Ballet on TV

Just like every little girl I always dreamed of wearing a tutu and dancing flawlessly on pointe shoes. Then when I became 12 I began jazz ballet and modern dancing. Then I did some ballroom dancing and salsa and I only got to do ballet at 17 and then at 20 and 24… and I have never said proper goodbye to ballet because I always consider going back. For me ballet is the most beautiful form of dancing.

Here are my favourite ballet movies of all time:

My ultimate favourite is Billy Elliot. The story features a young boy who has to take ballet classes by accident and begins to like it more he thought before. He becomes torn between his father and his love for dance. Elton John liked the movie so much he succeeded to convert the story into a musical.

This story is about three sisters who decide to write their names into history books. Ballet shoes features Emma Watson as an actress, Lucy Boynton as a ballerina and Yasmin Paige as an explorer.

Natalie Portman received the Oscar for her leading role in Black Swan. The actress practiced a lot and lost a serious amount of weight to play this role.

First position is kind of an exception because it is more of a documentary rather than a movie. I recommend this movie to you if you are really interested in ballet. I still follow the journey of Aran Bell and Miko Fogarty.

12 youngsters enter the American Ballet Academy to find out if they really can make it as a ballet dancer. Center Stage is for a casual weekend.

And here are my favourite two ballet series:

If you thought that ballet is only about tutus and pirouettes, this series will change your mind completely. Flesh ans bone slaps you in the face by presenting jealousy, vanity, aggression and anger that surrounds the every day lives of dancers.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, the writer of Gilmore girls released her next series, Bunheads in 2012 that features Broadway actress, Sutton Foster and four teenage girls who are friends and although they don’t have a lot of things in common, their love for dancing binds them together and solves their problems.

I feel pretty

‘I have a crazy idea, let’s be honest for a minute. No matter how many times we hear, “It’s what’s on the inside that matters,” women know deep down it’s what’s on the outside that the whole world judges.’ /Renee Barrett in I feel pretty/

What is this movie about?
Renee  Barrett (played by Amy Schumer), a woman who has problems with her looks falls off her bike at spinning class, hits her head and suddenly she sees herself as a beautiful lady. That seems to open a lot of doors for her and changes her love life and job as well.

What kind of question does the movie raise?
What is beauty?
How does our looks affect our lives?
Can we achieve everything with confidence? 

What did I like about this movie?
I already loved the trailer when I saw it, because I think it discusses a very important topic about our appearance. Today’s world want women to be perfect. At work, as a mother, as a lover and we should make it look effortless. Be sporty and healthy but don’t sweat. Be the best at your job but you must have other things in your life or you will be called a workaholic. And the list goes on for a long time. I love the take-home message of this movie. That is without any spoiler to accept and love yourself no matter what.

To whom I would recommend it? 
Basically to every single women on Earth. And to the men who wants to understand them.

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Gastro movies

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ /George Bernard Shaw/

It’s one thing to hurry to eat your lunch and than get back to work. It’s another thing to really enjoy the food you eat. And another to watch people making or eating food (yep, that’s me…). Here I’m going to list all the food related movies I love.

I dedicate this post to my friend, Helen, who is a sweet tooth just like me. ❤

My favourite food related movie is Chocolat from 2000. It features Juliette Binoche, a chocolate maker who shakes things up in the conservative town she moves to.

What can be cuter than an animal chef? Nothing! This movie not only stole our hearts but the critics’ as well, because it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year 2018.

I know it’s not a classic gastro movie, but I have to include Eat, pray, love too. Julia Roberts travels to Italy, India and Indonesia to find all the things that are important in life.

Johnny Depp seems to know his way around chocolate! This is a classic visionary and direction of Tim Burton. The movie was based on the novel of Roald Dahl.

Based on Lasse Hallström’s novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey captures the funny competition between a French Michelin-starred restaurant and an Indian one that moves to its neighborhood.

This animated movie is about a young and passionate inventor who designs a food machine. Is it raining burgers? It can happen!

Bradley Cooper plays a chef who has a lot of drama going on in his life. Definitely watch it if you are interested about what days are like in a classy restaurant.

Hungarian Oscar movies

The last three years has been very exciting for the Hungarian film industry. Two wins in a row: Son of Saul won the Oscar in 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film, then in 2017 Sing became the Best live action short film. This year we have been supporting On Body and Soul. 

Wins: 
Mephisto /1981/
Based on Klaus Mann’s Mephisto novel, István Szabó directed the movie in 1980. It was shot in Hungary, Berlin, Hamburg and Paris. The main of the very ambitious actor, Hendrik Höfgen is played by Klaus Maria Brandauer. Iconic Hungarian actors like György Cserhalmi, Judit Hernádi and Ildikó Bánsági play the supporting roles.
Fun fact: István Szabó directed three more movies that were nominated for an Academy Award.

Son of Saul /2015/
The story sets place in 1944 in Auschwitz where we follow the days of the Hungarian Jew, Saul who is a member of the Sonderkommando. The movie was directed by László Nemes. He said in his accepting speech that ‘even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human’.
Fun fact: Although Géza Röhrig, who plays the main role in this movie has a degree in directing (he was a student of István Szabó), works as a corpse-washer in New York.

Sing /2016/
Set in 1991 Budapest, the story starts with a little girl who attends a new school and wants to become a member of the choir. The director, Kristóf Deák dedicated the award ‘to the only people who can make the world a better place for us, kids’.
Fun fact: the movie was shot in 6 days, but than it took a year to edit it.

Nominations:
On Body and Soul /2017/
Two people, who both work in a slaughterhouse start dreaming the same every single night. The movie was directed and written by Ildikó Enyedi and it’s triumph started with winning the Golden Bear in Berlin.
Fun fact: Its director hasn’t made a movie in the last 18 years.

Other nominations are:
The Boys of Paul Street /1968/
Cats’ Play /1974/
Hungarians /1978/
Confidence /1980/
Job’s Revolt /1983/
Colonel Redl /1985/
Hanussen /1988/

Best fashion movies of all time

Number one has to be The Devil wears Prada! It takes place at the editorial office of a fashion magazine, Runway and its boss is played by Meryl Streep, whose hairstyle inspired a lot of women when the movie appeared. Anne Hathaway has to adapt to a whole new lifestyle and decide what are the most important things in life. Paris Fashion Week, photoshoots, amazing dresses… a classic!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s dresses take an honourable place at the history of fashion. The little black dress, the beige trench coat, the pink coctail dress and a man’s shirt worn as a nightgown became classics.

Coco before Chanel commemorates how Gabrielle Chanel became the world’s most famous designer. Beginning with a wild woman, who refused to wear a corset and decided to wear pants for riding a horse. She revolutionised the fashion industry.

Sex and the City 1 and 2 are not exactly fashion movies in a serious manner, though we can not avoid them with the amount of Manolo Blahnik’s and designer dresses appearing in both of the movies.

Funny face is about a girl who works in a bookshop and suddenly becomes a model even though her face doesn’t seem to fit in the current beau ideal.  The main characters are played by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Yves Saint Laurent, who first became the assistant of Christian Dior kicks the doors of fashion with his haute couture collection. His best friend and his muse also appears in the film who followed his career from the very beginning. Fun fact that the movie was shot in Hungary.

Coco Chanel from 2008 is a biography based on the designer’s life. The elderly Chanel, who narrates the whole movie is played by Shirley MacLaine.

Phantom Thread is a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis playing a very popular dressmaker who meets a young woman, Alma, who becomes a great inspiration for him. But what happens to Alma? Is it enough to be a muse or being a real partner would be better?

There is another movie about YSL titled Saint Laurent. The movie came out in 2014 just like the first mentioned one. It was shot in France and it captures the designer’s life from 1967 to 1976.

My favourite Christmas movies

While it’s currently snowing outside, I’m thinking about crawling on my sofa with tea in one hand and gingerbread in the other and how nice it would be to watch a typical Christmas movie. They say you can measure a man’s true love of how many times he was willing to watch Frozen with you. Now we are at 4, can we make it to 5 this year? 

Love Actually: the ultimate Christmas movie I watch with my family every year. It’s a romantic comedy that features Hollywood icons like Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Colin Firth.

Frozen: some may say this story was written among a cheesy song, well I don’t care, because it’s beautiful! Fun characters like Olaf, amazing CGI and Elsa is one of my favourite Disney princesses of all time.

Little Women: inspired by the book of Louisa May Alcott, this movie presents the life of a family with 4 sisters. Though not every section of the movie takes place in winter, it’s a lovely family film.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ novel inspired a lot of adaptations, but my favourite one is the animated from 2009. Jim Carrey starring as Scrooge.

Just Friends: Ryan Reynolds comes home for Christmas… need I say more?

The Polar Express: an animated movie in which Tom Hanks plays 5 characters at the same time!

A Bad Moms Christmas: the second movie of the very popular Bad moms. It’s full of funny and crazy moments. A great choice to watch with friends.

Home alone: TV channels are screening it every single year, it became part of Christmas.

The Nightmare before Christmas: classic Tim Burton writing and spectacle.

Die Hard: because I thought about gentlemen too! The first Die Hard movie from 1988 actually takes place at a Christmas party so if you are full of comedies, here is some action for you!

Serendipity: John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale searching for each other after the night they first met and fell in love.

Batman Returns: because why not? Directed by Tim Burton, Batman has to save Gotham during Christmas. Legendary casting: Michael Keaton as Batman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Danny DeVito as the Penguin.

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./