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!

Allegiant Official (Teaser) Trailer Release

So the first Allegiant Teaser Trailer is out!

I don’t think there is much to talk about. For those of you who didn’t know it already, I have read the entire Divergent series by Veronica Roth and while I did enjoy it mostly, I absolutely disliked Allegiant as a book. I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I am not going to go into detail of why I didn’t like it.

However, the movies are a whole different story. I love the movies! I think they are really good so far and diverge from the books (see what I did there?). So far there have been a couple of changes, which I am surprisingly okay with, and I actually don’t know if they’ll stick with the storyline from the book or not. Either way I am excited to see what they’ll be doing. But I am mad that they once again decided to split the final part into two movies – I guess they must really need the money.

Also, I am excited to see Jeff Daniels (who’ll forever be Will McAvoy from the Newsroom in my head) in the movie. What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the movie as well?

UPDATE: Here’s the Official Trailer

Our Girl Part III

Sorry for the little delay, but how great is it that Captain James was trending last night on Twitter? Well, here we go with my review of Episode 3 of Our Girl. Beware of Spoilers!

This week, Molly got to go home and take a little time to rest and recuperate. Yet, she didn’t really feel at home, missing her platoon and especially her Captain. However, she didn’t spend her holidays alone, but rather with her mate Smurf, because he is one of the few people who understands how she feels. Again, a brilliant episode! I love this show so much and which it would go on forever, instead of ending so soon. Here are my specific thoughts about this week:

  • I loved how we got to see both, Molly all integrated in her platoon, seeing them as her family and Molly at home, struggling to fit in with the people she loves. She is such a great character and I am happy that we got to see her “old” life back in England. (Although everyone who watched the prequel movie should already know those people!)
  • Although Captain James acted a little out of character this episode, I adore the man! I can’t get enough of him and Dawes and the fact that he was jealous of her and Smurf just proves how much he cares for her.
  • Smurf is one of those people I am always torn about. On the one hand, I don’t share his basic view of the world, but on the other hand, I often feel really sorry for him. Also, I think that his feelings are very confused and that he only thinks he is in love with Molly. I can’t picture her and Smurf as a couple, but I also believe that she doesn’t always discourage him in his feelings the way she should. Yes, she’s often told him that he’s only a mate and he should have gotten it by now, but sometimes she really makes it hard for him to understand.
  • At one point, I felt a little like in a Nespresso commerical. No judgment there, I am just saying …
  • Things in general seem to get more intense now! With the Taliban wanting Molly dead and Barisha in danger as well, the next episode will definitely have a lot going on.

I know this was a rather short review, but  I can’t just go on about how perfect Molly and James are without ever even having kissed. I need to stop at some point, but let me tell you that I am 100% hooked on this show and I need to know how it continues! Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!