Movie Mania: Pinocchio (1940)

Hey guys!
Can you believe that I’ve never seen Disney’s famous movie Pinocchio until a few weeks ago?
Well, I’m finally catching up with the classic, so let’s see what I think about it!

 

The Plot:
I’m sure, you are familiar with the story. Gepetto, an elderly woodworker, finishes as wooden marionette. He wishes on a star for the doll to become real a boy. When he wakes up the next morning the puppet has come to life.
Pinocchio wants to be  a real boy, but he still has a lot to learn…

 

The Rating:
Pinocchio is quite magical.
The animation style reminds me of my childhood. It gives me a fuzzy warm feeling somewhere deep down. But nostalgia aside, Pinocchio is one of Disney’s best movies. They managed to find the balance between light fun and earnest topics. Pinocchio’s struggle, the tale of vice and virtue is told wonderfully. Without too much finger pointing and a sprinkle of fairy dust, we learn what is right and what is wrong. Continue reading

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TV Show Spotlight: Bored to Death

Hey guys!
I haven’t done a TV Show Spotlight post in a while. So today I want to go over a show for which I have rather mixed feelings.

 

The Plot:
Jonathan Ames was dumped by his girlfriend and he struggle with writing his novel. Desperate for a change and something to do, he decided to become a private investigator.

 

Why should you check it out?
As I’ve mentioned before, my mind is not completely made about this one yet. To be honest, I’ve only seen four episodes yet. First of all, it’s funny. Especially the main character reminds me of somebody and is very relatable in general. Jason Schwartzman is kind of cute as Ames and Zach Galifinakis is hilarious as his best friend. However, at times the main character can get somewhat annoying. You just want to yell at him to get his shit together. Continue reading

Book Talk: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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Today’s book review is in honor of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of our time. When he passed away in March, we lost an amazing scientist. So let’s talk about his book A Brief History of Time.

A Brief History of Time - Cover from Goodreads

A Brief History of Time – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
With A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking explains physics in words that everybody is able to understand. From the big bang to relativity and quantum mechanics. He covers it all!

 

The Rating:
I’ve always been interested in physics but unfortunately at my school there were basically no classes. So I felt less than informed on the topic and didn’t know where to start to learn about it.
A Brief History of Time was certainly a good choice. First of all, Stephen Hawking tries to cover a lot of stuff and explains from the very beginning. Thus, the reader can follow the evolution of physic!
Furthermore, he uses some nice metaphors, to make it easier to grasp. It definitely helped to have a familiar picture that I could connect with the sometimes complicated topics. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Hello my lovely readers!
You may be aware that a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel Murder on the Orient Express hit cinemas in 2017. However, before I check out the new movie, I got started with the book and the popular 1974 film!

 

The Plot:
Hercule Poirot just wanted to relax on the train while making his way back to London. He’s out of luck. One wintery night a murder occurs and as the train is snowed in, it’s upon Poirot to solve the crime and catch the killer…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I usually start with the novel, but in this case I had seen the film a few times already. So let’s talk about the movie.
One of the first things you might notice about it is the impress list of cast members. Lauren Bacall, Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and many more make an appearance. So this simply has to be a brilliant film, right?
The scenery and costumes are wonderful. The story is presented in an intricate and capturing way that will certainly keep you guessing.
Let’s share some insights on the novel, before a little comparison. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Teen Wolf

Hey guys!
It’s time for another movie review. Today I chose one of my favorite Michael J. Fox classics!

 

The Plot:
Scott is your average high school student. Until one day, he turns into a werewolf. Turns out, it’s something he inherited from his father! The wolf seems to be very popular but what about Scott?

 

The Rating:
So, I’ll be honest with you. This film is your typical 80’s flick. The only difference is that it comes as a werewolf. The movie isn’t particular smart, or outrageously funny. Michael J. Fox did better stuff.
Nevertheless it’s one of my favorites. The idea is cute and at times the story will make you laugh. The soundtrack is pretty cool. But most importantly: it has the real 80’s vibe. It feels kind of authentic and Michael J. Fox was definitely the only one who could have rocked the film like this. Continue reading

Lucifer: Season 2 – A Review

Hey Guys!
I’m currently catching up with the show Lucifer. It was cancelled recently after the third season, however, I just finished #2. So let’s talk about it!

 

The Plot:
Our dear Lucifer really has a lot on his plate this time. Not only is he helping Detective Chloe Decker to solve some cases. He also has to deal with his mother who escaped from hell. And how does God chime in on the whole thing?

 

The Rating:
Lucifer is the kind of show you either love or hate. It has a weird sense of humor, some supernatural stuff, it touches a few philosophical aspects while looking a bit like CSI sidekick.
I am definitely on the love side of things. First of all, Tom Ellis is just divine (see what I did there 😉 ?). His portrayal of Lucifer is charming and funny but also dark and deep. He manages to keep you interested in the character, desperate to find out more about him. Continue reading