Baywatch (& the current heatwave)

On days like these, when the temperature hits about 34°C, I’m not able to do much. I try to move as little as possible, avoid the outdoors, although the indoors is not always a great idea either. If I could, I’d love to just go sleep and wake up when it’s all over (so probably in the fall). I also try not to do anything that would require too much energy or brain activity as my brain is not properly oxygenated to be able to fully perform. So, with not enough oxygen in my system and feeling half asleep, I thought these are the perfect prerequisitions to go and watch the new Baywatch! So I did.… Read More Baywatch (& the current heatwave)

New York, Actually and how I fell in love again

Sometimes inspiration lies in truly unexpected places. And it’s not true just for the movies, but for books, too. As I was going through yet another heartbreak early this year caused by yet again the same man (let’s call him my Mr. Big as that seems accurate), I felt exhausted and in need of some love.. Love that would inspire me and give me hope that even I will be able to fall in love again, one day not too far away from now. Although it seemed very unlikely. For the starters, I didn’t really want to.… Read More New York, Actually and how I fell in love again

In the Heat of the Night: How a 50 Years Old Film Is Still Relevant Today

Yes, I broke the spell and for a change been very lucky with the films I’ve seen in the past two weeks. Inspired by I Am Not Your Negro, I decided to delve deeper into the race politics and picked In The Heat of the Night to start with, which has sparked a completely new wave of excitement for my mission (or challenge). This year marks the 50th anniversary of In the Heat of the Night’s release and I couldn’t help but think how relevant the film is even today… which is… kinda sad. It’s been 50 years and the world doesn’t seem to have done much progress. We are still discussing racial issues. Fifty freaking years later. We are still discussing equality. Can you believe it?… Read More In the Heat of the Night: How a 50 Years Old Film Is Still Relevant Today

Hola! aka Lessons learned in Madrid: Part 2

La Mallorquina, Madrid’s most famous bakery & patisserie, where among other things, they serve the best Napolitanas, which are a must. Especially, if once again, you are a chocolate lover like me. But being popular with locals and tourists alike, it gets incredibly busy at La Mallorquina! Remember that scene from Eat Pray Love where Julia Roberts tries to order some coffee in the busy café in Rome? Yep. That sort of busy. … Read More Hola! aka Lessons learned in Madrid: Part 2

Hola! aka Lessons learned in Madrid: Part 1

Spain has been one of my oldest dreams, and inspired by watching The Limits of Control where the Lone Man wanders through Madrid and later on through Seville, I thought ‘hey! I want to do that, too!’ Sadly, Seville didn’t fit into the plans this time, but there’s always the next time, right? Or so I thought. In fact, I didn’t fall in love with Spain as much as I thought I will. I was pretty sure it’s gonna be similar to the love story I’ve been living with France, but the truth is, it seems there’s only one country like France – and that’s France. That being the very 1st lesson learnt. But there were many more to come.. So let’s take them one by one. … Read More Hola! aka Lessons learned in Madrid: Part 1

All You Wanted to Know About Me But Were Too Afraid to Ask

…or maybe you were not, but just prefered not to know.. Whatever the case, I just thought I’ll give you few fun facts about the person behind all this, should you be interested (or maybe more than few…) So, if you’re brave enough and decide carry on reading – nice to meet you!!! And welcome to my crazy mind.… Read More All You Wanted to Know About Me But Were Too Afraid to Ask

I Am Not Your Negro: A Picture of America You Were Not Supposed to See

I’m not much into documentaries, unless they deal with a topic I’m genuinely interested in, or they stand out by its unique filmmaking style or great storytelling. I Am Not Your Negro has has got it all and it excels at storytelling. It paints a picture of America you were probably never supposed to see. You might be disgusted by what you’re gonna see, but I promise, you’ll end up feeling inspired, too. And I just wanna say, that I, as a white person, want to bow down to all of you black people and your bravery. Fighting against a society that’s been against you since day one. The fact that you resisted, that you are thriving despite the circumstance and the world being so much against you, is truly inspiring. If you’re black, you should be so damn proud.… Read More I Am Not Your Negro: A Picture of America You Were Not Supposed to See

Beauty and the Beast: The Ultimate Fairytale Dream

If we’re to talk about prejudice, I’ve got one for you: I was absolutely sure that the new version of Beauty and the Beast will not just turn out to be bad (real bad, actually) but that it will also prove itself as a completely unnecessary film. Because who needs a remake of the (already perfect) Disney animated classic, that brings nothing new other than the live action? I mean, from what I’ve seen on the stills, it seemed like a complete copy of the animated scenes… so, I was asking myself, what’s the purpose of it? Why not rather come up with something new and original? (yes, I am fed up with all the remakes being made lately). Then I went to the cinema to see a different movie and caught a trailer for Beauty and the Beast. I was intrigued. It actually looked beautiful. And pretty spectacular. Could it possibly be any good? Well, now that I have finally seen it, I am happy to report that yes, it could! In fact, I was totally enchanted.… Read More Beauty and the Beast: The Ultimate Fairytale Dream

‘1001 Movie Challenge’ Sum-Up: Part 2

I know what you’re thinking. Trust me, I know. That I’m being careful not to challenge myself too much. Well.. it’s not that I’m being careful, but I’m not gonna lie to you either – I sucked at watching these films in the last few weeks. First of all, I spent 8 days in Spain (more on that later) where I watched no films whatsoever. But even before that, I can’t exactly be proud of myself. Frankly, I was just getting too distracted by too many things. And the fact that none of the ‘challenge’ movies I watched in the past 30 days has inspired me very much, did not help either. So, I thought, I’ll just give you a quick sum-up of what I have seen, so you know I’m not a total loser. And also so you know what films you don’t have to stress about too much if you feel like your final day is coming ;-)… Read More ‘1001 Movie Challenge’ Sum-Up: Part 2

A True Love Story and How It All Began

I looked at him and was overcome by affection. His big green eyes fixed on me. His pleading look making me feel like I was the only one that could save him. Like I was the only one in his world. Like I was his only chance to be happy. His look almost reliant. I realized there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him. I was too much in love to deny him anything. Even if I knew I was just plain spoiling him. But who could possibly resist him? He was the cutest looking cat you could ever imagine. He was my cat Aragorn.… Read More A True Love Story and How It All Began