Halloween Horror: Neon Demon (Movie Mania)

Hello my lovely readers!
I was particularly excited to finally watch today’s movie. Neon Demon is Nicolas Winding Refn latest work. But will it be as impressive and intense as his other films?


The Plot:
Jesse is an aspiring model who just arrived in Los Angeles. While she’s trying to adjust to the new surroundings she bonds with a bunch of other models. But is this lifestyle really good for her?


The Rating:
After Drive, I couldn’t wait to watch some more of Nicolas Winding Refn movies. When I first laid eyes upon the trailer to Neon Demon I got super excited. But when I sat to down to finally watch it, my expectations were shattered.
I can’t think of a nicer way to put but Elle Fanning simply annoyed me all the way through. Her character was plain and boring and it just really didn’t make any sense to me that everyone was swooning about her in the movie. I get that they wanted her character to go through some kind of transformation but the way Fanning conveyed it to the screen simply didn’t work out.
As most of the other actors also had rather pale roles I suppose it was intended that way. None of the characters had any depth or managed to gain my interest. You might argue that it was to show the how shallow that way of life is but believe me, the way it was portrayed, it did not work out.
If you know some of Winding Refn’s other works, you are familiar with his amazing use of color. Pretty much the only positive thing I have to say about this movie is the amazing set. You could almost call his way of working with light, colors and shapes psychodelic.
However, it may have looked impressive, but it just didn’t make any sense. The entire plot seemed very forced and there were many aspect that just left me with questions marks. Even the ending doesn’t really match the rest of the film.

Unfortunately, the pretty pictures can’t save a movie filled with bored characters and a plot that makes absolutely no sense at all. I have to say, Neon Demon was a waste of time.


Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)

Hello Folks!
That’s it, I finally finished Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Although I was super excited to find out what will happen next, I didn’t want to finish the book and say goodbye to all those amazing characters! Was The Blood of Olympus a worthy end for an impressive Pentalogy?


The Plot:
The demigods have to face their biggest battle. Gaia is waking. While Leo, Piper, Jason, Percy, Annabeth, Hazel and Frank follow the prophecy to the ancient lands, Reyna, Nico and Coach hedge have a different task at hand: to prevent war between the camps and bring the Athena Parthenos halfway across the world to Half-Blood Hill. While any of them complete the impossible tasks at hand?


The Rating:
So, this is the last time I get to talk about how much I love Greek mythology. What Rick Riordan really excels at, is weaving bits of story together. Not only did he pick up ancient myths and transfer them to today, he also managed to pick up stuff from his past books and perfectly tied it into the last novel in the series without it seeming repetitive or unoriginal. Continue reading

Halloween Horror: Top 4 Scary TV Shows

Hello Guys!
Halloween is getting closer, and I’m busy watching horror movies. If you have some more time at hand I have some awesome TV shows that will get you in the groove for Halloween. Be prepared to get scared!


#1 Ash vs Evil Dead:
This show is actually my most recent discovery. All of you who know the original Evil Dead series will love this show. Ash is back and still kicking. It is just as funny, weird and gore-y as the movies are!

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Book Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #4)

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One of the first things I did once I had gotten back to Vienna was paying the library a visit! I finally grabbed the two remaining parts in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series and immediately sat down with The House of Hades!


The Plot:
Our favourite demigods are still trying to stop Gaia from rising and – well – destroying the world as we know it. They’ve already come a new way but no they are in the ancient lands which makes everything even more dangerous. But our heroes are fighting from both sides to close the Doors of Death. While Frank, Nico, Piper, Jason, Leo and Hazel make their way to the House of Hades, Percy and Annabeth have an even more difficult task to handle. They need to cross Tartarus to get to the doors. Will they make it? Continue reading

Halloween Horror: It Follows (Movie Mania)

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To continue my series of Halloween  posts, I recently watched a rather weird supernatural horror movie named It Follows. This 2014 film had been on my list for quite some time, but was it really worth checking out?


The Plot:
It Follows is basically about some supernatural entity that follows and kills you after sex. The only way to escape is to have sex with someone else. This way the entity is passed on and pursues the next one. Sounds weird? Believe me, it is. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Martian

Hey folks!
Today’s movie was one of 2015’s biggest blockbusters. Not only was it the tenth highest grossing film that year, it also got tons of awards and nominations (including a Golden Globe for Matt Damon and seven Academy Awards nominations).
Andy Weir’s novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars was the starting point but did the adaptation do the book justice?


The Plot:
Mark Watney has a pretty good life. He’s an astronaut and headed to Mars with his crewmates. Everything fine so far.
However, when a huge sandstorm comes up and the crew has to go back to the space ship, Mark is struck by debris. Believing him dead his colleagues leave. As it turns out, Watney survived and is now Mars’ inhabitant #1.
Until he finds a way to communicate with earth his is all on his own, trying to survive on a planet that’s perfectly fit to kill him… Continue reading