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!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 14-20)

Welcome back to another week of trailers! I am currently annoyed at some developments in my personal life, but other than that, I think this was a really good week. I am getting my creative juices back and just generally feel more mellow. Maybe it has something to do with me only having 7 workdays left!? It’s both cause for joy (because I will get a little break) and sadness (because I will miss everyone and everything) and anxiety (because what am I going to do next!?). See, all good over here, so, let’s move on to the trailers!

Movies

Peter Rabbit 2

It got a sequel? Did it really do that well??

Lady and the Tramp

I kinda liked the teaser better.

Bombshell

Charlize almost looks unrecognisable.

Marriage Story

I think it’s interesting that Netflix is trying to produce more and more Oscar contenders.

American Son

You just KNOW that this is going to be super intense and painful to watch.

Cold Brook

This is like a grown-up more real-ish Night at the Museum.

Holiday in the Wild

Seems like Netflix also has their own Hallmark-style department for holiday movies now and I am … okay with that?

Adopt a Highway

I don’t get the title … does he name the kid Highway?

The Man Without Gravity

Weird concepts like that are always awesome.

TV Shows

We Are the Wave

Don’t know who of you read the book “The Wave” in school, but it’s an amazing read and based on real events and now they made a show (but with different plot structure and characters) about it! My girl Luise is in it, so please support!

Dollface

I want to watch this show so bad! I can’t get over the actual cat lady.

Motherland: Fort Salem

Let’s face it, if there are witches, you have my attention.

Atypical (Season 3)

I love this show, so I am pumped!

The Sinner (Season 3)

I am a simple girl, I see Matt Bomer, I click.

The Man in the High Castle (Season 4)

I am still only on season 2, but this show is SO good! It takes you to some really unexpected places.

Will & Grace (Season 11)

Well, that return didn’t last very long …

Will you be watching anything that was mentioned today? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #21

As quickly as I devoured Dear Evan Hansen, I returned to mostly watching TV shows just as fast. I am sure another book will come along and grab my attention, but first, here are the things I’ve been watching lately!

Raising Dion

This show was super cute but also emotional in many ways. I like the way they went about this, as it didn’t feel like your typical superhero origin story and showed how difficult it is if you have a young kid with powers. I also loved how this wasn’t just about his powers, but also very much about family. The twists at the end of the season just were the cherry on top.

I’d 100% watch another season! The only thing I’d have to criticize is that the kid who played Dion was super cute to watch, but definitely struggled with imagining what his powers ultimately did. I, in absolutely no way, want to imply that it’s easy to act (especially at that age) with something invisible, but sometimes the movements and animation were just majorly … off? They could have at least tried to match him more, even if it would have been more erratic, in post-production.

For fans of: original superhero tales, kid-focused stories with adult themes, representation

Baby (Season 2)

If I could have a Netflix crossover with Elite, I would want that show to be Baby. In my head it’s definitely the same kind of format, just switching the murder mystery with underage girls acting as hookers (and it’s obviously Italian and not Spanish – but they did a Youtube video together and it was hilarious). I am pretty sure this isn’t a show everyone can see themselves in, but it still has a binge-worthy quality to it. You just need to give it an episode or two.

I honestly couldn’t tell you too much about the first season anymore at this point, but to me, the second season felt a lot more focused and compact. Maybe these characters are growing and learning to some extent, but it sure doesn’t feel like for most of them. There’s honestly some truly disturbing individuals here and especially the homophobic bullying that’s going on is hard to stomach. Beware of that!

For fans of: female empowerment through sex, high school drama multiplied

The Man in the High Castle (Season 1)

Not sure how many of you remember this from my time in Vancouver, but I was actually on set of this show once or twice. It hit me quite hard seeing swastikas on people in real life and I felt very down after that set visit. It’s not that I thought it was a bad show, but I didn’t want to feel sad all the time, so I didn’t really feel like watching it back then.

Now the show is coming to an end and I am into it all deep. I am a couple episodes into season 2 already, but like the slow build up and the mystery of it all. I don’t want to spoiler anything, but I just want to say that my love Frank Frink deserves so much better than Juliana and I will stand by that!

For fans of: alternate history shows, sci-fi twists

The Hook Up Plan/Plan Coeur (Season 2)

If you ever need a silly show that probably focuses on the importance of romance in ones life a little bit too much, but you don’t really want to think about it and just watch something fun – this show is perfect! Last season sort of ended on a cliffhanger, but I believe that season 2 ended perfectly. I don’t say this very often, but I hope it’s not getting another season. I wouldn’t know what they would want to tell us, because everything important has happened or has been resolved and another season would just mean unnecessary drama.

For fans of: silly over the top romance, crazy but strong friendships

Charmed (Season 1-2)

I already talked about my issues with the reboot of Charmed in my monthly wrap-up. However, I am absolutely and positively obsessed with this show! The second season got an overhaul with new showrunners and a much more edgy and cinematic look. I was worried when I first heard they wanted to focus more on the supernatural aspect and less on the family, but two episodes into the new season and it looks like whatever they changed was the best decision they could have made!

They stepped away from trying to reinvent the OG Charmed and now really make it feel like they are doing their own spin on things. In a way, and I am not going to spoil what happens, it’s a reboot within the reboot and I am 100% here for it. Also, my ship is thriving and that’s really all a girl like myself could ask for (aside from a job at the show, but let’s not get greedy).

For fans of: witches!!!

I did the total fangirl thing and ignored all my responsibilities to do a video edit of my ship. Please ignore my lack of storyline or editing skills and enjoy my random acts of trying to be creative for no good reason:


What are you watching? Did you check out any of these shows? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 7-13)

So, I only had a little bit of time at work this week, which was probably a good thing considering the past month, but it really hit me that I only have a bit more than two weeks left there. I learned a lot and really liked my team, but it’s also exciting to start something new. I have already discussed future plans with some of you and fingers crossed that one of my bigger life goals will maybe come true. But you are here for trailers, so here they are:

Movies

Dolittle

I mean … it’s very different from the Dr. Dolittle I grew up with, but it’s Downey with an amazing voice cast to accompany him. Count me in!

Jungle Cruise

Emily is such a badass!

Charlie’s Angels

It’s not what I would have wanted exactly just looking at the trailer, but I am still pumped for this. (and probably alone at that)

Onward

The best thing was Pratt and Holland watching the trailer and doing a live reaction video to it.

Klaus

I guess we really are getting closer and closer to Christmas.

Earthquake Bird

Colour me intrigued!

Judy & Punch

For some reason, I find that movie really scary.

Love is Blind

I am like 99% sure that I have shared this trailer a long time ago already …

The Courier

I just want William Mosely back on the Royals, like that show was never cancelled, and not in weird movies where I don’t think he fits in.

TV Shows

Truth be Told

Apple TV is going to have some really intense and good-looking programs.

Daybreak

I like teens and kids in the apocalypse. That was basically the premise of my childhood favourite show.

Prank Encounters

I am not the right person for these kind of shows.

Vikings (Season 6)

I can’t believe this will be the final season. The show has accompanied me for so long!? But I love how they pretend Lagertha is getting older by giving her white hair, while the rest of her body just looks exactly the same.

The Little Mermaid (Live)

Technically not a TV show, but since they are making a live action movie as well, I didn’t want y’all to confuse it with this musical live version they are going to put on.

Did you see anything you like? Which of the shows/movies above would you watch? Let’s chat!

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Book Review)

Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 358

CW: anxiety, depression, suicide

If you are like me and you struggle to connect with musicals (even if I do occasionally adore some of them *cough* Hamilton *cough*), you will be happy to hear that there is a novel based on the hit show that is Dear Evan Hansen. I say this like it’s big news, but really, the book has been out for a year already. And I do even know and like some of the songs from the show, but I am not among the fortunate few who might get to experience it live and just listening to the songs gives me limited amount of joy, so I was really happy to dive into this in a more traditional book-format.

In all seriousness though, I was prepared to sob my way through this book from all I had heard, but I didn’t actually cry until very close to the end. It’s not that there isn’t inherent sadness to it all, but something about the way it was written and told just made it a very fast-paced and easy read for me. I don’t remember the last time I devoured a book in less than two days … Nonetheless, that didn’t keep me from connecting with the book on an emotional level too!

“If the pain is in you, it’s in you. It follows you everywhere. Can’t outrun it. Can’t erase it. Can’t push it away; it only comes back. The way I’ve been thinking, after all that’s happened, maybe there’s only one way to survive it. You have to let it in. Let it hurt you. And don’t wait. It’ll reach you eventually. Might as well be now.”

Evan Hansen is, at least to me, a deeply relatable character. He suffers from severe anxiety, feels lonely and like he doesn’t fit in. Although he has a very loving parent in his life, he feels expectations of what he should be and how he should act weighing him down and ultimately it leads to him making some really, really bad decisions out of fear. I cannot say that I have done anything nearly as terrible as what Evan did, but I like that the book did not try to make excuses for him. Not once did I feel as if this was a redemption storyline, but rather a plea to own up to your mistake, clearly communicate with the people you care about and maybe, just maybe, there is always someone in a similar situation as yourself, so don’t give up.

“I wish that everything was different. I wish that I was a part of something. I wish that anything I said mattered, to anyone. I mean, let’s face it: would anybody even notice if I disappeared tomorrow?”

If I had to criticize one part of it all, it would probably be the love story. I get that everyone handles grief differently, but the way this was told felt a bit off. But then again, so many of the decisions made were beyond questionable, so I don’t even know if you could consider that specific part strange. My head just wasn’t really in it, because all I really wanted was for Evan and Connor to have gotten the chance to be friends for real.

I obviously can’t attest to any of the differences between the musical and the book, however, from what I gathered from others, the book definitely expands on the story and the inner thoughts of the characters (which is neither good nor bad, but just a thing that comes with it being a different format that allows more content than a musical). As someone who did not know all the songs and all the details of what Dear Evan Hansen would be about, I can say that it’s a book you can definitely pick up if you haven’t had anything to do with the musical! 

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A heartfelt and relatable story about mistakes, loss, grief, family and much more!

Have you heard of the musical? Have you read the book? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 30 – Oct 6)

I know I JUST posted the monthly wrap-up, but that doesn’t mean we are going to skip the Sunday-trailer-post. No, no, no. It just means two posts in rapid succession.

Movies

Birds of Prey

I always like the DC trailers, but unfortunately I don’t always like the DC movies.

6 Underground

HOW WAS THIS MADE FOR NETFLIX!? I feel like the action is definitely meant for a massive movie theatre screen. (And I say that with all due respect and love for Netflix)

Free Guy

Not a trailer, but TAIKA AND RYAN AND JODIE AND JOEY!

The Gentlemen

This is something I can actually get behind. The cast, the gangster vibes, the humour, I am into it.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

My first thoughts still always go to the magician … which this is just definitely not about.

Richard Jewell

Not particularly my thing.

The Cat and the Moon

I don’t know what to do with this movie?

I Lost My Body

So intense and weird, but great animation! Also, it definitely gives off Addam’s Family vibes.

TV Shows

His Dark Materials

I feel like we don’t actually need more info on this show, but that it would be better to just let us watch it.

Reprisal

SIGN. ME. UP!

The Unlisted

I feel like this looks too much like they are all acting rather than experiencing this.

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

I am SO pumped!!!

Lost in Space (Season 2)

I actually really enjoyed the first season, so I am looking forward to more.

The Hook Up Plan (Season 2)

YAAAAS! I wasn’t sure if they were going to continue it.

Devs

I have no idea what this is about.

Outlander (Season 5)

I mean … they definitely haven’t aged enough for the years that have passed, but it’s looking good.

Manifest (Season 2)

If you don’t want a recap of S1, then don’t watch this.

Riverdale (Season 4)

I can’t even watch this with a straight face.

The Expanse (Season 4)

I cannot speak to this show, as I do not watch it.

Insatiable (Season 2)

Why does this even exist?

Did you see anything you’d like to watch? Let’s chat!

September 2019 Wrap-Up

I wish I had all the exciting stuff to share with you in this monthly wrap-up, but the truth of things is that I was just really busy with work. Don’t get me wrong, my work is cool and exciting, but it also takes up a lot of time and energy, so there’s just no reading or watching updates that are worth of sharing I feel like. Instead, I thought I’d give you the tiniest glimpse into my work life this time around? Hope that’s okay …

We had some super fun events for the new Shaun the Sheep movie – Farmageddon, where I got to meet one of the actual model makers of the Shaun the Sheep figures and then helped him teach little kids and blogger mums how to make their own clay Shauns and Lu-Las (his new alien friend). The kids really seemed to like the movie (what a relief!) and then there’s also a couple of awesome sci-fi references to discover for the adults.

Then there was this whole premiere marathon for a beautiful but sad German romance movie. I traveled from Berlin to Cologne to Munich and back in the span of only a few days, but I think it went fairly well too! The actual movie release is only this upcoming week, but since the film is based on a popular book series (the Danny trilogy by Jessica Koch) here’s to hoping that the bookish community will enjoy it.

So, I hope that gives you an idea of why I have been so consistently absent on the blog. This is, however, my last month at my current workplace and new adventures await after that. We will see what that will exactly look like, but I have a feeling there might be a little break in store for me. I adore all the support and encouragement from everyone around me though and am sure I will find something great soon! I am a workaholic after all …

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Someone who shares my ambitious mindset (to the absolute extreme) is Payton from Netflix’ new show The Politician. I didn’t expect to love that show at all, but it won me over so quickly. I have been told that it is very on brand for me to like it though, and I am not sure what that says about me exactly, but I am so looking forward to all the seasons of this, which I am sure it will get.

I am especially obsessed with the intro to the show. Can’t even remember the last time that happened, because themes have gotten so boring for a lot of shows these days.

I have also finally battled my inner die hard Charmed fan and started watching the first season of the reboot. I have some choice words to say about it, like they put 3 seasons of plot into 20 episodes alone and that was rushed and unnecessary. Also, they are trying to be so desperately current that I doubt this show will age well, but in the end it all lead to me really enjoying it regardless. I guess I am really too much into witchy content not to appreciate it. Mostly you can thank Rupert Evans and the fact that the show features a 28-year-old virgin like it’s no big deal for my change of heart.

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I hope you had a good September and are looking forward to October/Halloween! I have already sorted my costume and usually I am never that early with anything. If you want to chat about last month, just let me know!