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"Blithe Spirit" (Polish title: "Jak wywołałem byłą żonę")

A writer can't write the script he's been asked for and he accidentally brings back the ghost of his former wife. She helps him, or, to be more precise, writes the script for him. So you can say... (wait for it)

... she is a ghostwriter.

I feel like the entire movie was written just to make that joke. And perhaps so they could cast Dan Stevens as another English aristocrat and fulfill the gap between "Downton Abbey" movies (I heard there is going to be a sequel). But, hey, at least the cinemas are still open.

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"H2O: Just add water"

I found on Netflix an old series I've been watching as a teenager, "H2O: Just add water". It's about three teenage girls who turn into mermaids when they touch water and have some powers over water. I'm impressed by the underwater scenes, there are many of those in almost every episode and the actresses not only keep their eyes open, but do a lot of things when diving. And they were 17 or 18 at the moment. Back then I didn't think about how it was all shot. What I also like is that the characters look like teenagers - they wear colourful tops and shorts, hairbands, they don't have heels or "grown up" hairstyles. Sometimes the clothes don't exactly match. I remember watching "The Vampire diaries" where in the first few episodes Elena wore bootcuts and t-shirts, but a season later every 17 year-old girl looked like a twenty-something woman dressed by a stylist. And it was supposed to be a small town. But maybe the difference is "The Vampire diaries" is set in the United States while "H2O: Just add water" is set in Australia?

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"Metro 2033"

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I've just finished the "Metro" series from Dmitry Glukhovsky. After the Third World War, half of Earth is destroyed and the surface is radioactive, but some people survived and live underground, in the metro in Moscow. They sleep on the stations and only brave people walk through dark tunnels. Danger is everywhere - radioactivity, animals that come from the surface, other stations that want to invade you, hunger, some tunnels that give you hallucinations, contagious diseases - but there are some people who can be heroes in those dark times. Or can't they?

What I liked about those books is that they were very different. In the first one, we follow young Artem and his quest to warn other stations about the mutants who are dangerous for the whole metro. We see how different life looks like on different stations and what people think and believe. There is even a new religion in one place, about a giant worm who created the tunnels and needs to be worshiped. And there's a twist in the end. In the second book, one of the characters is Homer, a person who wants to write a story about the metro and humanity, and looks for heroes and myths. But the people he meets, the events and reality don't match his needs. There's a lot of reflection about what makes us human in this one. And if you thought book one was pessimistic and grim, just wait for book three where humanity gets blow after blow, but it's hard to disagree and say: "no, we wouldn't do it". No monsters in this book and it's the scariest one.

I'm not a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but it was an interesting journey. Now I need something light and funny to shake off dark thoughts.
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"The Handmaid's Tale" - season 4 has begun

No spoilers.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is back with season 4 (three episodes out already) and I think... Well, if you decide to release three episodes in a row, you kind of admit there's no enough things in episode 1 and even 1 & 2 to keep the viewer interested? But the problem is not the pace. A lot of things happened in those three episodes, and when I rewatched season 1 I realised the show was always very slow-paced. The problem is, the show seems to be drafting. It doesn't seem to lead anywhere. Some people say: a) it's like in the real life and b) tv shows are often like this, but a) good stories need structure and b) "The Handmaid's Tale" is not a soap opera you can watch every week and forget about it the minute it ends. We've been shown a terrible world with tragedies and suffering. Many people die and it doesn't change anything. Some people rebel and that doesn't change anything either. Neither in a big scale (yes, it would be a bit unrealistic if a dozen of handmaids destroyed Gilead but some local things could be altered) or in a small scale when a character changes or a certain point is made. There is no meaning. Why should we keep coming back to that world?

People often complain about plot holes, forgotten facts and the main characters having plot armors, and I agree, but I think the main problem is that the show doesn't tell us the story, but just keeps talking. Maybe some people can get their own meaning into it, but it doesn't work for me. Season 1 was really good. Maybe the story should have ended there.
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"The Professor's diary"

"The Professor's diary" is an "escape book" written for "Money heist" fans. I was surprised when I found out it was published in Poland (the original is in Spanish and I'm not sure there even exists an English version) and even more surpsised when I found it in my local library. Of course, I picked it up straight away.


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Jesus Christ Superstar available again!

Today, at 7 pm BST, you can watch "Jesus Christ Superstar" with Ben Forster, Tim Minchin and Melanie C for free on youtube! The link, with a short teaser, is here: click! It will be available for 48 hours. I have it on dvd but I'll still be watching. One of my favourite parts is when Jesus says during the last supper that one of his apostles will betray him, and Judas asnwers: "Cut off the dramatics, you know very well who".
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Bella ciao

"La casa de papel" ("Money heist") has an interesting story. It aired on tv in Spain with its two seasons, wasn't a huge success, but then Netflix bought it, re-cut the 70-minute episodes into 45-minute ones, presumably did some marketing and it become a hit - so big they decided to make three more seasons of it and now we're waiting for the last one. And while those two seasons made by Netflix had some great moments, I think they lacked what originally made the series great: ambiguity.

There are some spoilers below, but I'm not mentioning any names.

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