Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 4-10)

I was at a comedy show tonight, so I almost actually forgot to do this post. But it is still Sunday and I am still on time, so my record stays untainted! Here we go!

Movies

Soul

YES! YES! This already looks amazing.

The Banker

Here for it!

The Knight before Christmas

So much cheese! Netflix is really banking on the Vanessa-Christmas-movies.

Hala

This looks REALLY good!

Wendy

Peter Pan-inspired always has my attention, but this seems intriguingly realistic and dangerous and feral.

The Invisible Man

SO creepy, but I … think I want to watch it? What is happening to me?

Color out of Space

Okay, I am back! This is also creepy and I don’t feel like I want to see it.

Grand Isle

Isn’t that the beau from Dumplin’?

The Two Popes

Didn’t I share this already? Was it just a teaser?

The Mandela Effect

This actually looks like a low-key good scifi movie.

Knives and Skin

I don’t think this is for me.

TV Shows

Reprisal

Said it before and will say it again, I am all in for this show!

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

I like the idea of making episodes out of songs.

A Christmas Carol

Sure, why not? That story has been told so many times, why not once more?

Merry Happy Whatever

It’s like Disney all over …

Briarpatch

Not that into detective stuff anymore at this point.

The Accident

No, thank you. The topic seems like such a downer.

Servant

How can I nope out of here permanently?

The Magicians (Season 5)

I am not sure I am still on board with this show …

Did you see anything you like here? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #22

I feel like the numbering system is getting a bit out of hand for these posts, but what can you do? I don’t feel like adding the TV show and movie titles into the title of the post would be very practical, so with the numbering we’re rolling.

The End of the F***ing World (Season 2)

I love the show with all my heart. It’s weird and quirky and never gets boring. It shows good storytelling and … I just really, really adore it. Whenever that is the case with a show, I don’t really find the right words to say how I feel about it, other than senseless gushing. Although I did write a full post on it when it first came out (check that out here).

When the first season of this aired, I was hesitant. It looked odd and not in a way I usually appreciate, but wow, did it blow me away. It ended on a massive cliffhanger though and I was yearning to find out what happens next. I am not sure how much they follow the book because I had rumours that make me think they deviated quite a bit, but as I said, I don’t actually know it.

All in all, season 2 still held nice surprises and nods to things past (*cough* Bonnie and Clive anyone *cough*). What always works with the show is the incredible humour paired with far deeper insights into the characters than you might expect. I especially appreciated all the fresh faces, among them my boy Josh Dylan (who you might know from Mamma Mia 2). Don’t know why, but I adore that boy. He reminds me of a puppy, even though he is a total cat dude.

For fans of: the first season, the book, Josh Dylan (or is that just me?)

You Me Her (Season 2-4)

I am not sure I ever talked about this show on here before, but I really like it. It’s about a poly-monogamous relationship (so basically a throuple) and the challenges of that. I hadn’t watched it for a while, because despite the setting being in Portland, I associate it closely with my time in Vancouver … and I was homesick for that city a lot. But circumstances change, I binged it all and am not completely up to date.

The episodes aren’t terribly long and the seasons aren’t either! I found the one scene I accidentally walked in on once (very last exterior scene in 3×09) and just had a great time watching it. The side characters are super fun and you need them, because sometimes the main throuple will get on your nerves hard.

For fans of: exploration of sexuality and polyamory, Canadian actors, funny content with heart

Bojack Horseman (Season 6, Pt. 1)

I have a hard time with animated shows and I don’t really know why. A lot of the time, I just can’t seem to connect as well as I can with regular people portraying people. However, Bojack Horseman is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s definitely made for adults, which helps I suppose, but yeah, I love it. My favourite season was probably 3 or 4, but it’s a good show and I am sad it’s coming to an end.

When I started watching season 6, it didn’t feel as clear and with direction as some of the other seasons did. All the episodes thus far just looked like the build up to whatever they will release at the end of January with the final episodes. Don’t let that stop you from watching it now, but I’d also understand if you might want to wait until then.

For fans of: dark humour, struggle with sobriety, women who do it all

The King

I got to watch it in a cinema and the most unnerving thing was that the Netflix logo in the beginning didn’t have it’s typical ba-ding sound. Honestly, I am usually not the biggest fan of historical stuff, as I tend to get bored with it at times, and this movie also had its lengths. But, in the end, I really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t fully aware just how much Joel Edgerton was involved in the creation of this film and I am really impressed not just with his acting now. It was beautifully shot and had a great story arc as well. Timothée, who I love, but mostly associate with timid, soft-spoken characters blew me away. I am not going to talk about his accent (or whatever Robert Pattinson did either), but I do want to praise the way he commanded the screen and had a real presence. When he gave a speech to his troops, I felt that!

All in all, great movie! There was one scene that just reminded me so much of the battle of the bastards and I didn’t watch all the fighting closely, because gross, but it was great.

For fans of: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, historical content

Last Christmas

Truth be told, I got to watch this movie mid-October during a surprise premiere in Berlin in attendance of Emilia Clarke and director Paul Feig. Events like that are always super cool, but also packed with people and activities. We literally got presents! (Among them a green Santa hat, an advent calendar and a Christmas card branded with the movie) Therefore, I might not be the most objective party, cause that influences your enjoyment a lot.

This in no way means that I am trying to purposely sugarcoat the movie, but I had a good time! I liked Emilia and Henry beforehand anyway. There were theories all around the internet as soon as the trailer dropped and I was happy that mine was right, but it was also just a nice experience to share with people. I absolutely wanted to download all the George Michael/Wham! songs afterwards and although this isn’t a pure comedy, I left the cinema with a happy feeling. It won’t be an immediate Christmas classic, but I think it has the potential to bring joy to some and to remind us all to be kind to others and yourself.

For fans of: Christmas movies, films that aren’t afraid to be cheesy, any and all of the actors involved, George Michael songs, Last Christmas


Have you watched any of the things mentioned above or do you want to? I am all ears!

Your WIP in Gifs Tag! (NaNoWriMo 2019 Edition)

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen this tag before! I have previously done it for my project Arcadia (check out the post here) and for my #witchyWIP (which you can check out here) and both times, I just had a ton of fun. Now, I didn’t want to do an official NaNoWriMo announcement, because I don’t know how seriously I am taking it this year, but I figured everything that helps get me motivated is a good thing.

Disclaimer for those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is: It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event that takes place during the month of November. Writers all over the world attempt to write a novel with at least 50K words during the time constraint of that one month. I’ve done it previously, but only succeeded once.

Since you are not supposed to TALK about what your WIP is about, I am not going to for now. I might do a short summary at the end, but will mostly just let you guess?? Let’s do this!

THE RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you (no one tagged me this time, but still, thanks Michelle for creating this kind of post!)
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back to this post so she can find out aaaall about your WIPs!
💛 Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

THE QUESTIONS

Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs!

(Keep in mind, this is just a regular old Contemporary YA. I wasn’t trying to hint at any sort of scifi connection or so …)

Time to introduce your main characters!

Karoline

Little bean thinks she can do anything!

Lena

There’s some stuff to unpack there. Who is she jealous of? Does it make her literally sick? Stay tuned!

Jack

Maybe that’s not so much Jack, as Karoline’s thoughts about Jack, but whatever.

Marcia

You don’t want to mess with that lady.

How would your main character react in a crisis?

I feel like Karoline would have a hard time asking for help. She’d just try to brave it on her own.

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

This story has some … memoir-esque qualities …

And if you were to meet your antagonist?

It would be civil, but I don’t think we’ll ever be on the same page.

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

Actually, despite Karoline crushing on one or two people, there isn’t really a romance. It’s super tame and just not about that.

How do other characters feel about this ship?

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

This is the evolution of how I hope everyone will feel about Karoline.

WHAT IS IT ACTUALLY ABOUT?

As much fun as it was to look up those gifs and pick them for this post, I could understand how you might not feel the connection to any of it, since I have told you literally nothing besides it being Contemporary YA so far. Let’s start with a little blurb maybe?

Karoline is ready to see the world! (Or at least she thinks she is.) After mountains of paperwork and considerable support from her friends and family, she is finally about to embark on her exchange semester in the US. But when she arrives, nothing is like she imagined it would be. Yes, every day in High School feels like she jumped right into one of the TV shows that have shaped her youth, but somehow she just can’t seem to make it work with her host family. Will Karoline manage and have to grow up in a foreign country with no support system from back home around?

I am still working on that pitch … but it’s basically what it’s about. This is very heavily influenced by my own experiences, but I threw in more than enough fiction to not make it awkward with real life people. At least I hope so … no one better try to find themselves in this story.

So far, I am not on target for the official NaNoWriMo goal at all, but it’s okay. I will write at my own pace. What do you think about my untitled exchange semester story? Are you interested? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let’s chat!

October 2019 Wrap-Up

It’s been a month! (You can interpret that any which way you want.) I am not even trying to compare my Goodreads goal to my actual reading status, but I am proud to say that I have read two books last month.

Both, Dear Evan Hansen and Pan’s Labyrinth, are books that have been written AFTER they’ve become successful as another medium (in this case, musical and film). I tend to like to do read this kind of stuff, just like I am one of the few people who really enjoys book-to-movie adaptations, especially when I am a bit familiar with the casting and may have already seen a trailer. The only thing I am bad at is reading these books if I know too much about the story already. Then it can quickly become boring, even more so if it’s a faithful adaptation. I had a lot of fun with the books last month though and they both rated somewhere in the 4-star-area.

Dear Evan Hansen     Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads and when you click on the titles, you’ll get to my reviews!

I am currently, at this very moment, not working anymore. I had my last day of work late October and it coincided with a movie premiere my company hosted and it was a really nice farewell. I say that like I haven’t been to the office twice since then again, but now it’s just for lunch dates with former colleagues and to individually say goodbye to everyone. I don’t think it has really sunk in that I am no longer going to work there, it just feels like I am finally on a vacation (which I deserved, let’s be real). After 14 months, it will be so strange to go back to Vienna, stay in my childhood bedroom for a bit, but I have plans! I don’t want to jinx it, but something is in the works and if that works … it will be big!

Another thing we’ve been talking on here for a while, which I was simply too busy for is me doing reaction videos on YouTube. I’ve made a channel, I shot a video but … due to copyright claims I cannot upload it. I want you to know that I freaking TRIED! My original video was 31 minutes and I edited it down to 14 minutes but still had copyright claims. I figured if I cut any more, the video wouldn’t make any sense. So, I am going to try it with different episodes of the same show, but if that doesn’t pan out, I am going to try a new show altogether. If you have anything you’d like me to react to, just let me know!

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

If you didn’t see it coming that my absolute favourite thing of the month was Charmed (once again), then I am not sure you know me at all. I put so much fangirl energy into this show, it’s becoming a little ridiculous, but I have to say that they are doing an AMAZING job with season 2. It’s almost as if they have a whole new set of showrunners (which they do and I have already talked about before … ).

I made two fan edits (and I am really no good at that at all), the latest one you can check out here;

What I am pretty happy to have gotten back into is my art though. I have been back using watercolours and also did some practice with regular pencils, all for my favourite Charmed ship – Hacy. I don’t know what has me so obsessed, but I’ve been known to channel all my energy in TV stuff if I don’t have anything else going on.

MY POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had a good month! Sorry that I couldn’t post any Halloween pictures, but I didn’t think my costume through very well. Turns out it was too cold to run around in a Scoops Ahoy uniform …

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

The realisation that I am not working at the place I worked at for 14 months anymore has still not settled in. I merely feel like I am on vacation or a break, but the paperwork and travel preparations to get all my stuff back to Vienna will eventually bring me back to reality. Until then, here are some trailers!

Movies

The Photograph

YES! YES! YES! Issa and LaKeith in a romance movie – sign me up!

Jumanji: The Next Level

DON’T WATCH THIS TRAILER! It has a spoiler in it and I think it would have been so much funnier to discover it in the movie.

Code 8

Looks strange, but I am not opposed to it. Give me all the movies with regular people getting superpowers and not necessarily becoming heroes.

After Class

Justin Long has been in very mediocre movies lately.

Home for Christmas

Let’s make another Hallmark-style Christmas movie, but … make it international! That’s the conversation I imagine the Netflix board had.

TV Shows

The Witcher

It looks so darn good!!!

The Mandalorian

I know a couple people who are hyped at this, and I still think that Disney+ is making a mistake not releasing worldwide at the same time.

Gold Digger

Ben Barnes. Enough said.

Vienna Blood

THEY USED AN AUSTRIAN ACTOR FOR THE MAIN ROLE!? I know the dude … like, I’ve literally been on set with him and I had no clue he would be in a BBC show.

The End of the F***ing World (Season 2)

If one more person tells me what happened in the book/comic, I am going to f***ing lose my sh*t. Let me just enjoy the messed up-ness of this show.

What are you watching? Did you see anything you liked here? Let’s talk about it!

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (Book Review)

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count
: 320

It seems that I am making a habit of not reading book-to-movie adaptations, but rather the other way round, where books were specifically written AFTER their other-media-format successor became popular. Admittedly, it has been a long time since I watched the Pan’s Labyrinth movie, but to me, it makes sense to want to expand on the story a little bit.

To start with, let’s show you the trailer and then I will also talk about the plot a little bit. Usually, I don’t add my own summary in my review, because mostly Goodreads takes care of that and then I just use it in my graphic, but this time I found it too ambiguous. So, here is the trailer for the movie for starters (from a time when trailers still had overly dramatic voice-overs):

As stated in the brief summary above, the book follows the tale of the film, which is about a young girl by the name of Ofelia, whose mother remarried a cruel officer after the father died during the war. They move to a cold and cursed abandoned mill in the Spanish mountains, where rebels are trying to fight for their cause. Things get truly interesting when Ofelia, a girl who is mainly interested in books and still grieving her father, finds a fairy that leads her on dangerous adventures with the promise of becoming the Princess of the Underground world. This truly follows the film quite faithfully, sometimes word for word in terms of dialogue, but it also adds immensely to the world building by including short stories about objects and past events that happened at the very place the people are now.

Ofelia didn’t remind her mother that for her, there was nothing better than a book. Her mother wouldn’t understand. She didn’t make books her shelter or allow them to take her to another world. She could only see this world, and then, Ofelia thought, only sometimes. It was part of her mother’s sadness to be earthbound. Books could have told her so much about this world and about places far away, about animals and plants, about the stars! They could be the windows and doors, paper wings to help her fly away. Maybe her mother had just forgotten how to fly. Ir maybe she’d never learned.

Ofelia’s mother didn’t know it, but she also believed in a fairy tale. Carmen Cardoso believed the most dangerous tale of all: the one of the prince who would save her.

When I was younger, I gobbled up Cornelia Funke’s books like they were magic itself and could take me to foreign places. The Inkworld trilogy and the Thief Lord are still among my all time favourite books, however, I had never read her stories in English before. So, I don’t know how much of it all was Guillermo del Toro and how much of it was her. Either way, they managed to recreate the darkness and fantastic visuals from the movie with simple language and added background story and thoughts.

He abruptly dropped his hand, summoning the mask of confidence that had become his second face, merciless, determined. Death is a lover to be feared and there was only one way to overcome that fear – by being her executioner.

Death sighed. She was used to men begging for another few years or months, sometimes even hours. There was always something unfinished, something undone, unlived. Mortals don’t understand life is not a book you close only after you read the last page. There is no last page in the Book of Life, for thelast one is always the first page of another story.

One thing I am not sure about is the claim that this book is made for readers of all ages. The first chapter/the prologue is literally about a young girl dying by stepping into the world and forgetting who she was before. As I’ve also mentioned a couple times now, it’s quite a dark story and the happy end is debatable (as is tradition with old folklore, if you ask me). So, I could see a child who is dealing with matters such as death and grief themselves to maybe find solace in this book, but I wouldn’t give it to someone who was never exposed to it or gets easily frightened. Just like I definitely wouldn’t show the movie to a kid.

A groan echoed through the floor, the moaning of a hungry bloodstained mouth, and when she stepped back, she felt the Pale Man pushing against the floorboards. The worst fears are always underneath us, hidden, shaking the ground we wish to be firm and safe.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! I really enjoyed this, although I am not sure if it will stay with me forever.

Have you read Pan’s Labyrinth? Have you watched the movie? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 21-27)

I originally had other plans for this week and wanted to post more content, but alas, here we are with yet another trailer post. I only have two more days at my current workplace to go, which seems just insane to me, but then I will actually have a bit of free time on my hands. We will see if that brings along any changes on here. But now what you are here for:

Movies

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS MOVIE

Let It Snow

I read like A LOT of John Green’s books, but not this one. So, I have no idea if I am going to like this or not.

The King

I watched this in a movie theatre today and Timothée is killing it.

The Aeronauts

I could see myself liking this.

Bloodshot

What the heck is that first scene!?

The Kindness of Strangers

I remember this running at the Berlin film festival and getting mixed reviews, but I love the idea of this movie.

Burden

Looks intense and like it will hit some emotions.

Age Out

I am afraid it’s not for me, but probably a reality for many people in the system.

TV Shows

9-1-1: Lone Star

Excuse me!? There is a spin-off!?!?!

Mortel

Creepy, but I am kind of into it.

Belgravia

Meh, they look like they’re just trying to ride on the coattails of previous period dramas.

Deputy

I doubt that’s going to be successful.

What are you watching? Did you see anything you liked this week? Let’s talk!