TV Show Spotlight: The Crown

Hey guys!
Today I’ll present an amazing new TV show that completely blew me away. The Crown is one of Netflix’s amazing insider tips that are always worth checking out!

 

What is it about?
The Crown is a biographical drama that depicts the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The first season covers events up to the year 1955. However, a total of six seasons is planned, taking the story until today.
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The Last House on the Left: Old vs. New

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Today I have one of my rarer posts for you. Still movie centered but this time I’ll compare old and new version on one flick! This time it’s The Last House on the Left I’m looking into!

 

The Plot:
Two girls are out having a good time when they encounter a rather cute looking guy. It soon turns out they never should have spoken to him. He’s the son of a recently escaped serial killer, who happens to stroll around the corner.
Needless to say, it doesn’t end good for the girls.
However, something worse is yet to come…

 

Old vs. New:
Before I begin with the actual review, I have to explain that it’s the two most recent versions (1972+2009) I will talk about. While doing some research I found out that the 1972 version is based on a Swedish movie (1960) which is based on a folk tale. But that’s for another post…

So, let’s start the Wes Craven’s directional début. The original movie was shot with a rather small budget and I have to admit it clearly shows. It feels like one of those trashy 70’s horror films we all know aplenty. You can clearly tell that the story (and the actors) have potential but it just didn’t turn out in the best way. The plot is frightening and many of the scenes will most certainly give you the creeps. But there simply are better horror movies of that time.

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Book Review: Straight White Male by John Niven

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Today I have to hang my head in shame. I completely forgot to write about Straight White Male, John Niven’s sixth novel. It was the first book I ever took from the shelf at the library in Vienna (which happens to be one of favourite place on this planet by now).

 

The Plot:
We follow Kennedy Marr, a famous writer who prefers spending his time with drinking, sex and insulting everybody around him. When his writers block just won’t pass and he’s faced with a ton of taxes to pay, an interesting option presents itself. He wins an award which comes with half a million pounds, but also some strings attached. Marr is supposed to teach at University. The very same one his ex-wife is working at…

 

The Rating:
I read every John Niven book I could get my hands on, so I was pretty excited to get started with this one.
The first thing I was reminded of is Californication. The TV Show, not the song. For those of you who don’t know: It’s about a fucked up writer who still wants his ex back, isn’t really writing anymore and spends his time drinking and fucking. Well, I really liked the show, so I decided to just go along with the story. To be honest, the more pages I read, the more it reminded me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. John Niven has a clever way of telling stories that makes you devour his books. You catch yourself liking characters you wouldn’t even talk to in real life.
However, Straight White Male was not quite as funny, witty and smart as Niven’s other works. I remember laughing throughout the entire novel “The Second Coming” while this only had me giggling slightly at some points. Continue reading

My Top 5 Classic Movies

Hey guys!
I just realized I haven’t done a post like this for ages! But hey, everybody loves a good list, don’t they? (At least I do 😉 )
There are so many amazing old movies out there, I had quite a hard time picking just five. Anyway, here are my favourite classic movies:

 

#5 Rebel Without a Cause:
This one just had to be on the list. In James Dean’s short but impressive career, this was certainly the most intense film. Whenever I watch this one, it seems like -to some extent- he’s playing himself in the role of the misunderstood and rebellious teenager.

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Movie Mania: Serenity (2005)

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Recently I wrote a post on the (unfortunately) very short-lived show Firefly. After the show was cancelled in 2002 fans had to wait for 3 years before they got to find out more about the Serenity’s crew!

 

The Plot:
This film takes place just after the TV show ended. We accompany the crew on one of their daily task: a bank robbery. So far, so good. However, when they reach the next city, River turns out to be a bit more dangerous than anybody would have expected. On top of that, she whispers something mysterious, that just calls to be found out… Continue reading

Top 3 Claire Danes Movies

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another post to honor my favourite actresses!
Today’s shout out goes to Claire Danes, who delivered many great performances!

 

#3 – Stardust:
I already did an entire post on this film (click here). Claire Danes’ did a perfect job bringing the character Yvaine to life. I usually have second thoughts when a book gets turned into a movie. However, with Stardust I even liked the film better. Claire Danes’ star sparkles far brighter than the written one!

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