Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 13-19)

Hello again, everyone! I am so happy to keep receiving messages that these posts help a lot of people to stay on top of their to-watch-list as well as introducing them to new things they might actually have missed. That is exactly why I keep doing them! However, in a week exactly, I am traveling to Berlin and I just want to give everyone a heads up that it might be (for the first time in 2+ years) that I miss a Sunday post. I just don’t know yet, but I will try to upload something as per usual. Here we go for this week:

Movies

Next Gen

It feels like a mix between Big Hero 6 and Wall-e?

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Sneak Peek)

After Everything

Hannah Marks (Amanda from Dirk Gently) directed this and it looks like such an amazing flick!

What Men Want

I am usually really tired of all the reboots and remakes, but dang, that looks like such a fun genderswapped version of What a Woman Wants.

Widows

I already loved the first trailer, but it just keeps on looking more badass. That cast is just to die for!

Green Book

Not two actors I would have expected to see working together so well, but I like the look of it.

ROMA

It looks beautiful, but I am not going to pretend to understand what’s happening.

The Oath

I saw a lot of comedians on my Twitter TL recommend this, but I am so confused about this movie.

The Happytime Murders

I am going to pass on this one.

The Last Sharknado

How on earth did this franchise get 6 movies!?

TV Shows

Tell Me a Story

A dark, twisted and modern take on fairy tales – count me in!!

Good Trouble (The Fosters spin-off)

I never finished The Fosters, so I have no idea what to expect from this.

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 2)

CANNOT WAIT!

The Gifted (Season 2)

Similarily cannot wait!

Iron Fist (Season 2)

To be fair, it does look worlds better than S1.

Empire (Season 5)

Star (Season 3)

Ugh, I hate when there is no new material in the promo at all.

The Resident (Season 2)

What are you watching? What has caught your eye? Let’s talk about it! 

Random Movie Recommendations: Kids That Will Make You Cry!

I like doing these posts every now and then, especially when I see a pattern in the films I like. The theme “Kids that will make you cry” might seem a little out there, but sometimes I watch young actors and actresses and I am just in awe of the emotions they can evoke in me. Just because there are kids in these movies, doesn’t necessarily mean they are kids movies. I hope that makes sense?

A Monster Calls

Within the book community, Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a pretty popular book. It destroys your feelings and leaves the reader in tears in 9/10 cases. It took me some time to get to the movie, but in my opinion they did an amazing job with the adaptation. Even for the smallest roles, their cast is beyond stellar and despite a couple changes (as they always tend to happen), it felt like a pretty faithful film to me.

Handling themes such as death, loss, grief, guilt and the anger that comes with it, is never easy for kids (not that it gets any easier once you are older), but I feel like A Monster Calls provides a nuanced approach to it. It’s a dark tale that might not be for everyone, but it is a beautiful movie.

I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants is a movie that really blew me away. It perfectly plays between what is real and what is fantasy, but ultimately leaves it up to the audience to decide which one they want to go with. It deals with similar themes as A Monster Calls (terminal illness, loss, grief, etc.) and is based on a graphic novel of the same title (which I haven’t read though, so I cannot give any comparison).

I think something that hindered this movie from becoming really successful is that people expected it to be action-packed, which it is really not. It’s not so much a fantasy adventure as it is an exploration of how far a child’s imagination can go to help them cope with stressful and traumatic experiences.

Bridge to Terabithia

Do people still know about this movie? I feel old recommending it, but it was one of my favourites when I was younger and fits the theme perfectly as it also deals with the sudden death of a loved one, guilt, grief, bullying (which I forgot to mention for the previous movies) and how a vivid imagination can help children cope with what they are going through.

This movie is also based on a book, which I have read but never reviewed. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I actually enjoyed the movie more and struggled with the way the book was written. Also, it has been far too long to memorise the differences between the two.

Have you watched any of those movies? What is your take on them? Do you have some recommendations in the same field? Let’s chat!

The Adventure Book Tag

The lovely Keira has a new blog called Headphones and Hyperboles and I think she deserves some followers over there! So, I was very happy when she tagged me for the Adventure Book Tag, which in turn gave me a chance to link back to her post. Definitely don’t forget to also head over to her blog!

Which character would you love to go on an adventure with?

I want to go on an adventure with Mark Watney (The Martian). I know that the guy is entertaining as heck and should we ever, for whatever reason that surely has nothing to do with me being an incompetent bean, get into a life-threatening predicament, I am pretty confident we’d survive because of him. The man lived isolated on Mars and came back alright, I think putting my faith in him isn’t too bad of a decision.

If you could be any character for the day, who would you be and why?

This was a tough call! I think my decision was lastly heavily influenced by the fact that I am currently reading the third book in the Jackaby series, but I’d want to be Abigail Rook. She basically the Watson to a supernatural Sherlock and gets to experience all kinds of strange things. I am not sure how cool I’d be with living in the past, but electricity was invented at least. She has fancy dresses and gets to flirt with the ever so charming Charlie Cane. Even if it was just for a day, I think it would be fun.

What book is on your TBR bucket list?

One day, some day I really want to finish S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. It’s such a fascinating book, with riddles and fold out maps and trinkets hidden in the pages. It’s truly interactive and maybe three stories in one? As interesting as it is, it’s just super hard to read at the same time.

Which book has a contemporary setting you would love to go to?

As cheesy, silly, over the top, predictable, repetitive, etc. Nicholas Sparks’ books are, they make North Carolina sound really pretty. I would like to see their coast for real one day, although it is by far not on top of my travel list.

Which book has a fantasy/fictional setting you would love to go to?

People who know me, know that I have quite a thing for Alice in Wonderland, so that’s a world I would LOVE to see. I’d probably go mad there with all the riddles and nonsense, but it would be a magical experience nonetheless.

What book or book edition would you do anything to get your hands on?

How bad is it that I cannot think of a single book!? I do have a couple signed books at home that I probably wouldn’t want to loose, just like I wouldn’t want to trade my editions of the books I put post-its in to highlight my favourite passages, but I wouldn’t go and do anything crazy for any book out there.

Name a character who is very adventurous and daring.

To Kill a KingdomPrince Elian from To Kill a Kingdom seems pretty willing to do risky stuff to me. The dude fancies himself a pirate (which I do have my quarrels with. I am pretty sure he is just a sailor, but if it makes him happy, so be it) and pirates are notoriously daring.

Name the craziest or weirdest place you’ve ever read a book.

I … I … I don’t know? I don’t want to sound boring but I just honestly don’t think any of the places I read at was that crazy. I did bring a book to a school dance once … but it was more of a precaution, I didn’t actually end up reading it.

I TAG THEE

Marta | Marie | Michelle | WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THE TAG

What did you think of my answers? Did you agree with them? Who would you trade places with? Or where would you go? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 6-12)

I’ve just come home from a 5+ hour hiking trip, so I am going to keep this intro super short, because I am basically dead. Here are your trailers!

Movies

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Narnia meets Alice in Wonderland intertwined with the Nutcracker tale – COUNT ME IN!!

Descendants 3

I wish this was longer, but at least it’s coming soon. I am ready to have all the annoying songs stuck in my head again.

Slaughterhouse Rulez

It looks kind of dumb, but that British cast is golden and now I might want to watch it?

Dusty & Me

It doesn’t actually look good, but it has Genevieve Gaunt from the Royals, so I couldn’t withhold it.

The After Party

Not sure this is for me, but Netflix likes Shelly Henning alright.

TV Shows

Maniac

I don’t think this clarifies anything about what this show is about, but I still want to watch it very bad.

The Innocents

I CANNOT WAIT!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Who all has been waiting for this?

Bodyguard

RICHARD MADDEN!

You

I know it has a creepy vibe, but I am still looking forward to it. (Mostly because of the cast)

Mayans MC

If SoA was Hamlet, what’s this one gonna be like?

American Horror Story: Apocalypse

I do not watch this show, but I know a lot of my followers do, so here you go.

The Deuce (Season 2)

I haven’t watch this either.

Escape at Dannemora

Paul Dano chooses such odd roles.

What are you watching? Did anything catch your eye? Let’s talk about!

The Life Choices Write Tag

I said I would do a new Write Tag this month and for once I am really keeping my promise! If you have missed previous installments of this very irregular feature, you can check out the posts for the Winter Is Here, Valentine’s Day and Milestones Write Tag by clicking on their titles. You are also more than welcome to join in if you haven’t yet! I have once again tried to steer clear of seasonal tags, because I want people to be able and do them whenever they feel like and am therefore happy to present the Life Choices Write Tag! It’s all about those little moments in life that define us and in this case hopefully our characters. Let’s get to know them better!

Once again, I will be doing this tag myself by answering the questions with my WIP (Work in Progress) ArcadiaWhile I have made some important decisions (like it is definitely going to be a duology and not a stand-alone), there’s still loads of work to do. The heat has made it a little tough to think straight, so I haven’t really been working on it. I am hoping this tag will motivate me again.

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post(I want to see all your lovely answers, people!)
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
    Kasia and Dyson have known each other their entire lives, their paths intertwining at every crossroad. So forgetting he ever existed doesn’t make any sense to Kasia and neither does finding out about the magical beings that took him away from her. Now, with the help of some allies with motives of their own, she will do everything she can to get him back, not knowing if either one of them will ever be the same after all is said and done.
    You can check out this post to find out more about Arcadia!
  • This is pretty focused on main characters but don’t hesitate to use several characters for the answers if you want to! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Where does your main character (MC) live? Were they born there or did they move to that place?

Kasia and Dyson moved to Vancouver together after they both finished university. Their families live in Ontario, but it’s not really an issue for them. First it’s not an insurmountable distance if you want to see them for holidays and second, they felt it was more important to start someplace new get trapped in their old routines after graduation.

Does your MC have a dream career? What (if anything) stops them from pursuing it?

Dyson’s greatest dream was to become a sort of mix between Indiana Jones and Noah Flynn from the Librarian movies. His knack for studying, but also outdoor adventure ultimately did lead to him becoming an archaeologist. The actual excavation sites are not nearly as exciting as the movies made them look, but he soon found himself gravitating towards teaching and jobs at museums anyway. (So, in short, he pursued his dream career and ended up loving it!)

Did any of your characters ever go against their parents/family’s wishes? How did that change their relationship?

Well, Dyson did when he didn’t find a “reasonable” job in his family’s eyes. They came around eventually and never truly held it against him, especially since Kasia went the more sensible route and became an accountant. That way not both of them had precarious jobs, but it still elicits the occasional eye roll at family gatherings.

If faced with their greatest fear – would your MC try to overcome it or run the other way?

Kasia’s greatest fear (aside from loosing Dyson) are heights, which I can very much relate to. As long as someone (again, preferable Dyson) is there to hold her hand though, she’ll at least always try.

Did any character have to cut a person out of their life? Why?

If I may refer everyone to chapter 9 of Arcadia … I don’t even feel like I should talk about this again. I’ve made a lot of people sad with that one. (Click here to read Arcadia if you haven’t yet, but want to.)

What is your main character’s biggest regret?

I shared an aesthetic the last time, of a little road trip (that probably won’t make it into the book) and I think there is a certain kind of regret involved with not actually going through with it, especially since it’s so uncertain if they will be able to now.

Which character is most likely going to help a stranger, even if they got nothing out of it in return?

This is someone a lot of you don’t know at all or at least not very well yet, but Casper would be my answer. I wanted to say Findlay at first, but I want to give some recognition to Casper too. He has a hard shell but a soft inside. He would never get a “most friendly” award, but if someone actually needed help, I don’t doubt that he would show up.

If your character got good/bad news, who would be the person they first tell?

Kasia and Dyson would call each other and after that Robyn. Georgie would call Fin, although I am not 100% sure he would call her first in return. I am really looking forward to figuring out who Leo would call. Haven’t found an answer yet though.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic for your MCs life if there had been no obstacles (money, geographical, etc.) and they had everything they wanted. (It is up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

I am going to leave this open for interpretation for now, but give me your best guess in the comments!

I TAG THEE

I hope you liked the tag and if you did, please don’t hesitate to spread the word!!! People have so many stories in them and I hope this helps them get to know their characters.

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 30-Aug 5)

I am sorry I have been a little MIA this week, but I want to thank everyone who messaged me on my birthday last Friday! I treated myself to a wisdom tooth removal procedure, smart woman that I am, I went in the middle of a heat wave on my birthday BUT it was still a good day and I received an outpouring of love that kept me on a high the entire time. I really couldn’t ask for better friends! But now on to the trailers:

Movies

Nappily Ever After

I hope this becomes a huge success! Sometimes Netflix makes good choices.

If Beale Street Could Talk

If this isn’t an Oscar contender, then I don’t even know. I hear the book also has some amazing storytelling.

Clara

Is this the first time Troian and Patrick are working together in front of the camera? I really can’t recall, but I want to watch this bad! It also has an amazing supporting cast!

Giant Little Ones

Coming of age is hard.

Monsters and Men

This will never not be difficult to watch.

Venom

That ending was actually hilarious.

Lizzie

All I know about Lizzie Borden, I know from Buzzfeed Unsolved.

TV Shows

Maniac

Let’s not pretend I understand what is happening, but I was really distracted by the massive weight loss Jonah Hill has gone through. I just hope he is healthy!

Outlander (Season 4)

I wish there was more (or any for that matter) Brianna and Roger in this promo, but I am still excited.

The Good Cop

Whaaat? It’s Josh Groban in a lead role for a Netflix show??

Forever

Not sure what to think about that one yet.

Ozark (Season 2)

I was really bored with Season 1 and stopped watching it somewhere in the middle, but I know that some people really enjoyed it.

9-1-1 (Season 2)

I didn’t watch the first season, but I think everyone is devastated that Connie isn’t coming back for now.

The Great British Bake Off (new season)

This promo is ridiculous, but I love a good bake off.

Are you as tired of the heat as I am? What are you watching to distract yourself? Let’s chat!

July 2018 Wrap-Up

I don’t know where my head was at during July, but it definitely wasn’t with reading. I have struggled for most of the month to be productive and I am just going to blame the heat on it, because … well, because I can. This heat wave is annoying! I am still my now very familiar 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, but here’s what I got to this month:

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth  Deadly Class, Vol. 2: Kids of the Black Hole  Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine  Magritte : Dies ist keine Biografie  Save the Date

As always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Prepare for actual BIG NEWS!!! I’ve already told a few people, but please don’t be offended if I haven’t told you in person. It’s all been happening really fast and I was a bit hesitant to believe it’s all real, but I am going to start a 6-month-long internship with a film distributor IN BERLIN come September. It’s all about deciding when I will move and trying to find an apartment. I am trying to get all things sorted here in Vienna as well (which unfortunately includes a wisdom tooth removal on my birthday this week), but I am really excited for this new adventure. A little panicked, but mostly excited!

With all of that going on, I really haven’t been up to par in terms of blogging, writing and drawing (and I am not sure what that’s going to look like once I am in Berlin either). I definitely haven’t forgotten about Arcadia, but my plan to write more didn’t exactly work during the month of July, which makes me all the more confident that it was the right move not to participate in Camp NaNo. I want to get a couple more chapters out and maybe create another writing tag for you all soon if I can find the time though.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

I was lucky enough to win tickets for a preview of Mamma Mia 2 and seen as I really loved the first one, I was absolutely psyched to go see the movie. From what I saw online, I was kind of alone in being disappointed in the movie, but if you watch the movies in a row THEY MAKE NO SENSE. There’s some serious plot holes that could swallow you whole. Nevertheless, some of the songs stuck with me and Lily James was my personal highlight of the movie. She IS Donna! So, the more time passed after watching the sequel, the more I kept thinking about it and I still love the cast to bits and think it was hilarious in parts. Maybe my expectations just were too high, but that movie had no plot. And yet … I did not not like it? Hope this rambly mess made sense and here have a drawing of Lily/Donna that I made! (Because people said I should include more of my art)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I am sorry that I was pretty absent on everyone’s blog posts this past month! I was pretty lazy in all parts of life if it’s any consolation.

MY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

So, this was my month! How was yours? Are you up to date on Arcadia and waiting for more? Did you have a favourite post (of mine, yourself or other bloggers)? Let’s catch up!