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!

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!