The Babysitter (2017)

Hello, hello!
I have another horror movie for you this month. After hearing quite a lot about The Babysitter I basically clicked on it by accident when browsing Netflix. Let’s find out whether it was a happy accident. 😉

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

The Babysitter, directed by McG, follows Cole (Judah Lewis), who is madly in love with his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving). She’s cool and awesome in all the ways Cole is not. One evening while Bee is babysitting, Cole witnesses the unthinkable. Now he must survive a night full of first kisses, first broken hearts, and first encounters with homicidal maniacs (played by Bella Thorne, Andrew Bachelor, Robbie Amell, and Hana Mae Lee).

The Rating:

Oh my, this was something.
I know quite a lot of people were hating on the movie but I found it rather enjoyable!
That is if you treat it as a hilarious take on the genre instead of watching it as an earnest horror film.

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Thursday Movie Picks: Adaptations

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.
This week I’ll talk about some of my favorite book to movie adaptations!

#1 It (2017)

Well, I wasn’t thrilled by the first It adaptation, but the new one is certainly haunting! Definitely one of the best Stephen King films out there.

#2 Room

Everybody loves Brie Larson now that she’s Captain Marvel, but let me tell you how brilliant she was in Room. This movie is frightening and will get under your skin.

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Book vs. Movie: It (2017)

Hey Guys!
Today I want to talk about the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s famous horror novel It. You may have read my post on the 1990 films which I didn’t like at too much. So let’s see whether this one is better!

 

The Plot:
1960 in Derry, somewhere in Maine: 6 children you could call losers meet each other under very unlikely circumstances and become the best friends anyone could ever wish for. But the summer of their lives is overshadowed by a tragedy, or better said a monster that has been haunting Derry for a long time. Kids disappear or are found dead. Our 6 friends soon get to the core of things and have to deal with more than any kid ever should…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Stephen King’s novel is intense. I share a bit of hate/love with his novel as they may not be too well written (I guess some people would consider them trashy…) but are nevertheless thrilling, breath-taking and get under your skin. I’ve read several of King’s books by now and It is definitely one of the most fucked up ones.
The characters are very relatable. I’m sure everyone who ever was bullied or mistreated at some point in life can see him- or herself in at least one of the characters. The way King told the story, alternating between childhood flashbacks and present day events made the novel even more fascinating.
Let’s talk about the new movie. Or better, the first one of two movies. While the novel covers the events in Derry 30 years later as well, in this case we’ll have to wait for part two. First of all, I appreciate the decision to split this thing. It would be virtually impossible to put the entire book into just one film. Continue reading

Old vs. New: Beauty and the Beast

Hey Guys!
Maybe you saw my recent post on Disney’s remake of the Beauty and the Beast. While watching the new movie, you can’t help but compare it to the original animated film, so I decided to share my thoughts on that matter. 🙂

 

The Plot:
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truly loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisons Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled into he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daughter who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?

 

Old vs. New:

Let me begin with the 1991 animated film. The first time I saw this movie was when probably around kindergarden-age. It immediately became one of my most beloved Disney films (and believe me, I had and still have a vast collection). The heroine is not a princess but just an ordinary girl who doesn’t fit in. Over the years the film grew even dearer to me, as I could relate to that feeling very well.
Belle has always been one of my favorites because she’s so active. She’s not waiting for some Prince to rescue her, instead she sets out to rescue her father (and then later the beast). I love how she doesn’t swoon over Gaston like all the other girls. She talks back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In the 90s Belle was a different kind of Disney princess!
The movie was wonderfully made with tons of love for details. Not only is there a lot of magic going on, Beauty and the Beast also has some of the best side-kicks ever!
Last but not least: the music. I’ve seen lots of Disney films, but this one really has some of the best songs. Even after all these years I can still song along to almost every track featured!

Let’s move on…
I was quite surprised to find out that the 2017 version of the story is basically a scene by scene recreation of the 1991 movie. They threw in two or three additional scenes but in general there’s not much difference. So you will get to hear your favorite songs and even your favorite bits of conversation!
When I went to the cinema, I had actually hoped for something a new, a fresh take and not the same thing in green. However, if you ignore that, the 2017 remake is a really nice film. The casting is absolutely divine and simply every actor and actress is so on spot, it’s unbelievable. Another point the remake can score with are the special effects. It all comes to life and gets so very real. You can tell that a lot of effort and money went into that part and it paid off.
So, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a very well made movie, that will both give you that fuzzy warm nostalgia feeling and reach a new generation unfamiliar with the old film. However, the thing that bothers me is that throughout the entire film I had the distinct impression that the only reason it was so close to the original, is to make tons of money with minimal effort. That most certainly worked out for Disney!

 

Did you see one of the films? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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Twice Upon a Time (Doctor Who Christmas Special)

Hey Guys!
I know I’m running a little bit late with this review. You may not be feeling the Christmas spirit any more, but this special was so wonderful, it really deserve its own review!

 

The Plot:
First of all, we have to go back a couple of years. We get to meet the very first Doctor! He is about to regenerate for the very first time and is not happy about it. Wandering through the South Pole, he makes a rather interesting encounter: the twelfth Doctor, who is also close to regeneration. But before the two guys can deepen their acquaintance, they are joined by a World War I captain and abducted into an enormous spaceship…

 

The Rating:
Sounds weird so far? Doctor Who episodes always do, so let me shed some light on this one.
First of all, I need to point out how utterly adorable David Bradley is as the first Doctor. He had already done an amazing job as William Hartnell (the actor who originally played the first Doctor) in the docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, so I was happy to see him return.  Continue reading

3 Thoughts on Twin Peaks Season 3 (2017)

Hello my lovely readers!
Those of you who drop by more often will know by know that I’m huge fan of David Lynch and his amazing show Twin Peaks in particular.
You can guess how stoked I was about a new season coming up this year!

 

#1 – So many new characters!
It is set 25 years after the original show, so of course ever character develops and many new ones get introduced. However, there are so many new additions to the cast, many of them only briefly shown that it can get quite confusing. I really wish that there had been more time to explore some of the new characters and plotlines instead of just throwing in tons of new stuff just to get more guest stars.

 

#2 – The Plot:
If you have ever seen a David Lynch movie, you’ll know that your chances of ending up super confused are pretty high. With Twin Peaks things had been more or less understandable up until season two. But the new one is something completely different. I’ll have to watch it again (most likely multiple times…) to fully grasp everything that was going on there. Lynch threw in some really interesting ideas worth spending some time pondering about! Continue reading