The Crucible

Hello, my darling readers!
Today I want to talk about a film I had meant to watch for ages. Then I finally found the time to check it out but had to process what I had just watched for a while. Let’s talk about The Crucible!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

After married man John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder), she leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon his wife, Elizabeth (Joan Allen). When the ritual is discovered, the girls are brought to trial. Accusations begin to fly, and a literal witch hunt gets underway. Before long, Elizabeth is suspected of witchcraft, and John’s attempt to defend her only makes matters worse.

The Rating:

What can I say about The Crucible?
Well, it certainly was intense – and so weird. I went into this film fully expecting that I would love it but I don’t and I’m rather confused with myself. The idea is intriguing and I recall reading somewhere that it was meant as an allegory for the McCarthy era and how people were persecuted for being communists at that time. In light of this connection, the film is even more fascinating to me and I think I watched it with different eyes than I would have otherwise. Or at least I was pondering the events unfolding more than I would have otherwise. Even without this allegory, the movie ties into history and the Salem witch trials. For that reason alone I should have been all-in on this movie, so what is bothering me?

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Stranger Things: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
The more reviews I write, the more I realize how behind I am on the latest seasons. Stranger Things season 3 is coming out soon(ish), so it’s about time I share my two cents on season 2!


The Plot:
Everybody is trying to come to terms with the events of season 1. But the horror is far from over. Will may be back, but is certainly not okay. What’s going on in the Upside Down? And where is Eleven?

The Rating:
Stranger Things is one of the best shows currently out there.
The second season may not be as 100 % brilliant as the first one, but for me it’s at about 98 %. That’s certainly something I can live with.
I was beyond excited to see what the show runners had in store for us with season 2. There are many surprises and plot turns I hadn’t seen coming (but also some I had hoped for). The story remains intricate and capturing, so season 3 promises to be interesting as well. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Mermaids (1990)

Hey Folks!
Today I want to present my favourite Cher film ever. Based on a novel by Patty Dann, Richard Benjamin created a lovely comedy drama!


The Plot:
The story is narrated by Charlotte. She’s 15 years old and lives with her rather eccentric mother Rachel and little sister Kate. Whenever something goes wrong in her life, Rachel packs up an relocates. The actual story begins in 1963 right after one of those moves. Charlotte, who’s obsessed with Catholicism, develops feelings for the 26-year-old school bus driver Joe while Rachel falls in love with a local shop owner. But is there a future to any of those relationships? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Hey guys!
It’s time for a movie review! Today I’ll write about a topic that has been adapted quite a few times already. One of those adaptations is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. Let’s see whether this version is any good!


The Plot:
It’s 1897. The solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet with one of new clients, the rather weird Count Dracula. However, Harker soon realises that there is something very wrong, while his fiance Mina has an interesting encounter back in England.
Dark powers are at work here and only few know how to battle this kind of evil…


The Rating:
I’ve seen my share of Dracula adaptations ranging from the classic Nosferatu to Wes Craven’s modern take on the story. This version is certainly one of the better takes on the story.
The cast is chosen very well, except for one role. While Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins excel in their roles, Keanu Reeves simply does not work as Jonathan Harker. During the whole movie he just doesn’t seen to fit in. He’s most certainly no match to Gary Oldman, his performance seems rather weak and becomes even more pale in the scenes Reeves shares with Oldman. Continue reading

Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters – Movie Edition

Hey Guys!
About half an eternity ago I did a post where I described myself in 3 TV show characters. Today I’m going to continue: it’s movie time!


Hermione Granger (Harry Potter):
I remember seeing the movie in theaters and thinking: That is so me. Her attitude, her looks, her ambition. Even the sarcastic comments and that she’s constantly correcting everybody. Although I may not be that hyper-motivated when it comes to studying, I’m always well prepared and ahead of time. 100% me.


Lydia (BeetleJuice):
Beetlejuice is one of my all time favourite Tim Burton films. He’s one of my favourite directors and for this movie he got Winona Ryder on board. I love almost all of her 80s and 90s flicks but her role as Lydia is the most relatable for me. She has no friends, a taste for the dark and unusual. I was (and I guess I still am) a very weird kid with a slight obsession for the obscure. So yeah, you see the connection…

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Movie Mania: Heathers

Greetings and Salutations! Today I bring an infamous 80’s flick that is loaded with stars! Heathers or how I call it: The importance of being Heather.



The Plot:

The three Heathers are the most popular girls in high school. Recently the feared girls invited Veronica to join their group. However, she soon gets sick of the Heathers’ behavior. struggling to back to her old and nerdy life she becomes romantically involved with JD, a mysterious and rather dangerous guy. The two pull (what Veronica thinks to be) a prank on the boss Heather, ending in her death. A shocked Veronica forges Heather’s suicide note but this is only the beginning… Continue reading