What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #23

Hello again, I’ve been watching some great stuff! I even considered doing a more thorough #CurrentlyWatching post for some of them, but then just didn’t have it in me. I hope these briefer accounts work for you as well and that you’ll maybe check some of them out!

Reprisal

Whatever you think this show is, you are not prepared! It released last Friday and I sat there and binged all 10 hours of it, because I was so transfixed, and even then I just wanted more. Reprisial is brilliant, noir, funny, smartly edited (in both visual and sound-mixing ways), aesthetically pleasing and despite an a tale as old as time revolving around revenge, utterly and completely unique. You have to understand, this isn’t our world, our earth. This is an entirely new universe. It’s as if someone mixed all the eras we knew and made something completely of their own by having rock-a-billy style clothing, burlesque, beautiful old cars and cellphones exist on the same plane.

If I had to pick a favourite performance, I really couldn’t (although I will forever hold a soft spot for the three River Phoenixes). Someone meticulously casted this and made sure that even side characters would remain memorable. The occasional 4th-wall-breaks just add to the ambiance. I generally like gang-settings (if they aren’t too tied with boring drug business) and this was no exception. When you watch those characters, you will get chills because they are so sweet and dark at the same time. All I want is another season now … like, literally, right NOW.

For fans of: stylized noir Sons of Anarchy, complex characters with shifting loyalties

Virgin River

Sooo … Netflix recommended this to me (cause my profile is curated very well and recs are usually on point), but doesn’t promote this in any way whatsoever. That is super apparent when you look at the trailer … For those of you who think “wow, this just seems like Hart of Dixie”, I get it. The comparison alongside with one for Saving Hope was one of the first that came to mind for me as well. However, the books this show is based on (and believe me it’s a long series of books) were released way before Hart of Dixie … so, I don’t know who took inspiration from who. The casting is a little funny considering the resemblance of the content though.

Anyway, I really liked this! It has drama, but not the unnecessary kind, just the personal one that everyone who has lived a life with some baggage brings along. It has a lot of heart and now one of my favourite “boring” ships, as I like to call them. There’s obviously heartbreak, but the development of the relationship has a certain pureness to it. Something that builds from friendship and genuine care for one another into something more. I love those!

For fans of: small town love stories with medical aspects

Merry Happy Whatever

This was okay? I am not going to go around and praise something to the heavens that I didn’t absolutely love, but it was alright. I find it tricky to really make this into a continued series, since it would mean you only ever get to see the family around holidays or special events with large breaks inbetween. I am someone who doesn’t love that, because then they always pretend like nothing whatsoever happened in those 10-months or whatever and only the 5-day holiday is where all the drama stems from.

Anyway, it’s still a nice, family-oriented show. I loved the coming-out storyline for one of the characters (not going to say who, because spoilers?), but other than that, it was a lot of standard stuff.

For fans of: former Disney kids

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3)

I love this show so, so very much! It breaks my heart whenever a season ends and this time was no different. Maybe it was even more heartbreaking that last time and I didn’t think that was possible, because Zachary Levi is a darling and basically played the perfect man on the show and I am rambling … Anyway, I consider Miriam “Midge” Maisel to be one of the smartest and most funny people, but boy, she messed up … I saw this coming a mile away and it still hurt like hell.

None the less, this season was another treat! I don’t know how they keep the brilliance coming, but they just do. My favourite episode was maybe episode 5, because Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce is just pure magic. His sadness is killing me and the way he looks at Midge – seriously, get yourself a partner that looks at you the way Lenny looks at her. I am just always so terrified, thinking about what happened to him in real life and I just don’t want to see that on screen. He shows up like once or twice a season and still is one of my favourite characters in the entire series. (And Benjamin. I do love Benjamin.)

For fans of: Midge Maisel, Lenny Bruce looking at her like she hung the moon

Did you watch any of the shows mentioned above? Would you like to? I am always here if you want any more information, let’s chat in the comments!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 2-8)

In my humble opinion, we have some really exciting big trailers this week. It’s never easy to say what will release, but good content eventually keeps coming. I, for example, spent all of Friday watching Reprisal (a new hulu show) and I think I might just have to go back to doing currently watching posts, because that show is 100% worth talking about! Anyway, here’s what I have for you this week:

Movies

Mulan

I have sort of distanced myself from the live action remakes of Disney. So, I am not saying this looks bad, I am just saying that my interest in all of those movies is pretty low.

Free Guy

When they did the cast announcement with Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Joe Keery and Jodie Comer, I was already on board. But this trailer? It just sealed the deal.

Black Widow

If only this movie had been made … I don’t know? 5-7 years ago? I’d have been much more excited … I am having a hard time getting myself to care.

Wonder Woman 1984

I am a little too early for the full trailer, but I will include it next week for sure.

James Bond: No Time to Die

I am just waiting to hear the song for this movie.

Togo

Disney is really banking on that animal content.

Troop Zero

I like the look of this. It’s funny and reminds me of a less stylised Moonrise Kingdom or something.

Greed

This cast!!! I cannot even …

The Assistant

I was wondering when someone would make being an assistant into a thriller-esque movie.

TV Shows

Soundtrack

I always say I don’t like musical shows, but then I am completely enchanted by this.

Katy Keene

I hope this isn’t gonna be like Riverdale, even if it’s a spin-off…

AJ and the Queen

Looks fun to me.

Messiah

Religious content and I don’t always mix well, but this does look intriguing.

The Boys (Season 2)

I am so ready for this wild ride to continue.

Lost in Space (Season 2)

I am so amped for this, because S1 caught me completely off guard and then I loved it.

YOU (Season 2)

I can’t really see Joe in LA, so this is gonna be interesting.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 3 Date Announcement)

Money Heist / Casa de Papel (Season 4 Date Announcement)

The Magicians (Season 5)

Me: I like it when there are actual consequences and characters die.

Also me: I hope they bring Q back …

Did you see anything you liked on this list? Will you be watching something from on here? Let’s chat!

Mini Reviews: The Dire King, Defy Me, Find Me

You won’t believe it, but I have read THREE books THIS WEEK!? It’s been such a long time since I have done this, but it feels like old me. I am not saying I am back to my old form completely, but this is a really good thing. I missed books! (I mean, I love TV shows and movies, but there’s just something about creating a whole world just in your head. Still, because I don’t want a massive hold-back on reviews and I don’t actually have a huge amount to say about each book, I am just going to do mini reviews for them. Here we go:

The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)

The Dire King is the last installment in the Jackaby series, a book series I mainly started due to cover lust, but never really regretted picking up. We are going to ignore the fact that it took me a year to finish this book, because I didn’t want to take it to Berlin with me and only read bits and pieces when I came back to visit, because overall, I really enjoyed this series.

The things I struggled with most, were probably during the crucial “finale battle” scenes. I had a hard time following descriptions of places and couldn’t really picture where characters were at what point during the fight – which is not ideal, to say the least. However, I loved how it all came together in the end! I don’t think this is my favourite part in the entire series, but I liked the thought process behind the end we got, because you could really see how it had all been building up to this.

Also, twains kind of rock!

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Not a bad ending as far as they go!

Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi

Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5)I may have given the previous installment in the ever growing Shatter Me series a good rating, but in all honesty, I was disappointed with it. The characters were barely recognisable and the writing style had changed drastically, although it had been one of my favourite components of the original trilogy. I struggled, to say the least. However, something brought me back into the fold with Defy Me.

I could see how this part of the series might split people into two camps, because nothing much happens. The events that took place during the 370-something pages could have probably be told in half that, but I am glad Tahereh Mafi took her time. I loved being back deep into the character’s minds. I loved getting all the angst and complexity that didn’t come from silly romance fails but from decades of abuse and the terrifying task of piecing a broken mind back together. It felt dark and like I couldn’t believe all the things that had happened to bring us to where the book is now.

Maybe, just maybe, not everything ties in nicely with the OG trilogy and I am a little sad at that too. But moving forward with these new books, you’ll just have to accept things or maybe don’t pick up the sequels at all. I was definitely much more on board with this than Restore Me (except for the last 3-4 chapters, because they were sappy and there was legit something that made me question if I just read a whole paragraph wrong with someone’s gunshot wound just disappearing from one chapter to the next …).

Fazit: 4/5 stars! My interest for this series is back again.

Find Me (Call Me By Your Name #2) by André Aciman

Find MeFor those of you who have followed me for a while, you know how much I adore the Call Me By Your Name book. I love to quote from it, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and all that despite knowing that it has some issues (nevermind the ones concerning the author himself), so when a sequel was announced, I was on board! BIGGEST. LITERARY. DISAPPOINTMENT. OF. MY. LIFE!

This was definitely marketed as a sequel. The blurb on the book (On Goodreads it does mention the dad in the synopsis, but not on the book!) just talks about Elio and Oliver and their love echoing through time, but you know what? That’s not what this book is about, because in the 260 pages I just read, Elio doesn’t show up until after 100+ pages and Oliver past the 200+ page mark. The time they have actual page time together isn’t even noteworthy. Instead, you get to watch Elio’s now divorced dad catch a bad case of instalove (yes, not just instalust, which I would get with this book) for a woman half his age on the train. And then you get to watch Elio do the same just in reverse at a concert.

Hear me out, I am okay with age differences in consenting adult relationships. You do you! I was, however, bugged by the constant mention of casual cheating, like monogamy is just the worst. I don’t mind people in polyamorous or open relationships, but that’s just not what these characters were in at the time of their story. I don’t even want to get started on the aphobic comments that were made either. It’s just not what I signed up for with this book! I was promised the continuation of an epic love … and I only got a rushed fake happy ending for them. I think I am just going to pretend I never read this …

Fazit: 1/5 stars! I regret getting this book so much.

Have you read any of these books or do you want to? Let’s talk about that!

November 2019 Wrap-Up

Sooo, I started November super strong on the blog, but it unfortunately fizzled out fast. It’s not that I don’t care about blogging anymore, but reading isn’t really a priority and I haven’t been watching/bingeing as much content as I used to. I’ve spent more time drawing writing and dealing with life stuff aka adulting, that it simply didn’t remain a priority.

The books I did get around to weren’t really worth reviewing on their own either. On the one hand, I listened to another audiobook (read here why that’s usually not my thing) by James Acaster called Perfect Sound Whatever. It was about him going through a break up and coping by getting obsessed with one particular year of music. It’s not that the book was bad overall, but since it was about music and I was listening to an audiobook, I had hoped for samples of the songs he mentioned, which obviously didn’t happen (I know that’s not feasible, but I wasn’t going to look up every song and stopping the audiobook every couple of minutes either).

And on the other hand, I read a comic I had supported during their Kickstarter campaign called Our Super Canadian Adventure. It’s perfect if you like short stories, cute drawing styles and cats! (Also, if you love Toronto and the Canadian East coast as that’s mainly where it took place.)

Perfect Sound Whatever  Our Super Canadian Adventure: An Our Super Adventure Travelogue

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy!

I have moved back to Vienna and am living with my parents again. It’s an adjustment to say the least, as I’ve been living very independently in Berlin for the past 14 months. Anyway, I have plans that I am still not really willing to get into just yet, but they’ll likely take me out of the country soon-ish again.

Moving has been much more taxing than I thought. I own so many things and I don’t know where they come from or what to do with them. Some I use regularly, others have sentimental value, but a lot of the past couple weeks involved throwing stuff away and donating everything that could possibly bring others joy even if it doesn’t spark that feeling in me anymore.

I have not managed to make a YouTube reaction video, BUT I have made a lot of Charmed fandom videos. It’s crazy to think that some of them have reached 7.5K views (like this one), but I legit haven’t posted anything that surpassed 1K views easily and now I am not surprised people switched to YouTube from blogging from time to time.

I am no editing genius, but others are really, really good at that stuff. A thing I am pretty good at though, is drawing! It’s been incredible to get so much positive feedback on my drawings. Here are the most successful of the past month as I promised I would share them on here again as well.

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My next step will be venturing out into the territory of some other shows. The writer’s room of Legacies has already expressed interest in me drawing their characters and I am more than happy to oblige. It’s kind of crazy how much I am into the CW shows.

Lastly, I also claimed to try and work on a new WIP for NaNoWriMo, which ended up being a lie. I wrote 1K words and then changed my mind and went back to working on the #witchyWIP, because I am just THAT much into witches right now. I am at about 12K words for that now, which also isn’t the amount you need to “win”, but I am still proud of getting back into writing again. I even went to a local meet-up and writing in a group always motivates me so much!

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Honestly, it’s mostly been interacting with more people in the online community again. I plan on trying to visit some more of your blogs this upcoming month again (no promises, but I shall try!!!), because I’ve missed this. I just need to try and not get so distracted. To spur me on a little bit, I’d love it if you posted the link to your favourite post from the last month in the comments (either your own or of another blogger) and I will promise to check them out!

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had a great month and will have a lovely December! And if you celebrate them, I already hope you’ll have great holidays!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 25 – Dec 1)

Somehow I ended up being super busy this week! I did some job search/interview stuff, drew a couple portraits (some were even requests and I enjoyed those a lot) and then I also did A LOT concerning my room. You would not believe the amount of stuff I own and how little of it I really need. Yet, there is so much sentimental value attached or it’s just impractical to get rid of something and then you keep it … anyway, did a lot, none of it was blogging, but maybe December will be the turning point? I doubt it, but more about all of that nonsense in tomorrow’s monthly wrap-up. Today, here are trailers!

Movies

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I am so pumped for this.

Little Women

I just know that I am going to love this movie once I get to watch it.

The Last Full Measure

I mean, it’s not my kind of movie, but … Sebastian Stan is an argument for sure.

True History of the Kelly Gang

I see Nicholas Hoult a lot these days. Good for him!

Ride Like a Girl

I just want Amanda back as Diana on A Discovery of Witches, but fine, let her ride horses for now …

Three Christs

I don’t really know what to think about this one. The cast looks top notch, but I see it more as an indie movie.

TV Shows

The Gift

This gives me vibes of shows I have watched and loved.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

It’s weird, so I am into it.

9-1-1: Lone Star

It’s kind of sad how I am not mad this franchise got a random Austin spin-off.

Good Trouble (S2 Holiday Special)

I am usually not a fan of holiday specials, but if it gets me Davia and Dennis on my screen, I am in.

Did you see anything you like? Did something catch your eye? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 18-24)

I don’t really have an excuse for not posting this week again. I just wasn’t in the mood and needed a break from … everything? So, here we are again with trailers!

Movies

Call of the Wild

I don’t mind the CGI dog. I prefer it to a real dog being subjected to a lot of these scenes.

Cats

I guess if you found them creepy the first time, not much has changed.

The Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby

I mean, what’s even this weekly update with a Netflix Christmas movie?

Antebellum

I mean … if the intention was to creep me out, then it was a success.

She’s Missing

Not my thing.

TV Shows

Emma

I am yet undetermined if I like this or not. It’s like everyone wants to jump on the Dickinson train now that it’s successful, but I suppose they must have produced it at the same time already.

Hunters

Colour me intrigued! Very intrigued indeed!

Ragnarok

Count me in?

Avenue 5

I really think I could enjoy this.

V Wars

Damon was like “I can’t quit these vamps”

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

Excuse me!? I was not prepared for this to be the finale finale.

Nurses

Is it weird of me to say this looks Canadian?

Dare Me

Did this even show anything new?

For Life

I am kind of over legal dramas, even if the premise is interesting.

Fuller House (Season 5)

Everything is ending.

Doctor Who (Series 12)

I am not going to comment, because I am like 1.5 seasons behind.

Did you see anything you liked? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 11-17)

My streak of impeccable blogging lasted all of one week, I am afraid, but I have a good excuse. My move from Berlin back to Vienna is now complete and it was … exhausting! I feel like it justifies not spending too much time on the blog. Anyway, here are the trailers of the week!

Movies

Sonic the Hedgehog

SO MUCH BETTER!

Scoob

Sure, everything has reboots, prequels and sequels anyway.

Trolls World Tour

I never felt very passionate about the Trolls movie in the first place, so I don’t have super strong feelings about the sequel.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

I love that Keanu Reeves was like, sure, I’ll play a weird sage character on this thing.

A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood

I just think this is going to be beautiful movie.

Seberg

When I heard Kristen and Shia talk about this in the Actors on Actors interview, I knew this was going to be great.

Holiday Rush

I watched Klaus, so any other Christmas movie will have a freaking hard time now.

Fantasy Island

I don’t even watch horror, but I am intrigued. I have never watched the show though, so no comparisons from me.

The Neighbor

Meh, not sure how serious I can take it.

A Million Little Pieces

That dentist scene is BRUTAL! (Also, don’t think Charlie Hunnam knows what his own accent is at this point)

Almost Home

Looks super intense and unfortunately authentic.

The Way Back

Not a fan of anyone from the Affleck family in general, but I really like the song in the trailer.

The Wolf Hour

I am sure there are crime fanatics out there, who might enjoy this.

The Song of Names

More intense stuff.

TV Shows

Nevernight

It’s going to be on Youtube and it’s going to be epic!

Dare Me

I don’t think I have read the book, so I don’t know what to say.

Mad About You

Uhm … I don’t think I know this show?

DCTV Crisis on Infinite Earth

Whether you like these shows or not, you need to acknowledge how much effort and work is put into these crossovers.

Baby (Season 3)

I am so glad it will get a proper ending.

What are you watching? Did you see anything you liked on this post? Let’s chat!