Grace of Monaco (2014)


IMDB 5.7

Director Olivier Dahan

Pros: Nicole Kidman is a credible Grace Kelly, as expected. She’s a wife and mother who handles two careers. She meets Hitchcock and Monaco politicians. Her life is split between Hollywood studios and children hospitals.

She wants to make a difference in both her worlds, America and Monaco. As she learns more about old continent, she becomes their ambassador. She pledges for their conservative methods and good intentions.

Was it difficult for a simple girl from rural America? You bet. Did she want to quit at times? Absolutely. Who did she call when in distress? Her mother. And old wise friends, like Hitchcock.

She was a public figure in USA. What would be like to be the same in Europe? French and Manners teachers helped a lot. It was on site training on this new job she had for a life time.

Minuses: The script is overly dramatic on how the American way improved old conservatory Europe. This is hard to believe after so many movies with the same conclusion.

Recommended: When you are changing your career. When you struggle being a good parent and a responsible adult. Have a glass of red wine. I am sure you will enjoy them both!


Invictus (2019)


IMDB 7.3

Director: Clint Eastwod

Pros: If you are like me, you enjoy movies based on real life stories. It’s so refreshing to watch a real fairy tale! This 2019 movie gem features a leader and his unusual army: Mandela and the rugby team of South Africa.

This story will remind you that miracles are possible. Revolution can be soft and quiet. You will witness some unusual ways to inspire not just one man, but a whole nation.

When Mandela reached to power, the country was divided. Poverty and segregation made a whole nation sad, hateful and demotivated. Mandela spotted the opportunity to raise spirits and unite the nation.

How did he do it, as politician? With sports. Rugby was his gamble. He inspired the national Rugby team to tour the country. Inspire all children, black and white.

Rugby united the nation. South Africa was hosting the worldwide rugby competition. And against all odds, they won!

Mandela and the rugby team gave a whole nation a common goal and a reason to feel proud.

Minuses: With Clint Eastwood directing, one can only expect a comprehensive script. It covers Mandela’s years in prison. The poverty of his country. The struggles of Mandela’s bodyguards to trust each other, black people and white people. This is not an easy Hollywood subject. When you go to the cinema, be prepared for this.

Recommended: This a story for simple people, black and white children. It’s a story for leaders: team leaders, business leaders, etc.

Movie music with Sean Paul

Sean-Paul-3When I was 15 my wildest dream was being fiercely independent: going to the beach with my friends, wearing a gorgeous red swimming suit, hair on the wind and having the most handsome guys in school joining for a party. At that time life without music was inconceivable, and I was up for the hottest music, of course. It was the 90’s, when all excited teens were watching Baywatch series, aspiring on getting over the acne and looking just like Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.

Years later I decided to follow my dream by all means. Long before Bla Bla car was invented, I reached the seaside with the most exquisite drivers. One managed to get a speeding ticked for exceeding 3 times the legal limit, while another didn’t even notice the red stop and was genuinely intrigued by our screams.

The red swimming suite was next on my list, and I wanted the very best. The fresh intern I was at the time came up the great idea of ordering from Victoria Secret despite them not delivering in my country, then asked a senior (male) co-worker to bring it from US. The look on his face when asked to check the package by delivery guy: priceless!

And then, there were the concerts! I traveled extensive lengths to listen for artists like David Guetta, Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. And yeah I did manage to date the most handsome guy in school, only to discover the concert made him look smart and quiet, just like a fish!

Do I miss the ’90s? Not really, finally there’s an easier way to make my dream come true: enjoy music, movies and special company. Next week on May 23rd, on Arenele Romane you can listen the Baywatch movie music right here in Bucharest. Sean Paul, the Jamaican artist who recorded the music for the 2017 movie will be here, exciting our senses with his latest hits, including Mad Love and I’m Still in Love with You. To book a ticket, visit concert Sean Paul . We’ll be there! Will you?

Saturday Inspiration: Victoria (2017)

Today is the perfect day to get inspired and start doing great things in the week to come! Let me share with you some great things I have recently experienced. I hope you find them inspiring too!

A motivating book

This is a book replacing princesses with real women. 100 women who worked as aviators or astronomers, writers or presidents, Olympic sportswomen or world leading architects. My favorite story is about Ada Lovelace, the first women programmer in the world. Ada was poet Byron’s daughter. One of the first programming languages was named after her. She only lived to be 37, and she was also a wife and mother. Ada lived in Victorian times and she was close to the queen and the palace.

The second volume of the book is now available. I am looking forward to browse that too! I hope you find that inspiring, too.

A movie:  Victoria

This is a series available on HBO and now the second season is running.

This is a movie blog, and I am so excited about this British production, I had to recommend it to you! The British movies richness of details, clean acting and historical background never cease to amaze me.

Victoria presents the young queen, only 21. She becomes the queen and though inexperienced, she is independent and stubborn, fights against old advisors and rules the country her way.

Victoria and Albert were one of the happiest and loved royal couples. In Victorian times the technology bloomed. Ada Lovelace, the first world programmer, appears in many of the series. Albert, Victoria’s husband, was a prince of German descent. He was the one who introduced trains in UK, indoor plumbing to empower human hygiene, health and longer life, and he supported new technology adoption in UK at the time.

A museum

If you happen to visit London, you must visit the Victoria and Albert museum. This is where you can admire art, fashion and furniture that belonged to Victoria and Albert, these great historical characters.

There is no tax to visit this great and huge art collection. Moreover, the museum is located next to two other great museums, Natural science and Science museum. You can admire here real life dinosaurs, elephants and blue wales, and Jurassic Park animated dinosaurs.

The access in all three museums is tax free. They are also located close to Harrods shop, and you really must visit this classic elegant establishment, and buy classic tea and biscuits!

What inspires you on Saturdays? Where do you get motivation and inspiration for the week to come?

Picture credit: Pixabay and Skitterphoto

Why I’m joining Webstock 2017 event, and you should follow it too!

Webstock 2017 Romania is the largest social media event in the place I reside, Romania. It’s the meeting points for those with a passion for social media so we’re getting updated on the latest trends, tips and tricks.  Famous Romanian bloggers will speak, and there is an awarding night Gala Webstock Awards for the best online projects in Romania.

Why am I joining, and why should you join too?

  • I’m passionate about writing, social media, video production, education and life long learning. Webstrock 2017 Romania is an opportunity to listen famous influencers speaking,  sharing their great accomplishments and how-to’s. These session have a great educational value, and speakers are strong bloggers and influencers on the local social-media channels.
  • Romania blog-sphere is extremely active and diverse, from IT to travelling, from fashion to health and beauty. It is challenging to keep up to date with all the great things happening online. Webstock 2017 Romania is the time to learn what are the next trends, get inspired and see what great things did other bloggers do! There’s room for all, so sky and your work power is the limit!
  • Have a coffee with nice friends who happen to be inlove with blogging, like Irina from and Oana from
  • Networking is always extra useful! Here is the great opportunity to meet people you met online, who share great content and make it look even greater, and all out of pure passion, and next as a side job!


Are you joining similar events in your area? How do you keep networking and learning about your passion?

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How to be a Latin Lover (2017)


IMDB: 5.8/10

Director: Ken Marino.  Stars: Eugenio DerbezSalma Hayek

Pros: Ten years ago I was walking the local cinema with one thing in mind. Forget about dreadful university exams. Forget about moving away from my parents. Start new. The movie we watched then, Mrs Doubtfire, was exactly what I needed: hope. There are solutions is the toughest despair, just keep family values above all and imagination beyond limits.

How to be a Latin Lover is just the same: a very good comedy, about how to laugh at all hard times in life and get your help from young and old, short and tall people around. Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek make  great parts in here. Sure thing, this movie is no Oscar winning material. But then, not all movies are meant for award winning! This comedy will make you smile when adversity strikes in your life, and serve as a reminder that there are always solutions available. How to be a Latin Lover is also recommended for families with young pre-teen kids. Salma’s son in this movie is 10, a short smart boy who needs desperate relationship advice. And where else could he get it from, if not his Latin Lover uncle?

So how is the movie How to be a Latin Lover?

  • It will make you think outside the box. How would an unemployed Latin lover make 1000$ quickly? Rent his car as advertising space for a local striptease bar.
  • It reminds you of the great perks in life. I bet you sleep on a regular mattress, don’t you? Enjoy it! Next, watch the great Latin lover challenges when sleeping on an inflatable mattress on the floor that keeps loosing air….
  • Troubles in your love life? Salma’s 10 year old kid has a crush on a beautiful class mate. And he’s wondering how to impress her, how to walk and talk while NOT sweating! You have been there, haven’t you?

Cons: This comedy is no drama-solve it all movie. It will just make you laugh and help you continue your life struggles, with a smile…for now.

Some scenes and lines might be not suited for very young kids. But keep in mind this is a Spanish – Mexican educational production, so the overall feeling is kindness and love.

ConclusionHow to be a Latin Lover is the perfect comedy to watch with your loved ones, on a Tuesday night. Weather you have your own kids or not, it will make you smile and think everything IS possible.

The man who knew infinity (2015)


IMDB: 7.2/10

Director and screenplay: Matt Brown  

Pros: This 2015 production it’s a biographical movie and it will remind you of the award winner A Beautiful Mind. An Indian self trained mathematician is invited to Trinity College in UK to publish his discoveries. It’s about the academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy. You will discover great actors like Jeremy Irons and the very talented Dev Patel, from Slumdog Millionaire, all on the lovely UK scenery.  Dev Patel is just amazing in this movie!

Ramanujan story it’s raises incredible questions. Are geniuses born? Even mathematicians? Can an unschooled person fit in the rigors of European universities, and fit academic criteria? What is a man to sacrifice for his lifetime mission? Family? Religion? Comfort? All? Is the science dedicated life of a British professor much worthy than that of an unemployed genius Indian married man?

Minuses: I could not think of any. Lovely story from start to the end.

Recommended: This is a beautiful movie for a weekend night. Get ready to be inspired by the modesty, effort, love and dedication of this less known mathematician, who was compared with Newton for his genius.