Cinema Cats

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Movie Theatres. Probably one of the best inventions of mankind. To me it is still astonishing that someone came up with this technique – but then again I find science and technology in general so fascinating. However I actually wanted to write a bit about movies and cinema visits today. Within two last year are made it a habbit to go to the cinema more often, sure I do not manage to watch every movie I’m interested in, but I would say about 70-80 percent. Before that I only went to the movies about three times a year for whatever unexplainable reason. After all, one of my favourite movie scenes is the one with Danny in the drive in singing his depressing song (Grease) – unfortunately I never went to a drive in. Well, yet, that is on my bucket list.

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

I’m really glad I manage to go watch movies I want to see on the big screen quite often nowadays – and in OV, because living in a big city there are a few OV movie theatres nearby. And most recently I was not disappointed with most movies I watched – that said, I do not really watch blockbusters, but rather biopics and horror movies – at least in cinema. And Star Wars, obviously. I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing it must have been to watch the original trilogy in cinema. I love how movies, waiting for the release and then waiting in line to finally watch it connects people, to be honest, that makes me somewhat emotional.

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Movies are not only an escape but also a way to connect to people, especially with amazing series like Star Wars, Back to the Future or Jurassic Park (just to name some favourites with a big fanbase). In 2015 I convinced my friends to attend the BttF event and it was probably one if the best things I ever did (not only because they are still thankful, but because it was glorious) and I wish there were more events like that. After all this year is the 40 year anniversary of A New Hope (well, in Germany it would be February 2018) – and even if they to not show it at the cinema I guess it’s very obvious what I will do that day.

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Of course, the atmosphere of a screening in cinema is always just a bit better with all the popcorn (and nachos for some), the comfy chairs and the darkness. Just writing this makes me excited for the next time I watch a movie (while writing this in March I have not seen Beauty and the Beast yet, but will soon, even though my anticipation is not that high – much more excitement for the live-action version of Mulan here). And I know a lot of people dislike cinemas for all the other people (th chewers and whisperers), but somehow I barely come across annoying people at movie theatres luckily. But then again I often manage to be in cinema with close to no other people – well except for Star Wars and Hidden Figures The latter was in a very small cinema, maybe room 40 people, opening night, OV and I am so glad that fantastic movie got the attention it deserved. I still need to read the book, though. What are your favourite cinema movies? And what would you like to change (bringing cats to the cinema e.g.)?

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Cinema Cats Handmade 50s Outfit

Dress- handmade | Popcorn Bag – amazon (I think, but you find Popcorn Novelty Bags everywhere) | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – tamaris | Brooch – deerarrow | Lipstick – trend it up Infinitely Beauty in 030


A Cure For Wellness | Fangirl Friday

Ever since I heard the first thing about this movie I have been bothering my friends with it. To be honest I didn’t even really know what is was about until three weeks ago or so, but that did not keep me from getting on everybody’s nerves for months because it looked so freaking beautiful.

Here is the thing, I really like horror movies and I like watching horror movies, but I don’t like cheap tricks. Also, while I love the paranormal/supernatural stuff in general I’m really picky about it when it comes to horror movies, elements yes, but in general no. And, for me to enjoy a horror movie, it has to be aesthetically pleasing, that might sound pretentious, but I just really don’t like thrashy splatter (unless it is so weird it’s good again). I think that is way I like Tarantino, some/most of his movies are really bloody in a overdone way, but it has an aesthetic allure to me. Now, with all that said, here is what I thought of A Cure For Wellness.
The Horror factor was high, it was a bit like Shutter Island – who is actually crazy, who can you trust etc. I like that, things were revealved slowly, you got to know new things about the history of sanitorium during the movie and even though I had suspicions about how everything would turn out to be, they managed to get me in a sure-unsure range (that Shutter Island thing, you know) and although I know how the movie ends up now, I would watch it again. Especially the outside of the sanatorium and the way there had some heavy Shining vibes – I mean it was summer, but still. The actual centre of the horror was very scientific and since I do like science quite a bit and think it’s a great element for horror, I enjoyed that. There were elements that were somewhat scientific bordering on supernatural, which I did not enjoy as much. I mean, I get it, I would not have wanted it any other way and I kind of appreciate it, but still it took me off a bit. However I enjoyed the combination of historic and scientific horror that was heavily based on dark psychological and human actions much rather than jumpscares and wavering lights. There were some rather revolting scenes, let’s just say morays and eels are not my favourite animals. The ending (about the last half hour) was really intense and action-packed compared to the rest of the movie, it wasn’t overdone though, and without spoiling anything, that ceremony was both beautiful and eerie.
There was a heavy contrast between the dark-ish horror and the very light, beautiful picture. I would watch this movie again just for it’s incredible beauty that almost seemed like paintings (then again I love romantic art and landscapes). If they made prints of the wellness centre, inside and out, the landscape and all that stuff, I’d buy them all. The coulour palette is very interesting, mainly white, turquoise/cyan and flesh, something so innocent and beautiful. Of course, there is the thing with the (old) bodies you see in the trailer as well, but even that is somewhat beautiful and in the same colour scheme. To me it was also interesting to see all the patients in white and Lockhart (that name, I love it) in his trenchcoat. To be honest, I also really loved the train ride with the SBB in the very beginning, I so loved the mirror effect (I do not know why, but I was so obessed with that scene). The setting is the German speaking Swiss, however the castle they used was Burg Hohenzollern in Germany and the the wellness institutions were German, too and oh my, do I want to visit all the filming locations now. And, luckily they were speaking actual German (the staff and people in the village usually spoke German) and not some mambo-jambo that no one understands. I mean, I do not mind if it sounds somewhat foreign, but I want to understand the actors speaking in my first language without subtitles – it’s one of my movie pet peeves. But seemingly they found a few German actors to fill these roles. Back in New York (in the very beginning), there was this kind of motionless sequence with all the supervisers and I think that was a great scene, too. The soundtrack was also rather subtle, and I like it when they don’t force tension by using music.
To the protagonists, Dane De Haan is one of my favourite actors, I have a strange obsession with his voice and am generally fascinated by his (slightly zombie-looking) face. His acting is superb in my opinion and he plays those torn characters so very well – Lockhart was really top notch and I like both the character and the way De Haan played him with all this intensity and tension. The girl, Mia Goth, was so fascinating as well, it was great to see an actress you could not really put an age on – also she really reminded me of Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland – those three could probably star in a zombie movie together. Also, I think the interactions both with the wellness patients and the villagers (the girls also had some Pink Ladies vibes) were adding a lot to the story as well and really showed the differences. Also, that reference to Der Zauberberg and all those little things were so amazing.

So, if you are into a great landscape and a beautiful picture, you might very well enjoy this intriguing horror movie like I did.

Hidden Figures | Fangirl Friday

The moment I heard about Hidden Figures I knew I needed to go see it, however as always it took some time to be released in Germany. So, last Sunday I finally went to see it and it was fantastic. Recently I am really lucky with the movies I watch and this was no exception, so here are my thoughts on Hidden Figures.

You know that the Sixties are a period I really enjoy watching movies about and especially the ones about civil rights and women’s rights – and that is a constant undertone of the movie. It reminded me of The Help in a way – one of my favourite movies (and books), might be due to Octavia Spencer though. And she was great – as were the other ladies (and gents), I think they had an amazing cast in general and the chemistry between the actors/characters was fantastic. Also how madly pretty is Janelle Monáe? However, I also considered it kind of funny that Jim Parsons was a engineer (as Sheldon really dislikes engineers for those who do not watch TBBT).
I think all of the characters were really interesting. Even though I obviously did not live in the 60s I think it was a good representation of the way people felt and acted – both white and poc. Especially with Vivian (Kirsten Dunst) you could also see how people can actually change over time. But I have to say I was just really delighted by Al Harrison (Kevin Kostner) who was only focusing on the quality of the work they did instead of any other superficiality. That shows how you just need one person in power that can change a lot for better (or worse, of course).
As someone who loves scifi things, seeing a movie about space travel and Nasa that prominently features women was really exciting. It actually was a topic I knew almost nothing about and it’s just so cool to know more about that. Of course it is also really amazing that things turned out so well for the girls. All three of them, Dorothy, Katherine and Mary are so impressive and had their own special way of a achieving their dreams, and even though the main focus was on Katherine, I think her way of doing her best and not letting any issue get in her way was not in any way portrayed as the only one. Mary and Dorothy learning everything on their own and fighting to study was a wonderful inspiration as well. Of course the fantastic outfits added a lot to the whole movie, too, I think everything from the dresses to the trousers were really beautiful – I was so in love with Katherine’s glasses I think about getting them myself. And it got me back into really wanting to dress up and do my hair again – I have been kind of out of the 50s/60s thing and that really got me back in. Especially with Katherine, her vibrant clothes realy made her stick out and gave her sort of a powerful presence. Though of course her quote about glasses was just amazing at showing the power she actually helt.

Yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.

I really enjoyed the music as well, I think you could really hear Pharrell Williams influence. Of course, with the movie being filled with a lot of emotional stuff, I’ve been crying a lot – but I’m used to that now, I just cry in the movie theatre and there was all the feminism, women’s rights an integration it was very near to my heart and of course is also so relevant for this day and age as well. Let’s never forget Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson – and try to shine a light on those history often times forgets.

The movie was just so good, there were fun elements, dramatic and empowering ones. I really recommend it to anyone, especially if you doubt your dreams, because it just shows how you can reach everything if you fight hard.

La La Land | Fangirl Friday

As a musical fanatic enthusiast I was really impatient waiting for this movie. Opposed to DC, Marvel or Star Wars movies most do not have premieres coupled to the US release. So usually we have to wait for about a month or three – even though I usually tend to watch them in English anyway. Well, in the last weeks all my US-american instagram friends were raving about the movie and I could not wait to finally watch it myself – which I did on opening night, yesterday.

And I was not disappointed, it might very well be my favourite movie of 2017 – I doubt many movies will hold up to the beauty that this movie was. Personally I was in tears from the first tone of music when they dance on their cars to the very last. The music alone was so wonderful and enjoyable – the movie probably saved Jazz just like that. Obviously, the songs are not jazz, but typical musical songs yet very special and I still hum them. Interestingly enough both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did sing themselves. While Ryan’s voice does not sound that beautifully (like Michael Bublé would) it matches the character and his love for jazz music. I have to add here that I never was a Ryan Gosling fangirl, I only enjoy his work casually and do not look out for his movies. But now after La La Land I’m head over heels for him, his acting was so brilliant and troughly enjoyable, I’m slightly obsessed with how good it (he) was. As was Emma Stone’s acting. It kind of showed me with how much bad/mediocre acting we keep up nowadays, but when her mimic was so extraordinary it really stood out and made me feel what Mia felt. Truly, the both of them have such an enormous acting capacity it is astonishing. Of course that really showed in the chemistry of Mia and Sebastian, it was really intense and felt real in a way. Which of course made me ship Mia and Sebastian, they are such a wonderful musical couple and have such a tender, true romance. Who doesn’t want something like that?
It’s not a subdued movie, still it manages not to be unbelieveable, it was such a dream like, musical atmosphere. La La Land is very emotional, happy and beautiful, perfect in a way. The whole movie really did remind me of all the musicals I love so much and why I love them. After all even though being set nowadays it did have some Vintage Vibes to it (Sebastian’s look and personality). For me it was kind of a Singing in the Rain/Jersey Boys cross over, but also very emotional like those old Hollywood movies (mind you, movies, not musicals) with Lauren Bacall and Bette Davis – speaking of which, Emma reminds me ever so much of Bette Davis with her big eyes and beautifully interesting face.
As someone who enjoys fashion a lot I was in love with the costume design and especially the colour coordination. As much as I love Novelty prints I also loved the concept of everyone (well, especially the girls) just wearing cute mainly A-line dresses in only one colour. It was so beautiful to see each dancer in another colour – compared to the subdued colours and the occasional red that are present in most movies nowadays. Especially Mia was interesting to me as she did e.g. with the yellow dress have blue shoes and a red purse with her – so it was not some tone-in-tone combination but an intense colourful experience. She also did usually match the season with the colours of her dresses (blue in winter, yellow and lilac in spring etc.) and I was just so amazed by that. It’s simple, but wonderful. I think they also portrayed Los Angeles beautifully, I mean, I’ve never been there, but it does appeal to me a lot after seeing the movie.
Of course, I did develope a crush on Sebastian, he was created so wonderfully from head to toe, from his hair to his love for jazz and Old Hollywood – which you can’t deny. He quotes James Dean – and when there is a James Dean reference how could I not fall for him (and the movie)? Rebel Without A Cause is one of my favourite movies and seeing that in the movie was pure perfection. Like the cherry on top everything else. Also, after seeing the tap dance scene I want to learn tap dancing – again. I always do after watching Singing in the Rain, too. And, last but not least, besides the amazingly written original songs for the movie they also included some 80s songs to make my happiness complete (also the scene with the girls “forcing” Mia to go out reminded me of Mamma Mia so damn much).

It has been quite some time since I saw a movie this perfect, emotional, beautiful and colourful I hope and think it will stick with me forever. It’s a wonderful mix of happy tears and tunes that will stay with you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Fangirl Friday

Last night I went to see Rogue One with a dear friend of mine. We had decided on a German + 3D screening due to time reasons. So, while we would have love to watch it in 2D and English, we could not.

Yet, I have to admit, the 3D was enjoyable nevertheless. It always does give me a little bit of headache, but the effects were worth it. In general I think the animated parts were pretty interesting, especially since they also animated human faces. Which is a weird thing, to be honest, but kind of cool all the same and of course, as it’s Star Wars/Disney and they have an enormous budget, very well made.
Since the movie was set between III and IV, we knew what was going to happen and how certain details had to elvove/be solved and still they managed to pull of a gripping movie. It was neither too long nor too fast paced and I think they concluded Rogue One quite neatly. Personally, going in, I would have wished for Episode VIII instead of a story, but despite that I wasn’t disappointed. There were a lot of nostalgic moments, from characters involved to references and little things. It was, of course, sad not to hear the opening music, reading what had happened so far. I mean, sure, I get why they did not include that, but I would have love that nevertheless. Then again, all those little things kind of made up for that.
The story itself was as mentioned in a way predicatable, because of the following movies. If I had not known the movies, I don’t think I could call it that. And that is quite a thing to say, they made a great story to fit inbetween III and IV, that had surprising and nostalgic elements.
To me, the characters were pretty interesting as well, usually Star Wars characters are good or bad (not everyone and things can change, but that is kind of the tone in general) and in Rogue One the characters were really elaborate and “grey” (as in not black/white). They had their background stories explained yet not in an obnoxiously extensive way, but subtle. And that goes for all the characters, I especially enjoyed Chirrut. Jyn, K-2SO (amazing!) and Cassian had a great chemistry and it was enjoyable to watch their dialogues. Especially Jyn is a great addition to the row of strong women in the Star Wars universe. Sarcasm was quite a big part of those dialogues. And even though the movie was pretty dark, that added some of the humour we know and love.

So for me, even though it did not give me that tingly feeling of The Force Awakens, Rogue One was a good mix of dark and light moments with a great set design, CGI and characters.

Suicide Squad | Fangirl Friday

So, I was excited for this movie for months. Then while basically everyone on this world was able to watch it, we (meaning people in Germany and a few other countries) still had to wait to weeks – and somehw that lowered my expectation a lot. Still, we decided to go to watch the movie on the day it came out here, yesterday that is. So, I was super glad when I got excited within the first minutes of the movie.

Actually I really liked the movie – of course, it was flawed, but I enjoyed it. The cast was amazing, I really like Margot Robbie as Harley and her costume design/makup is amazing. Also I think Jared Leto is a great choice for the Joker – though admittedly while I think Heath Ledger is amazing, I was never that crazy about the Ledger-Joker and only considered him possible (I love Jack Nicholson as the Joker, too). So I think this new movie-version is interesting. I was surprised to find the realtionship between Harley and Joker that two-sided and him being rather tender towards her, but I found the romance kind of cute, so why not? (Of course, the relationship is unhealthy and abusive, but to me it is less so in the movie than in the comics, it was cutified and made him more human in a way.)
Well, I think one of the problems was that there were so many characters, I mean, I know it’s like that in the comics, but I guess due to this it would have worked better as a TV show. Because of course like this not everyone can get a lot of screentime and some of the characters seemed a little unnecessary/underrepresented. Then of course on the other hand the movie would have taken hours if you had explored every single character’s background – but with the one they did it was amazingly executed and very artistic. And to be honest I did sympathise with most of the characters, a really diverse cast, but not forcefully so. I was glad that Batman had a few cameos, because I kind of enjoy Ben Afflecks Batman. The tone was rather lighthearted and fun, but there were dramatic scenes, too, so for me that was a good mixture. Also the soundtrack was wonderful, maybe a bit to stuffed, so they often only used a very small sequence of one song, just to move to another next.
Due to the many characters the plot was rather flat and not as elaborate as one could have hoped, but I liked that I did not know who the super-villian (the one the Suicide Squad had to remove) was before going into the movie. Still, the one they chosee was plausible, even if their plan wasn’t too clear and could have been explained better. Though then again, it’s a comic adaptation, so what do you expect? Compared to Civil War it was grand. Also it had a little bit of a ghostbusters vibe to it.
So in general it was a fun colourful movie with great characters, costums and music choice and I guess I will watch it again, maybe not in cinema though. It did not move me like The Danish Girl or Suffragette, but for that genre it was very nice.

Smaragdgrün | Fangirl Friday

German movie so German text. ;)

Deutsche Filme und ich – das ist nicht gerade eine positive Beziehung. Es gibt vielleicht fünf bis sechs deutsche Filme, die ich wirklich mag – und momentan könnte ich sie nicht einmal aufzählen. Keine Frage, Krimis, Thriller und historische Filme sind durchaus gut, aber Komödien, YA und etwa alles andere… naja. Mir sagt es nicht zu. Und ich war insbeondere vom zweiten Teil der Edelstein-Trilogie enttäuscht. Die Bücher gehören mit zu meinen liebsten, aber schon der erste Tei hatte Schwächen und der zweite wich dannn so weit ab. Zudem war die schauspielerische Leistung nicht gerade erste Sahne – dabei gibt es so gute deutschsprachige Schauspieler (zugegeben gehen die meist nach Hollywood oder spielen in Krimis).

Nachdem eine sehr gute Freundin und ich aber wie gesagt schon den ersten und zweiten Teil gesehen hatten, haben wir auch diesen gemeinsam angesehen, bevor wir am Dienstag letzte Woche auf ein Festival gegangen sind. Ich kann nicht mal sagen, dass ich es bereue für den Film bezahlt zu haben (allerdings kosten bei uns die Tickets montags und dienstags nur etwa 5€), obwohl er wirklich nicht gut war.
Um ehrlich zu sein gehe ich davon aus, dass die Schauspieler doch einiges an Potenzial haben, aber es wirkt dennoch sehr gestellt und man kauft den meiste ihren Charakter einfach nicht ab. Wobei das sicherlich größtenteils dem Drehbuch geschuldet ist. Das ist vielleich cheesy! Nach dem ganzen Liebesdrama – ja, nein, ja, nein, es geht nicht, aber ich liebe dich, blabla -, musste das natürlich fortgesetzt werden. Während diesmal das Drama besser geschrieben war, waren die romantischen Szene einfach nur lachhaft. Ich meine, ich bin ohnehin eher unromantisch, aber wie man auf diese Dialoge kommt… Meine Freundin und ich machen uns noch immer lustig über diese dramatische Szene (das ist jetzt aus dem Gedächtnis zitiert, also keine Garantie für Genauigkeit). “Wenn sich unsere Lippen berühren, ist es als würde jemand in meinem Inneren Bezin ausschütten und anzünden. [Gerede darüber wie wichtig sie ihm ist] Ich weiß nicht, wie es weitergehen soll.” [Dann eine Pause, die die falsche Länge hat, also Anschlüsse, die die Realistik der Szene noch mehr zerstören] “Ich doch auch nicht!” Ihr seht, sehr dramatisch. Was soll nur geschehen? Spätestens da hab ich den Film dann einfach nur noch als Komödie wahrgenommen, die die Namen und das Zeitreise-Element aus Gier’s Büchern entnommen hat.
Der ganze Film ist einfach ungewollt sehr lustig, hat aber eben auch nichts mit dem Buch zu tun. Es passieren unzählige Dinge, die in dem Buch nicht vorkommen und lediglich den Film verlängern (die letzte halbe Stunde des Films ist sehr unnötig und dient einfach nur dazu Gwen mächtiger dastehen zu lassen). Generell sorgen die Änderungen an der eigentlichen Geschichte für einige Brüche.
Nach dem Film war ich voll und ganz Team Charlotte, aus ihr haben sie wirklich einen tollen Charakter gemacht. Die Party in grün war eine der wenigen Sequenzen, die wirklich recht gut und vielversprechend war. Auch Raphael, Gideons Bruder, hat den Film ganz gut aufgelockert ab und an.
Während die Szenerie und die Kostüme wirklich anschaulich (wenn auch teils eher unrealistisch in meinen Augen) sind, hat man einfach ein Drehbuch geschrieben, das seinesgleichen sucht. Es ist einfach teilweise so albern, dass man die Geschichte nur als Komödie nehmen kann, unabhänigig davon ob man die Bücher (und damit die Abweichungen) kennt oder nicht.

Movies I watched in the airplane | Fangirl Friday

Obviously when you fly for a few hours you get the possibility to watch TV/movies, listen to music etc. I never experienced that, because my flight to New York was the first that took that long. So, especially on the flight to New York I uses the time to watch relatively new movies. Since I don’t want to talk about them for ages and neither do I want to make a post for each of them, I will combine them here.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I did not expect that much actually, because zombies really aren’t my thing. To be honest most zombie movies I’ve seen so far were pretty good, but still I usually wouldn’t go for a zombie movie or book without people really recommending it. The idea is pretty good actually, I mean Jane Austen meets Zombies is such an unlikely yet interesting idea and the execution was great. The movie was fun to watch, there were good action scenes (you know, I’m not a big fan of action movie action scenes, because they tend to be loud and nothing else, but these were pretty good) and emotional ones. The costumes were amazing, but then again I love the fashion of this time period. All of the girls are really pretty and especially Liz is wonderfully strong. It’s interesting to see the family like this – as a zombie fighting one – that still uses ome of the frases Jane Austen wrote. I did not watch the trailer befre, so I had no idea what to expect, so it was such a surprise to see Matt Smith – who I only know as The Doctor – as Mr Collins and he did a great job, he was so hilarious. Also quite amusing was Mr Darcy in a (modern-ish) leather jacket which was quite funny and interesting in an attractive way. Mr Bingley on the other hand reminded me of Ed Westwick because of his face. As always I had an instant crush on Wickham – I mean, I know he’s a ba guy but since Lost in Austen I see more and him – and he’s so fancy and smart. Love wise the tension is pretty cute and amusing, not annoying and overstated. In general the movie just made me really happy.

First of all, it’s Disney, so do we even have to talk about the animation? It’s so cute and adorable, the details are incredible (of course e.g. the obvious Apple Logo turned into a carrot) and all that fluffy fur, it’s so well made. The use of the soundtrack is amazing and it’s pretty fine in general. The story is touching, there’s a lot of indirect speech about racism and sexism (indirect because it’s animals obviously). In the movies there are so many references, like to the godfather (that little italian mafia guy was very cute) and Breaking Bad (even I got Walter and Jesse in the lap even though I’ve never seen the show). And I realised Disney keeps up that Lemming thing (one following the other), which isn’t accurate, but it was very adorable still. When they buy those pawsicles (and the producing of them) was just too cute. Also Clawhauser reminded me so much of Tituss Burgess. Also, obviously I’m shipping Judy (who was spoken by lovely Ginnifer Goodwin) and Nick. The movie was very cute and un, but also had some strong and important messages, it’s just a great Disney movie.

Eddie the Eagle
I watched this movie only because I love Taron Egerton, but I missed it when it was in theaters. It#s always funny when you recognise the landsape and since I’ve been to both St. Moritz and Seefeld more than once. and I don’t know why, but I only get excited when I see places I know in movies or read about them. It’s reaööy moving (of course I was in tears), but it’s such a cute and lovely movie that is very inspirational and a lovely happy movie that made me feel good.

From the first James Bond with Daniel Craig to this one, he has grown to me a lot and I find him really attractive now as well. It’s funny how a view on a person you don’t know can still change over time. The Intro was so impressive, but then I was kind of disappointed by the movie. It could have been shortened a bit, in my opinion they stuffed a lot into that movie and those things did not go together to well. To me, it was too much and eventually I was left with so many strands of different stories, it kind of overwhelmed me. The good thing about that was that there were so many great actors, Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott in a Bond movie are perfection, I would have liked to have Monica Bellucci (as well as Scott and Waltz [that sounds kind of cool together]) be more important, even though Madeleine was a pretty interesting and intense character. From all the movies I watched on the outward flight that one was the weakest.

Hateful Eight
Finally – finally – I managed to watch the new (ha ha, new, such a accurate description) Tarantino movie. Besides of those by Tarantino I don’t watch Western movies (unless you count Back To The Future 3), but this one was pretty good – I mean, I prefer the Tarantino movies with Uma Thurman/Christoph Waltz (you know fangirl reasons), but this one was good anyway. I really like that chapter thingof Tarantino and this movie also has quite a good twist. It’s bloody – another random information, I’m not a fan of movies that use a lot of blood unless it’s somewhat aesthetically pleasing/interesting (what a weird way to talk about blood, but just watch Crimson Peak and you get what I mean) – and very murderous. I think it’s a intense, good movie, but there are better Tarantino movies.

I started my journey to NY with Lily James and ended it with her too (not knowingly both times, only realising later). So, here’s the thing: I don’t like Cinderella’s story at all – I mean there are great adaptations, but in general no. So, of course, my reiew is really biased. Cinderella to me is the most unrealistic story character-wise. First Cinderella she’s such an unbelieveable do-gooder (don’t get me wrong, Snow White is too, but in a realistic, lovely way), so she is treated so badly but doesn’t do anything about it. I mean, I get it, you’re a good person, but honestly you’re pretty weak. And she’s portrait exactly like that (and the stepmom is sooo evil, but played by the incredible Kate Blanchett). Well, in the end it’s okay, but some scenes made me cringe and/or angry with Ella. The actors were amazing, the main characters just weren’t to me. Talking about characters – lovely Helena Bonham Carter was there and Sophie McShera (from Downton Abbey like Lily James). The costumes were so well made and I think they would have deserved the Oscar (instead of Mad Max). In general the set design and the animals was so fantastic, great job of the special effects team. The story wasn’t really my thing due to my difficulties with Cinderella, but the movie was good nevertheless.

Which movies did you watch recently?

Alice Through the Looking Glass | Fangirl Friday

Queen of Hearts

Two days ago I went to see the new Alice movie – we were lucky, a cinema nearby had some sort of a pre-preview, so we could watch the movie a day before the official release date in Germany. As you probably know, Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book/movie/pop cultur thing and this movie was a wonderful addition to wide collection of Alice movies. I was in love with the first one (one of my first Tim Burton movies!) as well, even though it wasn’t at all like the book. So, I did not expect it to be like the book (the trailers also made that quite obvious) and of course it wasn’t.

There were a few scenes similar to the book and of course, most of the characters were based on Lewis Carroll’s, but other than that it was more of a Wonderland adventure than a adaptation, which is in no way a bad thing – we all know those terrible book to movie adaptations…
The story itself revolves mainly around Time who is – as we know from book and trailer – a he, there is quite a lot time travelling (yay!), talking about time and changing the past. So, be prepared for a lot of puns, especially when Time himself is found around the Mad Tea party. Obviously he is not amused. I think he’s supposed to be German (there were a few German words and the accent might have been German), probably because Germans are “always on time” (haha, you wish!). Either way he was a lovely, round character with understandable reasons for this actions.

I got really excited when I saw Andrew Scott listed among the actors on IMDb and even more when I saw the trailer. Unfortunately his appreance was really short and I wanted to see more of his wonderful acting as a mad doctor. In general the movie was pretty fast paced, so I wasn’t bored at any moment, but on the other hand some scenes were quite rushed through (but then again the movie is almost hours long, so … maybe they should have cut a few scenes and extended others instead). The story is pretty coherent nevertheless with a lovely ending that would make another movie possible, but not necessary.

What’s the matter?
The hatter’s the matter.
Or the matter of the hatter.
The former.
No, the latter.

I’m often pretty disappointed with the CGI, but I think in this one it was amazing. AMAZING. The colours are so beautiful and bright – I really want to live there (and I think they deserve an Oscar for the Visual Effects – or the costumes). And, oh my, the costums were so beautiful and detailed! I would have wished for Alice to wear a dress once, but her outfits were wonderfully creative nevertheless, especially the one with which she first enters Wonderland. But everyone wore really cute outfits – and makeup, that too of course. The Queen’s outfits were pretty cool as well, I mean, I love the big dress, but the pants with the cage (?) train are amazing.
Besides the costumes, the character design was simply great in general, Cheshire is such a cutie, especially as a little kitten. But then again, the whole sequence with the young characters was lovely – just look at the adorable Tweedledee and Tweedledum with their scarfes. But the young actors were really well choosen as well in my opinion.

I really wanted to own all those little animals and the seconds (basically looking like Ritter Rost, a German kid’s book character). The time machines were pretty cool as well, a little bit trashy, but I really liked them.
Not only is the movie really detailed visually, but also characterwise, you learn a lot about their origin, especially the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter. Helena Bonham Carter did a great job once more (but then, she just is a great actress). Mia was really sweet as well, like Helena she is a really good actress. The Alice in this movie is much stronger and a really cool character – I think she could be a great role model for kids. In general this movie has a good message (or even messages) about time and life – Alice’s mum and Time are particularly interesting here.

To me this movie was even better than the first one and not boring at all, my mum who does not know the Alice universe as well did like the movie, too, and could follow it without troubles. So, if you get the chance, check it out!

Captain America: Civil War | Fangirl Friday

I did in no way plan on watching this movie, I’m actually more into DC (though, I love Loki and Spiderman), but my friends suggested the movie and I haven’t been to the cinema in months, so… To be honest I don’t really get why everyone in bashing Batman v Superman and praising this. To me this was a weird movie with a lot of unnecessary stuff to it. And not my kind of weird. A cute (but really unnecessary for the plot) Spiderman and a fantastic Daniel Brühl could not deceive me into thinking that the movie was practically perfect in every way.

First the plot was kind of lost from time to time, though it would have been good (you know the card Kronk holds up in The Emperor’s New Groove? it’s like that). So, they really could have shortend the movie, the first hour or so (before Antman, Hawkeye and Spidey made it fun) was rather boring. Spiderman himself is the right amount of smartass and insecure and I really like that, I think Tom Holland did a great job. He’s quite cute, I don’t mind the replacement , but he as much as many other characters was really unnecessary (I get why they let him appear now, as I guess it helps to make people accept the new Spidey and stops them from boykotting the movie).
To me the special effects were pretty bad, but I guess that’s just me. While I could have spared he stressed hits (I found them really annoying), I would not have mided a bit more music, especially during fighting scenes. By the way, I was Team Iron Man all the way, Caps priorities are extremely questionable to me and his obsession with Bucky does not help (when will they end up together? Caps kissing scene was so weird btw).
As always the Russian guys were the bad guys, though Daniel Brühl was really great (as I expected him to be). Then there was this super weird “Russian Voodoo” (that’s what I call it in my mind) crap that neither really seemed Russian to me, nor made any sense at all. And what also bugged me was that there were German special police forces in Bukarest and then they get back to Germany (Berlin, I guess) in – what? – two hours. By car. That’s so incredibly unrealistic and it really annoyed me.
What was actually fun, was the Stan Lee Cameo and as I mentioned before Antman, Hawkeye and Spidermanhad some fun things to say. After about an hour action and plot started to kick in, but all in all it wasn’t that much better than BvS.