Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 19-25)

This week has gone by so fast and that even though I barely did anything. In general, I can’t believe I’ve been in Canada so long already, because it feels like just yesterday that I’ve arrived. I am not sure there are that many great trailers this week, but here’s what I found!

Movies

Pitch Perfect 3

Somehow I feel like I am the only one who isn’t absolutely in love with that franchise. I bet it will be sort of fun still.

To the Bone

I already know this will be so emotional. Lily put her heart and soul into making this movie.

Marshall

Looks cool!

The Only Living Boy in New York

I expected something different from the title …

Thank You for Your Service

This is going to be tough to watch. Perfect song choice!

American Assassin

I think if it weren’t for Dylan, I wouldn’t even consider this.

Stronger

I don’t think I want to see this, even though I am sure it will be inspiring.

The Incredible Jessica James

I don’t really know what that film is going to be about to be honest.

TV Shows

Atypical

This could be interesting.

Game of Thrones (Season 7)

They always chose the most epic music for their trailers. Winter is coming, folks.

In the Dark

The BBC start shows like that all the time, but they rarely make them last.

What are you watching? See anything you like?

Kat’s Adventure: Vancouver – Life’s a Beach

I’ve missed this week’s log, because I wasn’t really sure what to post. I have FINALLY made it to Vancouver and that’s where I drew the line on doing all the tourist-y stuff. I’ve been on the go for more than a month now and it’s just become really tiring. People are lovely and keep suggesting all the things I could do, but I need a break and I have several months here, so there really is no rush on seeing it all.

So, instead I explored the area, tried to find restaurants I could see myself going to on a regular basis and I even found a room with two UBC college students I could rent for July and August! You simply cannot imagine how happy I am about being able to unpack my suitcase and just leave my stuff lying around for a while. It has been so much fun seeing all these different cities but I am more than ready to settle down.

One of the things I love the most about Vancouver is how it has everything you could possibly need. The mountains are glorious, the trees are lush and deeply green and the ocean creates lovely beaches all around the city. And that’s it, Vancouver is a really big city. There is loads to do in the bustling downtown area, but at the same time you can go adventuring in the nature as well.

I have no idea if any of you know my grand master plan for my stay here, but it basically includes me wanting to find all the filming locations and getting to know some of the crew members (see how I didn’t say cast? I am trying to be professional over here). If you constantly show up in the same area and meet the same people, you inevitably end up talking at some point. My hope is that I can somehow find a way into the film and TV industry here in Vancouver and possibly return with a work visa in the next year. So far I have found two filming sets (which is really rather easy), but getting a word out is a different story.

Anyway, here are some impressions of Vancouver so far!

How have you all been? Let’s talk!

Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger (eARC Review)

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Page Count
: 320

*I was provided with an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

As you know, I’ve read the first book in this duology (?) only recently. You can check out my review for Mindwalker HERE!

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the predecessor of Mindstormer, I was pleasantly surprised by the beginning of this one. It really switched things up and kept you wondering what had happened. Lain having lost her memory sort of resets all her relationships back to when book one started, but since you know how she is “supposed to feel” towards certain characters, it really creates an interesting dynamic.

Unfortunately that was only the first part and then there is an entire flashback to the three months we missed. That’s when things sort of turned generic for me again and constantly kept reminding me of things I had read or seen before. I was also very frustrated with Lain and Steven’s behaviour during that time. I seriously started to think that Ian would become a valid option, simply because Lain and Steven didn’t interact with each other whatsoever. People change when they are thrown into extreme circumstances and it would not have been far fetched for me if they had simply grown apart, but apparently that wasn’t the master plan behind it. I just got so annoyed with their very opposite beliefs clashing, both of them being stubbornly idealistic in their own ways.

Something about this series just rubs me the wrong way. I am not sure I can really put a finger on it, but the portrayal of the countries and their relationship was odd to me (Like, can you imagine Canada building a wall to the US and then becoming one of the countries with the harshest internment camps on the planet?). In addition to that, I could not really agree with either form of suggested government and whenever Lain proposed a less violent approach, not even she could come up with concrete ideas on what they were actually supposed to do.

In the end, I was glad that the characters didn’t come out of this unscathed. Events like the ones they went through leave a mark and they’ll have to live with their actions forever. Ultimately, I liked it better than the first book, but it will never become one of my favourite series.

Fazit: 3/5 stars!

Would you read this series? Did you check out the sequel?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 12-18)

It’s been both, a quiet yet exciting week for me. I am a little tired of the constant travelling, so I am taking things slow now that I am in a location I intend to stay for a while. It seems to not have been equally as quiet on the trailer front though. Here’s what I found!

Movies

Goodbye Christopher Robin

If this is anything like Finding Neverland, I am going to cry buckets.

Flatliners

I don’t think I have seen the original version of this and therefore I have like no opinion on whether this is better or worse, but why does Hollywood have to do a remake for everything?

Home Again

I am still madly in love with all three 20-something guys in this movie. And I am okay with Reese’s character having whatever relationship it is with them, because I see that with reversed genders all the time, so bring it on.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Olaf is SO cute!

Daddy’s Home 2

How on earth did this get a sequel??

Detroit

John Boyega is killing it in whatever he is in. I got anxious for him just watching this trailer.

Some Freaks

I could see this being really powerful, because some people are straight nasty if someone doesn’t fit into their little box of how the world is supposed to be.

Tour de Pharmacy

That’s not really my kind of humour I am afraid.

Jungle

I don’t think I want to watch this but …

Seven Sisters

It starts like some sort of documentary voice over and then it turns completely dystopian!

Okja

The music is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Also, I still believe Okja looks like a hippo with floppy ears.

Happy Death Day

It’s like a weird/creepy version of Before I Fall?

Nobody Speak

I don’t understand why such a huge junk of it is about Hulk Hogan and then it becomes really political and about freedom of speech? Like the balance of the story is weird?

TV Shows

Friends from College

I might watch this.

The Night Shift (Season 4)

I haven’t watched the show in such a long time, but it looks very dramatic.

What are you watching? Do you like any of the things here?

Kat’s Adventure: Week 4 – Montréal

Do you know the feeling when you really like a place but somehow it just isn’t a right fit for you? That’s basically my time in Montréal in a nutshell. Let’s take a closer look!

Tuesday – Much Needed Friend-Time

I slept in pretty long that day and was actually a little glad when I realised that my host family wasn’t here. It was my first time using airbnb and while my stay as a whole was lovely, I wasn’t prepared to live with a 3 year old whirlwind, because that was simply not mentioned in the profile … but whatever.

I picked up my friend from work. We went to a coffee shop, bought artsy post cards and talked. There’s just no way to express how happy I was to have my best friend back, to talk about random and important stuff. That’s basically how I spent most of the day and I regret nothing.

Wednesday – Mont Royal

That day I met up with a girl I met from Germany, whom I had met on the bus when we both drove from Ottawa to Montreal. She was super easy to talk to and often felt like I had known her forever, but since she was alone in town, I was only too happy to “climb” Mont Royal together with her.

Everyone told me that it was easy to go up … well not the way we did it! We got astray several times, but in the end we always found a the things we wanted to see somehow. There is just this one time where we might as well could have stumbled onto the set of a zombie apocalypse movie. We found this seemingly abandoned clinic. Everywhere were health hazard signs and posters saying “We do not tolerate violence”. It was a fertility clinic but also a mental health hospital with bars on some of the windows. Not saying it was actually a bad place, but if felt creepy AF.

Thursday – Mural Festival

Thursday was the first day of the Mural Festival on St. Laurent. I love street art and there were a lot of people and vendors on the street, so I definitely checked that out.

Friday – Biosphere (and an unexpected evacuation)

It was my friend’s day off, so we got pancakes for brunch and then met up with one of her local friends to go to the Biosphere, an eco museum that offered free entry on that day. It was the same weekend as the Formula 1 Grand Prix though and you could hear the sound of the engines all around. Right when we wanted to go on a guided nature walk, the animator suddenly let us know that the museum was being evacuated. We still took the tour, because it was outside, but everything was still shut off when we got back … including the metro. Let’s just say I am not too fond of being stuck in a metal tube with crazy amounts of people.

Saturday – BBQ with a bunch of French people

I got to hang out with my friend and/or her roommates all week long, but this was an event where she wanted me to meet some of her other friends. Of course I want to get to know the people in her life, but she did a banging job at befriending a ton of French-speaking people. It’s not that they couldn’t speak English, just not as great and I understood their French, but I couldn’t say anything in return. At some point the conversations were just really stifling. I did end up having a lot of fun, but it’s just frustrating when people want to convince you that Montreal is the best and that you could easily immerse yourself into the French if you stayed. Well, guess what? I just don’t want to. I am fine with everyone loving that language, but I just don’t. English is my one true love and I am enjoying myself much more in solely English speaking areas. It’s a sad fact.

Sunday – Time’s Almost Up

It felt like time was passing way quicker in Montreal than any of the other cities before. I liked the layout and especially the area I was staying at. It was bright and lively but not in any way that felt rushed. I understood why my friend fell in love with the city, but I also knew it wasn’t for me. Still, saying goodbye would be harder than with the others before.

Monday – Old Montréal

I parked my suitcase at my friend’s place, because I only booked my airbnb room until that day, even though my plane wouldn’t leave until Tuesday morning. We went and explored old Montreal as well as the downtown area. We did some shopping and later we went to the mural festival again as well as to eat out. It had been a long day, since the anticipation of travelling always gets to me, but we made sure we really made the best of our time. Around 11 PM, I left for the airport and it was such a long night. I was lucky in so far that I met a really nice guy on the bus, who made the wait until 7 AM (around the time my flight would leave) infinitely more easy. My brain felt like utter mush by the time I finally left. I am sure I slept on the airplane, even though it didn’t feel like it at all. When we finally touched ground in Vancouver … it weirdly felt like coming home.

How was your week? How have you been?

Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger (Book Review)

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Page Count
: 400

Do you know that feeling when you see a book on NetGalley and you’re like “Sure, that sounds interesting. Let’s request it!” but then you find out it’s a sequel and now you are forced to quickly read the first book to understand what’s going on in the other one? If you have never experienced this, count yourself lucky! It has happened so many times to me and mostly I don’t care, but when it comes to dystopian worlds, I like to get the full picture and not just feel lost along the story. I don’t feel like I could fairly review it otherwise. So, long story short, I accidentally requested (but really blame the publisher because they didn’t state it correctly) the sequel to this and now read this as fast as I could.

I haven’t read dystopians in a while now, but this felt as generic as they come. Bright young girl learns that the system she believed in isn’t as fair as it’s made out to be while also being entangled in a sort of love triangle – sound familiar? I felt like the relationship had a real Katniss-Peeta-Gale-dynamic to it, which means one of the boys was a Gale, which in my language means he never was a real prospect for the MC’s love anyway.

The concept of eradicating all mental health issues sounded interesting at first, but it soon became very disturbing. They literally put collars on people who have a problem at controlling their temper. In addition to that, they basically hand out suicide pills to the poorer population, because they don’t want to help those people like they do with the upper class. No, those folks can get their memories erased whenever something bad has happened. I do see the benefits of not having to remember e.g. being raped, but they also discuss how the memory wipe affects the person’s personality. Our memories and the things that have happend to us, may they be good or bad, make us into the people we are. They change us and wiping your mind clear of these events will forever make you a different person too.

There were some interesting theories thrown in the mix, but I found the execution very poorly. Lain, the main character, was annoyingly idealistic. I simply couldn’t understand why she believed she wasn’t monitored or why she acted against her gut feeling when it came to the character of certain people in her life. She was one of those special unicorn kind of girls, the one who has no friends at all, is super smart and has two handsome guys lusting for her from afar. I just felt like I have dealt with a character like that a million times before.

The beginning of the sequel seems promising in terms of them mixing things up with the narration, but I will see if I can enjoy it more. This definitely won’t make it into my favourites list for now.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! Could have been better executed.

Have you had trouble with NetGalley requests as well? Have you read this series and feel different than me?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 5-11)

A little on the late side today, but that’s what happens when there’s a power outage at your place and you consequently don’t have internet. It’s sort of my final night here in Montreal, but that still doesn’t stop me from doing this little post for you. Enjoy!

Movies

Black Panther

I AM ALREADY IN LOVE!!!!!!!! I’ve been excited for this ever since he showed up in Civil War and people in my vicinity have been so meh about it, but JUST. LOOK. AT. IT! I want it now.

American Made

I will always be more excited about Domhnall Gleeson in a movie than I will be about Tom Cruise.

Landline

They really have the 90s look down.

First Kill

Not for me.

Blind

Still not really something I would personally watch.

Forever My Girl

Weirdly, I like those kind of country music full on cheese-fest movies.

You Get Me

So, I am super bitter about Netflix’ decisions lately and I am still not a fan of Bella Thorne … so, I am not into this.

TV Shows

Younger (Season 4)

NO NO NO NO NO NO … I might actually cry.

Degrassi: Next Class (Season 4)

Is it just me or is it really weird that they don’t mention Maya at all? Also, Frankie and Jonah used to be so cute … but now everyone is leaving and ugh … I can’t deal.

Victoria (Season 2) – First Look

Victoria and Albert are perfection.

Killjoys (Season 3)

I still haven’t seen the second Season … ooops.

Dark Matter (Season 3)

The premiere was actually really promising. I like where it’s going.

The Bold Type

Maybe.

Gypsy

This is going to be so messed up.

What are you watching? How are you doing?