Movie openings this week in Romania: Think Like a Man Too, Third Person

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Think Like a Man Too

Director Tim Story

Starring Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Adam Brody, Jerry Ferrara

On at Brasov: Cityplex; Bucharest: Grand Cinema & More, Grand VIP Studios, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Cotroceni VIP, Cinema City Sun Plaza, The Light Cinema, CinemaPRO, Glendale Studio, Patria; Cluj: Cinema City Iulius, Cinema City Polus Cinema Florin Piersic; Constanta: Cinema City, Cityplex; Targu Mures: Cinema City, Arta 3D; Timisoara: Cinema City; Oradea: Cinema Palace; Ploiesti:Cinema City, Club Cinema Twins, Cinema City Afi Palace; Craiova: Patria, Colours Cinema; Pitesti: Cinema City, Ramnicu Valcea, Geo Saizescu; Arad: Cinema City Atrium, Cinema City Galleria; Baia Mare: Cinema City; Satu Mare:GM Cinema 3D; Braila:Cinema City; Buzau: Dacia; Alba Iulia: Colours Cinema; Sibiu: Arta; Bacau: Cinema City; Targu Jiu: Sergiu Nicolaescu; Botosani: Cine Grand; Vulcan: Luceafarul; Tulcea: Cityplex.

 

Third Person

Director Paul Haggis

Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, James Franco

On at Brasov: Cityplex; Bucharest: Grand Cinema & More, Grand VIP Studios, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Cotroceni VIP, Cinema City Sun Plaza, The Light Cinema, CinemaPRO, Glendale Studio; Cluj: Cinema City Iulius, Victoria; Constanta: Cinema City: Cityplex; Iasi: Cinema City; Targu Mures: Cinema City: Arta 3D; Timisoara: Cinema City; Oradea: Cinema Palace; Ploiesti: Cinema City; Craiova: Colours Cinema; Ramnicu Valcea:Line Cinema; Arad: Cinema City Atrium; Satu Mare: GM Cinema 3D; Braila: Cinema City; Buzau: Dacia; Alba Iulia: Colours Cinema; Sibiu: Arta; Botosani: Cine Grand; Vulcan: Luceafarul; Tulcea: Cityplex;

Coming up soon: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 11th July;

Begin Again – 11th July;

Caníbal – 11th July;

Cuban Fury – 11th July;

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Brasov – a “To do” on your wish list

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If you live in Bucharest or any other crowded city, you most certainly wish for a city break, somewhere in the heart of the mountains, climbing and exploring or at the sea shores where you can have a long cool bath in the salty waters of the sea, anything to be away from your office and all the sheets standing on your desk.

We took the chance to make our way to the mountains, to be more exact in Brasov, also named as Kronshtadt  (GermanKrone for “crown” and Stadt for “city”), a city  located in the central part of the country, Transylvania, about 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of Bucharest and 380 km (236 mi) from the Black Sea, surrounded by our mighty Southern Carpathians.

The train was our “ship” to Brasov, traveling with InterRegio for about 2 hours and 40 minutes, always a busy train having many tourists going every week to Sinaia, Busteni,Azuga, Predeal and Brasov.  A good book and the great view with the mountains that appears right after passing Campina will make the time pass easily. We arrived in the Train Station of Brasov with great enthusiast and ready to be inspired of this wonderful Saxon old town.

When you first step out of the train it’s like the mountains salute’s you and awaits for you to discover even more than they actually show. Seeing the almost slow way of living day by day that the Transylvanians have gives you the feeling that here the time is always in a “on going vacation” and is more indulgent.

We took the bus 4 from the train station and we stopped at the bus station Nicolae Titulesc Park. If you will literally turn your head to right after you step out of the bus, you will see the mount named “Tampa” which has written on it in a hollywood style “Brasov”.  The fact that the city is so clean makes you appreciate that there are still some people which really care of our rich cities in great history and tries to conservate it with proudness and joy.

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The old town is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe with splendid architecture  and old fortifications and is well worth taking a few days to explore. The city has an amazing history with influences from Germany, the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the old communist state.

The fact that our stomach was asking for food so badly didn’t stopped us from standing for five minute in one place admiring everything that was surrounding us. It’s really worthy every single Leu that you spend in this city. We made our way on Republicii Street to find a restaurant with traditional food.

“La Ceaun” is a fancy, non-smoking  small restaurant right on the entrance of the Michael Weiss Street. They have delicious traditional goodies which will make your sense of taste explode because of the great ingredients that they mix. We had two Zaganu beers, a plate with tomatoes and some burduf cheese. This was a fresh start after the train travel. The menu was offering beef soup and some “fasole frecata” (beans smashed and mixed with onion, garlic, salt pepper and sun-flower oil). We also have some home made apple pie. This meal made our day! I promise you that will probably won’t need to eat until next morning.

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After we finished eating we took our way to Piata Sfatului, the center of the old fortress Brasov. You can visit Casa Sfatului (“The mayor’s former office building”). The administration for Brașov was here for more than 500 years.

We really wanted to visit Biserica Neagră (“The Black Church”), a celebrated Gothic site – the building dates from 1477, when it replaced an older church (demolished around 1385). Its acquired the name after being blackened by smoke from the 1689 great fire.  This Church is an amazing mix of architecture, history and religion.

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We were lost in the greatness of this church. The inside was very well preserved and had paintings from the 15th century illustrates different action that took place in the church or in the name of the church. Its altar originally featured a single column, but its role in supporting the entire central structure — on the model of German cathedrals built by Hans Stettheimer (a view expressed by researchers such as Ernst Kühlbrandt and Antal Hekler) is under dispute. The naves took longer to complete, and construction was interrupted for various intervals: in 1423, Pope Martin V issued an indulgence for people involved in construction, as a means to reactivate the site; in 1474, a document issued by Sixtus IV acknowledged that work was still lagging. We promised ourselves  that we will come again and visit the church because every time there is something new to discover in its beauty.

We then head along back to Republicii Street and went to Mount Tampa, we wanted badly  to take the cable car and go up to the hill of the mount, right where it has written Brasov. It takes around 5 minute by cable car to actually be on top of the mount. Plus there is a cafe/restaurant at the top of the mountain which still has the communist look from 26 years ago.

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From there you can actually see the entire fortification. The walls of the fortress are showing the exact place on where was the fortress buit. It’s a magic place and it will promise you amazing views of Brasov. This is” must go” place.

After this amazing view, we took the cable cabin back and went on a walk along the walls of the Brasov Fortress. With the fresh air and the historical theme of this town, it can be considered also a romantic place to go. This place caught our attention for next few years.

We also visited:

  • The First Romanian School, a museum with the first Romanian printing press among many other firsts.
  • The Rope Street, the narrowest street in Romania.
  • Șchei, the historically Bulgarian but then Romanian neighborhood outside of the old walled city.
  • Catherine’s Gate, the only original city gate to have survived from medieval times.
  • Şchei Gate, next to Catherine’s Gate, built in 1827.
  • The Orthodox church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, built in 1896.
  • Muzeul Prima Carte Românească, a museum exhibiting the first book printed in the Romanian language.
  • Tâmpa, a small mountain in the middle of the city (900m above sea level), a sightseeing spot near the old city center.
  • The “Brașov Citadel Fortress” – Cetățuia Brașovului
  • The nearby Bran Castle, attracting many fans of Dracula and often (but incorrectly) said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler.
  • Poiana Brașov, mainly a ski resort but also a sightseeing spot.
  • Râșnov Fortress, above the nearby town of Râșnov, is a restored peasant fortress
  • Prejmer Fortress, in the nearby commune of Prejmer

 

So if you are in a look for adventure, historical places and fresh air, Brasov promises to fulfill all your wishes. Even if it’s summer or winter, you will be amazed with the good food, great view and the architecture of the old city. Of course, do not forget your camera and your energy!

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NGOs verbaly warns the Romanian President in a letter on his discriminating statements about Rome people

roma4After the Romanian President Traian Basescu made offensive statements against the Roma (gypsies) people about the birth rates, the Legal Resources Center (CRJ) and Romani Criss signed a letter in which they bring to the attention of the president that the statements discriminate and offend the Roma and Romanian women.

The NGOs haven’t forgotten to remind that Romania goes on a slippery road even more because of these statements.

“You addressed your statements about the problem of low birth rates in Romania, in a chauvinistic and misogynistic manner, offending and discriminating. Arguments such as <<Romanian women, you have the duty to give birth to children given that the Roma people are making more babies than you and the structure of the country will be changing>> fall in the statement category to discriminate. Ignore the fact that just a few months ago, in Timisoara and in Alba Iulia were proposed and supported solutions of sterilization the Roma women, starting from the idea that they would make too many children.

Even if you have not proposed this solution, is frightening that at the Romanian state leadership is a person who resonates with concern from the perspective of the ethnic composition of the country for the fact that the birth of the most discriminated minority in Romania is higher, “said the two associations.

Their representatives also states that “in Nazi Germany, the number of Jews was one of the main concerns of the Reich” and “Romania has implemented such legislation at that time.”

The president is criticized for seeing the birth rate problem a “a clear separation between Romanians and Roma people”, since he believes that the Romanian women have the patriotic duty to have more children, to maintain the majority structure of the Romanian people until 2030”.

They are also reminding the president about the Decree 770/1966 which interdicts abortion with the same arguments that he would have made Traian Basescu to Romanian business women, “namely that   would harm the” birth rate and natural growth rate. ”

The President Traian Basescu, declared on Tuesday at a meeting by the magazine Business Woman, that because of the actual decreasing birth rate, in 2030 Romania  will have 15 million inhabitants and the structure will be changed because the Roma minority is very productive , mentioning that the Romanian women have a duty for our country.

Access Romania Online-Ioana Toader, ioana.toader.m@gmail.com

Movie openings this week-end in Romania: The Hangover Part III, Zambezia

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The Hangover Part III (2013)

Directed by Todd Phillips

Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis

Movie type: Comedy

On in Brasov: Cityplex Brasov; Bucharest: Grand Cinema Digiplex, Grand VIP Studios, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Cinema PRO, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Cotroceni VIP, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Glendale Studio, Patria, Studio; Cluj: Cinema City, Odeon, Cinema City Polus, Cinema; Constanta: Cityplex, Cinema City; Iasi: Cinema City; Targu Mures: Arta 3D, Cinema City; Timisoara: Cinema City; Oradea: Cortina Digiplex, Cinema Palace; Ploiesti: Club Cinema Twins, Premiera, Cinema City; Craiova: Patria, 3D Colours Cinema; Pitesti: Cinema City; Arad: Cinema City, Cinema City Galleria; Baia Mare: Cinema City; Satu Mare: GM Cinema 3D; Braila: Cinema City Braila; Buzau: Dacia; Targu Jiu: Sergiu Nicolaescu; Tulcea: Cityplex; Chisinau: Patria –Multiplex, Patria-Riscani; Balti: Patria.

Zambezia (2012)

Directed by Wayne Thornely

Starring Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Jamal Mixon, Samuel L. Jackson

Movie type: Animation, Adventures, Comedy, Family

On in Brasov: Cityplex Brasov; Bucharest: Grand Cinema Digiplex, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Sun Plaza; Cluj: Cinema City, Cinema City Polus; Constanta: Cityplex, Cinema City; Iasi: Cinema City; Targu Mures: Cinema City; Timisoara: Cinema City; ; Oradea: Cortina Digiplex, Cinema Palace; Ploiesti: Club Cinema Twins, Cinema City; Pitesti: Cinema City; Ramnicu Valcea: Ostroveni; Arad: Cinema City, Cinema City Galleria; Baia Mare: Cinema City; Satu Mare: GM Cinema 3D; Braila: Cinema City Braila; Bacau: Cinema City; Tulcea Cityplex.

Coming up in the following weeks:

Epic-premiere on June 07, 2013

After Earth- premiere on June 07, 2013

Los Amantes Pasajeros- premiere on June 07, 2013

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The eruption of the Volcano Pavlof from Alaska, seen from space

ISS036-E-002105_lrgThe volcano Pavlof from Alaska has offered on May 18, 2013, some great images to the astronauts of the board of International Space Station (ISS), which managed to take photos when the volcano erupted. The perspective from ISS managed to catch the astonishing tridimensional structure of the ash cloud, which can be rarely observed by the satellites with sensors for remote sensing, according to the American Space Agency.

Located in the Aleutian Arch, about 1,000 kilometers S-W of Anchorage, the volcano Pavlov started to erupt on May 13, 2013. The volcano blew up lava and a ash column which arose to a height of 6,000 meters.

According to the terrestrial observer of NASA (Earth Observatory), the ash cloud extended to S-E, over the North Pacific.

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Pavlof Volcano is one of the most active volcanos in Alaska, and his last eruption was in 2007. According to the Volcanic Observer from Alaska, Pavlof volcano erupted more than 20 times between 1901 and 2007.

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foto source:  Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center 

Romanian Government to cut in half, for the next three years, the funds to bound the apartment blocks with high seismic risk

dreamstime_2369494Romanian Government has announced that the funds from the state budget intended for the municipalities to bound the apartment blocks  with seismic risk, will be cut  in half in the next three years, even if the experts warned that the buildings could collapse in case of an earthquake.

In five years, the money appropriated from the state budget for this case, has a few fluctuations from RON 7.8 million in 2008 and RON 5.8 million in 2010, to RON 8.1 million in 2012. This year it is estimated that will be spent RON 10 million to bind the apartment blocks.

The announcement reveals the fact that for the next three years the amount from the state budget will be cut in half to RON 4 million for 2014, RON 4.5 million in 2015 and RON 5 million for 2016.

Experts warned several times that many blocks, especially in Bucharest, are in great danger in case of a strong earthquake.  According to the official lists with buildings of high risk, there are 112 included in class I of seismic risk, which are endangering the public. These buildings were built between 1900 and 1950 and other 260 buildings of which 60 were built in 1824-1898, are presenting high risk to collapse in case of an earthquake. From this list only 30 were bound in 1990.

In an official document written back in 2006, technical experts have warned the Government that the work to reduce the seismic risk of the existing buildings should be considered as being national interest because a potential earthquake like the one in 1977 or 1940 could produce high losses because of damage over time and could increase the number of buildings affected by earthquakes.

That document indicates that the list of buildings to be bound are listed about 3,000 buildings, of which 600 are classified as Class I seismic risk and the vulnerable buildings are located mainly in Bucharest, in the counties under the influence of  seismic area from  Vrancea, Banat and Fagaras.

At the end of 2011, a study presented by the Pool of Insurance Against Natural Disasters (PAID) warned that the losses resulting from an earthquake similar with the one in March 1977 could cause to the residential sector would reach EUR 4.8 billion, given that the total value of housing nationwide is estimated at EUR 105.6 billion.

The earthquake from March 4, 1977 had a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale and caused losses of over USD two billion, meaning 5 % of GDP from that year, according to the World Bank data.

Of the total losses, 50% were apartments, in Bucharest 90% being victims and 70% losses. The quake caused the death of a number of 1,570 people to which were added 11,300 injured because of a collapse of 28 tall buildings.

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Images from the earthquake in 1977, Bucharest:

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Movie openings this week-end in Romania: Fast&Furios 6, Puzzle, Hannah Arendt

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Directed by Justin Lin

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez

Movie type: Action, Crime, Thriller

On in Brasov: Cityplex Brasov; Bucharest: Grand Cinema Digiplex, Grand VIP Studios, Hollywood Multiplex, Movieplex Cinema Plaza, The Light Cinema, Cinema PRO, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Cotroceni VIP, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Glendale Studio, Patria, Romtelecom Imax; Cluj: Cinema City, Odeon Cineplex, Cinema Florin Piersic; Constanta: Cityplex, Cinema City; Iasi: Cinema City; Targu Mures: Arta 3D, Cinema City; Timisoara: Cinema City; Oradea: Cortina Digiplex, Cinema Palace; Ploiesti: Club Cinema Twins, Premiera, Cinema City; Craiova: Patria, 3D Colours Cinema; Pitesti: Cinema City; Arad: Cinema City, Cinema City Galleria; Baia Mare: Cinema City; Satu Mare: GM Cinema 3D; Braila: Cinema City Braila; Buzau: Dacia; Bacau: Cinema City; Targu Jiu: Sergiu Nicolaescu; Tulcea: Cityplex;

Puzzle (2013)

Directed by Andrei Zincă

Starring Adrian Titieni, Cătălina Mustaţă, Rodica Mandache

Movie type: Drama

On in Bucharest: Grand Cinema Digiplex, Hollywood Multiplex, Caffe Cinema 3D Patria, Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Europa, Scala, Studio; Cluj: Cinema City, Cinema Florin Piersic; Targu Mures: Arta 3D, Cinema City; Oradea: Cortina Digiplex; Ploiesti: Club Cinema Twins; Craiova: Patria; Calarasi: Caffe Cinema 3D; Targu Jiu: Sergiu Nicolaescu; Botosani: Unirea;

 

Hannah Arendt (2012)

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

Starring Axel Milberg, Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer

Movie type: Drama, Biographic

On in Bucharest:Cinema City Cotroceni, Cinema City Sun Plaza, Cinemateca Union, Elvira Popescu, NCRR; Cluj: Victoria; Constanta: Cityplex;

Coming up in the following weeks:

The Hangover Part III-premiere on May 31

Zambezia- premiere on May 31

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