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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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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.