What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #28

For the first time since I have started this feature, I believe we have more movies than TV shows to talk about. I did a real binge the other day and just wanted to share all of that with you. Let’s see!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

I have said it before and I will say it again, but I am not actually a fan of this show. I never will be! There are certain characters that I appreciate a whole lot *cough* Prudence and Ambrose *cough* and some characters I used to love before they were treated badly *cough* Nicholas Scratch *cough* and I make the dire mistake of always falling for the bad boy that gets tossed away in the end *cough* Caliban, Prince of Hell *cough*. Wow, I should really take some cough drops or something …

My issue with this show is that Sabrina is the biggest hypocrite out there, yet she never goes full on dark. I actually wouldn’t mind that, I was even looking forward to a dark Sabrina at the end of the first part, but she always remains so self-righteous. She criticizes everyone, yet has no honor or quarrels of betraying anyone or acting selfishly or plain not sharing vital information herself.

In short: I think Nick was done dirty (I blame the writers), I can’t believe they introduced freaking time travel (but we had cannibalism before, so is it really surprising?), I have no patience for anyone at this point, just let Hilda and Dr. Cee be happy

For fans of: Sabrina the teenage witch in her new form

Locke & Key

I can’t say this all too often, but I actually have read the first volume of the graphic novel and therefore I did get to compare the two – I liked the show better! I feel like I am among a very small group of people who felt that way, but … the comics were violent. Like really, really gory. And I in no way missed that on the show. I was happy they went for a softer approach, while, in my humble opinion, still staying very much true to the story.

Sure, some extremely dumb choices were made along the way, but we are talking about kids and teens who discover magic is real and get way too much liberty/responsibility as a result from that. (There’s a reason the adults aren’t really helpful either) And I, for one, enjoyed the villain a lot. The acting was smart and once you get over the initial resemblance to Yennefer from The Witcher, she really becomes a beast of her own. Some revelations weren’t revelations at all for me because of the hints that were dropped and the smart acting, so I was totally cool with that. 

All in all, I found it very enjoyable and hope they get to continue, since it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger-y note. There’s definitely still loads to explore!

For fans of: the comic book (?), Netflix’ other comic book adaptations, creepy but not too scary stuff

Charlie’s Angels

I honestly don’t know why people had a problem with this film. I had a lot of fun watching it and liked the characters quite a bit. They explain why the agency is so much bigger now and don’t even shy away from tying it in with previous movies. To me, that all made sense, the fight scenes seemed realistic, but I also watched a ton of interviews with Elizabeth Banks beforehand where she detailed how they came up with the fight choreography.

I know this bombed hard at the box office, so I am not likely to actually get more installments, but I honestly wouldn’t mind. A lot of the film was shot in Hamburg and Berlin, so I just went around recognising actors and places at all times, which is just always a blast. They really expanded on that “universe” if you can call it that and I think it’s a shame they likely won’t get to do more.

For fans of: badass spy women, female directors, the cast involved, a more European take on it all

Giant Little Ones

I have wanted to watch this movie for the longest time! Sometimes, I see a trailer and I just know that, despite the movie probably being in the festival circuit a bit and getting some indie recognition, it’s going to be tough to get an international release. Still, I wait and wait and wait and maybe it won’t be in theaters, but at some point, I’ll get to watch it and there’s nothing more satisfying than the movie holding up to your expectations.

Giant Little Ones is messy. It does not gloss over how cruel life can be and how unexpected some connections might turn out. I enjoyed how open it was in all regards. It’s not that it has no clear path, but it doesn’t give you an answer exactly, because sometimes that’s just not possible and that’s not what your life would give you either. It’s a process and a lot of it has to do with accepting who you are. Big thumbs up from me!

For fans of: LGBT+ content, young talent, complex relationships, coming-of-age stories

Miss Americana

I wouldn’t call myself a Taylor Swift fan, I think. I really have NOTHING against her, I just, at the same time, also don’t massively care for her either. I like some songs, but definitely not the majority of them. You see, it’s a very … neutral area for me. Having said that, I thought this was a really decent documentary about her. I felt it was personal, without going too much into her private life. It didn’t feel anyone was exploiting her lifestyle and choices, but just wanted to show a bit of what got her to where she is now.

It’s not a movie about her career or her love life or her family, it’s really just about Taylor as a person. What drives her? What are her desires? What is she willing to stand up for? And I really liked seeing that! It made her so much more of a real person, rather than this far away image you might have of her persona as a singer.

For fans of: Taylor Swift, celeb documentaries

To All the Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You

We’ve all been waiting for this one for such a long time, but does it hold up to the hype/the first movie? In my opinion: no.

I am not trying to say that it wasn’t fun to watch or that I didn’t have a good time with it, but it was nonetheless a bit lackluster in some departments. I get that they changed a lot and I am okay with this. I was among the people who thought it was odd to cast Jordan Fisher, even though they had previously shown John Ambrose and he looked nothing like him, but he did great in the role! That’s not it … but they really didn’t make it any easier for themselves by already including the whirlpool storyline in the first movie and having it only as an afterthought here.

In general, the “fights” between Peter K and Lara Jean didn’t build up as much over time and didn’t seem as complex and stemming from some deeper wounds as much as they did in the book. So, you are just watching the story trickle along without much conflict for pretty much an hour and then everything obviously has to escalate quickly, but it doesn’t feel natural to progress that way and the resolution comes far too quick also. Overall, the end felt a bit abrupt. 

I wish they had included the assassin game from the book in the movie, just because it added so much to the feeling of trust being broken and just how frail some relationships were. I know that they already filmed Always and Forever Lara Jean, the last movie, but I have no clue where exactly they’ll continue with the story. I am obviously still going to watch it and don’t want to bash the franchise at all, but it wasn’t as great of a movie as I had hoped. Yay for the addition of Ross Butler though!

For fans of: Jenny Han, any and all of the actors, the first movie?


Have you watched some of these shows and movies? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Mini Reviews: Dumplin’ and Locke & Key

I am actually one book ahead of schedule for my Goodreads reading challenge and that has me super pumped. I started out the year definitely less in a reading slump than before, but now that some urgent stuff at work has crept in and I have been distracted, it slowed down again. Anyway, I wanted to share with you a couple more books I read this month, so here we go:

Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin’ Movie Tie-in EditionI knew of the existence of this book for quite some time, but I never really paid attention to it (my bad, I am sorry). However, after the Netflix trailer for the movie adaptation dropped, I kind of knew I had to read it and I am so glad I picked up this book.

Dumplin’ was such a relatable and heartbreaking yet heartwarming read – I had the best of times flying through the pages. I don’t want to necessarily compare it to the movie (which Netflix still hasn’t released in my current territory by the way), but it had a completely different focus in my opinion. While I really enjoyed seeing more of Bo on the pages (he’s seriously such a great love interest. He’s not without flaws, but I love how he never really gave up on Willowdean), I felt like the mother-daughter-relationship was actually explored in a bit more depth in the movie. Both still had very interesting explorations of grief, confidence, changing relationships, experiencing life at different speeds and body shaming of all sorts; I enjoyed it!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Would recommend, especially if you are into trying Dolly Parton as your reading soundtrack while you are at it.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Vol. 1) by Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodríguez

Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)Reading comics every now and then just makes sense to me. It cleanses my pallet, because there is so much less text and sometimes that’s just what I need. I picked this one in particular due to it being free on my Kindle at the moment of my reading it and because this is yet another comic book that is getting adapted for the small screen. By now I don’t think I need to explain that I have a thing for adaptations anymore.

The concept of the series is definitely fascinating. It opens up the doors for so many possibilities and I am more than curious to see how this will translate in the show they are making. I am a sucker for a good supernatural story after all! However, an issue I have found with quite a few comics lately is that I don’t enjoy violent content. Sure, it’s gritty and dark and often the igniting incident that propels the characters into a new life, but … I don’t particularly want to see that?

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Whenever we start telling stories without the gore, my ratings for comics will be higher than average.

That’s it from my side. I hope you’ve enjoyed those really rather short reviews! Let’s chat in the comments below!