Naomi Kawase’s An and Why We Need to Stop Making Our Lives a Prison

Naomi Kawase has created a truly inspiring movie which will leave you stunned and feeling empowered. Empowered to make changes in your life right that minute. That is – if you make it till the end of the film as An really is a very slow-paced movie. It’s once again one of those almost meditative films and even I, who loves slow storytelling found it a bit challenging at times. But please, do yourself a favor and persevere. We all need the powerful life lesson it delivers at the end. I know I do. And it once again proves that sometimes all you need to do for yourself is to sit down and watch a film. … Read More Naomi Kawase’s An and Why We Need to Stop Making Our Lives a Prison

Field of Dreams’ Reminder of Never Giving Up On Your Dreams

Never give up on your dreams. Don’t we all need to be reminded that from time to time? And that’s why a movie with a message like that can never hurt, right? Nor there will ever be enough of them, cause hell, we need to be reminded constantly! No matter how silly your dreams might seem to the people around you – or even to you sometimes – just never give up on them. They are your dreams and you dream them for a reason. It’s not a coincidence. If you can dream it, you can achieve it, as Michael Flatley (the Lord of the Dance creator) once said. So, if something feels right, even if you can’t explain why, just keep going. Cause chances are, Kevin Costner might not be coming to save you.… Read More Field of Dreams’ Reminder of Never Giving Up On Your Dreams

Why Paterson Is Good For Your Soul

I am looking at the book on my table here – 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die with a still of Leonardo DiCaprio from Revenant on its cover and I’m thinking, when there’s a next edition, will Paterson be on the list? For as far as I am concerned, it might easily just grace the cover, as it is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. A movie, that truly is one of a kind and which you should definitely put on your list and watch it as soon as you can if you haven’t yet. Because it’s not only beautiful, it’s good for your soul, too.… Read More Why Paterson Is Good For Your Soul

Personal Shopper and Why I Owe An Apology to Kristen Stewart

A lot has been written and said about Olivier Assayas’ latest movie Personal Shopper. From being booed at Cannes, yet winning an award for best directing for Assayas, through the high praise from the film critics, to the mixed acceptance among the public. I’ve read it all. And since it had Kristen Stewart in the lead, whom I hated since the Twilight days, I was hoping it was the people at Cannes that booed the film, that were actually right. But man, was I wrong. I absolutely loved this film and I owe a huge apology to Ms. Stewart.… Read More Personal Shopper and Why I Owe An Apology to Kristen Stewart

Vienna with Love

Oh, sweet Vienna. You truly are sweet.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed by now I have a huge appreciation (please, notice my careful choice of words) for cakes and patisserie in general. And also that I spent the last weekend in the wonderful city of Vienna.
If you’re anything like me, and you enjoy getting to know the culture throughout its food, here are my favorite 5 things you should not miss while in Vienna. But be warned and get your taste buds ready for a lot of cakes and sweets. … Read More Vienna with Love

‘Guys and Dolls’ and The Simplicity of Love

As much as I love the old musicals, I had no idea Marlon Brando has ever been in one. Never really heard of Guys and Dolls either and if it wasn’t for the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, I might have easily die without actually seeing it. Call me an ignorant, but the truth is, all these musicals are still pretty much unavailable here in the Czech Republic and really not part of the culture and most Czechs don’t know them (which is why La La Land was so disgracefully misunderstood and underappreciated here). What a shame it would be to miss this one though!… Read More ‘Guys and Dolls’ and The Simplicity of Love

Why Every Movie Matters

Movies can be mighty revealer. They might not exactly win Oscars, nor be critically acclaimed. They might even be films no one ever heard of, or films you would have never watched if it wasn’t by a chance. But maybe, just maybe, especially those, might become ground breaking for you. Not for the film industry, not for Roger Ebert, but for you, my dear. After all, inspiration and wisdom often lies in the most uncommonly places. So please, do take chances on films.… Read More Why Every Movie Matters

Entering the 29 aka Demain tout commence!

This post is going to be a little personal.
Last week, I went to see a beautiful French movie called Demain tout commence (Two Are Family) directed by Hugo Gélin with the great Omar Sy in the lead. It was on a day, when I felt stuck and uninspired. I was also a little nervous about returning to the cinema, where I have spent six wonderful editions of the festival I used to work for. This was my first visit since leaving the job. … Read More Entering the 29 aka Demain tout commence!

First 2 weeks Of ‘1001 Challenge’ Sum-Up

Well hello there! It’s been more than a week since my last blog entry, it’s actually been harder than I thought to make time for writing and I really need to work on that, I know. But I have started on my mission, don’t you worry! Overall, it started all good, excited about each of the films I picked so far, until I overloaded myself a little by the end of last week with 2 way too serious topics – both based on real events. But first thing first.. … Read More First 2 weeks Of ‘1001 Challenge’ Sum-Up