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2017 - Movie Diary (18 items)
Movie list by Kinga
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I am a Hungarian artist having been living in the US since 1995.

I use Listal exclusively to catalog movies for myself - and not necessarily as a "social media"... So there is a big possibility that I am not going to thank you for your 'votes', and I am surely not hurt if you don't thank me mine - although of course I appreciate your visit here.

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Rebecca
 Rebecca 10/10
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
Rebecca
It was a re-watch (for the umpteenth times - now because I just finished the book). It does not happen too often that a book is worse than the movie based on the book. In this case though, that's what happened exactly. The movie is so much tighter, so much more plausible - mainly and most importantly the heroin's behavior. She is much, much less submissive, 'wakes up' much earlier and she is becoming more independent and self-confident sooner that makes the movie so much better than the book. The screenplay writers did a fabulous job to pull the story together very tightly and excitingly. There are still lots of melodrama and spectacular heroin-suffering but this is oh so easier to bear than in the book... There is just one glitch in the Hitchcock movie: because of the 'ethical code' of the time they could not let Max actually commit the murder and so they changed it into a real accident. What a pity - otherwise a perfect film.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
9 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - TV Show Diary list
Pride and Prejudice
Yes, of course, Colin Firth is a perfect Darcy, but Ms. Ehle is not a great Lizzy, and Adrian Lukis (Wickam) is so weak. The series is a so-so illustrated picture book of the original novel, nothing more, nothing less.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
Pride and Prejudice
I have re-read Pride and Prejudice and thought it would be a good time/idea to catch up with all the movie/tv variations. First, a confession: while I do like Jane Austen and find her very witty and funny, I do have issues with her novels. Not just that they are all the same (c'mon, admit it), but also, how big the controversy is between the public image of her as an independent, strong woman and her completely patriarchal, conservative-traditional heroins. Every single one of them will give up her own line of thinking, her own true self just to be married. In the end that's their real and exclusive goal in life, no matter what they say or do beforehand. Take Lizzy Bennett for instance. The way Darcy treated her and her family in the beginning, well, it was absolutely justified and fair from her to refuse his marriage proposal. And she did it with dignity, and integrity (albeit angry and frustrated). And there was no 'pride' and 'prejudice' in her at all. Nothing. Nul. Zero. Darcy was an asshole and got what he would get from any normal woman, almost at any time of history. Period. And yes, he is trying to get into Lizzy's trust with settling her sister's scandal, but under no circumstances his bigheadedness and rudeness should be forgotten. But of course, all of a sudden, Lizzy realizes that 'oh, I was wrong, he paid all those big sums for my sister! He must be a good man!' So it goes. Very, very irritating. Now, the reason I wrote about it is, that if you are adapting a Jane Austen novel in a movie, you simply have to dig deep to give some true and plausible reasons why her characters can be relevant and more or less lovable. Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility did that perfectly. It was eventually a sad, emotional movie about human relationships (not matter if it is romantic or not). It is quite evident that this movie tries to attempt the same. All along the film we have the feeling that yes, they picked up the right and relevant threads of this typical Jane Austen story, and dropped the overly romantic (=sentimental) bullshit. And yes, these threads could be the ones why it is worth sitting through the 2 hours. Alas, these feeling are just lingering above, never ever materialized in the movie. The reason is simple: the screenplay. They managed to leave out exactly those scenes, those dialogs, those events that would have backed up and justified the attempted interpretation. Or, they emphasized the wrong parts and swiped through much more important parts very quickly. So we see static scenes, faces, grand totals, some fragments of dialogs that would have been perfect for the original goal, but that's all we have left with. Instead of listing every weakness here are two important ones: to depict Bingly as a half-idiot (even in his outlook), is a serious and sinful misinterpretation. Also, can't leave out that giving the role of Darcy to Matthew Macfadyen was exceptionally wrong. I am sure there would have been other excellent choices - much better than this cow-eyed pretty boy (whose voice I love though). There are some excellent scenes including him but the credit goes to the director of the movie rather to his acting skills (like Bingly's rehearsal of the marriage proposal in the end).
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Glória
 Glória 7/10
10 months ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - TV Show Diary list
Glória
A Hungarian tv movie. It was OK, that's all.
10 months ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - TV Show Diary list
A Series of Unfortunate Events
We are not binge watching it, just 2 episodes (1 book) per sitting, so we are at Episode 04. It is enjoyable, although the permanent gloomy narration of 'I am telling you it is not going to be a happy story' is getting on my nerves now and then.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Kinga added 2 items to their collection
A Series of Unfortunate Events

have watched

7/10

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

3/10


10 months, 2 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Maybe there is something wrong with me but... This movie was getting on my nerves. No, it's not true in this way. It was getting to... nowhere with me. I found it didactic in some places, very sketchy and implausible in details (getting a high paid executive job right away in a tv network (?) by practically walking in from the street? C'mon. And what exactly is he doing there? Why is the top guy obsessed with him without his showing any kind of work? And what's the fuss about this so called 'campaign' - that we never learn about except it is 'very important' and about some vague mental illness or something.) So, nope. Not this movie for me.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
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10 months, 2 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
The Return of Monte Cristo
I really should try to watch some good movies. Again, this is such an awful piece... Really. Then again, these are good movies to 'watch' while I am engaged in anything, they are like back up noise, no more.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Onegin
 Onegin 2/10
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
Onegin
Terrible movie. Again, just waste of time in spite of Ralph Fiennes. It was totally unable to capture Pushkin's poetic language, wit, psychological aspect, social criticism and overall: the Russian atmosphere that is so articular in so many 19. c. Russian novels/writings. All this is essentially reduced to some melodramatic clichés and simplified narrative, no more. Oh, and that sex(y) scene with Liv Tyler... Jesus. It seems to me I don't have luck with classics-on-film. But, there is one aspect of this movie I am grateful for: I am re-reading the original Pushkin verse.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - TV Show Diary list
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Terrible, cheesy 'made for tv' movie, even if the acting is not that bad. Almost Disney-low. Waste of time.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 2 items to their collection
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

have watched

1/10

The Monte Carlo Story

2/10


10 months, 3 weeks ago
Kinga added 2 items to 2017 - Movie Diary list
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Monte Carlo Story

10 months, 3 weeks ago
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10 months, 4 weeks ago
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Well, it is... The Snows of Kilimanjaro. It is Hemingway. It is Gregory Peck. Should I say more? :D I am sure I saw this movie decades ago, as I saw all the famous Hollywood movies way back then, but I did not remember it at all. The story seems to be a bit dated; in the height of existentialism it must have been an important movie among the other gazillion, newly-discovered 'deeper' Hollywood productions. By now it has become a bit whiny, a bit melodramatic, a bit predictable. The biggest sin of course is the end - turning Henry's dream in delirium into reality and speedy recovery...
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Kinga added 2 items to their collection
Mozart in the Jungle

have watched

7/10

The Duchess of Langeais

2/10


11 months ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
The Duchess of Langeais
I am not sure what the actual reason is for my 2 stars: it is either the total boredom and indifference towards this movie or the remarkably lame story. Or both. Among others. I mean, OK, the actors acted, the cameraman shot the movie, the director probably gave instructions (or at least shouted 'Action'), so yes, it happened. But why, I am asking, why. Total waste of time if you ask me. And maybe I missed something but still don't know how and why the heck the woman died... Good old Balzac.
11 months ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
Kubo and the Two Strings
The story is almost falling apart - I felt a bit of a hastiness to run through it in order to keep it together with weird characters (a pink monkey mom and a giant cockroach samurai (!) dad...), sometimes surreal, albeit high action scenes, beautiful animation. And it is a sad, sad, emotional movie - in spite of the 'message' that is supposed to help you over the catharsis. Nevertheless, it is well worth watching and weeping.
11 months ago
11 months ago
Kinga added 1 item to 2017 - Movie Diary list
Eye in the Sky
Good movie - definitely in the better batch of this genre. The center of it is the ancient dilemma, whether to sacrifice one life to save many can be justified or not. My only problem with the way this was presented in the movie is, that the dilemma is heavy and serious enough, so you don't have to add to its weight by making the 'one life' even heavier by choosing a sweet little girl as its subject (whose family is somewhat opposing the strict religious force they have to endure - another extra addition that the movie did not need in order to depict the moral dilemma). Other than that, it is probably Alan Rickman's last film, and it was very, very heartbreaking to see him again.
11 months ago
Vikings
 Vikings 6/10
11 months ago

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Posted: 10 months ago at Feb 11 23:41
Hi please check my list
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and tell me your 10 favorite tv shows!
Posted: 10 months, 2 weeks ago at Jan 26 16:33
Would you be interested in helping me with one of my lists?

You just have to go the following link and provide your 10 favorite movies : http://www.listal.com/list/listals-100-films-see-before-9773

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Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Feb 4 7:11
Thanks for the list votes ,Kinga :)
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 22 8:50
Thanks for the list vote :)
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Dec 18 11:24
Thanks for the list vote, Kinga!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 4 18:23
Thanks 4 the list vote!
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Oct 17 20:32
Thanks for the vote for the Czechoslovakian New Wave list :) I've just done a gallery list of the Vltava river
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Oct 8 5:53
I'm pleased you like the Hungarian films list, thanks :)
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 29 9:46
Thanks for the list vote, Kinga! Have a great day. :)
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Aug 15 6:23
Big thanks for the votes :) With Hungary, I think of the link to Wales with the poem Walesi Bardok

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