What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #19

I have caught up on so many of my shows, that I feel like I really need to share this update on what I’ve been watching with you. I only did two of them last month and usually I can get in up to four posts. I need to start early in September to get my watching-game back on (seen as reading is still on a low).

Elite (Season 2)

It took me forever to watch the first season, but not Season 2! It was released and I watched it all that day, but it really wasn’t enough. I can’t say that I remembered everything from the previous storyline, but I could easily find my way back into it all.

Everything I really want to talk about is a spoiler, so I am trying to think really hard about what I can tell you all. My thing with this show was always that I didn’t really care about the investigations and crimes at all. It was more the gossipy/relationship stuff that I was into, so I was thriving on my Guzman-Nadia-ship this season. I also liked the addition of Valerio, which I guess could be controversial, but I hope to see him next season and mend his friendship with Nadia.

There were other ships that I was a bit disappointed in this time around, because I either didn’t feel them at all, or they had drastically changed in their dynamic and I didn’t know what to root for anymore. Overall, I had the best of times though and wish I didn’t already know that I’ll have to wait another eternity for the story to continue.

For fans of: Spanish Gossip Girl with a murder mystery/other criminal investigation thrown in

Carnival Row

I surprisingly really enjoyed this show! It’s not that I was shocked in general, because the topic and aesthetic is very much something that I would go for, especially with such a high production value. It’s just that from the get go, I didn’t really buy into the Cara Delevigne-Orlando Bloom-romance and they were banking heavily on that. Even in the end, I am not 100% on board with that ship. I buy it more from Orlando than Cara, but maybe it’s just because I don’t love her as an actress.

Anyway, the show has some really familiar themes, but presents them nicely. I personally wasn’t surprised by any of the larger revelations and only didn’t pick up on minor details. It was woven together nicely and could probably have ended as a limited series, hadn’t they upped the political issues towards the end and already announced a second season prior to the release of this one.

I would watch more of the story! My only complaint was that the scenes were sometimes really dark and I don’t mean in terms of story (although people were ripped to shreds by a weird creature), but more about the light situation. It was literally a very dark screen for me where I couldn’t make out much at times.

For fans of: fairies, pucks and other creatures, old-timey vibes, fantasy take on classicism and racism as societal issues

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I was so late to the party this time around and I don’t really know why. Last season, I stayed up till midnight (because I was in Canada and could watch the midnight release) and then just binged the whole season. But somehow I just wasn’t feeling it for this one and I had to really sit down and wait for the right mood to strike me – which eventually came!

It’s not my favourite season, but I did like that they managed to branch out some relationships, while also keeping the group close-knit. I am especially glad of the addition of Robin to the crew, because I adore her and think it’s great that Steve now also has a female platonic friend who isn’t his ex. I am also happy to announce that I will be dressing up as Robin for Halloween, the costume has already arrived and I just need to get shoes now (never been ready this early before!).

As per usual, the show keeps you guessing if some character deaths were really permanent. I am hoping not, but then they are also very adamant on some people staying dead … sooo, you never really know? I just hope they make more, because I enjoy watching those kiddos grow up and grow into themselves.

For fans of: American summers in the 80s, conspiracy theories, general Stranger Things madness, The Neverending Story song

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

Not going to lie, I didn’t dislike the show when it first started. I did a really long post (which you can read here) on why you should or should not watch this show, because let’s face it – it is not meant for everyone! I cannot stress this point enough. This show depicts things I never wanted to see, yet now those images are branded into my mind and I don’t want to imagine what it would do to people who have experienced trauma similar to it themselves. It’s not easy and it’s not worth risking your mental health! It’s just TV. And the thing is, I do believe that it opens the eyes for some people who have been ignorant to the topics, but I am totally going off course.

Over the seasons, 13 Reasons Why has lost its reasons to still exist. Basically, Season 3 was entirely dedicated to humanising Bryce Walker, something none of us asked for and none of us needed. There were some really amazing emotional scenes and Tyler was a breakout character, especially seen as I hadn’t been much of a fan previously, but other than that I mostly just kept shaking my head. (Zach Dempsey is still ma boy though …) The content is all over the place. I was massively annoyed with the new narrator and 90% of the decisions the characters made.¬†

Sometimes characters don’t need redemption. Sometimes we need to let the bad guy be the bad guy in the given scenario. Do I know that it isn’t all black and white and that change is possible? Of course, but that doesn’t mean that I want to watch a whole season of a show that makes me try to like someone I really, really don’t want to like.

Anyway, they got renewed for a season 4 and that should be the final one and I will probably still watch it. There were less graphic scenes this time and I heard that they removed sensible scenes from previous seasons, so at least they are learning in that regard.

For fans of: self-torture because why am I doing this to myself every season?

Paradise Hills

I am still surprised this movie isn’t based on a book, because it feels like a YA dystopian novel more than anything. Depending on how many movies you watch and books you read, you will either think that Paradise Hills is really original or predictable. I quite enjoyed it overall and especially liked the aesthetics. If I am not mistaken, the director previously did perfume commercials, so she knows how to make something look pleasing to the eye.

There were a couple turns towards the end of the story, where they kind of lost me a little bit. I felt like they were trying to cram too many genres into it at once and lost the message on the way. I am not saying that I disliked it, but it wasn’t sure if it wanted to be sci-fi, dystopian or add magic after all. I think I just would have preferred it if the magical element had been left out. Still a nice watch though!

For fans of: aesthetically pleasing movies, large female casts, dystopian movies, weird twists that don’t necessarily make sense


Did you watch any of these shows or movies? Do you want to talk about it? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 2-8)

Don’t worry, I know it’s Sunday, so I won’t deprive you of the weekly trailer update. I just really had to get that monthly wrap-up done and I didn’t want to post-pone it until after yet another trailer post. Anyway, here is what I found!

Movies

Waves

How dare a trailer be this beautiful!? It’s like Eurphoria meets This Is Us and I am not just saying that because of various actors in it.

Bad Boys for Life

Sometimes I am not even that mad about them reviving franchises …

Jojo Rabbit

Why do I love the look of this so much!? The topic is ludicrous, but I trust Taika.

Between Two Ferns: the Movie

I did not expect to find this as funny as I did and yes, I am unfamiliar with the web series this is based on.

Just Mercy

This is sure going to be intense.

TV Shows

World on Fire

Not enough Brian in this trailer, but I will watch this for sure!

Criminal

Let’s be real, it has David Tennant in it, so it will be a success.

Catherine the Great

I may have accidentally put this in the movie category last time?

Bluff City Law

When will NBC learn!? If their Chicago law series didn’t work, then how is this one supposed to?

Disenchantment (Season 2)

I could just scream “Elfoooo” again, like last week.

The Good Place (Season 4)

I am so going to cry when this show ends.

What did you think? Did you see anything you liked? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 26-Sept 1)

Unintentionally, this was another week without any posts inbetween the trailer posts. However, after doing the wrap-up, I have some ideas for posts … should I finally finish the books I am reading. It’s a slow process … anyway, here are this week’s trailers!

Movies

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I am not one for theories, but I am hyped for sure.

Joker

If this movie isn’t brilliant, then I am going to be so disappointed.

The Aeronauts

I believe this will look beautifully on the big screen.

The King

I am the kind of trash who would watch this for Chalamet alone, but it looks cool too. So, that’s a plus.

The Wedding Year

I am honestly surprised there aren’t more wedding season movies out there.

Lucy in the Sky

I still like the look of this so much.

Sometimes Always Never

The Doctor Who themed toothbrushes … I can’t.

The Laundromat

I love that Netflix just spends money on high class actors these days.

The Spy

Sacha in serious is always unusual for me.

Miss Virginia

I like these kinds of movies. I find them inspiring.

The Two Popes

Okay, I did not know they made a movie about the most recent popes.

Semper Fi

Is Nat Wolff just in a bunch of military movies now?

TV Shows

Dickinson

Well, okay! This has been updated.

The New Pope

I am so confused, but I also never watched The Young Pope …

Tall Girl

I actually had a really, really tall girl in High School in the US too, but maybe not that tall?

Skylines

It will never get tiring that I know some of the people in these German shows.

Briarpatch

This looks like it would be cool, but kinda niche.

Top Boy

So yeah, Netflix revived this I guess.

The I-Land

I liked the other trailer better, where we didn’t see as much.

This Is Us (Season 4)

Excuse me!? Is that Jennifer Morrison!?

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father (Season 3)

I am probably going to watch this again.

Disenchantment (Part 2)

Elfooooo!

Did you see anything you liked? Are you going to watch any of the titles mentioned? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 19-25)

I told you I would have a busy week ahead of me and indeed I did. I wish I could have kept up with my more regular blogging, because I quite enjoyed getting back into it, but hopefully next week. Today we are here to talk about trailers!

Movies

Noelle

Another Christmas movie! But this one is special to me, because it was one of the last sets I visited before I had to leave Vancouver and the crew was super nice. There were a lot of non-movie-related people around, because Anna Kendrick, but one of the guys gave me chocolate and that’s just truly the way to my heart.

Lady and the Tramp

I can’t believe the level of secrecy of Disney+. I mean … they just up and remade Lady and the Tramp without any buzz.

Bombshell

MOST. INTENSE. MOVIE. TRAILER. EVER.

The Marriage Story

This feels like something that should be in the running for some kind of movie award.

Jexi

This is a whole other level of weird and I don’t know how to feel about it. Don’t make mean Siri movies.

Corporate Animals

I cannot even right now.

I Still Believe

I know this is based on someone’s life, but it sure feels like A Walk to Remember.

Villains

This is a “horror” movie I might be able to get on board with.

Motherless Brooklyn

I love all these actors so much and they are doing what looks like a really good movie.

Underwater

No, thank you. I’d like to continue not being scared of water.

The Sound of Silence

I really thought with that title it was going to be about something else. But it makes sense.

The Pretenders

This feels all over the place.

The Report

This is just not my kind of movie at all.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Did anyone know they were this far along in the process of making the movie?

TV Shows

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3)

AAAAAH! I cannot wait!! And I saw Luke Kirby, which makes my heart happy. And there better also be some Zachary Levi and all will be good.

The Morning Show

YES. YES. Give it to me, please!

His Dark Materials

It’s still looking good to me.

The Politician

This looks like dark satire and I am here for it.

High School Musical: The Musical

OMG. I can’t believe I will be spending money on Disney+ as well as all the other streaming services I already have.

The Mandalorian

Haven’t really gotten used to the idea of consuming Star Wars material outside of the cinematic universe.

Welcome to The I-Land

This is so confusing. You think it’s gonna be a weird reality show and then … yeah …

Treadstone

I am not a huge Jason Bourne nerd, but I do like some of the actors and will probably watch this.

Elite (Season 2)

I am obviously in.

Did you see anything you like? Did any of the trailers catch your eye? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 12-18)

I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel like I have been really consistent and good with my posts lately. I can already tell you that I probably won’t keep that up next week, because I have a ton of plans already, but I like the idea of finding my blogging groove again, especially during my birthday month/leo season. Today is all about trailers though (and some great ones I might add), so here we go!

Movies

Little Women

I know that a lot of people are very attached to the 90s movie adaptation, but I am loving the look of this so far. And THAT MONOLOGUE!!! It really touched me when Saoirse talked about how women are more than appearances and not just fit for love. (Fun fact: that monologue is actually from Rose in Bloom and not Little Women the book, which makes me think Greta did her homework).

Last Christmas

Is it too early to be pumped about a Christmas movie? (And please don’t come into my comments talking about how Henry might be a ghost. I don’t want to think about the tragic part of it all. For all we know he could be Santa.)

Can You Keep a Secret?

I know it looks super clich√©, but I read this 15 odd years ago and LOVED it. So far, it’s my favourite Kinsella book and I am really excited that they made it into a movie with Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario.

Dolemite Is My Name

The cast of this is on fire.

Falling Inn Love

This is such a Hallmark-romance movie, but I can’t help and think of Unreal whenever I see the main dude.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

I used to be on board with the Cinderella story “sequels” but this is … just too silly now. The Hillary Duff version will forever be the most superior Cinderella story movie.

A Hidden Life

Let’s just say Terrence Malick is an acquired taste that I have never acquired.

The Kill Team

Alexander Skarsgard does so well playing a creepy/scary dude.

Brian Banks

I know this is a true story and all, but I know nothing about that stuff.

Zeroville

For a movie about editing … this is terribly edited.

Strange but True

Nope, not for me.

TV Shows

9-1-1 (Season 3)

Buck hanging out with Eddie’s son warms my heart, but I am already panicked at the sight of Christopher clinging to that lamppost. They can’t just do normal emergencies, can they??? (Please let this be the season that Buck and Eddie rise as a ship. Please!)

13 Reasons Why (Season 3)

I feel like everyone already knows the biggest spoiler anyway and that show is so far removed from what it first tried to do.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

I know a lot of people know this and grew up with it and whatnot, but I have no clue about any of it.

Shameless (Season 10)

I haven’t watched the show for a couple seasons now, but GALLAVICH IS BACK!

Did you see anything on the list that you might want to watch? Let’s talk about it!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #18

As promised, I have watched even more stuff and made a post about it. Should I ever ask any of you where all my time has gone, you can just swiftly point me to these posts, cause wow … that adds up to a lot of hours.

Veronica Mars (Season 4)

I have always been a Marshmallow and that will probably never change, but I do have somewhat conflicted feelings about this season. First off, it started out super strong. The stakes were high, felt familiar in terms of what Veronica does, but didn’t feel like the same old same old either. We got to see a lot of faces we knew, but unlike the movie, it didn’t feel like plain fan service, but rather more intentional instead (no shade on the movie though, I love that we got this beauty of a reunion). However, and I am trying not to spoil anything, that ending blew me away in a not so great way.

I understand where all of this came from in terms of a storytelling POV, but from an emotional POV – I am not happy! What if they don’t get to continue with the show and this is all we get? I’d be forever sad and from what I heard, not all of the cast members are happy either. Wow, I watched some uncomfortable interviews where no one looked like they wanted to talk about that bit.

For fans of: Veronica Mars, noir crime stories with badass female detectives, sarcasm and wit

Otherhood

This was such a lovely movie! I don’t think it’s going to be anything that sticks with me forever or anything like that, but it did make me laugh, cry and want to call my mum. That’s a pretty good effect if you ask me.

For real though, the story is simple but it works and it’s super sweet. They all have to go through different stuff, it’s about growing up, letting go, being there for each other, but also letting your kids make mistakes. There really isn’t that much more to say, just that it was one of those really nice movies that is perfect for a rainy day at home.

For fans of: lighthearted Netflix movies, reminder to hug your mum and tell her you appreciate her

Derry Girls (Season 2)

FINALLY! I was waiting for what feels like forever for Netflix to add the second season and I was not disappointed once I got to watch it. I love how everyone started shipping James and Erin, because I was secretly doing that a little bit in season 1 already. However, even better was the fact that the girls really showed James how vital he is to their group. That was such a lovely sentiment, especially since I pitied him most of season 1 for being treated the way he was treated (not that that has changed much).

For fans of: Irish shenanigans, stuff not set in the here and now, comedy

GLOW (Season 3)

I can’t remember much from the previous seasons to be real with you, because it’s just been far too long. The little reminders at the beginning help, but I have forgotten a whole lot nonetheless, so it always takes me a bit to get back in. The season as a whole definitely had a lot less wresting (which could be good or bad depending on whether that’s the part you liked or not), but what struck me the most is how stuck a lot of the characters felt to me. They all tried to develop and change but the Las Vegas setting didn’t do them any favours. I needed for Ruth to break up with her boyfriend and for everyone else to be more vocal about their feelings (except for Sam. My man did well this season!). I would, however, like to commend them on trying to tackle the LGBT+ topic more this season and although I feel like there are shows who did it better, I really enjoyed their takes on it and feel like we aren’t done here just yet.

For fans of: ladies who wrestle but now actually talk more about what happens in their lives

Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

I am going to keep it short, because this is not the kind of movie you talk about in detail and analyse. All I truly want to say was that this movie was so much fun. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t need to be, but it’s brainless entertainment and sometimes we all crave that kind of fun. I don’t get the whole “Fast and Furious presents”-thing, because yes, the characters are from that world and we do have a couple car chases, but cars are not the main thing anymore … but if we are being honest, they haven’t been the main thing for a while.

Well, I really was one of the first people who said “those wouldn’t be the guys I’d have picked if I had done a F&F spin-off”, but Statham and the Rock work really well together. I also want to give a shoutout to Vanessa Kirby, who rocked her role and will hopefully be in more roles should this get sequels (which it probably will). There’s a couple surprise guests, which I won’t spoil, but I do very much want to recommend you stay until the VERY end of the credits!

For fans of: banter, action, not really cars but still a little


There is one more show I am dying to talk to you about, but I think I have a different kind of post in mind for it. Anyway, did you enjoy this one? Anything you watched or want to watch? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 5-11)

I think I have done fairly well in terms of blogging this week and as luck would have it, I even have two more blog posts planned out for next week. I still need to write them, but … does this mean I am back? It feels way more A-game than previous weeks. But today is trailer day, so I shall give you those.

Movies

Honey Boy

I NEED THIS MOVIE! It’s totes inspired by Shia’s childhood and he plays a version of his dad and just *grabby hands*

A Million Little Things

Controversial – the author who wrote the book said it was a memoir, but then confessed to having embellished a lot of the parts. But if they still resonated with people who went through the same stuff, should the project be boycotted or not? It’s hard to say … He probably just shouldn’t have said it was a memoir and said it was a work of fiction inspired by his life. That would have spared him a lot of trouble.

Low Tide

For some reason I am intrigued. A24 usually knows what they are doing.

The Day Shall Come

No clue what to think about this one …

Pain and Glory

My company is distributing this movie in Germany, so I am hardly objective.

The Addams Family

Still would have preferred a non-animated version. Although those noose-braids are killer.

One Last Night

Looks bad, but I’d probably watch it at home.

TV Shows

Elite (Season 2)

AH! It’s sorta kinda soon-ish.

Titans (Season 2)

It’s looking good.

Good Trouble (Season 2 – Christmas Special)

The Davia/Dennis situation is very unsatisfying at the moment and a Christmas special is way too far away.

Katy Keene

The real question is, how many spin-offs of Riverdale can they do?

Almost Family

This is the US remake of the Australian show “Sisters” and was previously called “Not Just Me”. That’s all the info you are going to get from me (watch Sisters)

Love Alarm

I guess I’d watch this.

Prodigal Son

On the one hand I can’t see Michael Sheen as a serial killer and on the other hand, I can totally see it …

Are You Afraid of the Dark

How is this a show on Nickelodeon.

Treadstone

I’d watch this for Brian J. Smith alone, cause I don’t need a Jason Bourne spin-off …

What are you watching? Did you see anything you’d be interested in watching? Let’s chat!