What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #52

Looks like I have fallen into a bi-weekly rhythm of updating you on my viewing habits! I think that usually gives me a nice amount of time to catch up on some new (and old) releases, so, I hope you enjoy this as a probably established schedule now. Here we go!

Fate: The Winx Saga (Season 1)

Okay, where to start?

If you are a fan of the original animated Winx series or the comics … this ain’t it? Even if I disregard the casting choices and the erasure of certain characters of color or with a diverse background, it just doesn’t say Winx to me. Neither in cinematography, nor the pacing, nor anything else. They just took some names and abilities and made something different in my opinion, which is okay, but the Winx-connection makes it weird.

I watched the whole thing in a day, so there must be something not horrible about it, but a lot of the characters (*cough* Riven *cough*) made me cringe so hard with their more than problematic statements. It’s not … great? But I did end up really enjoying their take on Musa as well as the new addition Terra, Sam and Silva. 

If you feel like giving it a go, sure, why not? Just lower your expectations considerably.

For fans of: drama-filled teen fairy stories

Sanditon (Season 1)

I fully understand why this was recommended to people who enjoyed Bridgerton, as it’s very much in the line of Daphne and the Duke’s love story in part.

For those of you who don’t know, Sanditon was Jane Austen’s final novel, which she never got to complete herself. She gifted it to her niece, who also didn’t finish it, but it eventually did get an end. The itv series decided to do their take on the material and I thought they did a great job. Some characters were insufferable, but the main love triangle was interesting to me, because I could see the woman end up with either one of them. (We shall not speak of the other love-hexagons that were just iffy in part) I was so invested in the fates of everyone, I felt genuinely sad whenever a new problem arose.

Since this is not a mini-series, but something that is designed to go on for a couple seasons, I am so very happy that the fans of the show rallied in support and got it another season. It completely flew under my radar before that.

For fans of: Jane Austen, Bridgerton, Poldark maybe, regency romances

Cobra Kai (Season 1-3)

Why has it taken me so long to watch this show? I do not know. For one, I don’t really consider myself the target group for it. I literally have no recollection of ever watching Karate Kid (any version of it) and I only really associate it with HIMYM for some reason. However, I do understand the hype around it.

But, and this is really a very me thing, while I did enjoy it, I think I didn’t take away what you were supposed to. All I could feel for the majority of the three seasons was sadness. I would not want my kid in any of the dojos, because people repeatedly kept ending up in the hospital and juvenile detention/prison. For many characters, karate was their saving grace. It gave them confidence, purpose and something to believe in, but I was just so pissed at the adults most of the time. They had these kids look up to them and believe their every word and what did they do with that? Fight. Some of them are actual psychos and I don’t understand the point of their “war”. What is the end of it? Someone literally dying??

So, while the show does have some emotional moments, I think it’s mostly supposed to be fun? And I do love some of the characters, but … yeah. I was mad a lot.

For fans of: Karate Kid

Disenchantment (Part 3)

Not gonna lie, I was massively bored this season. Except for one big reveal, which I won’t spoil, I feel like we barely moved anything along and Richard Ayoade voicing a character was its saving grace for me. In general, Disenchantment is a show I tend to just let run in the background rather than pay a lot of attention to, but this time I didn’t even feel bad for doing that …

For fans of: animated stuff but for adults and make it magic?

Promising Young Woman

This movie was everything I had hoped it to be!

The mix of sugary-sweet cinematography with a very jarring look at our grueling society that favors promising young men over the fate of women over and over was *chef’s kiss*. Carey Mulligan shines as Cassie and will always keep you in suspense about what she might do next. The entire movie makes so much sense, hits hard in many, many moments, but also surprises you constantly. The casting of actors who formerly played absolute sweethearts and lovable characters as the douchebags and predators was another a stroke of genius. Also, top notch soundtrack!

I don’t even want to tell you too much about it, because it’s best to just experience it for yourself.

Side note: I don’t think any other movie could have managed to bring back Paris Hilton’s “Stars are Blind” the way Promising Young Woman did.

For fans of: empowered women, social issues such as rape culture, anyone from the cast


Lastly, I wanted to include something new. The shows I mentioned above are all ones that I have watched the entire seasons of, as I otherwise loose track of what I have “reviewed” or talked about already, but for the first time in a long time, network TV shows are back on the weekly. So, here is my viewing schedule and you are always free to talk to me about anything on here and can expect me to be up to date on the program. (Also, have watched the pilot of Walker, but it’s not listed)


Did you watch any of the shows or movies mentioned? Do you plan to? Let’s talk!

Book to Screen Adaptations 2021

I feel like I am often skimming on the book content for the blog, but have plenty of movies and TV shows to talk about. In an effort to combine those elements, I wanted to share with you a post about 2021 book to screen adaptations. This list is neither complete nor have I read all the books the material will be based on. However, I am known for liking my movie covers and reading books once I have seen trailers, so, I want to share some that I found interesting.

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Thursday Movie Picks – Police Detective

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the Thursday Movie Picks feature. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week the theme is Police Detective, which, again, isn’t one of my strong suits if I am being completely honest here. Maybe it’s because I just generally am not the biggest fan of the thriller and crime genre, but we shall see what I can come up with. (I was gonna put Knives Out there because of Benoit Blanc, but then … I realized he wasn’t an actual police detective, but a private investigator, so … yeah). Maybe it won’t have to be about detectives, but they could just be in the movie? This is going to require some pondering.

Kindergarten Cop

I want to make one thing clear for today and that’s that these movies (and shows) aren’t really recommendations so much as my brain trying to think of ANYTHING cop related I have watched. Also, as a fellow Austrian, I guess Arnold Schwarzenegger is just someone at the back of my mind? I’ve seen this movie so many times since I was a kid, but it’s still so cheesy.

Hollywood Homicide

It’s a ridiculous film but the Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford combo worked for me. Bear in mind that this was early 2000s and so inappropriate at times, but a cop who’d rather be an actor is funny to me.

Young Wallander (TV show)

Because I am unable to think of many more cop movies, I have decided to just list shows … well, frankly because this is my blog and I can.

My dad likes watching the Kurt Wallander movies and this is basically a more aesthetically pleasing prequel series about how Kurt became a high ranking detective. It’s filmed in Sweden with Swedish actors, but in the English language. I guess they wanted that international appeal.

Frequency (TV show)

I KNOW that there’s also the Frequency movie, but I haven’t seen that and I am therefore not sure if the show was a reboot or a sequel, but it’s cancelled either way? I did enjoy it while it was on though. I guess I liked that it wasn’t just crime, but also had a supernatural element to it.


What are some movies and shows with police detectives you liked? I can’t say I am seeking them out very much, but maybe you can pitch something interesting.

Thursday Movie Picks – 2020 Releases

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for the Thursday Movie Picks feature. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Since this week is all about our favourite 2020 releases, I want to direct you to my Top 10 movies of 2020 post, which you can read here! However, that list was about the movies I had watched that year but not necessarily only ones that released then. So, to not just duplicate it in part anyway, I wanted to highlight one movie from every streaming service I could think of/watched.

Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime Video)

This movie. It was sad but also beautiful and I loved the characters. I think it went kind of under the radar, as did many movies last year, but would deserve a bit more attention.

Palm Springs (Hulu)

Palm Springs is a whacky movie, but in all the best ways. The whole groundhog-day-scenario can get so tiresome, but they managed a fresh take on it that was fun to watch.

The Half of It (Netflix)

I’ve mentioned this movie so often, I don’t even think I still need to explain why it is beautiful, authentic and worth the watch.

Clouds (Disney+)

I always feel weird judging movies that are based on real people, especially ones that are very, very recent. I remember Zach’s song when it first released and it truly wasn’t that long ago. Anyway, due to the personal connection director Justin Baldoni had with Zach, this movie is incredibly moving. There were some creative liberties taken, but I started crying about 20 minutes in and did not stop until the end of it all.

Amazing Stories “The Cellar” (Apple TV+)

Okay, this is actually the first episode in the Amazing Stories series, but it felt like a mini-movie and was really lovely. Considering that it was barely an hour long, it really fit a lot of story and emotion in it. Also, Victoria Pedretti and Dylan O’Brien will always be great arguments for any content. They made a great team together.

I vow to watch one of the Apple TV+ movies soon though! Maybe On The Rocks!


What are some of your favourite 2020 releases? Let’s talk!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #51

I didn’t come up with a better way to title these posts, so I stuck with the numbering. I wonder how high we will get with those eventually! Today I am going to talk about a couple shows and I will have designated spoiler sections for a couple of them. Please, beware and avoid them if you do not wish to know that much about the show/movie!

The Letter for the King (Season 1)

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the show at first. There are a couple really amazing misdirects and I think it is cool that it has characters that actually look their young age instead of being a decade older than what they are supposed to play, but then … they just had to go and ruin it. Without going into detail, they fall pray to the whole “bury your gays” thing, by killing a gay character shortly after having them start a relationship of sorts. It was completely unnecessary as the person in question could have just as easily been wounded and survived everything. It still has me so mad to think about it now.

For fans of: knights, magic, destiny

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 4)

Okay, so, I’ve already voiced some of my thoughts on the final season of CAOS in my post here, but did not go into detail, because it didn’t seem the right time. Overall, if you don’t want to be spoiled, I just want to say that I was not happy with this ending. I found it disrespectful to many characters, despite actually enjoying this season as a whole. But to elaborate a little bit:

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

  • Sabrina being constantly jealous of her friends and family, because she was single for a longer period of time for the first time since the show started was majorly annoying. We really need to stop acting like it’s the end of the world when people aren’t in a relationship.
  • The eldritch terrors were interesting to me, although I am not familiar with them to a point where I could judge them based on previous iterations. I liked the foe of the week theme, as it moved the season along nicely and kept it more compact than with previous villains.
  • I think there’s a couple plotholes, e.g. Sabrina doesn’t stop being married to the Uninvited just because she locked him in a room outside of time and space and let the Void swallow it … don’t think that’s how marriage works.
  • Why do people keep hating on Cabrina as a ship? I think Morningstar and Caliban were really it and Caliban still scheming to rule hell was just very in character.
  • I am unsure how I feel about Sabrina dying. I think if the show continued, they’d have found a way to resurrect her, even the actress said so herself, so, to have Nick kill himself to be with her in the afterlife was a cruel thing to do. They acted like it was the most casual thing in the world, but I found it really disrespectful to the character. He had gained so many friends over the past seasons and to end his arc like that … not cool.
  • My favourite part of the season were the new and old Weird Sisters. Truly the best!
  • I know that they didn’t really expect to get cancelled for real, but even though you saw Sabrina in the afterlife, you have no idea how any of the other characters are doing and I think that’s a shame. The show wasn’t just about her and a funeral isn’t a series finale for me.

A Discovery of Witches (Season 2)

I binged the entire season in one day and only regretted it slightly, because I love this show. I know it’s not perfect, but it truly enchanted me in Season 1. In comparison, I think Season 2 couldn’t hold up as well in terms of aesthetics and pacing. The split timeline was a tricky thing to pull off, especially since the book solely focuses on Diana’s POV and the show on everyone. I don’t think they managed the balance very well and I would honestly have been frustrated watching it on a weekly basis if I wanted a certain storyline to continue just to get an entire episode set in a different time. It just gave the whole thing a bit of a choppy edge.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

I haven’t read the second book, so, I can’t say how faithful it was. Somewhere it said that Gallowglass was in love with Diana and I did not get that vibe this season, but they might explore that in the next one. I sometimes wished that some storylines went a little deeper, for example the adoption of Jack or the love story between Phoebe and Marcus, but it also had some great moments again. Finally getting to meet Philippe was a real treat! Also, I enjoyed Diana being fiercer and coming into her powers, although Matthew went in the opposite direction and became more chliché-vampire territorial/feral.

Life Itself

TW: graphic suicide and death

Life Itself has one of my most favourite trailers of all time. I had put off watching the movie for years though, because the reviews weren’t exactly glowing and now that I’ve finally seen it, I get it. The overall premise of life being an unreliable narrator and everyone possibly being the hero and villain in someone’s story is a good one. It’s even an excellent one, but the execution did not hold up at all. It felt like very disjointed storytelling and the emotions sometimes felt like they were overshadowed by certain scenes that seemed added for shock value. Unfortunately the film did not hold up to the trailer at all.

For fans of: stories within stories


Have you watched any of these? Do you want to talk about them? Let’s chat!

TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Picture

A new year, a new sub-category on the Thursday Movie Picks feature. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will pop up every now and then during the year and will let us focus on movies that received the Academy Award. I have a confession to make here and it is that I often skip the critically acclaimed stuff and rather watch my unknown indies or the super mainstream stuff, but let’s try and see what I can talk about in terms of Best Picture winners anyway.

Parasite

This movie made history for a reason. I watched it with part of my family and I am pretty sure that the majority did not enjoy it and it was a bit violent for me too at times, but the subject matter and execution were still 100% worthy of the four awards. I can still remember almost everything about it so clearly and the subtitles were no issue at all. Get over those, people!

 The King’s Speech

I had this super strong obsession with Madonna’s movie W./E., which is about the brother King George took over for. It was lovely to see the other side of the story and especially his struggles with his stutter and how he overcame it in the King’s Speech. Also, Colin Firth is always very enjoyable to watch.

Slumdog Millionaire

Not saying this movie is perfect in terms of representation at all, but I watched this on the plane home from the US when I was 15. I was both excited to see my parents again, but also deeply sad that I had to go back home. It was such an odd mix of emotions and with the flight seeming endless, this movie actually managed to occupy my brain quite well. For that, I appreciate it a lot.

Nominees Who Would Have (Also) Deserved the Win

The Academy can obviously vote however they like, but here are some movies I also liked (this does not mean they always should have won instead of the actual winner, but are stuff I enjoyed):

  • Little Women
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Black Panther
  • Lady Bird
  • Get Out
  • Arrival
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close


I am sure I have watched more than those winners, but maybe this really isn’t the category I am best at. We shall see how I fare in future versions of this Oscar related post. What are some Best Picture winners you enjoyed?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 28-Jan 3)

Just in case you are one of the lovely people who visits my blogs to get their fill of trailers only, I wish you all a happy new year! (I don’t think I actually said that in any of my posts these past days yet … I was too busy talking about 2020. Only TWO more posts about that dreaded year to come and then I will move on too).

I am afraid there’s once again not very many new trailers, seems like companies didn’t feel like banking on people’s attention between the years. Here’s what I found anyway.

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