers, all came out in different years and represent different times of the relationship between Batman and Superman. "Oh, people might know this, let's put it together", and I shit you not, that is exactly what is going to happen here. Did you see Barry visiting his dad in prison? People might know it because of the TV series, let's include a f*cking Flash origin story because we didn't make one BEFORE the Justice Leauge and remember kids, you are stupid. That is right DC fans, you are all stupid and you need Mr Movie Writer to explain to you how superheroes work! And did you spot the ReverseFlash in the trailer? Because I did. It made me upset. It upset me because he should NOT be in a movie where the Justice League is so clearly getting ready to fight evil Superman. A secondary villain to ONE of the characters of the JLA should be f*cking nowhere near this story UNLESS he/she is the main villain. And I can tell you in advance, they are not. And they cast an African-American actress as his love interest... it baffles me how they decided to stay separate from the TV shows and yet they are continuously ripping them off! Spot the war scene, the random lady, the prison scene, attack on Atlantis apparently (not IN Atlantis of course, nobody wants to see that... that might look good! Hush-hush fan, you are stupid!), Commissioner Gordon's mustache being so big that it almost touches the MCU, and Cyborg flying around, I guess, did he do anything in this trailer?

"Hey Timmy, do you know who Cyborg is?"
"Excellent, we'll put him in the movie."
"But... what about Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Red Tornado or--"
"CYBORG IT IS. EVERYONE WILL LOVE HIS CGI FACE. God knows, we don't have a perfectly able make up department that can make it look just as good! Half of his face has to be 3 inches shorter too to make sure the viewer founds nothing pleasing about looking at him!" (Here is how unimportant he is: he is not among the top 15 actors listed on imdb...)

The Justice League of America is not recruited... the Justice League gets together because of a forced situation that requires the help of everyone. The reason there is a problem with their dynamic is exactly that these people do not work together. They are NOT equals, they are NOT friends to begin with and are certainly not a vanity project for Batman. Batman knows all of them because that is what he does, that is his job, he has information and clues and everything he needs before he shakes hands with someone. He does NOT get those informations from Lex Luthor...

The reason I am reviewing the trailer is that I just refuuuuuse to see this movie. I will not pay a single cent because I am tired. Just scrap it and let it go. Watch the TV shows instead! They are brilliant!

I love DC. Funnily enough, I always loved their heroes a lot more than the Marvel one and what the movies are doing is just excruciatingly painful... They are destroying everything I love and I just... it baffles me how they can do that! I am done. Done with this. Leave me alone and long live CW shows because they are true to the characters I love so much! They do not think that I, the fan, am stupid and it is a wonderful feeling! F*ck you DC movie universe.

Friday, March 31, 2017


Ha ezt a cikket most találod meg, az azt jelenti, hogy a kormány elfogadta azt a javaslatot, ami tönkre teszi a CEU működését Budapesten. Szólok előre, hogy megérzésem téves volt, de, amit írtam amellett kiállok továbbra is. Ha még van demokrácia Magyarországon akkor nem lesz baj abból, hogy van véleményem. Ha diktatúra van akkor még bajba is kerülhetek. Ki tudja? Bármi is történik szeretném elmondani, hogy kiállok életem végéig minden olyan oktatási intézmény mellett, ami otthont és jövőt ad több száz diáknak évente, és, akiknek célja, hogy segítse az országot, ahol tartózkodik. A CEU egy fantasztikus egyetem. Nem érdemelték meg ezt a bánás módot.

Úgy gondolom, hogy azért kéne több nőnek lenni a politikában, mert mi nem veszünk össze a mellünk méretén, míg a férfiak még mindig azzal vannak elfoglalva, hogy kinek nagyobb a pöcse...

If you have found my article now, I first apologize as it is in Hungarian, second, it was written before the new reforms to change higher education in Hungary were accepted. Nonetheless, in my article I talk about how I think that education is key. Not to mention that I will always stand up for an institution, let alone a university like the Central European University, if they are threatened by injustice. CEU elevates Hungary and it helps students from all around the world. If anything it should be rewarded and not attacked.

I believe we should have more women in government because we don't compare breast size, whilst men are still more preoccupied with who has a bigger dick...
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Bejegyzés: 2017.03.31

1, ismerem ezt a fajta elterelő hadműveletet. Ez volt az internetadóval is. Bedobnak valamit, ami tudják, hogy rengeteg embert lázítani fog, majd az utolsó pillanatban jön a vezér és eljátssza a megváltó szerepét, aki a saját pártjában békére parancsolja az embereket és kijelenti majd, hogy „Én, ÉN megmentettem a CEUt! Én nem hagytam, hogy szeretett egyetemetek elvesszen!”. És közben reménykedik, hogy a többség megfeledkezik róla, hogy a saját pártja és saját emberei közölték egyáltalán azt a lehetetlen reformot, ami ezt az egész helyzetet előhozta. Ami engem jobban aggaszt azaz, hogy miről akarja vajon jó vezérünk éppen elterelni a figyelmet…

2, nagyon fájhatott, amikor nem hívtak meg minket az elnöki beavatásra, ugye? Fájdalmas volt, az, hogy végre egy hozzánk hasonló kaliberű zsebekben turkáló ember lett az elnök és a seggnyalás ellenére tökéletes tudatta mennyire nem vagyunk fontosak. Szar érzés lehet. És megtalálta az egyetlen módot, hogy felhívja magára a figyelmet, az egyetlen dolog, ami iránt Amerika érdeklődést mutatna ki, és a fenti pontban említett módszerrel akarja majd helyre tenni a kapcsolatot azzal a rothadó naranccsal, mert a seggnyalás nem volt elég hatásos.

3, és ez a legfontosabb: Az oktatás szent. Nekünk angol és amerikanisztika szakosoknak nem egyszer segített a CEU és fog és akar még segíteni a jövőben évekig. Magyar könyvtáraink sokszor nem olvasó barátok, és sok szak szenved már azért mert nincsenek megfelelő források, amik itthon elérhetőek lennének. Ahhoz képest, hogy Európa közepén vagyunk, sokan tudjuk, hogy nem vagyunk a világ közepe. Bármilyen olyan intézmény, ami segíti országunkat előre haladni az akadémiai életben az én véleményem szerint segítséget és tiszteletet érdemel - első körben a diákoktól. De hát mi mások voltak a politikusok egyszer, mint maguk is egyetemi diákok? Ami most történik az tökéletesen az ellenkezője a tiszteletnek.

Nem elég, hogy undorral tölt el, hogy ez a kormány mi tesz. Annál jobban undorodom politikai hovatartozásukat jelző HÖK-ösöktől, akik elfelejtik, hogy maguk is egy egyetem alkalmazásában vannak. Undorodom emberektől, akik azaz egyetem/főiskola ellen fordulnak, aminek köszönhetik a diplomájukat. Ez pont olyan, mint az, hogy a mostani politikusok ingyen élvezhették az oktatást most pedig tőlünk olyan összegeket várnak fel, amit nem elég, hogy alig lehet kifizetni, de még nem is jut belőle az egyetemnek, ahova fizetjük. Az oktatás itthon olyan, amilyen, és kevés a jó dolog benne, de ami jó azt meg kell védeni! Egyre ritkább az, ami reményt kelt. Az én tanszékem kiáll a CEU mellett és ez engem büszkeséggel tölt el.

Számomra az egyetemek közötti rivalizálódás sosem volt érthető. Bölcsészek fogjuk össze minden városban, minden országban, egyetemtől független. A CEU-nak szüksége van arra, hogy hangoztassuk fontosságát és pontosan ezt is fogom tenni!

PS: A javaslatra, miszerint kell, hogy legyen Amerikában is campusa az egyetemnek ahhoz csak annyit tennék, hogy “Central European University” a neve, és nem “New York University’s one branch over the sea”...

Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games

As next week I'm starting #ApocalypticApril I wanted to start by comparing two dystopian worlds that have been a case for a debate a couple of years back. Here is my 2 cents!

Having heard people debate whether or not The Hunger Games stole its idea from Battle Royale has been driving me insane for years. After having read the trilogy I decided to read the manga since it was on my brother's shelf for years now. It was an interesting experiment and I'm glad I didn't read it before the book, nor did I start this when I was younger...

I'll have to admit right away that I have not seen the movie version because the manga was disturbing enough on its own (very, very, very, very graphic...). And to be honest I see why people keep comparing the two, however... there are significant differences and I think we should discuss them.

Battle Royale was a manga based on a book by the same title, written by Koushun Takamia. The manga was illustrated by Masayuki Taguchi released from 2003 to 2007, and although it follows the book, it gave the students detailed background and it was also more graphic sexually. The aim was of course for it to be more gory, so I kinda wish I had read the book instead... In the story a whole class from junior high is abducted and sent to an island to participate in the Program, where they are given weapons that are meant to be used by the army. This is basically a test facility beneath the dictatorship that rules Japan and those taking part dream of escaping from the terrible country they are in and to get to America. There can only be one winner, and even if some refuse to fight they are at the mercy of those who decided to take up arms. The story focuses on one boy, Shuya Nanahara, who keeps fighting to keep the peace among his classmates. He teams up with a girl, Noriko Nakagawa, who wishes to escape the island just as much Shuya does. Also, their team has a boy named Shogo Kawada, who was the winner of the previous Program, but ended up becoming a transfer student in the next class that was selected. Shogo decides to believe Shuya's uplifting spirit and help him and Noriko as well as himself to get off the island. The biggest problem is one boy, Kazuo Kiriyama, who lacks any and all human emotions and is kind of invincible. Which is not only creepy but completely insane... the story doesn't really specify how real this world is and that bothered me. These are teenagers... when it comes to The Hunger Games a bullet kills you the way bullets do. This kid was some kind of devil incarnation that simply made no sense to me... Spoiler, the two make it out and escape this hell, but everyone else is dead.

They do not fight in a revolution and do not stop the evil that the dictatorship causes in their country. Their's didn't become a love story or a sign of hope in times of a country that has for too long lived in terror. They are not broadcast for the world to see and the location of the program as well as the class selected are kept secret until there is one winner. Yes, kids, fighting kids, but that is pretty much where similarities end.

The Hunger Games, trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, came out in 2008, 2009 and 2010 consecutively. In it, you might know this already, but still, children of the 12 districts of the country of Panem are selected to participate in a reality show where they kill each other. The two main characters, Katniss and Peeta outsmart the system to be able to survive and are never, under any circumstance, okay with having taken the lives of others. They don't turn on others, don't have hidden monsters in them, and those who take place in the game willingly do it because they are taught that this is the honorable thing. The kids from district one and two are trained for this, they are proud to volunteer and take home the trophy. The Capital is too small and a revolution, a rebellion, is capable of taking it down. There is a way to escape, to wake up to a better future. Battle Royale ensures a better future for the two main characters, while The Hunger Games seeks to make sure that such a tragedy never occurs again. Yes, you'll see the similarities with children fighting, but what is the aim? The Takamia book/manga shows you a world, a terrible world, a dystopia that is like nothing else. People fight it continuously, but never get ahead because mikes and cameras stop them and remind them that a group of teenagers will never and could never stop them. And they don't... the aim of the story was never to incite a revolution. The Hunger Games, on the other hand, meant to describe what was the last drop before people can no longer stand it and are forced into a corner.

The argument that these two stories are the same to me is foolish. It is foolish because a story is different if the moral and lesson I take away from it is different. In Battle Royale I was barely relieved that the two got away because they might have slipped from the control of that sadistic dictatorship, but nothing changed. The next group of children will die the same way. Maybe that was the aim, maybe it was just one story that had to be told, about one pair of kids who managed to escape this terror. To me The Hunger Games is the ultimate story of hope. I did not fall for it for the love story (although it was a great example of how extreme cases can forge love), but because it taught me that I can get up and change my future. I think the reason I learned more from Katniss rather than any characters in the story was that the children were ultimately deranged... it might be the fact that they live in a world that is more grotesque, but even with the background of certain characters it was just not OK... I'm glad Shuya and Noriko escaped, but the story of a revolution that was not fought in vain gets my vote.

If you ever read both stories you will notice elements, small, singular things that are similar in both Katniss and Shuya, and yes, they fight to live another day. Other than the idea of children in an arena killing each other there is nothing to connect them and this debate is stupid.

Interesting stories though and I recommend them. Because remember, reading is fun! See my list of favorite ten books here if you are looking for something to read.

Until the next item on my list!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blogger: Enough Frozen

I have written a few Disney reviews, and well, there was one that I never got around to, the main reason for it being that it was covered everywhere: Every channel, every reviewer, toy shop, radio, every f*cking place was covered in it and with it... And you'd think it is too late to write a review and you are right. So this is not a review. This is going to be an angry rant, because I just can't take it anymore... I waited patiently for it to just fade away and go back onto the Disney shelf and disappear, but it just won't... IT WON'T LET GO!!!


Now, these drive me insane for one simple reason: I am certain that people are buying it only because there is nothing left to buy. I dare you, put out merchandise from Zootopia, or put Moana's piglet Pua on mugs and shirts and baby shoes, and people will buy it! I know because I would buy it! I say this with certainty because I sleep with a Bolt plushie, and he is one of my favorite Disney characters! Trust me when I tell you that I do not need Elsa or Anna on my f*cking spoon!!!

I understand that Frozen was supposed to be this revolutionary Disney movie that stands out because of various reasons, but... just let us look at those reasons:

Yes, little girls should be taught that a woman can take her own destiny into her hands. So show them Mulan instead! A strong woman who takes charge of her own life despite the cultural norms that were assigned to her. That movie has great morals! Yes, in the end she chooses to be with the man she loves, but not because of customs. She does not run away from her responsibilities or because she is different. She faces the challenges head on even knowing that people might kill her for it.

And yes, sometimes the villain is simply evil. They can be driven by greed or by an inner motivation to simply cause harm. But then show children 101 Dalmations, which showcases how someone's obsession will drive to hurt innocent people. Unfortunately villains don't always have a good reason for the way they behave. And pointing out that they have a motivation is not always the best... yes, you should try to put yourself in other people's shoes to understand their issues, but there is evil out in the world that cannot be explained. I, for one, am stuck on always trying to understand 'why' even when there is no answer for it. It can become a curse...

If the movie's aim was to make a new big Disney musical then hey! YOU FAILED. Let me break this down for you: Musicals are an experience because you are there live. I adore Idina Menzel (you'll always be my Maureen!) and her voice is stunning, but you can't write music that will only reach the audience through hundreds of layers when it is meant to be heard live! I have seen the Oscar performance, and let me tell you, it was not the same! Also... a musical is not built around one song... Name one more song. Come on. I dare you. And no, you can't get away with "ice song in the beginning" or "the troll song about one of the male characters". Titles please! The only reason I like to ask people if they want to build a snowman is due to internet memes... There is just something not right about "Let it Go" compared to how much people hyped it... just to show you, I kept singing songs from Moana after seeing it, while I managed to forget every and all songs from Frozen after it ended! If you want your child to listen to good Disney musicals then... well, you can pick anything that came out in the 90s! One is better than the other!

If you want to teach children about acceptance and how people are afraid of the unknown then show them Zootopia! Even if Frozen had been debated by many to serve as an metaphor for the gay community, Disney never actually said anything about it (which was smart, in my opinion), but because of that the message is lost...

And here we are years after its release and I just have to ask... what was the moral of this story?

I am not joking. If it was sisterly love... sure, OK. I can take that. It is important to know that you should love your sibling, I know I love mine and I would certainly give my life for them. But the movie neglected to show any kind of healthy relationship other than the one that was driven by guilt on the part of Elsa. The movie also neglected to explain any of Elsa's powers (this is where the gay debate comes in usually, that it doesn't have to be explained. I am part of the LGBTQ and trust me, this was not done well even if they meant well!), we are simply supposed to take in that magic happens here whilst every and all Disney movies so far have given us an explanation. You do have a romance, a forced Hollywood "Ugh, I hate him/her!" that adds zero to nothing to the story and a forgettable vill--- wait. Who the f*ck was the villain? Was it the old man with the funny mustache or that Hans guy or, like, wasn't it Elsa? No, seriously, wasn't she like super rude to Anna for no reason other than having been forced in a room by their parents - that Anna had nothing to do with - and she blames her so now having an icy castle off you f*ck sister? I don't know, like honestly, I can't remember. That is how little impact this movie had on me, yet I still have to see it everywhere!

Admittedly, I liked Olaf. He was fun. His song was the best. Nonetheless, I don't want to see a snowman in the middle of Spring and Summer on any and all kitchen appliances available at my local supermarket. Stick with Christmas Mr. Snowman...

I just feel like people are forced to endure this because what the oh-so wise businessmen who never shop among the commoners see is that "Oh, they are still buying it!", and the reason for that is that we are forced as there is nothing else to buy... Baby shower? Done. Children birthday party? Done. As a joke? Done. (I'm in that category, my sister-in-law and I buy each other this shit to make the other one laugh. The more useless the better! I know, I know... I'm part of the problem...). 

But seriously... enough is enough.


If you want to read my Disney reviews just click on the titles here below:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's Next On My List? Moana

Having grown up on Disney movies I am very critical, since I don't think that them being Disney is enough... give me something new, or even if you just recycle a story, change the setting and add more to the characters and the landscape. Really, you can always elevate things and here is a great example of just that:

Moana is destined to become the new chief of her tribe, but she is drawn to the sea instead of the land. She discovers that her tribe is descended from travelers, but the sea was no longer their friend and the reason for that is Maui, a demigod who wanted to do good, stole the heart of the island Te Fiti. But since then everything around her is dying. The people of Moana will be forced to leave the island, but not being able to navigate the sea, they are afraid of what lies over the reef. But Moana decides to track down Maui and to put back the heart in order to restore the order of nature.

I just adored every single second of this movie. And I tell you why... yes, it is true that we don't need princesses who have to be rescued because girls can do it alone! But I never actually believed that those princesses couldn't do it on their own if they wanted to... they simply fell in love and sharing their life with someone - something we all dream of - became the priority. I liked that Moana had no love interest, because there was no need for it. Still, the dynamic between a female and a male character will always sell more tickets. That is why here too you have a relationship that jokes with that and it worked perfectly without it being about love. To me Disney cartoons were always more about the dynamic between two characters, rather then the fairy tale happy ending. I am not referring to the classics - like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty -, but think of Rapunzel and Jasmine! They didn't need a man, but their relationship with one was intriguing and that's what the story was about essentially!
That having been said, Maui was a super fun character and Moana, who was essentially a child still, grew immensely over the movie. The story never forgot to be funny; the movie never forgot that it is also scary. And there was a twist at the end which simply left me with my mouth open. Finally, I loved the villain. For once it wasn't someone whose intentions had to be explained for the viewer to care, and the moral lesson was embedded in the story. It wasn't something they pushed down your throat.
As a last point I wanted to point out the music. Not only did I love the songs, but I missed actual Disney musicals. I don't give a shit what people say about "Let It Go"*, that song has nothing on the soundtrack of this movie! Somebody complained to me that there were too many... come on! It's a musical, there are supposed to be more songs. This is something that Disney has actually done: it starts to write a story and remembers "f*ck the songs!", so they quickly write about 3 or four, just enough to get that Oscar nomination under the belt, and there you go, finished movie. Not only do I love Zootopia (click my here for my review) because it didn't force this on us, but I loved Moana because the story and the songs complemented each other.

[*No offense to Idina Menzel, a favorite musical singer of mine, but there is just something not right about that song compared to how much people hyped it... just to show you, I kept singing songs from Moana after seeing it, while I managed to forget every and all songs from Frozen after it ended! The only reason I like to ask people if the want to build a snowman is due to internet memes...]

Watch it? Abso-f*cking-lutely! This has quickly become one of my top 5 favorite Disney movies. The characters are lovable, the songs are wonderful, not to mention that culturally the Polynesian heritage had to be showcased. I have been studying it in my free time because I am somehow drawn to them, thinking of Hawaii for example, the history, they myths, the language... really I want to learn more and more. This movie just made me want to continue my little research.

Until the next item on my list!
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Gramma Tala - Rachel House
Chief Tui - Temuera Morrison
Heihei - Alan Tudyk

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What's Next On My List? Ruby Sparks

Finally got around to seeing this movie and I wanted to make sure I wrote about it a couple of sentences, because it was a wonderful experience.

After a long period of suffering from writer's block, Calvin dreams of a girl and decides to write about her. Next morning, however, she appears in his kitchen and he is not the only one who can see her. She is as real as she can be, and she is everything he wanted. But she is not a puppet, and as time passes the relationship tumbles into obstacles, but the fear of losing Ruby drives Calvin to write about her more, but she is never the same again. Calvin learns to let her go, because he loves her.

This movie I think is another great example of how and why independent movies should be ruling Hollywood instead of big corporations. Some people just see 'money money money', in reboots, and sequels and prequels and spin-offs of movies and TV shows, and bla, and bla, and bla... It gets boring. It gets boring because somebody already did it. There is zero to no creativity in Hollywood nowadays. Vampires were kind of a new thing, but they are also overdone. The idea of a writer's perfect girl coming to life thanks to the typewriter is brilliant. Not to mention that the characters are, despite the magical element, very real and with two feet on the ground.
Calvin manages to commit the same mistakes he did in his previous relationships. He puts himself above the other one and ignores that he is the one driving them away. In his head he is not at fault. He learns that if he loves her he has to let her go. After he did he sits down and writes about it. I am just like that. I need to write it down, write it out of my system and try to make sense of it. Not just that, but also learn from it. The more painful the experience the more I want to learn to avoid it in the future. Writing to me is sacred, and I could relate to Calvin in every scene, every emotion and feel the strength and pain of his love. I am not a good writer, no bestsellers in my future, this movie on the other hand was just a home run, both in writing and in directing.

Do I recommend this movie? One hundred percent. It is creative, funny, full of soul and heart. It has emotions that one can easily relate to, but packaged in a story that is new and creative. I enjoy Zoe Kazan's writing immensely. I hope to see more movies from young artists like her because I believe they are the future.

Until the next item on my list!
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Calvin Weir-Fields - Paul Dano
Ruby Sparks - Zoe Kazan
Harry - Chris Messina
Gertrude - Annette Bening
Langdon Tharp - Steve Coogan
Dr. Rosenthal - Elliott Gould

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Wishing everyone a pint of their favorite 
beer and a pot of gold! 
Happy St. Paddy's!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kedvenc Magyar Filmjeim

A moziba vonzó 'blockbuster' magyar filmek az elmúlt kb. 15 évben arra koncentráltak, hogy majmolják az Amerikai filmeket, teljesen kihagyva azt az egy fontos részletet, hogy kultúránk totálisan másmilyen. Nem lehet cheerleader-rekről készíteni egy filmet, mintha az természetes lenne a magyar gimnáziumokban, és nem írhatsz egy filmet, amibe mozi premiereket raksz, mintha Hollywood közepén lennél. Ezen kívül vannak rengeteg magyar művész filmek, amik messze vannak ettől a stílustól és sikeresek minden irányból és nyerik - jogosan - sorra a díjakat. Azokat a filmeket nem akarom ide sorolni. Természetesen klisék vannak, mindig is lesznek, semmi baj ha azokat újra feldolgozzuk de a kontextus, a helyszín, az emberek, muszáj valami olyat látni, amivel tudunk azonosulni különben nem lesz élvezetes. Lehet rossz a a dialógus és lehetnek buktatók, de ha egy karakter sem szimpatikus akkor nem lesz sikeres a film. Tisztelet, a kivételnek, és azokból, amiket én láttam eddig életem során, mert a kritikák alapján megérte megnézni, azokból ezek a kedvenceim:
Hi there! You might not know much about Hungarian movies, the reason for that is that they are generally... really bad. Not on purpose, they are all just trying to copy the "American movie formula", not realizing that some things simply don't exist in our culture! However, some do get it right and they stick to their own originality instead of copying something. Now, I will write this little list in Hungarian, but at the end of each of paragraph I'll give you a plot summary in English and urge you to look them up, as there are great subtitles available online!

Valami komollyal akartam kezdeni, ugyanis rengetegszer írok könyv adaptációkról a blogomon és mindig fáj ha valami rossz lesz vagy nem hű az eredetihez (legalább hangulatában). Viszont a nagy magyar regényekből sokszor készültek adaptációk és van egy pár, ami nem elég, hogy jól visszaadja a könyv hangulatát de még magában is megáll mint remek film. Ilyen például az Édes Anna, ami Kosztolányi Dezső regénye alapján készült és Törőcsik Mari benne a főszereplő. Ez a színésznő nem véletlen annyira zseniális, már fiatalkorában is leesett tőle az állam, nem hogy most! Persze a történet nem a legszebb, kimondottan szomorú, hiszen megszeretjük a főszereplőt és utána végig kell néznünk, ahogyan tönkre megy az életében és az sosem élvezetes. És lehet, hogy csak én vagyok egy ilyen állat, de valahogyan úgy érzem, hogy mindenki azt a sorsot kapta, amit érdemelt a történetben és annak ellenére, hogy szomorú, mégis kielégítő. Mindenképpen ajánlom ha valakinek nem volt a kötelező listáján vagy ha csak a regényre volt ideje, félve, hogy a mai rossz adaptációk mellett egész biztosan a régiek is rosszak voltak! This is an adaptation of a famous Hungarian novel, in which the maid, Anna, is somewhat forced to let go of her personality and her own instincts. She succumbs to every wish of the family she is working for, but this slowly drives her insane and she takes her revenge by taking their life. It is a serious but compelling story and a wonderful adaptation of the original novel.

Valami Amerika
Azt hiszem ez lesz mindig is a kedvenc filmem, mert megunhatatlan. Tele van szereplőkkel, fordulatokkal, gondolatokkal, amikkel lehet azonosulni. A csalódás, meglepő érzések, szerelmek, együtt élni magaddal, amikor nem az vagy, aki akartál lenni, a családon belül az elvárás, munka... és a film címe tökéletes bemutatja azt, ami, miatt félre mennek a magyar filmek manapság: valami olyat utánoznak, ami nem elég arra, hogy megfogjuk a nézőket. Ez a film viszont a kivétel, zeneileg, a szereposztás, a hangulata... van valami egy filmben, amitől tudsz egy-helyben ülni és sírni és végig gondolni a döntéseket a saját életedben, a következő pillanatban meg fennhangon röhögni és leesni a székről! És a második része sem rossz! Szinte lehetetlen volt folytatni, ez tény, és persze nem ugyanolyan, de az eredeti poénok miatt igenis megéri nagyon is. Sokkal inkább a humorra ment rá, mint a komolyságra, és hát aki azt hiányolja annak sosem lesz ugyanolyan szintű. Ennek ellenére érződik, hogy nem csak összehánytak egy filmet úgy, hogy oda dobtak pár gondolatot és visszaszerezték a régi szereplőket. Melegen ajánlom mindenkinek, aki esetleg nem látta volna, szerintem egy igazi klasszikus. The movie, translated, is called "Some Kind of America" and it deals with three brothers, out of whom two are trying to help the third one get money for the movie he wants to direct. An American producer shows up to help him with his dream, but at great costs. The movie discusses topics like regret, surprising feelings, commitment, living with yourself, others, and demands within your family and job... it really covers every aspect of life and even if you cry at some scenes, you'll find yourself laughing out at others. It is a slice of life. I recommend it highly!

Nem tudom hányszor láttam ezt a filmet. Az egészet tudom fejből és megmondhatom, hogy ez az egyik legbüszkébb tulajdonságom! Rengeteg barátot találtam azért, mert egymásnak idéztük ezt a filmet. Egy egyszerű családi klasszikus. A film 1962 nyarán játszódik, amikor egy tehetségkutató keretében fiataloknak esélye lesz kijutni az országból és a kommunista rendszerből, lehetőleg Nyugat felé szeretnének menni, ami egy visszatérő poén a filmben. A film technikai szempontból is egyedi, ugyanis a rendező visszafele vette fel a jelenetekben a mozgást, és még utána gyorsítottak is rajta. Sajnos tudok olyat, aki nem szereti, ugyanis, aki át is élte azokat az éveket nem feltétlen tudott nagyot nevetni a film poénjain. De nekem mindig is a kedvencem lesz, és már nem fog úgy eltelni nap, hogy ne idéznék belőle, az biztos! The movie takes place in the summer of 1962, when Communism was still ruling Hungary and most people wished to escape the Iron Curtain. Four friends decide to take part in a talent show, where the first price is a trip to Helsinki, and this being the only interesting thing happening in town, everyone gets involved. It is a unique film with great puns that me and my family have been reciting for years now.

A miniszter úr meglóg egy estére, hogy a titkárnőjével tölthesse az éjszakát, amikor egy halott testet találnak a hotel szobájukban. A miniszter asszisztensét hívja segítségül, de a halott test életre kell. Nem csak a hotelben történik minden, amire senki nem fizetett be aznap éjszaka, de közben a Parlamentben is jelen kell lennie a miniszter úrnak az éjszakai ülés alatt. A történet egy brit színdarab alapján készült, és percenként több szereplők jelennek meg, és a végén mindenkit el kap a nekik kijárt büntetés. The movie is based on a British play, in it a minister wishes to have an affair with his secretary, only to find a deceased body in their hotel room, who, over the second act, comes back to life with amnesia. A very funny story with great plot twists and wonderful actors.

Ez a film talán sosem lesz díjnyertes, de az oka annak, hogy én nagyon szerettem megint az volt, amit a Valami Amerikánál is tapasztaltam: eredeti ötlet egy hihető közegben. A főszereplők egy színház dolgozói, és itthon a színház kultúra még mindig erősebb, mint a filmeké. Igen, most változik a mi világunk is, az évadra bontott sorozatok a szappan opera helyett elkezdtek elterjedni és sok nagyon okos és jól is van megírva (példa lenne a Csak Színház és Más Semmi, ami biztos vagyok, hogy ebből a filmből nyerte ötletét és a castingot!). A főszereplőnk egy író, aki családot szeretne, de nem feltétlen pasival együtt, mert azok csak bajt hoznak rá, de persze ez alatt ismeri meg azt, aki őszintén szereti őt és életet is akar vele, minden problémájuk ellenére. Nem tudom elmondani mi miatt szerettem annyira, de nagyon jókat röhögtem a poénokon, kedveltem a karakteretek és szerintem eredetibb, mint sok másik magyar film, amik a Valami Amerika után próbáltak sikert elérni. The movie is about a screenplay writer who wishes to have a family, but doesn't tell the men in her life about her plans. She ends up falling in love with the one person she didn't think would be able to get her heart, a pompous actor who was cast in her play, and the two stay together. The movie is far better than anything that came out after Valami Amerika, wishing to grasp its success, and it puts the story in the theatre world of Hungary, which has a far bigger culture than movies even today.

Ezt a filmet választottam, mert ez a kedvencem, de őszintén szólva bármelyik Ötvös Csöpi filmet felírhatnám ide mert egyik jobb, mint a másik. Egyrészt imádom, hogy a Balatonnál játszódnak. Második, jók a sztorik, izgi detektív történetek pici poénokkal és vicces karakterekkel. Kern András Kardos Doktorja egyszerűen megunhatatlan! Éhes, szomjas, nem akar gyógyszertárba menni, de dolgozik. A kedvencem benne, hogy vakon bízik Ötvös Csöpiben, és ez a fajta együtt dolgozás tiszteletre méltó. Manapság egyre gyakrabban vannak férfi barátságok filmek és sorozatok központjában, de még mindig eléggé kevés. Itt egy olyan fajta tisztelet van a két szereplő között, ami azonnal megfogja a nézőt és mindig szívesen látja újra. Őszintén nem tudom mi történt a magyar forgatókönyvírással, hogy Amerika majmolása fontosabb lett mindennél, de hihetetlenül jó forgatókönyvek voltak régen és ezek a filmek tökéletes példái annak. Szerethető főszereplő, izgalmas kalandok, mind egy okos bűnügyi sztoriba beleépítve. Ki ne akarná ezeket állandóan nézni? In Hungary we had a series of movies starring Ötvös Csöpi, a major who solves crime around the lake Balaton and the actor was also famous for voicing Bud Spencer, thus these movies have some of those same fighting scenes, and they are equally entertaining! I chose this one (trans: "Do Not Panic, Major Kardos"), because it is my favorite; these are all wonderful examples of first class script writing.

Megint Balaton, nem tagadom, a legjobb része az országunknak! Egy család nyári hotelt nyit, de mindenen spórolni akarnak és ezzel egy időben jó fizetésre is gyúrnak, nem belátva, hogy a kettő egyszerre nem működik. Egy rokon gyerek a mesélőnk, aki kívülről látja, hogy a család mennyire őrült, de a jó indulatot is látja bennük ezért próbál segíteni ott, ahol csak tud. Amikor egy tolvaj keresése több embert is a hotelbe hoz a család ráébred, hogy talán túl nagy falatba haraptak. Az apuka teljes idegösszeomlást kap, mert egy nagyobb összegre tehettek volna szert, helyette rendőrök és mentők jöttek és ők semmit sem kaptak. Apuka hiányában a család helyre rakja a hotelt és sikeres businesst indítanak. Egyszerűen fantasztikusan van megvágva, nem tudom elmondani mennyire vicces, hogy egy abszurd helyzetben milyen jól mozog a család, és közben Balaton és nyár! Őszintén nem kell sok ahhoz, hogy engem boldoggá tegyenek és ez a klasszikus minden ponton talált! A family tries to get rich from opening a small hotel at Lake Balaton, but in the meanwhile tried their best to be as cheap as they can: selling almost green sausages, soup that was barely cooked, never replaces sheets that had holes in them and so on... Their hotel is swarmed when a pair of thieves resides there with a big amount of stolen cash, as they are followed by two others who want the money they stole, as well as the police. It is a funny family comedy and a big classic among my friends as well.

Ez a film jött ki utoljára azok közül, amikről írtam eddig. Nagyon ritka, hogy valami nézhető jött volna ki az elmúlt 10 évben, sajnos, de ez a film a kivétel. Kezdeném a szereposztással, Ónodi Eszter, Csákányi Eszter, Kulka János és Tőröcsik Mari… fantasztikus volt, egyikük jobb volt, mint a másik, és olyan szerepben voltak, amilyenben előtte még sosem láttuk őket. A három főszereplő egy énekes trióvá alakul és a Balaton mentén lépnek fel esküvőkön és programokon. A három nőt az hozza össze, hogy semmi veszíteni valójuk nincsen az életben és nem tudnak még egy napot eltölteni úgy, hogy nem lépnek valamit. Persze nem felhőtlen a kapcsolatuk, van, akinek meg kell tanulni, hogy mik a fontos dolgok az életben és van, akinek meg kell tanulnia a hangját használni, ha már van nekik! Ez a film egy remek példája annak, hogy egy eredeti történetet egy olyan kulturális közegbe tettek, amivel tud is azonosulni az ember és el tudja hinni, hogy megtörténhet. Attól lesz szép! The movie is a about a trio of singers who work venues around Lake Balaton for the summer. They are brought together by an old singer and a are trained by a skilled transvestite. In the end they all overcome their biggest fears, as life together forces them in unlikely situations. It is another example of a great script with fun cultural references. 

Ennek a filmnek a zenéje fogott meg első körben. Második körben pedig a történelmi poénok. Poénok, amin sajnos a magyar közönség nem tud nevetni… mi  magyarok valamiért genetikailag képtelenek vagyunk magunkon nevetni, mintha az valami nagyobb büntetéssel vagy tiszteletlenséggel járna együtt.  Holott rengeteg dolog van a mi történelmünkben, amin már csak azért is kell röhögni, hogy tanulhassunk belőle. Senki sem tökéletes. Soha senki nem is volt. A film vezéreink kalandjait követik, ahogyan keresik a magyarokat, de útjuk alatt előre haladnak az időben is. A film végén már a mai Budapestre érkeznek, büszkén, hogy csapataik, akiket bevezettek a Kárpát medencében és azok leszármazottjai milyen szép fővárost építettek. Számomra megható volt a film vége és őszintén nem tudom megérteni és nem is fogom soha, hogy emberek miért nem tudták értékelni a történetet és annak rengeteg rétegét! This was a comedic movie about the chiefs who lead the Hungarian troops into what is today Hungary's territory, but they wake up without their men and journey to find them. The journey is, however, through time and they arrive to contemporary Budapest, proud, of the city that was born from the men they guided through the country. Unfortunately the movie was not received well, because Hungarians are incapable of laughing at themselves... this will always be our downfall, in my opinion. Nonetheless, the movie is very entertaining and has a wonderful soundtrack.

És végül... 

Egy film az 56-os forradalomról. Nekem kritizálhatja bárki a szerelmi szálat, akkor is egy jó film. Magyarország nem volt egy szép hely az ötvenes években, és a film világában, színeiben, hangulatában bemutatja ezt, én szerény véleményemben fantasztikusan. A legszívszorítóbb jelenet a film végén van, amikor a himnuszt énekli a válogatott és az oroszok közben beveszik a fővárost. A fájdalom a sportolók szemében és a félelem a forradalmárok arcán egyszerűen leírhatatlan. A himnusz számomra mindig is ezt a fájdalmat idézte fel és a film ezt a hangulatot úgy fogta meg, mint kevés történet előtte és utána. Igen, megint rá akart erőltetni a nézőkre egy plusz szerelmi vonalat, legyen olyan főszereplő, akivel lehet azonosulni, akinek érdekel a sorsa. Ez egy ismert módszer, nincsen benne semmi új, és lehet vele kötözködni, elvégre, ha nem szimpatikus, akivel azonosulni kéne akkor nehéz értékelni a filmet. Nekem ilyen problémám nem volt, szeretem a színészeket és a karaktereket is, akiket játszottak. Én átéreztem a fájdalmát annak az évnek. Meghajtom a fejem azok előtt, akik azt átélték, akik abban a világban éltek és láttak szeretteiket elveszni egy forradalomban, ami még több vért hozott magával. A movie about the 1956 failed revolution in Hungary, against the dictatorship that was run by the Soviet Union. The story focuses on an Olympian athlete and a university student who wish to live in a free country. Their efforts, as we know from history, are in vain, but their actions are never forgotten.

A magyar filmipar tele van mindennel, amiből érdemes tanulni. Rengeteg film, és most egyre több sorozat, amik bemutatják, hogy tudunk mi többet, mint csak koppintani Amerikától... de addig is a klasszikusokat újra nézhetjük bármikor! There is a lot to learn from Hungarian movies, not to mention that the new season based TV shows that we have, which are finally not soap operas, have remarkable writing. But there is a period in between classics and new movies that should be just burned and buried... But until we have more movies that will become classics, at least we have the old ones!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What's Next On My List? The First Wives Club

Thinking of March 8 today and all the wonderful women out there from whom I have learned the importance of equality, fair rights, standing up for those who are less fortunate and simply learning to love ourselves, I decided to write about a movie that is always the first to come to my mind whenever I think of powerful women. Unfortunately I think that still not enough movies or TV shows focus on this. Now, you can debate me, but then I'd like to remind you that we are yet to see the first female superhero on the big screen! Although I would recommend Supergirl to girls of all ages, as it teaches you all the right lessons, yet, there is more to be done on the matter.

Let us celebrate women today, March 8, 2017, because women make the world go round!

Three friends, Elise, Brenda and Annie are brought together years after college after the death of their fourth best friend, Cynthia. All four have lost touch, but the feeling of not having been there for a friend who needed them makes them realize that life is short. They all confess to having marital problems, and face that their lives cannot go on the way it has for a long time now. They get back what is theirs, either emotionally or in the form of a paycheck and through the process found their way back to their friendship.

"Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, 
don't get mad, get everything."

I can't remember whether or not I was seven or eight when I first saw this movie, but what I do remember is that I loved it right away. Thinking back it is a curious thing why someone at such a young age would simply love the idea of three strong women taking matters into their own hands, but I was in awe. What I loved about the movie was the fact that these women got the worst cards dealt to them, which they didn't deserve it, and did something about it. Not just that, but when they decided to push back, they didn't go crazy with revenge and never hurt anyone in their plans who didn't hurt them in the first place. All three husbands got what they deserved and nothing more or nothing less. This is perfectly showcased with Brenda's husband, Morty, who was all in all a good person going through a mid-life crisis but realized that his family was more important than anything else. Sometimes people just need a kick in the butt to realize what is in front of them and to learn to appreciate it!
As far as revenge is concerned, all the money they got back from their cheating husbands was spent on helping others. This wasn't a tale about women wishing for more money than they can imagine in order to live luxurious lives. Nor was it about getting the money that their husbands denied them, even if that was their first intent, they then turned it around to pay for a center that could help all women who have abusive husbands, cheaters, liars con-man and those who need help after a divorce. They realize that they could have helped Cynthia this way and this drives them to do better next time. And that is what I learned from the movie: somebody always has it worst than you do, and helping them might not only help you, but it will definitely help them. There is always something you can do!
The only thing that makes me cry every single time is the fact that Cynthia was played by one of my favorite actresses of all time: Stockard Channing. And I wish she would have had a bigger part in the movie. But because of my love for her I am always reminded to take care of my friends and to make sure that they always know they have someone to turn to no matter what happens in their life. This movie taught me more than any others out there. It celebrates women on a whole other level. They are all independent, strong, smart and they use their brains, not their looks (although if you ask me women can only get more beautiful with age! Hollywood got it wrong!), and a fierce woman might just be the sexiest thing I can think of, to be honest!

Watch it? Definitely. It is a cult classic. There is going to be a re-booth in the form of a TV series soon and I can't wait to see it! This story has so many layers and it teaches you all the right lessons. I'm letting you know in advance that my children will be forced to watch this over and over again until they learn to love themselves, care for their friends and if life pushes you to push back justly! Now please celebrate women! They gave us life and we should make the best of that life!

Until the next item on my list!
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Annie - Diane Keaton
Elise - Goldie Hawn
Brenda - Bette Midler
Morty - Dan Hedaya
Gunilla Garson Goldberg - Maggie Smith