Oscar-2018

Oscar 2018 – my impressions of the event

Many people dream to walk down the Hollywood’s red carpet. This is the most glamorous event in the entire film industry. Stars-big, small and everyone in between tries to present their best work to all the spectators around the world. Oscar is the manifestation of excellent movies, style and sometimes the political ideas like it was this year. The general population sees the red carpet as a place where the magic of Hollywood goes to shine. Even though, you might think it easy for big starts to prepare for such an event because they have money, but it’s a lot of painstaking work behind it.

While in 2017 Hollywood was still reeling from the 2016 presidential elections, this year’s focus was on the movement #MeToo and gun control. Traditionally, all winner provides gratitude speech while accepting their awards and throughout the years we could hear actors talking about climate change, women’s rights, equal pay and many other. It all started with Marlon Brando in 1972 when he didn’t appear to take his award for the role of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. That moment was marked as a change in Oscar history. Marlon didn’t come to collect his prize. Instead, he sent Sacheen Littlefeather who spoke about the treatment of Native Americans. Since then, Oscar winners have to use the gratitude speech for various purposes and most importantly, to bring awareness among people.

Last year we were witnesses of a massive scandal that happened in the movie industry. The Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual wrongdoings and many celebrities have stepped forward to support these claims. This is one of the reasons, why #MeToo movement took a spotlight in this year’s Oscar ceremony. Many actresses united to show their strength, and that’s a remarkable and brave move for this industry, dominated by men.

Another stunning fact, what once was an event that took over the entire world, now Oscar is decreasing in popularity. The recent polls show that ceremony isn’t impressive, as it was in the past. Even president Donald Trump tweeted about this.

90Now let’s look at the movies. Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable The Shape of Water took the best picture award. This movie is the best example who we should accept the change and diversity and gender equality. Jordan Peel won the prize for the script for his horror sensation Get Out, which made him the first African-American to win for the best original screenplay. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk managed to land three prizes, for editing, sound editing, and sound design. The awards for the leading roles were divided between Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman.

All in all, this entire event should be focused on promoting the best movies industry has seen, but somehow, that’s not the case. We hope that in the following years, Hollywood will manage to regain the old glory and once again become the most significant movie festival in the world.

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Five reasons you should visit Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest is an annual event held in Munich, Germany. The festival lasts for 18 days, and it usually begins late September and lasts until early October. This event gathers a lot of people, approximately 6 million individuals from around the world. You probably have heard rumors how Octoberfest is an overcrowded, overhyped and overpriced festival and to some degree this is true. But, the things you will experience here can’t be compared to any festival in the world. So, if you are still thinking this is not for you, here are five reasons that will convince you otherwise.

You can wear what you want

The official wear of Octoberfest is a dirndl for the ladies and lederhosen for the men, so we would highly recommend you to pick one once arriving in Munich. This type of dressing up is all for fun, and no one will pay attention to you. The clothes can cost you between $20 and $600 and the great thing about them is that they can be recycled and used for other costumes. You will find many street vendors selling the cheaper version of clothes, so you won’t have to break your bank account buying one.

Beer

beerThis is a pretty good cause to visit Octoberfest. Beer is the essential element of this festival with an estimated 6 million litters to be drunk this year. Since 16th century Germany implemented strict brewing regulation, which says that only water, hops, and barley can be used in making of Bavarian beer. So, it’s safe to say, that you will taste the best beer in the world and one liter of beer costs around 10 euros, which is approximately $13. The price is a bit steep, but it’s worth of every penny.

You won’t have a hangover

Considering that beer is only made with natural ingredients, it means you won’t be drinking average beer packed with additives and preservatives. You will be amazed how much you can drink, without having a hangover. So, don’t be afraid to drink because in the morning you will feel as good as new.

The food

Traditional Bavarian food is absolutely delicious, full of spices and amazing flavors. Please don’t leave Octoberfest without trying roast chicken, and pretzel with sweet mustard. This is an excellent opportunity to experience Bavarian cousin which involves a lot of meat.

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The top visited music festivals in Europe

If you are a fan of music and you love visiting music festivals, then we have a couple of suggestions for you. Europe is home to many established music festivals, and you will have a great time attending them. It can offer you a variety of genres, regardless of the music you like to listen to. Here is our selection for 2018.

OFF Festival, Poland

Located near the town of Katowice in south-west Poland, OFF has managed to build a significant reputation in the last ten years. Thanks to a challenging and intriguing mix of art, this festival attracts audience from all over the world, and you can hear many famous artists performing here. The OFF festival takes place from 4 to 6 August, and the fee is around $60. Also, this is an excellent opportunity to get familiar with Polish culture.

Into the Valley: Estonia, Sweden, South Africa

IntoTheValleyInto the Valley festival was founded in 2015 as a discreet electronic music event and is held in a fantastic limestone quarry in Sweden. Now the popularity of this festival has grown, and it expands to three different location. The series starts at the end of the June in Rummu, Estonia, with a setting that resembles the prison on the peaceful blue lake. It continues the following weekend in an abandoned factory in Stora Vika, Sweden. The last event takes place in South Africa, at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town. This is a remarkable festival to attend because it has three different locations and variety of music and performers.

Melt, Germany

This notorious sleepless stage is famous around the world. Here you can hear a music marathon that runs from Saturday morning to midday on Monday. If you are an all-hours party lover, then Melt is the perfect place for you. The festival takes place in Ferropolis, Gräfenhainichen, a site that features massive pieces of industrial machinery, like old mining cranes, which are the highlights of this show. Nearly 30,000 people visit this festival every year. Music that dominates the event is techno and electronic.

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How to prepare for Coachella in couple of steps? 

Coachella is one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. and thousands of people visit it every year. If you are planning to head to Coachella, then you must come prepared. The goal is to maximize your fun and worry less about the problems you may encounter. That’s why we have prepared this guide, to help you survive and enjoy your time here.

Getting there

Flying or renting a car might be the most efficient way to get here. It’s affordable, and you can always book a flight in advance, in this way, your expenses will be even lower. On the other hand, if you hate waiting at the airport and bothering about flight schedule, renting a cat is your best option. It might not be cheap, but it’s the most comfortable way to get to California. Just don’t forget about general traffic, jams and parking.

Where to stay

You can choose between a couple of options. First, you can try on-site camping, which can be an excellent option if you want to experience this festival. Keep in mind this is camping after, and you won’t have all the necessities nearby. The second option you can explore is off-site camping and compared to on-site camping it’s not an ideal solution, but it’s affordable. Hotels can be another alternative. Maybe camping isn’t your thing, and you want to relax after long hours of dancing, with a hot bath and a warm bed.

What to wear

CoachellaLike with any other festival, you should wear comfortable clothes. Even though Coachella stands for the most trendies festival in the country, you can still look fashionable and comfortable. While temperature is high during the day, it can drop like crazy at night, so be prepared to bring some layers. Some of the necessities you should bring with you is a backpack, two pairs of comfortable shoes, shorts, sunblock, hat, sunglasses and extra socks.

What to pack

When it comes to packing, many people have a hard time deciding what to bring with them. You should brink a small backpack with essential and emergency items at hotel or car. Here is our checklist of things you might need: water, cash, phone charger, lightweight towel, poncho, bug spray, band-aids, and chapstick. Once you get all these things, it’s time to relax and enjoy great music with your friends.

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The top European film festival to visit

One of the best ways to escape the reality is to start your day with a movie. A terrific film can transform your environment and take you to another world or time. Hopefully, an excellent vacation can do the same. So, if you want to combine two things, tourism, and cinema, then the best way is to attend the movie festival at your chosen destination. Approximately, there are 4,000 cities around the world that host these cultural events, and still, they are an amazing destination for your vacation. Given the occasion, it would be foolish to spend your entire trip glued to screen. Instead, you can choose the festival in the city you want to see. This time, we will review some of the most popular festivals in Europe.

Venice

Even since it was founded in 1932, the Venice film festival has managed to build a remarkable image. This place is the original haunt for starts, filmmakers, and their fans. Nowadays, thousands of people come to Venice just to see their favorite actors. But, first of all, this city is a beautiful place to visit, enjoy Italian culture and take a gondola ride through city canals and it’s a fabulous opportunity to catch some European spirit. Don’t miss a chance to spend a couple of days in Venice with your favorite actors.

Berlin

This probably the largest and most visited festival on the Earth. The Berlin International Film Festival is also called Berlinale, and it’s impressive, both in size and scope. Every year, nearly half of million tickets are sold, and it takes place in late winter. The festival includes movies that are in German language, classics from past years, documentaries and feature-film competition. While you are checking out the Berlinale, you can take some time to explore numerous places in this city, such as an aquarium, history museums and shopping district North Mitte. Either you use public transportation or a rental car, it will take you to very best parts of Berlin.

Cannes

Cannes Film Festival isn’t open for general public. It’s a gathering of red carpet elite, filmmakers, media and residents of this beautiful city. But, this is not a reason to avoid the Cannes festival. You can revive glamorous life by chartering a yacht or visiting some of the luxurious resort spas. Another option is to rent a car and spend a day driving through magnificent Cote d’Azur beaches. Considering Paris is close, you should expand your vacation and visit some of the most amazing places in this city.

San Sebastian

san sebastianIf you have ever wanted to enjoy beautiful beaches, nice and sunny weather while watching the movies, then San Sebastian is your next destination. Every year, San Sebastian hosts a film festival where you can see some highly acclaimed names in the movie industry, such as Al Pacino, Gregory Peck, Hitchcock, Tarantino, and Godard. While visiting this stunning destination, you should pass some enjoyable time in a pintxos bar sampling strong drinks and delicious cousin.

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The shape of water – review

This year we had some spectacular movies at Oscar Academy Award, yet, Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water managed to size the main prize. At the peak of political, gender and racial turmoil, this movie depicts how differences can be neglected and that all living beings can coexist together. The initial voiceover sends us deep in the past, in a small city near the coats, far from everything else. The movie plot is set in the U.S, in the early 60s. With the cold war and space race happening between Russia and America, this is a story of love, loss, pain, suffering and the monster who tried to destroy it all.

Sally Hawkins plays an orphan Elisa Esposito, a girl who lost her voice and who was one day found by the river. With the peculiar scars on the neck, no one knows what happened to her, but probably is the key to her silence. Elisa lives above the Orpheum cinema, and her first neighbor, Giles, is the artists who lost both, his hair and his job and spend his time watching Bojangles.

creatureThe main character works as a cleaner at the Occam aerospace research facility where she mops the floors. But, when the researchers capture a strange creature, amphibian, from the Amazon for the research, Elisa develops a somewhat unusual connection with him. She soon starts to experience erotic dreams, followed by music and creature’s plaintive cry.

The movie combines two unimaginable things, the love story between monster and human. We have seen many films featuring the similar plot, but this is the first who managed to capture the hearts of spectators around the world. The storyline might seem ridiculous and unreal, but at the same time it’s magical and works magnificently.

Dell Toro’s creation of Shape of Water is a cry for help, and the monster in the movie can be anyone of us. It doesn’t matter who your soulmate is, but one question imposes, are you brave enough to accept all differences and imperfections along the way. May this movie serve us as the foundation for future decisions.

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Four U.S. festivals you should know about

The United States is home to the most established and entreating industry on the planet. So, there is no surprise why this country only produces the best movies, television programs, and theater shows. On the other hand, independent films are top-rated and attract significant attention. But, they are diamonds in the rough, still waiting for the approval of the audience and festivals are a great place to start. We discovered some fantastic film festival that will spike your interest and help you find out movies that are on and off the circuit.

Telluride Film Festival

This is a nonprofit film festival located in the small town of Telluride, Colorado. It represents an annual gathering of artists, filmmakers, and true fans of cinema. The Telluride Film Festival ranks among the best in the world, and it’s a launching pad for the fall season. Considering that event lasts for four days, more than 80 movies are presented, along with artist tributes, discussion panels and a lot of entertainment for lovers of the film. The schedule of the film is kept in secret, until the opening day. If you enjoy cinema but also meeting new people and favorite stars, then this festival has a lot to offer.

Palm Springs Film Festival

The Palm Springs Film Festival has an outstanding reputation, and it’s one the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The event is held at the backdrop of California’s desert which is beautiful setup. This event features more than 180 movies from 70 countries, boating large selection of foreign language Oscar submissions. The festival is also a pre-selection of films before the Oscar. It takes place in winter, and it’s an excellent opportunity for people to get familiar with films that will be competing at Oscar.

Sundance Film Festival

This is possibly the most famous movie event in North America. It was founded in 1981 by Robert Retford, and it oozes with independence. Here you can see some new voices in American movie industry. Sundance has become a fantastic place where critics, movie directors and film artists gather. Every year, Park City, Utah invites the most reputable A-list actors to attend this festival, and they usually do.

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Los Angeles Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival features approximately 200 narratives, documentary, long and short films and music videos each year in June. From the red-carpet event to celebrity premiers, the Los Angeles Film Festival highlight every part of the globe. The base of a festival is in downtown LA, and it has a strong and independent vibe which significantly affect the Los Angeles community. If you are coming from other parts of the U.S., then this is an excellent opportunity to spend some quality time in this city.

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The best Italian art and culture places to visit in 2018

Are you looking for a cultural break? Do you want to get out of the U.S. and experience some European spirt? Well, if that’s the case, then Italy is the perfect place for you. You will have a chance to see the oldest and most prominent arts in the world and Italy is famous for its renaissance artists and structures. So, let’s look at the places you should visit in 2018.

Ravenna and Urbino – Byzantine capital, Renaissance court

These two, Ravenna and Urbino, are probably the most under-rated cities in Italy, but there are a lot of fascinating stuff about them. Ravenna is the home to some of the most significant structures of late antiquity and the most beautiful surviving Byzantine mosaic. You have the opportunity to visit the church of San Vitale. On the other side, up in the hill, lay the city of Urbino, which is the birthplace of famous Italian artists Raphael. The attractions you can see here are 15th-century Ducal Palace and the National Gallery of Le Marche which has the prominent collection of arts and includes the work of Raphael, Uccello, Titian, Barocci and many others.

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Pompeii

Traveling back to Roman times will set you on a fantastic journey in the past, and you will discover the fascinating world of Pompeii. The ancient city was destroyed in a volcanic eruption, but the remains of town became a popular tourist attraction. You can discover the lives of gladiators, slaves, citizens and senators in the Roman world. The beautiful features of this town will blow your mind, and you will come a part of ancient times. Many people who visited Pompeii often go to Naples Museum and the Roman city of Herculaneum.

Sicilian highlights

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is rich with history that can’t be put in a couple of sentences. Palermo is the capital, and it can offer you a lot of places to see, especially if you are visiting for the first time. You have an opportunity to explore vital classical sights such as Valley of the Temples and Piazza Armerina. Also, you would be interested in Norman-ear high points like Monreale cathedral and Etna.

These are just some of the palaces you should see on your way to Italy, but it has so much more to offer, considering it has rich cultural and historical heritage.

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New York City cultural events you should visit every Sunday

Weekends are time for fun when your rest after long working hours and spend some quality time exploring the city. Fortunately, New York has a vast cultural heritage, and many cultural events take place on Saturday. You can either go out with your friends or bring your family; we are sure you are going to have a great time. New York has many opportunities to offer you; it’s up to you whether you will explore them or not. But, here are some suggestions which will help you grow in a cultural sense.

New York City Ballet

Ballet has always been the matter of prestige. But, it’s not for everyone, and it’s entirely ok if ballet is not your thing. On the other hand, it would be good if you changed your scene from time to time and ballet is an excellent option for that. New York City Ballet has a spectacular scene ever since it was founded and many famous names have performed here. In this case, you can watch beautiful performances and stunning costumes. The fascinating storyline will take you to another world, and you will forget about the reality.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We can’t even describe the importance of this Manhattan institution. It’s one of the best spots in the city where you can spend the entire day and only see a fraction of what it holds. Behind the doors, you can explore 17 curational collections ranging from different eras. If you want to satisfy your anthropological curiosity, then The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the right place to visit. Depending on a season, you can catch exciting exhibitions.

Theater District

balletEvery year, 13 million of locals and foreigners visit Broadway shows, and the majority of these events are located in the theater district. Each season brings a new wave of mega-musicals which spectators can enjoy. During the spring and fall season, make sure to check out the new schedule and find some discounted tickets, to enjoy with your friends and family.

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Saturday movie marathon to watch with your friends

Movies are an excellent way to pass some time. If you don’t have an idea what to watch, then we have some suggestion for you. These are our top categories of movies you should watch.

Sci-Fi

Many people think that only nerds watch Sci-Fi movies, but they are wrong. Over the years, there have some so many great series, that are equally compelling and adventurous. Even if you aren’t a Sci-Fi fan, we think you should watch the following movies:
Matrix Trilogy
Star Wars
Transformers

Fantasy

This category of movies is loved by all because it covers a lot of exciting films and their stories can set you back in time. You can explore the parallel universe and connect to characters who are trying to defeat evil.
Harry Potter
Lord of the rings
The Hobbit
Pirates of Caribbean

Action

Are you a fan of the speed, thrill, chase, style and street fight? Action movies are among the most popular one, and many people enjoy watching them, mainly because we have great actor appearing in them.
Bond Series
Mission Impossible
Die Hard
Fast and Furious
Lethal Weapon

Drama

This category isn’t only for ladies, but also for guys also. Here you can explore many wonderful movies and help you realize how difficult human destinies are.
Rocky
Sex and The City
Step Up
High School Musical

Fictional

When sci-fi and fantasy combine, we get fiction movies which are very entertaining for the entire family. They are more focused on things from the past, and you can explore many great series to watch.
Jurassic Park
National treasures
Night at the museum

Comic

This category features some of the favorite movies in the industry, and you can have a great time with your friends.
Marvel series
walleDC thrillers
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Cartoons

If you have kids and you want to spend some quality time with them, then cartoons are an excellent choice for you. Your kids will learn something new, and you have excellent movies to watch.
Madagascar
Ice Age
Shrek

We hope our recommendation will help you.