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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Post About Ke-mo sah-bee (or The Lone Ranger)

Dear friends,

As I have promised you in my post HERE, I am doing a review ( my first movie review on this blog, btw ;) ) on the movie I saw last Saturday with my fiancee and with my good friend Ewa: The Lone Ranger.

The idea of the movie came from the comic book born somewhere in 1938-39...

Ed Kressy was the first artist to draw the comic strip version of Fran Striker's 'Lone Ranger' in 1938-39. He was assisted by his studio colleagues Dick Sprang (pencils) and Norman Fallon (inks). Kressy was succeeded by Charles Flanders. Previously, he had drawn the 'Fact Finders' feature, and he had worked as an advertising artist.
He also did art for comic books, such as 'Power Nelson' for Feature Comics and 'K-7', 'The Scorpion' and 'Sky Wizzard' for Hillman Periodicals. He additionally did lay-outs for Dick Sprang's run on 'Batman and Robin in Detective Comics (1943).

P.S. As you can see from the comic book images above, the Indian was not supposed to be so bare chested, but I guess that having Johnny Depp as Indian and with his chest hair showing off brought more teenagers to the cinema ;)

I must admit that they did their best in acquiring a full list of attractive and popular actors in order to drag the people into the cinema seats: The Inevitable Couple Depp - Bonham Carter (what can I say?! they are indestructible!), The Lovely Lady - Ruth Wilson (you may know her from the BBC 2006 version of Jane Eyre or maybe from the latest version of Anna Karenina where she played Princess Betsy Tverskoy), The Lone Ranger ( the brand new and gorgeous looking actor Armie Hammer - I know it from the funny version of Snow White: Mirror, Mirror where he played the prince :) ...fitting!) and The Epic Villain! (played by the awesome Tom Wilkinson - you may know him from Batman Begins, RocknRolla or Shakespeare in Love ;) heck... any part he plays he is brilliant!)

The main idea of the movie is the fact that the native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice... 

Be careful about whom you bring with you at the movie, as even though this is based on a comic book the motion picture rating is "Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some suggestive material"

The Director of the movie is the most awesome Gore Verbinski who worked previously with Depp in all the 3 parts of The Pirates of The Caribbean :) 

I must step up and admit I loved watching this movie as the settings were absolutely brilliant! With large angles and correct amount of light it made me wish I was there or at least one day get to visit those places :)

Filming locations:
  • Creede, Colorado, USA
  • Albuquerque Studios - 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Monument Valley, Utah, USA
  • Monument Valley, Arizona, USA
  • Moab, Utah, USA
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona, USA
  • Sunland, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Hurley, New Mexico, USA
  • Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA (exterior scenes)
  • Lone Pine, California, USA (Tonto flash back)
  • Durango, Colorado, USA (train scenes)
  • Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA
  • Shiprock, New Mexico, USA
  • Alamosa, Colorado, USA
  • Puerco Valley, New Mexico, USA
  • Texas, US
Long live USA for delivering us such great scenes to have a Ranger - Indian movie :)

Here are a few examples below:

Oh yes... I know the last picture (still from the movie) does not fall precisely in the category of "lovely setting" but hey! Look at the colors! look at the dresses and the style of the "lovely ladies" (yes... since "Les Miserables" when I see a prostitute in a movie the song just POPS in my head...)... 

Helena (yes, of course I am on first name bases with her!:p) is brilliant playing the dowager owner of the Prostitutes Inn (let us just call it like that...)... Heck! Even by the fact that instead of a leg she has a ivory tattooed leg that opens up and becomes a shotgun... need I say more?! and even though she does not get to have that much contact with Depp, still you can hear sparkles in the air :)

The relationship between Depp and Armie is brilliant in the movie and you can see that they got on along just fine :p During the movie, Tonto (Depp) prefers to call The Lone Ranger bu the name of Ke-me sah-bee which continuously pisses him off (along with other cases: Tonto feeding his dead raven or trying to kill him several times, or trying to steal his boots, or making him to ALWAYS wear the mask).

P.S.S. Ke-mo sah-bee (/ˌkmˈsɑːb/; often spelled kemo sabe or kemosabe) is the term of endearment and catchphrase used by the intrepid and ever-faithful fictional Native American sidekick Tonto, in the very successful American radio and television program The Lone Ranger.
It is sometimes translated as "trusty scout" or "faithful friend" in Potawatomi. Its use has become so widespread that it was entered into Webster's New Millennium Dictionary in 2002.
In the 2013 film The Lone Ranger, Tonto sarcastically replies that it means "wrong brother" in Comanche.

Another cute character in the movie is Silver - The Lone Rangers horse :) The White Spirit of the Grand Canyon, the guiding spirit that (in the movie) helps bring Armie back to life, a mystical creature who bonds to our hero John Reid as part of some sort of cosmic destiny. "There is so much interaction between the actors and Silver that his personality really comes across very well," the film's horse trainer Bobby Lovgren told the Atlantic Wire in an interview last week. ... Silver is as much a part of the Ranger as his mask is... you cannot have one without another. He even knows how to fly! :p 

Silver is a shining light - a beacon in this movie - and the relationship on screen with the actors (especially Depp... but well... we all know that he loves these eccentric roles that fit him like a glove!) is just brilliant! Ah! And I have to mention that the beautiful horse named in the movie Silver had his real name as... Silver! How epic and fitting can that horse be? Let me mention that there were about 5 extra stunts horses on set (just in case!) but this beautiful horse did over 60% of the action in the movie. Way to go Silver!!! :)

The movie itself is sorrowful and very aesthetically pleasing but that does not make it brilliant. It is fun, catching and the music is fitting (especially for the fight scenes/action scenes) and makes you tap you hands/feet in the rhythm of the music (even though it is classical music... e.g. the "Finale" which actually is the William Tell Overture... EPIC!... to have a chase between 2 old time trains with all the participants in the movie... jumping from one cart to another, from one train to another...).

Overall I am glad I saw this movie (good parts and bad... and weird... check the freaky rabbits... I will say no more but you will be shocked... and children may not sleep at night :p) as I had a good fun! It made me and my friend laugh out loud several times (hey! the rest of the room was laughing too... maybe it was the movie, maybe it was our laughing.... who knows?! I care not! :) I had fun!) and I think that is the most important thing ;)

Either way, I recommend it ;) It is a nice and easy going movie - good to be watched with friends ;)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!**

Yours truly,
The LadyBug :)

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Cleopatra's Nose

Dear friends,

It is said that if Cleopatra's nose would be shorter the whole World history would have changed/would have been different :)

Here is a selfportrait I made early this month, out of fun :)

This reminded myself of when I was small and I used to read the Asterix&Obelix comics bought by my awesome mum and dad. I still have them today - old and worn out but I ocasionally read them. I must be very lucky as my fiancee is also a fan ;)

Does not my nose look like Cleopatra's here? ;)))))

All the best,

Your Nosey LadyBug :p
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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Random Post Of Pictures In May 2012 :)

Dear friends,

Today I shall bother you with some pictures from May - last year - that I just bumped into. They are done with my camera by an awesome friend I love :*

Hope you will enjoy this as I leave you with a few quotes about photography :)
P.S. Yes, that is one of the StreetArt Rabbits that is following me around town ;)

"The notion of time bothers me. You look at thirty-year-old photographs and realize how the time has passed". - Christian Lacroix

 "I look back at old photographs and videotapes, and I go, Who was I trying to be? Who was I doing this for?" - Marla Maples

P.S.S. Ulica Ptasia means Bird Street in Polish Language and my old friends surely remember a brooch I had from my mum - a unique, one of a kind brooch - in the shame of a colorful nightingale, so I believed I HAD to make this picture in my mum's honor :*
“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
 Karl Lagerfeld 
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
Susan Sontag 
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”  
Dorothea Lange
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” 
Henri Cartier-Bresson

P.S.S.S. I had to post a picture of this t-shit I just love :p It is from House - of course, my fav shop :) and I must say that I really loved the day my friend took these pics... I was really feeling up in the clouds!

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!**

With loads of love :)
The LadyBug :*
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Ode To Sernik

Dear friends,

I must admit a fact: I am not fond of sweets but I do have my weaknesses :)
Some weaknesses you already know: photography, traveling, art, fruits :p but today you will find another one: CHEESECAKE!!! <3

One day this past month I was out shopping and I saw this awesome huge sernik (cheesecake in Polish language ;) ...) that was just shouting out for me to buy a piece and take it home with me. As you know I am nice and kind so I bought some :p with the help of my awesome fiancee :*

Here is how it looked (no editing ;p)

I must admit that I never did a cheesecake but I would love to learn. My fiancee and also his mum do the best cheesecakes and apple pies I ever tasted <3 but for you I searched the internet and this seems the easiest one: Chantal's New York Cheesecake :) It seems to look like the one I had ;)

P.S Yes, I know you seen me eating sernik before :p HERE! ;p

All the best from your Sugar-High LadyBug :)
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Monday, 29 July 2013

Saturday Night Out - Coffee, Lemonade And Books With A Sprinkle Of Movies

Dear friends,

 I have to say I had quite a lovely and hot Saturday this weekend :)

Me and my fiancee waited until around 2:30 PM to get out of the house as it was steaming hot! When we got to the main road and we could check the temperature I was astonished to see there were 37 degrees Celsius on the shade vs. over 51 degrees at the road level... Not a bit of wind was blowing but still I must admit that it was bearable as there were the clouds :)

Out main mission of the day was to meet with one of our lovely friends (Ewa <3 insert hug here) and go with her to the Galeria Kazimierz and see "The Lone Ranger" - the movie with Johnny Depp (and of course the adorable Helena Bonham Carter).

We went by foot to the Main Square and we found out that next to the Galeria Krakowska was a setup for bouldering - you could try it out for free the entire day :) Unfortunately as we were setup on the track and I was not properly dresses for such an enterprise... (I was wearing a dress...) we had to pass this chance :p

When we got further on, to the Main Market Square, there was a flea market so we ended up looking around all the old and antiques and the handmade products - that is always entertaining!

But as the weather progressed we went off to find a cool spot until the time would be right to meet Ewa ;)

So I got to pick a cooling spot next :) I will get to tell you about one of my fav coffee shops and book place ever :)

Friends, I have the pleasure to introduce you to : "Bona - książka i kawa" - you can find them on Facebook HERE or on the internet HERE :)

It is a lovely place with a terrace outside (looking on to the St. Peter and Pawel Church) :) In the winter you can sit inside and have a hot choco or a hot tea and read a book (or if you like it, you can even buy the book! :p) and in the summer you can have fresh tarts and lemonade and maybe even fruit filled pierogi ;) Homemade!

My fiancee had Americano coffe and I had some lemonade :)

You can spot the place easily as outside you have a wall sculpture of a shelve of books :)
P.S. I must admit that seeing my hair in the pictures vs. real life is a whole different perspective! I just figured out how long it got! :o

Of course they do have the menu also in english ;) (have no fear!) and the ladies working there are very friendly and helpful :) 

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!**

 When we got back to the Main Square we bumped into this old Cadillac sitting in front of St.Mary Church - it was setup with flowers (for a wedding, obviously! I think we saw around 7 brides that day! And 2 of them at the same time - talking)

I really like this picture: wheel, cap and gloves <3

We met with Ewa eventually and we went for the movie :) I think I will do a review of the movie later on... this month :p as I must admit I was pretty not happy to see it as it looked at first like a dumbish movie - saved by lovely Johnny Depp and Helena B.Carter and Ruth Wilson (whom I adore since I saw her in Jane Eyre). But!!! It grew on me! Especially some of the scenes that I regard as amazing :) great choreography and music and scenery ;)
P.S.S. I love that the light from inside the cinema made my ticket look so... bloody and dramatic :p

After enjoying the movie we had a long walk along Vistula river, down to the Wawel Castle :) and up to the Small Market Square where there was an Animation Festival - we stayed for 2 of their short movies - and then further on to Plac Szczepanski where we sat down and talked and laughed until we figured out that is after 1 and we should go home and rest ;)))
P.S.S.S. I am really proud of the picture with the spider (which Ewa showed me :) ) and of the ballon reflection! :) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand... on the fact that Saturday we did more than 10 km walking! :)

A small marathon ;)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!**

With love,

The LadyBug :*
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Krakow By Night

Dear friends,

I must admit I do not have a lot of pictures taken with Krakow by night-time. Sunsets, sunrises, mornings, middle of the day and noon - YES! :) but the ones with Krakow by night are only a few.
I admit I can get quite scared when it comes to night shots as I am so stubborn as not to use the trepied my fiancee bought and I always have to take a couple of shots until I focus right and keep my hands still from shaking...

Here are a few shots of the Main Square :)

Sukienicce on fire :) Seems like that, does it not?!

Sukienicce Interior @ night-time - the only time when empty...

St. Mary Church - Mariacki - the most beautiful church in Krakow and its symbol :)

Sukienicce on the East facade :) during night-time :)

Hope you liked them :) If not please do tell  ;)

Yours truly, the LadyBug :)

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sugar OverLoad - DYI Fresh FruitCake

Dear friends,

Brace Yourself! Sweets are coming! :)

One day I was in the mood for cooking... actually baking as I am not that good at cooking... let's be honest, the only things I can do without setting the kitchen on fire is do scrambled eggs/boiled eggs/mashed potatoes and... I think that's about it! I love baking and unfortunately I cannot bake anything as the oven from our rented apartment is not that... friendly (let us just leave it like that). I am pretty good at doing muffins and fruit tarts and I was missing that so I was thinking what other sweets I used to do, that did not require using an oven, so on the 25th this month :p to pre-celebrate my sisters birthday, I figured out I might try to do a fresh fruit cake :)

Here is what you need to do it:
  • about 300-400 ml of cold milk
  • about 2 packs of wafers - you know, the ones you have with champagne... (maybe 3, to make sure you have enough and all those you need are whole)
  • powder cream - vanilla or chocolate or whatever you want :) (I choose chocolate as I know my fiancee loves/adores chocolate ;) )
  • about 100 grams of butter
  • 2 mandarine compotes (you will use both the juice and the fruits)
  • whipped cream - 1 tube should be enough ;)
  • a bunch of fruits (as many as you can... you know... I am a fan!) for the inside of the cake and the outside to garnish it - I choose blueberry and raspberry as it is the season and they are fresh ;) and do not taste like plastic :p

So... first of all you will need to do the cream for the filling. You will put together the fresh milk with the cocoa powder and the butter and you will mix it up together until it look like in the picture above :) It should be homogeneous and creamy almost same consistency of Nutella <3

Then you make sure fruits are fresh and cleaned properly and cold - from the fridge ;)

And then you start doing the cake :) first layer will be the waffles and as you know they are pretty crunchy so what you will need to "water" them out with the mandarine juice from the compot. After that you will aply one thick layer of the cocoa cream and over it you will place the mandarines :)

You will have to repeat the same procedure 2-3 times until you will have a layered cake like in the picture below :)

Of course after this layer I applied another layer of waffles. I dod not water those and I put everything in the fridge over the night and next day (right before serving!) I put over the whole cake the whipped cream and I "seasoned" it with all the blueberry and raspberry left ;)

Unfortunately for you there is no picture of the end product as it was so tasty (and the weather outside was so hot... that the whipped cream did not let us cut the cake but rather the both of us ate it with our fingers and spoons before it melted all out :p)... Either way my fiancee who is a big fan of sweet things told me that this was THE SWEETEST thing he ever ate in his life!

SCORED!!! :)

Yours truly,
The LadyBug :p
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