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 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!

 

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./