Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 22-28)

It’s weird to say this, but I feel more like myself again. I am actually reading a book at the moment, I have binged some great shows and updated my knowledge on recently released shows and I have also drawn something for the first time in months as well as written a new chapter in the #witchyWIP. Getting those creative juices flowing again is a thing of beauty. Anyways, you are here for trailers though, so you shall get them:

Movies

In a Relationship

I am not the biggest Emma Roberts fan, but I love the kid who plays Matt. He was phenomenal in The OA!

The Holiday Calendar

Not gonna lie, I am kind of into the Hallmark approach to Christmas movies that Netflix is taking.

Mary Poppins Returns

I love that they have animation like in the original.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I am so excited for this movie. I love Queen!

Vox Lux

They really shouldn’t be surprised that people think of Black Swan when they see her make up like that.

Cold Pursuit

I put both the international (the first one) and the US trailer on here and I may not be entirely objective here, but I prefer the international one.

The Outlaw King

I heard this did great at TIFF.

Bird Box

Despite the amazing cast this looks absolutely terrifying and I don’t like that.

In Searching

This is a pretty bad trailer? Who edited that??

TV Shows

Tidelands

Is this H2O for adults?

The Orville (Season 2)

I really didn’t expect S1 to be as good as it was.

Titans (Starfire Featurette)

If you haven’t started watching Titans yet, what are you waiting for?

The Passage

This still reminds me of that show “Believe” from a couple years back.

Disenchantment

The numbers must have been great if they got three more seasons like that!

Dirty John

That guy would have creeped me out way too many times to marry him.

What are you currently watching? Did you check out my post on witches on TV? My mind is currently occupied by them! 

Contemporary Witches are BACK on TV!

When I was little, I was always fascinated by any story that involved magic. However, in fairy tales, the witches are often the baddies, but growing up, I mostly saw them as powerful, good (or at least morally ambiguous) women on TV. I adored those portrayals and that’s part of why I am so happy that contemporary witches are having a real comeback on the small screen. Not to say there’s anything wrong with historic settings, but I do like to see them integrated in life nowadays – makes the daydreaming easier, if you know what I mean. Here are some of the most recent examples that you can currently find on the telly:

**Disclaimer: I haven’t seen the full season of any of these shows yet!**

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Very few people seem to know this, but The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t just a remake of the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it’s actually based on a series of comics that are part of the Archie universe. Yes, that means that Riverdale and Greendale are effectively in the same universe and a crossover is not unlikely. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Just yesterday, Netflix released the full first season of the show. Even a cursory glance at it will show you that it has very little to do with the 90s show some of us might still remember, but that is probably for the best. It rarely works if you try to recreate something exactly the same way (although they should have kept the talking cat – Salem was just too iconic).

The visuals now are a lot darker, with a modernised perspective on things as well as a certain touch of retro to it all – I haven’t seen so many people use landlines in a decade! You can be certain that the set designers and cinematographers took great care when they created this show, especially in terms of playing with colour. While I do appreciate the new spin on things, I can’t say I love the show. It’s hard to put my finger on what it is that I am missing, but maybe it’s just moving a tiny bit too slow for me.

Light as a Feather

Staying on a darker path, this show is for people who enjoy the horror side of it all. Based on a former wattpad story and now published book, Light as a Feather is a new Hulu show that draws on works such as Final Destination and Carrie.

I may have expected this to be even creepier and gruesome than it was, but so far there were still a couple nice twists and turns. Albeit it being a little predictable at times, it’s still interesting to see the characters react to certain situations they are put in. My main complaint for it would probably be that I really didn’t understand the why of it all after watching 2/3 of the first season. I hope it will explain things to some extent, as I am really not expecting a full on tell all in the final three episodes, but a little clarification as to what’s going on would be nice.

Having said this, putting the show in a post about witches might have been a bit of a stretch since I don’t know what’s happening. But the whole “Light as a feather …”-chant does always remind me of witchcraft, so there’s that …

Charmed

A couple of you already know this, but I was one of the biggest fans of the original Charmed show. If I had any say in this matter, the CW reboot would have never happened and we would have gotten a Next Generation kind of show instead. Alas, that’s not what happened and here we are.

I think the biggest mistake the CW made with this show is alienate some of the original fans previous to the reboot’s release by saying that the new version is a feminist spin on the original. Three powerful women living by themselves, rocking their careers and not actually being all about men despite that being part of their life sounds great to me, but apparently it wasn’t enough for the CW. Nevertheless, I really wanted to give this a try. If it could introduce a new generation to the power of three, why not? Right?

Well … I am not entirely convinced. I am glad there seem to be more inclusion in terms of casting and portrayal, I would never ever argue with that. However, to me, the charm of the original was that they had to figure out the magic on their own. Their guardian whitelighter didn’t show up in the first episode to explain everything like it happened here. Furthermore, in terms of visuals, this new Charmed just seems to draw from a lot of modern day pop culture and I think that’s a bit lazy. The first demon you see could be a Game of Throne’s Ice King doppelganger and the way their whitelighter teleports looks like apparation from Harry Potter. Why did they change that anyway?

As you can see, I am very skeptical. The second episode was better than the pilot in my opinion, but it has a long road if it wants to become a fan favourite like the original.

A Discovery of Witches

Did I save my favourite one for last? I absolutely did! So far A Discovery of Witches, based on the book by the same title, has only aired on Sky One in the UK, but it will be out in the US in 2019.

There’s a lot that is wrong with this show. In my heart and my mind, I absolutely 100% know that. People who compare it to an adult Twilight are spot on. It has the cliché vampire who stalks the girl who falls in love with him anyway, the forbidden love and whatnot. But it also has an intriguing system of magic and a scientific background to support it. Combine all that with a perfect casting of Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as the leads (their chemistry is off the charts) as well as beautiful scenery shots of Oxford, Venice and remote places in France – I was hooked immediately.

Maybe, as I get older, I am more drawn to adult shows? I feel like that’s not universally true, but little did I know that I was still craving vampire stories just like I did when I was 13 years old. Out of all the shows I mentioned, this is the one I am yearning to see the next episode of. I know that the book is a tome, so in comparison I think they are moving quite fast on the show without making it look like a rush job. This is for sure my latest obsession.

Honorary Mention – Legacies

I really only want to mention this briefly, but Legacies is CW’s latest spin-off show of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. I can’t really recommend this for anyone who hasn’t watched the previous shows at all, as they don’t really waste time explaining who’s who, but rather just assume it’s a given that you know them. Still, it does have witches, vampires and werewolves – so it definitely fits the theme and if you are into that and liked the previous shows, then it might be worth checking out. The first episode was decent enough.


What’s your take on witches? Are you glad they are back as well? Don’t hesitate to comment if you want to chat about any of the above mentioned shows! 

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

Thank you to everyone who was concerned about my ankle! The swelling is almost completely gone and I think taking the stairs won’t be as much of a hassle in the upcoming week. But enough about that annoying thing, here are some trailers for you!

Movies

The Aftermath

When I first saw this trailer, Testament of Youth immediately came to mind and I didn’t even know why. Then I saw it was the same director and I not so secretly felt proud that I apparently do notice certain stylistic choices by people. But Alexander’s German is .. ugh.

A Dog’s Way Home

I wanna say dog movies never fail but this movie’s predecessor A Dog’s Purpose didn’t do so well at the box office.

The Kid Who Would Be King

Obviously there are some odd elements to this and I am not saying this will be the best Arthur-esque story, but me as a kid would have loved this!

Write When You Get Work

That just confused me.

Miss Bala

Jane (I know that’s not her real name) is amping it up!

Destroyer

Nicole Kidman is barely recognisable in this!

TV Shows

Outlander (Season 4)

The promo makes it look so wholesome when we all darn well know it won’t be.

Midnight Texas (Season 2)

Really looking forward to this!

Bodyguard

It’s coming to Netflix so I can finally watch it too.

Super Drags

I love that this is just regular content now.

The Magicians (Season 4)

I am still an entire season behind …

What are you watching? I am on a mad witch binge right now and tried everything from Charmed (the new one), A Discovering of Witches and Light as a Feather in the past week. Cannot wait for Sabrina now!

Randomly Ranking Marvel TV Shows!

What is this? I am actually posting something other than the weekly trailer round-up? Yeah, I can barely believe it myself. I’ve thought about doing this post for a long time, but now it just felt like I should go for it – I am going to rank all the Marvel TV shows! To start with, I want to say that this list is 100% subjective and I won’t be surprised whatsoever if your own ranking varies in any shape or form. Secondly, I know that it’s not actually “all Marvel TV shows” as I will deliberately leave some out that I either haven’t watched at all, pretend they don’t exist or lost sight of too much to really put them in here namely Agent Carter and Inhumans as well as all animated shows. Let’s get started!

10. Iron Fist

(watched 1 out of 2 seasons)

I didn’t really think about having to explain my ranking and in hindsight I probably should have prepared this better, but I just find Danny Rand to be an extremely annoying character and didn’t enjoy his story very much so far. Nevermind the optics of the show, which are side-eye worthy at best. Colleen was the only redeeming character and the real hero on that show for me. All of that is probably why I still haven’t gotten around to watching more.

9. Luke Cage

(watched 1 out of 2 seasons)

While I thoroughly enjoyed Luke’s introduction in Jessica Jones, the show didn’t measure up to what I had hoped it would be about. I wasn’t too happy about his new love interest, even if they were super cute together, and ultimately the episodes were too slow for me. I literally fell asleep multiple times during the first third of the show and didn’t miss any crucial information whatsoever … that’s not exactly a good sign.

8. Agents of SHIELD

(watched 3 out of 5 seasons)

I used to be head over heels into this show, but it is one of the most inconsistent ones I know. Maybe it is due to their tall season orders or them splitting the seasons into parts, but it got more whacky with time and at some point I just checked out. I am happy for everyone who continues to enjoy the show, but for me there just came a time to step away from it. (FitzSimmons forever though!)

7. The Defenders

(watched 1 out of 1 season)

I loved some of the things they did in terms of visuals for this, giving each character their own colour and playing with that throughout the episodes was a real highlight. However, it doesn’t change the fact that the team met far too late for my own taste. Their banter is what I tuned in for and they wasted valuable episodes keeping them apart.

6. Jessica Jones

(watched 2 out of 2 seasons)

I am still mesmerized at the glory that was the first season of Jessica Jones. David Tennant delivered an amazing villain, there was copious amounts of tension and then it just fizzled out a little in the second season. I don’t think it was a bad one, but with such a strong focus on Trish, I didn’t connect with the story as much. Jessica is still badass though and I am gladly going to tune into whatever comes next.

5. The Gifted

(watched 2 out of 2 seasons – at least what’s out so far)

My beloved mutants! I wish I could put them higher on this list as this is the only show with mutants and they are my favourites, but it wouldn’t feel right. The Gifted has a wide array of characters, as it should, but I would be lying if I said I cared for all of them equally. Some episodes just had such a strong focus on people I don’t want to watch all that much, whereas the ones I could follow for hours were a bit neglected. It’s too bad when that happens as I get easily bored, but I figure maybe other people love exactly those characters? But generally, I adore the whole humans vs. mutants struggle, as I believe it can be applied to many real life societal issues.

4. Daredevil

(watched 3 out of 3 seasons)

Netflix did well with making this their first original Marvel show. They cast it perfectly and gave me Karen Page, whom I adore more than most people like to believe. (me= Elektra who?)While sometimes the blood and gore just bore me and I don’t even watch the intricately choreographed fight scenes, I like the interactions of the characters and the moral issues discussed. S2 is probably still my favourite for this show, but they are doing great overall!

3. The Punisher

(watched 1 out of 1 season)

The inner Frank and Karen fangirl in me just needed this show so much! Am I a fan of all the killing and dying as well? No, that’s just not me. But I am so freaking good at ignoring that and focusing on the parts I really like and I got a lot of them here. Also, Ben Barnes is always a nice treat to look at. You have to give me that!

2. Runaways

(watched 1 out of 1 season)

Just because these shows are higher up on the list, doesn’t mean they are flawless, just that I personally clicked a whole lot more with them. All these adults from the previous shows getting their powers and snark on is great to watch, but seeing teenagers realise that their parents are evil and being confronted by the tough reality of that situation and what to do next is so much better. Also, there is a freaking pet dinosaur in this show. How can you not be totally into that?

1. Cloak & Dagger

(watched 1 out of 1 season)

I was so ready to hate this show because Freeform did it and I am very distrusting of what they do, but I actually 100% love it. The first season was a great set up for the characters and called out privilege and police brutality. Overall it felt very current with great new faces as the leads. I understand that some people want the main characters to be together more and I know I criticised the same thing during the Defenders, but here it sort of felt different and necessary that they weren’t always together to really show the parallels in their lives. I cannot wait for the new season!

So, that’s it! Do you agree/disagree with me on some of them? Let’s discuss in the comments and let me know if you want me to do this for DC shows as well!

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

I am currently writing this post from my parent’s place in Vienna as I am spending a sort of long weekend here. Aside from preparation for this, I also managed to sprain my ankle on Friday (the way it happened was really dumb, but I am fine) and that kept me a little preoccupied to say the least. That’s all I have to say about my glaring absence from this blog, here are your trailers:

Movies

Aladdin

Let’s be real, this doesn’t give us much except for nostalgia for the original soundtrack yet, so I am going to reserve judgment.

Time Freak

It reminds me of old movies and seems lame in so many ways, but I think I want to watch it?

Jonathan

There’s definitely potential here!

Ben Is Back

This is stressful in a way and I am not even a mother.

Glass

I still feel like I should maybe catch up on these movies … or at least Split? I don’t even know …

The Best of Enemies

Taraji P. Henson AND Sam Rockwell? Count me in!

Here and Now

I thought this was like the HBO show but nope.

The Christmas Chronicles

I have a feeling they saw how well Christmas movies worked last year and then they decided to make this.

TV Shows

Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.

This looks ridiculously corny.

Westside

Is this like a real-life version of Fame?

Light as a Feather

Creepiness and witches are having a big comeback on TV.

The Kominsky Method

It’s like Grace & Frankie for dudes?

The Little Drummer Girl

Park Chan Wook and John Le Carre sounds like a nice combo.

Siren (Season 2)

Since I never watched the first season, I have no thoughts on this.

What are you watching? What is on your watchlist? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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

As of late, I always plan to do these posts earlier and then get completely sidetracked by something else on YouTube. I don’t even know why, but I got completely caught up into Shane’s series “The Mind of Jake Paul“, I just need the next part to release right away. That’s not why you are here though, so here’s the trailers I found:

Movies

Been So Long

I am not the person who is usually head over heels for musicals, but I NEED BEEN SO LONG IN MY LIFE! Michaela Coel is an actual acting goddess and I spotted George MacKay very briefly and he is so underrated.

Rocketman

Taron Egerton as Elton John was just bound to happen one day, their paths kept crossing. I think it’s interesting that they said this is going to be more like a fantasy musical?

Aquaman (Extended Look)

I usually have a tough time getting excited for DC and I am still hesitant now, but this looks fun. Still, it worries me that they feel the need to release such an extended video.

The Upside

NO! Why did they remake the Intouchables??

Vice

Wow, Christian Bale’s transformations never disappoint.

Robin Hood

I know some of you are worried about this movie after the whole King Arthur thing, but I have watched the movie and it’s not that bad. I may not be 100% impartial on the matter, but as soon as you get used to the modern look, this was overall a quite refreshing version of the tale.

Mary Queen of Scots

I am just glad they don’t use Margot-who-definitely-looks-like-the-Queen-of-Hearts in the thumbnail anymore.

The Mule

I am not the biggest Eastwood fan, but the man is 88 years old and still making movies. That’s impressive!

Welcome Home

This got creepier than I thought it would.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I just keep being so in love with the animation of this!

TV Shows

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

It is like a complete 180 from the show I used to watch in my teens, but I am SO here for it! The show looks absolutely fantastic. I am still worried about a potential crossover, despite the Sabrina-Jughead-dynamic being my absolute favourite in the comics … but ugh … not with the other show. (Anyway, witches forever!)

Daredevil (Season 3)

I am not going to be able to contain myself! I am just going to ignore the fact that I haven’t watched S2 of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, because I need this much more. (Also, YAY for my beloved Karen Page to be back. Now I also need some news on Punisher S2 pretty please)

The Runaways (Season 2)

Honestly just so excited to see where they will go in this new season and if they will follow the comics or not, because if the answer is yes … I am worried for some of my faves.

American Gods (Season 2)

Season 1 was a wild ride, but that Mad Sweeney episode will forever be my favourite. Season 2 is looking mighty good as well.

Good Omens

I am so behind on reading Neil Gaiman books, but I can find plenty of reasons to still be super excited about this!

The Boys

Not sure what to think just yet.

There She Goes

Don’t we all just love David Tennant? So here’s some more of him.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

I am always up for food shows.

Hopefully next week I’ll have some more trailers from the NYC Comic Con! What are you watching? How have you all been? Let me know in the comments below!

September 2018 Wrap-Up

My first month in Berlin is over and we will see if this is going to be a super short or very rambly post about all the things that have happened since I got here. First off, let’s start with the books I’ve read. Even if it’s only two, that is a 200% improvement from last month, so I am quite happy with that accomplishment. I still might lower my Goodreads goal, just because I’d like for it to actually be achievable, but here’s what I read in September for now:

Parsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a time  The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

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

Where do I even start to tell you what all happened this month? My new job started in a sort of frenzy as we were preparing for the world premiere of Michael Bully Herbig’s new movie “Ballon” (watch the trailer here – it’s in German though). His name might not mean much to you, but the German speaking folks will know that he is one of the most successful directors and actors in the country. His movies are ranked among the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time in Germany, just that he usually does comedies and this is his first thriller based on real events none the less. You can see how that is all mighty exciting!

Seeing all of this unfold, getting to meet the actors and being part of publicity stunts and ultimately watching the movie in a theater with all kinds of celebrities (Tokio Hotel of all people was there!?) was so much fun! And I was really impressed by it, because you could basically cut the tension in the room – the suspense was real! It’s not that I haven’t done these kind of things before, but just like Germany has about ten times as many people as Austria, it also has events and premieres on a much bigger scale. 

My boss was also kind enough to take me with her to the First Steps Awards, which felt like a really exclusive and great event. It celebrated new talents in the film industry, and not just actors and actresses, but everything from camera, writers and directors to producers. Shopping for it was a tiny bit of a nightmare, because I at least wanted to look semi-fancy and my size seems to be not-available in most stores, but in the end I saw so many people I have admired for a long time. I don’t feel like I could have experienced anything like it back in Vienna. 

Overall, my mind is quite occupied with work. I am one of those people who eats, breaths and dreams about work (the latter leading to some really weird stuff as some of my close friends will know). Deep inside, I know that I need a healthier work-life-balance. That my life shouldn’t be all about the job, but meeting new people and making new friends. I like Berlin and I feel like the streets I am walking on are slowly becoming a part of me, but I haven’t really found my people yet. It takes time and maybe I am not taking the necessary measures (aside from that one time I totally got friend-rejected) to really be pro-active and be in the world. But I am not going to lie, I really enjoy just sleeping the days away on the weekend.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

My favourite thing this month was to just watch a whole lot of German movies. In my mind, I always thought that I was meant to work in more of an English-language kind of industry, but being where I am right now, I can honestly say that I like German movies. I know a lot of the names and faces. There is a real difference to Austrian ones in tone and vibe and, as mentioned before, scale. I don’t know how interested you’d be in reading a post about that one day, but I could talk about all the good and bad ones I’ve watched lately? I just have no clue how many of them would be available with subtitles or such …

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read any posts, except for the ones I was tagged in. I haven’t been on the laptop much and the first couple of weeks, I didn’t even have internet in my own room, but I am really trying to get back into it and engage more again. So, to help me with that, leave the link to one (or more) of your favourite posts by yourself and bloggers you like in the comments! I will try my best to check them all out! I also promise to check my spam comments more often, just to make sure none of you accidentally end up there.

MY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

TRAILER POSTS

That’s all from me for now! I hope you enjoyed this very rambly summary of my month. What have you been up to? Let’s chat in the comments below!