Favourites of January 2018

The first month of the year has already passed… Wait! Whaaat?
Let’s see what I was up to in my free time!

Book experience of the month:
First I read a book about Hungarian artist’s love stories (Festői szerelmek) from a Hungarian literature historian, Krisztián Nyári, it was very interesting.
The next one was Vivienne Westwood written by her and Ian Kelly. The book starts with describing the preparations of Paris’s Fashion Week, so it’s a must read to all fashionistas!

Audiobook experience of the month:
This month I continued Harry’s adventures in Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament and I realised that if I had to choose my favourite book from the series, it has to be this one or the third book. It’s beacuse they are not so dark as the books following, but still we went to more adventures with Harry already and we know all the characters.

Movie experience of the month:
If you are looking for a very funny action movie, The hitman’s bodyguard will be perfect for your taste. Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are hilarious!
Inspired by my new chapter, I watched some of my favourite fashion movies, Sex and the City 1 and 2 and of course, The Devil wears Prada. All of them had been a great inspiration for me.
And the last movie I saw was Jumanji from 1995 with the darling Robin Williams. It made me think, how future generations will react to this year’s movies that we consider very spectacular. Where will the film industry develop?

Cinema experience of the month:
And the reason I watched the old Jumanji movie because I saw the new one in the cinema. I was looking for relaxation and I got it! It had been shot in a very scenic place and it actually turned out to be more fun than I thought.

Series experience of the month:
I saw Kit Harrington’s mini series, Gunpowder about Guy Fawkes’ and a group of Catholics who attempted to blow up the House of Lords and kill the king.
The other series I saw is called Dark and if I had to resemble it to an other series, it would be Stranger Things, but the German version of it. Although it has time travelling and more characters. 

Theatre experience of the month:
There is a series in REÖK Palace in Szeged that commemorates the most famous Hungarian painter’s love stories. This month it was Mihály Munkácsy.
I also went to see Amadeus in the National Theatre in Szeged. It was written by Peter Shaffer and I’m a huge fan of this drama. I saw it first in the Katona József Theatre in Kecskemét and I saw the movie from 1984.

Photography experience of the month:
It has to be that Friday when I was shooting ballet classes. Click here to find out more about it.

Music experience of the month:
This month I was listening to French music: Édith Piaf, Francoise Hardy, Jacques Brel, Zaz, Indila, Chloé Stafler.

Drink experience of the month:
My friend, Helen from Taiwan surprised me by sending Taiwanese tea for my birthday, because she knows about my tea obsession. It has been a wonderful surprise! 🙂

Favourites of December 2017

We are getting very close to the end of this year. It is the time to think and remember. Let’s see what I was up to this month.

Book experience of the month:
I was finally able to read Dan Brown’s Origin and it was worth the wait! Most of the story takes place in Barcelona and it even has a Hungarian character. If you are interested in art, science or artificial intelligence, I truly recommend this book for you! There were 5 twists at the last pages and I couldn’t really put it down.
The other book I read this month was about my favourite Hungarian actress, a true legend, Mari Törőcsik. Written by director László Bérczes in an interview form, it was very interesting to read.

Audiobook experience of the month:
I continued with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, but I’m not finished yet, because I wasn’t travelling by tram every day, I am at home since 21th December. So Harry, see you next year as well!

Movie experience of the month:
Fortunately I was able to watch a lot of movies this month, but I’m only gonna list the ones that are not Christmas related, because I made a blog post about them earlier (click here!).
First of all my family’s old time favourite, Much Ado About Nothing. The movie is only one year older than me and it was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the main role of Benedetto. You can see other actor icons like Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Kate Beckinsale. I consider it the best Shakespeare adaptation ever.  ‘Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner;’ there’s a double meaning in that…” /Benedetto/ Hilarious!!
My other favourite movie this month has to be Tulip fever. It reminded me a lot of Girl with a pearl earring, because both of them takes place in the Netherlands, have a painter in the center of attention and gave me the same mood after watching them. Alicia Vikander continues to amaze me.
The Lost City of Z is based on the true story of Percival Fawcett, a Britisch explorer. After King Arthur and this movie, Charlie Hunnan made a good impression on me, I consider him a great actor. Fun fact: the new Spiderman, Tom Holland plays the role of his son.
Inspired by the book about Mari Törőcsik, I decided to watch her first movie, Merry-go-round from 1956. It was nominated for a Golden Palm and has been named one of the best Hungarian movies of all time.
I was very curious about Beguiled, Sofia Coppola’s new drama/thriller movie from 2017, but it wasn’t that exciting as it seemed in the trailer and the scenery was sometimes so dark it was hard to see the characters.

Cinema experience of the month:
I went to the cinema yesterday to see the new Star Wars movie. It was hard to be on the internet with no spoilers or opinions, but somehow I managed. The movie is 2,5 hours long, but time flies fast if you are having fun. I really liked the new creatures, especially the little half bird-half hamster cuties. It’s hard to believe that the last Star Wars movie was the very first role of Daisy Ridley, she is very talented. Since that she appeared in the new Orient Express movie that I unfortunately missed in the theatres. Kylo Ren’s character is also very interesting and it was lovely to see the darling Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, R2D2 and C3PO as well. I’m looking forward to the next movie, which is promised to come in 2019.
I also saw A Viszkis (I checked, there is no English title of the movie yet, it means someone who drinks whiskey). It is the movie of Nimród Antal and is about Attila Ambrus, a robber who became very famous in the 1990’s. It has been an awesome year of Hungarian movies (Sing, Kincsem, About body and soul, Budapest noir) and this is also a great one.

Series experience of the month:
The 5th season of Vikings started and it is as amazing as usual! I thought it would be wierd not to have Ragnar in the cast, but I still love this show. I’m very excited about Ivar, the Boneless’s character.

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to see Bratislava for the first time, you can read my thoughts about it here.

Photography experience of the month:
It has to be all the Christmas fairs that I’ve been to this year, and fortunately there was many of them.

Music experience of the month:
Besides Richard’s Clayderman‘s Christmas music, it was Camila Cabello’s earworm partysong, Havana. It always makes my legs move.

Food experience of the month:
Gingerbread
!! And the minestrone soup I ate in my favourite restaurant for my birthday dinner. 

See you soon in the new year!

 

Favourites of November 2017

November passed so quickly, it’s unbelievable… I went through a lot of feelings this month. From enjoying the last warm autumn days to decorating my apartment with several reindeers singing ‘Siiilent niiight’… 

Book experience of the month:
I’ve been always curious about the woman who not only used a pseudonym to hide her female identity, but was the partner of Frédéric Chopin for several years and corresponded with Gustave Flaubert. My first George Sand novel was La Petite Fadette, the romantic novel that takes place in the 19th century countryside. It was lovely to read, I hope I can procure more of her novels.
My second choice was Lauren Graham’s My Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between), the book she wrote about the 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls series between 2000-2007, and then about the cast’s reunion for a 4 episode windup last year. It’s a must-read for all true fans. 

Audiobook experience of the month:
I moved on to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Jim Dale is still hilarious! It always made me smile how he imitated Lockhart’s voice: ‘Harry, Harry, Harryyy…’.

Movie experience of the month:
Circle
movie, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks makes us think about the advantages and disadvantages of modern social media.
The Space between us is a nice romantic story, not only for space fans!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead men tell no tales honestly was a little forced for me. Jack Sparrow’s character was a big hit when the first movie came out, but not anymore. Though it was nice to see (SPOILER ALERT!) Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley reunited.

Cinema experience of the month:
November has been the month of superheroes! The new Thor movie was funnier than the first two and Mark Ruffalo is always a great coworker. Cate Blanchett’s Hela was a pretty badass enemy. Fun fact: this was the first time Marvel movie that had a female wicked leading character.
The long awaited Justice League had two precious actors, Ezra Miller as the Flash and Gal Gadot as Wonderwoman. I still can’t get over the fact that Ben Affleck became Batman… whoever thought about that at DC Comics, he is not their friend!
And I also saw A Bad Moms Christmas with my friends during my trip to Budapest. Although it’s full of crazy and funny moments, it still makes you think about what is important in Christmas: having the perfect tree and perfect decoration or spending quality time with your loved ones?

Series experience of the month:
The second season of Stranger Things is finally out and it was just as good as the first one! I love how they pay attention to every detail to create this 80’s world. Can’t wait for season 3!

Theatre experience of the month:
I went to see The Barber of Seville in the National Theatre in Szeged. I actually never heard an opera in Hungarian before. After talking to the singer playing Count Almaviva (I know, such a VIP…), he told us it was harder because Hungarian words often end with syllables like ‘t’ or ‘k’ while in Italian you can let go of the ‘o’-s and ‘a’-s. Besides it was a lot of fun and a great way to attract younger people to watch an opera.

Travelling experience of the month:
I went to Debrecen for a weekend to visit my Polish friend who came here to study with Erasmus. I have actually never been to Debrecen before so it was a great opportunity.
I traveled to the Hungarian capital, Budapest to visit my childhood friends. We went to see the Christmas fair (blog post coming soon about it, no worries).

Photography experience of the month:
Definitely my Budapest night photos and the ones I took of the Japanese collection of the Déri Museum in Debrecen.

Music experience of the month:
Janis Joplin’s Summertime when the living is easy. I really don’t know why.

Food experience of the month:
Although the most commonly known Hungarian dish by foreigners is goulash, I only had it in school canteens. And who’s fault is that, mummy? OK, just kidding, I know it’s mine.  But it’s never too late. Goulash is a traditional soup made from beef and a lot of vegetables seasoned with paprika. If someone wants to sell it to you elsewhere, don’t believe them, we have the original!

Favourites of October 2017

From now on there will be a new series on my website that represents all the things I really liked in the month. Books, movies, travelling… everything can happen! 

Book experience of the month:
I started October by reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, because I saw the trailer of the upcoming movie (can’t wait to see Kenneth Branagh as Poirot!). I’m sure you agree with me that a book gives you so much more than a movie. Still I take the chance of being disappointed rather than reading the book afterwards. This was my fifth Poirot story, previously I read Third girl, Peril at end house, And then there were none and Curtain. I liked Poirot’s last story, Curtain the most, it was absolutely fantastic!
After that I read Burmese days by George Orwell. He is one of my favourite writers and this novel presents the true nature of human beings just like his other novels.
Aaand I ordered the new book of Dan Brown, Origin and I’m very excited about it!

Audiobook experience of the month:
To tell you the truth, I’ve never listened to an audiobook before, and now I know what I lost. I started with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone written by J. K. Rowling and read by the amazing Jim Dale, who makes it very realistic by his acting.

Movie experience of the month:
La vie en rose 
pictures the troubled life of Édith Piaf, the voice of Paris played by Marion Cotillard, who recieved the Oscar for her performance. Interesting fact it that original recordings of Piaf are played in the movie and Cotillard had to learn to mimic and gesticulate exactly like Piaf.

Cinema experience of the month:
Last week I went to the screening of the upcoming Hungarian movie, Budapest noir and after watching the movie one of the actors came to talk about it. The movie itself and the audience meeting were amazing, though it’s really hard to talk about a movie you just saw 5 minutes ago.

Series experience of the month:
The 11th season of the Big Bang Theory started and it makes me laugh every week. Sheldon and Amy are the best TV couple I know.

Travelling experience of the month:
I spent a weekend in Siófok and on the way I saw Simontornya and Ozora castles, but I’m not saying more about these now, because blog posts about them are coming! 🙂

Photography experience of the month:
Besides the travelling photos, I went to the Cathedral in Szeged to take pictures, I made some really good shots about the frescos, a post is coming about it as well. 🙂

Music experience of the month:
I was listening to the soundtrack of La la land. I love the way Ryan Gosling sings ‘City of staaars, are you shining just for me?’ Even made it my ringtone.

Food experience of the month:
There are two dishes I tried for the first time in my life. One of them is quesadilla, which originates from Mexico. It is a flour or corn tortilla filled with basically everything you want. Mine was with chicken and cheese with salad on the side. It was amazing!
The other fantastic dish I tried in Siófok is fried ice cream. Yes, it exists, and it is yummi! They cover the ice cream ball in an almond based coating and then deep fry it. When you open the covering, flowing ice cream comes out… I think I have to eat something now! See you in the next blog post!

 

My favourite movies

‘The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.’ /Terry Pratchett/

Movies have come a long way. The first one was shot in the 1890s and it took only 1 minute. Until 1927 they were produced without sound. Since that their progress is almost unbelievable, and they revolutionised show business.
Here are my favourite movies of all time:

Memoirs of a geisha /My favourite movie of all! Simply beautiful./

Amélie /The best French movie ever, starring the sweet Audrey Tautou./

The curious case of Benjamin Button /The most interesting and beautiful love story ever, played by two of the best actors of our time, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett./

The English patient /Ralph Fiennes as a Hungarian Count steals our hearts./

Coco before Chanel /How Gabrielle became a legend./

Sabrina, Roman holiday, My fair lady, Funny face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s /My favourite Audrey Hepburn movies./

Midnight in Paris /Would you like to meet Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway? In Paris everything can happen./

Sunshine /The story of 3 generations who were caught in the wind of history. True story of a Hungarian director’s family, Ralph Fiennes as the lead actor. Simply genius!/

The last samurai /’The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.’ -Katsumoto/

Inception /Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece with Leonardo DiCaprio./

The Harry Potter movies /They are not so good as the books, but they really try, and almost succeed -that was a major compliment./

Star Wars /Iconic. Must see for eveybody in the galaxy./

Superhero movies /X-men, Avengers, Batman: after watching these movies, I always want to become a superhero too./