Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jul 15-21)

Just like yesterday, I am writing this post on a pretty long train ride with dodgy wifi. So, please excuse any errors and such as I try to navigate through youtube vids that only load halfway with a splitting headache to go with it. Also, it is SDCC time, which means a lot of new stuff is being released and I am bound to miss something.

Movies

Cats

I guess this wasn’t a joke and it’s happening … like for real, for real.

Paradise Hills

Would you believe me if I told you that I had been waiting for that trailer for a long time. It gives me strong YA book vibes.

Hustlers

Okay, also didn’t know this was happening.

The King’s Man

Sooo … I suppose this is a prequel then.

Farming

Watching this movie is just going to hurt big time, but it also looks like a really, really good movie.

Don’t Let Go

This is like Lake House just with crime instead of romance and I love it.

Top Gun: Maverick

I have a confession to make, I have never seen Top Gun.

Playing with Fire

It looks so dumb, but I will probably watch it once it’s out in home entertainment.

The Red Sea Diving Resort

When did Evans have time to shoot all those films that are releasing with him in it?

Angel of Mine

Oh no, no, no. You don’t mess with Serena’s kid.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

I guess someone will watch this.

It: Chapter 2

I put this in here for people who enjoy horror, a group of people I am not part of.

TV Shows

The Witcher

This is looking really great, right? Are fans of the other Witcher material happy?

His Dark Materials

Yes, yes, I am here for this!

Unbelievable

So intense but also so brilliant and sad.

Carnival Row

Fine, I will watch it.

Watchmen

Definitely not like the movie they did a while back.

neXt

Alexa *cough* I mean Eliza is taking over.

Wynonna Earp Season 4 Comic Con Reel

I am so grateful they are finally continuing with the show.

Agents of SHIELD (Season 6)

For a second there I thought Thanos had snapped his fingers again.

All DCTV Comic Con Promos (meaning Arrow, Flash, etc.)

Snowpiercer

I feel like it wasn’t that long ago that this was a movie.

Westworld (Season 3)

Haven’t gotten around to S2 yet, so I haven’t watched this trailer.

Mr. Robot (Season 4)

All things must come to an end.

Dear White People (Season 3)

I quite like this show, so yay for more.

What are you watching? Will you be tuning in to any of the things in this post? Let’s chat!

The Rook: Book vs. TV Show

I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time, but they always used to be my favourites and since the views on them are pretty decent, I dare claim that you don’t hate them either. Sometimes the comparison isn’t entirely fair and I completely understand if your opinions differ. It’s really just my personal thoughts on the matter!

General Plot

A woman wakes up surrounded by dead bodies. She neither knows how she got into this mess nor who she is, however, there is a letter addressed to her for specifically that situation and it was seemingly written by … her? A journey encompassing secret government agencies, people with strange abilities (of which she is one) and vast betrayal begins.

Book

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)I have to start by saying that I read this book AFTER I started watching the show. I feel like that is very necessary to point out, because I have a feeling that had it been the other way around, the end result of this post might have been very different.

From the get go, I could see that they didn’t take much more than the general idea when they adapted the book for the screen. Which is fine for me, but I suspect not so much for fans of the source material. Anyway, the start of this whole reading adventure didn’t exactly go smoothly. I was painfully aware that this was written by man, because no way on earth would a chick who had just been brutally beaten up and found herself without memory be blissfully exclaiming that she doesn’t have cellulite when she gets a first glimpse of herself in the mirror. Just nope. Throughout the remainder of the book, I felt like women were described in much more detail though, and often with the remark as to how they were more beautiful than the main character. Men on the other hand were shrugged of as being bodybuilder types, with their name not even being worth remembering cause they just didn’t get one, and I guess just everyone is handsome or beautiful, except of course, for the monsters. I was super curious about the story though and tried to shrug it off as best as I could. I am quite skilled in ignoring parts of things I might otherwise enjoy.

I had a distinct flashback to the Jackaby book series while reading The Rook, just in a far more modern setting. It is filled with all kinds of creatures and oddly placed humour in situations that are in actuality life and death. For me, that makes it hard to take it serious at times and lowers the stakes immensely. Also, when I am looking for something with “mutants”, I don’t really want vampires and such joining in.

I was disappointed by the villains as well. As much as there was good build up in the mystery department, all villains (there are really several) were just ridiculous and frankly … weird? And not in a good way for me. The kind of genetic and surgical “improvements” they made had me laughing out loud more often than trembling in fear. And again, those were supposed life and death situations. I may just be bitter though, because they made my favourite character from the show absolutely horrendous here.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! It wasn’t the worst book I have read, there are parts I quite enjoyed, but overall, I don’t think this will really stick with me.

TV Show

First off, I want to point out that at the time of my writing this post, there have only been three episodes released. I very much feel like this show is meant to be binged, rather than one week after the other, but unfortunately that’s not what Starz is giving me. I am therefore basing my opinions on what I have seen thus far.

If you enjoy a slowly told X-Men meets Jason Bourne, this show might be for you! It does have flaws in pacing and distribution of screen time to characters, but contrary to the book, the villains actually make sense. Here they are called vultures and they kidnap people with abilities in order to sell them on the black market. That is something I can handle better than Belgian weirdos who want to take over a country by riding in on horses with antlers or creating sentient fungus.

As I have mentioned before, the show took a lot of liberties with the story and characters. Myfanwy (which isn’t pronounced the Welsh way, but rather rhymes with Tiffany) has completely different powers, the main people have been vastly downsized and except for names, they didn’t keep much of anything else. I am personally very much in favour of this because of Gestalt.

For those of you who know German, you will realise that Gestalt means something like “figure” or “shape”. Here it is used as the name for my favourite character, a hive mind like being who lives in the bodies of four siblings. I am never quite sure how to describe it accurately, but imagine being one consciousness spread over several bodies. They can do individual tasks, but if you talk to one of them, you basically talk to all of them. Here’s a little visualisation to help along.

Naturally, I was beyond fascinated! The actors do such an amazing job and it must have been an intense experience filming it (especially since only one actor is portraying the “twins”). Add to the mix that in the show (other than in the book where they despised each other), Myfanwy and Gestalt seemed to have hooked up? And I am just so curious about the logistics of it all. But without trying to spoil you for anything major, it seems like they really care for each other and I am so here for that. During an attack on Myfanwy by the vultures, Eliza (the female Gestalt) got hit by a tranq dart and when Myfanwy visited her in the ward … just wow! What a powerful kiss it must have been when your alternate body crashes a car!? I am utterly in love with this plot point.

Conclusion

If you didn’t guess yet that the show downright won for me, then I cannot help you. I don’t want to trashtalk the book, but it just wasn’t for me. All the things that I found fascinating when I started watching the show just weren’t in the written version and therefore we just had a classic problem of expectations vs. reality. Also, Gestalt.

Have you read or watched The Rook? Do you see where I am coming from or feel the complete opposite? Let me know so we can chat in the comments!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 8-14)

I kind of just forgot to post anything this week? I can’t really explain the why of it all, let’s just say that I was preoccupied with other things and that I am simultaneously on this massive self improvement trip that takes up a lot of time.

Movies

Mulan

This actually looks badass, but I really like the animated movie. I don’t know … I’ll be missing some elements for sure, but at least there’s no white dude running around like in one of the earlier drafts for this movie.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Uuuuh, there’s more of her!

Otherhood

I feel like this is right up my alley.

Ode to Joy

It’s weird, but also kind of interesting.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

I liked the first trailer better, but I cracked up hard when she was talking to the “audience”.

J.T. Leroy

I can’t believe I didn’t hear anything about this when it actually happened.

Judy

I am so over biopics of real people.

The Operative

Freeman is good in business right now, I suppose.

Secret Obsession

This trailer shows way too much, even if almost everyone could have predicted the “twist”.

TV Shows

The Society (Season 2)

I just need you all to be happy for me, because I predicted that we’d get another season and WE DID!

Another Life

I am definitely here for any kind of alien/outer space show.

BH90210 (mini series revival)

It just sort of looks like a reality show? Look at the set design!?

Mayans MC (Season 2)

I’m gonna be real with you. I forgot to even check out the first season of this.

Queer Eye (Season 4)

Queer Eye is just bliss.

What will you be watching? Let’s talk about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 1-7)

Another week has come and gone and it’s been a busy one, how else could it be? I haven’t really checked on too many trailers before starting this post, so I will discover them alongside you. Here we go!

Movies

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

I am ready for all the sci-fi references in this one.

Spies in Disguise

Sometimes I think I am feeling it and then not at all.

Jumanji: the Next Level

I hate to admit it, but I am in!

Knives Out

This looks absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait! Also, seems like Evans got tired of playing America’s sweetheart.

Driven

Fun fact: around the same time, there’ll be a documentary called “Framing John DeLorean” coming out.

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

I hope you all know that this is a mockumentary.

Jacob’s Ladder

Nope, this is not for me.

TV Shows

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Did I need this remake/reboot? No. Will I watch it? Likely.

The Righteous Gemstones

I guess I’d watch it.

Pandora

This looks kind of as bad as The Outpost, but then again CW gave that another season too, so what do I know?

The Boys

This will actually premiere sooner than I thought, and with that I mean this month.

Pearson

I have not watched Suits enough to be invested in this.

Will you be watching anything from the list? Tell me all about it!

June 2019 Wrap-Up

A tiny bit belated, but here I am with my wrap-up for the month of June. And you won’t believe it, but I actually read a book as well. It wasn’t my favourite book ever, not even a favourite of the year, but it is progress and I had a couple nice hours with it.

The Devouring Gray is an interesting mystery novel with magical elements. I had pretty high hopes for it, but didn’t click with the characters too much. That was probably the main downfall, because the story is intriguing for the most part and although not unpredictable exactly, still pretty nicely filled with twists.

Ultimately I could only give it 3 stars, which isn’t a bad rating, but also not a good one either. At this point, I would pick up a sequel although I wouldn’t be in a rush about it.

You can check out my review by clicking on the title and get re-directed to Goodreads by clicking on the cover.

June was just as packed as some of my previous months in terms of work and the end of my internship seems to be approaching just faster and faster. I don’t like this stage of actually having to do a lot, but simultaneously being sort of in the air in terms of what the future holds. I want to do everything right and apply for jobs and figure out where I am going to live, but it’s not that easy. However, my parents came to visit me in Berlin for a week and it was a really nice break from everything.

On the hottest day, we went up North to the coast and it was much cooler there. We weren’t too lucky with the trains, but honestly, who is? The German trains suck. Anyway, I always thought that any body of open water could make me happy, but apparently I actually do have a preference for the Pacific. Who would have guessed? *cough* everyone *cough* That’s not to say that the beach wasn’t nice and the destination a good idea for that particular day especially.

We also went to see a circus-esque performance. It was so weird, but also a lot of fun and very funny? There was just this one guy dressed in a bunny costume with a voice distortion thing going on and I swear it’s what nightmares are made of.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I very much liked the new season of Dark, I super enjoyed How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), but my heart goes out to Chuck. Sometimes I don’t need to binge all the new things, when there is some great stuff that holds up even close to a decade later. Just like with Veronica Mars, this show just sort of works for me, even when I know it’s not perfect (but honestly, what is?).

(lowkey can’t deal with the Australian voice over)

Other than that, I really enjoyed diving back into some old memories as I am prepping for a new super secret writing project. I have told a handful of people about it and I think it’s going to be fun! I am definitely looking forward to doing this all very differently this time around, with proper outlining and such. Usually, I just write about whatever comes to mind and then get stuck as soon as there’s a hitch because I have no clue where it’s all supposed to head to. Maybe this time will be different.

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That’s it from my side! I hope you all had a great start into July. Stay hydrated and out of the sun!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jun 24-30)

I’ve been pretty busy this week, as my parents came to visit me in Berlin. I originally intended to post more during the week, but it all came down to the weekend again. I guess that’s just the way it is. Here are your trailers!

Movies

Charlie’s Angels

I know everyone says it’s going to flop and I don’t know how to argue against it, but I am actually really pumped for this movie. I loved Charlie’s Angels growing up! My parents had to endure me rewatching the heck out of the VHS tapes.

Bond 25 (First Look)

Uhm … are we going to have a motorcycle next to train shot in every Bond movie now?

Queen & Slim

This looks awesomely intense.

The Good Liar

This looks like a great thriller!

The Current War

Why do I feel like I have seen the trailer for this a couple years back already?

Midway

I personally didn’t need a new Pearl Harbor-esque movie and especially not one that looks so filled with special effects.

Nekrotonic

It looks SO bad!

Night Hunter

Also noping out of this one.

Burn

This has too creepy a vibe for me.

Coyote Lake

Camila Mendes isn’t making the best of choices when it comes to her movie projects, but maybe that’s just my opinion.

Typewriter

I feel like I have heard about this before.

TV Shows

The Naked Director

Soooo … this is basically a show about how a Japanese dude became an adult film director … based on real life events?

Orange is the New Black (Season 7)

Can you believe that I didn’t even get through the first episode of this? I feel like such an outcast.

Designated Survivor (Season 3)

I keep forgetting this show even exists.

Will you be watching any of these shows or movies? Did something catch your eye? Let’s chat!

6-Year-Blogiversary: Q&A

As mentioned in my 6-year-blogiversary-post, I wanted to do another Q&A if there were enough questions to answer. I want to thank everyone who participated and even though I had hoped for a tiiiiny bit more to answer, I think this is still a fun little round up to do. I haven’t put them in categories or anything like that this time and will just answer them in the order I found them in the comments. Enjoy!

THE QUESTIONS (AND MY ANSWERS)

What’s the weirdest TV show or movie you’ve watched from beginning to end? (Rami @Rami Ungar the Writer)

I think one of the weirdest TV shows to date is still Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It’s still hard for me to put into words what this show was about other than the fact that nothing in the universe is really a coincidence and that everything is connected. That show just got weirder with time and we were forever robbed because it ended so soon.

How did you get into movies/TV shows? And how do you stay on top of them? (Caro @Bookcheshirecat)

Hmmm … do you mean how my interest for it started or how I got to work in the industry? For the former, I can only say that I have always loved to watch TV and even in grade school, I made all my friends develop their own characters for my favourite shows so we could pretend we were part of it all (which they hated after a while). And as far as the industry and my job goes, we had career day at my school before graduation and this very new course of studies called “Film-, TV- and Media-Production” was introduced. I applied, got in and just networked my way into jobs from there. I had no prior work experience in the field, since my school was about tourism and economy.

Now, about the whole staying on top of things, I think I find out about most shows on YouTube or Twitter to begin with. Then I just try and watch whatever I can whenever I can, although it has become increasingly impossible to watch anything that’s not on at least one of the streaming services. Also, turns out, I prefer bingeing stuff instead of tormenting myself every week anew. It all comes down to whether you want to take the time to watch something or not though. When I go to bed, I have my laptop ready and watch something. When I can’t sleep and am up early, I squeeze in an episode of something before work. It’s not for everyone, but if there’s an extended period where I don’t watch anything, that’s a sign of something being very wrong with me. TV is my happy place.

What book character do you relate to most and why? (Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books)

I think that prize goes to Molly from the The Upside of Unrequited. I have expanded on the topic in my review, but it basically comes down to body type and having a million crushes that don’t mean anything at the same time. When I said that I would throw my hat into the ring if they ever made a movie about her, I was completely and 100% serious. I’d love to play that girl!

How many toes do you have? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Just the standard 10.

If you could have chosen your name, what would you have picked? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

I am quite happy with my name, but I once did the How I See Myself as a Fictional Character Tag, where I created the fake persona Eden Rhodes and I love that name. I would totally make it my pseudonym or something should I become a writer and need a more easily pronounceable name.

Butterflies or birds? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Butterflies are super pretty, but my first instinct was birds. (I guess it depends on the bird though)

Peanut butter or jam? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Both? I guess if I had to eat them separately, I’d prefer jam, but I really like peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches and let’s face it … jelly in that case is basically jam?

What’s one book, and then one show, that you have a VIVID memory of adoring with all of your heart when you were younger? And do you think you’d still love them as much today? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books)

Book: Usually I say Inkheart for these kind of questions, but I was equally entranced by the book Momo. Both have shaped my young mind and I think I have held multiple book reports on them. Somehow I think that Momo probably held up better over time, but I am not sure I know why exactly. Either way, I would be scared to reread them just in case the magic isn’t all there anymore and it would ruin my mental pictures of the stories.

TV Show: Hands down, this goes to the Tribe. I was majorly obsessed with it around age 7 or so, which was way too young for that kind of show. I’ve also talked about it before, because it was about a virus killing all adults on the globe and only teens and kids surviving and now having to fend for themselves. I have watched it since and the nostalgia held up for the most part.

What are your top 3 tv shows/movies from this year so far? (Anna @My Bookish Dream)

Narrowing it down to 3 each was very difficult, but I have tried and come up with the following.

TV Shows: The Society, The Umbrella Academy, Russian Doll

Movies: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Someone Great, The Party’s Just Beginning

Which upcoming TV shows/movies are you most looking forward to? (Anna @My Bookish Dream)

This could go on forever, so I am trying to keep it to one each.

TV show: The Rook (although if we are talking about continuations of shows, it’s Veronica Mars, Stranger Things, GLOW, the Elite, etc.)

Movie: Yesterday


That’s it from my side – feel free to ask questions in the comments if there is something you always wanted to know from me! I will contact the person who has won the art giveaway separately and wish you a good rest of the day (if I don’t see you later on the Trailer post)!