czwartek, 27 czerwca 2013

Twin Peaks

               Once in a blue moon a film or a TV series appear and it is an instant success, which continues as such although the times passes. Ten or twenty years change nothing in that respect. Such productions change our perception of television or cinema and they set new path for film and series makers. Such a TV series is undoubtedly "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

I don't want to describe the whole action of the series. It is better to see it of course. I just have to say that I first saw it around 20 years ago. I was just a kid then and I remembered certain characters and scenes but nothing much. And I didn't really understand what was going on. Even then though, I was very much impressed by the story. And so, a few months ago I decided to watch the series with my friend, who, by some miracle, didn't see it yet.

I don't really understand why this series is so great but the first seven episodes simply blew my away :). There is everyting you would like to see in the cult TV series. A small, nice town which slowly and painfully reveals its dark secrets. The characters we meet when the action unfolds become darker and darker. The main character - Laura - who is considered to be a sweet and innocent girl turns out to be quite opposite. And of course we have a big city boy, Dale Cooper, who is a bit strange himself and who falls in love with the town (and mostly with coffee and pie) almost instantly. He becomes friends with the local sheriff and together they try to untangle the misterious death. It all seems to be fairly uncomplicated. However, as we find out later, there are some strange things happening in Twin Peaks and the murder is the least strange one.

The series explore dark human nature. We all have something bad inside us and some of us try to fight it and some give in to it. Cooper seems to be pure and good, but his soul will have to undergo many trials during his stay in the town. And the question is what will happen to him after the case is over.

David Linch is simply this director, whom you have to know if you consider yourself "movie lover". There is no other choice. He has his own, very distinguished and singular style. He made some great movies and a TV series which people even in fifty years will watch and learn from. I sometimes have difficulties in understanding the message of Linch's movies, but I still appreciate and admire his unique style and the atmosphere, which he can create in his pictures.

The beggining 

Spectacular Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper

The most famous dead girl of all times - Laura Palmer


The Log Lady

Donna and James

Bobby and Shelly


The famous bird

czwartek, 20 czerwca 2013

The Diary of a Young Girl

               A truly remarkable book written by a remarkable girl. The Diary of a Young Girl is a "must read" for everyone.
Anna, a girl who dreams about maybe some day becoming a writer or a journalist, is given a diary for her 13th birthday. She decides to call the notebook Kitty and all the time while writing in it, it feels like she is talking with her best friend. She tells the diary all her secrets and all the troubles, she tells about her father, whom she loves very much. And about her mother, who is very different from her, and with whom Anna feels no connection. She also writes about her sister Margot, who is very sweet and smart accroding to Anna.

And there would be nothing extraordinary about the story, apart from the fact that she was writing her diary while hiding with her whole family and a few friends for two years during the second World War. They were living in the attic in an office building where her father worked. For all this time they could not go out, talk to anyone apart from themselves and some close friends who helped them. They couldn't even open the curtains in the windows.

Anna writes about many things in her diary. About the attic, people who live with her, her parents, her sister, about her character, her dreams, her fears, the war, Hitler and the Nazi and all the cruelties, which the Jews had to face during that horrible times. She shares everything as it is with Kitty, a thus with us - the readers.

 By reading this book we have a unique opportunity to get an insight into the time of war. We can read the account of a person who knows it from her own experience. And while reading it we have to learn and remember.

czwartek, 13 czerwca 2013

Eden Lake

              I usually don't watch horror movies because in recent years, instead of being scary, they are just disgusting. But because for some time I have been following the career of Michael Fassbender I decided to see "Eden Lake" despite my previous reservations.

A young couple wants to run away from a big city for a weekend and so they go to a beautiful lake somewhere in England. They take a tent, some food, blankets and bathing suits :) and enjoy themselves, sunbathing and swimming in the lake. On some point, however, a group of kids wanders to the beach and starts to play loud music. Jenny (Kelly Reilly) asks Steve (Michael Fassbender) to tell them to turn the music down. Steve does, but the kids don't feel like listening to him it seems. The next day they all meet again, an argument breaks and while a struggle Steve accidently stabs and kills a dog. Brett (excellent and very convincing Jack O'Connell) - the apparent leader of the gang and the owner of the dog - orders a hunt. And what a hunt that is.

The movie itself didn't scare me that much. There was blood and a lot of violence of course (otherwise it wouldn't be a horror movie). The more scary and very disturbing was the end of the film together with its message.

I read somewhere that the production was widely criticized for being unfair to the working class and for putting lower class in a very bad light. Well, I don't know about those accusations. For me the film was mostly about crazy, violent, bored kids who will stop at nothing, even murder. Kids who will torture somebody, who will force their friends to watch and do the same, and who will kill just because somebody dared to disagree with them. But what can we expect when, at the end of the film, we have a chance to meet their lovely parents.

The most horrific thing is the fact that such people exist everywhere. Doesn't matter the country or the background or the class. And the scariest thing is that it can happen to anyone if you have the misfortune to be in a wrong place at a wrong time.

For the compelling to "stop and think" ending of the film, I recommend it wholeheartedly.

One of the most disturbing films I have seen in years

czwartek, 6 czerwca 2013

Little Britain

               I am not a big fan of TV series and apart from maybe three I have not seen a whole series ever. However, after seeing bits and pieces of Little Britain I decided to watch everything just to find out if all of them were good and as funny as the pieces I saw. I must say that most of them were.

                Even when you don't appresiate the humor and all the skits which David Walliams and Matt Lucas do you have to appreciate the nerve they have. If I try to imagine such series in my country about my country man I samohow doubt it would work. Maybe British people have more distance to themselves or better sense of humor. 

               Over the years many characters appeared on the show:

Andy and Lue



Hipnotist Kenny Craig

Emily and Florance

Majrorie Dawes

Bubbles De Verve

Sebastian and the Prime Minister



                  and many more. Lucas and Walliams do all the characters themselves. Their transformations are amasing and fun. I know that the show has been accused of being racist and homophobic but I don't think so. We have to remember that the characters have to be colored in order to make them more memorable and noticable. Enjoy !!!