About the Star Wars Universe

The 5th of November 1999. I was barely 8 years old and still believed in Santa Clause. That’s when I saw my first Star Wars movie. I remember some colleagues from my moms workplace came over for dinner and one of them bought me a VHS tape of The Phantom Menace. It had been released a couple of months earlier. I remember excusing myself and going to my best friend across the hall and we watched it together. And we watched it again the next day. I think we watched it for once a day for the next week. I was amazed. Also, I remember asking Santa that year for more Star Wars stuff. I got the original trilogy on VHS and a Lego set. When I started getting my allowance I started to buy books. I don’t know what kids at 12 or 13 years old do with their pocket money, but I was buying books. Pretty weird, right?

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Radu’s movie recommendation: Hawaii

For this weekly recommendation I’m going to try something new. I’m going to recommend a Romanian movie. And it’s not because I’m a patriot or I like Romanian cinema. I actually find it very boring and dull. I feel it lacks imagination and heart. But this movie isn’t about something being funny or fast paced. It’s about a feeling. Of despair, of hope and of a better life. Continue reading “Radu’s movie recommendation: Hawaii”

Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Since we haven’t reviewed an Indian movie in almost a week, I thought I would recommend one today. This movie is my guilty pleasure, but it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

I first saw it almost four years ago. My best friend called me, asking if we wanted to go see a movie, because she didn’t want to go home. I put on a pair of jeans and the first shirt I could find and got into my car. At the first light stop I looked online what movies where at the cinema at that hour (around 09:30 PM) and one caught my eye. Life doesn’t give you a second chance. 8.2 on IMDB. It should be a good one if it has such a good mark. When we entered the cinema and saw it was an Indian movie, she almost killed me. But after the movie started rolling, the magic happened…. Continue reading “Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)”

Radu’s movie recommendation: Creed (2015)

Your legacy is more than a name

So, after recommending two light comedies, I want to go for something new. Since we will review Rocky these day, I thought about going for something similar. Actually from the same franchise. Although not a direct sequel as more of a spin off, but with elements of both types, it actually brings you for a ride on memory lane. Continue reading “Radu’s movie recommendation: Creed (2015)”

Marvel Cinematic Universe vs. DC

There is no denying that Marvel has achieved a lot with its cinematic universe. In less than ten years they have released 17 movies, with an additional 7 planned for release in the next two years. A total of 12.7 billion dollars at the box office so far for the releases in the cinematic universe. All of the movies have been well received by critics and fans alike, some of them receiving widespread critical acclaim. Light hearted, great humor and an excellent cast, these movies are a joy to watch, even if you are not a comic book fan.

But how well does their cinematic universe compare to that of DC?

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Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Begin Again (2013)

You can tell a lot about a person by what’s on their playlist.

 

Can music save your soul? Can it guide you towards redemption? That is the question…

Begin Again is the story of two broken souls. Dan is a record producer, having been recently kicked out of the house by his wife, who just cannot adapt to the changing music industry. Gretta is a singer songwriter, recently dumped by her now famous ex-boyfriend, who is having trouble finding her place in the big city. By a chance encounter they meet each other in a bar and decide to work together to create a music album, as a tribute to New York City. Continue reading “Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Begin Again (2013)”

Radu’s Movie Recommendation: 5 to 7 (2014)

I had a long time to consider the value of memory, and the idea that just because some-thing doesn’t last forever doesn’t mean its worth is diminished. Maybe it was just a rationalization – easier on the soul than mourning what might have been – the life unlived. I honestly don’t know, but I chose to believe in memory. I chose to believe in her. I chose to believe that the bond was never broken and that we carried each other in our hearts. As a secret singularity. She made me a writer. She made me a man. There would be other loves. Even great loves. But she was right, only one remained perfect.

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A young, aspiring writer and an older married woman. Sounds like a forbidden love story and yet, it is so much more. It is a fascinating story of two people from two different worlds, with different views regarding life and love, and how they help each other become the best version that they can be. She helps him become the writer that he always desired to be and he makes her believe in love. Continue reading “Radu’s Movie Recommendation: 5 to 7 (2014)”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’ve said it on more than one occasion. I am NOT a fan of Disney ‘s Star Wars. They feel shallow movies, without vision and a soul. It gives you a feeling that a bunch of producers stood in an office and thought: ”How can we make a lot of money out of this movie?”. And this is Disney’s Star Wars: a collection of beautifully made SCI-FI movies, without a soul and with a lot of elements to hit strong different box office markets. Continue reading “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

IMDb Top 250: #203 Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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I was never a fan of happy endings. I never truly believed in them. So when I watched Million Dollar Baby, I had mixed feelings. On one had I was touched by the powerful emotions, but one the other hand I loved the darker tone. One that didn’t have happy ending. Continue reading “IMDb Top 250: #203 Million Dollar Baby”