What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #14

I know this month was a lot of the same same kind of posts, but I vouch to do my best to not repeat that routine in June. However, for the fun of it, here’s another binge-watching post to finish the month of May!

What/If

I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, but whatever it did end up being turned out to be rather meh. AS A JOKE, I made a prediction in the very beginning and I kidd you not, that’s what actually ended up happening. I don’t mind predictable shows in general, but for something that supposedly tried to shred itself in mystery, I was not impressed.

The characters are fine, but not all too believable and a bit exaggerated at times. I did not understand the point of the best friends’ storyline at all, as it was not connected to any of the main drama and therefore I couldn’t bring myself to really care. Their part of the show just felt utterly misplaced. However, what I really did love was the gay couple and Kevin, they brought a gust of fresh air to the show and even made me so emotional, I cried.

To me, the story is kind of done now, but I don’t know if it was intended as a limited series or something that could be extended. I don’t personally need a continuation.

For fans of: rich people scheming, people failing to take the moral high-ground, trust issues and complex family dynamics

She’s Gotta Have It (Season 2)

It took me a little bit, because the storytelling format is so unique, but I really fell in love with the first season of She’s Gotta Have It. In my humble opinion, the show flew a little under the radar and I hope it eventually gets more exposure, but so far I am just enjoying the ride.

Although I first thought that Season 1 was a little more compact and maybe even personal, I did end up adoring the new season as well. Nola Darling is a queen and it never fails to impress me that they manage to add such amazing artists to the fold. The ending of this season is highly controversial, but I like the boldness of it all. AND I adore that Anthony Ramos is in it. The dude deserves to be in everything and I am just so very happy they let him sing!

For fans of: art, openly talking about cultural and political injustice, bold statements, a lot of love going around, LGBT+ characters

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

Speaking of Anthony Ramos … my man was in this movie too! Totally didn’t go to watch it just because of him, because I wasn’t actually aware of the fact before entering the movie theater, but I probably would have done it had I known. Anyway, the movie!

I don’t really know what to tell you. I didn’t actually see the last Godzilla movie … or Kong: Skull Island … which I feel like I should have watched beforehand. It’s not that I didn’t get what was going on, but I feel like maybe I would have felt higher emotional stakes had I at least watched the previous Godzilla movie. They are DEFINITELY planning another movie and it’s for sure going to be Kong vs. Godzilla from the set up I saw. I was neither all too impressed nor annoyed by this one, so I’d probably watch a sequel.

For fans of: huge CGI battles in either super dark blue clouds of dust or explosions so bright that they will make your eyes hurt, the Godzilla franchise (?)

Destination Wedding

With John Wick 3 releasing in cinemas, I felt a need to get some romancing Keanu back in my life (I fell for the man because of romantic drama extraordinare – The Lake House, I don’t care about all the cool stuff he was otherwise in) and Destination Wedding seemed like a good choice. I was not prepared for the whole movie to just be Keanu and Winona talking with each other or thinking about one another or being mad at each other. There are literally no other people who talk! It’s amazing!!!

There really isn’t more to say. That’s all I am leaving you with.

For fans of: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and a lot of dry, intelligent and sarcastic humour

Always Be My Maybe

I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO FREAKING MUCH!!! I know that Netflix isn’t perfect, even though I adore a whole lot of their content, and that their RomComs especially can be hit or miss. Well this one was a clear HIT! Always Be My Maybe is warm-hearted, sweet, laugh-out-loud-hilarious, fast-paced goodness. It was perfectly cast and even had a cameo of Keanu Reeves playing “himself”. I died!

Randall Park and Ali Wong just have the best chemistry and I truly believed the awkwardness and love between them. I don’t want to give away anything, but they did such a great job and I would watch them play off each other for hours. It’s a real joy to watch and … Randall can rap!? Like for real rap! I just want to know if his band is real, because those tunes are stuck in my head now.

For fans of: RomComs! Best friend to lovers trope, a great soundtrack


Did you watch any of the things I watched? Do you maybe want to? Let’s chat about that!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 20-26)

Another busy week has come and gone. I don’t know how, but lately everything feels like it lasts a lifetime and goes by in the blink of an eye at the same time. Here’s looking at what this week brought to us in terms of trailers:

Movies

Abominable

Awe, this is cute!

Downton Abbey

The music gives me chills still.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

How is this a movie about a doggo?

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

I am not a Tarantino person, but I need to see this movie.

Terminator: Dark Fate

I blocked out that this was happening.

Stuber

I think Kumail is hilarious, but I don’t know if pairing him with Drax works.

TV Shows

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I, too, believe that Dacre is hot, but Billy is a little monster. Dude needs to not mess everyone up just because he can’t be real with himself. But still – STRANGER THINGS!!!!

Westworld (Season 3)

Well, hello there, Aaron Paul! Looks like you’ll be bringing something different to the show.

Pose (Season 2)

Still so fabulous.

Jinn

I think I preferred the Teaser, but I’ll watch it regardless.

The InBetween

Is this a more stale version of Ghostwhisperer?

Black Mirror: Smithereens

Did they always used to do single trailers for every episode?

Black Mirror: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

Cause it makes me feel like I know a bit too much ahead of the episode.

Black Mirror: Striking Vipers

And there are only three in total, which is not a lot …

Will you be watching any of the shows or films mentioned? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #13

Since I can’t seem to come up with a more creative title, I am really curious to see to what number I will get with that feature. Anyway, I am sorry for the not very varied content on the blog at the moment. It’s been … a couple of very particular months for me. I just hope you still enjoy the little bit I have to offer and let’s dive into what I’ve watched.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1-2)

This is one of my absolute favourite shows now! I know, I know … I am late to the party and all that jazz, but I have found Midge Maisel and I am happy I did. She’s an icon and even if she wasn’t a real person and only partially inspired by actual living people, her fictional persona is priceless. To think how little women were allowed to do just 50-60 odd years ago, how far we have come and how far we can still go. All of that is packaged in a such fun way with this show! It doesn’t preach or tell you exactly what is the right or wrong way to see things, it just shows you the life of Midge and her family. They make mistakes, fight and make up again and all of that with so much freaking humour. There isn’t a single character that isn’t multi-layered and worthy to root for, even the ones that only occasionally pop up (looking at you Lenny Bruce – I am a sucker for Luke Kirby playing roles not set in the current year).

I’d also like to add that the show was renewed for a 3rd season before the 2nd one even aired and I am here for it!

For fans of: 50s era, behind the scenes of the comedian lifestyle, feminism … I feel like this is very in line with Good Girls Revolt, just focused on a single person and with added humour (still bitter Good Girls Revolt got cancelled by the way …). Also, Season 2 has a definite Dirty Dancing vibe for at least half of the episodes.

The Rain (Season 1-2)

You know that I like myself some international Netflix productions. They are usually very well done, introduce you to some great talent from abroad and include a little language lesson as well (your girl only watches these shows in original sound with English subtitles after all). I originally wanted to start watching the Rain when the first season came out, however, I am glad I waited until the second one was there to binge it all.

It didn’t take long for me to get hooked on the simple premise of the show. From the get go, you as the viewer, can pretty much guess who the key players are and why they are so important, even if it takes them annoyingly long to figure it out themselves. Each episode makes sure to give you background information on everyone bit by bit, so that you’ll understand why they behave the way they do. I got attached to a couple characters really quickly and even found a ship to root for. I loved how single-mindedly Simone was about saving her brother Rasmus, who, by the way, is a huge pain in the ass in my eyes. I understand that he grew up in a bunker with no one but his sister, that he is basically still a child now, but his emotional control is laughable. And while Simone risks everything to keep him safe, he does very little to return the favour even though he pledged to take care of her as well.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it in terms of points of complaint. Rasmus. Other than that, I enjoyed everything so far. Obviously it has flaws and the second season got way more whacky than expected, but I would be curious to see how they resolve this story.

For fans of: apocalyptic scenarios, international productions and subtitles (since the dubbing is terrible) and shows like The 100. I also hope you won’t get too attached to the characters … you never know when you’re gonna loose one of them.

Lucifer (Season 4)

Fun fact for everyone living outside the German territory – the show is actually not on Netflix here! It remains to be available only on Amazon Prime and they obviously don’t show the Netflix logo in the beginning even though it’s their official production now … territorial rights are a pain …

But back to the topic of Season 4. I liked it. I think I watched it all in a matter of one to two days, so that’s always a good sign. I adored the addition of Inbar Lavi as Eve, was somewhat confused about a certain make out scene, but overall thought the season progressed really well. I am glad we are finally getting someplace, that Chloe knows the truth and learns to deal with it. Three seasons of tiptoeing around the subject was making me a little tired of the show, but now we have new challenges to overcome and I am ready to see what happens next!

***SPOILER***

The one thing I was really confused about was the fact that they never had an angel-human-baby before in the entire history of that universe. I watched way too much celestial content before to not be influenced by nephilim and whatnot and I believe they even mentioned them at some point. I know that’s a weird thing to be hung up on, but … that’s me. I don’t have to like it.

***END OF SPOILER***

For fans of: the previous 3 seasons? Inbar Lavi? (That woman is a queen in my eyes. I will never get over the fact that Imposters was cancelled, but at least she got a new cool role) Angels and humans and demons?

Aladdin

I am going to keep this brief. I am so over all the live action remakes of my childhood classics. I don’t care how much nostalgia they want to evoke. I was bored during the new Beauty and the Beast, they made like three new Jungle Books (none of which I liked the animation of), a dark Tarzan, a weird Dumbo (didn’t watch that to be frank) and even Aladdin has its issues, I can’t deny it. HOWEVER, I really enjoyed the movie. Will Smith is a highlight for sure, but overall I just had a good time. Admittedly, I sat between two guys and they laughed SO much during the entire movie, it was contagious. Maybe it was a better experience because of them, but I FELT the songs, I laughed out loud at the jokes and it was nice for the escapism that movies are supposed to be. Was it the best Disney movie ever? No, definitely not. But I had a better time during this one than the other live action ones …


Have you watched any of those shows? Or Aladdin the movie? Do you want to? Let’s talk!

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

I probably could have thrown in a rushed post about what I’ve been binge-watching again, but last time proved that it’s not the best idea as I tend to forget vital information (such as the fact that there was a deaf character and a lot of ASL in The Society and I thought that was great rep). So, I am just doing the trailers instead because that’s all my capacity and brain cells allow at the current time (and there’s a LOT of them this week). Here you go!

Movies

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

I guess I will watch this again? The first one wasn’t even that great though …

Always Be My Maybe

I am so invested in this already and it’s only the trailer.

Beats

Looks good to me.

Burn Your Maps

I feel like Jacob is older now and this was filmed a while ago.

Angel Has Fallen

I can’t believe this franchise is still going.

TV Shows

3% (Season 3)

Well, this is not what I thought this season would look like, but I cannot wait!

Black Mirror (Season 5)

The only thing I am sad about is that this will only be 3 episodes.

What/If

Well, hello there show that I do not really understand what it’s about but will definitely watch regardless of everything.

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

More German Netflix content and I think this is based on a true story?

His Dark Materials

Possibly one of the shows I am most excited for this year.

Katy Keene

How many Riverdale spin-offs can they make?

Batwoman

Looks better than I thought it would.

Motherland: Fort Salem

WITCHES!!!

Nancy Drew

Did we need this as a show?

Party of Five

This show sure is relevant for today’s time and age! Hope they do it justice on the long run.

Blood and Treasure

Gosh, I used to be all over those shows when I was younger.

Stumptown

Cobie Smulders is still badass.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

If this is anything like “Please Like Me”, it’s going to be amazing.

Emergence

I’ve seen this kind of story so many times, but I’d still watch it all over again.

neXt

I am here for AI stories.

Not Just Me

I AM MAD!! Netflix (and some Australian network) have made a show called Sisters and it is brilliant and funny and smart and this is the same thing just in an American version and I don’t think the Australian show got renewed, so I am sad … I don’t want this new cast.

Filthy Rich

At first I thought it looked dumb, but then it gave me Dynasty vibes and I love watching that.

Deputy

I am out when it comes to cop stuff …

Prodigal Son

I know I just said no cop stuff, but profilers and serial killer stuff are different.

Jett

“Bury a friend” is just THE trailer song right now, isn’t it?

Outmatched

I am not sure I will ever really become a sitcom person.

The Chef Show

Yes, yes, yes! Give me all the food content on Netflix.

Do you like anything on this list? Tell me about it!

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

I haven’t really kept track of what has happened this past week, I was super busy, but I am sure I can drum up some new trailers for you. It IS Trailer Sunday after all!

Movies

Spider-Man: Far From Home

DO NOT, under any circumstances, watch this if you haven’t seen Endgame. I AM SERIOUS!
Also, this is my favourite trailer out of the three they did for the movie so far. Endgame elevated it.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I wonder if I should read the book before watching the movie?

Summer Night

I like the cast, but it looks .. bad-ish.

Judy

Oh look, it’s a movie about Judy Garland.

Rim of the World

Why is everyone complaining about Netflix kids in sci-fi scenarios on bikes? I mean, why not?

The Farewell

Sure has an interesting premise.

American Woman

Looks intense.

I AM MOTHER

I am pretty sure that Netflix just bought that movie and that I saw the trailer months ago somewhere else.

IT Chapter 2

We all know I am not going to watch it, but I know some people are excited about it. Sorry, I can’t change the thumbnail.

TV Shows

Watchmen

This sure as heck isn’t anything like the Watchmen movie.

Batwoman

I am honestly hopelessly behind on all the superhero shows. It got too much, so I don’t know what to do with this one.

Sunnyside

Considering what else the producers did, I am interested at least?

Bluff City Law

Did we need another legal drama?

Perfect Harmony

I give it half a season to a season max.

Big Little Lies (Season 2)

I know everyone loves this, but I still haven’t watched the first season.

She’s Gotta Have it (Season 2)

YAS!!! That show was not appreciated enough during its first season.

Legion (Season 3)

I heard this was the final season.

Did you like any of the trailers you saw? Let’s talk about it!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #12

From here on out, I am just going to put the “binge” in brackets, because I feel like that gives me permission to talk about movies as well. However, I don’t actually intend to make this a regular occurrence, to have a “what I’ve been watching” post just briefly before the “Sunday trailers” post. I am going to get my sh*t together eventually and return to a more regular blogging schedule … hopefully.

Dead to Me

You all know that I have a weird fixation on shows about death and grief and yeah … couldn’t resist watching this one either. It had some really messed up ethical questions and was simultaneously a lot of fun to watch. I don’t even remember the last time I saw Christina Applegate in a lead role, but she sure has the angry widow role down.

Just like with a whole lot of other shows that deal with “what happens to the people after someone dies”, I think it’s fascinating how little you sometimes know about a person you live with or who you’ve been with for years. It’s interesting to uncover those layers and to be faced with the reality of not being able to blame the person that is gone because they are, well, gone. The show also has a great finale that definitely sets up the next season, so I hope they get one.

If you want something that is fun, fast-paced, multi-layered with some deeper stuff that never gets too heavy – this show is for you!

The Society

The Society will probably be my latest obsession for a while. When I was little, one of the first shows I got really passionate about, was a show about teens and kids who had to survive after an epidemic killed all adults on the planet. This show isn’t the same, but it feeds into a similar narrative. What do you do when there are no adults around to keep you in check? Will you be able to build a life of your own, create your idea of a “society” or will you plummet into chaos and give in to fear?

I have to say, I was really impressed by the first three episodes of the show, then they temporarily lost me with a couple “plot twists” that I wasn’t too fond of. However, overall, the show kept a mystery going that I am still unable to solve (always a plus point if I can’t just do that!) while also not afraid of going really dark and sometimes sticking to simple but effective storytelling.

This is probably a good show for fans of the teen elements on Dark and people who wouldn’t mind everything being very Americanized. (Not that there’s time travel … or is there? I don’t know … but I don’t think so.)

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

I was SO pumped for this movie and it did not disappoint. In hindsight, I think that a lot of elements were quite predictable, but it really fed into the nostalgia that comes with pokémon. I don’t think this was intended as a movie that would inspire possible sequels, and I don’t think I’d need that necessarily, but I would enjoy watching more films set in that world. As a kid, who of us didn’t imagine those little creatures were real and how it would be to live with them? Well, the movie shows just how that might look like.

Man, I still wish I had a Swablu or Altaria for real.

Serenity

This trailer might just be the most misleading thing in recent trailer history. I get that if you went into that movie expecting a regular old thriller, you might be disappointed. But I am not that kind of person. I don’t enjoy crime or thriller stuff. It just bores me. So, if you offer me a downright crazy sci-fi tale instead, I am ALL IN.

The movie has a bunch of bad reviews and ratings and I get it. It neither delivers on what it promises from the synopsis or the trailer nor does it make sense all the way through. Regardless of all that, I really liked it though and I cannot really put into words why. I don’t even like Matthew McConaughey and I couldn’t care less about Anne Hathaway outside of Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, yet still, this movie was awesome.


Have you seen any of the stuff I mentioned? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 29 – May 5)

May has only been here for a couple of days, yet a lot has happened in them. I am preparing myself for a busy and stressful month in more than one way. But let’s stay away from any more vague comments and do this post instead!

Movies

Sonic the Hedgehog

THE INTERNET DID IT!! Everyone was appalled by the animation of Sonic, so they are now changing it. I only feel sorry for the poor suckers who now have to work non-stop, because they didn’t push the release date.

Late Night

This is exactly the kind of movie I adore. Mindy Kaling is one of my faves.

Blinded by the Light

This looks … sweet?

Ophelia

Pretty sure I shared this at one point or another?

TV Shows

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 3)

Oh my, does this look amazing and I cannot wait and why is this not out already?

Veronica Mars (Revival)

I already shared this in my monthly wrap up, but there is no such thing as too much Veronica Mars. Best teen noir series that will now accompany us into adulthood ever.

The Society

I am down for this! That was the perfect use of “bury a friend” if there was ever one.

Good Sam

This gives me “God Friended Me” vibes … with a touch of Hallmark?

It’s Bruno

Sure, why not? I am down for dog shows, even the weird kind.

The Righteous Gemstones

Could be interesting?

There’s not as much this week, but did you see anything you liked? What are your thoughts on the trailers?

April 2019 Wrap-Up

So … I didn’t read anything this month. Or wait! Let me rephrase that … I didn’t finish any book this past month, because I actually did read something but I didn’t enjoy it very much and now I am stuck again. Honestly, I don’t feel super happy about the amount of books I am behind on in my Goodreads challenge (currently 6), but I also don’t know when exactly I’d want to make time for reading. It’s a struggle, but maybe it will happen again.

In general, April just sort of flew by and I don’t know why exactly. There was one week I spent back home in Vienna but I was also glad to hear from some people at work that they had missed me while I was gone. Other than that, I can’t really think of a notable thing that happened (barring the return of Game of Thrones and the release of Endgame).

The one thing I did figure out though, was that I want to make reaction videos. I am sort of clear on the content I want to cover but currently trying to get all the technical stuff I need, because having a Microsoft operating system puts me at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of editing and the likes. So, if any of you have tips about software or a good cheap microphone and/or camera, hit me up! (Also taking emails on the matter, if you prefer that, under: impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com)

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I want to say Game of Thrones, but there’s going to be a full post on that matter once the season is over and we are all done with the song of Ice and Fire. I also have a lot of feels about the new Avengers movie, but will likely do a discussion post about it too. So, I’d rather talk about other things, such as the revival of VERONICA MARS!!!

I was shocked when I found out how many of you didn’t watch the show, because I was obsessed with it growing up. I loathed missing an episode, as there was no way to check them out elsewhere and I owned the entire DVD box set. Veronica was just such a role model for me and never ceased to be one, even when she made mistakes. I loved that we got a movie, even if it was mostly fan service, but I am even more pumped about it returning to TV. Please, for the love of all good television, do check out the origins of that show if you haven’t yet, because there is so much to unpack and I am sure the new stuff will be en par with the first two seasons rather than the third (it had flaws and I will admit to that).

Another thing I truly loved was the Netflix movie Someone Great! Aside from a fabulous cast, I liked how simple the story was. You don’t always need a gazillion things to happen for something to be … well, great. To me, it was both beautiful and sad, but also quiet and loud. It showed how people who have been with you for a while shape you and how parting isn’t easy but sometimes necessary and how you can love someone even if they don’t turn out to be the one. Not everything has to be ugly, even if it hurts. I hope I didn’t give anything away here, but this was not just a depressive movie, it was really fun and I can only wholeheartedly recommend it!

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I hope you aren’t too disappointed in this rather short recap of the month! I wish you all a good start into the new month of May!