Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 30-April 5)

I hope everyone is doing alright! I got to spend some hours outside in our garden today and it was such a relief … I’ve really been feeling the blues of being cooped up at the apartment for so long. Anyway, we are here for trailers on this day, so let’s get to it!

Movies

Love Wedding Repeat

I NEED THIS MOVIE IN MY LIFE! Eleanor and Sam playing siblings is seriously the duo I never knew I needed.

Selah and the Spades

This had an intense teaser and now also has an intense trailer. I’d like to see it.

Last Moment of Clarity

Seems like a generic thriller, but then also not.

Lazy Susan

What a cast!

To the Stars

Meh

Valhalla

I mostly clicked because of the title and the wolf in the thumbnail.

TV Shows

Trying

I can’t explain it, but I have a thing for Rafe Spall and a newly aquired Apple TV+ subscription, so …

Outer Banks

I am not saying this is groundbreaking or stuff, but … this is my kind of show.

Paradise Lost

Josh Hartnett in a TV show. Sign me up, maybe?

When the Streetlights Go On

I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT QUIBI IS? But they are producing a lot?

In the Dark (Season 2)

If you read my post yesterday, you know that I JUST binged the first season. This trailer … I cannot even! I am so mad and sad and thank the heavens this is returning in two weeks.

Did you see anything you might like to watch? I am currently so enthralled with Apple’s “Home Before Dark”, I can barely think about anything else.

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #31

I cannot stress this enough, but I really haven’t been watching all that much ever since we all got stuck at home. I know that everyone thinks I spend all my time in front of screens, but that’s really not all that true. I try to keep myself entertained elsewhere too, because otherwise my sleep cycle is just a mess and I don’t think it helps my mood much either. So, I have started watching a couple things, but binged very little. I will mention a couple shows today that I haven’t finished yet, but you can still totally get in on those.

In the Dark (Season 1)

I am utter trash for all CW content. I may not always watch everything right away, but their shows speak to my soul like few other networks do. Of course, very few of those series are high-brow, but they sure are entertaining and that’s what I value them for. As you probably also know, I am always a little “meh”-feeling about thriller and murder mystery content, but the cast for In the Dark was just too appealing. (Casey Deidrick has been a favourite of mine ever since the painful cancellation of Eye Candy) Add to that the fact that the main character is blind and you have my attention.

The thing about this show that impressed me the most is that a certain character really shocked me. Like, I thought I knew people, I thought I knew writers, but that betrayal stung hard and was for me entirely unexpected. I think my radar for love interests is off or something … I also enjoyed that they let Murphy remain a very selfish character (despite doing something for someone else the entire season) and making it hard to side with her sometimes. They sure didn’t go on her easy just because …  Lastly, the season also ended with the perfect set up for Season 2 (which will start on April 16 and I am READY!!!).

For fans of: CW hot people being unlikable but still getting 823509 love interests

Council of Dads (Season 1)

I don’t even have that much to say yet, because there’s only one episode out so far. Episode 2 won’t air until April 30th, so you have plenty of time to decide whether you want to start this show or not. However, this was SO emotional. Basically, the first episode was the entire set up for the season (as pilots so often are, duh!), even though it had material to be a season of its own. But they weren’t messing around with getting into the nitty-gritty of things and started with a rapid pace, yet managed to still convey all the important information and (even more importantly) emotion.

Is it to the point of chessy sometimes? Yes, absolutely. But you can always get me with a great patchwork family drama. That’s simply my jam.

For fans of: crying every single episode

Motherland: Fort Salem (Season 1)

Witches are one of my favourite topics in TV or movies or books. I sometimes have trouble when their story is set during the Salem witch trials or a similar century, but my interest was peaked when this show had all the historical elements but a contemporary setting.

In easy terms, this show focuses on how witches weren’t prosecuted, but rather made allies by recruiting them as the military in certain countries. They have been the executing hand for the longest time now, but trust in them wanes as a terrorist group with magical abilities wreaks havoc. This show is no light entertainment, from the first episode on there are clear trigger warnings for suicide and self-harm, often accompanied with helplines after the credits!

There are currently three episodes available, all of which have shown a great build up of character dynamics so far. I enjoy how heavily their magical system relies on sound and find that to be a more unique perspective on spells etc. as it can be conveyed to the viewer in fascinating ways. I haven’t really found that one character to truly connect to, but the groundwork has been done and there are certainly a lot of mysteries that I’d like to uncover and understand.

For fans of: witches, alternate history

Jojo Rabbit

What’s there to say? Taika won his Oscar for this movie fair and square (not that there was ever any doubt, no matter how much I would have also liked to see it go to Greta). For such a heavy topic, Taika Waititi made it accessible and even gave it that dose of humour that seems like his signature in any movie or show he does. The actors were all chosen perfectly and I laughed and cried and laughed and cried all over again. I was, like so many others, especially impressed and delighted by the kids in this movie. Not a lot of such young talents could have carried the film (or even stolen scenes) the way they did.

The fact that the movie ended with a quote by Rilke (which I much prefer in English for some strange reason) that breaks your heart all over again was just the cherry on top.

For fans of: political satire, Taika Waititi projects, strange humour but deep cutting feels

Late Night

Mindy Kaling is honestly one of my biggest idols. I adore almost everything she does and I find her funny and have her books and … yeah, it’s really difficult for me to say anything other than “I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!” about the movie. I loved the different female perspectives here (because Katherine and Molly couldn’t be more opposite), but also enjoyed the romance vibes at the workplace. It has funny moments, but also some really relatable and truthful ones. They didn’t make excuse after excuse when people messed up, they let things be messy. I know a lot of people think this movie was just okay and that’s valid, but I truly adored it. (See, can’t stop with the gushing)

For fans of: behind the scenes look into the industry, Mindy Kaling projects


Other than that, I have started watching The Morning Show, Series 5 of Our Girl and HSMTMTS … but more on those another time! What have you been watching? Have you seen any of the things I have mentioned here? Let’s chat!

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brooks (Book Review + Movie Trailer)

Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 325

I am struggling with how to even start this review. You all know how torn I am when it comes to the topic of books set during or closely after World War II. Some of my favourite reads treat that topic (check out Wolf by Wolf or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for some great examples) and I was ready to love and get my heart broken by The Aftermath as well. But somehow, that’s not what happened at all.

Rachael could find no solace in other people’s tales of woe. Pain was uniquely one’s own, and undiminished by a democracy of suffering.

The Aftermath certainly offers a perspective not too often shown. It deals with former enemies living in close quarters. With legitimate resentment and unwillingness to forgive and forget, while simultaneously needing to move on and let go. There is a constant push and pull as the story is mostly told from the confines of the families Morgan and Lubert, one English and one German. And that’s the whole point. These families have never done anything to each other per se, but their nationalities and what those countries have done during the war has led to loss on both sides and that in term to suffering. There are no real winners in war, so pain exists everywhere.

That is exactly what the book tried to show from as many angles as possible. There are complex moral questions to answer as you get confronted with what surely was the reality for many people. I am in no way EVER going to excuse the atrocities Germany (or Austria for that matter) has committed during the war, however, how can you judge every single person of a country for what the government did? How can you decide who has a clean slate and just did their best to survive or who willingly and eagerly participated? What about the children who were taught a certain mindset, sometimes too young to question what was going on – is their resentment towards the occupation justified?

And that is not all! The people who now want to rebuild the country and set it on a rightful path again, how much are they allowed to interfere really? If they disdain the entire populace, are they really able to help or are they making things worse? 

I’ve not met a German who has difficulty believing that they have been defeated, Wilkins. I think they have, to a man, accepted it, gladly, and with some relief. The real difference between them and us is that they have been comprehensively and categorically fucked, and they know it. It is we who are taking too long to adjust to that fact.

I don’t feel in any position to give or come up with proper answers here, but I was glad to have the book shine a light on those intricacies. I am not going to lie, some parts really hurt to read about. My grandmother was a young girl during the occupation and she had bad memories that haunted her until the end. I am not here to judge anyone’s right or wrong-doings, but I liked that the book showed that things weren’t that simple, that every side had its flaws.

However, why did I not love this book then? Everything felt very clinical and presented to me. There weren’t just the families, but also the Trümmerkinder (children living in the rubble), who basically started and finished the book and felt detached from everything else (despite providing a pivotal turning point for the story). While everyone had their part to play in showing what was going on, I had an immensely difficult time connecting to anyone in particular. While I was on board with some of the pain and resentment, some people felt manic and others had me furious at their unwillingness to adapt.

My biggest issue was probably the fact that the story just trickled along and then threw everything at you in the final 40 pages. I don’t mind introspective, slow stories. I don’t even mind it when nothing monumental happens at all and you just get a glimpse at a moment in time, but rushed endings have the tendency to ruin things for me. They never quite feel as satisfactory as the slower and intimate moments suggested it would all be thoroughly explained.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! An interesting view at post-war Germany that failed to fully capture me.

Now about the movie. I haven’t watched it yet, but I intend to at some point, because an actor I know has a role in it. However, I thought I would still share the trailer with you. From what I could see, it mainly focuses on the affair between the British wife of the colonel and the German man living in their requisitioned house. I love Alexander Skarsgard, so I don’t exactly mind that they didn’t use a German actor for the role (even though Alexander’s German does not sound authentic). Still, I could see almost all the characters from the book appear at one point or another. The piano music (especially in the second trailer) is also very much in tune with the book. It looks faithful enough, but I suspect that there wasn’t enough room in that one film to really explore all angles.


Have you read The Aftermath? Have you watched the movie? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 23-29)

I want to use this weekly opportunity to check in with all of you! I hope quarantine life is treating you alright and that you stay home (if that is an option for you) and safe and sane. I think studios are a bit reluctant to release stuff these days, because cinemas are closed, so I am not sure how interesting this post will really be, but let’s check it out!

Movies

The Lost Husband

It looks simple enough, but sweet? Like the kind of “Safe Haven”/”Life as We Know It” stuff Duhamel used to do?

The Great

I am so into this.

The Main Event

The only experience I have with wrestling is GLOW, but okay.

Coffee & Kareem

Ed Helms and Taraji P Henson is such a funny idea for a pair to being with.

The Willoughbys

Yes, this is for me.

Survive the Night

I am just kind of over Bruce Willis thriller/action movies? Not even Chad Michael Murray as his son can raise my interest.

The Host

I think I’ll pass.

Tigertail

For some reason I thought this movie was already out just based on the name? But then I realised that I was stupid and had in reality thought of the madness that is Tiger King.

Fatima

I am really not one for religious content.

Most Dangerous Game

Didn’t I already post this?

TV Shows

Defending Jacob

Okay, my heart skipped a couple beats watching this! It’s not even my regular go to genre, but Chris Evans looks phenomenal in it. The acting is going to cause so many feels.

#blackAF

Is it copying/plagiarism if you use your own material?

Run

Still very much into the idea of this, even if it’s mostly due to Domhnall Gleeson and Phoebe Waller-Bridge being involved.

Into the Night

This took such an unexpected turn!

Survive

Every time they show more of this, it looks even creepier.

Brews Brothers

It looks so dumb, and I am not opposed to it.

Dirty John: The Betty Broderick

Oh, I thought the Dirty John series was just a limited series thing instead of an anthology-esque show.

Future Man (Season 3)

I don’t feel qualified to talk about this show.

Did you see something you might like? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 16-22)

I feel sorry for all the movies and TV shows that had to halt production, for all the projects that had to postpone their release or resort to an early digital release. We all turn to entertainment in these times, so, I hope we are all able to really show appreciation for their work and are able to support them in other ways.

Movies

Inheritance

I DIDN’T EVEN RECOGNISE SIMON PEGG!? WTF? The cast of this is amazing and even though it’s not my usual genre, I am tempted.

Selah and the Spades

The suspense is there for sure.

Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet

Eh … that cat looks super weird.

Deerskin

Just imagine how wrong things must have gone for someone to diss you with a “you don’t exist anymore”.

Clover

I think thriller comedies are a weird genre.

Bad Therapy

It’s messed up.

Hippopotamus

This is the kind of movie that REALLY freaks me out.

TV Shows

Never Have I Ever

You instantly got me with “a new Mindy Kaling show”.

Upload

This feels super Black Mirror, but I am here for it!

Maxxx

This looks just so dumb

The Midnight Gospel

I’ve never done drugs, but I strongly assume that this is an accurate representation of what it looks like if you do them.

Free Ray Shawn

I’ve never watched anything on Quibi before?

Nailed It (Season 4)

I need something to laugh, so I will watch this again (even though I strongly believe that not even professional bakers can achieve these tasks within the time limits and people are set up to fail).

Is there something you’d like to watch? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (March 9-15)

I hope you are all doing well, not taking the social distancing too hard and finding ways to keep yourself entertained in the meantime. I know you don’t need to read about the virus here on top of everywhere else, but due to the next monthly update not being for a while, I just wanted to inform you all that I will not be going to Canada anytime soon. Measures in my own country have increased and, in general, it would neither have been a responsible nor smart choice to go right now. All of that has left me rather sad, but I suppose it wouldn’t have been fun over there either. So, let’s get back to regular programming and start talking trailers!

Movies

Soul

IT LOOKS SO COOL!

Jungle Cruise

On the one hand, I think this is so silly, but on the other hand, I am on board.

Uncorked

Didn’t know this movie was made until just now, but I will HAPPILY watch anything with Mamoudou Athie. He is seriously underappreciated.

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Awe, if Paul Hogan did this to have fun, I am all for it.

Bad Trip

I … don’t think I need this in my life. I never enjoyed anything jackass-like before.

The Artist’s Wife

This movie has a realness to it.

Arkansas

It’s a maybe from me.

The Quarry

This just isn’t really my kind of movie.

True History of the Kelly Gang

George MacKay out there, still giving very intense roles his all!

The Little Dragon

Not a huge fan of the animation style, so will likely pass.

Children of the Sea

This could be cool, I think.

TV Shows

Home Before Dark

I super like the look of it. I mean, they torched that little girl’s bike. That’s brutal!

The Third Day

This turned dark fast.

Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Yo, I didn’t even have the time to check out the second season of the live action show yet. No way am I going to watch this animated stuff too.

Did you see a movie or TV show you’d like to watch? Let’s talk about it!

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 ❤