Another Night Run 2016 

Sports

Hello!

About a month ago, I told you about a charity night run that I participated in. Well, yesterday, I did another night run and I would like to share this experience with you.

This particular night run was organized by the same people who arranged last year’s end of summer night run. In 2015, all of the participants ran 8km: the route started in the Nemunas Island and spanned throughout the whole Old Town of Kaunas.

This year, the athletes and running enthusiasts could choose one of two distances – 4km (2 laps) or 8km (4 laps). The location of the event was also changed – it was held in the closed territory of this outdoor shopping centre/hangar market, called Urmas. It is a popular shopping destination in Kaunas, so this whole running event was either a brilliant marketing scheme or a huge and lucky coincidence.

It was weird running during the night because it was actually really dark – we only set off at 10pm. It was quite scary to run in a complete darkness during parts of the race – I was afraid I would hurt my feet or ankles. Other parts of the route had enough lights to run safely. After and before the actual run, the participants could listen to live music or watch the laser show. All of the runners, on top of receiving their runner’s number, got glow-in -the-dark bracelets.

The start signal of the run was really cool and fitting for the night run – it was a firework! Nobody wanted to run as soon as it started – everybody wanted to fully see it before setting off on the run.

I did the 4km distance and was quite happy with my time. This run was more like a rehearsal run for a big competition I’m participating in next weekend.

I enjoyed running my small distance as usual. I’m not the fastest runner but I always love the feeling I get after I finish the distance.

Bellow, I will include some photos from the event and the video of the start signal – the firework.

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ANTI World Tour in Warsaw | Rihanna 

Music

Hello!

I haven’t written a post in a music category for quite some time, but that’s about to change because, on Friday, I went to Rihanna’s ANTI tour show in Warsaw, and really want to tell you about it!

I and a couple of my friends started our journey on an early Friday morning and took an almost 7h drive from Lithuania to the capital of Poland. The road trip was going smoothly, though I cannot say the same about the Polish roads – they are awful and constantly under construction, so we did encounter a few traffic jams.

After arriving in Warsaw and checking into our hostel, we went straight to the stadium – PGE Narodowy. We entered the queue at around 4pm and stood in an extremely hot sun (above 30 degrees Celsius) for 1,5h. At around 6pm we finally reached our ‘seats’/standing places in the first sector, called Golden Circle. We managed to get a spot around 10 meters from the stage and prepared for another 6 hours of waiting, standing and dancing. Before entering the stadium, I had a mini heart attack because my ticket wasn’t scanning properly, so I had to go the security where everyone was trying to speak Polish to me, while I was shouting ‘English, English, please’.

The temperature inside the stadium wasn’t much different from the outside heat. Plus, standing in the crowd is never a pleasant time, so by the time the concert ended and I was dehydrated to the max and really gross and sweaty.

The show started just after 7pm as it was advertised. The first part of the opening act was a 40minute set by DJ Mustard. After a short break, DJ was joined by Big Sean for another 50 minutes of craziness. I’m not even a fan of rap music but was having a time of life during this set. When the European leg of the tour was announced, The Weeknd was listed as one of the opening acts, however, he dropped out a few months prior to the show. The saddest part is that I and one of my friends bought the tickets to this show because we wanted to see The Weeknd the most. Well, at leat Rihanna didn’t drop out of her own show.

Rihanna took to the stage at around 9.30 and performed for 1,5h without stopping. She talked to the audience for a few minutes but not nearly as much as the other performers I’ve seen. She danced a lot and had like 4 or 5 outfit changes: all of her costumes were pantsuits with oversized and shapeless capes or jackets.

The decorations of the stage were minimalistic: mirrors, some lights, a see-through flying corridor and a wall of mousse and soap and bubbles. The singer was joined on stage by a live band, 3 backup singers and a bunch of dancers with no bones – they were amazing.

Rihanna performed her newest songs from the ANTI album like Work and Kiss it Better. She also sang her old hits like Umbrella, Diamonds (my fav song of her) and We Found Love. I, personally, haven’t listened to the ANTI album much so I was basically waiting for all of her old songs. However, I still enjoyed the concert and the whole experience immensely and the fact that I got to share it with two of my friends made the night even better.

I would probably rank Rihanna’s concert at no.3 on my list of live shows. Lady GaGa’s The Born This Way Ball and One Republic’s The Native Tour are still my no.1 and no.2 shows respectively. Rihanna is followed by Enrique Iglesias’s, Ed Sheeran’s, Kylie Minogue’s, Loreen’s and Lana Del Rey’s live concerts.

Bellow, you will find a gallery of photos from the events and I will also include links to a few YouTube videos I’ve uploaded from the concert. My next post will either be a review of the new Woody Allen film or a sightseeing post about Warsaw.

Have a great week!

Bitch Better Have My Money live | Diamonds live

Loreen concert

Music

Hello!

Welcome to another blog post covering the topic of live music! I will link all the similar post down bellow but now, let’s get on with my latest musical experience!

On Friday night (24th of April), I went to Swedish singer’s Loreen concert in my native city of Kaunas. Loreen isn’t a huge global start, I believe that European audiences are more well antiquated with her than the rest of the world. The reason for this is the fact that Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 3 years ago – in 2012 and since Eurovision isn’t really popular anywhere outside of Europe (well, maybe except Australia), consequently, Loreen isn’t poplar internationally too.

I’ve never really listened to her music much. I knew only her Eurovison winning song Euphoria by heart because I and my girlfriends used to sing it on road trips but that was pretty much it. She had a hit in my country called We Got the Power but I, personally, didn’t listen to it much. However, since the tickets to her concert were quite cheap (definitely the cheapest ones out of every concert I’ve ever attended), I decided to give her music another chance.

Before going to the live show, I’ve listened to her album Heal from 2013 a couple of times and really enjoyed a few songs. These would be Crying Out Your Name, Every time and Breaking Robot. She also released a single Paper-light in 2014 and the revisited version of it in 2015 – I enjoyed that one quite a lot too!

Anyway, enough of me rambling about stuff that nobody cares about. How was the concert? IT WAS AMAZING. Her voice is magical! I have never heard any singer sound so good while singing live. Her voice is so strong and the things she could do with it: go high, drop low and then go back to high again. Her stage presence is also unbelievable: she dances, jumps, goes crazy and completely frees herself and still manages to communicate with the crowd and find connection with the every single member of the audience. Her energy is contagious!!

I was standing in a front row, so I had a perfect view of the stage! Only around 3000 people were attending the concert, though, when she came out on stage for the 3rd time to sing Euphoria one more time, the first few rows, consisting mainly of young adults, were screaming  and singing so loudly that it sounded like at least 5000 people were in attendance.

I am really happy that I chose to attend her concert ! I had a wonderful time and would definitely be present at her concert again. Videos from the show: my favorite song – Crying Out Your Name and Eurovision winner – Euphoria (2nd performance of it).

Oh, one last note: the opening act of the show was Lithuanian singer Vaidas Baumila. I am not a fan of his because I don’t listen to practically any Lithuanian singers but his warm-up act was quote nice. Moreover, Baumila will represent Lithuania in this year’s Eurovision so it was only appropriate that he would open for Loreen.

Bellow you will find a few photos from the event taken by me!

Bye!

My concert coverage: Kylie Minogue | OneRepublic | Enrique Iglesias | Ed Sheeran | Eurovision 2014 

              

Movie review: Unbroken

Movie reviews

Hi!
On Monday, I went to the cinema to watch Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. I have seen several films depicting World War II events from different angles (Schindler’s list, Fury, Inglorious Basterds, Pearl Harbor, Forest of Gods and The Imitation Game) and now Unbroken joins this list.

In short I would describe the film as a mixture of Life of Pi and Fury with a pinch of Forest of Gods and topped of with Edge of Tomorrow.

Unbroken isn’t Angelina’s directorial debut – it’s her 2nd time being behind the camera. The film tells a story of Louis Zamperini – an Olympic athlete who spent the 2nd World War in a prisoner of war camp in Japan after surviving 47 days of a raft in the middle of the ocean. It’s based on a book by Laura Hillenbrand as well as real life events. Sadly, the real Louis Zamperini died in spring of 2014 and didn’t get to see his life on the big screen.

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Acting

Louis Zamperini is portrayed by Jack O’Connell – a British actor who is best known for his work on the TV show Skins. I liked his performance, it was so-so at the beginning of the movie but in the end, when Jack really got into the character, it was just amazing. The emotional dual between him and the Bird truly showed his talent and made me enjoy the scene which was actually horrible and heartbreaking but inspiring at the same time. I would love to see more of his work.

Speaking about the Bird – a Japanese general who tortured Louis both mentally and physically – he was played by a Japanese singer Miyavi. The character seemed a bit cartoon-y to me – almost like a stupid school bully. Nonetheless, I hated the character almost as much as Christoph Waltz’s Hans Landa in the Inglorious Basterds, so Miyavi did a great job as a villain.

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Other cast members included : Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Luke Treadaway, Jordan Patrick Smith and many others. As you can already tell, this is an all male cast type of movie. I don’t have any problems with that because there were no women at war. However, I do have a problem with the fact that I can’t remember anything about the characters that these actors played with the exceptions of Jack O’Connel and Miyavi. They didn’t develop them well enough and didn’t make me care about them or even remember them at all.

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Visuals and Directing

The movie is beautifully shot and I really liked Angelina’s work as a director. The scenes in the water were cool but sometimes cheesy while prisoner of war camp was portrayed realistically.

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Sport

Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner and for me as an athlete, the part which told us about his athletic career was the most interesting. I also loved the fact that they didn’t diminish the importance of sport in Louis Zamperini’s life. If he hadn’t been an athlete and hadn’t trained as hard as he did, he probably wouldn’t have survived the war. I loved the clip of the real Louis running with the Olympic torch in 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan.

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Religion

Louis Zamperini also was a religious person, who found God when he needed him the most. Religion’s theme was mentioned in the film but didn’t explored deeply enough. The end of the film was really touching and made me tear up. It showed the importance of forgiveness – sometimes it’s better to turn the other cheek than to raise a fist.

Criticisms

Unbroken received mixed reviews from the critics and was shut down from the award’s season. Overall, I liked the film, though, a few scenes were really unbelievable and took me out of the movie. For example, their fight with a shark – you can’t catch a shark with your bare hands. The pacing had a few problems, but I would still recommend to watch this movie if you are a sport’s fan and interested in history.

Rate 4/5

Trailer: Unbroken trailer

Photos: Screenshots form the trailer.

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Enrique Iglesias: Sex and Love Tour 2014 in Lithuania, Kaunas

Music

Hello!

Sorry for not posting for a few weeks. I was extremely busy with the preparations for the IELTS exam and, frankly, I didn’t have any interesting stuff to blog about. I didn’t want to publish posts which I wasn’t 100% behind.

Anyway, on Tuesday, December 2nd I went to Enrique Iglesias concert! I didn’t plan to attend it, however, a few weeks back I had my friend over and we were watching MTV all night and Enrique’s songs would come up constantly, so, after this, I decided that I needed to be at that show! I had been a huge fan of Iglesias when I was like 9 to 13 years old. Tired of Being Sorry was my jam and go-to song for a couple of years . I was really pleased when he performed it live. We also listened to hits like Hero, Escape, Taking Back My Love, Bailamos and new songs from his 10th studio album Sex and Love.

The show was really amazing, although, Enrique was late for hour and a half. But the songs and the energy he put into the performance exceeded my expectations! He communicated with fans, asked to sing with him, invited one lucky guy from the audience to join him on stage and even jumped into the crowd! I had a great time and even saw him from a 1 meter distance. In order to get a spot that close to the stage, I had to spend 3 hours waiting in line. But it’s not the first time that I queue in line for hours to be in the front, so I have gotten used to it.

Overall, I hope that Enrique will be back soon because I would really like to see him in concert once again. He visited Lithuania for the first time in 2007 and this was his second time performing in my country. He also uploaded a photo from that night’s show with the caption: best show of the tour so far!! Both he and 1R think that LT crowds are wild, loving and grateful! I have bought a poster as usually and commemorated this event on my bedroom wall.
What concerts have you attended recently!? Bye!!

Bellow you will find a few photos that I’ve taken.
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American Music Awards 2014

Music

Hi!

I have previously covered a few award ceremonies on my blog, like EMAs, VMAs and Movie Awards, and now decided to do the same for AMAs which happened last night.

Let’s start with the host of the show – Pitbull. If I remember correctly, this isn’t a first time that Pitbull is hosting the ceremony and I got to say – he was a safe choice. He even made jokes about being here because music industry needs diversity and he is a white Latina – best of both worlds when it comes to making money. I wish they would have brought a new, fresh face to get the show going.

Back when I discussed EMAs with you, I had a huge problem that a lot of big celebrities weren’t attending that show. Well, this show was pretty start-studded event. Even One Direction finally climbed out of their cage and were attending. JB wasn’t there but that’s no surprise – is he even out of jail yet? Newcomers like Ariana, Iggy, Sam Smith, 5SOS ruled the show, however, the elite artists like Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, GaGa wasn’t there once again.

There weren’t many surprising wins, I was pleased when 5SOS took home the award for Best New but that was about it. Let’s face it – this award ceremony isn’t about the awards but about the show and the performances. Since I am a pop/rock music fan, most of the performance which I loved were performances by pop artists. (Don’t judge my mainsteam’ness).

I liked theatrical opening act by Taylor Swift because I love her new song Blank Space (video). Plus, the whole tribute to her and the award for excellence was a pretty sweet moment and I believe that she deserves everything she  has achieved.

Taylor’s friend and my other childhood favorite – Selena Gomez – performed her new song The Heart Wants What It Wants (video). She was extremely emotional, real and raw on stage and I was happy to see her back in action once again. There were rumors, or actually even facts, that after Stars Dance album she was going on a break from music and would be focusing on her acting career. But, I guess, since her acting career isn’t working out that succesfully, she decided to continue pursuing music. Actually, her greatest hits album For You which consists of a couple of new song and of a few old ones which were made new (remixed) will be released or might have already been released today (Nov 24th).

Lorde sang the theme song from Mockingjay Part 1 (review of the movie). Her performance was powerful and energetic (video). I loved the first row of girls (Lorde, Taylor, Karlie Kloss and Selena) and how supportive of each other they were. One Direction’s new song was nice but didn’t blew me away, I might have grown out of their music (video).

Jessie J, Nicki and Ariana sang BANG BANG once again (video). I still hate the message of the song but I have no other choice but to enjoy the actual song and the beat of it because you just cannot escape it. It’s everywhere!!! Sam Smith’s performance was also quite nice (video), I am not a fan of his music but I am interested to know more about him.

The artist that grew on me throughout this whole year is Iggy Azalea. I never liked rap music and rapping women seemed a bit odd to me. But I actually am starting to enjoy her music and the way she carries herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind (I’m talking about Eminem and controversial lyrics of his song and the way Iggy handled the situation). Her style is also quite nice, loved the suit she wore while accepting the awards. I am not her fan yet but I am on a journey to becoming one.

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Ladies that made my Best Dressed List:

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Zendaya – I love a risk taker who has taste. Her disco style outfit with a touch of Bolivud fashion looked cool to me.

And damn those pants, Ansel Elgort?!?!

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Photos: Getty Images, PopSugar, The Hollywodd Reporter, Perez Hilton

OneRepublic Native Tour 2014 in Lithuania, Vilnius

Music

Hi!

Last Friday, I went to Kylie Minogue concert (read about it here) and just 3 days later, I went to another concert. On November 3rd, I traveled to Vilnius, spent a few hours in line to enter the arena as early as possible and then enjoyed an amazing concert which I will never forget. A few of my clasmates also attended the show and we were obssesing about it this whole week.

After 3 brief hours of waiting in line and then in the middle of the arena (I was standing really close to the scene and didn’t want to lose my spot), the event finally started. A Lithuanian electronic music duo called Electronic I was the opening act for the show. They sang 5 of their songs and one of them was actually a hit in my country a few months back, so the whole audience was singing along to that song.

Then followed half an hour of preparation for the main event and finally, at 9 pm OneRepublic took the stage. They started the concert with the song Light It Up, performing it under the white sheet. Then the sheet dropped down and we could see the band in action. Hit songs like Secrets, All the Right Moves, Counting Stars followed. The slower songs, for example, To Late To Apologize, Come Home , Good Life were performed sitting down in the middle of the arena on a separate platform. New songs form the album NATIVE like Think About Us Anymore, Feel Again, I Lived, Something I Need were also performed. The showed was closed with Love Runs Out and If I Lose Myself.

The band was exceeding energy to the audience and the audience gave the same amount of energy back to the band: all of us were singing our hearts out and dancing in the way that out feet were burning. The lead singer of the band Ryan Tedder said a few words in my native language and the crowd went wild, he also thanked us for coming and praised us, saying that we were one of the best crowds he ever saw.

While playing the guitar, Ryan also threw a couple of guitar picks into the audience and I caught one of them! That was one of the happiest moments for me because if I get into some fandom, I get in hard and deep.

After the concert, I bought a poster to commemorate this event on my room’s walls as I always do. Bellow you will find a bunch of photos which I have taken myself and also a few links to my YouTube Channel where you can a find 2 videos from the show. Have a great weekend!

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Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once Tour 2014 in Lithuania, Kaunas

Music

Hi!

How is your weekend? Did you celebrate Halloween? Who did you dress up as? In my country, Halloween isn’t a popular celebration, however, some people do celebrate it. The reason, why this celebration isn’t wide spread in my country is because on November 1st (next day after Halloween) we have a serious event – National Memorial day (in English it’s called All Saint’s day in the Christian part of the world and November 2nd is All Soul’s Day). It would be kinda strange to run around dressed up in a weird costume one night and the next morning go visit your relative’s graves, light a candle or visit a church. If my nation had more happy ways to remember the dead (like Mexicans do), we would probably celebrate Halloween too.

Anyway, this post is not about that. It’s about the fact that on October 31st, I attended Kylie Minogue’s concert! Kylie is an Australian singer whose career started over 20 years ago and she is still mega popular today. In 2011, she visited my country with her Aphrodite tour but I wasn’t able to see her concert then. But now, 3 years later, she is back in Lithuania with her new album Kiss Me Once.

After a brief opening from DJ duo Third Party from London (nobody listened to them), Kylie took the stage being just an hour late because of technical difficulties. She rose to the stage on a sofa shaped like lips and started singing Les Sex. Then came In My Arms – a timeless hit. She changed costumes 7 times and with the help of her band, 2 back-up singers and 8 dancers gave the audience an amazing showed filled with both new song form Kiss Me Once album and singles form the past like: All the Lovers, In you Eyes, Locomotion, Spinning Around, Can’t Get You Out of My Head, On A Night Like This, Time-bomb, I Believe In You. She actually invited one fan to dance to Locomotion with her and other pair of fans to take a selfie.

Lights, lasers and smoke effects were awesome and white sprinkles and sparkles falling form the ceiling when All the Lovers song was playing turned the event into a magical wonderland. She closed the concert with Into the Blue and left the audience wanting for more.

I enjoyed the concert very much, I was standing in the fan zone, in the first row, so I saw Kylie from 5 meters distance. She is so beautiful, you couldn’t even tell that she is 46 years old! As much as I had problems with over-sexualization in this years VMAs, Kylie’s sexual performance didn’t bother me that much because it wasn’t as vulgar as, for example, Miley’s.

After the event, I bought a poster as I always do (see my whole collection of posters). Bellow you will find photos and videos form the concert. On Monday, I am going to Vilnius, to the One Republic concert, so now I am super excited for that. See you next week!

More info about the tour: Kylie

Les Sex on my Youtube channel  Sexercise on my Youtube channel 

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Movie review: Step Up 5: All in + a look back to a whole franchise

Movie reviews

Hello!

Another group of movie reviews. Hope you enjoy it!

I have been introduced into Step Up world when I was 9 years old. I remember at that time watching the first Step Up (2006) and falling in love with it. I have seen it countless times and it was like my favorite movie of childhood. Now, as I grow older, I understand that these movies are far from perfect: storylines are really predictable and acting is not that great. However, dancing is badass and no one can argue with that. And let’s face – it is all what we need in a good Step Up movie.

As I said before, I have first seen Step Up (2006) when I was like 9 or 10 years old, my older neighbor who was 13 at that time showed it to me and I remember dancing with her all day after watching it. I liked Channing Tatum in it and I also believe that that story was the most original of them all. Rate 4.5/5

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) focused more on street dancing and hip hop but most importantly it introduced us to Moose played by Adam Sevani. He acts like glue to this franchise like Agent Coulson is to Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is also my favorite character.  Going back to the movie, that final dance in the rain was my favorite dance number till Step Up 3D came up. Rate 4/5

Step Up 3D (2010) is my favorite step up movie story wise. It also has some sick dance numbers but then again, every Step Up movie that comes out is better than the last one and dance numbers are more kick-ass. I also loved the fact that they brought a lot of previous cast members for the third film and I was also really excited when they decided to do that in the 5th film as well. In addition, I really liked Alyson Stoner’s and Adam Sevani’s pair, their dance number in the street was super fun. My favorite part of the movie is the montage of preparation for the final battle in that game station basement. Rate 5/5

Step Up 4: Revolution (2012) is also a really fun movie which explores the theme of fighting for what is right. It also includes flash mobs which were so hot during 2012. My favorite parts are the dance in the museum and the dance in the office. Rate 5/5

Step Up 5: All in (2014). So, two years came by and we have another Step Up movie. I went to see it on an opening night so spoilers ahead if you don’t want to know anything about this film.  I liked that they brought all the previous cast members and that the main characters were are also well know (the girl (played by Briana Evigan) is from 2nd movie and a boy (played by Ryan Guzman) is from 4th). The whole movie felt like a reunion.

The plot seemed predictable at first but I liked the twist of The Mob turning against new team and then the twist at the end that it was all a scripted reality show. The character development was also better in this movie. We got some Andie’s back story, we also got to know what happened after the events of the 4th film to the Mob, and finally, we followed up on Camille’s and Moose’s love story. 

However, I got to say that, in my opinion, they ran out of ideas when it comes to dancing. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the performances, especially that Sean’s and Andie’s dance of the carousel in the old Vegas Park and Moose’s dance in the bar but they weren’t super fresh, new or exciting. I guess I have seen too many dance movies and previous 4 Step Up films did not do any favors to the choreography of this film. Moreover, since it is Vegas, everything became more about the show and less about the dancing and techniques. Lastly, I would like to mention two little aspects of the movie which I really enjoyed: Robot love and Twin dancers! Rate 4/5

All in all, my favorite Step Up movies are 3rd and 4th, then comes the original movie from 2006 and then The Streets and 5th film are my least favorite. If they make a sequel I will probably watch it, but be less excited. Hope you have a great evening. Bye!

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