Halloween Horror: Tale of Tales

Hello, my darling readers!
During my month of horror reviews, I want to talk about more than just the most famous films. So I typed “horror” into the search bar on Netflix and clicked on whatever jumped at me! Today’s post is the first of three reviews of this kind. Let’s check out Tale of Tales!

The Plot:

Tale of Tales consists of three fairy-tales: a queen desperate for a child, a lustful king, and a princess sold off to an unlikely husband.

The Rating:

I’m always in for a good fairy-tale retelling so this was a must-watch for me.
At first, I was really intrigued. The tales are not from your usual go-to storybook, so that is a plus. The visuals are absolutely enchanting, but I’m sorry to say this is where my praise ends.

As interested as I was at first, the stories are just confusing, weird and hard as I tried, I couldn’t get into it. When I saw weird, I’m talking about a king who gets himself a flee as pet and nurses him to the size of a dog. Crazy enough for you?

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Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)

Hey guys!
I finally reached the end of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Winter is the fourth installment and I couldn’t wait to get started!

Winter by Marissa Meyer - Goodreads Cover

Winter by Marissa Meyer – Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
The final battle is drawing nearer. In the quest to bring Levana’s gruesome rule to an end, our heroes enlist a new ally: princess Winter. Levana’s stepdaughter has every cause to support the rebellion, and so joins our beloved team.
But will they be able to make it to Luna and prevent Kai’s and Levana’s wedding? And far more important: will Selene be queen?

 

The Rating:
I’ve mentioned it before but let me point out again how hard it is to pull off a fairy-tale retelling without making it feel like a cheap and unoriginal copy. Marissa Meyer certainly did a great job as she had already proved with the first three installments of The Lunar Chronicles. So was both excited and set to get to the final book, Winter which is loosely based on the fairy-tale Snow White.
Let’s get down to it! First of all, let me point out that the final part is absolutely fascinating and Meyer will have you holding your breath several times throughout the book. She came with many unexpected plot twists. Believe me, Winter has many surprises for you in store! Continue reading

Book Review: The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7)

Hello guys!

Finally, I have arrived at the end of The Chronicles of Narnia. So join me for a review on C. S. Lewis last installment of adventures in a magical world!

 

The Plot:
The last king of Narnia has to face an unbelievable evil. An imposter of Aslan is about to destroy Narnia forever. All the animals live in fear and Narnia is on the brink of being conquered by Calormenes. Is there a way to safe everybody? And which part will Jill and Eustace play in this adventure?

 

The Rating:
Well, well, I finally finished the last book. To be honest, the entire series didn’t impress me too much and I’m really glad I’m done now.
This part started off rather interesting but as the story continued it got weirder all the time. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Red Riding Hood

A few days ago I spent the night lying awake and zapping through the program. I stumbled upon Red Riding Hood and got really excited, I wanted to watch this one for ages! Fairytale adaptation here I come!

 

 

The Plot:

The village of Daggerhorn is plagued by a werewolf. While Valerie dwells on an unwanted marriage her parents arranged, her sister is murdered by the wolf. The whole village is shocked and they set out to find and kill the werewolf…

 

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Childhood Memories Revisited (Movie Mania): Sleeping Beauty

The second post about my favourite childhood movies is a review on “Sleeping Beauty”. This Disney film is from 1959 and its lovely music was nominated for an oscar a year later.

The Plot:

Sleeping Beauty is a pretty widespread fairytale but let me summarize the story of this particular version: A baby is born. The king and the queen are more than happy and have a huge banquet. The good fairies are to give the lovely princes one gift each. But before the last one can be presented Maleficent, the evil fairy who wasn’t invited, appears. She cast a curse upon the little princess. On her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Not being able to take back the evil spell the last of the good fairies changes it to sleeping instead of dying. Continue reading

One Week of Christmas: The 7 Best Movies for the Holidays Part 1

There are some movies that inevitably come around as soon as snow starts to fall. Of course a few of them are must sees. For me without watching the seven movies I am about to present here Christmas season wouldn’t be the same. They completely became part of my holiday routine and from year to year i still look forward to watching these films. =)

So here we go, the first Christmas holiday must-see:

Three Gifts for Cinderella

I guess everybody is familiar with the fairytale Cinderella. This Czech movie is a slightly different version. Released in 1973 it has become a firm part of christmas routine for many people around the world. As soon as December begins this film starts to pop up on TV every week. I remember watching it since I was little and by now I couldn’t imagine Christmas without it. To me this movie is the first step to get in a christmas-y mood. Continue reading