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

Another week, another bunch of trailers released. I don’t think there are quite as many new ones as last week, but let’s just get to it and take a look:

Movies

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

I am so ready for this movie, I even finished the book on time – yay me!

Irresistible

Steve Carell and Rose Byrne? Count me in.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution

Nope, I am out. This is the EXACT same movie from my childhood, just with uglier soulless animation.

Horse Girl

I do not understand what’s happening, but Jason Reynolds from Four Weddings is in this, so I am more than willing to give it a shot.

Premature

It looks kinda nice.

Blowing Up Right Now

Looks like an interesting plot for relationship drama.

Vivarium

This was at a film festival near me last year and I so wanted to go see it, but I didn’t find the time. It’s so weird, but I am here for it.

Spenser Confidential

Sure, why not? M’Baku has my heart anyway.

The Last Thing He Wanted

I like Anne, but I do not like Ben … tough decision.

Mr Jones

Historical and political, not my jam, but many others.

Coda

Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes feels like an unexpected duo?

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Also, not really my thing.

Miss Americana

Oh, I think this is the Taylor Swift documentary movie where they debated which of her own songs she was allowed to use?

TV Shows

Alex Rider

I just … always still have Alex Pettyfer as my Alex Rider in mind.

Gentefied

It looks like fun!

The Undoing

Yeah, I don’t think so.

Sacred Lies

Facebook Watch is really out there stepping up their “TV” show game.

Did anything in particular catch your eye? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #26

I have watched so many things that this post is probably going to get a little longer than I initially planned, but there’s just so much to talk about! Let’s get started to not add to the word count by some rambling in the intro!

Another Life

I had this saved to my Netflix list for months now, but never quite felt in the right mood to watch it. However, I generally like alien and outer space stories, so I am honestly not surprised I ended up enjoying this one as well. Even though I found some visuals to be very obvious aftereffects, the show has a cool and believable feel to it, making you wonder how far it is in the future and thinking it’s not quite all that much. Maybe, as if we were only one scientific breakthrough away from getting to that point as well.

Anyway, do not watch this show for Tyler Hoechlin, you’d be disappointed! Definitely watch it for the AI William though!!! He was the kindest soul and my absolute favourite from episode 1 onwards. I’d love to talk some more about the aliens and whether they are a threat or not and if humanity is being a dick once again, but then it would take out all the fun of you watching it. If you ever do want to talk about that stuff though, just hit me up in the comments!

For fans of: people crammed together on small living spaces, precarious situations that escalate past what you think possible, aliens, outer space, human challenges

Ares

I only found this trailer to make it accessible to all of you, but this is originally a Dutch show and I highly recommend you watch it in Dutch with subtitles. As you all know by now, I quite enjoy my international (especially European) Netflix shows and just upon hearing the title of this one, I was intrigued.

It’s another quite short format, but it is VERY dark. I mean that and want to warn you that someone stabs their own eyes and slits their throat within the first three minutes and many more brutal suicides will follow throughout the course of the show. I understand that it is not for everyone and want you to be prepared for the violence. Having said that, the show had amazing layers to its story, showing how karma can build up through generations and metaphorically portraying the consequences to actions in a very interesting way. You never quite know what’s behind it all and what’s going on, but it was very interesting nonetheless. The end, while making sense in a way, was super abrupt though and that irritated me a little. 

For fans of: metaphors, lore, karma, ambition, how far would you go-scenarios

October Faction

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Netflix is on fire with their comic book/graphic novel adaptations! While I haven’t read this personally and therefore can’t compare the content to its origin, I had the best time watching it. I will admit that it’s not the best comic book series on the platform, but it has its own charm for sure. While the premise seems pretty straight forward, I promise there are twists and turns to the story and characters that will make it ten times as intriguing as the trailer alone might suggest.

I don’t have all too much to say, other than that it was a quick and interesting watch that leaves you wanting more easily. There is a sort of cliffhanger and it definitely feels like not all loose ends are tied up just yet. I assume they made this with several seasons in mind and I can only hope that they’ll be able to get to do far more.

For fans of: comic book adaptations, humans vs. monsters, who is the real monster though?

Sex Education (Season 2)

Pretty sure it’s no secret that I liked the first season of Sex Education quite a bit and I liked this one too. There are still brilliantly shot scenes, good acting, confusing fashion choices that never quite make sense in terms of which decade we are in and lovable characters all around. I think I cried a whole lot more this time around than I did with the first season, but it also felt a little less focused? I don’t really have anything bad to say though (except maybe not loving the definition of pansexuality they used), because I don’t know … the show is pretty awesome.

The storylines that especially touched me were Aimee’s, Adam’s and Jackson’s, but Maeve also had some tearjerkers. But not just the main characters, but also some one episode sidestories were pretty great, with the “asexuality” scene probably being one that I can see helping many people out there. I know a lot of people weren’t too happy with some of the new additions *cough* Isaac *cough*, but just keep in mind that there would barely be any conflict without some new drama. They need material for hopefully a couple more seasons after all!

For fans of: messy teens, all kinds of love

Titans (Season 2)

I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to include this one here as well, because I am not even sure I ever talked about the first season, but here we are! The thing that is on my mind the most is that … I just don’t really love this show but also keep watching it? I just find it very hard to root for some characters, because you never quite get as close to anyone as you would need to be fully invested. The story is all over the place, there’s far too many flashback episodes (which are just a personal nuisance to me) and they keep adding characters.

An ensemble cast isn’t something bad, but if you see a character for a minute per episode or not at all, can you really still call them part of the main team? I don’t know. It’s such a slow build here, but as I said, I still keep watching it. There must be something to it! (Definitely didn’t mind the addition of Superboy and Krypto but will forever be sad about Aqualad’s part in all of this, especially cause I loved the casting)

For fans of: DC comics, origin stories, Titans

Knives Out

I wasn’t exactly impressed with the Oscar nominations, but that’s a whole other topic. Still, I try to catch at least some of the nominations every year and I really, really, really wanted to watch Knives Out. It released in cinemas here pretty late, so there’s still 5 screenings per day now and I finally caught one. I now get what all the fuss is about!

Murder mysteries not being my favourite genre, this was actually A LOT of fun to watch, as in, I laughed out loud several times. I don’t think we even have to talk about how brilliant of a cast they managed to get, but I was really impressed by all of them. Ana carried the movie perfectly and it was great getting to see Chris Evans in something other than America’s golden boy. I even thought I had been spoiled about the ending, but I wasn’t entirely and still loved all the twists and turns. Many people have mentioned it to me before I went and watched it, but the final shot of the movie is perfection!

For fans of: murder mysteries a la Agatha Christie, any and all of the amazing cast members, Rian Johnson as director


Have you watched any of these things? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

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

I was kind of preoccupied this week, so I am sorry for not posting anything other than this trailer post, but at least I can still claim to never forget about it! Let’s see what we’ve got:

Movies

The Lovebirds

This is the kind of 2020 movie I am here for!!!

Morbius

Did Leto defect from DC after the solo Joker movie was without him?

High Fidelity

Zoe is the coolest!

Stargirl

Look below and you’ll find a Stargirl trailer in the TV show section about something entirely different.

Olympic Dreams

Honestly did not expect for this to work so well?

Hope Gap

I like the calmness of this.

Sergio

Ana de Armas is in so many things now, she deserves it!

The Night Clerk

See, more Ana!

Charm City Kings

The comments on this one were very divided between “yay Baltimore” and “it’s nothing like the real Baltimore”

Disappearance at Clifton Hill

It looks so strange, but I just can’t stop seeing Riley from Sense8 here.

Bloodshot

Meh, nothing too intriguing to me.

The Adventures of Ari My Robot Friend

As a kid, I’d watch this.

TV Shows

Little Fires Everywhere

Reese Witherspoon is on fire (no pun intended) and all her shows look so great!!!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

Less than a week to go now.

The Bold Type (Season 4)

I am freaking out because KAT IS MAKING OUT WITH TOM AUSTEN!!! I don’t necessarily love him as a love interest for Kat, but can Tom stay pretty please? I have missed him so much since The Royals …

The Great

I want this in my life!

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

I think I like the look of this?

Hightown

Yes, thank you, Gabby from Chicago Fire is in this.

Motherland: Fort Salem

Look, I am all here for military witches, but when will this show finally release? I feel like I have shown trailers for this at least 5 times now.

BoJack Horseman (Season 6/Finale)

I loved this show so much, so I am interested in seeing how it will end.

Kidding (Season 2)

Can’t really comment, since I haven’t watched S1.

Resident Alien

This looks so stupid, but so funny.

Stargirl (The CW)

It’s so confusing, because there’s also a Stargirl coming to Disney+??

Diary of a Future President

Well, it sure looks like Disney?

The Stranger

Not my genre, albeit intriguing …

Lost Girls

This is going to be put off forever until I am in the right mood, which is also likely never.

Normal People

What is really normal?

Did you enjoy anything on this list in particular? Let’s chat!

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

I hope you had a good week back at … life (?) after all the holiday fuzz. I haven’t looked at the list of trailers beforehand, but I hope we got some good stuff, because the past weeks were a bit lacking for my taste. Let’s go!

Movies

Birds of Prey

It looks like it’s actually going to be fun, but the DC trailers always do.

The New Mutants

So they actually ARE going to eventually release that movie. They’ve had it on hold for ever now.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

I kind of dig the weirdness.

Standing Up, Falling Down

I like indie comedy movies.

Spy Intervention

Why does it look so corny and like it’s from a whole other decade (and I am not talking about the 10s)?

A Simple Wedding

Sure, whatever. This will probably be straight to VoD.

Waiting for Anya

I know Noah is a good actor, but the accent? Not sure about it.

My Hindu Friend

I can’t even imagine Willem Dafoe in a casual non-intense role anymore.

Balloon

This is a good movie and I get to say that as a former employee of the distribution company haha

TV Shows

October Faction

Netflix is doing GREAT with comic book adaptations, so I am looking forward to this already.

Locke & Key

Another comic book adaptation and it’s going to be creepy af, but I am kind of ready (I hope).

Ragnarok

I am so here for this!

The Baker and the Beauty

This could be nice fun! But I don’t necessarily trust ABC to keep this show going for a whole season.

Devs

It looks creepy and weird but also SO cool!

Tommy

I think it’s funny that Thomas Sadoski is playing the mayor of Tommy.

Independant

Fran Drescher just always brings me right back to my childhood with The Nanny.

Sex Education (Season 2)

A little birdy told me we will actually get asexual rep this season and I am hyped.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

This is more of a music video than anything else, but who cares at this point.

This Is Us (Season 4B)

I haven’t watched it in such a long time …

Did something catch your eye? Would you like to watching something from this list? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #25

Well, this post sure is Netflix heavy, as in … it’s all either Netflix shows or movies. But can you really blame me, most of the content I consume has always come from that particular platform (still always open to get hired and/or sponsored by them!). So, here’s what I’ve been watching!

Home for Christmas

Since Christmas passed already and I wasn’t exactly in the most festive of moods, I didn’t really intend on watching this show anymore. However, then someone posted that it wasn’t as obvious who she would bring as her “boyfriend” to the family dinner and that the ending was quite unexpected, so I changed my mind and binged it.

It’s really not a very long show (6 episodes of roughly 25 minutes), yet you find yourself connecting with Johanne and a series of other characters quite easily. While I will agree that it isn’t obvious who her true love interest is supposed to be, I did not find the ending as revolutionary as some others. Overall a nice story with potential for sequel seasons, where I am just not sure if the title would still fit.

For fans: Norwegian family stories, short episodes, no definite ending

Spinning Out

I am so in love with this show! I have a soft spot for figure skating content and was immediately hooked when I saw the trailer. Having said that, I really want to issue a content warning for this show, because despite it just looking like regular competition and scheming drama, it heavily focuses on a bipolar main character who eventually goes off their meds. I understand how that can be triggering for some and even I felt very stressed and anxious during a majority of the episodes. With all that stress, it was no less addicting though.

Also, I would like to acknowledge that the POC, who are few, on the show were done pretty dirty. I am not sure how heavily some people will be featured in the next season (should there be one), but I definitely want Jenn to get more screen time and not be screwed over all the time. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the Kat and Justin dynamic, with Justin quickly becoming one of my favourite characters (Kat not so much). The true MVP is Mandy in my eyes, that’s how you do step parents right!

So, if you are into figure skating, sizzling romantic involvement between the dancers and a slight (*cough* or pretty obvious *cough*) parallel to Canadian ice dancers Virtue and Moir, this might just be the show for you.

For fans: ice skating, figure skating, Virtue/Moir fanfiction

Messiah

I am not a very religious person. I find it fascinating to a certain degree, but I wouldn’t call myself a faithful person. I don’t know why, it’s just the way it is. So, starting a show about the Messiah returning in our day and age shouldn’t have been very high up on my priority list, yet I watched it pretty quickly after its release.

This is a tense show that will leave your head spinning! I feel for all the characters that have no idea how to feel, because neither does the viewer. You are shown evidence of things being real, then having those same things disputed and it’s tough to keep up. By the end, it really seemed like most characters were screwed over and then they left it on THAT cliffhanger. I am not sure I can recommend this in case there isn’t another season, but it was interesting to watch. I just wish it had less of a focus on the US, because the world just really doesn’t revolve around that one country.

For fans: geo-political and religious discussions

Anne with an E (Season 3)

I adore Anne with an E! When I heard the news that the show was cancelled, I was really sad, because there is obviously still a lot to tell. However, compared to how some of the other seasons ended, I can live with it not continuing after this?

Every season, they take on some really interesting topics and S3 was no exception. They don’t shy away from showing darker parts of (Canadian) history and I admire that. I wish the storyline built around Anne’s friendship with an indigenous girl and how the government took away children from tribes to reeducate them in western ways had been given more screen time. It was so heartbreaking and I know that was reality back then, it wasn’t nice to see. But at some point, I just thought they treated it as more of a removed afterthought from the main storyline and that made me even more sad.

Still, the season had great themes and emotional moments for all characters. I could see this going on for years and am sad this was a casualty due to CBS ending its partnership with Netflix. Maybe some more campaigns for the renewal of the show will change things, but it could have ended on worse terms.

For fans: Anne of Green Gables, wholesome Canadian TV

Alexa and Katie (Season 3A)

This is one of my guilty pleasures that I don’t feel guilty about watching at all. Sometimes you just want light and fluffy friendship antics in the old Disney/Nickelodeon style. The show is coming to an end with Season 3B and I like how they are coming full circle. These characters were a blast to follow along with and have made me cry and laugh (to the point where I chocked on a cookie I was eating) so many times. I can only appreciate them for that.

I don’t want to give anything away, so feel free to skip this last sentence if you don’t want to know anything about the finale episode of 3A, but I really felt it when Katie had that panic attack. It looked and felt so very real!

For fans: light but still emotional friendship stories

6 Underground

I don’t even really know why I watched it, but … Ben Hardy might have been an argument. And Adria Arjona. And … you get the gist. I like the cast, but if you can argue about a movie needing a theatre release and not just one on a streaming platform, you might do so for a Michael Bay movie. Just me? I don’t know, but the action extravaganza seems more suited for a large screen than my laptop.

Anyway, I watched it and I did not expect it to be so funny? Humour in action movies is not a bad thing, but when it’s to the point that I don’t actually believe anyone will die because they are still making fun of things, I am not sure it’s the best thing either. It was a decent movie, but nothing out of this world. I like ensemble cast and heist-esque movies, so this was fun for a little bit, but I doubt it will stay very memorable. However, it was definitely set up to be a series, so I wonder if enough people watched it to continue with it.

For fans: heist/ensemble movies, action with a good dose of humour


That’s it! Have you watched some of these things as well? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

December 2019 Wrap-Up / The Year in Review

I read a whopping 8 books in December, which was 100% a personal record for the year. I just really, really wanted to reach my adjusted Goodreads goal and with those books I did. Here’s the recent ones I read:

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4) Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5) Find Me The Pisces Animals Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses #1) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

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! For the books that I have written reviews for, you can find them by clicking on the titles above.

Because I did this last year, I am also going to share my entire year of reading with you. Goodreads is really great at putting together a fun summary to share with everyone and I am going to do that here in parts, but you can find my entire results here.

I didn’t read a massive amount of books in 2019, but I am quite content with it looking back at the year. I was really busy with work and had literal months where I didn’t pick up a single book, so I am glad to have gotten to a total of 26 books! However, I have noticed that I started to gravitate more towards shorter to medium-length books and entirely avoided epic series. There were also quite a couple comic books and novellas featured, if you look at my reading list as a whole.

Finally, my average rating for the books I read was 3.5, which is 0.4 stars lower than in the previous year. Considering that I read 10 books less and actively tried to look at books more critically without giving away high ratings as willy nilly as I have done in the past, I am also not disappointed with this result.

2019 wasn’t the easiest of years for me for a multitude of reasons that I don’t want to get into. I am not going to lie to you though, it did reflect heavily in my blogging habits and the resulting stats. I have been struggling more than usual to deliver steady content and it showed by being the worst year in blogging since 2014 (having started the blog in 2013). I don’t want to whine about it, and even though I strongly believe that stats aren’t everything, it has affected my relationship with the blog a little bit. I am still so very grateful for everyone who stuck around, even when there were sometimes weeks of only trailer posts and nothing else. I don’t really know if I can promise to do better in 2020, but I am not willing to give up just yet.

  • The blog currently has 2,470 WordPress followers, a number that keeps growing slowly but steadily. If I add the people who have followed via mail, we have surpassed 2,500 easily.
  • This is post #1113, so there is really a lot to plow through if you want to do a deep dive into the archives of Life and Other Disasters.
  • I really, really want to give a shout-out to my top commenters, because the interaction is what makes blogging so great and worthwhile. So, huge thank you to Rami, Lois, The Orang-utan Librarian, the Educated Negra, Caro and Marie!!

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2019

(click on the title of the post to read the full thing!)

Kiss, Marry, Kill – Marvel Edition: It was a big year for Marvel, so I am not surprised that it was a draw in terms of blog posts. The fact that this one was more about the actors than the characters didn’t really seem to deter anyone either.

The Rook: Book vs. TV Show: It makes me so happy to know that these book to screen comparison posts do so well, because I know that a lot of us bloggers struggle with the performance of review posts. The fact that this is one of my favourite shows of the year is just an added bonus!

Kiss, Marry, Kill: TV Edition: Y’all really like to know who I would kiss, marry or kill it seems? All I can say about that is that I really, really struggle with the last part with every single edition of this post I did. And … I think this was the 5th installment already?

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #3: I’ve started this series either late in 2018 or early 2019 and toyed around with the format, making little adjustments here and there for a while. I am glad it resonates with people, although I have no idea why this one in particular did well.

Random Movie Recommendations: Karen Gillan Edition: Yay for all of you being as big Karen Gillan enthusiasts as I am! That’s probably the reason this post was interesting to some people out there.

MY 2019 RANKINGS

Last but not least, here are all the links for my 2019 rankings for movies, books and TV shows in case you missed them the past couple of days!

I hope you had a great start into the year 2020 so far! Is there something you really liked on the blog in 2019 and want to see more of in the new year? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 30-Jan 5)

I hope you’ve enjoyed the rankings in the past couple of days. This Sunday it is back to our regularly scheduled trailer post and then tomorrow (if time allows it) I will finally summarize the year 2019 and will link back to the rankings if you have missed them. First, enjoy today’s trailers!

Movies

A Quiet Place 2

I did not know I needed Cillian Murphy looking like he stepped out of the Walking Dead, but I am HERE FOR IT!

Dolittle

I feel like Downey can ONLY do super over the top roles and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Tyler Perry’s A Fall from Grace

Somehow didn’t expect this to be so serious?

Elsewhere

I haven’t seen the guy from Rectify in such a long time!!

Ana

Could be interesting. Isn’t that the girl from Logan?

John Henry

Yeah, I don’t think this is for me.

TV Shows

Disney+ 2020 Line-up

This feels like such a tease, considering that more than half the planet still doesn’t have access to Disney+.

Hunters

Well, hello! This is so much more than what they led on in the teaser?

Good Girls (Season 3)

Boss bitches!

Outlander (Season 5)

They’ve definitely not aged nearly enough for the time that has passed, but it’s still looking good.

Grace and Frankie (Season 6)

Okay, please don’t come for me, but I still haven’t started this show.

Did you see anything you liked? Is there something you want to watch? Let’s chat!