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

I feel like I’ve barely been home during this past week, which is not a bad thing in itself, it just means that I am constantly tired. Anyway, we are here to talk about trailers, so trailers you shall get!

Movies

Coco 

I can’t believe that they’re playing Bittersweet Symphony in the background, that brings back so many memories.

Downsizing

I still think this looks awesome, I just want to know what the problem with downsizing is … because there has to be one?

The Disaster Artist

It’s ridiculous how much I actually want to watch this.

The Child in Time

This is going to be devastating.

All the Money in the World

What’s up with the abducting of children?

The Shape of Water

I want to watch this so bad!

Red Sparrow

I am usually kinda of into spy stuff, but this hasn’t peaked my interest.

The Commuter

Looks very on brand for Liam Neeson.

Our Souls at Night

Could be nice.

Kingdom of Us

Documentary of the week.

Fifty Shades Freed

I can’t believe this is still a thing.

TV Shows

Fuller House (Season 3)

I am actually really looking forward to this!

This is Us (Season 2)

It’s gonna be so many emotions again.

Jane the Virgin (Season 4)

Uhm … I stopped watching after a certain event last season. Sorry?

Lethal Weapon (Season 2)

Didn’t think this would last.

Supernatural (Season 13)

To everyone’s surprise … I am going to watch this season … for reasons?

Riverdale (Season 2)

It’s gonna get dark … and I still don’t know what’s up with that wedding?

How was your week? What are you watching?

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

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been apart from my laptop as much as I was this week. A lot of fun stuff has happened, but I’ll go into more detail on that when the monthly wrap up comes around. Now it’s time for some trailers!

Movies

Lady Bird

I really want to watch this one!

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Aside from the fact that I like Dan Stevens, I think this might really be funny.

A Bad Moms Christmas

It’s way too early for all that Christmas stuff.

#realtyhigh

I watched this … it was very cliche and predictable.

Big Bear

Very weird, but I think I might actually watch this just because of the cast.

The Current War

I cannot say that I care much for the topic, but it looks well done.

Mudbound

I think this could be good.

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

The Magical Bus Rides Again

I am not a fan of the new animation … but nostalgia?

This Is Us (Season 2)

I know a lot of people who’ll be happy about that show returning!

Alias Grace

A lot of historical stuff happening.

Damnation

From the blurry thumbnail I thought Tom Hardy was in this for a second … but no.

Hope your week has been great! Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 28 – Sept 3)

It’s been a busy week here in Vancouver. I have moved to the other side of town and struggled with the heat wave, but that just gives me the perfect excuse to stay inside and binge watch some Netflix shows. Here are some new trailers for you!

Movies

Downsizing

Ooooh, I used to like movies were people were shrunk.

Killing Gunther

Not sure that’s my kind of weird.

Una

The cast of this is phenomenal! Also, I’d watch pretty much anything Riz Ahmed was in anyway.

Realive

Tom Hughes is doing such a great job on Victoria and this is like the complete opposite of that role, I really want to see what he does here.

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Everything is so dark this week.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

This movie has way too long of a title.

Wormwood

Looks messed up.

Long Shot

Documentary of the week

TV Shows

The Punisher

I just binged all of Luke Cage, am halfway through Iron Fist and will watch the Defenders afterwards, just so I can watch this without a delay when it comes out.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father

I seriously can’t wait. This will be so fun!

 

Young Sheldon

I usually don’t like shows where I know exactly what it will lead to, but this might just be super cute.

Chicago Fire (Season 6)

I strongly believe that they didn’t kill Casey.

This is it for today! Hope you had a great week, let’s chat!

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

Once again, I had a really busy week. Time just keeps flying by and in a couple days I will move out of my current home and move to another part of town for my remaining time in Vancouver. It never gets boring here! Life just won’t allow it. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the trailers you came here for!

Movies

Last Flag Flying

This will be emotional.

Blade Runner 2049

I am actually excited!

England Is Mine

I barely recognised Lady Sybil in this.

Overdrive

Somehow I just always expect Scott to be in … artistically more valuable movies. But then his own father won’t even cast him …

Little Evil

I don’t like it. Not even when it’s not a real horror but horror parody, I just can’t …

TV Shows

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Season 2)

IT HAS FANTASY ELEMENTS THIS SEASON! AND A PRINCE WITH PINK HAIR!!

Shannara Chronicles (Season 2)

FINALLY! (and that Amberle bit just broke my heart all over again)

The Good Place (Season 2)

I LOVED Season 1. The Satre-twist in the end was brilliant and I cannot wait where they’ll go from there on out.

Lucifer (Season 3)

I can’t see Lucifer actually showing Chloe. Something will interrupt that from happening.

The Alienist

I mainly just put this here because I am proud of Daniel Brühl in really making it in the English language TV and film market. Go him!

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my father

I really like Jack and his dad. They are so hilarious, I watch their talk show as often as I can.

How was your week? Just fyi, I watched Netflix’ Death Note and I CANNOT recommend it with a clear conscience

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

I pretty much forgot which day it was today, so I am glad I am still on time to post for Trailer Sunday. I am honestly not even sure if there are any exciting new releases, but let’s see what I can find!

Movies

Literally, Right Before Aaron

I’d watch it. I miss the days when there were mostly RomComs in theaters, now you actually have to look for them.

Thor: Ragnarok

I am so looking forward to this.

The Florida Project

I am into the look of this.

The Osiris Child

I just noticed that because of the guy from the Shannara Chronicles.

Molly’s Game

This looks so cool, except for Michael Cera … he seems out of place.

Rememory

Tyrion!

The Meyerowitz Stories

No idea about this one.

Gemini

Creepy.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Lobster was already really messed up and this doesn’t look any less disturbing.

TV Shows

Riverdale (Season 2)

It’s going to get dark.

The Middle (Season 9)

That actually made me emotional.

Hope you had a good week! Are you going to watch any of these?

Still Star-Crossed: Book vs. TV Show

Back in the day I used to make quite a lot of comparisons between books and their TV or movie adaptations. Whereas others hate movie tie-ins, I actively seek them out in the store. I am odd that way. Today I would like to talk about the book/show Still Star-Crossed. I want to point out that this is a spoiler free comparison but other than that, I think the way I am doing this is fairly self-explanatory so let’s just jump in!

General Plot

Still Star-Crossed follows the story of Verona’s most famous houses – the Capulets and Monatgues – AFTER Romeo and Juliet have found their tragic deaths. To unite the warring families, Prince Escalus, ruler of Verona, suggests a union between Rosaline of House Capulet and Benvolio of House Montague to finally bring peace upon the city. Neither one of them very inclined to marry the other, they have to work together to stop their wedding. An adventure with romantic entanglements, mystery, murder and betrayal ensues.

TV Show

I want to start with the show, because that’s also what I saw first. It consists of 7 episodes, was produced by the Shondaland crew and aired on ABC this summer. I really, really enjoyed the show, which is why I was shocked when the network didn’t even give it a chance and canceled it after airing 2 episodes. They broadcast the rest of the season, but cut it short from the initial 9-episode-order to 7 and ultimately ended on a cliffhanger. To be frank, that makes me quite mad, because those two episodes they scratched could have perfectly concluded the story if you go from what happened in the book. There is no use in being bitter about it now, because ABC refuses to give any more statements on it, but that’s why I ultimately turned to the book. First more about the show though.

One of the first things I noticed was the variety of POC cast members in the show and I am 100% here for that! The characters they played weren’t just servants either but princes, princesses and ladies – do you know how stupidly rare that is? I’ve been saying that historical fiction needs more diversity in its casting and I am glad to see Still Star-Crossed taking a step in the right direction. While history books unfortunately have been written by a lot of white people, they were by far not the only ones existing during that time and especially when it comes to fiction, you can simply do whatever you want. So, why not mix it up a little and make it less white? Give others a chance to see themselves represented. It worked for Hamilton, so it can work for pretty much anything.

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the visuals or the costumes (they looked cheap to me but were apparently super expensive and not worth it for ABC), I did love the relationships between the characters and their growth. We didn’t get to see much of them, obviously, but the show had some really badass women, good and decent men and also a lot of crazy people. My personal favorite was the development of the relationship between Rosaline and Benvolio. They truly hated each other, then became friends and only after that foundation of mutual respect and trust was built and tested, there was this option of something more. I was just in love with that. Also, their banter was genius.

Book

Needing to know what happened to my new OTP, I tracked down the book (not as easy as it sounds) and was determined to read it as soon as possible. Right as I started, I was immediately slowed down though. In true Shakespearean fashion, the language was way more flowery and old-timey, especially in terms of the dialogue. I am not saying that’s a bad thing, it is to be expected for this kind of story, but it does not always make for an easy reading time for me personally.

The major difference from the book to the show is the age of the characters (and that they all seemed very white). In the source material, they are only around 16 years old and therefore much more impulsive and superficial in their declarations of love and war. It makes sense for their age, but because I was so used to the TV representation, I missed the more mature versions of the characters.

There were a couple changes made to the story (e.g. in the book Romeo was initially pining for Rosaline, the show thankfully gives the princess a way bigger role, etc.), however, the main premise remains the same. I could easily follow the plot and compare it to the different episodes of the show, but that also meant that there were very few surprises left for me to discover. Ultimately I was glad I read it, because I got a very satisfying conclusion, but I think I might have liked the book better if I hadn’t seen the show first.

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars (click on cover to get redirected to Goodreads)

Conclusion

In the end, I would say that I prefer the show. It was more mature and less superficial, especially in terms of the romantic relationships. It gave a some characters that barely even appeared in the books a place to shine and definitely did a great job in making it even darker than the book. If I could change one thing, I would give the show a proper ending and make it an official mini-series.

Have you seen the show or read the book? Do you want to?

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

Another week has come and gone. Sometimes I don’t even know what I am doing all this time, but it sure never gets boring. Anyway, we are here for trailers so let’s talk about that!

Movies

Wonder

Watch and weep!

In Search of Fellini

Ksenia Solo is just amazing in everything she does.

The Wilde Wedding

Seeing Patrick Stewart with hair is so strange.

The Death of Stalin

“I have no idea what’s going on.” – is me with this trailer. Who thought this was a good idea?

Duck Duck Goose

I am not convinced by these new animated movies.

Same Kind of Different as Me

I am not sure how I feel about this. It’s apparently based on a true story, but at the same time my brain goes “white savior complex”, you know?

The Limehouse Golem

I did not think this was about a serial killer …

TV Shows

Sense8 – Thank you to fans!

Okay, so I might have cried … but DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 2!! I still can’t believe I met them and that I was present for some of the scenes from Vancouver they shared in this video.

Victoria (Season 2)

Always mesmerized by Jenna and Tom together.

The Crown (Season 2)

Still haven’t watched the first season. I need to be in the right mindset.

Disjointed

Not sure that’s my kind of comedy.

Will & Grace

Still lowkey happy this will make a comeback.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

They changed the title from The Gospel of Kevin … maybe to make it sound less religious even though it’s still very religious?

Marlon (NBC)

This looks funny.

Van Helsing (Season 2)

Meh … have been more excited about stuff.

SMILF

No idea what to think.

White Famous

That’s it! How was your week? What are you watching?