The Bold Type – Friendship, Dating & Work

Hey my loves,

I love a good TV Show and especially when I can relate to it with real life. The Bold Type is the perfect show for every woman in her 20s and every post-grad college student. The show centers on three women – Jane, Kat and Sutton. Three friends working at a magazine called Scarlet. It focuses on their work life, their personal life and their dating life. The central focus of the show is their endless love for each other.

Recently Season 4 was made available on Amazon Prime in Germany and I could not wait to see it, I actually finished it within two days. The first season got me hooked but every season since we have some new troubles and fun activities these girls do. And I love that the show deals with problems such as how society presents and reflect female needs and want, and most importantly what young professionals have to face these days. Everything from cheating boyfriends, to working hard for a promotion, to love and miscarriages. It shows life how it is – raw and painful but also full of love and friendship. I personally thought that Suttons storyline in Season 4 was something I could personally relate to a lot, she knows what she wants and she goes after it and most importantly she is so honest about it – I admire honesty like that. Yes, she lost a lot and had to go through a lot, but I truly think that to live your best life you have to live out your truth and not someone else and Sutton does that.

Friendship is probably the topic I identify with the most. I always have been in a closer friendship group of three and I love the dynamic it gives to the friendship. No matter what you do or what you need your friends are there for you and the show displays that. In a matter of fact, they display it as I experience it every day – friends are family and that means even if you haven’t seen them in a while you can always, and I mean always, count on their support and love. I love that the girls support each other through everything but also are always honest when the other person does something that doesn’t align with their views (i.e. Kat “dating” the republican lady). It shows the viewers how it should be – as long as you there for each other and as long as you are honest to each other, everything will work itself out.

“You did not fail, my Jane. You just failed. Sometimes you’re going to fail. That is what it means to be a professional writer. Now go write something else.“

The Bold Type also deals with feminism, cancel culture, and racism. In my opinion some of the most important issues of our time. I love that they always include every side – both men and women, gay or straight, republican or democrat. They show each side of the problem. I love that. It’s informative in so many ways, but most of all it is supportive. And it makes you want to inform yourself even more – we love an education TV show over here.

“Keep bringing your passion, it’s how you’re going to make your mark.”

If you haven’t given the show a watch, do. You’re going to love it. While some of the articles Jane writes might be a little over the top, her approach is always real. And that’s what I take from the show: Be who you want to be and love yourself. But I also take with me that it’s okay to struggle and that your work life and personal life might not always link up with each other, but that you always have to celebrate each victory you have.

“Facing the truth is really important. Ultimately the truth always makes us stronger.“

It is also so interesting to see that while each of the characters are so different, I can identify with each. It is very rare that a show actually makes me feel like I could be friends with them or that I find characteristics in them that I see in myself. While I am very far away from being bold, this show gives me the courage to dare and to dream a little more.

You can watch The Bold Type on Amazon Prime: The Bold Type – Season 1 – Season 4

XoXo, Jasmin.

“There isn’t one right way. There are all kinds of love. There’s forbidden love, first love, there’s rekindled love, which can be amazing or terrible depending on whether you’re meant to be together, there’s complicated love, where you’re still trying to figure each other out, and then there’s unconditional love, which it sounds like you have.“

How to apply your makeup for an online job interview

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk a little about how to apply your makeup for an online job interview. In this pandemic everything is happening a little different and that includes the job world a lot. 

A video chat call can easily make you look washed out and pale because of the quality of your webcam. I will give you some tips on how to avoid look pale and instead look glowing, awake and ready to tackle anything.

STEP-BY-STEP TO THE PERFECT MAKEUP LOOK

Step One – Skincare

Skincare is a must for a good makeup look. Stick to products your skin knows and do not try anything new in the week leading up to the interview. Make sure your skin is moisturized and peeled for a glowing finished look.

Step Two – Primer

A good primer helps your skin to protect in from the products you are going to put on your face, but it also helps with the makeup be a lot long-lasting. If you are unsure what kind of primer to use ask your local cosmetic studio to help you out. But, generally speaking if your skin is more on the dry side you should use a moisturizing primer, if your skin is more on the oily side you should use a primer that is mattifying and if your have combination skin use a prima that is water based. 

Step Three – Base

Use a product you already know whether it being a foundation, BB Cream or CC Cream. Make sure to blend down the product on your neck. I would suggest using a product that evens out the skin down but doesn’t look and feel to heavy on your skin. I personally love using the IT Cosmetics CC Creme. 

If you have skin blemishes or acne you can use concealer in your skin tone to conceal them, but I would suggest if the blemish is just raised and not red to not put any concealer on it, because it does draw attention to it rather than away.

Before you apply any other products unless they are cream based, you should set your base with a translucent powder. Focus the product on your t-zone that is where we tend to get the oiliest throughout the day.

Step Four – Blush, Contour and Highlight

To get back some color and dimension back to your face we need to add color, shade and light. To shape your face you need to contour, you can use the three method which ist basically follow the line of a three on the outer part of your face with a contour powder. To get a little warmth and a nice summer glow you can also a a bronzer to the hollows of your cheek.

Use a blush that is not like a hot pink use something that is a little bit more natural. If you do want to use highlighter stay away from glittery products, instead of a shimmery product you could also use a powder that is two to three shades lighter than your skin color.

Step Five – Eyebrows and Eyes

The eyebrows are refereed to as the frame of the face so we cannot forget about them. If you are blessed with full eyebrows use an eyebrow mascara to shape them. If you have sparse eyebrow hair or want to change the form a bit you can use eyebrow powder or an eyebrow pencil, but I would recommend setting this with a clear brow mascara.

When you use eyeshadow stick to natural colors – like brown, rose or golden tones. Make sure that your eyes are lifted and appear to be more awake. For that you need to apply a lighter shadow to the eyelid, a darker shadow in the crease and then blend it. If you want to open up the eyes even more you can always add a shimmery highlight to the inner corner of the eye.

Last but not least, apply a waterproof mascara to your lashes. I always stick to the upper lashes that way they don’t adhere to my lower lashes as much, but do what you prefer.

Step Six – Lipstick and Setting Spray

If you choose to use lipstick make sure that it is not a bold color unless that is your statement color you wear on a daily basis. I would recommend using a lipliner before unless the lipstick is a long-lasting one.

Lastly, you should use Setting Spray to set your makeup in place and to revive it a bit with some freshness. Setting spray makes sure that your makeup lasts all day and doesn’t smudge.

All in all, stick to neutral and warm colors to give your face a natural glow and healthy look. If you want to make sure your eyes pop don’t use a bold color on the lips and vice versa. But most important – YOU DO YOU, whatever feels the most like yourself is completely fine.

If you are unsure if what you created is good enough check-in with your friends or family via a video chat. That way you can check if it looks good or if you need to change it up a little.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little entry.

I wish you a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

a little update

Hey my loves,

Long time no chat. It has been almost three months since I have uploaded a blog entry, so I thought I would give you a quick run down on what happened. The Corona-Semester hit me hard, a lot of my classes were canceled and if they were online it was truly not the best situation at all. At the end I was only able to do three courses, which is really bad when you think that I had booked around eleven courses. I honestly was shocked at how some of my professors dealt with the entire situation and I am hoping that the upcoming semester will be better even if it will be an online semester as well.

Besides that a lot of other very crazy things happened and that have tested me over the last weeks a lot. It just shows you how much you should value and cherish moments with friends and family and how strong one really ist. Something just happened a little over a week ago, which was probably the scariest of them all – a Corona scare. But all is good now – but still wear your mask and keep social distancing to people you do not know.

But now, I am officially on vacation time, well besides the two papers that have to be written and the move I have to prepare. Oh yeah, right – I AM MOVING! I am so excited for my new apartment, I am not really moving cities or anything but I am getting a bigger space, which I am super excited about. I will probably move in around four to six weeks – hopefully, there are some delays (the apartment is being fully renovated). I am planning on a series involving my move, so stay tuned for that. 

How has quarantine and the whole situation affected you? Tell me in the comments. This blog is a safe place. Also, let me know of any blog post ideas you would want me to share. I am going to slowly get back into it and hopefully be back on my feet with this blog by the time I am in my new place.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear a mask.

XoXo, Jasmin.

What I am Watching During Quarantine

Hey my loves,

since this quarantine-thing seems to be going on for a lot longer I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite tv shows and movies I watched during the last few weeks. As well as share the top 3 from my bestie Miri, which you would know from blog post like

I don’t know about you, but in the first few weeks of this all I didn’t do much else besides binge-watching tv shows and movies. If you like I could also write a post about how I got out of the rut and into doing actual productive things. It wasn’t very easy, and I still have some days where I don’t do anything, but most of the time I am actually staying quite busy.

Now, I have a few tv shows I have watched during quarantine. Some of them I’ve finished, some of them I’m watching while puzzling and some I can only watch the weekly episodes.

My Top Tv Shows during Quarantine

Community is great if you want something in the background while doing some household stuff or while your puzzling, it’s also super funny which lifts your mood like nothing. I binge watched the entire season of Locke & Key and am super excited for the news about a season two. I really enjoy watching Station 19 and have to say that season 3 is by far my favorite so far. Station 19 also inspired me to start watching Chicago Fire again.

Z Nation is just a really entertaining zombie apocalypse show which in the current situation is a little morbid, but the show is just too good. Last but not least, I also binge watched I am not Okay with this in one day. I wasn’t sure if I would like it but man I freaking loved it. Highly recommend it!

My Top Movies I watched during Quarantine

I feel like pretty much everyone has seen Contagion by now even though it is probably the worst movie to watch while in quarantine, but it is just really good. I love a good Jason Statham movie and that includes the animal movie The Meg. I really like this one I feel like it has a good structure to it and is quite entertaining.

I recently rewatched not only the original movies from Jurassic Park, but also the second one from the newer one. They are just classics and really entertaining. I wanted to see Snowpiercer for a real long time and finally got around to watching it and it was so good. The whole story line is super intriguing and I really like the fact that it’s shot in one place. Last but not least, I watched Lost Girls. This one is definitely not a feel good movie but I am a sucker for a real life event movie and this one is just horrorfying. Really should watch it if you are into real crime movies.

Miri’s Top Choices

Here are the three top movie Miri has watched during this time: Aus dem Nichts, Frank and The Purge. She also loves to watch TV Shows and recommends the following:

  • Narcos
  • Halt
  • The Mandalorian
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Catch Fire
  • La Casa De Papel

What are some of your favorite things to watch? Tell me in the comments, I’m always down to try some new tv shows.

Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.
XoXo, Jasmin.

Four TV Shows with Bad Fourth Seasons Part Two

Check out Part One here.

2. Justified

The FX show Justified is a real conundrum for me. The first time I watched it, I was very young and didn’t have much of an idea of what makes a great TV drama, so I thought it was all amazing. And undoubtedly, there are some things that make this show unique: the exploration of southern culture in Kentucky, the look inside the US Marshall Service, the atmospheric use of country music, the intense dialogue in that wonderful accent. But when I went back to it years later, after having seen The Wire, The Sopranos, and Breaking Bad, I recognized the many ways in which Justified really is not that good a show overall. It starts out amazing in the pilot episode, and then the next eight or nine episodes turn into a boring, generic cop show mess, before the last three episodes of season 1 are awesome again, and I’m sure I know where the problem lies, because the show’s saving grace is Walt Goggins as Boyd Crowder. As complicated as Raylan Givens, the actual protagonist, may be, and as nice as Timothy Olyphant is to look at in boots and a cowboy hat, Boyd Crowder has always been the coolest, the most captivating, and the most interesting character, and he just wasn’t present for most of season 1 because Goggins was off shooting Predators (and what a waste of his time and our money that was). Accordingly, the middle part of the season, when Boyd is in prison, had to be constructed around his absence and that just didn’t work. In season 2, Goggins joined the main cast, and it did the show a whole lot of good, because most of that season was great. There was Boyd trying to find himself after his faith in God was destroyed, his slow progress towards becoming Harlan’s leading gangster, and Raylan’s constant tension with the newly introduced Bennett family. Some parts still felt a bit forced or generic, and the writers would have done themselves a favor in making Winona a bit less annoying, but I could tell the show was finding its footing, whereas in the first season it didn’t seem to have a clue what it actually wanted to be. And then, well, the third season happened, and it was absolutely brilliant. The writers left all notions of generic cop shows behind and finally focused on amazing TV drama. There was one clear arc that led the season (where is the Bennett money?), but it had enough side plots to keep the audience on their toes, while there were betrayals, murders, and the introduction of some interesting new characters. As the best TV dramas are prone to, it also managed to blend drama and comedy, as we can see in that hilarious episode where Dewey Crowe runs around thinking someone stole his kidneys. And the season ended with an absolute bang, in terms of action as well as emotional impact.

The extremely high bar set by the season 3 finale was unfortunately also Justified’s downfall. The scene in which Limehouse chops off that creepy villain’s arm with a meat cleaver is pretty much the best scene of the entire series, and the moment when the audience realizes Raylan’s father really wanted to shoot Raylan and not the State Trooper was the most shocking, and the way in which this truth is revealed to the audience is beautiful and simply done very well. It just wouldn’t get any better than that, and that much became obvious in season 4: Justified had jumped the shark. Season 4 was just not very good. Apart from the introduction of some not very interesting characters, there was that nonsensical episode where Boyd and Ava have to go to this weird sex party organized by the former sheriff in order to achieve something (what exactly, remains unclear), not to forget the incredibly pointless and just plain stupid game cock episode. And going back to the structure of story arcs, this season functioned similarly to Teen Wolf season 4 because at the beginning of the season, a riddle was posed: who is Waldo? No, I am not kidding, that is the riddle. Some dude died some decades back, and apparently his name was Waldo, or maybe it wasn’t, and then Raylan has to find out who he really was. As far as story arcs go, this kind of idea is of course not uncommon, but whereas the stakes were high in Teen Wolf, in Justified season 4 the question remained: why do I need to care who Waldo is? The sad answer was: I absolutely do not care at all. It did not make any difference to anyone if Waldo was ever discovered. It seemed that the writers had used up all of their creativity on season 3 and just had nothing left. A few moments were still great, of course, such as the way Raylan’s father’s death was handled, or Boyd’s proposal to Ava, not to forget the finale, when Ava is arrested and Boyd completely falls apart. But while Teen Wolf and Community completely recovered from their terrible fourth seasons, Justified did not. Season 5 was a lot better, of course, as it went back to what had worked so well in season 2 with the Bennett family and introduced a new family: the Crowe clan from Florida. And I know Michael Rapaport’s accent was less than perfect, but I couldn’t help but be interested in the guy and his dynamic with Boyd. Nonetheless, the show couldn’t quite recover; the plot was a bit too convoluted, people scheming with and then against each other so quickly one had to stop and wonder what exactly the point was. This issue continued into season 6, although the finale was worthy of the show as a whole. Putting Boyd back in prison and making him a preacher again was a stroke of genius as it showed that some people are incapable of change.

1. Boardwalk Empire

It was obvious right away that Boardwalk Empire would be great. It was produced by HBO, and they went all-out, employing Martin Scorsese as one of the main directors and Steve Buscemi for the lead character. The wardrobe alone must have cost HBO millions, not to mention the fact that they built a life-sized replica of the original Atlantic City boardwalk. So this show had no need to find its footing. Right from the very first minute of the series premiere, it knew what it was and it did the job: high quality TV drama in a historical setting. As is usual for HBO shows, the story is populated by innumerable characters, all of whom have their own interesting backstory, their own motivations, and are portrayed by brilliant actors. The show harshly criticized American politics, the ideal of the American Dream, and World War I, while simultaneously underlining the fact that pretty much all Americans are immigrants, and it managed all of that through intricate, complex plots and subplots, and the first two seasons were glorious. At the end of season 2, the show found itself at a crossroads when two main players left the game: Jimmy Darmody first killed his father, the Commodore, and was subsequently killed by Nucky. These two characters, especially Jimmy, had been central to the plot of the first two seasons, so a completely new story arc was needed, and boy, did the writers deliver. Season 3 brought us Gyp Rosetti, one of the most fascinating and unpredictable TV villains I have ever seen, and Bobby Cannavale seriously deserved the Emmy he received for that role. But his story ended after only one season, sadly. And season 3 was the best season of that show by far. It’s almost impossible to choose one scene as the best one when there are so many highlights to choose from. The fact is, this season could not be topped, and indeed it was all downhill from there. Boardwalk Empire, too, had jumped the shark, although it wasn’t immediately visible.

The fourth season started out great and definitely had its bright sides. The introduction of the FBI agent Knox, the vilest creature this show has to offer, did the plot a whole lot of favors. Unfortunately, the dark sides slightly overshadow the season. For one thing, there is Eli’s son Willie, who in season 3 was a very mature, reasonable young man who had to grow up fast in order to care for his legion of younger siblings while his father was in jail. Now in season 4, the character has been recast, which happens and isn’t a problem, and has undergone some significant personality changes, which very much is a problem. Gone is the mature, reasonable kid; it seems like going to college has made Willie regress into a snotty, emotionally unstable teenager who makes spectacularly bad decisions. Most of the problems in that season could have been avoided if Willie had just used his brain a bit more. Then, there is the new villain Narcisse, who seems interesting enough, but most of the problems he brought about could have been avoided if Chalky White had a) treated Purnsley a bit more like a human being and b) kept his dick in his pants. And that leads us to yet another issue I have with this season. Her name is Daughter Maitland. Yes, that’s her name. She is a very talented singer. And how do I know that? Because the writers of the show seemed to think it a good idea to have her sing at least one song in every. Single. Episode. That doesn’t sound like much of a problem at first glance, but hear me out. Of course she had to sing once to demonstrate her talent and justify Chalky’s interest in having her perform at his club. But every performance after that first one was completely redundant. This isn’t going to turn into a tangent about musicals, but Boardwalk Empire is not a musical, and if her singing does not contribute anything to her character or the plot (and it never does), then I do not want to hear it. Her constant singing, as pleasant as it may sound, gave off the impression that the writers were running out of ideas and needed to fill some minutes of screen time, so why not have the pretty singer perform some more? This feeling was rather disturbing because it really was not an issue I had encountered before. Never had any of the musical performances (and there had been quite a few) felt so forced and so redundant and so incredibly repetitive. It appeared inspiration was dwindling.

And this trend was continued in the abysmal season 5, full of flashbacks that told us nothing new, only repeating facts we had already been told in detail. We already knew everything (!) about Nucky’s involvement in Gillian’s introduction to the Commodore, so there was no point, none at all, to rehash it all in a flashback. Again, there seemed an acute lack of ideas and an acute need to just fill a few minutes with something, anything, and the season only ran for eight episodes. Of course, it had its highlights, but they were few and far between. And that is why Boardwalk Empire is number 1 on this list. While Justified tried to regain its footing after season 4 and managed to produce a fifth season that was noticeably better, Boardwalk Empire’s fifth season was even more disappointing than the fourth one.

Author: Miriam (@miri_mh8)

My Top 10 Movies of 2019

Hey my loves,

On Sunday I shared my top ten movies I am excited for in 2020, so I thought it was only fitting to talk about ten movies I have seen in 2019 that were my highlights of the year. These are only movies I’ve seen in the cinema, so if you want I could make a Netflix highlight reel, too. Just let me know in the comments.

The movies are not in any order only in order of their release. But if I had one movie that I loved it would a hundred percent be Joker.

Top 10 Movies 2019

Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)

Glass

„Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.“

One of the best movies I have seen in 2019 for sure. I love the entire storyline and James McAvoy was brilliant. His portrayal of the endless personalities are absolutely amazing. If you haven’t seen this movie or the previous one you should. Split and Unbreakable are truly good as well. 


Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg, Brie Larson, Stan Lee, Rune Temte, Gemma Chan, and Algenis Perez Soto in Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel

„Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.“ 

I really had high hopes for this movie. Brie Larson is one of the best actresses out there. And I was not disappointed, the movie was fun and entertaining. If you aren’t a fan of the marvel universe, give this movie a try anyway. A strong female leading character and a really nice storyline.


Lupita Nyong'o in Us (2019)

Us

„A family’s serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.“

Get Out was one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in 2017, so I was really hyped about another movie by Jordan Peele. Us is intriguing, chilling and surprisingly terrorizing. And boy I did not see that ending coming. Really would recommend to watch this one.


Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Avengers: Endgame

„After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.“

As you might have noticed I am a big Marvel fan. I have been hooked on the movies ever since the first Avenger movie and honestly have seen any movie since. But man, Avengers: Endgame had me on the edge of my seat and crying. I knew something bad was about to happen but they did it so good. I won’t spoil even though I think it is super unlikely that anybody not know what I am talking about.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

„The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.“

I love a good monster fantasy movie. And Godzilla II did not disappoint whatsoever. I really enjoyed this movie and its effect and am highly excited about the new one in 2020. Also, can we talk about Millie Bobby Brown? She is so great. I love her.


Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan in Dark Phoenix (2019)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

„Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.“

So, this movie is in my highlights, because I love Sophie Turner, but I do have to admit I had higher hopes for this one. It was still great though, but I wished the story wasn’t as predictable and sometimes a little to stretched. But the X-Men Franchise is one of my faves so got to respect the work!


Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far from Home

„Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.“

Peter Parker, he is just too damn cute not to watch. Also, it was the movie after Endgame so it was a MUST to see. We had to know what would happen, right? I loved it. His humor the twist, the entire story line. Just appreciating the light and airy work.


Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody, Nicky Guadagni, John Ralston, Elyse Levesque, Melanie Scrofano, Mark O'Brien, Kristian Bruun, Samara Weaving, Daniela Barbosa, Celine Tsai, and Hanneke Talbot in Ready or Not (2019)

Ready or Not

„A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.“

This one was so much fun! I watched it at a film festival with one of my best friends and we had such a good time with the movie. It is about so much more than just a game and the characters were hilarious. Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend!


Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Two (2019)

It: Chapter 2

„Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.“

The entire movie was freaking awesome! I loved the original and the remake and the casting is just perfect. The child actors are unbelievably good and the older ones just portrayed the effects of what happened to them so amazingly well. It was worth every second!

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

Joker

„In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.“

Now, I honestly can say, hands down, that Joker was one of the BEST movie I have seen in my entire life. It left my in absolute awe and shock. I did not know what to expect when I was going in, but man, it was so good. At more than one time in the movie I was actually sitting there with my mouth opened stunned at Phoenix’s performance as Arthur. It was chilling and it truly made me think about our society a lot afterwards.


What were your 2019 movie highlights? I would love to know, write your top 3 in my comments. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

All movie information is from http://www.imdb.com

Four TV Shows with Bad Fourth Seasons Part One

There appears to be a pattern in television entertainment that some series peak in their third season and then plummet in quality in the fourth. I am unsure of when I first noticed this pattern, but once I had recognized it in four of my favorite shows, I decided it was high time to think about it and possible causes and effects. So this is that. Beware, however, that I will talk about these shows in great detail, and not just their third and fourth seasons, but all of them. These “bad” seasons may not be that bad in isolation, so in order to explain what I mean when I call them bad, I have to compare them to the rest of their respective shows. So if you have not watched these shows, or have only watched up until the third season, there will be hard spoilers and you may not want to read. Let’s begin.

4. Teen Wolf

Oh, the beautiful mess that is Teen Wolf. Like two of the other shows on this list, Teen Wolf’s seasons vary in quality. The first season was nice, but still had a rather trashy look, and Tyler Posey as the lead was an undeniably mediocre actor—it didn’t help that his sidekick was Dylan O’Brien, who from his very first moment on screen outdid everybody so clearly it was almost embarrassing. Still, the show had a unique charm and so many beautiful people, I couldn’t stop watching. The second season was already a lot less trashy, but still featured some questionable ideas, such as letting the werewolves run on all fours while still in human form (an idea that looked so stupid it was thankfully abandoned after season 2). It did make some very good decisions, however, such as bringing back Peter, one of the funniest characters (and one who could provide a lot of friction). And then came the third season, which was the best season so far, the second-best season overall and definitely the scariest season. Stiles’s dream sequences in the second half were seriously uncanny, and the whole Nogitsune situation was body horror at its finest. It was exhilarating, complex, devoid of any trashiness, and the writers really went all out on emotional impact, as the death count in this season was higher than in any other. It would have been difficult to continue the series with something even better. But the fourth season made some serious mistakes, and in order to explore what went wrong, I’d like to say a few words on story arcs.

The story arcs of a TV show can span over one season and then be done, or they can be continued over the entire run of the series and be resolved (or not) after several seasons or even at the very end. The advantage of closing a story arc after one season is that it makes writing a season simpler: you present a problem/mystery at the end of the season premiere, and the problem/mystery is solved/revealed in the season finale. That structure gives the story arc a clear direction while still leaving room for interesting action. And if the stakes are high enough that the audience really cares for the problem to be solved and the mystery revealed, then this structure works. And it worked in season 4 of Teen Wolf. The stakes of finding the benefactor were very high, indeed, so lack of caring on the part of the audience was not the problem. The problem was the revelation of who the benefactor was. Seriously? Peter orchestrated the whole thing, but he did it while he was in a coma, so he didn’t remember, and then he stole his own money from himself, and Meredith, the traumatized reclusive, made it all happen? I mean, come on. It seems like the writers had a lot of fun constructing the plot for the season, lost sight of the time, and then had only five minutes left to come up with a resolution and realized they didn’t have one. The only possible resolution that could have been worse was that in the end it was all a dream. Gerard being the benefactor would have made more sense. Kate would have made more sense. Even Meredith on her own would have made more sense. Throw in the stupid idea of de-aged Derek and the convoluted side-plot in which Kate and Peter, the characters who arguably hate each other the most out of all the characters on the show, suddenly start working together, and the season was an overall failure.

It wasn’t all terrible, of course. There was the crucial introduction of some new characters after the numerous departures in the last season, there were some amazing fight scenes, Tyler Posey’s acting had considerably improved. But the main reason why Teen Wolf in only in fourth place, apart from the fact that its fourth season isn’t the worst fourth season on this list, is that the fifth season was much better, and almost as scary as season 3 (even if the writers seemed to have completely forgotten about Peter for an entire season, which admittedly was pretty weak). And the last season was the very best one, even if Dylan O’Brien was absent for a lot of it because of The Maze Runner. The drama of Stiles ceasing to exist, and the panic I felt when that happened, were gripping, and the series ended in the best possible way. After all the supernatural threats the McCall pack had to face, in the end the worst monster of all turned out to be the human being. It was just really good writing. So Teen Wolf’s fourth season was a dip in quality in the middle that it completely recovered from, ending the show on a high.

3. Community

Community is an outlier on this list for several reasons. First, it is a sitcom, not a drama series (and as hilarious as Teen Wolf is, it’s still a forty-minute-drama). Second, because of its difference in genre, it has a completely different structure in terms of story arc. While dramatic shows tend to tell stories that span over several episodes or even seasons, classic sitcom episodes function in a more self-contained way and rarely continue the main plot from one episode into the next one. Even though Community does exactly this at the end of season 2, the plot is only stretched over two episodes (A Fistful of Paintballs, and For a Few Paintballs More), and even between those two episodes, there is a significant tonal difference, as the first one is a homage to classic old Western films, while the second one makes clear and obvious references to Star Wars, complete with Storm Troopers and Abed’s Han Solo outfit. And third, it is the only series on this list with a constantly high quality that experienced only one decline: season 4. Now, first off, not all the episodes were terrible; I liked the Halloween episode, the Thanksgiving episode and the Inspecticon episode, and I thought the attempt at an origin story in the finale was nice. I didn’t hate the puppet episode as much as most do, either. But still, most of this season was dreadful, cringeworthy, and unfunny, most of all the abysmal body-switch episode. There is a clear tonal difference in this season compared to the others that I can’t quite pinpoint, but it is obvious that safe for Jeff, none of the characters develop or change in any way at all, and even Jeff’s change seems rather superficial considering the fact that the half-brother he meets and connects with in the Thanksgiving episode never appears again. The paintball episode was a nice try, but really what the writers did there was an attempt to recapture the brilliance of Remedial Chaos Theory (without question the best episode of the entire show and maybe the best episode of any sitcom ever) that was doomed to fail because they didn’t get it at all. The season 3 episode Remedial Chaos Theory explores seven different possibilities of what could happen, and it uses the roll of a die to lead us through the different timelines. The brilliance of Remedial Chaos Theory is that all of the different timelines actually happened, and all of them gave us as the audience valuable information about every single character. And in the season 4 paintball episode, despite the nice reference to Terminator, nothing actually happens, it is all in Jeff’s head, and the re-introduction of the die made no sense and had no effect, not to mention we didn’t learn anything about anyone.

The reason why this season was so bad is well-known and seated behind the scenes. For some stupid reason, Dan Harmon, the creator and mad genius behind Community (and nowadays, Rick and Morty), was fired after season 3, and then apparently NBC thought anyone could do what Harmon can and hired some replacements for him who wanted to capture the humor and tone of the show and epically failed. In addition, Chevy Chase wanted to leave the show, and that resulted in a lot of scenes where Pierce just wasn’t there and the remaining characters had to laboriously explain his absences. That alone disturbed the comedic rhythm enough that the audience had to notice something was off. And because it must have been so obvious that the show’s quality was rapidly declining, and because the cast complained about Harmon’s departure, Harmon was rehired for season 5, in which Community finally felt like Community again. That season had the most insane episodes—the one where the floor is lava, the MeowMeowBeenz episode (the idea of which allegedly Black Mirror stole for one of its own episodes), and G.I. Jeff. Of course, this season suffered from the departure of Donald Glover, but Harmon turned this massive change into an important character development for Abed. And despite NBC cancelling the show after season 5 and Yahoo!Screen picking it up for a sixth season (and plunging into financial ruin because of it), the last season is beautiful and hilarious and the finale was a real heartbreaker. And as Community has always been extremely self-aware, the finale even contains a reference to the low quality of the fourth season: when Abed mentions the fourth year (the fourth season), Chang farts and then explains that “it’s an inside joke.” May season 4 of Community function as a warning for anyone who thinks humor is easy to replicate.

Part Two coming this Thursday…

Author: Miriam (@miri_mh8)

Movies I am excited for in 2020

Hey my loves,

I love movies, I love going to the cinema and I love a good movie night with my gals. Don’t you? This year I thought it would be fun to share some of the movies I am looking forward to seeing. I always check out the list once a month to find movies I want to watch.

This coming week will be filled with a lot of entertainment content. I really hope you enjoy the extra blog entries.

I have a really long list so I thought I would minimize it to the ten movies I am the most excited about. They pretty spread over the entire year so I have a lot to look forward to. They aren’t in any particular order of which I am most looking forward to see.

My Top 10

Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy (2019)

Just Mercy

„World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.“

I’m really excited about this one, I love Michael B. Jordan and a movie that is based on true events. I’m really looking forward to watching this one and I will try to read the book beforehand as well.


Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie in Bombshell (2019)

Bombshell

„A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.“

Again, a movie based on true events and the casting is just absolutely amazing. I’m really intrigued to see this story unfold on the big screen.


Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

„Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.“

I mean, Tom Hanks. Do I need more reasoning to watch this movie than that?


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Bad Boys for Life

„The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.“

I’m a sucker for an action movie and I’ve love the other movies so I have to watch it.


Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn

„After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.“

Harley Quinn was by far the best part about Suicide Squad and therefore the only reason for me to even watch Birds of Prey. I just love a good Margot Robbie movie and I really like her interpretation of Harley.


Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place: Part II (2020)

A Quiet Place: Part II

„Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.“

When I first watched the initial movie I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, but after a lot of thoughts and also after re-watching it, I must say, I really like it. And am looking forward to Part 2.


Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick (2020)

Top Gun: Maverick

„After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.“

Tom Cruise is the action man, wouldn’t you agree? I’m really intrigued to see if they how the story unfolds.


Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Wonder Woman 1984

„A sequel to the 2017 superhero film ‘Wonder Woman.“

Gal Gadot. Chris Pine. No more reason than those two.


Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow (2020)

Black Widow

„A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.“

I was waiting for years for a movie about Natasha. I love her character a lot and am really, really excited to see this movie.


Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

Godzilla vs. Kong

„As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.“

I really enjoy watching these monster movies. And I am a big fan of Millie Bobby Brown. So intrigued to see what the story will be.


What are some of the movies you look forward to in 2020? I really hope my wallet lets me see all these movies on the big screen. I’m so excited for this years movie. Let me know in the comments, I am always open to suggestions. I also look forward to the new Illegally Blonde movie and The Conjuring 3.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin.

All movie information is from http://www.imdb.com

How to achieve your goals in the New Year

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk about how you can achieve your New Years goals and what I like to do to make sure I reach mine. If you want to know my goals for 2020 check out my blog post where I talk about them. 

“A dream written drown with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by actions makes your dream come true.” – Greg Reid

Here are my five rules that will set you up for success:

Envision your goals clearly.

Before you get started make sure you know what each goal you have entails. Envision it clearly and write it down. This will make it easier in the long run to see what you have to do in the early stages of your goals.

Limit your goals.

Set no more than three to five goals to achieve in a year. Sometimes we underestimate the work that has to go into our goals. So it’s better to have fewer goals than you would think you want to have. If you have achieved all of your goals you can always add more throughout the year. Also, sometimes goals can build on each other. For example, one of my goals is to eat more vegetarian meal throughout the week, another step could be to go completely vegan.

Reason.

Make sure you know why you set your goals. It is much more likely that you achieve your goals if you have emotion and will behind it. You need to make sure you really want to reach your goals and you have to make sure you doing it for you not for anyone else.

Make it a habit.

Identify what you have to do and slowly make it into a habit so that it is not much of a task but rather something you do everyday. I have read somewhere that it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so don’t put yourself down when it doesn’t work right away.

Progress Check-Up.

Check in on your progress once in a while. This will immensely help you actually achieve your goals. You can always change it around a little. Sometimes what we do to achieve our goals need a little adjusting, checking in once in a while makes sure we stay on the right track.

How do you plan on achieving your goals? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin.

2020 Reading List

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I love to read. Sadly, I don’t get to read as much as I used to because of the workload I have with College. But, whenever I can I try to get in as much personal reading as I can when I have some free time.

In 2020, I want to read at least 12 books, which means one book per month or however I can fit it in. I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of the books that made it onto my 2020 reading list.

So far I’ve decided on five books that I want to buy and read. I like to read anything that is a thriller, crime or fantasy, but I also want to branch out a little with some self-help books and non-fictional books. But for now, these are the five books that made it onto my list so far:

Verity by Colleen Hoover

„Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.“

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Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard

„A riveting mystery that introduces a bold and audacious rookie detective assigned to hunt for a killer who is haunted by the past in this gripping murder case…

Natalie Lockhart always knew she was going to be a cop. A rookie detective on the Burning Lake police force, she was raised on the wisdom of her chief-of-police father. These cases will haunt you if you let them. Grief doesn’t come with instructions.

But the one thing her father couldn’t teach her was how to handle loss. Natalie’s beloved sister was viciously murdered as a teenager, and she carries the scars deep in her heart. Although the killer was locked up, the trace evidence never added up, and Natalie can’t help wondering―is the past really behind her?

As the newest member on the force, Natalie is tasked with finding nine missing persons who’ve vanished off the face of the earth, dubbed “the Missing Nine.” One night, while following up on a new lead, she comes across a savage crime that will change everything.

Daisy Buckner―a popular schoolteacher, wife to a cop, and newly pregnant―lies dead on her kitchen floor. As Natalie hunts for Daisy’s killer in the wake of the town’s shock, her search leads to a string of strange clues―about the Missing Nine, about Daisy’s secret life, and reviving fresh doubts about her sister’s murder.

As the investigation deepens, Natalie’s every move risks far-reaching consequences―for the victims, for the town of Burning Lake, and for herself.“

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The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

„A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.“

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Blackout by Marc Elsberg

„A terrifyingly plausible, million-copy selling debut about an international blackout perpetrated by a hacker attack.

One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…

When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.“

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

„In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.“

I am always open for more book recommendations so if you have any book that you think I would love let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

*All citations are from goodreads.com