Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Foreign Language Movie

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Continuing with our Oscar Winners Edition, today we will talk about pictures that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Movie or Best International Film as it is called since 2020. All the movies I listed today are movies I’ve heard many great things about, but I have yet to see them!

Honorable Mentions: Life is Beautiful, The Counterfeiters, Waltz with Bashir, Parasite, Another Round

#1 The Virgin Spring

This Swedish film is particularly intriguing to me because it served as inspiration for The Last House on the Left, a 70s horror flick (that comes with a 2009 remake). Those were made by Wes Craven and I already talked about them before here on my blog. I actually was not aware that The Virgin Spring had won this particular award, but now I’m even more curious to check it out.

#2 War and Peace

So, this is the Soviet adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. It is insanely long (four parts with a total runtime of 431 minutes), so I haven’t seen the entire oeuvre, but I saw bits and pieces. Sergei Bondarchuk’s take on the story was also extremely expensive and is often considered one of the grandest epics ever made.

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Wrapping it up for November

Hello, my darling readers!
Another month is over, so let me give you a little summary of the amazing posts just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. ūüėČ

This month was dedicated to book and movie/TV show comparisons. I took a look at some old as well as new adaptations:

As per usual we have the Top 5 Tuesday and Thursday Movie Pick posts, all with appropriate spooky themes as well!

And last but not least some of my favorite quotes to brighten your day:

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Top 5 Tuesday: *Freebie*

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
The last Tuesday this November is freebie post and I decided to talk about some book adaptations!

#1 Wheel of Time

I haven’t read the books yet but several of my friends are very excited about this adaptation to be finally out. From what I saw in the trailer and what I read on Goodreads, I will love these books and the show!

#2 The Witcher

Season 2 of The Witcher will finally be released next month. I’ve had my share of problems with the books but I enjoyed the first season, so I’m stoked for the second one!

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Hey guys!
Another day, another book review. Kingdom of the Wicked is one I got in a subscription box, so I’m getting a teeny-tiny bit closer to finally catching up with all of those novels!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe ‚Äď witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family‚Äôs renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin‚Ķdesecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister‚Äôs killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that‚Äôs been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

The Rating:

When I reached the last page of this I had two problems: It’s over. It’s not over. You see, when I opened this book, I didn’t realize it’s the first in a series. I kept expecting more information and just more resolution but then the novel ended and it was a cliffhanger! ūüėÖ

Anyhow, I mourned for a second but then got excited that there would be way more space to explore the concept Maniscalco came up with. Let’s talk about that for a second!

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TMP Television Edition: Mystery

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
As is customary for the last Thursday of the month, today we are going to talk about TV shows instead of films, focussing specifically on mystery!

#1 The X-Files

The mother of all mystery shows to me is The X-Files. I have to admit I still have not seen the original show but I did catch the reboot they did in 2016 and 2018!

#2 Beyond Belief – Fact or Fiction

Maybe this does not quite fit perfectly but I had to think of this show when I read the topic. Maybe somebody can tell me whether Beyond Belief was actually popular over in the US, but on German TV it was on a constant rerun during my entire childhood. Man, I watched this so much.

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