Shadowhunters (TV Review)

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I’ve been so excited for Shadowhunters to come out, I’ve been flailing over every single tidbit I could get! Personally, I didn’t hate the movie for the Mortal Instruments, but I also didn’t love it. So, the fact they got a do-over was just amazing! I wasn’t sure about everyone on the cast, but I mainly liked the choices they made. I watched the Sneak Peeks and I thought that they were surely not from the finished pilot. All in all I was hopeful and excited, especially because I love the books so much. Conclusion: I definitely shouldn’t have hyped it up so much in my head!

Shadowhunters revolves around 18-year-old Clary, who has to discover that her mother lied to her her entire life, covering up that there existed a whole other world with demons, warlocks, vampires and the likes. Without the right preparation and her mother getting kidnapped, Clary finds herself in grave danger and only the Shadowhunters, of whom she seems to be one, can help her. 

Cast: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Maxim Roy, Alan Van Sprang, Harry Shum Jr., Isaiah Mustafa, Jon Cor, …
Episode Order: 13

I don’t know how many of you have read the book or seen the movie, but I think we all know that the books are quite long and that they failed at putting everything necessary into 90 minutes, so I was hoping for a slower approach on Shadowhunters. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. There was so much going on in the Pilot, I am not even sure that non-readers knew what all was going on. The editing was sloppy and the transitions between scenes far from seamless. I am well aware that the show had quite a different budget than the movie did, but the CGI and the props looked terrible to me and that just makes me so sad. If I were rich, I would throw money at them, just so they could invest it in that! Shadowhunters have these specific weapons called seraph blades and in the show they just looked downright plastic, which in turn made the action sequences lacking realism and the punch they needed.

Now, to the casting. I am really happy with some of them! Alberto is hilarious as Simon! I swear he gets all the best lines. Matthew didn’t have much screen time as Alec yet, but I get the moody and angry vibe and am digging it. Alan Van Sprang was a great Valentine, even though I have no idea why on earth he is hanging out in Chernobyl. Dom, Emeraude and Harry were fine in their respective roles as Jace, Izzy and Magnus, but the person that worried me the most could not prove me otherwise. Kat McNamara is surely a great person, but she is definitely no Clary to me. Or maybe is exactly as unlikable and whiny and annoying as Clary was in the books sometimes? I don’t know, but the way she delivered lines made me cringe sometimes and that’s not what you want from a main character. Also, she was way bolder and sexier than in the book. Finally, I do understand that they have to make some changes, but why is Luke a detective now? I don’t really understand how that improves the dramatics of the story.

I should probably mention that I didn’t just watch the first episode, but also the second one. I was hoping for it to get better with time, I am still hoping for that, but so far it didn’t help much. They added an actual intro – yay! They sort of drew runes and didn’t just make them appear, which is also an improvement. The Institute looked strange and all tech-y and there were way too many people there. The Silent Brothers look absolutely awesome but the acting was still meh … So, in conclusion, I did enjoy finally watching it come to live on the screen, but I wish they had executed it a little differently. It was fun and fresh, but it had a very different vibe from the novel. I want to love this show and I am going to keep trying to love it. I will watch every single episode of it! Also, I am not going to stop supporting it, but somehow I have doubts about it being able to become what I wanted it to be. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe it was truly done the wrong way – too fast, too glossy, the focus on the wrong details. I have no idea what is true, so let me know what you thought of it!

Did you like/love/hate it? Share your opinions in the comments below!

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (Movie Review)

A month or so ago I wrote about the trailer release of Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about the movie itself. There are not really any Spoilers in the review itself, but as always, I can’t promise the same for the comments!

naomiNaomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. The “No Kiss List” (a list of guys neither of them is allowed to hook up with) has been their insurance against a Naomi and Ely break-up for all their lives. Yet everything changes when Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend.

So let’s start with the basics:

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Length: 89  minutes
Cast: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fodé, Matthew Daddario, Monique Coleman, Ryan Ward, Danny Flaherty, …
Director: Kristin Hanggi

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am just going to say it again: I have read the book of the same title written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, but it’s been a while. I mostly remember a ton of emojis that replaced words and that confused me sometimes, but other than that I am not sure I could give the most accurate account of what happens in the book. However, I will try and mention things that were different if I noticed them.

So, now to the real review. I LOVED IT! I even liked it a whole lot more than the book. While the different POVs weren’t as balanced and more focused on Naomi, it just all felt right. I very much liked the casting (and not just because Matthew Daddario is absolutely swoon-worthy). While Naomi was never my favourite character, Victoria Justice really showed her development and there couldn’t have been a better Ely than Pierson Fodé. Bruce 2 was adorable and Ryan Ward looked exactly like the Bruce 2 in my head. I forgot everything about the Robins, and even though I would have liked to see them more, they were a great addition as well. The rest of the people from the apartment complex were just hilarious as well.

As any story written by Levithan and Cohn, it was a sort of love letter to New York City, showing off its quirks and awesomeness. The music was great and for real hardcore fans like me, take a closer look at the T-shirt of the drummer from Gabe’s band – he wears a “Where is Fluffy?”-shirt from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I wasn’t sure they’d connect the stories like they did in the books, but I almost shrieked when I saw it.

I think I hugged my pillow during the entire movie and really felt with the characters when their relationship seemed doomed. I don’t know why exactly, but it just touched me a whole lot more than it did in the book. It portrayed the complexity of friendships and that change is inevitable. Yet, it managed not to be heavy at all. If I could change one thing, I would want it to be longer. It would mean more time for the Naomi-Gabe-story to develop and maybe more glimpses at the adorable awkwardness of the Robins.

Fazit: I loved it! And while it may be short, it’s definitely sweet and worth a watch.

Have you read or watched Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List as well? What were your thoughts?

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List Trailer Release

I love Rachel Cohn‘s and David Levithan‘s books, especially the ones they co-write. All the books are sort of interconnected with each other and just major fun! Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is among my all time favourite Christmas-themed books and I just love the book as well as the movie adaptation of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. I’m still listening to that soundtrack from time to time!

Now, they’ve made Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List into a movie with Victoria Justice as Naomi, Pierson Fodé as Ely and the ever so dreamy Matthew Daddario (soon to be seen as Alec in Shadowhunters) as Gabriel. I think the Trailer below is pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a little summary nonetheless:

Naomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. In order to avoid possible conflict they have a No Kiss List and guys on that list are taboo for both of them. When Naomi and Ely each develop feelings for someone they shouldn’t, their friendship is majorly on the brink of getting destroyed.

It’s, to be honest, been a while since I read the book, but I remember maaaany emojis and finding them confusing at times. I’m guessing I won’t have the problem this time around. Cast looks great to me and I cannot wait for the release of the film. It’s already been shown at the Outfest in Los Angeles, but it will take some time until it gets into cinemas. Until then, they have this thing called the No Kiss Club where you can join, earn points and win stuff. It’s not really necessary for the full movie experience, but I am so looking forward to this that I thought, “Why not?”. I’m not going to win because there are already people with thousands and thousands of points, but it never hurts to support a movie you genuinely care about. So, if you want to join as well, it’d be great if you just follow the link below and the rest will be explained on site.

http://sot.ag/487ps

What are your thoughts?

Real Neat Blog Award

Once again, I have to thank My Tiny Obsessions for nominating me! Check out her blog, we always have the bestest of conversations and discussions! This has all been a lot of fun, but at the same time it’s also been a ton of work! Just wanted to mention that 😛

The rules are fairly simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 7 bloggers.
  • Ask said bloggers 7 questions!

So, here we go! Those were My Tiny Obsessions questions:

Where would you rather spend a vacation? Beach? Mountain? City? Why?
City! I’ve grown up in a big city and there’s just always so much to see. Not that I don’t enjoy an occasional hiking tour or walk through the forest, but I’d rather have public transport and the possibility to do whatever I like instead.

If you got stranded in a desert island, which 3 items would you like to have with you?
My iPod with everlasting battery, a fan or some other sort of air cooling device and a suitcase of books. Does the last one count? I guess not … so, a book that rewrites itself! That would be so awesome!

What’s your biggest celebrity crush? Why?
That’s a tough one because they basically change every week. You already know about my infatuation with Matthew Daddario, other than that I always liked Chris Pine, Tom Hiddleston, Jesse Lee Spencer, Nico Mirallegro, … YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!

Coke or Pepsi? Or “what are you talking about, there’s no difference”?
I don’t think there is a huge difference, but Coke …

Favorite time of the year? Why?
Fall! I like the colours, I like the temperature, I like watching all the new shows on TV! Do I need more reasons?

Name a music that reminds you of your childhood?
The Anastasia Soundtrack always reminds me of my childhood. I could sing along with every single song!

You can only pick ONE book to read (forever), what would it be?
That is SO mean and you know it! I guess it would have to be a stand-alone, otherwise the story would never really be complete. I just have such fond memories of the Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, I’d choose that one (but note that it’s only reluctantly!)

Furthermore, I nominate following bloggers:

  1. Jordan and Eddie (the Movie Guys)
  2. Geekritique
  3. Distant Realms
  4. Always & Forever Fangirling
  5. Grab Life by the Pages
  6. soif pour plus
  7. Amanda’s Book Nook

So and lastly, my questions for you! Have fun answering them!

  1. If you could go anywhere on the planet, where would you want to go?
  2. If you had to pick a scent that reminded you of your childhood, what would it be?
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Charmed (or if neither, what’s a supernatural show you like)?
  4. Choose a book or movie title that describes your life! Why?
  5. How has blogging influenced your life?
  6. If you could only read/watch one genre for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why?
  7. Pick a song that is your personal theme song!

Last but not least, I’ve also been nominated to do the Love/Hate-Challenge by the ever amazing Rami Ungar the writer and again My Tiny Obsessions. I have not forgotten about it, even if it’s been quite some time since you asked me to do it … I’ll get to it, just not today. I think the award spree was enough for one day 😉