Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 15-21)

Hello everyone! So, you are in luck, I have time and a steady internet connection to deliver you your weekly dose of trailers. Because of the upfronts, it’s still very heavy on TV instead of film, but I hope you will still enjoy. And fear not, an actual update on the first week in Canada will most likely go up tomorrow!

Movies

The Glass Castle

They had me with the first chord of the Lumineer’s “Sleep on the Floor” (my anthem) but then the story just made it even more amazing.

The Emoji Movie

This still looks like a mess.

Band Aid

This looks like Indie movie gold!

Okja

It looks SO weird, but the cast is phenomenal.

Battle of the Sexes

Those outfits back then! I can’t even …

Austin Found

This really only made it because it has Jughead’s dad in it. That man is always doing shady stuff.

Charming

Uhm … not a fan of the animation style, but I think the story might not be so bad.

TV Shows

Dark Matter (Season 3)

YAY!

Star Trek Discovery (CBS)

Obviously I am going to watch this.

Life Sentence (CW)

I WANT THIS SO BAD! You know that I love Elliot Knight, right? But they are marketing it like a new No Tomorrow and we all know how that ended … (still not over it)

Dynasty (CW)

Oh yes! I know this is some sort of remake (never seen the original), but I would definitely watch this.

The Resident (FOX)

Manish Dayal AND Matt Czuchry? Count. me. in.

Valor (CW)

Not something I would necessarily associate with the CW to be honest.

Black Lightning (CW)

I think they might be working towards having only superhero shows.

The Gospel of Kevin (ABC)

It’s a maybe.

Splitting Up Together (ABC)

Doesn’t seem like something that will run for long.

The Mayor (ABC)

It looks way better on the long trailer.

The Orville (Fox)

I really don’t know … I mean … why are they releasing that at the same time as Star Trek Discovery?

Ghosted (Fox)

Just weird.

Alex, Inc. (ABC)

Not sure this will work anywhere near as great as Scrubs.

LA to Vegas (Fox)

Meh.

Will & Grace Revival

I used to love this so much.

Glow

I’d watch it. I mean, come on, Alison Brie!

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

I was going to include the Young Sheldon trailer (so cute!) but couldn’t find a proper video anywhere. Anyway, what are you watching?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 8-14)

My mind has been occupied all week, but rarely with the blog. I’ve also been pretty bitter about some of my beloved shows getting cancelled (Emerald City, Pitch, No Tomorrow and Sweet/Vicious – you shall be dearly missed! At least they cancelled and THEN renewed Timeless) but prepare for an onslaught of teasers for new shows that probably won’t make it past season 1 either.

Movies

Home Again

So, all the young dudes are in love with Reese Witherspoon? I’d watch that.

Blade Runner 2049

It looks so visually pleasing already. Let’s hope the movie will hold up! (but things are looking up for this one)

Kill Switch

Last week we had the teaser, now here is the full thing. I always knew my hate-love-relationship with technology was reasonable.

The Forever Woods

This looks bleak.

Girls Trip

I couldn’t remember, but maybe I already had that in the line up before.

Game Over, Man!

I have a feeling I won’t find this very funny.

TV Shows

Downward Dog (ABC)

It’s so weird, but I could be down with that.

Deception (ABC)

I would like this so much more if it weren’t a crime drama. Scratch the FBI component (unless they were hunting for him) and I would be down.

Splitting Up Together (ABC)

Right now I can’t see this going on for very long, but I’ve been wrong before.

The Gospel of Kevin (ABC)

I might enjoy this, mostly because I really like Jason Ritter.

The Mayor (ABC)

I am kind of over Lea Michele?

For the People (ABC)

Shonda Rhimes is like the Derek Haas of ABC (to clarify, Derek Haas is one of the creators of the Chicago franchise … lawyers, doctors … you get the image). They both can’t stop.

The Good Doctor (ABC)

Okay … guess that’s his career choice after Bates Motel?

The Crossing (ABC)

Did they seriously have to Americanize the refugee crisis?

Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)

Yeah, not my thing.

The Gifted (FOX)

What did I say last week about being pretty sated in terms of Marvel shows? Also, not a massive fan of the cast.

The Brave (NBC)

Not my thing, because I stopped watching Homeland and NCIS and all that jazz.

Law & Order True Crime (NBC)

I don’t even watch the regular Law & Order …

Stitchers (Season 3)

Actually … kinda … looking forward to this.

Gypsy

This will be so psycho.

What are you watching? How are you doing?

Doctor Who: Oxygen

Well hello there to another one of my super quick and not very thought-through Doctor Who reviews! This one is for episode 5 of series 10 titled Oxygen. As always, be aware that this review includes Spoilers!

What was it about?

The Doctor gets a case of wanderlust and takes Bill to a dystopian space station where the crew is direly in need of some help.

My thoughts?

The formula of this episode seemed pretty standard, but by the end I was releasing a breath of relief, thinking “We are finally getting somewhere”, but more about that later. These past weeks have not been easy for me. I want to like Doctor Who as much as I used to, but it’s such a drag to watch it, because there’s simply nothing that excites me about it. No episode has truly emotionally touched me, and just to clarify, neither has this one. I remain of the opinion that Nardole has been utterly useless so far, even if he finally got a little more screen time than in previous episodes. I don’t even find him particularly funny, which is a shame, because I suppose that’s his role here. Bill‘s wonder at experiencing life with the Doctor for the first time is still fun, but it cannot save the plot. I am seriously just scraping by and trying to find things I appreciate, so here’s what I got for Oxygen:

  • I liked the constant double meaning of their remarks towards suits.
  • Bill’s mum obviously plays a bigger role and I am curious to find out what it is.
  • The show playing with the notion of racism again (as they previously did in Thin Ice).

I am not a person that gets excited about space zombies (unless we are talking Illuminae files or something like that), but I am interested in the vault, the reason for the Doctor having to stay on earth and most of all the Doctor turning blind. I know that he has a special awareness of the world around him, but I wonder how long he can keep up the ruse of pretending he can see. Will this be a permanent condition until his regeneration? It’s like the first time we don’t have an entirely able bodied Doctor and that’s an interesting representation that I am curious about.

That’s all I got for you today, except for my favourite quote of the week:

“The universe shows us its true self when it asks for help, we show ours by how we respond.”

I caught a glimpse of Missy for next week, so I am hoping that will bring some much needed urgency to the episode! What are your thoughts, folks? Did you enjoy Oxygen?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 1-7)

My life has been busier than usual and I cannot help but feel a little exhausted. I always knew it was for the better to have been such a recluse during High School. How do people manage having a social life and getting everything else done as well? I could fall asleep right now, but trailers always calm me down and get me excited for what’s to come. So, let me share some with you!

Movies

2:22

I would watch this and not just because of Michiel Huisman (although he is a huge plus), but because I like those movies that question patterns in life.

The Dark Tower

IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

The Big Sick

I adore that this movie is based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real life love story with his wife and that they co-wrote the movie together. I would definitely watch this.

Once Upon a Time in Venice

I love how all the comments on YouTube are about whether this is a funny John Wick.

Absolutely Anything

This just immediately made me think of Bruce Almighty … very similar concept.

Descendants 2

Graet … now I have “Rotten to the Core” stuck in my head again.

Hampstead

Diane Keaton is just always great, but I never expect her in a British setting.

Vincent N Roxxy

I think this could be a really good indie movie.

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

My documentary of the week.

Kill Switch

Dan is doing less and less grounded projects now it seems.

The Hunter’s Prayer

Thrillers and such aren’t my style, but I read Allen Leech and I couldn’t resist at least checking it out. He was only my favourite person on Downton Abbey (besides lovely Sybil).

Awakening the Zodiac

Haven’t they done enough Zodiac killer movies?

5-25-77

This reminds me of TV shows from the 90s and 80s for some reason.

TV Shows

Inhumans

I am hopelessly behind on AoS, so I have no idea if I am going to be into that. I am a Marvel girl, there’s no denying that, but at times I just feel like there is too much to watch and then those things are all interconnected and my brain is about to explode!

The Defenders

I guess I should finally watch Luke Cage and Iron Fist …

Still Star-Crossed

Interesting concept of making the Romeo and Juliet situation a curse, but I am not holding my breath for that one.

How was your week? What are you watching? I am almost done with the new season of Sense8 (my poor heart)!

Doctor Who: Knock, Knock

I have not dropped off the face of the earth (yet), but there’s only T minus 9 days until my flight for Canada takes off … so, loads of things to do, tons of people to meet up beforehand with. Generally, what I am trying to say here is, that there are just so many things happening right now and blogging will inevitably take a backseat for the time being. But here I am, still reviewing Doctor Who‘s episode 4 of Season 10 called “Knock, Knock” only slightly delayed. Spoilers ahead!

What was it about?

Bill moves into a new house with some of her mates and the Doctor suspects there is something off with their new living quarters. It turns out there are some unexpected inhabitants in the wood that endanger the group.

My thoughts?

I am going to keep this rather short because I am a tad late and in a bit of a time scrunch. Generally, I thought the episode had a touch of creepiness, which I suppose they wanted to achieve, and it was decent. I don’t particularly like it when they make me associate things I usually love with gross aliens that could eat me. The scent of wood always reminds me of my grandpa and I get super freaked out by insects, so mixing those two and making them into a potentially lethal combo isn’t something I am going to immediately love. It didn’t remind me of a gazillion episodes I had seen before, which was good, but I also doubt it will be one that stays in my mind for a long time. There just wasn’t anything wow-ing me (which seems to be a reoccurring theme this season).

So, first things first, I thought the title of this episode might reminisce the knocking from the vault from Thin Ice … which it clearly didn’t but whatever. If a random, slightly unnerving old man came to me to ask me if I needed a place to live, I am not sure I would go with him. No less would I sign a contract without actually reading it beforehand. I really thought Bill was smarter than that, because it’s a brilliant idea to use the TARDIS to move all your stuff. Also, once more she was the one who had to point out the oh so obvious thing to the Doctor. It’s a shame when plot twists aren’t really that great of a twist and when it came to the landlord, I wasn’t really shocked about the truth of it all.

I am not sure how I felt about Bill being embarrassed (?) about the Doctor. I guess I can understand where the sentiment comes from since they all know him from uni and being friends with one of the professors is probably weird, but still … he’s the Doctor. You won’t be able to separate him from your regular life forever. However, I do love Bill learning about Timelords and regenerations. I really hope Bill is around for his regeneration. When companions have to go through that, it’s always so extraordinary to see how they react.

The vault is really one of the few things that manages to get my attention every time, although I can’t help but think that Nardole has been fairly unnecessary in the episodes so far. The Doctor put a piano in there and … I don’t know, but I am just going to be so disappointed if it isn’t John Simm’s Master in the vault. I already highly suspected it last week after all, but OF COURSE they didn’t reveal the identity of the person in there yet. There will probably be a two-episode arc at the very end of the season or something instead.

Final thought, I don’t know how I feel about the new Sonic Screwdriver yet. It looks like a plastic toy.

What are your thoughts? Are you liking the season?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 24-30)

As you probably heard by now, I was a little sick this past week, but I am feeling so much better now already. I will have all the energy to start off a new month with the right foot. For now, I will still enjoy the quiet though and dive into some trailers!

Movies

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Honestly, I preferred the original cast, but Taron is the most important anyway.

The Exception

Not my kind of topic … but Lily James and Jai Courtney!

Cars 3

This sounds so serious and sad. How is this a kids’ story?

Handsome Devil

I am not sure how I would feel about having Moriarty as a teacher, you know?

Bad Rap

My documentary of the week.

47 Meters Down

Don’t watch this if you are scared of sharks!!! Also, not even Claire Holt and Mandy Moore together will get me to watch this movie.

TV Shows

Dear White People (Featurette)

I already binged the entire show and I loved it. I can really only highly recommend it, because I laughed, I cried, I’d watch seasons and seasons more of it.

Shadowhunters (Season 2B)

All I saw was Sebastian. They better make him very book-like.

Jamestown

It says “From the Makers of Downton Abbey” but I am missing all the quiet flair of that … this looks way darker and way more primal.

The Handmaid’s Tale

This obviously already premiered and everyone is talking about. Has one of you seen it yet? I am thinking of binging it, but it looks so intense.

That’s all for this week! What are you watching?

Doctor Who: Thin Ice

I know, I’ve been pretty quiet this week, but I wouldn’t miss Doctor Who! Even though it has just been a cold, it has drained pretty much all of my energy and concentration, which is why I didn’t do more than the necessary these past days (hence no new posts and no reading). However, here is my review for episode 3 of series 10 called Thin Ice! Spoilers ahead!

What was it about?

The TARDIS traps the Doctor and Bill in London 1814 to save an extraterrestrial sea creature and some street urchins.

My thoughts?

So, I enjoyed Thin Ice more than Smile, but still did not love it. I think my biggest problem with the season so far is that I really don’t care about the episode plots. It just all feels like “seen it/done it before” and that’s no fun. Just think about it, “extraterrestrial creature gets trapped and the Doctor can’t make the decision for humanity on what to do about it, his companion has to make the tough call”. Haven’t you heard that before? Just to name some recent examples, I will give you Clara and the moon egg story in Kill the Moon, where she has to decide whether to kill the creature that is supposed to hatch from the egg or endanger humanity by letting it live and possibly destroy the moon. I mean, the Doctor almost gave 1:1 the same speech about serving humanity but not making their decisions for them. Or we have Amy and the space whale in The Beast Below, which comes even closer to this because of the nautical aspect of Thin Ice (whale – sea creature … you know?). The space whale was feeling lonely and he didn’t want to hurt anyone, so he didn’t when he was set free just like the creature in this episode didn’t go on to eat half of London. Also, I almost mentioned The Beast Below last week because it again was an episode with a human colonization in space … very similar to what was happening in Smile. I just keep having these constant flashbacks to things I have already seen in Moffat’s time as showrunner.

What I am trying to say here is that the episodes aren’t crafted in a bad way, but their content doesn’t feel original. They follow pretty typical Doctor-Who-standards and are fun to watch, but not if you can still remember almost every single episode from the past 12 years. I feel like I am being especially hard on this season because it’s Moffat’s final one and he didn’t give us any new Who in 2016 because he wanted to go out with a bang … so, I am waiting for that darn bang. And I can see it coming, I know that the vault story is holding something big! (Who else thought of the Master when they heard the knocking?) But until then they really need to step up their game with the weekly topics, because I adore Bill and her interactions with the Doctor. She keeps asking all the right questions and challenges the Doctor while also bringing out his softer side again. I think she’s good for him and she feels like such a natural addition to this world, like she was always meant to fit in. And Twelve said some beautiful, note-worthy and very quotable stuff.

“History is a white wash.”

“I am 2000 years old and I never had the time for the luxury of outrage.”

I loved his speech about being defined as a species by how much we cared for the unimportant people, how much we value those without privilege. The Doctor has never met anyone who wasn’t important, if I recall those words correctly from Eleven’s time, and that is how I like to go through life as well. He was also hilarious when he gave Bill that lecture about diplomacy winning over passion, but then he downright knocked the guy out who insulted her. The Bill-Doctor-relationship already feels very special and I so appreciate that. I want more of that!

So, next week has some House of Anubis vibes for me, but we will see what it holds in store. Maybe I will finally get an episode that doesn’t constantly remind of the past? Oh, but one final thing, a virtual jammie dodger for anyone who can tell me who Pete is!

What did you think of Thin Ice? Did you enjoy the episode? Any and all thoughts are welcome!