TV Show Spotlight: A Young Doctor’s Notebook

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about a mini-series you’ve probably never heard about until now. To be honest, I hadn’t known about it as well. The show came to me by surprise, so let’s see if it is any good!

 

What is it about?
Daniel Radcliff plays the eponymous young doctor who just finished medical school and is sent to the middle of nowhere to run a tiny hospital.  The show chronicles his first years there and most importantly shows the doctor (now several years older and struggling) looking back on his life.

 

Why should you check it out?
Let me tell you straight away: the show is a little weird. It has a rather dark and gloomy look and often deals with rather serious topics. However, I hadn’t expected to find so much humor in this show. But for some reason it works out just fine! Continue reading

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Movie Mania: Barbarella

Hello my wonderful readers!
I finally managed to cross one of the most iconic movies of the 60’s off my to-watch-list: Barbarella. Let’s see how good Jane Fonda’s cult performance is!

 

The Plot:
Barbarella is a space adventurer living at some point in an undefined future. The president of the Earth assigns her a rather difficult task: she is to retrieve Dr. Durand Durand from the Tau Ceti planetary system. He invented a super weapon which mustn’t fall into the wrong hands…

 

The Rating:
Well, what can I say about this movie. First of all, it’s kind of weird. The film basically kicks off with an extended scene of Jane Fonda aka Barbarella undressing in some agravic space. I was a bit irritated but it actually is the perfect representation for the rest of the “story”.
I’ll start with the good things. The special effects and the whole scenery are pretty epic for the time. You can tell that quite a lot of effort went into the visualization and cinematography which is most likely the reason for the movie reaching cult status. Furthermore, the soundtrack is very well made and fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the film.
Unfortunately that’s pretty much all the positive stuff I have to say. Continue reading

Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)

Hey Guys!
After finishing Scarlet, I couldn’t wait to get started with the next installment in Marissa Meyer Lunar chronicles. So, let’s see whether Cress is just as good!

Cress by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
So far, our two storylines from Scarlet crossed paths and melted into one. However, shortly after Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Iko and Carswell continued their adventure together, we are introduced to someone new: Cress. She’s Queen Levana’s IT specialist, who can hack everything and surveils basically the whole earth for her. So how is she involved in this upcoming revolution? What side will Cress be on?

 

The Rating:
As usual, Marissa Meyer loosely based her story on a fairy-tale. This time, she was inspired by Rapunzel. You have no idea how creative Meyer is with the topic and delivers something completely new and fresh. She really is the only one how is able to pull off fairy-tale retellings! Continue reading

Vikings Season 5a – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
I was super excited when Vikings returned for a 5th season at the end of November. The first half recently concluded, so it’s time to share my thoughts with you!

 

The Plot:
The season kicks off with Ivar, Ubbe and Hvitserk still in East Anglia while Bjorn and Halfdan set out for the Mediterranean Sea. Lagertha tries to keep things up back in Kattegat which proves rather difficult.
Soon before long all of them shall meet again…

 

The Rating:
I had been counting the days for Vikings to return with a new season! So you can guess how thrilled I was when they began with a double episode.
As you may have guessed, season 5 has everything to offer, we learned to appreciate during the last season: interesting places, strong female characters, great dialogues and super impressive battle scenes.  Continue reading

Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)

Hey Guys!
As you know, I’m currently making my way through Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. After I loved part one, Cinder, I couldn’t wait to get started with Scarlet, the second installment!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - Cover from Goodreads

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Cover from Goodreads

The Plot:
While Cinder is sitting in prison after making a discovery that changed her life, somewhere in a little town in France Scarlet has her own problems. Her grandmother vanished without a trace and a mysterious stranger appeared in town. Is there a connection between them? And what has Scarlet’s grandmother to do with Cinder’s past?

 

The Rating:
Fairy-tale retellings are super hard to pull off, and very often are a huge disappointment. However, Marissa Meyer really surprised me with Cinder, so I had my hopes of for her Red Riding Hood inspired second installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: Torchwood

Hey Guys!
Today I have something for everyone who enjoys Doctor Who and similar shows. Torchwood is one of many spin-offs and it features the amazing John Barrowman!

 

What is it about?
The Torchwood Institute is in charge of dealing with extraterrestrial stuff happening on earth, or more precisely in Cardiff. Head of this team is Captain Jack Harkness, whom you might know from Doctor Who. While saving the world from crazy aliens, Torchwood also has to deal with some crazy humans, especially in the later seasons…

 

Why should you check it out?
I have to admit, I’m pretty late joining the Torchwood fans as the show had been cancelled in 2011. However, despite being in the shadow of Doctor Who, this show really is a hidden gem. First of all, I’d like to praise the amazing cast. As mentioned we have John Barrowman in one of the leading roles, but also talents like Eve Myles (you might know here from season 2 of Broadchurch) and guests from Doctor Who (Freemy Agyman aka Martha Jones). Continue reading