Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 16-22)

It’s the San Diego Comic Con weekend, so let’s keep this intro short. There’s going to be a lot of trailers, but not all of them. I am writing this post mid-Sunday (European time), so there’s still loads of trailers that will be released over the course of the day that I obviously cannot add, but they’ll be featured next week for sure. Makes sense, right? Here we go!

Movies

Aquaman

This trailer has me so pumped!

Shazam!

Maybe this will finally work for the DC cinematic universe? I mean – humour, colours, a certain lightness?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

This looks kind of magical and as if they actually picked up Eleven from Stranger Things and just threw her into that universe.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I still wish this was without Depp, but I will watch it for the magic and not for him.

The Darkest Minds

Should I read this book series? I am not sure.

Boy Erased

The feels are strong with this one and Troye Sivan is in a movie!!

Glass

I have to admit that I neither watched Split nor Unbreakable, but this looks amazing.

Robin Hood

I still think Taron looks like the Blue Arrow.

On the Basis of Sex

Felicity Jones is awesome but Armie Hammer is also making good choices in terms of the movies he’s in (Call Me By Your Name, Sorry to Bother You, this!)

I Still See You

Murphy from the 100 is finally a lead in a movie and it’s super creepy and I am not sure I want to watch it. Great.

Second Act

Milo and JLo – whaaaat?

Little Italy

I cannot see myself going to the movies for this, but I might stream it somewhere.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I am excited for this one.

Patient Zero

Matt Smith with an American accent is just weird.

TV Shows

Roswell, New Mexico

I LOVED the original show, which explains why I am a little on the fence about this. I am still going to watch it and the costumes from the dinner are like the EXACT same. That’s good, I suppose?

Titans

This is NOT what I expected, but it looks interesting. I am just over Ruelle being used in all the trailers and no one can believe Robin is old enough to work …

Legacies

Yeah, so … I am going to watch this! So far, Alaric and Caroline’s daughters seem like bullies and brats, so I am intrigued how they are going to work as main characters alongside Hope.

Deadly Class

Now that I have read the first couple volumes of the graphic novel, I think this looks pretty accurate.

Good Omens

Can’t wait to see an edited trailer for this.

The Gifted (Season 2)

It looks SO good!

Batwoman

Did not know that was going to be a thing.

Arrow (Season 7)

This looks dark.

The Flash (Season 5)

I am looking forward to that storyline, but doesn’t Nora have a twin sister?

Supergirl (Season 4)

Kara has a spacesuit now?

Legends of Tomorrow (Season 4)

So, does this mean Constantine is going to be a reoccuring character now?

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger (S2 announcement)

I just put that in there because I am happy.

Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 2)

I would rather have the Punisher S2 or Daredevil S3, but I guess this is how it is.

Doctor Who (Series 11)

I just don’t have the same passion for Doctor Who that I once had, but I am trying to catch up on S10 before this starts.

The Orville (Season 2)

That show was so much better than I expected.

Disenchantment

The Dragon Prince

YAS!

Insatiable

Okay, so last week I was intrigued by the teaser but after the trailer I am noping out of here. This is such a harmful narrative and just another fat-shaming storyline.

Which trailers looked best to you? What are you going to watch? (Do you wish you could visit SDCC as much as me?)

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

I saw the Literary Dinner Party Tag over at Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books blog and she sort of invited everyone who was curious to do this tag. So, that’s how we got here! I am excited to see who I am going to invite!

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook

The first person that came to mind for this one is Hassan from The Hundred-Foot Journey. He can do all sorts of things, from traditional Indian food to haute cuisine. I mean, the guy literally was responsible for several Michelin stars, so I’d be honored to have him cook for this little dinner party.

2. One character who has money to fund the party

I actually had a hard time coming up with a book character who had a lot of money. Either they weren’t very memorable or there really aren’t a lot? No matter what the real reason is, in the end I went with Gansey from the Raven Cycle. I can see him financing a friend’s indulgences and maybe it would be fun for him too? I’d hope so!

3. One character who might cause a scene

Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns! Can you see it? Because I sure can! I am not even sure if she wants to cause a scene or if she just thinks it’s expected of her and therefore she should do it.

4. One character who is funny/amusing

This might not be the most obvious choice, but I want to invite Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as the guest for this particular category. I don’t think she’s intentionally funny, like she’s not going to do her own stand up special on Netflix, but she is circumstantially funny? Hope that makes sense.

5. One character who is super social/popular

Uuuuh, I want Charlie from Queens of Geek to come! She’s a famous YouTuber so she could vlog about this epic event and then it would be on the interwebs forevermore afterwards.

6. One villain

I am going to invite Maven from Red Queen, because I love that damaged boy. Also, I decided he NEEDS to be portrayed by Freddy Carter if there is to be a movie or show and that means I get a Freddy Carter lookalike as my dinner guest and yeah … I am here for that.

7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic

I know it doesn’t have to be a romantic couple, but I’d really like to invite Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I feel like they’d be delightful company. She’s a writer, he’s a pig farmer – those are different worlds entirely. There’s loads to talk about and the way they met makes for an especially great story.

8. One hero/heroine

One of my favourite comic book heroines is Kamala Khan from Ms Marvel. I truly hope she will join the MCU soon, because her stories are great and her character is even more amazing.

9. One underappreciated character

I feel like you all keep sleeping on my cupcake August Flynn from This Savage Song. His story just kind of resonated with me and he will forever have a special place in my heart. I’ve had dreams where he was my adopted son, I love him that much!

10. One character of your own choosing

This dinner party would in no way be complete without my bookish husband Max Vandenburg from the Book Thief. He is kind and generous and a great conversationalist.

I TAG THEE

I hereby tag WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THE TAG!!!


I have such a weird mix of teen and adult characters here. I am not sure what kind of dinner party that would really shape up to be, but I would like to imagine it would be a fun one? What did you think of my choices? Who would you pick?  

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 9-15)

What a week, folks! I hope to get good news soon but until then, I am really happy with this week’s selection of trailers. I promise it is much better than last week. I am actually so excited about a lot of these, so let’s get sharing!

Movies

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE MY JAM! I LOVE IT ALREADY!!

Life Itself

I am going to love this movie with all my heart. I am getting chills just watching it, because it’s going to be so emotional and beautiful. AND THAT SONG! (I love Roo Panes’ voice)

Colette

ELEANOR TOMLINSON IS ALL I CAN SEE

Mary Queen of Scots

Margot Robbie looks like the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland in this movie.

The Favourite

It is the week of historical settings.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I don’t know how I feel about this modernised version. It could be fun and it could flop. Hard to say.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

As promised, I reposted the trailer this week! And I also have the book on my shelf now – cannot wait to read it soon!

A Simple Favor

I still like the look and vibe of this and I definitely want to read it before the movie comes out.

Wonder Park

It looks alright, but what’s up with having animated movies with that eerie music all the time.

The Package

It’s the guy from Alex Strangelove! But it looks so … weird and I am not sure that’s meant in a good way.

 

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I haven’t watched the first one, but this is with an entirely different cast, right?

Extinction

Michael Peña in a lead role is awesome, even if this looks super creepy.

An Actor Prepares

I guess a little family story could be fun.

The Bleeding Edge

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Doctor Who (Series 11)

I still haven’t finished series 10, so no comment from me. But here it is!

Casual (Final Season)

I always liked this show, but I think it’s good it’s coming to an end.

Insatiable

Definitely curious what this is about.

Cupcake & Dino: General Services

It might be silly, but I’d watch this when I am bored for sure.

Chesapeake Shore (Season 3)

I really like this as an innocent distraction. It’s such a sweet show.

The Purge (First Look)

This is not for me.

Castle Rock

I am just here waiting for someone to give Bill a role in a romantic comedy … although I am not sure that’s what he wants.

What do you want to watch? Did anything catch your eye? Let’s chat!

The Hogwarts Tag

I have to admit that I blatantly stole this Hogwarts Tag from the ever amazing Lily @Sprinkles of Dreams. Part of it is because I just really like the idea of the tag and the rest has to do with me being totally and completely obsessed with the Hogwarts mystery game lately. So, here I am indulging in that lifestyle even more – let’s do this!

Are you a Pure Blood or a Half-Blood?

Just like Lily, I took this & this test to determine the outcome of this question. I am definitely more on the half-blood side (especially because one result was muggle born entirely). I am cool with that!

Which wand chose me?

Did you take a cat, owl or toad with you?

I LOVE owls! I would definitely take one of those with me and I am currently saving up gems in Hogwarts Mystery to afford one. That is a big deal for me, because usually I just spend gems as if they weren’t rare and precious.

Where did the Sorting Hat put you?

What House did you want to be placed in?

Honestly, I am a Ravenclaw through and through. I don’t have anything against the other houses, but this is and has always been the right place for me.

What lessons are your favourite and least favourite?

FAVOURITE – Care for Magical Creatures and Potions maybe? I don’t love Snape as a teacher, but the topic matter of potions interests me.

LEAST FAVOURITE – Transfiguration? Like … why do I need to learn a specific spell to turn an owl into an opera glass? Or a mouse into a pin cushion?? WHEN IS THAT GOING TO COME IN HANDY???

What is your Patronus?

I am a bird lady through and through apparently!

What does your Boggart look like?

That’s a good question. I am assuming it will either be a spider or some other insect, because I don’t know how a Boggart would portray my fear of heights. Those crawling thingies just make my skin itch in real life. And in order to get rid of the Boggart, I’d turn the spider into Lucas the Spider from YouTube and he’s too cute to be scary.

Do you partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

I suck at sports, so I don’t really see how I would suddenly be great at them just because they are magical. I am definitely not cut out for Quidditch. That much I know! Maybe I would play magical chess?

Where would you spend your spare time?

I like being surrounded by books, but I don’t love having to be quiet at all times, so maybe the obvious answer wouldn’t actually be the library. I’d just go about exploring the castle grounds until I found my place. I also really like the Ravenclaw Common Room to be honest.

What would you most likely get detention for?

Nothing!? I am an exemplary student.

What career do you want after graduating Hogwarts?

I could see myself wanting to stay on school grounds maybe. Or become a Magizoologist together with Barnaby Lee or go into business with Charlie Weasley as Dragonologist. As you can see, I just don’t want to do it alone.

I TAG

WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THIS TAG! I stole it, so I obviously just want anyone who thinks this is the right tag for them to be able to do it as well.

What do you think of this tag? Was it fun to read? Can you see where my answers come from?

The Summer Reader Tag

I was tagged to do the Summer Reader Tag by the lovely Heather @The Frozen Book Blog. I am glad I am getting to this while it is still summer, because some of my tags stay in the drafts forever (sorry about that by the way). Let’s see some questions and answers!

Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.

The Song of AchillesPlease don’t hate me for this answer, but it took me like a millennia to get into The Song of Achilles. It was super slow and everything in it just sounded so mean (especially everything concerning women) and I know this is so close to actual Greek mythology, but I was just not in the mood for it. That is not to say that the story isn’t absolutely heart-wrenching and beautiful in the end, but it was a rocky start for me.

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.

I smiled A LOT while reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I am pretty sure I laughed out loud in the middle of the night even though the rest of my household was sleeping, but I just couldn’t stop reading once I really started it. (Also, cannot wait to see the story unfold on screen this August!!)

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.

Okay, let me set one things straight: I am pretty sure 99.9% of the books I read are not set in Austria, so this is like the easiest pick ever? A book I have read this year and that really made me want to visit the place though is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It is part of the Channel Islands and sounds absolutely lovely (even though I have heard they didn’t film the movie on the island itself?)

Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced.

My absolute favourite shady character was Dustfinger from the Inkworld trilogy when I was little. He was also my first real fictional crush, but I suppose that’s a different story. Anyway, it wasn’t always obvious if you could trust him or not and what his motives are, so he seemed the perfect pick for this category.

Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.

The One Memory of Flora BanksLike Heather, I have a bit of difficulty understanding what grainy means in regards to books, but my first thought went to The One Memory of Flora Banks. That book was chunky, repetitive and oddly structured and I had such high hopes for it, which were all crushed when I finally got to read it.

Green Grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.

I don’t know why he comes to mind, but Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games is a strong contender. I always loved him. It’s a classic case of “he deserved better” but while I got to read about him, he made me laugh and care for him and his struggles. He was such a positive character even through hardship.

Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.

Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)I don’t know if you know Trial by Fire from the Worldwalker trilogy, but there were secrets kept pretty much for the entirety of the series. Not in a bad way, just in a way that created tension and kept you intrigued.

Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)The Illuminae Files has a really vast setting. They try to make up for it with schematics and plans, but I still confused the different galaxies and ships all the time. That in no way means I didn’t have a ton of fun exploring the universe with the characters. I love those books!

BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.

Uhm … I don’t know? Charlie from the Jackaby books?? At least I imagine him to be quite a hunk, while being the perfect gentleman at the same time?

Summer Fun: pass the tag on.

I tag whoever wants to do this! I realise that it’s not summer everywhere on earth at the same time, but if you are reading this and feel like you’d have fun doing the tag – YOU ARE HEREBY TAGGED!!! 

What did you think of my answers? What would yours have been like? Do you agree or disagree on anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 2-8)

This was quite a busy week for myself, which was probably noticeable because of my posting schedule being all over the place. I hope to get it more in order again soon, but here are your trailers for now! (I am honestly not that impressed with most of the selection this week, but it was all I could find.)

Movies

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Unfortunately I didn’t find the trailer in better quality, but I will repost it in future weeks should I come across it.

White Fang

WOLF DOGS ARE AWESOME!

Support the Girls

I would watch this for Haley Lu Richardson.

Running for Grace

It looks kinda cute.

UFO

Gillian Anderson can’t get enough of aliens it seems.

Summer of 84

People are really into the 80s again …

TV Shows

Wynonna Earp (Season 3)

SOON! I cannot wait for my babies to be back on screen. It’s going to be such an emotional season.

The Sinner (Season 2)

I didn’t watch the first season, but I had no idea it was going to be about a different story.

Suits (Season 8)

I find it interesting that this is another show that’s kind of starting over in Season 8.

I am the Night

It looks dark.

What are you watching? Has anyone seen the show Free Rein? I have “accidentally” binged all two seasons this weekend. Let’s chat!

#CurrentlyWatching: Humans

I realise that I haven’t done a #CurrentlyWatching post in quite some time, but I rediscovered the show I want to talk about today for myself after having taken a bit of a break from it. When I turned to Twitter to rave about it, I realised that very few of my friends even knew about the show, so I now want to introduce Humans to you.

This SciFi gem is currently in its third season and the stakes just keep getting higher and higher. It airs on Channel 4 in the UK and AMC in the US. Originally it is based on the Swedish fiction drama Real Humans, but since I haven’t ever seen that, I cannot attest to how close or far they are from their storyline.

Humans shows an alternate reality where humans have advanced so far in technology that they introduce robotic servants called Synths to households. The show portrays the struggles of that shift in society as well as the repercussions once the Synths become self aware.

I cannot tell you what first drew me to this show back when it premiered in 2015. I think they had some very intriguing advertising that made it look like they really wanted to sell Synths to people. If I remember correctly, they even had a Facebook messenger chatbot for a while that sent you on a little adventure with a synth. No matter how I found out about the show though, it was one of the few I watched live every single week and that in a time where I stream pretty much anything after its original air time. However, I can definitely try and tell you why I stuck with it.

Humans is a show that doesn’t try to persuade you with many gimmicks. It has a higher production budget than the Swedish parent show, but it is rather quiet and eerie still. As the title promises and despite the focus on Synths and artificial intelligence as a big theme, this show really is about the human condition. How do we act when there is something in front of us that looks like us and is able to act like us, yet we are told they are merely a machine? Do we show compassion? Does our darker side win? There is something very unsettling and creepy about the whole thing, but at the same time you will be able to find yourself in multiple characters and their struggles. Over the seasons, Humans builds up and adds more complex moral questions to the story. What starts in a small household with only a specific group of Synths being conscious, soon begins to spread and becomes a global issue. I found it extremely fascinating to see the characters confronted with difficult decisions and the way they decided to deal with them. It made me question how I would act, especially since technology these days is targeted in the direction of human-looking AIs becoming a real thing.

In addition to the moral dilemmas, I was really happy with the casting! I know that the actors and actresses who were cast as the AI robots had to visit a specific Synth school to study the behaviour and mannerisms of their characters. The acting is really phenomenal on their part. But also the rest of the cast seem like good choices and realistic for their age groups as well. Over the seasons there are a couple of guest appearances and limited character arcs that I also had a lot of fun with.

CW: rape, abuse, suicide, violence

It is very difficult to spotlight just one character. The main synth group the show is based around is extremely faceted and each and every one of them would deserve the spotlight for sure. My personal favourite is Matty, a badass hacker girl. I also have a soft spot for Leo, a person who is stuck between humans and synths, not sure where his alliance should lie and he fits in. However, the person who has probably gone through some of the most significant development is Laura Hawkins.

She is a working mother, an initial skeptic in regards of synths who later turns into a synth-rights-advocate. While I may not always agree with her approach to things or decisions for that matter, that woman is really there when it counts and ultimately does the right thing. She is fiercely protective of her family, but also extends that protection to others in need. She’s tough and resilient and if I ever were in a pickle, I’d want her in my corner.

I hope you got a closer look at Humans and maybe would consider watching it now? Have you already seen a couple episodes? Let’s talk about it!