Thursday, 18 May 2017

SCENT OF A WOMAN

Do you like sometimes watch the movies which you know perfectly? If yes, this note is for you!




Oscar for Al Pacino, Golden Globe Award for the best drama, the best actor and the best script. Yes, it's all about "Scent of a woman"!



It's one of my favourite movies and one in which I can choose my favourite part. Do you know the scene where Frank Slade (Al Pacino) dance tango with Donna (Gabrielle Anwar)? 
PS. Originally it was with "Por una cabeza", here is one with great song "Dance me to the end of love" by Leonard Cohen!



The movie is about a blind, retired lieutenant colonel Frank Slade who became the best teacher for the shy student. In the end of movie, there's a speech made by Al Pacino. Many people think that it is one of the coolest speeches they've ever heard on movie. In my opinion, it's a must-have among the movies! ;) 


MADS MIKKELSEN

Did you ever hear that name? Did you ever see that face? I'm sure that yes!



Mads Mikkelsen is from Copenhagen and he's 51 years old. Before he started make films, he had been professional dancer. His first and brillant role was in "Pusher" from 1996 as a skin-dealer. You can know him from "Casino Royale", "Hannibal" or "The Three Musketeers". 



I want you to recomment two movies with him. 
First is called "Adam's Apples" (2005). It's a dark comedy about young neo-Nazi Adam who got into rustic parish where pastor Ivan (Mads) try to convert him.



Second movie with him, which, in my opinion is excellent, is titled "The Hunt" (from 2012). It's a drama about a man which is accused of harassment of a little girl. This movie was nominated to the prize Oscar. 



Mads Mikkelsen is really great actor. We can see him also in commercials. Below I leave you only one example, if you are interested in, just try to looking for on youtube. Thanks for your attention! 




JULIA PIETRUCHA

A young, pretty girl with inexpectedly beautiful voice and small, sweet ukulele. What can I say more? It's just Julia Pietrucha! 



Before I decided to click on youtube one of her songs I ignored her for a long time. Why? It's hard to say. But now I want to compensate her and write something about her on my blog!



She's a young actress, model and singer. She started her career as an actress an Theater "Syrena" i Warsaw (as Gerda in "The Snow Queen"). She's known from a TV series titled "Blondynka".



In 2016 she recorded by herself her first (and last at that moment) album "Parsley". She's an author of all the songs and also she's playing on ukulele in records. The pieces are charming and remind about the holiday!



If you didn't hear about her or, just like me, never was interested in her compositions, just look at it and give her a chance! ;)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

I'm sure that every girl knows and likes the fairy tale about
a montrous-looking prince and a young beautiful girl who
fall in love with each other.
But do you know the film adaptations?





"Beauty and the beast" from 1991 is a lovely animation which
is known by every child. The movie won a lot of awards
(Oscar for Best Music and Original Song) and nominations
(Oscar for Best Picture and Best Sound).




For me, it is one of the most splendid love stories,
maybe because it was one of my favourite tales in the childhood.

"Beastly" from 2011 (which i didn't see yet)
is a modern-day adaptation,
where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster
in order to find true love.


In the cast of that romantic movie we can see lots of stars, like Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen or Dakota Johnson.

"Beauty and the Beast" from 2012 is a TV series
where a beautiful detective and ex-soldier (who was turned into beast by the secret governement organization) fall in love.


Except that the beast is surprisingly handsome
(so he isn't frightening at all),
the series is pretty good - it's quite nice to see it.

"La belle et la bete" from 2014 is my favourite film adaptation
of this fairy tale. The story of unexpected romance bloom
with Vincent Cassel and gorgeous Lea Seydoux
could be a blockbuster in Hollywood, but because the movie
is in French, so unfortunately not as many people could see it.


"La Bella e la Bestia" from 2014 with beautiful Blanca Suarez and Alessandro Preziosi is TV mini-series. The romance starts when Belle's father owes Prince Leon money, but he can't pay, so he gives him his daughter until he's able to pay.




If someone like Italian movies I can recommend that one. ;)

"Beauty and the Beast" from 2017 is recent adaptation
of the fairy tale. The musical with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans and Emma Thompson is full of colours
and great music. The same story presented inon a new form encouraged thousands of people to go to the cinema.


As you can see, there's so many adaptations of that old, French fairy tale. Now you can choose your favourite! ;)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

MUSIC

MĘSKIE GRANIE



What is it and why I want to write something about it?
Męskie Granie is a concert tour which takes place in a few grand Polish cities every holiday. Main sponsor is of course ŻYWIEC, and first edition happened in 2010.



In the project we can see leading musicians of the Polish music scene - they preforme in non-standard compositions, in duets or they create Męskie Granie Orchestra. 
The artistic directors for years were Wojciech Waglewski and later Katarzyna Nosowska, but from 2014 this function hold Męskie Granie Orkiestra, with Andrzej Smolik and Organek as leaders. 
In 2016 they performed in Poznań, Katowice, Wrocław, Kraków, Warszawa and Żywiec. In this year they create Scene Ż, where young and incipient artists can demonstrate their musical ideas. In 2016 we could see entertainers like Hey, Dawid Podsiadło, O.S.T.R., Organek, Wojtek Mazolewski and others. 


The first single in this edition was song called Wataha played by Dawid Podsiadło, Organek and O.S.T.R.. 
We still don't know who will be take part in 2017, 
but we can speculate. ;) 
But now, I leave you with song called Armaty played by Andrzej Smolik, Organek, Fisz, Krzysztof Zalewski and Mela Koteluk.
Have a nice day!
K.

MUSIC

FROM THE GUN TO THE GOLD 


If you watched Idol, you should know HIM. 
If you haven't watched this talent show, you can meet HIM now. ;) 
I'm talking about musician, composer, songwriter, vocalist 
and multi-instrumentalist - Krzysztof Zalef Zalewski! 

 
He's the winner of the second edition of the talent show called Idol (after that he recorded album called Pistolet). For 10 years he completely changed his image, music style, he learned how to cooperate with the audience, how to write lyrics and music for songs, and it all with the help of Kasia Nosowska from Hey, Jacek Budyń Szymkiewicz from Pogodno 
and others great artists.

  
Since 2013 he recorded two albums which have been very well received by the audience and other musicians. Zelig, from 2013, 
is full of energy and agitation. Music critics consider this album 
as difficult, but also as very interesting, personalized 
and worth hearing. 

 
Second album, from november 2016, is more uncomplicated, available but not boring! The album quickly have gained supporters and have started to win prizes.
In one song in this album we can hear that Krzysztof cooperate with amazing Natalia Przybysz (you can know her from band Sisters or her solo career). We can also see her in music video to the song called Miłość Miłość. It's recording of happaning in Cracov - two people, who imitate the couple, sit in front of each other and they are look into theirs eyes. On theirs shoulders, knees, and chests the Asian artist build a construction with boards and cups. The happening shows how difficult are the long-lasting relationships beetwen two people. The cups are the symbols of ours common problems, doubts, fears. I'm sure that the idea of present this aspect in so unusual way give the musicians a lot of prizes.

 
Krzysztof Zalewski 
is now one of the most astonishing and unpredictable young artist in Poland. It's really worth to hear him! ;) 
K.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

MUSIC

ORGANKOWELOVE 


If you don't know Organek, it's time for it!
 Today, I want to present you one of the most interesting musicians, composers, vocalists, guitarists and songwriters in Poland 
(just in my opinion ;D)!

 
He was born in Suwałki, but he grew up in the village of Raczki. He is a graduate of University in Toruń (English Philology).
For 2 years he worked as an English teacher in elementary school, middle school and high school. He stopped at a time when he had an accident - this was a turning point in his life when he decided to do in life what he really love. He started study Jazz Music for 2 years at University in Katowice. 


He's a member of the Phonographic Academy ZPAV. For ten years he was playing in the band called SOFA and from 2013 
he's performed as Organek.
He worked with Andrzej Smolik, Kayah, Michał Król (Fox), Krzysztof Zalewski, O.S.T.R., Mela Koteluk, 
Adam Darski (Nergal) and many others. 
With SOFA he recorded 3 albums, as a solo artist he made 
2 albums - Głupi and Czarna Madonna.


He's a winner of many awards like Nagroda Muzyczna Programu 
3 Polskiego Radia im. Mateusza Święcickiego and Nagroda Artystyczna Miasta Torunia im. Grzegorza Ciechowskiego.


He play  music that can be defined as rock&roll, alternative rock, funk, punk, pop, country... and I'm sure that something else.  ;)
This mix of genres, the singer's charisma, unique timbre 
and great compositions make him inimitable 
on the Polish music scene.
What can I say more - I envy those who will be discovering 
his music NOW (the first impression is crucial and slightly magical) and I hope that the music convince you itself. 
Thanks for reading!
K.