Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 14-20)

I know I haven’t posted as much as I used to lately, but two times a week is really the most I can do for now. I hope to be more active again once I have more time and even more importantly, am less exhausted. However, today I have prepared a HUGE post for you! I don’t think there are that many new movies (I wrote this before finding all the trailers and regret that now), but a lot of the fall line ups for TV were presented, so there’s going to be loads and loads of trailers for those. Bear with me, even if the post gets super long! Also, I might not show absolutely everything, just because there’s really a lot of new stuff out there. If you think I have missed something important, let me know in the comments!

Movies

Set It Up

THIS IS MY KIND OF MOVIE!!!

Destination Wedding

Keanue Reeves and Winona Ryder in one movie, a romantic movie – count me in!!!

The Year of Spectacular Men

It’s the Zoey Deutch week.

Beautiful Boy

Sweet Timmy is still going strong.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

I don’t think I have watched the last two movies in that franchise??

A.X.L.

I am not mad at seeing Becky G in another movie, but I still just really want the Power Rangers sequel.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I am just in awe of Rami Malek’s transformation.

Shock and Awe

There’s more movies about the media coming out, it feels like to me.

Mile 22

Lust Stories

Anthology movies can really go both ways.

Bleeding Steel

I haven’t watched a Jackie Chan movie in yeeeears.

The Happytimes Murders

This is not my kind of weird.

Whitney

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Charmed (Reboot)

Charmed was my everything when I was little and I was very dubious of this reboot, because I would have much preferred a next generation show. The trailer doesn’t actually look that bad though. And it seems like the oldest sister is already a mix between Paige and Prue and the youngest already has Phoebe’s empathetic powers instead of just premonition? I just miss whitelighters in this, cause the advisor doesn’t seem to be the same as a whitelighter …

Deadly Class

Who has read the comics and can give me more insight on how faithful it is? It looks badass to me!

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

Did not need this spin-off? But I do adore Sofia Carson … so I am torn.

All American

I am a simple girl. I will check out anything CW puts out there.

Manifest

I love a good mystery.

The Passage

This actually reminds me of a show I watched a couple years back, although I don’t think it got renewed. I think it was called Believe? Anyway, would definitely check this out!

God Friended Me

There is an increase in religion related shows and I don’t know why? I mean … Kevin Probably Saves the World … Living Biblically … you get my drift?

New Amsterdam

Another probably not very accurate medical drama I will check out for 2-3 episodes and then forget all about it.

A Million Little Things

This already is way too heavy and sad.

Grand Hotel

It looks more like a CW than an ABC show to me, but we will see if it will survive on that network.

Happy Together

I hope this works out better for Amber than her last shows. I really like her.

I Feel Bad

I’d watch this.

Single Parents

I love Leighton Meester, but not sure …

Magnum P.I.

Serious question: did anyone ask for a reboot of this??

The Kids Are Alright

I know nostalgia TV is big these days, but I don’t care for this one.

The Fix

I just don’t watch crime drama anymore? It’s all the same to me.

Proven Innocent

I have the same feelings for legal dramas as I do for crime dramas? Same same … (and often they don’t last long?)

FBI

This is from Dick Wolf, the same guy who made SVU, Law & Order and all the Chicago franchise stuff.

Whiskey Cavalier

I guess Scott Foley still wanted to be a secret agent after Scandal?

The Rookie

As much as I like Nathan Fillion, I am not sure this is going to be for me.

Sense8 (Series Finale) 

I am just going to sit here crying.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 4)

Kimmy is so ridiculous.

What are you watching? Are you excited for some of the new shows?

Discussion Time: Do you fight for your TV show?

It’s been a while since I have done a discussion post, so please bare with me in case I am a little rusty or all over the place. It’s just that I have noticed an awful trend in television lately that I would like to discuss with you.

Over the course of the last week, a lot of shows that were beloved to many (especially in the online community that I am part of) were cancelled by their respective networks or put on the bubble, which means that there is no decision about renewal or cancellation yet. I understand that network television bases their decisions on ratings of the live screenings first and foremost. As much as TV may be entertainment for the viewers, it is still a business for the people who produce the content. However, the system is quite antiquated and answer me this: Who still tunes in live to watch their favourite show?

I guess I should start with the simple fact that I do not live in the US or Canada and therefore cannot watch shows live either way. There is no same-day-release for TV shows, as everything usually goes through the process of (terrible) dubbing before people even consider putting it on German/Austrian TV. Therefore it could take months or longer until a show makes it over the pond to us. And even when it finally does, should the show become a surprise hit here, I don’t think international sales for TV rights really play into the decision making process of the networks.

Second, there are so many streaming services and especially the younger generations have gotten used to getting their content all at once and at least in my circle of friends over the internet. We do have a TV at my home, but it is monopolized by my parents and I have very little say in what we are watching, so I just use my laptop for everything. I know that you can watch via the official website of a lot of networks, but only if you are in the right region. I honestly do not know if those online views matter much to the networks. I think they should, but I often feel like they don’t. So, where does that leave people like me who spend most their days in front of a screen but not the traditional one? People who are very passionate about a show but have no control whatsoever about the number of views?

Well, to counteract those (in our eyes) unjust cancellations, a lot of fans have turned to social media to fight for their shows. From what I personally saw, they were especially vocal when it came to shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucifer, Timeless and Sense8, even though I am sure it happens for a lot more shows. In some cases, it worked and the show got another season or got picked up by a different network. In other cases, however, it didn’t have an effect or not the lasting one the audience might have wished for.

I want to take the example of Timeless for this discussion post. Last year, the ratings for Timeless apparently weren’t very good, so NBC cancelled it, just to take that cancellation back after two days because the fans were really vocal about their disappointment. Everyone was, of course, really happy about that, but as you may imagine, that didn’t change the ratings for the new season much. After all, there was still the same fan base. Maybe the media attracted a couple new viewers due to the coverage of the whole cancellation drama, but it did not help a lot. In fact, due to a bad slot at 10 PM on Sundays, even though it should have aired earlier, the ratings even went down. The creators of the show did some of their best work in this second season and had a banger finale with a huge cliffhanger that rocked the fans’ worlds. Still, now there is the same discussion as last year and the show is on the brink of cancellation once more.

I just would like to know what the point of me/us fighting for the show is if we have to do the same over and over again. Social ratings, meaning hashtags trending on Twitter or the likes, are very high for most of these cancelled shows. People are passionate about them and talk on social media a lot. In our very digital age, shouldn’t this weigh in more into the decision? Classic TV is outdated and in my humble opinion you simply cannot rely on live ratings anymore, especially if you want to entertain a younger audience, you need a lot more than that. Things are changing and the industry should change with them, because why do we have to do all the hard work of convincing these executives every single season?

So, lastly, I want to ask you some questions. Do you fight for your favourite shows online? Do you think it’s fair that you have to? Do you think there should be a new and more inclusive system considering global audiences and such? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 7-13)

I don’t know who of you watches the Eurovision song contest, but dang, it was exciting for Austria yesterday night. No one here expected us to get that many points, but I was really happy because Cesar is a great guy. Anyway, public votes definitely didn’t agree with the jury votes and we ended up on third place. I doubt we would have really had the money to host again anyway though. Pretty sure my recap of Eurovision is not why you are here, so let’s move on to Trailers!

Movies

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

I am just still so confused what happened to Donna.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

I am just not getting over the fact that Sam is in this and feels … out of place to me.

The Little Mermaid

Okay, they kept postponing the release for this, but I know for a fact this isn’t new. And I wanted so much better roles for Poppy and William because this looks … cheap? Whyyyy must they do this to me? I love the little mermaid …

Alex Strangelove

Netflix is doing great teen movies and I am here for it.

Dog Days

DOGS ARE SO AWESOME!

Never Goin’ Back

I love that someone called it glorious idiocy.

The Predator

Yeah, I’d watch that even though Iron Man 3 may not be the best of references for a director. Like, come on? It wasn’t the strongest one in the franchise.

Loving Pablo

I always think it’s cool when real life couples play couples in movies.

Searching

This is going to be so intense and probably terrifying for all parents watching it.

TV Shows

Sense8 (Season 3/Series Finale)

Let’s set the scene. Picture me in a flower crown at my first ever Pride parade. Everything is colorful and people are so happy and nice. The vibes are great, I am watching a drag queen perform “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes and all of a sudden the cast of Sense8 joins the performance and soon the entire audience sings along. I felt like I was in a cluster right then and there and I was so touched and I just wanted to cry. Nevermind that I couldn’t wipe a grin off the face because I had just met all the guys a couple minutes earlier in person and they are the most kind, patient and amazing people ever. Brian/Will gives the kind of hugs where you just feel safe and loved. That show meant so much to me and if you think I won’t ball my eyes out no matter what happens on screen, you know nothing about me. (This will go down as the longest description for a trailer vid on this blog ever!)

Younger (Season 5)

Super pumped for this (especially now that Quentin from the Magicians joined the cast), but whoever did the music for the promo is such a mess. It’s seriously all over the place.

The Bold Type (Season 2)

Who all is ready for some more Bold Type?

13 Reasons Why (Season 2)

This is again a friendly reminder that the show may not be for everyone and please beware while watching.

Arrested Development (Season 5)

Guess this is back? Honestly never been an AD girl, but yay for fans?

Luke Cage (Season 2)

I will get excited for it eventually I suppose.

Mayans MC

Don’t know who watched Sons of Anarchy but this will be a spin-off show of that.

You

I had this on the round up like two weeks ago with the exact same promo, but I just wanted you all to know that it will be coming to Netflix.

What are you watching? Did you tune in to Eurovision? Let’s chat!

The Milestones Write Tag

I haven’t done one of my infamous Write Tags in while and I know that at least some of my fellow writers on the blogosphere like doing them quite a bit. So this is your opportunity to explore your characters a bit more in depth, as I will do with my current WIP by answering the questions about Milestones as well. I miss talking about Arcadia (in case you are new to the blog – welcome! All the infos on Arcadia can be found here), because it’s my baby and I still have so much story to tell, but I know that the updates have been scarce. I just want you to know that you have all been amazingly helpful with your lovely feedback and reactions on Twitter and Wattpad. It’s such a motivation for me and seeing the number of views go up to 700 made my heart sing. There’s more coming soon – I promise!

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!
  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible! (We want to get to know as many of your characters as possible)

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Can your Main Character (MC) remember their first day of school? Who was with them?

Kasia remembers her first day of school as if it had been yesterday. She was nervous as heck, because despite being an inquisitive child who loved to learn, she didn’t know what to expect of all the new people who were about to enter her life. Having been neighbors with Dyson’s family all her life, they went to school together and all her worries evaporated when Dyson confidently took her hand and walked right into school with her without even taking a look back at his parents or brothers.

Which one of your characters would be the first to buy a house or property? (because that’s part of adulting??)

Georgie? She kind of already has a house. Not sure if she paid money for it or if it there was some other kind of transaction though … because magic?

Does someone in your WIP own a pet?

NOT YET! Someone needs a dog. (And no, I am not counting the Claven as Dyson’s “pets” because they are a herd of calm yet mind-controlling beasts …)

What was your MCs first job and how did they feel about it?

While Kasia volunteered at her local library for years during school, her first paying job was a summer internship at her mother’s work. It was a very forgettable experience that mostly involved distributing mail, operating the copy machine and getting coffee for meetings.

Dyson’s first job was at the summer camp he and both his brothers visited each year. He was pretty pumped because he loved being around people and planning activities outdoors. To no one’s surprise at all, he soon became a favourite among the staff and kids.

Does your MC or another character want kids?

That conversation has definitely happened between my main couple and they would love to have kids someday in the future, with Kasia being especially in favour of adoption or fostering kids as well.

Name a song that reminds one of your characters of heartbreak in their life!

This song is one Robyn listens to a lot after Chapter 9 wishing things were different … (shout out to anyone who understands what I am referencing here!)

Has one of your characters lost someone close to them? How did they deal with it?

Findlay had to grow up without his parents, but being from the world he was from, he never quite knew if he lost them for good or if he might be able to see them again one day some way. He was a quiet kid until he got taken in by Georgie’s family and he felt at home with them. (There’s more to that story that I just don’t want to spoil.)

What is an achievement your MC is proud of?

Dyson is especially proud of graduating from university with a major in Archaeology because his family didn’t really think he would truly stick to that field or be able to make a living with it. Nonetheless, they all beamed at him with pride when he showed them his diploma and he never regretted following his passion since.

BONUS: Make an aesthetic for a special or memorable day in one of your character’s lives! (It’s up to you if you want to explain it or not!)

This probably won’t be in the book like ever, but if I ever write a companion novella or something like that for Arcadia, this would probably be the story. Although it might end differently than you think!

I TAG THEE

I hope you liked the tag and if you did, please, spread the word!!! People have so many amazing stories to tell and I hope this is a burst of motivation for all fellow writers.

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 30 – May 6)

I was more absent this week than originally planned, but I got assigned to a new workshop, which happened really fast and also a little unexpectedly. It’s a stage and camera casting workshop, which means I have to dust off my non-existent acting skills to try and keep up in class. It’s been fun so far, but it’s also quite taxing. I hope to be more present on the blog again as I get used to the new schedule and workload, but you are here for trailers, so let’s start!

Movies

Robin Hood

I am not against this movie but … why does Robin Hood look like Arrow? I’d watch anything with Taron Egerton and I like the twist to the story, but I am not sure about the style choices all the way. It looks very Guy Ritchie inspired to me (which also isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose?).

Ant-Man and the Wasp

My poor, poor heart isn’t over Infinity War yet, so I have nothing to say.

A Simple Favor

I definitely want to watch this and might even read the book beforehand.

The Kissing Booth

This could be cute. From what I hear, the book was first published on wattpad!

All Summers End

It looks really good.

Ibiza

So this is where Robb Stark went, huh?

Teen Titans Go! 

Glad Marvel and DC have an understanding that they can reference each other.

Monsters and Men

The Hamilton cast is really rocking it in movies showcasing the repercussions of police brutality. (check out the trailer for Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs here)

The Catcher Was a Spy

I love Rudd, but he doesn’t scream “spy” to me.

The Yellow Birds

I don’t think I want to watch any intense war movies.

TV Shows

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger

Usually I hate having so many different trailers, I just want the show more now.

Pose

It definitely gives you more of an idea what the show is about than the previous teasers.

13 Reasons Why (Season 2)

I can tell this season will have good music again, but please be cautious when watching this show.

All Night

How is this sustainable for more than a season?

Dietland

This trailer is confusing … how did it go from appearance to kidnapping men?

American Woman

“It’s almost as if I had a mind of my own.” hahaha

Strange Angel

Why are all these new shows so … strange?

Humans (Season 3)

REALLY looking forward to this!

What are you watching? I am off to run some lines for the upcoming week!

April 2018 Wrap-Up

I usually do my wrap-ups on the last day of the month, but I wanted to see if I could finish one more book because I am behind two reads on my Goodreads challenge … but, it didn’t happen because I fell asleep. So, that’s that! Here are the books I got to:

Dear Martin  To Kill a Kingdom  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  Famous in Love (Famous in Love, #1)

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

Where January was super slow, I feel like every month since has just been passing faster each time. I wish I had some really exciting tales to tell, but it’s pretty much all same old same old for me.

I hit a bit of a motivational low this month, so my blog posts and Arcadia updates weren’t exactly regular. I also wanted to draw and paint a lot, but had to struggle with the same creative low as I did with blogging. However, I am taking part in a contest to win the role as an extra for the German TV show Sankt Maik. It’s this fun story about a con man who poses as a priest to avoid getting arrested and then falls in love with the local police woman as well as the village he is stationed at. All you have to do to enter is create some sort of fan art and here is my take:

I would love for you to like it (or even comment) on my instagram here, because even though the number of likes and such doesn’t count towards you getting the role, it shows the people who host the contest how invested I am and maybe gives me a slight advantage? Even if I don’t win, some of the runner ups get the first season on DVD and I’d love that as well.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I have been overwhelmed with love for this community during the past month because so many of you lovely people have nominated me for the 2nd annual book blogger award and I have no words for how much that meant to me. I feel infinitely guilty for not putting up a nomination post myself and just want you to know that I really appreciate each and every one of you.

  • Marta has once again made an excellent point as to why trigger warnings are important even if they don’t concern you personally (I have to do so much better on that front myself).
  • Marie has hit home with yet another fantastic discussion post, this time about feeling validation as a blogger. So many people underestimate how helpful just a little recognition is, but how much it also matters to give yourself the credit you deserve.
  • Avery finally posted one of my most anticipated features – What’s on the Box! As a TV fanatic, I encourage everyone to venture out into that area if it’s something you’re interested in.
  • The Orang-Utan Librarian loved reading a book I recommended and I feel proud for spreading the love (and tears) that come with Words In Deep Blue.
  • Hannah had me all jealous about her unboxings for Fairyloot and the Wizarding World box!
  • Michelle is back home and I cannot believe how quickly time passed and how fortunate she was to have seen Love, Simon since it will take forever to come out in most of the other European countries.
  • Beth talked about how there’s pressure for book bloggers to have all the new releases and asked us how we felt about it.

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

That’s it from my side in terms of April! How was your month? What’s happening in May? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 23-29)

I don’t even know where time is going at this point, because every week just seems to pass quicker and quicker. Anyway, here are your trailers!

Movies

Crazy Rich Asians

The trailer is here and it looks SO GOOD!!! (I still have to read the book, but I will do that before the movie)

Venom

I am super excited for this! I mean, Tom Hardy AND Riz Ahmed is just a treat.

Woman Walks Ahead

Look at A24 doing quality content once again.

Kin

Why is James Franco in the thumbnail? 1. He isn’t even a main character and 2. these days he’s more of a reason not to watch something than to watch and this actually looks like a cool SciFi flick.

Smallfoot

I like how they turned that one around.

Leave No Trace

This looks beautiful and sad.

The Tale

This apparently has amazing reviews from what I hear. It looks very intense to me.

Billy Boy

I just want to know if they filmed that before Melissa and Blake got divorced because I cannot see them working together right now.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

I am so distracted by everyone’s hair.

Zoo

Another sad animal movie …

Uncle Drew

Still no fan of those prosthetics.

TV Shows

UnREAL (Season 4)

I am SO confused how we will get to this season after the end of S3, cause everything and everyone just looks different.

The Bold Type (Season 2)

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this one!

Dear White People (Season 2)

Still super pumped for this!

Sweetbitter

I am currently reading this and really enjoying it, so definitely looking forward to the show. Do you want a show vs. book comparison once I am done?

YOU

Hmmm … Penn Badgley back on TV? In a creepy role? With Shay Mitchell? Yes?

Sharp Objects

The people involved in this know how to make some messed up content for sure.

Reverie

I really like the look of this but the more I see, the more it reminds me of Inception meets Falling Waters or something like that.

Luke Cage (Season 2)

Not my favourite Marvel show …

Succession

The concept has been done before but this is just without the element of comedy.

What are you watching? Which ones did seem interesting to you? Let’s chat!