What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #36

I still owe you a couple mini-reviews to the stuff I have watched lately. I actually got around to way more than I thought I did, although at least two of those shows were streamed while I barely looked at them drawing all the time, but still … I say they count.

Dark (Season 3/Final Season)

I cannot tell you how happy I was with this final season!

I hope you all know how much I adored this show, but I, unlike my much wiser friends, did not 100% believe that the producers planned every minute detail and had a solid plan. I was legit terrified they would ruin it in the end, but it completely made sense. Of course, there wasn’t going to be a super happy ever after or anything like that, but I found the finale we got very fitting.

There were only two or three decisions that I didn’t 100% understand or back the way they did them. But once again, super impressive casting choices and smart storytelling. I was really wistful when it came to the end and think it is one of the best German (and international) shows to ever come out of Netflix. Pro tip: watch it with subtitles and not dubbed! The cadence of the voices is far better that way.

If you want to talk about it in more detail with me, feel free to do so in the comment section. I just don’t want to spoil anyone who has yet to watch it.

For fans of: complex shows, time travel, different realities, international Netflix content

The Baby-Sitters Club (Season 1)

Unlike a lot of people on Twitter, I have never read or watched anything regarding the Baby-Sitters Club before. Maybe, and even that is a huge stretch, I have seen some film stills, but I would not have known what it is or where it’s from. I just think it’s more of an American thing? I could be totally off-base with that, but I can assure you that it’s nothing anyone would know in my country.

However, having said all that, I get why people like it. The kids, despite their young age, are super relatable and have complex and not just comedy-based interests and relationships. It talks about serious topics, but also has a light-hearted feel to it. While I don’t think this show will be a huge priority for me moving forward, I am still glad I watched it.

I’ve read everything from “It’s better than the books” to “the best adaptation yet”, so I feel pretty good about this being my first real contact with the matter. I can really recommend it, not just to parents who want to talk about more serious topics with their kids in a productive way, but also just for people who enjoy the nostalgia and cuteness of it all.

For fans of: kids being relatable, children with actual fully developed personalities, the books and the previous movies (?)

Warrior Nun (Season 1)

I kind of like shows that mess with angels and demons and I could not tell you why that is the case, it just is!

Warrior Nun is based on a comic series from the 90s, but Netflix definitely made it more angsty. The dialogue and the voice over from the main character can be … cringey to say the least. I think it has a lot to do with the actors and actresses being from a lot of different countries and sometimes they sound a bit off in their non-native tongue … like the intonation is just the tiniest bit different? If you can overlook that though, I think it’s a decent enough show.

I have to admit that I mostly wanted to check it out because Emilio Sakraya is in it and that would mean that non-German people would discover him and I had to know how he did! But, I kind of liked it overall, with Emilio being the lesser interesting part. However, beware of a cliffhanger at the end, with a lot of potential for another season.

Overall, this is a show that needs to grow on you and definitely needs a couple episodes to either win you over or not … and then it’s best to skip it.

For fans of: religion as undercurrent of story, action sequences, the og material?

The High Note

You all know how much I loved Late Night and this is basically the same just in music instead of comedy. I’m not even joking, the movies have the same director and both are about women lifting up women in a very competitive field. Like, it’s such a simple premise, but I am here for it!

First of all, the soundtrack for the movie is really beautiful and I would have gladly listened to the songs on repeat afterwards. I liked the lore they built around the characters and while I found the plot predictable, I still enjoyed the journey.

Lastly, this is not a movie that will stay with you forever (even though, if it does, all the more power to you), but it is a nice way to pass time. I am pretty sure you will come out of this movie with a fuzzy feeling inside of you and a smile on your face and sometimes that’s all I want/need from a film.

For fans of: Late Night (the movie), sweet but kind of forgettable stories, music industry setting

That’s it from me today! What do you all think? Do you have any interest in watching these shows as well? Have you already watched them? Let’s talk!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #30

Is the fact that this is the 30th post in this series a sign that I watch too much? Let’s hope not, because I really have no intention of slowing down in this climate. Here are some shows I have distracted myself with lately (which are in actuality fewer than I thought they’d be):

Vampires

I AM SORRY! I only found the French trailer, but the show is available with subtitles, cause that’s how I watched it!!!

I really thought I was over vampires at this point, but … I just can’t seem to stay away from them for good. After I finished this show, I thought to myself “huh, there were some interesting aspects, but this surely isn’t essential viewing for everyone”, yet here I am. THREE days later and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

What intrigued me the most was that this really wasn’t your usual vampire society (although they still have an inherent stalker gene it seems). In this world, vampirism is a matriarchy and vampires are created the same way humans are and not through a bite (at least that’s the story so far?). Doina, daughter of a vampire and human, turns out to be a hybrid of the two species, turning her world upside down.

This show features interesting character dynamics, although I will not hold it against you if you don’t like very many of them. To my utter shame, I also have to say that I was mainly watching for a toxic ship. I am trash that way, but at least I acknowledge it.

For fans of: international Netflix shows, different take on vampires, diverse French setting

On My Block (Season 3)

Was this the last season? It felt like the last season, but the end had me in absolute shock!? From the beginning of this show, it had always had its ups and downs. I could never take the danger as seriously as I should for some reason, because it just felt too light-hearted and silly in other moments. So, when those last frames showed up on my screen, I was like “this is a joke? Surely it must be!!” (Except for the Oscar part, I am here for that!)

This wasn’t my favourite season and I honestly don’t know what to say. I think it’s fun entertainment or a little bit, but parts of it I just could not relate to or, as mentioned above, take seriously. I think it might have been the acting, but I am really not here to bash them. I still had a great time watching all seasons after all.

For fans of: teen squad stories that get a bit out of hand and don’t look as realistic anymore

Elite (Season 3)

Okay, so, not my favourite season BUT I really like how they brought it all around. It basically mirrored season 1, but this time everyone stuck together and ended the cycle of misery. I was disappointed, because some character relationships were completely ignored, even though they had so much potential. For example, I was really hoping for a Valerio and Nadia reconciliation and that they’d be the messy friends I love to see, but instead they had Valerio be interested in being in a certain throuple (which I am cool with as a concept, I just didn’t like the other characters and used to love Valerio …). My favourite part was the Nadia-Lu-duo. Those girls really were the light for me this season!

Now, I am confused about Season 4. First, why do we need it? Why does it say no one from the OG cast will be in it? We explicitly saw a certain number of characters who had to repeat the year or were at school for some other reason … so why include that when they aren’t going to be featured anymore? I have questions!

For fans of: murder mystery and character dynamics, moral questions

Greenhouse Academy (Season 4)

Why am I even still watching this show? They completely botched the “who’s behind the door?”-mystery from a couple seasons back and they just haven’t been the same ever since. I was already massively dissatisfied with season 3, because they changed actors for characters and just had some people disappear completely. To me, that threw off the dynamic massively already and they handled it poorly. I even forgot that there was a massive cliffhanger at the end of that season, that’s how little I cared. Similarly, I feel pretty dispassionate about the twist at the end of Season 4.

I just can’t get over the fact that they reopened the whole love triangle thing with Leo, Hayley and Daniel … because someone on that list got screwed over a lot. Also … it was about a virus, so that was just poor timing for sure.

I can’t believe I used to really like Greenhouse Academy at this point, but here is the proof that I did.

For fans of: House of Anubis style over the top mysteries for teens?


Have you watched any of the shows above? Let’s talk about that!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #25

Well, this post sure is Netflix heavy, as in … it’s all either Netflix shows or movies. But can you really blame me, most of the content I consume has always come from that particular platform (still always open to get hired and/or sponsored by them!). So, here’s what I’ve been watching!

Home for Christmas

Since Christmas passed already and I wasn’t exactly in the most festive of moods, I didn’t really intend on watching this show anymore. However, then someone posted that it wasn’t as obvious who she would bring as her “boyfriend” to the family dinner and that the ending was quite unexpected, so I changed my mind and binged it.

It’s really not a very long show (6 episodes of roughly 25 minutes), yet you find yourself connecting with Johanne and a series of other characters quite easily. While I will agree that it isn’t obvious who her true love interest is supposed to be, I did not find the ending as revolutionary as some others. Overall a nice story with potential for sequel seasons, where I am just not sure if the title would still fit.

For fans: Norwegian family stories, short episodes, no definite ending

Spinning Out

I am so in love with this show! I have a soft spot for figure skating content and was immediately hooked when I saw the trailer. Having said that, I really want to issue a content warning for this show, because despite it just looking like regular competition and scheming drama, it heavily focuses on a bipolar main character who eventually goes off their meds. I understand how that can be triggering for some and even I felt very stressed and anxious during a majority of the episodes. With all that stress, it was no less addicting though.

Also, I would like to acknowledge that the POC, who are few, on the show were done pretty dirty. I am not sure how heavily some people will be featured in the next season (should there be one), but I definitely want Jenn to get more screen time and not be screwed over all the time. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the Kat and Justin dynamic, with Justin quickly becoming one of my favourite characters (Kat not so much). The true MVP is Mandy in my eyes, that’s how you do step parents right!

So, if you are into figure skating, sizzling romantic involvement between the dancers and a slight (*cough* or pretty obvious *cough*) parallel to Canadian ice dancers Virtue and Moir, this might just be the show for you.

For fans: ice skating, figure skating, Virtue/Moir fanfiction

Messiah

I am not a very religious person. I find it fascinating to a certain degree, but I wouldn’t call myself a faithful person. I don’t know why, it’s just the way it is. So, starting a show about the Messiah returning in our day and age shouldn’t have been very high up on my priority list, yet I watched it pretty quickly after its release.

This is a tense show that will leave your head spinning! I feel for all the characters that have no idea how to feel, because neither does the viewer. You are shown evidence of things being real, then having those same things disputed and it’s tough to keep up. By the end, it really seemed like most characters were screwed over and then they left it on THAT cliffhanger. I am not sure I can recommend this in case there isn’t another season, but it was interesting to watch. I just wish it had less of a focus on the US, because the world just really doesn’t revolve around that one country.

For fans: geo-political and religious discussions

Anne with an E (Season 3)

I adore Anne with an E! When I heard the news that the show was cancelled, I was really sad, because there is obviously still a lot to tell. However, compared to how some of the other seasons ended, I can live with it not continuing after this?

Every season, they take on some really interesting topics and S3 was no exception. They don’t shy away from showing darker parts of (Canadian) history and I admire that. I wish the storyline built around Anne’s friendship with an indigenous girl and how the government took away children from tribes to reeducate them in western ways had been given more screen time. It was so heartbreaking and I know that was reality back then, it wasn’t nice to see. But at some point, I just thought they treated it as more of a removed afterthought from the main storyline and that made me even more sad.

Still, the season had great themes and emotional moments for all characters. I could see this going on for years and am sad this was a casualty due to CBS ending its partnership with Netflix. Maybe some more campaigns for the renewal of the show will change things, but it could have ended on worse terms.

For fans: Anne of Green Gables, wholesome Canadian TV

Alexa and Katie (Season 3A)

This is one of my guilty pleasures that I don’t feel guilty about watching at all. Sometimes you just want light and fluffy friendship antics in the old Disney/Nickelodeon style. The show is coming to an end with Season 3B and I like how they are coming full circle. These characters were a blast to follow along with and have made me cry and laugh (to the point where I chocked on a cookie I was eating) so many times. I can only appreciate them for that.

I don’t want to give anything away, so feel free to skip this last sentence if you don’t want to know anything about the finale episode of 3A, but I really felt it when Katie had that panic attack. It looked and felt so very real!

For fans: light but still emotional friendship stories

6 Underground

I don’t even really know why I watched it, but … Ben Hardy might have been an argument. And Adria Arjona. And … you get the gist. I like the cast, but if you can argue about a movie needing a theatre release and not just one on a streaming platform, you might do so for a Michael Bay movie. Just me? I don’t know, but the action extravaganza seems more suited for a large screen than my laptop.

Anyway, I watched it and I did not expect it to be so funny? Humour in action movies is not a bad thing, but when it’s to the point that I don’t actually believe anyone will die because they are still making fun of things, I am not sure it’s the best thing either. It was a decent movie, but nothing out of this world. I like ensemble cast and heist-esque movies, so this was fun for a little bit, but I doubt it will stay very memorable. However, it was definitely set up to be a series, so I wonder if enough people watched it to continue with it.

For fans: heist/ensemble movies, action with a good dose of humour


That’s it! Have you watched some of these things as well? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #24

This will likely be one of the last “normal” posts of the year! Tomorrow there’s the usual trailer post and then come Monday I am going to go WILD with multiple ranking posts almost every day of the week. It’s going to be interesting to see if I can really follow through on it, but I did tweet about it already and am saying it here as well, just to hold myself accountable. Anyway, I watched a lot of stuff and it was as follows:

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

I am really sad this was the last season of the Runaways, but they really did try to give it their all. In some ways that worked better than in others, but I am glad they tried to fit the content of about three seasons into those final ten episodes. Maybe some more time would have helped with certain storylines, but I particularly lived for the cameo of Cloak & Dagger! I love Tandy and Tyrone and they fit in with the other kiddos so well, I basically just wanted them to stay.

While I understand Marvel’s need to start fresh and cancel everything that they didn’t start themselves as canon-part of the greater MCU, I am disappointed they weren’t willing to work with anything pre-existing at all. I understand that there are complex character-specific contracts and that they couldn’t just continue with the Netflix shows (as there are clauses about waiting periods until they can use characters again), but Runaways was produced by hulu which is owned by Disney as well, so I don’t see the issue here …

Lastly, something happened at the end of ep. 9 of the season and I would have never in a million years forgiven them, if they had ended it on that note. They remedied it though, so for that alone, I am already so very grateful. At least I got that!

For fans of: evil parents, teen superheroes, messy relationships, found family, cool cameos

Soundtrack (Season 1)

This show was a bit of a surprise hit for me. Usually, I am not too fond of musical content, but none of the people actually sing on the show, they just use music and lip-syncing to dramatise scenes. Well, that’s not entirely true, since some of the characters are in the music industry, but overall it isn’t really a musical, but rather the OG song of Imagine Dragons starts playing and someone just mouths to it.

While the show looks more on the light side, it had surprising depth to it. As much as I could see this as a standalone season, over the course of the episodes, you really connect with the characters and want to know more about them. Without giving anything away, I love that it has a “This Is Us”-kind of approach to the timeline and really neatly works with those different layers.

For fans of: music, fresh faces, family-centered struggles

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I feel like, in order to properly review this movie, I would have to go in depth and therefore spoil some of the things that happen in the movie, but I don’t want to do that. So, I am going to try and be very vague. IF you still haven’t watched this and want to go in completely blind, then by all means, feel free to skip everything about this movie and just continue reading about the next show. Overall, I can tell you that I was disappointed with the movie. While I did chuckle and felt entertained during the run time of the film, the movie just didn’t make sense within the universe and was a huge disservice to so many characters. Here it goes:

  • Redemption through death is one of the laziest tropes ever. It’s rarely ever satisfying, it’s an easy cop-out to not do the work and let the character actually show that they are better and I am still mad it was used in this movie.
  • Rose, as a character, was completely sidelined, which made it feel like the writers gave in to the hate and cowardice of the fanboys who harassed Kelly Marie Tran, to the point where she had to leave social media. She had 73 seconds of screentime. Let that sink in.
  • They initially made it seem like this trilogy was about how ANYONE could use the force, not necessarily people of a specific heritage. Also, they negated the statement that everyone has a certain light and darkness in them, by basically saying that a specific character only had “dark” thoughts due to their heritage. Another easy out if you ask me to blame her doubts on her DNA.
  • Finn and Poe had great chemistry, we all saw that! But, to say it in the kind words that Oscar Isaac used, the Disney overlords were too cowardly to do anything with it. Instead they insert a new female character, who’s face you literally never see, just to make sure no one is getting ideas about Poe being anything but straight.
  • Speaking of Finn, his character was also done dirty. I am glad he is force sensitive, but the boy didn’t even get to say whatever he wanted to tell Rey in a precarious situation. Guess we’ll never find out now.
  • They did things with the force that were never done or mentioned before. They weren’t just inconsistent with it in terms of other movies, but within the movie itself it didn’t always work the same way. It’s almost as if it just does whatever they want it to for the convenience of their writing.

Seriously, my highlight of the movie was a little droid who had some unknown past trauma and respectfully rolled away saying “no, thank you” whenever someone tried to touch him. Even more so enjoyed how the good guys all respected that and didn’t force themselves on it. That was my favourite part.

The Witcher (Season 1)

I have neither read the books nor played the games that this show is based on, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I want to warn anyone who isn’t sure about watching it that it heavily features nudity (especially of women) and violence, to the point where I sometimes skipped scenes, but it doesn’t deter me from still recommending it as a watch.

It’s definitely a show where you have to pay attention and I would recommend watching it within a short period of time, just because the timelines and story is more complex than it might seem and it took most people (me included) until at least episode 4 for all pieces to really fall into place. I like the world-building a lot though and am glad it already got renewed for another season which will air in 2021. It has a couple minor flaws (some *romantic* relationships were too intense too fast for me, like dude, no way could you fall in love with someone that quickly), but the performances all around were magnificent. The fight choreographies were beautiful, the characters layered and three dimensional and even the animals (shout out to Roach) were cool. I especially liked the dynamic between Geralt and Jaskier, because I love a good we-are-friends-but-I-will-never-admit-that-out-loud-relationship. Also, Henry Cavill gave so much depth to a single “fuck”, I am in awe!

For fans of: Fantasy settings, magical creatures, complex timelines and world-building, Henry Cavill in a weave

Lost in Space (Season 2)

I really liked the last season of Lost in Space (you can read more about it here) and I was really happy to have enjoyed this one as well. First of all, JJ Feild was a great addition to the cast. It’s really never a mistake to have that man on board, please, cast him in more stuff. Second, Don is still one of my most favourite characters. I think the writers picked up on the fact that people didn’t love the underlying romantic tones they gave him with Judy (since she is what? 19?), so there was a lot less of that happening. However, I loved his scenes with Penny. Legit some of the favourite of the season for me. And third, the Robinsons remain a beautiful complex mess of a family and I am here for it.

The season felt different than the last one and I would have preferred some more intimate conversations between a couple characters, but I really liked where we went overall again. Just like last season, it ended on a huge cliffhanger though, so I am just praying we get more episodes. 

For fans of: space adventures, hero-villain-friendships, family dynamics

YOU (Season 2)

I know this show is crazy. I honestly don’t understand how people are swooning over Joe as a character, because it’s a big NO from me. If we are talking about Penn’s performance as Joe though, that’s a whole other story. He very openly advocates for people to look at Joe critically and to not see the show as a “how far are we willing to go for love?”-thing, but rather as a “how far are we willing to go to forgive an evil white man?”, which I applaud him for. And those are legit his words, I did not phrase it like that myself in case some people feel attacked in their white male privileged ego.

I wasn’t sure if a second season with more or less a similar premise would work, but I was positively surprised by how smoothly they made that transition without getting repetitive at all. I would LOVE to talk about so many things but so many of them are spoilers. Let’s just say that I liked how they managed for the viewers to root for Joe to take down another bad guy (like, if someone has to do the dirty work, might as well let it be the “villain”), but I was a bit disappointed with the pay-off from some scenarios. It felt like really good writing that didn’t end up where you sometimes wanted it to. Definitely could see another season in the future and would 100% watch it.

Finally, I did love how ambiguous the whole “did he finally find his match?” tagline for the season was and how I guessed it right though.

For fans of: creepy white man inner monologues, “is that still love?”-questions


Did you watch some of the things as well? Are we on the same wavelength concerning opinions? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #23

Hello again, I’ve been watching some great stuff! I even considered doing a more thorough #CurrentlyWatching post for some of them, but then just didn’t have it in me. I hope these briefer accounts work for you as well and that you’ll maybe check some of them out!

Reprisal

Whatever you think this show is, you are not prepared! It released last Friday and I sat there and binged all 10 hours of it, because I was so transfixed, and even then I just wanted more. Reprisial is brilliant, noir, funny, smartly edited (in both visual and sound-mixing ways), aesthetically pleasing and despite an a tale as old as time revolving around revenge, utterly and completely unique. You have to understand, this isn’t our world, our earth. This is an entirely new universe. It’s as if someone mixed all the eras we knew and made something completely of their own by having rock-a-billy style clothing, burlesque, beautiful old cars and cellphones exist on the same plane.

If I had to pick a favourite performance, I really couldn’t (although I will forever hold a soft spot for the three River Phoenixes). Someone meticulously casted this and made sure that even side characters would remain memorable. The occasional 4th-wall-breaks just add to the ambiance. I generally like gang-settings (if they aren’t too tied with boring drug business) and this was no exception. When you watch those characters, you will get chills because they are so sweet and dark at the same time. All I want is another season now … like, literally, right NOW.

For fans of: stylized noir Sons of Anarchy, complex characters with shifting loyalties

Virgin River

Sooo … Netflix recommended this to me (cause my profile is curated very well and recs are usually on point), but doesn’t promote this in any way whatsoever. That is super apparent when you look at the trailer … For those of you who think “wow, this just seems like Hart of Dixie”, I get it. The comparison alongside with one for Saving Hope was one of the first that came to mind for me as well. However, the books this show is based on (and believe me it’s a long series of books) were released way before Hart of Dixie … so, I don’t know who took inspiration from who. The casting is a little funny considering the resemblance of the content though.

Anyway, I really liked this! It has drama, but not the unnecessary kind, just the personal one that everyone who has lived a life with some baggage brings along. It has a lot of heart and now one of my favourite “boring” ships, as I like to call them. There’s obviously heartbreak, but the development of the relationship has a certain pureness to it. Something that builds from friendship and genuine care for one another into something more. I love those!

For fans of: small town love stories with medical aspects

Merry Happy Whatever

This was okay? I am not going to go around and praise something to the heavens that I didn’t absolutely love, but it was alright. I find it tricky to really make this into a continued series, since it would mean you only ever get to see the family around holidays or special events with large breaks inbetween. I am someone who doesn’t love that, because then they always pretend like nothing whatsoever happened in those 10-months or whatever and only the 5-day holiday is where all the drama stems from.

Anyway, it’s still a nice, family-oriented show. I loved the coming-out storyline for one of the characters (not going to say who, because spoilers?), but other than that, it was a lot of standard stuff.

For fans of: former Disney kids

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3)

I love this show so, so very much! It breaks my heart whenever a season ends and this time was no different. Maybe it was even more heartbreaking that last time and I didn’t think that was possible, because Zachary Levi is a darling and basically played the perfect man on the show and I am rambling … Anyway, I consider Miriam “Midge” Maisel to be one of the smartest and most funny people, but boy, she messed up … I saw this coming a mile away and it still hurt like hell.

None the less, this season was another treat! I don’t know how they keep the brilliance coming, but they just do. My favourite episode was maybe episode 5, because Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce is just pure magic. His sadness is killing me and the way he looks at Midge – seriously, get yourself a partner that looks at you the way Lenny looks at her. I am just always so terrified, thinking about what happened to him in real life and I just don’t want to see that on screen. He shows up like once or twice a season and still is one of my favourite characters in the entire series. (And Benjamin. I do love Benjamin.)

For fans of: Midge Maisel, Lenny Bruce looking at her like she hung the moon

Did you watch any of the shows mentioned above? Would you like to? I am always here if you want any more information, let’s chat in the comments!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #16

I meant to post something more this week and also answer my anniversary Q&A but there was just a lot going on. HOWEVER, I have a week off work as my parents come to visit and we will see if I can make some time for this lovely blog as well. Here’s what I’ve been watching lately:

Alias Grace

Nobody said I only ever have to watch things that were recently released. I guess I did a sort of Margaret Atwood binge, but also … I just typed in Zachary Levi on Netflix and clicked on the first thing that came up (Lois might understand best why I searched for him specifically, because of what I told her this week). It’s a really intriguing show that deals with so much more than I thought it would. To me, it was extremely fascinating how you never truly knew what was going on, who was telling the truth and who was spinning tales just for the audience. I liked it a lot, as short lived as it was and despite the fact that no one looked their supposed age whatsoever.

For fans of: Margaret Atwood, historical exploration of mental health, based on true story but dramatised fiction now kind of shows, not knowing the truth at the end, science vs. beliefs

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 3)

I watched the European premiere of Season 3 of the Handmaid’s Tale as part of the free screenings one could go to during the Berlin TV Series Festival. I didn’t see the entire season (although I am up to date with the now released episodes I think), but it was still amazing to get to experience this on a huge screen (we watched it in a movie theatre). Aesthetically, I always found this show incredibly pleasing. It’s not for everyone and I think you really have to give yourself to it and I understand if some people can’t or don’t want to do that. I get the direction they are taking with this new season and don’t think they have done anything majorly shocking thus far. It’s hard to tell which side Serena is on, which annoys me, but June is such a fighter. I wish this show would end on a happy note, but I am not sure it can?

For fans of: the previous seasons? Please don’t just start watching this season out of the blue …

Good Omens

I know, I know, you’ve all been waiting for my verdict on Good Omens (another show I saw at the Berlin TV Series Festival) and *drum roll* I LOVED IT! The angel-demon-dynamic was everything and I would just watch Aziraphale and Crowley going through the centuries together for ages. I must say that the show wasn’t perfect. A couple side-storylines such as the witch and the witchfinder weren’t really my cup of tea (and I say this with the utmost love for Adria Ajorna – my one true Dorothy – and Jack Whitehall), but it just felt a tiny bit misplaced or rushed. Maybe I just personally didn’t connect with them as much as I did with other characters. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I enjoy that this is a mini-series. You could obviously always continue with more, but this was a really neat package, a glimpse at a certain moment in time, and I am good with that.

For fans of: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett storytelling, anyone from this fabulous cast, biblical-esque stories, Lucifer

Yellowstone

Yellowstone is one of those hidden TV gems for me. Being a sort of love child of Dynasty and the Sopranos, it’s everything my drama-yearning-heart wants plus horses. Set in Montana, Yellowstone is all about the Dutton family and their quest of owning all the land and not yielding to anyone. They basically rule that town up there. This is a rather serious show, so when I say that the characters despise each other, I truly mean that they could possibly kill one another and feel no remorse. It’s intense that way! Even after an entire season, I don’t fully understand the hatred and resentment between a couple characters, but I am still intrigued. It does go over the top with the drama, but in a violent way instead of a ridiculous one. Things keep escalating and you feel like no one will ever be able to catch their breath again, I like those sorts of stakes.

For fans of: cowboys, family dynasties, beautiful landscape, scheming to no end, slow narration

Euphoria

There’s only one episode out, so this is not real judgement on the entirety of the show at all, but I am not sure this is for me. Visually, I quite enjoyed what they did, but in terms of narration, it just rubs me the wrong way. There is nothing wrong with portraying teenagers in a crude and harsh drug-filled but empty existence where everyone struggles. That is life and from what I heard on some other platforms, the depiction on the show is not exaggerated in terms of what actual teens these days are going through, but still, it’s just not for me. I felt uncomfortable watching this one single episode alone and again, I know that’s often what shows are striving for, but it doesn’t mean that I have to want to subject myself to it.

For fans of: philosophical narration, sex and drug-crazed teens in HBO quality


So, this is it! How up to date are you on your watchlist? Did anything catch your eye?

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #15

Ever since the last post of this kind, I have watched so many shows and films that I could probably fill three posts in total. However, I do want to keep it short and will just mention the things I remember or have something to say about.

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

I am really digging the German Netflix content lately. Ever since this show premiered, basically all my social media was full of praise for it and even though I didn’t initially plan on watching it, it really is that good. It has a fun way of telling the story, mostly fresh faces in terms of casting and is super fast-paced with a promise of more to come. In addition to all of that, the show is just genuinely funny. Definite recommendation from me.

For fans of: short format storytelling, unconventional visualisation, international Netflix content, crime and drug story without the focus on gore

3% (Season 3)

I am disappointed in this season. First of all, one of the actors apparently just didn’t want to be in it anymore, so they wrote him off in the most stupid way. Secondly, where is the tension and finesse of the previous seasons? There used to be a cunning subtlety to this story, but now it’s more like “let’s hit the audience on the head with all this obvious nonsense”. I swear, one day my enemies to lovers OTP Michele and Rafael will happen, but other than that 3% really needs to get their shit together.

For fans of: dystopian stories, desert settings, too many wannabe saviours, characters that think they are SO smart but make stupid mistakes all the time

Black Mirror (Season 5)

Another disappointment on my end. I was excited for this season and I even watched all the episodes (sometimes I don’t … don’t judge me!), but somehow it didn’t sit right with me. The technological aspect wasn’t as present or innovative as in previous seasons and none of the stories were particularly shocking or eye-opening. If I had to rank them, I’d probably go just straight from episode 1 to 3 with best to worst. Striking Vipers was alright, Smithereens was basically just a story from now (no real technological advancement necessary) and I did not like the Ashley Too one at all. I am not saying it was terrible, but I have been better entertained before.

For fans of: Black Mirror in general, certain cast members in the different episodes

Dark Phoenix

Ugh … I tried. Look, I love this franchise to bits. I was on board with the new casting and going back in time and erasing X-Men 1-3 from ever happening, because why not? But if this is how it all ends, it was not worth it. First of all, in three decades, no one aged! Let’s be crystal clear here by saying that X-Men First Class took place in the late 60s and Dark Phoenix in the 90s. It does not show at all. Then they had my wonderful darling and comic relief Quicksilver AND THEY DON’T USE HIM AT ALL. I don’t get it. Why is the character of Quicksilver always done dirty? (Because Marvel was not any better) The villains of the movie don’t make any sense. I am not even sure we are told what they are called. We don’t know what really happened to them, what their motivation is and you know, basic background information that would make you care for them is simply missing. Lastly, I am like 90% sure that the final shot of The Last Stand was pretty darn similar to the final shot of this movie and why did we even do all of that?

For fans of: X-Men franchise people who need closure

Men in Black: International

I had fun, alright!? I know it’s not the best movie in the Men in Black universe (that will always be the first movie in my heart), but I had a good time watching it. MIB: International is basically an AU version of Valkyrie and Thor where they are the humans instead of the aliens. So, if you enjoy watching Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth play off each other with a bit of scene-stealing Kumail Nanjiani sprinkled in, this movie isn’t such a bad choice. As for the story, it was pretty predictable and didn’t bring anything new to the table, but I can live with that. Sometimes a movie doesn’t have to be the best out there, it just needs to be a little escape for the right now.

For fans of: Tessa/Chris dynamic and Kumail Nanjiani humour


I have also attended the TV Series Festival in Berlin and went to a couple screenings. I do want to write a separate post about those shows though, as to not make this one unnecessarily long. Did you watch anything I mentioned here? Let’s chat!

The 100 S3 & DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (TV Review)

I just finished my list of TV shows for the day and feel like the season 3 Premiere of The 100 and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are the most pressing ones to review. I guess this will be more of a mini-review since I am trying not to Spoiler anyone and I am not sure how good of a job I will do at that. It will mainly just be my reaction, but just in case I should is a Spoiler warning!

The 100

So, we all knew from the promos that the situation was pretty dire for most of our beloved characters and it’s true, but at the beginning some of them are off worse than others. The storyline is split between what is going on in Arkadia and how the people from the Arc are now trying to achieve peace with the Grounders, Murphy and Jaha’s continued search for the City of Light and Clarke dealing with the consequences of her actions all by herself. As always, I am least interested in the Jaha storyline, even though it is probably one of the most significant. While Clarke being away from camp hurts, it does make sense, however Jaha and Murphy are so far off from the rest of the people, it often feels like a completely different story altogether.

It seems that Clarke, Jasper and Murphy have to deal with the most, really putting their sanity at stake in my opinion. But they are not the only ones struggling with their identity (*cough* Octavia and Raven *cough*) and I can see where a lot of the conflicts will come from this Season. I do like the overall arc, which for me means Clarke’s redemption and trying to live together with the Grounders side by side rather than at each other’s throats. The only thing I will complain about are the new love interests for certain people. Just no! Get the people you already have to pair up, but don’t add bland new ones to the mix who don’t stand a chance against certain ships anyway!

Verdict: An interesting start for sure!

Side note: There was a nice surprise musical performance which I quite enjoyed, but don’t really know why they put in. Also, Zach McGowan has joined the cast and knowing how he acts on Black Sails, I think he’ll fit right in as a Grounder.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The show is a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, which already guarantees it a fair amount of viewers from the beginning. I was quite excited about it, but even with all the promos swirling around didn’t exactly know what to expect. We’ve already met all of the heroes/villains/legends involved in the team, except for Rip Hunter, who was introduced in the pilot. I like them all, their dynamic is really interesting and they all have their own stories to tell. Yet, with so many people (nine altogether I think) the focus is bound to switch between individuals, because you simply cannot give everyone the same screen time in 45 minutes without loosing momentum.

The pilot mainly revolved around the building of the team as well as Rip, Hawkgirl and Hawkman in particular. I didn’t expect it to be equally hilarious as it was heartbreaking sometimes. I especially liked the vibes between Captain Cold and the White Canary, but it will take some time to really see where it is all going and if it will work on a weekly basis, especially on the long run (meaning when the main villain is defeated).

Verdict: I really enjoyed it and just think it is super fun. Also, seeing Arthur Darvill as a Time Master … it’s just so weird.

Did you check out the two shows? Tell me what you thought about them!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 14-20)

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Admittedly it wasn’t the best received feature I’ve ever done on Life and Other Disasters last week, but I kind of like it. I love to recap and highlight some of the things I’ve seen throughout the week and it’s an easy way to accumulate it here and discuss since there is mostly something for everyone in there! Let’s get started!

Movies

Eddie the Eagle

So, the first one is a little bit of an oddball, but ski jumping is a huge thing in Austria, so it immediately caught my attention. Also, Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton in one movie! Count me in!!!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

This movie doesn’t just have an excellent cast, it looks like one of those films that is hilarious while actually talking about a serious topic that will have you thinking for a while. So, you learn something while simultaneously being entertained – what more could you possibly wish for? Also, think about the title for a little bit and you’ll laugh at that alone!

High Rise

I am sure that I must have mentioned my love for Tom Hiddleston at some point, right? Well, while this movie certainly has a creepy vibe, I’ll have to watch it, just because of him being in it!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I guess I am one of the few people who hasn’t read that book or any other Harry Potter related one, but that doesn’t mean I am any less excited about it! I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Star Trek Beyond

Teasing us like this, getting us all excited about little snippets and funny bits is just cruel. Why do we still have to wait so long!?!?!

TV Shows

The 100 Season 3

Last week we had the teaser promo, but this one is the full trailer for Season 3 and IT’S FREAKING KILLING ME! I swear my heart keeps breaking with every sentence and frame, especially when I see Bellamy … this really isn’t cool.

So, who’s ready to discuss? What are you going to watch/not watch? Tell me in the comments below!

Trailers You Might Have Missed

Last week was full of Trailer and promo releases and I thought I’d share a short summary of my thoughts as well as the trailers with you guys to discuss in the comments!

Movies

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

I am not a huge fan of the franchise, but I have watched the first movie. I thought it was funny and Megan Fox was a lot less terrible than I thought she would be, but it still didn’t blow me away. Now, the second movie looks a little better to me, but that’s probably mainly due to Stephen Amell. YAY – Oliver is branching out!

The Legend of Tarzan

It looks so different from my childhood memory of the story! I know that Tarzan has been made into movies with real people a lot of the times, but I always associate it with the animated version. This one looks so much darker and grown up, but I kind of like that. Also, Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgård are both so swoon-worthy! And Christoph Waltz is always great to watch as well!

The Nice Guys

In the beginning, I thought it looked weird, but weirdly genius. I think I’d like to watch this, even though I am usually not that much into violent movies.

X-Men Apocalypse

I HAVE NO WORDS! My mind just goes blank whenever I watch it, but I am super excited. The X-Men franchise is one of my favourites of the comic universe.

TV Shows

The 100 Season 3

My first thought was, “What did Clarke do with her hair?”, but then I realised how close the Season 3 premiere is and that made me extremely happy. The 100 is just so good and it seems to be getting better each season. (Also, please reunite Bellarke soon!!!) – Disclaimer: full trailer will be released on Monday!

Chicago Trilogy Crossover

You know how obsessed I am about the Chicago shows. This is going to be EPIC!

Teen Wolf Season 5B

It’s looking so grim … January 5th can’t come quick enough!

I do realise that that was a lot at once, but did you know about all of them? Did I show you something new? What are your thoughts?