Bohemian Rhapsody

‘Tell you what it is, Mr. Reid. Now we’re four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.’ /Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody/

What is the movie about?
The movie captures the years of the iconic band, Queen, focusing mostly on the lead singer’s Freddie Mercury’s life. The band members, who are Freddie (played by Rami Malek), Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (played by Ben Hardy) and John Deacon Joseph Mazzello) decide to follow their own ways in music and never let others tell them what to do. Of course the band has its own ups and downs but no matter what, they find the way back to each other, because they are a family.  The movie ends with the most famous Live Aid Concert. I didn’t write spoiler alert to this section because the story of Queen already happened, there are no surprises in the story.

Queen songs appearing the movie are:
“Somebody To Love” (A Day at the Races)
“Keep Yourself Alive” (Queen)
“Seven Seas of Rhye” (Queen II)
“Killer Queen” (Sheer Heart Attack
“Fat Bottomed Girls” (Jazz)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night at the Opera)
“Now I’m Here” (Sheer Heart Attack)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (The Game)
“Love Of My Life” (A Night at the Opera)
“We Will Rock You” (News of the World)
“Another One Bites The Dust” (The Game)
“I Want To Break Free” (The Works)
“Under Pressure” (Hot Space)
“Who Wants To Live Forever” (A Kind of Magic)
“Radio Ga-Ga” (The Works)
“Ay-Oh” (Live)
“Hammer To Fall” (The Works)
“We Are The Champions” (News of the World)
“Don’t Stop Me Now” (Jazz)
“The Show Must Go On” (Innuendo)

What did I like about the movie?
The movie is basically an ode to the band I love the most so I was super excited after watching the trailer for the first time. Critics said the film raises a lot of important but doesn’t answers any of them. My opinion about this is that this kind of movie shouldn’t express an opinion about things, it just have to salute artists.
Rami Malek is simply amazing! He imitates the moves, walk and mimics of Freddie. The makers of the movie took time to find similar looking people for the other characters as well.
And of course, the songs… the last, Live Aid scene feel like being right there is thwe crowd.

To whom would I recommend it for?
To anyone who likes Queen or music history in general.
And to those who like to see for what Rami Malek get an Oscar for.

Fun facts 
The movie was produced by the band’s former manager, Jim Beach who has his own character in the movie.
The role of Freddie Mercury was first cast to Borat actor, Sacha Baron Cohen.
The final lead actor, Rami Malek had to wear prosthetic teeth to make sure he looked exactly like Freddie Mercury.

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A Simple Favor

‘She is an enigma, my wife. You can get close to her, but you can never quite reach her. She’s like a beautiful curse.’ /Sean Nelson in A Simple Favor/

What is the movie about?
Stephanie Smothers (played by Anna Kendrick) is a well-organised, a little shy single mother who is very serious about motherhood and her Youtube channel. Her son, Miles becomes friends with Nicky, whose mother seems very stylish and mysterious. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) has everything: the luxurious house, the best job as a PR manager of a fashion company, the handsome artist husband and a son. Everything seems perfect except Emily has some issues, for example hating if someones takes a photo of her. The two mothers start to bond and become the most unusual friends. But deep inside they both have something the other is very jelaous about. Emily often asks Stephanie to look for her son, because she is so busy with work all the time. And one day, Emily Nelson disappears.

And the story behind it…
Not long ago Blake Lively deleted all her Instagram posts and followed women whose name was Emily Nelson. Of course everyone started guessing and the upcoming movie already had major attendance and the guessing started. Is this a true story? And if it is, what happened to Emily?
The answer will be disappointing.
The movie is based on Darcey Bell’s novel with the exact title and the writer was influenced by Edgar Ellen Poe and Patricia Highsmith. She previously worked as a preschool teacher and she was inspired by the mothers she met.

What did I like about the movie?
Although the movie is cathegorised as mystery thriller, for me it rather seemed like a tragicomedy, principally the ending of the movie. But I promise I stop here and won’t spoiler anything.
It has similar features to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story is not easy to predict and mood rises with every detail that comes out.
With the movie’s sarcastic tone I also think it wants to slap the face of rich people with a huge mirror showing how their fancy life is so fake.
The French songs that appear in the movie are amazing, I still listen to them a lot.
And last but not least let us not go further without taking a look at Blake Lively’s fabulous clothes!

To whom would I recommend it for?
To everyone who likes thrillers or psychological dramas.
For a Saturday night with the girls.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp in 4D

‘I do some dumb things, and the people I love the most – they pay the price.’ /Scott Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp/

What is this movie about?
First of all you have to check out the first Ant-man movie to fully understand this one. Scott Lang /Paul Rudd a.k.a. Phoebe’s boyfriend, Mike from Friends/ has been under house arrest for three years. On the last week of his penalty he faces a serious decision. Becoming a free man or taking a huge risk but saving people’s lives.

What did I like about this movie?
Ant-Man is not my favourite Marvel movie but I always liked Scott’s character. He is very gentle and his daughter means everything to him. In addition he has a down-to-earth kind of personality and feels he responsible for other people as well.
In addition the whole movie is very funny. Not just Scott but his co-worker Luis will make you pee in your pants if you are not careful.

Who do I recommend it for?
I recommend this movie to all Marvel fans, because it’s essential for them (Who do I want to kid? Us!) Also if you are looking for a comedy with a lot of action scenes.

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And what about the 4D?
As a huge cinema fan I always wanted to try watching a movie in 4D. In Hungary you can only find this kind of opportunity in the capital, Budapest. So during my mini-holiday I decided make my dream come true. The ticket costs three times more than a regular one but it’s OK, because we are having hardcore fun, right? After entering I got a regular 3D glasses (That I have to put on top of my regular glasses. You can imagine how much fun that is.). The movie starts with a car hunt and when it all began my seat began to move. Up and down, from side to side, sometimes in circles. I felt like sitting roller-coaster rather than in the cinema. But it was new. Then smoke came out and an air cannon brushed my earlobe and my legs (That made me jump… twice… hard… with a shout…). I remember never letting to of the seat’s rail. All in all I’m glad I tried 4D but it rather put me off than making me feel like I was actually in the movie.
Now I’m thinking… Should I try IMAX?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

‘These creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after. Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds a way.’ /Ian Malcolm/

What is this movie about?
The island where the dinosaurs are permanently kept becomes endangered because a volcanic eruption is about to happen. A discussion about the dinos life evolves between the government and the scientists. Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to find her ex-boyfriend, Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt), because he is the only one who can find Blue, the Velociraptor.

What kind of question does the movie raise?
Is it OK for people to interfere in genetics?
What should you do when your discovery proves to be dangerous?
Are you responsible for creations?
Who decides what happens to creatures?
Can we really teach dangerous animals not to hurt us?
Is really sorry the hardest word to say in a relationship?

What did I like about this movie?
First of all this Jurassic World movie brings all the standards you are used to such as mindblowing visionary, jokes, stereotypical but loveable characters and dinosaurs! I liked the fact that I wasn’t sure what is going to happen to them even at the very last seconds of that ominous scene. I also liked that it made me think about genetics, technology and what is wrong and right for us te do these days in general.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

‘Let me give you some advice. Assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed.’ /Beckett in Solo/

What is this movie about?
Han (played by Alden Ehrenrecih), a theif at Corellia tries to find his way out of the enslaving power with his love, Qi’ra (played by Emilia Clarke). To achieve that he has to collect coaxium, the ‘superfuel’. When they almost escape, Qi’ra gets caught. Han joins the Imperial Flight Academy but gets expelled so he joins tobias Beckett (played by Woodie Harrelson) and his pack of thieves. His goal all through is to find and rescue Qi’ra.

What did I like about this movie?
It was great to finally see how Han and Chewbacca first met and became best friends, how he won the Millenium Falcon and what was his personality like before he got his macho attitude that we all know so well.
I also liked Paul Bettany, who playes the bad guy in the movie (and Vision in Avengers) and Emilia Clarke (The Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones), the first love of Han.
So all in all it was a hoot and a half for nerdie people.

To whom would I recommend this movie?
To all the Star Wars fans of course, but even to those, who want to have a fun time watching a sci-fi movie.
I recommend you to watch in 3D, because the scenery is spectacular.

Game of Thrones meets Star Wars
Emilia Clarke (a.k.a. Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons) plays Qi’ra, Han’s love in the movie. Although she is not the only GoT character who got into this franchise as well! Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is also Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens. Obara (Keisha Castle-Hudges) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick) appeared in Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. Even Jojen Reed (Thomes Brodie-Sangster) gets his one minute of fame as a soldier.

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Favourites of March 2018

Book experience of the month:
First of all I read The white king written by Hungarian writer, György Dragomán because I saw the trailer of the movie that was made from the novel last year. I haven’t seen the it yet because I wanted to wait until I read the book. The book reminded me of Imre Kertész’s Fateless because it explains a tragic period of history from the point of view of a young person and the way he sees that world doesn’t seem as terrible as it actually was.
Then I moved on to something completely different with Alice Wonder’s Paris, c’est le vie. Alice is a Hungarian lady who spent 7 years living in the ‘City of lights’ and she shares her experiences with her readers in a smart and funny way. I loved it, can’t wait to read the other three books of her series.

Movie experience of the month:
If you want to just sit down and laugh, Central intelligence will be a great choice for you. It stars the Rock as a wierd but lovable CIA agent who gets in touch with his old high school pal.
Planetarium tells the story of the sisters (Nathalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp), who make a living from performing paranormal seances. Very sensitive story.
To see the reflection of current society’s, watch Manifesto with Cate Blanchett starring in 13 different roles. A teacher, a homeless guy, a scientist… all played by her.

Cinema experience of the month:
March has been a very busy month. First I saw Fifty shades freed, but it was a bit of a disappointment for me… It was a crime story filled with some romantic scenes. I still think the first movie was the best of the trilogy.
I absolutely loved the new Tomb Raider movie! Alicia Vikander is such a lovely and talented actress, I really adore her.
And finally, Red Sparrow. Most of the scenes were shot in Hungary, it was amazing to see Jennifer Lawrence walking to Nyugati Railway station, where I’ve been a couple of weeks as well. Some Hungarian actors appeared in the movie too. The thriller is about an Russian ex-ballerina who becomes an intelligence officer because she has to support her mother. I don’t want to make spoilers but it is a great movie if you want to get to know more about true human nature.

Travelling experience of the month:
15th March is a national holiday because of the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence 1848-49. So that weekend I went to a Hungarian spa town, Harkány with 3 of my very best childhood friends. A blog post come soon with pictures, I promise! 🙂

Food experience of the month:
It recently became clear that I’m lactose intolerant, so one of my friends suggested me to try almond milk. Yummi, yummi!

Favourites of February 2018

Book experience of the month:
This month I read Short stories: The happy prince by Oscar Wilde. The book teaches a lot about the true kind of human nature and every story holds a moral lesson.
Then I read Klimt: Women, that is a short book about the muses of the painter Gustav Klimt and women’s situation in the 19th and 20th century. I got this one from my mummy when she went to see The Kiss last year in Belvedere, Vienna.

Audiobook experience of the month:
Of course I followed Harry’s adventures and fights with Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It starts to make me feel sad that his adventures will be over in two books…again.

Movie experience of the month:
First I saw a very unusual family story of Winnie, the pooh’s writer, A. A. Milne, called Goodbye, Christopher Robin. I finally got to see The murder on the Orient Express! It was very monumental. I also saw a Hungarian movie, 1945. It’s about a small town, where one day two Jewish people turn up after the war. People have to face their guilt and re-evaluate their old decisions. Then I watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which is about the psychologist who wrote the comic in the 1940s. It was very interesting to see Ryan Gosling in a sci-fi movie. Although Blade runner 2049 may seem slow, it really gives you a special feeling. But altogether my most favourite movie this month was Lion! Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman play the main characters of this emotional journey.

Cinema experience of the month:
Yesterday I went to see the new Marvel movie, Black Panther, introducing Wakanda’s king, TChalla played by Chadwick Boseman and his love, Nakia by the Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

Series experience of the month:
I want to catch up with the 4th season of Gotham, so that is all. Seems like Big Bang Theory and Vikings went on a holiday. 

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Budapest twice this month to visit friends! I always find new things to discover there.

Photography experience of the month:
The ones I took on my trips and some shots of my friend at Buda Castle. Can’t wait to start taking portrait pictures more intensely.