What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #22

I feel like the numbering system is getting a bit out of hand for these posts, but what can you do? I don’t feel like adding the TV show and movie titles into the title of the post would be very practical, so with the numbering we’re rolling.

The End of the F***ing World (Season 2)

I love the show with all my heart. It’s weird and quirky and never gets boring. It shows good storytelling and … I just really, really adore it. Whenever that is the case with a show, I don’t really find the right words to say how I feel about it, other than senseless gushing. Although I did write a full post on it when it first came out (check that out here).

When the first season of this aired, I was hesitant. It looked odd and not in a way I usually appreciate, but wow, did it blow me away. It ended on a massive cliffhanger though and I was yearning to find out what happens next. I am not sure how much they follow the book because I had rumours that make me think they deviated quite a bit, but as I said, I don’t actually know it.

All in all, season 2 still held nice surprises and nods to things past (*cough* Bonnie and Clive anyone *cough*). What always works with the show is the incredible humour paired with far deeper insights into the characters than you might expect. I especially appreciated all the fresh faces, among them my boy Josh Dylan (who you might know from Mamma Mia 2). Don’t know why, but I adore that boy. He reminds me of a puppy, even though he is a total cat dude.

For fans of: the first season, the book, Josh Dylan (or is that just me?)

You Me Her (Season 2-4)

I am not sure I ever talked about this show on here before, but I really like it. It’s about a poly-monogamous relationship (so basically a throuple) and the challenges of that. I hadn’t watched it for a while, because despite the setting being in Portland, I associate it closely with my time in Vancouver … and I was homesick for that city a lot. But circumstances change, I binged it all and am not completely up to date.

The episodes aren’t terribly long and the seasons aren’t either! I found the one scene I accidentally walked in on once (very last exterior scene in 3×09) and just had a great time watching it. The side characters are super fun and you need them, because sometimes the main throuple will get on your nerves hard.

For fans of: exploration of sexuality and polyamory, Canadian actors, funny content with heart

Bojack Horseman (Season 6, Pt. 1)

I have a hard time with animated shows and I don’t really know why. A lot of the time, I just can’t seem to connect as well as I can with regular people portraying people. However, Bojack Horseman is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s definitely made for adults, which helps I suppose, but yeah, I love it. My favourite season was probably 3 or 4, but it’s a good show and I am sad it’s coming to an end.

When I started watching season 6, it didn’t feel as clear and with direction as some of the other seasons did. All the episodes thus far just looked like the build up to whatever they will release at the end of January with the final episodes. Don’t let that stop you from watching it now, but I’d also understand if you might want to wait until then.

For fans of: dark humour, struggle with sobriety, women who do it all

The King

I got to watch it in a cinema and the most unnerving thing was that the Netflix logo in the beginning didn’t have it’s typical ba-ding sound. Honestly, I am usually not the biggest fan of historical stuff, as I tend to get bored with it at times, and this movie also had its lengths. But, in the end, I really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t fully aware just how much Joel Edgerton was involved in the creation of this film and I am really impressed not just with his acting now. It was beautifully shot and had a great story arc as well. Timothée, who I love, but mostly associate with timid, soft-spoken characters blew me away. I am not going to talk about his accent (or whatever Robert Pattinson did either), but I do want to praise the way he commanded the screen and had a real presence. When he gave a speech to his troops, I felt that!

All in all, great movie! There was one scene that just reminded me so much of the battle of the bastards and I didn’t watch all the fighting closely, because gross, but it was great.

For fans of: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, historical content

Last Christmas

Truth be told, I got to watch this movie mid-October during a surprise premiere in Berlin in attendance of Emilia Clarke and director Paul Feig. Events like that are always super cool, but also packed with people and activities. We literally got presents! (Among them a green Santa hat, an advent calendar and a Christmas card branded with the movie) Therefore, I might not be the most objective party, cause that influences your enjoyment a lot.

This in no way means that I am trying to purposely sugarcoat the movie, but I had a good time! I liked Emilia and Henry beforehand anyway. There were theories all around the internet as soon as the trailer dropped and I was happy that mine was right, but it was also just a nice experience to share with people. I absolutely wanted to download all the George Michael/Wham! songs afterwards and although this isn’t a pure comedy, I left the cinema with a happy feeling. It won’t be an immediate Christmas classic, but I think it has the potential to bring joy to some and to remind us all to be kind to others and yourself.

For fans of: Christmas movies, films that aren’t afraid to be cheesy, any and all of the actors involved, George Michael songs, Last Christmas


Have you watched any of the things mentioned above or do you want to? I am all ears!

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!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #20

The week I had was crazy – great, but still crazy. So, once again, I just did not have the time to post anything, however, I was smart enough to download some Netflix shows and movies for the 15 odd hours I spent on the train going through most of Germany (for work).

The Politician

This show might just be my new favourite thing of the moment! I was kind of hesitant, because despite me loving the cast, I am not big on political plotlines, but I LOVED IT! The characters are completely morally ambiguous, they do horrendous things but you still sort of root for some of them. The question of whether you have to be a good person on the inside, or if it’s enough to do good deeds on the outside still haunts me. Not going to lie, it all takes a bit of getting used to and often takes it just that tiny bit too far, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Still, I feel like it’s going to be a polarising show and probably for a good reason (just thinking about the end of the first episode has me worried), but in my head I was chanting “SEASON 2, SEASON 2, SEASON 2” when the final episode finished.

A point I feel like is worth mentioning is that I adore the theme song and the opening of the show. I haven’t been so obsessed with an opening for a while, but it is beautifully done and features a Sufjan Stevens song, so I am bliss.

For fans of: politics but starting on a high school level, random musical interlopers that at least make sense as part of the story because it is not a musical, Ben Platt and Zoey Deutch

Disenchantment (Part 2)

I don’t watch a lot of animated shows and it has nothing to do with me being a snob, but sometimes I am just not feeling the characters or the art style and the only thing that really touched me was BoJack Horseman, but I was curious after the end of the last part of Disenchantment. This follow up gave us some interesting developments, but in the end, left the viewer pretty much at the same spot as the last season finale. I also wasn’t feeling our trio as much as in the first part, because they weren’t together all that much, or at least it felt that way to me.

Anyway, it’s still funny, but I might just recommend binging this show when all the parts are released, because the wait is pretty annoying with the cliffhangers and all.

For fans of: Disenchantment Part 1, animated shows for adults, dark and dirty humour, not necessarily being politically correct and that being the joke, demons with a heart

Falling Inn Love

Sometimes I don’t want to have to think too much when I watch a movie and that’s when stuff like Falling Inn Love comes in really handy. I don’t care about plotholes or inaccuracies, all I want is some sizzling chemistry between the leads and a romance to root for. Falling Inn Love gave me that and also a place where community still means something and people help each other out. If that film doesn’t make you want to move to the New Zealand countryside, then I don’t even know

For fans of: generic romance movies, people with a New Zealand accent, not too much accuracy about how visa and travel restrictions work, that guy who was once a contestant on the show in UnReal

Home Again

I have actually talked about this movie before, but I have absolutely zero regrets watching it all over again. Just like last time, I basically sat there with a huge grin the entirety of the movie and just enjoyed Reese getting to let loose with a chaotic trio of emotional support boys. I swear, if three strangers wanted to move in with me, become my best friends and help me with all the struggles of daily life, they’d be welcome here!

Also, an aspect that I still love about this flick is that it has a lot to do with old Hollywood and the film industry. That’s not really part of the trailer, but it is something that really makes the movie click with me.

For fans of: love, family, friendship, all the warm feelings, a touch of glam Hollywood hidden in the tale

Room

Yes, I had not, in fact, seen this movie before yesterday. I always wanted to, because it looked very intriguing, but it also had major sad vibes and I had to be in the right mood for it. I obviously also knew that the performances were great, or there wouldn’t have been such a buzz around Brie and Jacob at the time, but I was still blown away by their portrayal of the characters.

I am not sure I could handle this in book-format, but the movie already made me cry and I don’t think I need to experience that in an even more in depth way. Room just felt so raw, authentic and real and with some of the actual cases of abducted women that have surfaced in the past, I never really thought about the story being told from a kid’s point of view.

There was one scene where a TV host interviewed Joy (Brie Larson) and she asked some really nasty questions and that’s when I just lost it and the tears didn’t stop rolling until the very end of the film. This sure is some emotional stuff!

For fans of: sadness, brilliant performances, deep character studies, POV of children


Have you watched any of the shows/movies mentioned above? Do you want to? Let’s talk!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #19

I have caught up on so many of my shows, that I feel like I really need to share this update on what I’ve been watching with you. I only did two of them last month and usually I can get in up to four posts. I need to start early in September to get my watching-game back on (seen as reading is still on a low).

Elite (Season 2)

It took me forever to watch the first season, but not Season 2! It was released and I watched it all that day, but it really wasn’t enough. I can’t say that I remembered everything from the previous storyline, but I could easily find my way back into it all.

Everything I really want to talk about is a spoiler, so I am trying to think really hard about what I can tell you all. My thing with this show was always that I didn’t really care about the investigations and crimes at all. It was more the gossipy/relationship stuff that I was into, so I was thriving on my Guzman-Nadia-ship this season. I also liked the addition of Valerio, which I guess could be controversial, but I hope to see him next season and mend his friendship with Nadia.

There were other ships that I was a bit disappointed in this time around, because I either didn’t feel them at all, or they had drastically changed in their dynamic and I didn’t know what to root for anymore. Overall, I had the best of times though and wish I didn’t already know that I’ll have to wait another eternity for the story to continue.

For fans of: Spanish Gossip Girl with a murder mystery/other criminal investigation thrown in

Carnival Row

I surprisingly really enjoyed this show! It’s not that I was shocked in general, because the topic and aesthetic is very much something that I would go for, especially with such a high production value. It’s just that from the get go, I didn’t really buy into the Cara Delevigne-Orlando Bloom-romance and they were banking heavily on that. Even in the end, I am not 100% on board with that ship. I buy it more from Orlando than Cara, but maybe it’s just because I don’t love her as an actress.

Anyway, the show has some really familiar themes, but presents them nicely. I personally wasn’t surprised by any of the larger revelations and only didn’t pick up on minor details. It was woven together nicely and could probably have ended as a limited series, hadn’t they upped the political issues towards the end and already announced a second season prior to the release of this one.

I would watch more of the story! My only complaint was that the scenes were sometimes really dark and I don’t mean in terms of story (although people were ripped to shreds by a weird creature), but more about the light situation. It was literally a very dark screen for me where I couldn’t make out much at times.

For fans of: fairies, pucks and other creatures, old-timey vibes, fantasy take on classicism and racism as societal issues

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I was so late to the party this time around and I don’t really know why. Last season, I stayed up till midnight (because I was in Canada and could watch the midnight release) and then just binged the whole season. But somehow I just wasn’t feeling it for this one and I had to really sit down and wait for the right mood to strike me – which eventually came!

It’s not my favourite season, but I did like that they managed to branch out some relationships, while also keeping the group close-knit. I am especially glad of the addition of Robin to the crew, because I adore her and think it’s great that Steve now also has a female platonic friend who isn’t his ex. I am also happy to announce that I will be dressing up as Robin for Halloween, the costume has already arrived and I just need to get shoes now (never been ready this early before!).

As per usual, the show keeps you guessing if some character deaths were really permanent. I am hoping not, but then they are also very adamant on some people staying dead … sooo, you never really know? I just hope they make more, because I enjoy watching those kiddos grow up and grow into themselves.

For fans of: American summers in the 80s, conspiracy theories, general Stranger Things madness, The Neverending Story song

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

Not going to lie, I didn’t dislike the show when it first started. I did a really long post (which you can read here) on why you should or should not watch this show, because let’s face it – it is not meant for everyone! I cannot stress this point enough. This show depicts things I never wanted to see, yet now those images are branded into my mind and I don’t want to imagine what it would do to people who have experienced trauma similar to it themselves. It’s not easy and it’s not worth risking your mental health! It’s just TV. And the thing is, I do believe that it opens the eyes for some people who have been ignorant to the topics, but I am totally going off course.

Over the seasons, 13 Reasons Why has lost its reasons to still exist. Basically, Season 3 was entirely dedicated to humanising Bryce Walker, something none of us asked for and none of us needed. There were some really amazing emotional scenes and Tyler was a breakout character, especially seen as I hadn’t been much of a fan previously, but other than that I mostly just kept shaking my head. (Zach Dempsey is still ma boy though …) The content is all over the place. I was massively annoyed with the new narrator and 90% of the decisions the characters made. 

Sometimes characters don’t need redemption. Sometimes we need to let the bad guy be the bad guy in the given scenario. Do I know that it isn’t all black and white and that change is possible? Of course, but that doesn’t mean that I want to watch a whole season of a show that makes me try to like someone I really, really don’t want to like.

Anyway, they got renewed for a season 4 and that should be the final one and I will probably still watch it. There were less graphic scenes this time and I heard that they removed sensible scenes from previous seasons, so at least they are learning in that regard.

For fans of: self-torture because why am I doing this to myself every season?

Paradise Hills

I am still surprised this movie isn’t based on a book, because it feels like a YA dystopian novel more than anything. Depending on how many movies you watch and books you read, you will either think that Paradise Hills is really original or predictable. I quite enjoyed it overall and especially liked the aesthetics. If I am not mistaken, the director previously did perfume commercials, so she knows how to make something look pleasing to the eye.

There were a couple turns towards the end of the story, where they kind of lost me a little bit. I felt like they were trying to cram too many genres into it at once and lost the message on the way. I am not saying that I disliked it, but it wasn’t sure if it wanted to be sci-fi, dystopian or add magic after all. I think I just would have preferred it if the magical element had been left out. Still a nice watch though!

For fans of: aesthetically pleasing movies, large female casts, dystopian movies, weird twists that don’t necessarily make sense


Did you watch any of these shows or movies? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #18

As promised, I have watched even more stuff and made a post about it. Should I ever ask any of you where all my time has gone, you can just swiftly point me to these posts, cause wow … that adds up to a lot of hours.

Veronica Mars (Season 4)

I have always been a Marshmallow and that will probably never change, but I do have somewhat conflicted feelings about this season. First off, it started out super strong. The stakes were high, felt familiar in terms of what Veronica does, but didn’t feel like the same old same old either. We got to see a lot of faces we knew, but unlike the movie, it didn’t feel like plain fan service, but rather more intentional instead (no shade on the movie though, I love that we got this beauty of a reunion). However, and I am trying not to spoil anything, that ending blew me away in a not so great way.

I understand where all of this came from in terms of a storytelling POV, but from an emotional POV – I am not happy! What if they don’t get to continue with the show and this is all we get? I’d be forever sad and from what I heard, not all of the cast members are happy either. Wow, I watched some uncomfortable interviews where no one looked like they wanted to talk about that bit.

For fans of: Veronica Mars, noir crime stories with badass female detectives, sarcasm and wit

Otherhood

This was such a lovely movie! I don’t think it’s going to be anything that sticks with me forever or anything like that, but it did make me laugh, cry and want to call my mum. That’s a pretty good effect if you ask me.

For real though, the story is simple but it works and it’s super sweet. They all have to go through different stuff, it’s about growing up, letting go, being there for each other, but also letting your kids make mistakes. There really isn’t that much more to say, just that it was one of those really nice movies that is perfect for a rainy day at home.

For fans of: lighthearted Netflix movies, reminder to hug your mum and tell her you appreciate her

Derry Girls (Season 2)

FINALLY! I was waiting for what feels like forever for Netflix to add the second season and I was not disappointed once I got to watch it. I love how everyone started shipping James and Erin, because I was secretly doing that a little bit in season 1 already. However, even better was the fact that the girls really showed James how vital he is to their group. That was such a lovely sentiment, especially since I pitied him most of season 1 for being treated the way he was treated (not that that has changed much).

For fans of: Irish shenanigans, stuff not set in the here and now, comedy

GLOW (Season 3)

I can’t remember much from the previous seasons to be real with you, because it’s just been far too long. The little reminders at the beginning help, but I have forgotten a whole lot nonetheless, so it always takes me a bit to get back in. The season as a whole definitely had a lot less wresting (which could be good or bad depending on whether that’s the part you liked or not), but what struck me the most is how stuck a lot of the characters felt to me. They all tried to develop and change but the Las Vegas setting didn’t do them any favours. I needed for Ruth to break up with her boyfriend and for everyone else to be more vocal about their feelings (except for Sam. My man did well this season!). I would, however, like to commend them on trying to tackle the LGBT+ topic more this season and although I feel like there are shows who did it better, I really enjoyed their takes on it and feel like we aren’t done here just yet.

For fans of: ladies who wrestle but now actually talk more about what happens in their lives

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

I am going to keep it short, because this is not the kind of movie you talk about in detail and analyse. All I truly want to say was that this movie was so much fun. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t need to be, but it’s brainless entertainment and sometimes we all crave that kind of fun. I don’t get the whole “Fast and Furious presents”-thing, because yes, the characters are from that world and we do have a couple car chases, but cars are not the main thing anymore … but if we are being honest, they haven’t been the main thing for a while.

Well, I really was one of the first people who said “those wouldn’t be the guys I’d have picked if I had done a F&F spin-off”, but Statham and the Rock work really well together. I also want to give a shoutout to Vanessa Kirby, who rocked her role and will hopefully be in more roles should this get sequels (which it probably will). There’s a couple surprise guests, which I won’t spoil, but I do very much want to recommend you stay until the VERY end of the credits!

For fans of: banter, action, not really cars but still a little


There is one more show I am dying to talk to you about, but I think I have a different kind of post in mind for it. Anyway, did you enjoy this one? Anything you watched or want to watch? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #17

I haven’t done these posts in a while, so it’s actually not as recent that I watched this as with some other shows and movies, but I hope to post another one soon and then I can talk about the remaining shows/movies. The thing is that I started to watch a lot of stuff and still haven’t finished quite a few shows (*cough* Stranger Things Season 3 *cough*), which isn’t a judgement on them as much as it is me just not being in the right mood. But let’s dive into what I did watch!

The Boys

I love this show to bits! I just think it is brilliant and complex and dark and twisted in all the best ways. If anyone has gotten tired of the superhero craze, this story is really for them. I will admit that the gore is a bit too much for me at times, because I am really not that big of a fan of violence in these kind of shows, but it’s less than the comics … so there’s at least that.

In general, I just really could see this being the actual real life consequences of superheroes in our world. No way wouldn’t people try to profit off of them and get them corrupted in some ways or others. In the beginning I thought I would definitely credit the breakout role of this show to Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie, a guy who has lost a loved one to the recklessness of the Seven (a sort of Justice League/Avengers type situation), but ultimately it has to go to Anthony Starr as Homelander (Superman/Captain America-esque persona). There is something so creepy and utterly disturbing to his role and it just fascinates me to no end.

Ultimately it all accumulates in a spectacular season finale that feels more like a set up for all the great things to come than the end of a chapter. I am just here hoping for much more content to come!

For fans of: superhero shows but not really, a little violence on screen, very twisted characters, are there really any good guys?

Tales of the City

I jumped on the bandwagon! I had never watched the OG Tales of the City series or movies or whatever, so I was a tad bit hesitant to dive into this, but that worry was completely unnecessary. Netflix made sure we would have no trouble understanding everyone’s connection and I quickly couldn’t stop watching at all.

I’ve had people say that it was too cheesy for them and I don’t feel that way about the show at all. It deals with some great topics and actually goes really deep the longer you watch. My most favourite episode was probably the flashback one, because I adore Luke Kirby whenever he pops up on screen (just like I do Charlie Barnett, but with Charlie I knew he’d be in it, Luke was a surprise) but also because it shows how tough life for people of the LGBT+ community was and sometimes still is. I am pretty sure if those people I talked about earlier had kept watching, they would have found a storyline to connect with as well.

For fans of: LGBTQIA+ content, San Francisco, community, the show Looking

Catch and Release

I know this seems like such a random addition to this segment, but do you have those movies that you just cannot pass up watching even though you’ve seen them like a million times? Because Catch and Release is 100% one of those movies for me. I’ve truly watched it countless times, but I never get tired of it. We all know how much I enjoy a good grief-related story and Garner’s performance here always felt so real but not too heavy. Although there is definitely a lot of ridiculous stuff happening that I have definitely never experienced myself, I connected with this film and Garner’s character on a deep level. It’s just relatable and I love it.

For fans of: dealing with grief, sappy love stories, Jennifer Garner in romance movies

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Please, just do not watch this movie without having seen Avengers: Endgame beforehand. I understand that it’s exhausting to have to watch all the Marvel movies, especially if you are tired of the superhero stuff, but you won’t get one of the most important emotional plotlines if you haven’t watched the Avengers stuff. But maybe that’s just my take on things.

Anyway, after the whole Endgame thing (I wasn’t too big a fan of that movie, liked Infinity War much better), I wasn’t sure I really wanted to enter the next Marvel phase. I am so glad I did though! This movie was so much fun and I laughed a lot, but was also reminded of some great stuff from the past. Just like with Ragnarok, I enjoy the Marvel movies that can manage to not take themselves too seriously, but still have an emotional appeal too.

Also, that ending. Dang, I need more after that ending.

For fans of: Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal’s hilarious dynamic, reexperiencing the heartbreak of Avengers Endgame

Yesterday

Let’s be real, we are FLOODED with music biopics and dramas in recent years and all those people did deserve to have a spotlight put on them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to watch those movies in theatres. With Yesterday however, the premise was changed and given a fresh take and I was all here for it.

Honestly, I just had a lot of fun with this movie. It is light and fast and heartfelt and wants you to sing along. Maybe the end wasn’t perfect for everyone, but I could live with it and I really enjoyed the take on the subject. It was hilarious to think about all the things that were missing in that world (because yes, not just the Beatles were gone) and how strange it would be for me to have so many pop culture references missing from life. In the end, it was a whole lot more precious and wholesome than I thought it would be and that made it such a lovely movie experience.

For fans of: Beatles (duh!), Lily James, (like myself), friends-to-lovers-tropes, movies about music that aren’t musicals, the movie Across the Universe


Have you watched any of these or do you want to? Let’s chat about it!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #15

Ever since the last post of this kind, I have watched so many shows and films that I could probably fill three posts in total. However, I do want to keep it short and will just mention the things I remember or have something to say about.

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

I am really digging the German Netflix content lately. Ever since this show premiered, basically all my social media was full of praise for it and even though I didn’t initially plan on watching it, it really is that good. It has a fun way of telling the story, mostly fresh faces in terms of casting and is super fast-paced with a promise of more to come. In addition to all of that, the show is just genuinely funny. Definite recommendation from me.

For fans of: short format storytelling, unconventional visualisation, international Netflix content, crime and drug story without the focus on gore

3% (Season 3)

I am disappointed in this season. First of all, one of the actors apparently just didn’t want to be in it anymore, so they wrote him off in the most stupid way. Secondly, where is the tension and finesse of the previous seasons? There used to be a cunning subtlety to this story, but now it’s more like “let’s hit the audience on the head with all this obvious nonsense”. I swear, one day my enemies to lovers OTP Michele and Rafael will happen, but other than that 3% really needs to get their shit together.

For fans of: dystopian stories, desert settings, too many wannabe saviours, characters that think they are SO smart but make stupid mistakes all the time

Black Mirror (Season 5)

Another disappointment on my end. I was excited for this season and I even watched all the episodes (sometimes I don’t … don’t judge me!), but somehow it didn’t sit right with me. The technological aspect wasn’t as present or innovative as in previous seasons and none of the stories were particularly shocking or eye-opening. If I had to rank them, I’d probably go just straight from episode 1 to 3 with best to worst. Striking Vipers was alright, Smithereens was basically just a story from now (no real technological advancement necessary) and I did not like the Ashley Too one at all. I am not saying it was terrible, but I have been better entertained before.

For fans of: Black Mirror in general, certain cast members in the different episodes

Dark Phoenix

Ugh … I tried. Look, I love this franchise to bits. I was on board with the new casting and going back in time and erasing X-Men 1-3 from ever happening, because why not? But if this is how it all ends, it was not worth it. First of all, in three decades, no one aged! Let’s be crystal clear here by saying that X-Men First Class took place in the late 60s and Dark Phoenix in the 90s. It does not show at all. Then they had my wonderful darling and comic relief Quicksilver AND THEY DON’T USE HIM AT ALL. I don’t get it. Why is the character of Quicksilver always done dirty? (Because Marvel was not any better) The villains of the movie don’t make any sense. I am not even sure we are told what they are called. We don’t know what really happened to them, what their motivation is and you know, basic background information that would make you care for them is simply missing. Lastly, I am like 90% sure that the final shot of The Last Stand was pretty darn similar to the final shot of this movie and why did we even do all of that?

For fans of: X-Men franchise people who need closure

Men in Black: International

I had fun, alright!? I know it’s not the best movie in the Men in Black universe (that will always be the first movie in my heart), but I had a good time watching it. MIB: International is basically an AU version of Valkyrie and Thor where they are the humans instead of the aliens. So, if you enjoy watching Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth play off each other with a bit of scene-stealing Kumail Nanjiani sprinkled in, this movie isn’t such a bad choice. As for the story, it was pretty predictable and didn’t bring anything new to the table, but I can live with that. Sometimes a movie doesn’t have to be the best out there, it just needs to be a little escape for the right now.

For fans of: Tessa/Chris dynamic and Kumail Nanjiani humour


I have also attended the TV Series Festival in Berlin and went to a couple screenings. I do want to write a separate post about those shows though, as to not make this one unnecessarily long. Did you watch anything I mentioned here? Let’s chat!