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I'm a trekkie, a dreamer, an internet-junkie and there are lots of other terms to describe me but I guess nobody will read this profile, so why wear my fingertips down... drop an e-mail if you want, and I'll probably answer within a month if I don't forget my hotmail password :)
Live long and prosper!
Sandra princesse rebelle (1995)
A very good series but only for grown-up viewers
I don't think this summary will contain major spoilers, but there might be minor spoilers (and some very minor inconsistencies since I've seen this show about 6-7 years ago.) Sandra is a young woman who is often troubled by nightmares, which, as her psychiatrist stepfather told her, are results of the road accident that killed her parents when she was very small. The truth is, however, that she is in fact Princess Alexandra of Kroënies, and she witnessed her parents being murdered by Comunist revolutionaries. She learns about this only when the Communist regime ends in the small island-state, and Kroënians want her to return and be their queen. Sandra travels to Kroënies but life isn't easy for her, she just divorced her cheating husband, she is angry at her step-parents for lying to her for decades, she is harassed by the prime minister of Kroënies who was hopelessly in love with her mother, and she has a dangerous enemy: the rich businessman Zoltan Kouros, whose family lost their estates because of the reforms of Sandra's father the king. Kouros is determined to get his family's property back, and swears revenge against Sandra. The only person Sandra can trust is Ivan, the son of the prime minister, but their love affair leads to the discovery of a terrible secret. Yet Sandra is a very strong woman and is determined to overcome all difficulties.
Sounds like a modern-day fairytale, but I think it isn't suitable for viewers under 12 because of Kouros' manipulations, he is not afraid of committing murder and other cruelties. There are some references to homosexuality, child abuse and incest, if it troubles you, you might want to skip this show, though I was more troubled by the cruel acts Kouros commits. If these things don't disturb you, then you should really watch this show, because it is very good. Also there are interesting similarities with 20th century European history.
Black Knight (2001)
It was terrible and far-fetched
This movie was bad. Not of the "so-bad-it's-good" types, it was just bad. This "going back to the Middle Ages" stuff has been done a million times before. Okay, it tried to be a politically correct movie so no one was surprised when a black guy appeared in Medieval Europe, but political correctness soon chickened out and rather than letting Lawrence have a white girlfriend, they came up with a far-fetched explanation of how can a medieval king have a black lady-in-waiting. Also, in American movies time travel is always combined with a travel to Europe, usually without explaining how did it happen. (the same thing messed up the Americanised version of Jean Reno's "Les Visiteurs", even though the original movie was so good that even the American ripoff couldn't be bad.) I've seen only about the first half of the movie 'cause I've realised that I've got many better things to do than watching this, so it's possible that after the first half the movie suddenly became interesting, but I seriously doubt it.
Fear Runs Silent (2000)
Great thriller, but I didn't understand the ending
I saw this film yesterday on TV but I haven't seen its beginning, only from the part where they arrive in the forest cottage with their teacher. (originally I was watching Jurassic Park but switched away during the ad block, and this film caught my attention when I saw something was watching them from the forest, and anyway, I've already seen Jurassic Park.) The whole movie was ambiguous, but it helped to keep the tension. I could never know whether the girl really met the Bigfoot, or the creature whom she sees as Bigfoot during regression was her stepfather who molested her? ***SPOILER*** I thought it was because of her stepfather, and that's why she saw even her boyfriend as a monster, but if that's the case, why did she seem to be on good terms with her stepfather in the end of the movie? Anyway, if we don't count this inconsistency, it was a pretty good and thrilling movie. The kind that you have to follow with your mind, not only with your eyes.
A veréb is madár (1969)
Charming comedy from a bygone era
In this Socialist-era comedy the unforgettable Kabos plays the Holló brothers: Sándor, who emigrated and became a rich man, and Zoltán, who stayed in Hungary and lives the life of an average working-class man. When Sándor visits his twin brother, they are constantly mistaken for each other, and when Zoltán sees how differently people treat Sándor because of his money and his foreign citizenship, he begins to like being mistaken for him - until he realizes that this means he will lose his girlfriend Szöszi... By showing both sides and over-emphasizing some differences the film mocks both the Socialist way of life and those who were bored of it and admired the lifestyle in the Capitalist countries.
Barátok közt (1998)
Incredibly shallow, but still better than "reality" shows...
I saw only two episodes of this show and laughed my ass off, it was so weak. It copies the American and Western European soaps in everything, the only thing missing is the annoying laugh machine after every line that the creators wanted to be funny. The only positive thing I can say about the show is that it's still better than the so-called reality shows. I'm not sure whether it's better than the South American soaps we had to endure in the past years. The show also proves that some airheads in Budapest don't know anything about their own country, in one of the two episodes I've seen one of the scenes was set in a village and an old lady was wearing a folk dress that was probably last worn in the 18th century. It was damn funny.