Kat Made Me Watch/Read It! (Part 1)

This post has sort of come to be in order to celebrate a beautiful milestone in this blog’s history and that is 2,500 followers on WordPress for Life and Other Disasters! I am in awe of all of you lovely people who have stuck with me through thick and thin or even just recently joined the flock (that sounded weird. I apologize!). The idea is simple, while I do blog mostly for myself, noting fills my heart more than people telling me I was responsible for them watching/reading something and it turning out to be something they’ve enjoyed. So, I would like to do a series of posts spotlighting the movies, TV shows and books that I have been told people associate with me the most. So, basically, stuff I have “influenced” them to read or watch because of my posts either here or on twitter or elsewhere.

Today, I am starting with some movies! Most of you know me for my TV obsession, so this is a perfect light start to the matter, because there really weren’t all that many movies I could think of. If this is something you’ll enjoy beyond the three posts I have planned though, I am more than happy to maybe establish this as a yearly feature (possibly on blogiversaries?), but … one step at a time.

Set It Up

The way Netflix still hasn’t sponsored any of my posts, despite more than half my content being about their content is a tragedy. However, when it comes to movies, I think most of you remember my absolute freak out over their romcom Set It Up. First of all, how dare there not be more romantic comedies these days? They are fun, great escapism and when done right, something you can watch a hundred times and not get bored. Secondly, whoever cast Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch as the leads is basically a genius, because, in my eyes, they have found the next Tom-Hanks-Meg-Ryan-combo. And thirdly, this movie is just wildly relatable on so many levels. I, as a writer/bloger/creative-person trying to get by with business stuff that I feel very loyal towards but that distracts me, found myself in Zoey’s character especially.

Good news for all of us – Glenn and Zoey are currently working with the director to maybe create a sequel? Either way, they have worked together before and they will work together in movies again. Their friendship and chemistry is too great to waste!

Little Women

I was surprised by this, because it’s a rather recent film. Then again, Greta Gerwig is an absolute director idol of mine and we all know how much I adore Saoirse and Timothée, especially when they are on screen together. But Florence was also brilliant in this movie and so was everyone else.

I have the script at home, because Greta was kind enough to make it available publicly, and even though there are slight changes to the final product, I am still so very much in love. The tone, the intertwined timelines, the acting, the way this story still hasn’t gotten old – it’s perfect! PERFECTION! I can literally read it at any time, see the scenes in my head and get all the emotions I had while experiencing the movie for the first time all over again.

Last Christmas

Another surprise to me when I heard it, but when my good friend and blogging buddy Marie (@Drizzle and Hurricane Books) tells me she associates me with the movie Last Christmas, I am not going to argue with her! Maybe, and I really don’t know if that is true, but maybe it had something to do with me seeing the movie months before its release in the presence of Emilia Clarke and Paul Feig? I got to go with some work colleagues when the movie had a special premiere in Berlin and I had a grand time. We got an advent calendar (which I have still saved somewhere in my room, even with all the chocolate gone), a green Christmas hat and free drinks.

Aside from all that, I obviously also had a good time at the movie itself. I am not sure it will become a Christmas classic really, mostly because I guessed the twist from the trailer, but I do enjoy being right … a lot.


Did I miss something crucial? Are there movies you have watched because of me? Please, tell me all about it!!! This is what I live for ❤

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #27

Sometimes I really underestimate just how much I watch in a short amount of time, but I hope you don’t mind if this post gets a little longer. I think most of you are pretty on board with this feature in general, so let’s go!

Ragnarok

Most of you already know that I quite like the Norwegian Netflix productions. One of them (The Innocents) even got me to start learning the language on duolingo and I am loving it. So, when I saw the first teaser and then even more trailers for Ragnarok, I WAS IN!

Basically it’s a modern take on Norse mythology, but it includes capitalism, environmental issues and gives you just the sweetest taste of just how broad the story could turn out to be. With only 6 episodes, Ragnarok very much feels like the beginning of something and I sincerely hope that we will get more seasons because it was fantastic. The show is incredibly atmospheric and has compelling characters. Some you will love to hate and others you will want to protect with everything you’ve got. I already have a couple theories, some definite favourites and enjoy the mystery that some characters are still shrouded in.

Fair warning though, there is a lot of animal gore (hearts getting ripped out, mouths getting torn open, …) and I do not recommend it if that is something you do not like to see.

For fans of: Norse mythology set in the now, giants and gods, European Netflix productions, M83 music

Dare Me

With the hype around Cheer (which I have actually also watched and never talked about, but boyo, did I cry during that last episode when they went to Daytona), this is the perfect counterpart in terms of fictional cheerleading content. You still get bone-grinding drills but the drama is more off mat than on it. I think there’s a lot more to the characters than you see at first and I am definitely loving the queer vibes off of basically all the ladies. I have absolutely no clue how I feel about half the relationships, because some of them feel so utterly inappropriate but none the less compelling.

It’s based on a book, that I haven’t read, and as far as I know, the author was very involved in the production and gave the actors a lot of freedom to expand and change the story wherever necessary. Everyone felt really comfortable with her on set, which is always good in my opinion.

I would like to offer a trigger warning for sexual assault as this is one of the themes explored throughout the series.

For fans of: cheerleading drama, all the girls giving off major bi vibes

BoJack Horseman (Series Finale)

I like BoJack Horseman as a show. It’s really depressing sometimes, but it also feels incredibly real despite it being animated. The voice acting is obviously phenomenal with a great cast for even tiny roles, but I did not feel the same emotional impact for all seasons equally. This last season especially, having been cut into two parts, didn’t hit has hard as some previous ones.

To this day, I think my favourite season was the 4th one, but that’s just my own preference. I liked when we dug deep into the messed up past of BoJack’s family. In comparison to that, some of the solutions and problems this season just felt superficial. I did get briefly emotional during the penultimate episode and the beginning of the last one, but ultimately the final minutes didn’t have as much of an impact on me as I had hoped. Still, if BoJack was a person, I’d wish him the best.

For fans of: animated shows for adults with meaningful themes but also dark, dark humour

The Good Place (Series Finale)

I sobbed, I cried snot and tears, I was SO freaking emotional during the last episode. The Good Place is one of those very rare shows that is perfect from beginning to end. I will never forget the impeccable twist of the first season that was a real game changer for how the rest of the show would turn out. I love, love, love that they got to finish it on their own terms and that they didn’t drag it out.

The way this show ended made sense. It was beautiful and meaningful. To come up with such an out of the box idea for a show and to get to carry it through all the way, that’s a real feast and I am so very glad I got to witness it all. The Good Place is one of those cases where it’s best not to talk about what happens too much, to just let people experience it themselves, but I want to say that it was a great study in character development and I will cherish these characters forever.

For fans of: moral dilemma and afterlife hijinks

Next in Fashion

Usually, I just do fictional content, but I binged this show and really liked it, so I am going to include it here real quick as well.

I am a fan of shows like Project Runway (although I haven’t watched the latest seasons) and this is pretty much just Netflix’ take on it. I liked that people were paired into teams at the beginning and how reluctant some of them were to get separated later on. I realise that it creates extra drama when people who do not work well together have to create one garment or a cohesive look for several episodes and I felt truly and honestly so sad for some of the people who had to leave where it was definitely due to the partner.

But the judges were refreshing and opinionated and experts in their fields. I loved seeing one of my favourites soar to the finale (even if they didn’t win). I just like fashion shows, despite not being a fashionable person at all.

For fans of: Project Runway, but make it Netflix

Little Women

I love this movie so much, there aren’t enough words to describe just how much exactly. Considering how many people were so adamant that there was no way anyone could top the 1994 adaptation, I think this surpassed all the Little Women content I have consumed so far. It felt fresh, I liked how the narrative was presented and we don’t even have to talk about the amazing acting and chemistry between all characters.

Genuinely, I had the best of times watching this movie (and no, I am not late to the party, because I watched it on release day here in Austria. It’s not my fault we get movies super late!). The theater wasn’t entirely full (original language versions rarely are) but there were so many young women and men and they laughed, giggled, cried, sobbed and gasped in unison, it just made the experience all the richer. I know the story pretty well and yet I never felt bored, all I felt was pure joy at watching what was happening on the screen. I loved how the parallels played out, how Jo’s life mirrored Louise May Alcott’s and that Florence portrayed Amy in a way that made it easier to connect. I liked how much effort Greta Gerwig put into the distinguishable looks of past and present and the choreography of big ensemble scenes.

To me, Meg and Beth felt a bit blander than Jo and Amy, but you still felt with them. I just want to watch the movie a million times more.

For fans of: the novel, Greta Gerwig, period dramas, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, anyone from the cast really …

Code 8

If anyone asks me about my favourite characters in comics, it’s mostly mutants. So, this movie being about how 4% of the global population have superpowers and get discriminated because of them immediately had me intrigued.

I know that the Amell boys fought for this movie to get produced for a long time and I am happy for them that they got a deal on a spin-off series already. It makes sense, because it’s a vast world where you can explore so many more aspects of it. However, we are here to talk about the movie and that was … okay? I know that “okay” doesn’t sound like the biggest endorsement, but while watching the movie, I didn’t connect to the aesthetic as much as I had hoped. The struggle is very relatable and mirrors daily racism in a cohesive way, but it felt like a prequel or something that should have been a show to begin with! I felt like there was information on the characters that I was missing that would have been great to explore, but maybe that’s what they intend to do with the show. It just seemed like viewers were supposed to accept certain background stories without ever having been told what they were.

For fans of: The Amell family, superpowered humans, mutants (?)


That’s it for post #27! I am also halfway through the latest part of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but I am not particularly enjoying it, so it will take some time to finish. Let’s chat!