Thursday Movie Picks – Television Edition: Comedies

Hello, my lovely readers!
Welcome to the last Thursday Movie Picks installment by Wandering through the Shelves for this years. It’s a TV edition, so let’s talk about my favorite funny shows!

Ash vs. Evil Dead:
This is probably the most hilarious show ever. Maybe you know the original Evil Dead movies. Bruce Campbell reprised the leading role of Ash Williams for this show. I’ve never laughed so hard than I did with this super groovy horror comedy show.

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The Exorcist: Season 1 – A Review

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I recently went through the list of shows on Amazon Prime and stumbled upon The Exorcist. As I’m a huge horror movie fan, I had to check it out asap. So let’s see how scary it is…

 

The Plot:
This show is basically a direct sequel to the original Exorcist film. Ignoring the other sequels/prequels, it is set about 40 years after the initial events. Angela Rance is certain that something weird is going on in her house. In fact she suspects her daughter to be possessed. Se enlists the help of a priest, but will he be able to help her? And why did this demon come to Angela’s family in particular?

 

The Rating:
The Exorcist could have easily been a terrible take on re-heating a once successful story. However, the showmakers proved how skilled they are by creating something that is original yet connected to the famous film.
Let me just explain that there are two story lines, which I don’t have equal feelings about. The first one involves the Rance family and the direct events connected to the possession. This part is very interesting and unforeseeable. We got quite a few plot twist I certainly hadn’t seen coming. All of the actors are impressive, but especially Geena Davis and Ben Daniels stood out with their performances. Continue reading

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition – Adapted from a Non-English Series

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This is another entry for the Thursday Movie Picks series by Wandering through the Shelves. This week’s topic is TV related and I am to pick shows that were adapted from a non-english series!

 

I have to make a confession. So far I haven’t seen any of the (original) shows I’m about to present. However, they have been on my list for a while now, so let’s get talking!

 

The Returned (French):
This show focuses on the events in a small town after people who had been dead for quite some time suddenly begin to reappear. As I am currently working on my French, this show is the number one candidate of this list in terms of being watched soon. The idea sounds fascinating, but both the U.S. and the French version were short-lived. I’m quite excited to finally check it out!

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse – A Review on Season 8

Hello my lovely readers.
Season 8 of American Horror Story concluded two weeks ago and I finally finished watching. So let’s talk about Apocalypse!

 

The Plot:
This season is set in several different points in time. Most of the world is eradicated by a nuclear blast. A handful of people is saved – they are hiding in “outposts”. Soon before long they get are visited by Michael Langdon, the Antichrist…

 

The Rating:
As usual, this season was quite weird. After the first few episodes I didn’t have the slightest idea where this would be going.
Let’s first talk about the things I thoroughly enjoyed. This season is a cross-over, allowing us to revisit places and characters from season 1 Murder House and Season 3 Coven. It’s so great that some of my favourite characters get to return and some aspects of those seasons get some closure. They new characters we are introduced to are also fun and fascinating. A few things were a bit over the top, but I was ready to ignore that.
For the first three episodes I was wondering what direction the season would take, then the witches arrived. I was a bit irritated but, hey, let’s just go with the flow. The following episodes were not quite as strong as the first three, but the story still was interesting and there were a bunch of very impressive moments. After a while the season seemed to be back on track and I was hooked. Continue reading

Better Call Saul: Season 4 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers.
The fourth season of the hit show Better Call Saul concluded a few weeks ago. I finally had time to catch up, so let’s get down to it!

 

The Plot:
Jimmy is fighting to get his licence back and practice as a lawyer – which is easier said than done. In the mean time Kim is recovering from her accident and decides to move on with her career.
With the help of Mike Gus Fring takes the next steps in building his drug empire…

 

The Rating:
I was really excited about this season and I have to say, it certainly surprised me.
The plot surrounding Gus Fring wasn’t all that eventful but definitely intense and fascinating. You didn’t know what to expect on that front and the final episode was a huge plot twist.
Another point I hadn’t seen coming was the change in Kim’s personality. I don’t want to add any spoilers her. But she’s moving in a direction I hadn’t thought possible for her. Continue reading

Orange is the New Black Season 6 – A Review

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In my attempt to catch up with all the new seasons out there, I finally finished Orange is the New Black season 6. After season 5 ended with a big cliffhanger, I was excited about this one! So let’s see what happened…

 

The Plot:
After the riot of season 5, the inmates are assigned to new blocks. Piper, Alex and the others find themselves in the middle of a gang war. Good old friend is not exactly on friendly terms with both gang leaders…

 

The Rating:
There’s only one word to describe this season: boring.
I had never expected to be gang wars being this uneventful. For the most part there is absolutely nothing going on and even the background stories are rare. Even the storylines that seemed promising fall flat. For example the story surrounding Caputo got more or less reduced to him being/not being in a relationship with Figueroa.
By now I am so annoyed with Piper I had the urge to skip the scenes that contained her. Continue reading