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Reasons why you should watch Star Wars if you haven’t

Today in Poland (and many other countries too) is the day of the big premiere of the Star Wars: Force Awakens (2015), the 7th part of the iconic saga. We’re just witnessing a major event in the world popculture.

I never considered myself to be a part of the sci-fi fandom. It was only this year that I have seen my very first Star Wars movie. And boy! Was I surprised! Turns out, it has much to offer, even to those of you who stay away from futurism and space fiction.

For you, dear sceptics, I listed below some reasons why you should give it a try and watch Star Wars* after all. You’re welcome.

1. The characters: whether he or she looks like human, has metal robotic heart or is an alien with fairly odd appearance – it can earn your  favor (or antypathy) suprisingly fast . There are plenty of strong personalities,  fascinating creatures, incredible beings (both from the visual and the temper-point of view) in the saga. The variety of roles is striking – as it covers inhabitants of different planets and races.

Again, many of them has become legendary over the years. Some have complicated background story. Some are just one of many. Some Jedi masters are. Do watch for Han Solo. Do watch for master Yoda. Do watch for Wookie. Do watch for… your pick!

Most of the roles are well-played. MOST.

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2. Leia: okay, I just made a whole separate reason for one character. But she is worth it! Intelligent, courageous, brave, beautiful. Good- hearted! Elegant. (And… pretty!) That’s all I could ask for when it comes to perfect female part. Seriously, Leia is one of the best lady character in the whole story of cinematography. Plus – she’s good at combat! My heroine. Feminists out there – you’ll be delighted!

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3. The relationships: if you are fond of romances – you will find a good one (Leia and Han Solo). If you hate romances – you will laugh out loud sneeringly at Anakin and Amidala’s poor flirting in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002).

Now, if you’re looking for a movie about true friendship – do watch the saga. It’s full of (often funny) buddies who may not always agree, but truly love each other. My favorite couple of pals are two droids: R2D2 and C3PO. You cannot watch their ‘dialogues’ and not laugh or at least smile sincerely. Do watch for them, do watch for Han Solo and Wookie.

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4. The visuals: firstly, Amidala’s incredible outfits, hairdos and makeup. This is truly a heaven for fashion-oriented moviegoers. Her style is outstanding and delightful! Her appearance surely has been inspired by the Orient but still is original as it could be!

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Secondly, costumes and characterisation. In the old trilogy (episodes IV – VI), the aliens of strange appearance are played by the actors wearing fantastic costumes. It works great! And – surprisingly! – seems so natural! In the episodes I – III most of these wonderful alien costumes has been replaced simply by computer effects (CGI). The audience didn’t like that as it took away much of alien’s charm. In the newest episode the actors wearing costumes are said to be back! 🙂

Thirdly, special effects and scenery. Spaceships, planets, cities. Explosions. Races and chases. Nicely done! Very nicely done!

5. Epic battles and fights: frigging lightsabers! Fighting with lightsabers! Double lightsabers! Not enough?!

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Fine combat styles. Fighting with space vehicles. Boom! Boom! Tatatat-tata!

The force! Jedi knights! The dark side of the force!

6. Real-world problems in the imaginary one: the ups and downs of the parent-children relationship (oh, boy!). Not always so perfect work of parliament (yup). The eternal good vs. evil conflict. Lust for power. Greed. Slavery. Death.

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Well, these are the reasons that came to my head. There are probably even more. So why not give it a try?

Still having doubts?

May the  force be with you!

* – I suggest you start your space journey with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

International Women’s Day: A woman’s strength.

Dear girls, chicks, maidens, ladies – best wishes!
As 8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day, I would like to commemorate it by making a list of movies centered on so-called ‘softer sex’. Paradoxically, I focused on one of the greatest qualities of a woman – strength. While this trait is often associated with men and the power of their muscles, the feminine kind has been gifted with the unbelievable power of mind and heart.

Unfortunately, there are many regions of the world, countries, villages or even invidual houses where women and girls struggle with difficulties, violence and discrimination, not to mention extremely savage ritual of female genital mutilation.
My intention is to draw attention to these serious problems happening in many places, perhaps even in your neighbourhood, and to honor and support the suffering ones.

And now back to the movies. Some of these stories are based on true events. All of them raise awareness of various matters. In every film listed below there is at least brave female who has a courage to make a choice, make a change, take the law into her hands.

Enjoy!

Die Frau des Schläfers (2010)
Arranged (2007)
Desert Flower (2009)
Et maintenant, on va où? (2011)
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Brick Lane (2007)
The Hunger Games 1&2 (2012, 2013)

Okuribito (Departures)

Okuribito /Departures/ (2008)
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Japan – 130 min – drama
directed by Yōjirō Takita
written by Kundô Koyama

Ever wondered what happens to your body when you pass away?
Is there anyone to take care of it? To gently prepare your envelope for the next stage of the circle of life?

Answers to these burning questions have been included in a brilliant Japanese drama film.
The movie lets us look into mysterious, nearly enchanted world of morticians (jap. nōkansha). The performance of the ceremony resembles art. Considerate gestures, precisely following the astonishing scheme to make the deceased look beautiful, even, erm, alive – and it all in silence, with true respect, and… the family watching!

Although the issue may seem uneasy, to say the least, you’re not going to be disgusted or scared.
Instead, you’ll experience a story of love and learn to enjoy life as it is, perhaps cry a little or make a change.

This engaging masterpiece is truly worth the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film it was given in 2009.

My rate: 9/10