What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #28

For the first time since I have started this feature, I believe we have more movies than TV shows to talk about. I did a real binge the other day and just wanted to share all of that with you. Let’s see!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

I have said it before and I will say it again, but I am not actually a fan of this show. I never will be! There are certain characters that I appreciate a whole lot *cough* Prudence and Ambrose *cough* and some characters I used to love before they were treated badly *cough* Nicholas Scratch *cough* and I make the dire mistake of always falling for the bad boy that gets tossed away in the end *cough* Caliban, Prince of Hell *cough*. Wow, I should really take some cough drops or something …

My issue with this show is that Sabrina is the biggest hypocrite out there, yet she never goes full on dark. I actually wouldn’t mind that, I was even looking forward to a dark Sabrina at the end of the first part, but she always remains so self-righteous. She criticizes everyone, yet has no honor or quarrels of betraying anyone or acting selfishly or plain not sharing vital information herself.

In short: I think Nick was done dirty (I blame the writers), I can’t believe they introduced freaking time travel (but we had cannibalism before, so is it really surprising?), I have no patience for anyone at this point, just let Hilda and Dr. Cee be happy

For fans of: Sabrina the teenage witch in her new form

Locke & Key

I can’t say this all too often, but I actually have read the first volume of the graphic novel and therefore I did get to compare the two – I liked the show better! I feel like I am among a very small group of people who felt that way, but … the comics were violent. Like really, really gory. And I in no way missed that on the show. I was happy they went for a softer approach, while, in my humble opinion, still staying very much true to the story.

Sure, some extremely dumb choices were made along the way, but we are talking about kids and teens who discover magic is real and get way too much liberty/responsibility as a result from that. (There’s a reason the adults aren’t really helpful either) And I, for one, enjoyed the villain a lot. The acting was smart and once you get over the initial resemblance to Yennefer from The Witcher, she really becomes a beast of her own. Some revelations weren’t revelations at all for me because of the hints that were dropped and the smart acting, so I was totally cool with that.Β 

All in all, I found it very enjoyable and hope they get to continue, since it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger-y note. There’s definitely still loads to explore!

For fans of: the comic book (?), Netflix’ other comic book adaptations, creepy but not too scary stuff

Charlie’s Angels

I honestly don’t know why people had a problem with this film. I had a lot of fun watching it and liked the characters quite a bit. They explain why the agency is so much bigger now and don’t even shy away from tying it in with previous movies. To me, that all made sense, the fight scenes seemed realistic, but I also watched a ton of interviews with Elizabeth Banks beforehand where she detailed how they came up with the fight choreography.

I know this bombed hard at the box office, so I am not likely to actually get more installments, but I honestly wouldn’t mind. A lot of the film was shot in Hamburg and Berlin, so I just went around recognising actors and places at all times, which is just always a blast. They really expanded on that “universe” if you can call it that and I think it’s a shame they likely won’t get to do more.

For fans of: badass spy women, female directors, the cast involved, a more European take on it all

Giant Little Ones

I have wanted to watch this movie for the longest time! Sometimes, I see a trailer and I just know that, despite the movie probably being in the festival circuit a bit and getting some indie recognition, it’s going to be tough to get an international release. Still, I wait and wait and wait and maybe it won’t be in theaters, but at some point, I’ll get to watch it and there’s nothing more satisfying than the movie holding up to your expectations.

Giant Little Ones is messy. It does not gloss over how cruel life can be and how unexpected some connections might turn out. I enjoyed how open it was in all regards. It’s not that it has no clear path, but it doesn’t give you an answer exactly, because sometimes that’s just not possible and that’s not what your life would give you either. It’s a process and a lot of it has to do with accepting who you are. Big thumbs up from me!

For fans of: LGBT+ content, young talent, complex relationships, coming-of-age stories

Miss Americana

I wouldn’t call myself a Taylor Swift fan, I think. I really have NOTHING against her, I just, at the same time, also don’t massively care for her either. I like some songs, but definitely not the majority of them. You see, it’s a very … neutral area for me. Having said that, I thought this was a really decent documentary about her. I felt it was personal, without going too much into her private life. It didn’t feel anyone was exploiting her lifestyle and choices, but just wanted to show a bit of what got her to where she is now.

It’s not a movie about her career or her love life or her family, it’s really just about Taylor as a person. What drives her? What are her desires? What is she willing to stand up for? And I really liked seeing that! It made her so much more of a real person, rather than this far away image you might have of her persona as a singer.

For fans of: Taylor Swift, celeb documentaries

To All the Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You

We’ve all been waiting for this one for such a long time, but does it hold up to the hype/the first movie? In my opinion: no.

I am not trying to say that it wasn’t fun to watch or that I didn’t have a good time with it, but it was nonetheless a bit lackluster in some departments. I get that they changed a lot and I am okay with this. I was among the people who thought it was odd to cast Jordan Fisher, even though they had previously shown John Ambrose and he looked nothing like him, but he did great in the role! That’s not it … but they really didn’t make it any easier for themselves by already including the whirlpool storyline in the first movie and having it only as an afterthought here.

In general, the “fights” between Peter K and Lara Jean didn’t build up as much over time and didn’t seem as complex and stemming from some deeper wounds as much as they did in the book. So, you are just watching the story trickle along without much conflict for pretty much an hour and then everything obviously has to escalate quickly, but it doesn’t feel natural to progress that way and the resolution comes far too quick also. Overall, the end felt a bit abrupt.Β 

I wish they had included the assassin game from the book in the movie, just because it added so much to the feeling of trust being broken and just how frail some relationships were. I know that they already filmed Always and Forever Lara Jean, the last movie, but I have no clue where exactly they’ll continue with the story. I am obviously still going to watch it and don’t want to bash the franchise at all, but it wasn’t as great of a movie as I had hoped. Yay for the addition of Ross Butler though!

For fans of: Jenny Han, any and all of the actors, the first movie?

Have you watched some of these shows and movies? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

12 thoughts on “What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #28

  1. I finished Locke & Key like two days ago and initially I thought it was a bit creepy/freaky but I ended up really liking it. I have to agree with the revelations that weren’t revelationsbit partially, though I was a bit disappointed with how easy it was to guess some of them, especially in the last episode. Although I like how it ended, it leaves the story open to a bunch of possibilities. I’m so annoyed that there’s no season 2 yet tho!? I havs so many questions about the keys!? And I don’t if it was something that didn’t get adapted but isn’t it weird that the characters never wondered about how many keys there were, how they were created, what is has to do with their family!? These are obvious questions, but isn’t it weird that it wasn’t showed on the show at all? Imean Bode met Chamberlain but didn’t ask any of this, or his siblings didn’t think to do it wut!?
    Also, good to know that about the comic, I was thinking of reading it but if it’s that violent I don’t think I will anymore.

    Also, watched Sabrina s3. I actually binge watched it all in one day but I didn’t like it… It was a huge fricking mess and just so randomly crazy. The ending of s2 was already a bit too messy and over the top for me (otherwise loved s2) but s3 just… It seems to me like a lot of shows, this one included, try to outdo themselves every season and end up failing/making a bad season. Like GOT S8. Like Supernatural, which I absolutely love since it started airing but I mean after s8 maybe things started getting a little too crazy right… (with that being said I’ve only s14 and 15 left to watch).

    I was super excited about PS I Still Love You but now that’s actually available to watch I just don’t seem to want to anymore, weird right? Maybe later!

    Honestly, I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned it before, but have you watched The Witcher yet?

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    • Maybe I exaggerated the violence in the graphic novel, but it was free for kindle at some point and I was not very impressed with the art style either. I totally have all the same questions about the keys and I think Bode was the only one who really questioned it. Maybe now that they think the villain is out of the picture, they’ll dig into their family history some more? I mean, they were busy with a lot of other drama to be fair haha

      Sabrina is just annoying me (both the show and the character), but I hope Part 4 will be the final one. I know they are already filming it, but there’s really no need to drag it out forever. Also, I am really glad I am not alone in not loving that show haha

      I have watched and loved the Witcher. It even made it into my Top TV Shows of 2019 list as a last minute entry haha

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  2. Since we talked on Twitter about Sabrina, I won’t reiterate that here. I will say I started Locke & Key, and I’m intrigued. However, I haven’t gotten very far, as I have a busy life these days. I am looking forward to seeing where it goes, and I’m glad you liked it.

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  3. Good that locke and key is better than the graphic novel (I’ve not read it yet, so I’m not sure what to expect, but I am curious!) ahh that’s a real shame about ps I still love you- though personally I wasn’t the biggest fan of the second book, so I’m not surprised (I really like the third one though, so I have high hopes for always and forever πŸ˜€ ) It’s good you had fun with it anyway!

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    • Opinions vary so much on Locke and Key, but I had fun? I just know a lot of people who were annoyed with the characters’ choices and I get it … but I liked the world and all regardless.
      Didn’t love the second book as much either when it comes to the TATBILB books, but the book just felt … bland? I am not sure I can really describe it well.


  4. I’m glad you enjoyed Miss Americana, even if you’re not the biggest Taylor Swift fan! I love that you said it’s about Taylor as a person, I so agree and that’s what I appreciated so much about it, too. It felt really personal, it was a good insight into her career and how it affected her personally, how she grew and changed as an artist, too and I, well I just love her more ahah. I thought it was a nice documentary πŸ™‚
    Sooo, I liked to All the boys 2 as well, but just like you, in the end I feel like it doesn’t hold up to the first one either, it felt a little less… I don’t know, intense in so many ways. Still, I enjoyed John Ambrose a whole lot, even if I still like Peter a little more, I thought that Fisher did such a great job with the role, too! I’m so eager to seee that last installment and hope it will be better than the 1st, because the last book was my favorite πŸ™‚

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    • I can see why you enjoyed Miss Americana so much. It’s a really good documentary indeed and especially as a fan, I can imagine how it’s a great insight into her life.
      I am glad you liked To all the boys 2. Jordan was amazing, like I immediately fell in love with him haha I think the 3rd movie is already completely shot, so it shouldn’t take forever to release.

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