Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jan 20-26)

Another week, another bunch of trailers released. I don’t think there are quite as many new ones as last week, but let’s just get to it and take a look:

Movies

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys 2)

I am so ready for this movie, I even finished the book on time – yay me!

Irresistible

Steve Carell and Rose Byrne? Count me in.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution

Nope, I am out. This is the EXACT same movie from my childhood, just with uglier soulless animation.

Horse Girl

I do not understand what’s happening, but Jason Reynolds from Four Weddings is in this, so I am more than willing to give it a shot.

Premature

It looks kinda nice.

Blowing Up Right Now

Looks like an interesting plot for relationship drama.

Vivarium

This was at a film festival near me last year and I so wanted to go see it, but I didn’t find the time. It’s so weird, but I am here for it.

Spenser Confidential

Sure, why not? M’Baku has my heart anyway.

The Last Thing He Wanted

I like Anne, but I do not like Ben … tough decision.

Mr Jones

Historical and political, not my jam, but many others.

Coda

Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes feels like an unexpected duo?

The Burnt Orange Heresy

Also, not really my thing.

Miss Americana

Oh, I think this is the Taylor Swift documentary movie where they debated which of her own songs she was allowed to use?

TV Shows

Alex Rider

I just … always still have Alex Pettyfer as my Alex Rider in mind.

Gentefied

It looks like fun!

The Undoing

Yeah, I don’t think so.

Sacred Lies

Facebook Watch is really out there stepping up their “TV” show game.

Did anything in particular catch your eye? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #26

I have watched so many things that this post is probably going to get a little longer than I initially planned, but there’s just so much to talk about! Let’s get started to not add to the word count by some rambling in the intro!

Another Life

I had this saved to my Netflix list for months now, but never quite felt in the right mood to watch it. However, I generally like alien and outer space stories, so I am honestly not surprised I ended up enjoying this one as well. Even though I found some visuals to be very obvious aftereffects, the show has a cool and believable feel to it, making you wonder how far it is in the future and thinking it’s not quite all that much. Maybe, as if we were only one scientific breakthrough away from getting to that point as well.

Anyway, do not watch this show for Tyler Hoechlin, you’d be disappointed! Definitely watch it for the AI William though!!! He was the kindest soul and my absolute favourite from episode 1 onwards. I’d love to talk some more about the aliens and whether they are a threat or not and if humanity is being a dick once again, but then it would take out all the fun of you watching it. If you ever do want to talk about that stuff though, just hit me up in the comments!

For fans of: people crammed together on small living spaces, precarious situations that escalate past what you think possible, aliens, outer space, human challenges

Ares

I only found this trailer to make it accessible to all of you, but this is originally a Dutch show and I highly recommend you watch it in Dutch with subtitles. As you all know by now, I quite enjoy my international (especially European) Netflix shows and just upon hearing the title of this one, I was intrigued.

It’s another quite short format, but it is VERY dark. I mean that and want to warn you that someone stabs their own eyes and slits their throat within the first three minutes and many more brutal suicides will follow throughout the course of the show. I understand that it is not for everyone and want you to be prepared for the violence. Having said that, the show had amazing layers to its story, showing how karma can build up through generations and metaphorically portraying the consequences to actions in a very interesting way. You never quite know what’s behind it all and what’s going on, but it was very interesting nonetheless. The end, while making sense in a way, was super abrupt though and that irritated me a little. 

For fans of: metaphors, lore, karma, ambition, how far would you go-scenarios

October Faction

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Netflix is on fire with their comic book/graphic novel adaptations! While I haven’t read this personally and therefore can’t compare the content to its origin, I had the best time watching it. I will admit that it’s not the best comic book series on the platform, but it has its own charm for sure. While the premise seems pretty straight forward, I promise there are twists and turns to the story and characters that will make it ten times as intriguing as the trailer alone might suggest.

I don’t have all too much to say, other than that it was a quick and interesting watch that leaves you wanting more easily. There is a sort of cliffhanger and it definitely feels like not all loose ends are tied up just yet. I assume they made this with several seasons in mind and I can only hope that they’ll be able to get to do far more.

For fans of: comic book adaptations, humans vs. monsters, who is the real monster though?

Sex Education (Season 2)

Pretty sure it’s no secret that I liked the first season of Sex Education quite a bit and I liked this one too. There are still brilliantly shot scenes, good acting, confusing fashion choices that never quite make sense in terms of which decade we are in and lovable characters all around. I think I cried a whole lot more this time around than I did with the first season, but it also felt a little less focused? I don’t really have anything bad to say though (except maybe not loving the definition of pansexuality they used), because I don’t know … the show is pretty awesome.

The storylines that especially touched me were Aimee’s, Adam’s and Jackson’s, but Maeve also had some tearjerkers. But not just the main characters, but also some one episode sidestories were pretty great, with the “asexuality” scene probably being one that I can see helping many people out there. I know a lot of people weren’t too happy with some of the new additions *cough* Isaac *cough*, but just keep in mind that there would barely be any conflict without some new drama. They need material for hopefully a couple more seasons after all!

For fans of: messy teens, all kinds of love

Titans (Season 2)

I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to include this one here as well, because I am not even sure I ever talked about the first season, but here we are! The thing that is on my mind the most is that … I just don’t really love this show but also keep watching it? I just find it very hard to root for some characters, because you never quite get as close to anyone as you would need to be fully invested. The story is all over the place, there’s far too many flashback episodes (which are just a personal nuisance to me) and they keep adding characters.

An ensemble cast isn’t something bad, but if you see a character for a minute per episode or not at all, can you really still call them part of the main team? I don’t know. It’s such a slow build here, but as I said, I still keep watching it. There must be something to it! (Definitely didn’t mind the addition of Superboy and Krypto but will forever be sad about Aqualad’s part in all of this, especially cause I loved the casting)

For fans of: DC comics, origin stories, Titans

Knives Out

I wasn’t exactly impressed with the Oscar nominations, but that’s a whole other topic. Still, I try to catch at least some of the nominations every year and I really, really, really wanted to watch Knives Out. It released in cinemas here pretty late, so there’s still 5 screenings per day now and I finally caught one. I now get what all the fuss is about!

Murder mysteries not being my favourite genre, this was actually A LOT of fun to watch, as in, I laughed out loud several times. I don’t think we even have to talk about how brilliant of a cast they managed to get, but I was really impressed by all of them. Ana carried the movie perfectly and it was great getting to see Chris Evans in something other than America’s golden boy. I even thought I had been spoiled about the ending, but I wasn’t entirely and still loved all the twists and turns. Many people have mentioned it to me before I went and watched it, but the final shot of the movie is perfection!

For fans of: murder mysteries a la Agatha Christie, any and all of the amazing cast members, Rian Johnson as director


Have you watched any of these things? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jan 6-12)

I hope you had a good week back at … life (?) after all the holiday fuzz. I haven’t looked at the list of trailers beforehand, but I hope we got some good stuff, because the past weeks were a bit lacking for my taste. Let’s go!

Movies

Birds of Prey

It looks like it’s actually going to be fun, but the DC trailers always do.

The New Mutants

So they actually ARE going to eventually release that movie. They’ve had it on hold for ever now.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

I kind of dig the weirdness.

Standing Up, Falling Down

I like indie comedy movies.

Spy Intervention

Why does it look so corny and like it’s from a whole other decade (and I am not talking about the 10s)?

A Simple Wedding

Sure, whatever. This will probably be straight to VoD.

Waiting for Anya

I know Noah is a good actor, but the accent? Not sure about it.

My Hindu Friend

I can’t even imagine Willem Dafoe in a casual non-intense role anymore.

Balloon

This is a good movie and I get to say that as a former employee of the distribution company haha

TV Shows

October Faction

Netflix is doing GREAT with comic book adaptations, so I am looking forward to this already.

Locke & Key

Another comic book adaptation and it’s going to be creepy af, but I am kind of ready (I hope).

Ragnarok

I am so here for this!

The Baker and the Beauty

This could be nice fun! But I don’t necessarily trust ABC to keep this show going for a whole season.

Devs

It looks creepy and weird but also SO cool!

Tommy

I think it’s funny that Thomas Sadoski is playing the mayor of Tommy.

Independant

Fran Drescher just always brings me right back to my childhood with The Nanny.

Sex Education (Season 2)

A little birdy told me we will actually get asexual rep this season and I am hyped.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

This is more of a music video than anything else, but who cares at this point.

This Is Us (Season 4B)

I haven’t watched it in such a long time …

Did something catch your eye? Would you like to watching something from this list? Let’s chat!

December 2019 Wrap-Up / The Year in Review

I read a whopping 8 books in December, which was 100% a personal record for the year. I just really, really wanted to reach my adjusted Goodreads goal and with those books I did. Here’s the recent ones I read:

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4) Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5) Find Me The Pisces Animals Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses #1) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! For the books that I have written reviews for, you can find them by clicking on the titles above.

Because I did this last year, I am also going to share my entire year of reading with you. Goodreads is really great at putting together a fun summary to share with everyone and I am going to do that here in parts, but you can find my entire results here.

I didn’t read a massive amount of books in 2019, but I am quite content with it looking back at the year. I was really busy with work and had literal months where I didn’t pick up a single book, so I am glad to have gotten to a total of 26 books! However, I have noticed that I started to gravitate more towards shorter to medium-length books and entirely avoided epic series. There were also quite a couple comic books and novellas featured, if you look at my reading list as a whole.

Finally, my average rating for the books I read was 3.5, which is 0.4 stars lower than in the previous year. Considering that I read 10 books less and actively tried to look at books more critically without giving away high ratings as willy nilly as I have done in the past, I am also not disappointed with this result.

2019 wasn’t the easiest of years for me for a multitude of reasons that I don’t want to get into. I am not going to lie to you though, it did reflect heavily in my blogging habits and the resulting stats. I have been struggling more than usual to deliver steady content and it showed by being the worst year in blogging since 2014 (having started the blog in 2013). I don’t want to whine about it, and even though I strongly believe that stats aren’t everything, it has affected my relationship with the blog a little bit. I am still so very grateful for everyone who stuck around, even when there were sometimes weeks of only trailer posts and nothing else. I don’t really know if I can promise to do better in 2020, but I am not willing to give up just yet.

  • The blog currently has 2,470 WordPress followers, a number that keeps growing slowly but steadily. If I add the people who have followed via mail, we have surpassed 2,500 easily.
  • This is post #1113, so there is really a lot to plow through if you want to do a deep dive into the archives of Life and Other Disasters.
  • I really, really want to give a shout-out to my top commenters, because the interaction is what makes blogging so great and worthwhile. So, huge thank you to Rami, Lois, The Orang-utan Librarian, the Educated Negra, Caro and Marie!!

MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2019

(click on the title of the post to read the full thing!)

Kiss, Marry, Kill – Marvel Edition: It was a big year for Marvel, so I am not surprised that it was a draw in terms of blog posts. The fact that this one was more about the actors than the characters didn’t really seem to deter anyone either.

The Rook: Book vs. TV Show: It makes me so happy to know that these book to screen comparison posts do so well, because I know that a lot of us bloggers struggle with the performance of review posts. The fact that this is one of my favourite shows of the year is just an added bonus!

Kiss, Marry, Kill: TV Edition: Y’all really like to know who I would kiss, marry or kill it seems? All I can say about that is that I really, really struggle with the last part with every single edition of this post I did. And … I think this was the 5th installment already?

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #3: I’ve started this series either late in 2018 or early 2019 and toyed around with the format, making little adjustments here and there for a while. I am glad it resonates with people, although I have no idea why this one in particular did well.

Random Movie Recommendations: Karen Gillan Edition: Yay for all of you being as big Karen Gillan enthusiasts as I am! That’s probably the reason this post was interesting to some people out there.

MY 2019 RANKINGS

Last but not least, here are all the links for my 2019 rankings for movies, books and TV shows in case you missed them the past couple of days!

I hope you had a great start into the year 2020 so far! Is there something you really liked on the blog in 2019 and want to see more of in the new year? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 30-Jan 5)

I hope you’ve enjoyed the rankings in the past couple of days. This Sunday it is back to our regularly scheduled trailer post and then tomorrow (if time allows it) I will finally summarize the year 2019 and will link back to the rankings if you have missed them. First, enjoy today’s trailers!

Movies

A Quiet Place 2

I did not know I needed Cillian Murphy looking like he stepped out of the Walking Dead, but I am HERE FOR IT!

Dolittle

I feel like Downey can ONLY do super over the top roles and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Tyler Perry’s A Fall from Grace

Somehow didn’t expect this to be so serious?

Elsewhere

I haven’t seen the guy from Rectify in such a long time!!

Ana

Could be interesting. Isn’t that the girl from Logan?

John Henry

Yeah, I don’t think this is for me.

TV Shows

Disney+ 2020 Line-up

This feels like such a tease, considering that more than half the planet still doesn’t have access to Disney+.

Hunters

Well, hello! This is so much more than what they led on in the teaser?

Good Girls (Season 3)

Boss bitches!

Outlander (Season 5)

They’ve definitely not aged nearly enough for the time that has passed, but it’s still looking good.

Grace and Frankie (Season 6)

Okay, please don’t come for me, but I still haven’t started this show.

Did you see anything you liked? Is there something you want to watch? Let’s chat!

November 2019 Wrap-Up

Sooo, I started November super strong on the blog, but it unfortunately fizzled out fast. It’s not that I don’t care about blogging anymore, but reading isn’t really a priority and I haven’t been watching/bingeing as much content as I used to. I’ve spent more time drawing writing and dealing with life stuff aka adulting, that it simply didn’t remain a priority.

The books I did get around to weren’t really worth reviewing on their own either. On the one hand, I listened to another audiobook (read here why that’s usually not my thing) by James Acaster called Perfect Sound Whatever. It was about him going through a break up and coping by getting obsessed with one particular year of music. It’s not that the book was bad overall, but since it was about music and I was listening to an audiobook, I had hoped for samples of the songs he mentioned, which obviously didn’t happen (I know that’s not feasible, but I wasn’t going to look up every song and stopping the audiobook every couple of minutes either).

And on the other hand, I read a comic I had supported during their Kickstarter campaign called Our Super Canadian Adventure. It’s perfect if you like short stories, cute drawing styles and cats! (Also, if you love Toronto and the Canadian East coast as that’s mainly where it took place.)

Perfect Sound Whatever  Our Super Canadian Adventure: An Our Super Adventure Travelogue

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy!

I have moved back to Vienna and am living with my parents again. It’s an adjustment to say the least, as I’ve been living very independently in Berlin for the past 14 months. Anyway, I have plans that I am still not really willing to get into just yet, but they’ll likely take me out of the country soon-ish again.

Moving has been much more taxing than I thought. I own so many things and I don’t know where they come from or what to do with them. Some I use regularly, others have sentimental value, but a lot of the past couple weeks involved throwing stuff away and donating everything that could possibly bring others joy even if it doesn’t spark that feeling in me anymore.

I have not managed to make a YouTube reaction video, BUT I have made a lot of Charmed fandom videos. It’s crazy to think that some of them have reached 7.5K views (like this one), but I legit haven’t posted anything that surpassed 1K views easily and now I am not surprised people switched to YouTube from blogging from time to time.

I am no editing genius, but others are really, really good at that stuff. A thing I am pretty good at though, is drawing! It’s been incredible to get so much positive feedback on my drawings. Here are the most successful of the past month as I promised I would share them on here again as well.

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My next step will be venturing out into the territory of some other shows. The writer’s room of Legacies has already expressed interest in me drawing their characters and I am more than happy to oblige. It’s kind of crazy how much I am into the CW shows.

Lastly, I also claimed to try and work on a new WIP for NaNoWriMo, which ended up being a lie. I wrote 1K words and then changed my mind and went back to working on the #witchyWIP, because I am just THAT much into witches right now. I am at about 12K words for that now, which also isn’t the amount you need to “win”, but I am still proud of getting back into writing again. I even went to a local meet-up and writing in a group always motivates me so much!

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Honestly, it’s mostly been interacting with more people in the online community again. I plan on trying to visit some more of your blogs this upcoming month again (no promises, but I shall try!!!), because I’ve missed this. I just need to try and not get so distracted. To spur me on a little bit, I’d love it if you posted the link to your favourite post from the last month in the comments (either your own or of another blogger) and I will promise to check them out!

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had a great month and will have a lovely December! And if you celebrate them, I already hope you’ll have great holidays!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 18-24)

I don’t really have an excuse for not posting this week again. I just wasn’t in the mood and needed a break from … everything? So, here we are again with trailers!

Movies

Call of the Wild

I don’t mind the CGI dog. I prefer it to a real dog being subjected to a lot of these scenes.

Cats

I guess if you found them creepy the first time, not much has changed.

The Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby

I mean, what’s even this weekly update with a Netflix Christmas movie?

Antebellum

I mean … if the intention was to creep me out, then it was a success.

She’s Missing

Not my thing.

TV Shows

Emma

I am yet undetermined if I like this or not. It’s like everyone wants to jump on the Dickinson train now that it’s successful, but I suppose they must have produced it at the same time already.

Hunters

Colour me intrigued! Very intrigued indeed!

Ragnarok

Count me in?

Avenue 5

I really think I could enjoy this.

V Wars

Damon was like “I can’t quit these vamps”

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

Excuse me!? I was not prepared for this to be the finale finale.

Nurses

Is it weird of me to say this looks Canadian?

Dare Me

Did this even show anything new?

For Life

I am kind of over legal dramas, even if the premise is interesting.

Fuller House (Season 5)

Everything is ending.

Doctor Who (Series 12)

I am not going to comment, because I am like 1.5 seasons behind.

Did you see anything you liked? Let’s chat!