What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #45

Once again, I have watched more movies than TV shows. IT JUST HAPPENED! It feels so unlike me to not plunge into shows as much, but nothing really caught my eyes the way it usually does. Maybe I am just still hung up on the Haunting series … either way, here’s what I’ve watched instead.

The Broken Hearts Gallery

I’ve waited for this movie so long and it did not disappoint one bit!

Remember when I raved on and on about Set It Up after its release? I praised it for lifting the dry spell of really actually good romcoms, well … The Broken Hearts Gallery is that for 2020 for me. First of all, the chemistry between Dacre Montgomery and Geraldine Viswanathan is off the charts and effortless and easy and secondly, it follows what you’d expect a romcom to be while still never feeling stale or boring.

Add to that the fact that the lead is a woman of color who is not a size zero, who has an ex who is also played by a man of color and a best friend who is also a woman of color. I mean, thank heavens for that alone. Something that actually resembles reality and makes the characters feel real and still gives you the warm fuzzies inside.

For fans of: GOOD romcoms (not that cheeseball fest that Hallmark does)

Rebecca

I basically wrote a whole freaking short essay in defense of this movie on my letterboxd account, because all I saw was people trashing this movie.

If you adore the book or Hitchcock’s adaptation of Rebecca, then maybe this just isn’t for you. If you are, however, able to look beyond what has always existed and can appreciate beautiful aesthetic, a different/happier approach to how it all ends as well as how stunning Lily James and Armie Hammer look as a couple, then, by all means, check out the movie!

I, personally, enjoyed it a lot. It has a couple slow bits, but I appreciated that this wasn’t just the same story again and again. It may have lost some of its gothic character, but Kristin Scott Thomas delivers a striking performance as Mrs. Danvers and Lily’s character (nameless as ever) carries the whole movie.

There is some doubt in my mind that this was an unforgettable movie, but I do believe that some specific shots will remain in my mind forever.

For fans of: anyone on the cast, pretty Netflix stuff

Clouds

It is so very difficult to review a movie that is not just based on real people, but where the film maker knew the person in question and involved his entire family and group of friends in the making of the movie. I’m sure there were some creative liberties that were taken, but this was someone’s life, someone’s legacy – namely that of Zach Sobiech.

When you watch Clouds, it won’t take long until you find tears welling up in your eyes. By the end, I was a sobbing mess. Zach gave this world so much and always tried to show up for everyone, even when he barely had any energy left, which is why people kept showing up for him when it mattered. I enjoyed the film, but it’s still heartbreaking that this is a reality.

For fans of: inspiring sadness, strength in music

Holidate

Sometimes Netflix just makes utterly cringey stuff. They really tried to pack so much into this movie, including every single holiday they can imagine, which is a lot to being with anyway, and then add more stuff on top. I’m not a huge Emma Roberts fan to begin with, but it was hard to watch this movie anyway.

They tried to be self-aware and self-depreciating, but it just didn’t work? I don’t know how else to phrase it?

For fans of: I don’t even know? Movies that try to include as many holidays as possible?

Love and Monsters

I’ve missed Dylan O’Brien on my screen and am especially proud of him for doing movies like Love and Monsters, knowing how difficult it is for him to film any stunt scenes after his accident a couple years ago. And yet, this movie was so worth it!

A mix of adventure, love story and just pure fun and monsters is what makes Love and Monsters work. Dylan’s character is all of us, freezing in the most crucial moments, but especially faced by larger than life insects and creatures of all kind. But then he goes on this incredible journey and develops in such a beautiful way, while also still being able to deliver that ounce of humour we all need to lighten things. This movie just has so much heart!

The best moment was when he met Boy though. Boy, being a dog and all, doesn’t have a speaking role, but is still a scene-stealer extraordinaire. The dog trainer said that they had never seen such a close bond off screen either, so, that makes it all the more special too. I just loved that tiny bit of bts information!

In the end, the real star was the dog, but still – very much worth it!

For fans of: Dylan O’Brien, cute and super awesome dogs in movies

The Cellar (Ep 1, Amazing Stories)

This was born out of a need for more Dylan O’Brien and Victoria Pedretti.

So, technically, Amazing Stories is a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s series from the 80s. It’s an anthology Sci-Fi show, where each episode is a different story with different people in it. I am just going to talk about the one episode I watched, which was the Cellar.

Basically, you watch Dylan and Victoria fall in love as one of them is a time traveler and the other one was born a century ago. They have to find their places and it’s super tragic and I can’t believe they fit that into 50 minutes. I would have watched a three hour movie about it and would still 100% watch a sequel (which there will never be).

For fans of: Dylan O’Brien, Victoria Pedretti, time travel, love across time

You Me Her (Season 5)

I’m actually not sure if I have talked about this show before or not … I think I might have mentioned it. Anyway, it’s about a polyamorous relationship and this was the final season. It doesn’t really make sense to watch this or read about it unless you’ve watched the previous seasons?

It’s a Canadian show, I’ve been to set before, I generally like the vibe of it. There’s not a lot of shows that treat polyamory like a real long term relationship option, so that always caught my eye and I didn’t know that this would be the final season, but in the end it made so much sense. In the end, I was glad it was finally over, because if they had broken up one more time, I would have thrown them into the sun. But this? It worked and gave everyone the finish they deserved.

For fans of: exploration of polyamory


Have you watched any of these as well? Let’s talk!

Dark Matter Season 1 Finale

What a journey it’s been! So many twists and turns and revelations. I hope you enjoyed Dark Matter as much as I did and therefore won’t mind the upcoming Spoilers!

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So neither Killjoys (which ended last week and I didn’t write a review for – sorry!) nor Dark Matter have been renewed for a Season 2, which is a real shame in my opinion. Renew the shows already, because they definitely were great summer sci-fi programs that I’d like to see more of!

I think we can all agree that we learned a lot about the characters, while still having to learn a lot about them. Especially after the finale!!! Let’s break it down one crew-member at a time to see what we discovered about them throughout the season:

  • One: So, he’s not actually Jace Corso. We now know that he actually came on the ship to revenge his murdered wife, but his rivalry with Three definitely made him blind to the real traitor among the crew. His relationship with Two is also a bit rocky … at least he might have a legit excuse to get released by the Galactic Authority since he’s not Corso?
  • Two: FINALLY the mystery was resolved. She’s pretty much an engineered being that should not be captured or she’d be in real danger of being destroyed. There is still a lot we don’t know about who really constructed her and for what reason. We got a glimpse at it, but there’s still so much more to find out. I’m sad to think that Five doubted her, but I probably would have too. Well … Two is still boss and I bet she’ll find a way out of this dilemma.
  • Three: Who would have thought the guy had such a heart? I didn’t trust him in the beginning, and trust might still be a strong word, but I definitely like him. He’s one of my favourites and cracks me up every episode. I wish they wouldn’t have taken away his love interest that quickly though.
  • Four: I am glad he considers taking his empire back, although that seems pretty difficult from where he’s currently at. However, I was so excited to hear that he is training Five and that he was the one who let her stay on ship in the first place. I think seeing some training scenes would be awesome in the future!
  • Five: She’s my favourite! Those goggles and her outfits – could she be any cooler? I like her innocence and her wanting to belong to the crew. And I love how everyone wants to protect her, even though she’s quite capable herself. She’s just an amazing character!
  • Six: HOW DARE YOU? I don’t even know who he is anymore. I just don’t understand how he could do this to his friends, especially Five. He was like father to her! There needs to be some serious explaining in Season 2 (and yes, I am just assuming there will be one)!
  • Android: Can we all just agree on how amazing Zoie Palmer was as the Android! I loved how she wasn’t just like a robot, but actually their friend and with some really funny quirks to her personality. Also, people who can play a double-role are always cool! I hope she won’t be rebooted with a different personality!
  • He’s not a crew member but it was still a mighty fine surprise to see Wil Wheaton on Dark Matter. Even though the same can’t be said about his character …

So, what do you think? I have no idea how the crew is going to get out of this and how they’ll ever forgive Six but I NEED MORE! That’s my opinion, but what is yours?

Fall Review: How to Get Away with Murder

The new ABC show How to Get Away with Murder will certainly be a show that polarizes. I will have a spoiler-free section and than a little more detailed summary of my thoughts including Spoilers!

Like all Shonda Rhimes shows, How to Get Away with Murder involves a lot of drama, sex and murder. This time it is about a group of law students who want to impress their very demanding criminal defense professor (Viola Davis) and do not shy away from going the extra mile for her. It’s definitely not a fact-based court drama like Law & Order, but much more in the realm of Scandal (big surprise there, considering that they were both created by Shonda). I think the actors are great (ranging from Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Charlie Weber, Billy Brown, Liza Weil and Karla Souza to Aja Naomi King, Katie Findlay and Tom Verica), the show is fast paced and has some great music. I am usually not a huge fan of time jumps and flashbacks, but it really worked for me this time, because it added to the suspense so much. One problem I have with the show is that there is barely anyone likable. While most characters have their secrets and are interesting in one way or another, you don’t feel yourself sympathizing with any of them. To conclude my spoiler-free section I’d say that it’s definitely and interesting show that will make you question your morals and standards. I could see that not everyone will like it, but I will continue watching it!

Now here are some more specific thoughts of mine, which are basically for people who’ve already seen the pilot episode. Spoilers ahead!

  • I love the build-up of the mystery and suspense in the show! I kept wondering the entire time who the person was that the students killed, because I just couldn’t imagine that they killed Annalise Keating. It was a real shocker to me that they seem to have murdered her husband, which directly leads me to my next point.
  • Do you guys think that Sam Keating had something to do with the murder of that missing girl? Obviously, there is something going on with Wes’ neighbor Rebecca and the missing girl’s boyfriend, but I have a feeling that Sam was also involved.
  • I really like all the different characters, but especially Wes. He seems so naive and like he’s too nice for everything he got dragged into. That doesn’t mean that I don’t find the other students intriguing, because I do, but I feel like we could connect with him the most during the first episode.
  • There are some logic issues to the show, but I can usually overlook them in favour of being entertained. But why would first-year law students get a job offer at a prestigious law firm and not students who are about to graduate or who’ve already passed the bar? That’s just one of the things I was wondering about …

I’m interested to see how everything continues. All in all I thought it was a gripping start of the season, but we’ll need a lot of character development, while still keeping up the constant suspense to keep viewers glued to the screen for the long-term. What was your opinion of the pilot episode?