Remember My Words. Forget My Name.

23th of September, 2016

The title is actually a quote. Those are words of Aurora Luft – one of the main characters in Canadian/Hungarian tv show called “X Company”. You don’t know this show? Well, that’s a shame, but I’m coming with the review of this production, so you would know if you liked it. Let’s get started.

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“X Company” tells us the story of five people who are trained and prepared to serve during the World War II as secret agents for the Canadian  facility in Ontario. After the training they are supposed to be sent to the field and complete different missions. It is a spy thriller series, created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern.

There had been two seasons of the show by far. Third and in the same time last season is gonna air around February 2017. As the creators say, the project was in their minds for a long time. They finally could produce  what they’ve dreamed of. And I can tell you one thing. They did it good.

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What are the opinions? Different. Some people say that the historic facts are messed up. Other say that the show is good. Denette Wilford from Huffington Post said that X Company is another history lesson CBC is offering audiences, and it nails it once again. I’m not gonna say whether I agree with it or not. I am not historician either and I can’t point exactly what facts may or may not be truth. The one thing is for sure – Camp X existed in a real life and I don’t need anything else.

Someone may be upset with me and not agree with me. Well, if the show is so good, I don’t care if one thing may not be exactly true. Besides, iny my opinion in this show is more about human relationships during the World War II other than exact historic events.

Aurora Luft. Alfred Graves. Neil Mackay. Harry James. Tom Cummings. Five people and they have one target – sabotage of as many Nazi’s plans of destroying the world as they all can do. Spies take the orders from Duncan Sinclair, the leader of Camp X in Ontario. They communicate each other by Morse code through the stations with iambic paddle. The master of it is Harry James, the youngest of all. The leader of the group is Aurora Luft – half Jewish half German young woman. She was journalist at the time when Germans took France. She immidiately organizes a group of Resistance fighters. She knows she’s not gonna let Germans take her land just like that.

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She’s an excellent leader. And here we have another thing I need to talk about. How media changed their attidute towards women’s roles. There she is, a female leader. She’s in charge of four other fighters, four men and she is amazing at it. Aurora is smart, Aurora has a strong sense of intuition and the most important – she knows what she does.

I could not not mention amazing character – Alfred. The man joins the group only because of one reason. He has super intelligence and memory. He can only look at something once and he remembers. That’s why he is deathly weapon for Germans. In the same time as he works with others, he needs to be protected. Aurora is told not to let Germans take him alive. It’s getting harder and harder, because young woman find strong feelings towards him.

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Their relationship is really strong. In the same time though, Aurora always tries to treat all friends equally, so at one point, she is really torn apart.

We also have Tom, Neil and Harry. Tom and Neil are very good friends. They know each other very well, they are loyal and respectful towards Aurora. The same goes with Harry. Although he has rebellious moments , he knows that the woman is a great leader.

As I’m talking about the characters I also have to mention the actors who did and do amazing job, bringing the history back again. Evelyne Brochu, Warren Brown, Jack Laskey, Connor Price and Dustin Milligan are doing amazing job, creating characters all fans adore and support. When we look at the pictures behind the scenes, we also see how close all of them are. It’s really important for actors to be friends, because then characters are real.

As I said at the beginning, “X Company” circulates around the World War II. It is about five spies who complete missions, sabotage Germans and fight for their country. But in the same time you see their connections. Their closeness. Their personal struggles. You see how Tom is apart with his love. How Harry falls in love and is in pain. How Alfred is scared because he hates gun shots and gun, but he has to fight it in order to serve the country. You see how Aurora has to cope with loss and how she has to gain the trust of someone who could be best friend, but she can’t be friends with them. And you notice that all of them have problems, big problems. But all of them support each other.

Next to it, we witness horrible scenes from World War II. We see executing innocent men, because that’s what they had to do. We see how sometimes you need to kill someone who you love, so they could be safe, so they wouldn’t be in slavery. We see how strong you have to be after losing the best friend, in that moment you just need to pull yourself together and fight for your country.

To be honest, watching “X Company” was really personal for me. First thing is that I am Polish. As we all know, Poland was kicked down, beaten all the time, people from Poland were in concentration camps, they were executed. So watching this producion made me realize, made me appreaciate one more time what people from the past did for our future. In one or maybe two episodes there is Polish man who helps spies. I was watching and I was wondering what would I do if I lived in the times of World War II. Would I fight like them for my freedom? Would I be caught? Or would I just give up straight away?

I couldn’t answer on any of these question. I just appreciated my greatgrandfather one more time. Him and many other people.

Today “X Company” gets 8/10 stars. If you like drama, if you like spy thrillers and some history, this tv show is for you. Plus amazing cast and acting deserves audience and applause.

Farewell!

Zoshu

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She’s Sarcastic, She Drinks A Lot… She’s Chelsea Handler!

10th of September, 2016

Oh, hello!

That’s how usually Chelsea Handler welcomes her viewers all around the world, spinning on her chair. You don’t know who Chelsea Handler is? That’s a shame and I will tell you right now in my review about her very own Netflix talk show. After some thoughts… I think everybody who owns an account on Netflix knows who she is.

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That is Chelsea, ladies and gentlemen! Before I start talking about her very honest and very sarcastic talk show, I will tell you some basics about Netflix’ comedian and journalist. Chelsea Joy Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, on February 25th 1975 (Oh nice! I was born on Februrary 24th 1995 – that’s why Chelsea is so awesome!). She is journalist, model, comedian and tv presenter. She had her own successes before, but most known she became as a host of late-night talk show Chelsea Lately.  Then she started working with Netflix and in January 2016 she released her documentary series Chelsea Does, which contained four episodes. Handler decided to check on drugs, marriage, technology and racism.

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Isn’t she awesome? After this series, finally in May 2016 she started her new talk show, Chelsea! And why am I going to review this production? Because I had the pleasure seeing this live! Journalist, who curently lives in Los Angeles, produces three episodes a week. Taping happens on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and streaming, as you already might know, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Chelsea in her studio, Culver City, CA / photo from: google gallery

And awesome tee with Pat Benatar on the photo above. Because this and skirt defines Chelsea’s outfit in the talk show. And what journalist does in her studio? She meets stars, she talks to scientists and politicians, she laughs with other comedians and talks about Trump’s stupidity and elections. What makes it better than other talk shows? Simplicity. We don’t hear stupid scientific language and specifis words connected to law’s world. Chelsea asks simply and they answer simply. Because that’s how you should do it, so everybody could understand! Handler picks her topics and guests bt herself, she picks questions and the way she will ask about different stuff. Do we hear curses? Hell yeah! Do we have honesty? Oh yes. And this is cool, because life is not perfect, people are just people and Chelsea shows us that that’s how it is.

I think the most I like the fact that she talks a lot about elections. And not only with very known people. She talked with former Obama’s speech writer, which was very interesting.She talked with Mexico’s former president. I, as a future resident of USA, absolutely love this. Because thanks to Chelsea’s talk show, I know way more things. Even from celebrity’s life! In previous episodes, we could see Tatiana Maslany, Drew Barrymoore, Jay Leno and many, many more.

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As you may guess, this is me in Chelsea’s studio on the photo above (I need to say, that the photo was taken before we were said to turn the phones off!). Me and my fiancee Cris had pleasure to see episode with Kate Upton, Sophia Amoruso and also some youtubers – SMOSH, Mamrie Hart and Flula. I was beyond happy that I could participate in taping my favourite show. I also found out a lot and saw it from the different perspective. It was fun to see later, what was cut off and what was not. Chelsea herself, was very funny with audience when there was time for break. And by the way, if you read this somehow, Chelsea, you look amazingly fit in a real life. Way to go, girl!

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 Chelsea Handler Talk Show in Los Angeles on May 10, 2016. Guests include Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Hale and Chris Anderson (photo by Adam Rose/Netflix)

In a good review, I should write pluses and minuses down. But to be honest, I cannot see any minuses when it’s about this show. Chelsea teaches us, Chelsea curses and add to that, her lovely dog Chunk is always on the stage. She doesn’t hide the fact that she doesn’t accept marriage and will not have kids. This is the best thing – she’s honest and I love it.

Well, Chelsea, I can only wish you good luck and seeing your episode dedicated Russia (by the way, I’m not surprised you don’t wanna come there ever again!), I will be so glad if you consider visiting Poland. Today from me, Chelsea get 9 stars!

Chelsea’s video, MUST SEE!

Back to The College Reality

1st of September, 2016

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And… I’m back. Not good, I feel so empty and so broken. I’ve spent two whole months with Cris and I was never without her. Suddenly, I need to come back to my reality and handle things here before I can move out and move to LA.

I know people feel pain because of different things. Some people might be hurt more about something and some people might not. For me the worst thing is being apart. The term of long-distance relationship become completely clear for me. I’m in Poland, Cristina is in Los Angeles – 9 599 km. And yet, we’re doing it. And we will make it. 10 months left.

Guys, before I add new film review (probably Suicide Squad), I will show you photos from the place whic13781729_1164928310230652_5894070127505931951_nh is my second home. Cris’ family is amazing family.
I spent a lot of time with her brother and his family. With her aunt and grandparents and mom. I met them even better than the last time and I know I will miss them too, very much. I realized that their family, although they live in the most popular city in the worlds, is really like mine – with tradition, close connection and amazing bonds. So, people from Poland – Don’t jugde Americans before you meet them! I miss them already.

And Cris. She’s on my Skype right now and I can’t even stop being aroung my laptop. She’s so lovely. It will pass soon, right? She will come in February.

I have to run, make s13920584_1180822878641195_8499798113080204922_nome errands. Wish me luck, guys.

P.S. Im adding some photos so you could see how was it.

Zochu