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.

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

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

Things to Do on a Cold Winter Day

Hey my loves,

today I’m sharing all the things with you I like to do when it’s too cold and too grim outside. Enjoy!

Reading a Book, Cozying up with a Blanket & Hot Tea

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Winter time is tea time. Well, it’s in my house. I love tea! In this picture I’m drinking a berry flavored tea, it was so good, well until I knocked it over with my feet. I’m so clumsy sometimes. Winter time also means you get more time to read, well in my case not so much, unless it’s the holidays, but you all know how much I love to read.  And most important is a warm fuzzy blanket.

Watching Movies & Tv Shows on Netflix

We all love Netflix, but I think it gets more use during the Winter months. Don’t you think? I love to rewatch all series or watch Holiday movies. Here are my Top 10 Movies and Tv Shows I like to watch:

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Friends
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Walking Dead (although I’m still stuck somewhere in the 5th Season)
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Big Hero Six
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Love Actually

Slipping into something cozy & Spa-Day

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Winter time is the time of the warm, oversized sweaters and super cute slippers, but also the time where I like to take some extra minutes for my skin care. Here are some DIY Face Mask Ideas and some super cute sweaters:

Studying, Cooking & Baking and Solo Dance Parties

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Now, I also like to do some University stuff, and when I can I also prepare stuff that happens after the holidays, so I have more free time in the beginning of the year. I also bake and cook a lot more during Winter, because obviously, I have to try out new baking ideas for Christmas. And also I like to test the meals I’m going to cook for my annual Christmas Dinner with friends. And a dance party on your own: Do I have to explain that one? Just kidding, but I think a solo dance party here and there avoids winter blues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. I would really appreciate it! What do you do on cold Winter days? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Halloween Movie Night

It’s Halloween in a few days, and most people like to celebrate this day in some way or other. There’s of course a variety of things to do, but mainly you have two options: you can do a party, or you can watch movies. And just in case you decide on the latter, here’s a list of suggestions for you.

Classics

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

An absolute all-time classic, not just for horror fans. Sure, nowadays it does not hold the same shock value it had fifty years ago, but this movie is still great. Suspenseful, dark, creepy, superbly acted, and the score alone is haunting enough, even without the bizarre dream sequence in which Rosemary conceives her hellish offspring.

The Exorcist (1973)

Once considered the most scary movie ever, horror fans will not be shocked as much now, but this movie is undeniably a true piece of horror that made a lasting impression on all occult horror flicks that came later. I still cannot watch it at night, or alone.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

It is not the first zombie movie ever (that credit goes to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920), but it is considered the one that laid down the ground rules for all zombie flicks to boot, and it led to the five subsequent movies George Romero made, which were remade and inspired more than one generation. It is not really scary, but then, most zombie films are not, and if you are a genre lover, you have to see it. Also, as far as I know, it was the first movie ever to cast a white woman and a black man as the two lead actors.

The Shining (1980)

One of my all-time favorites. Even watching it for the 20th time, you can still get a kick out of Jack Nicholson’s acting. From the haunting score, to the kid actor that is ridiculously good for a 7-year-old, to the rotting corpse in the bath tub, to the chase through the icy labyrinth, everything about this Stephen King adaption is perfect. One of the best scenes in movie history is the scene in the bathroom where Delbert Grady cleans Jack Torrance’s jacket. Oh, and the bloody elevators. And the twins in the hallway. The horror that Kubrick managed to create with such limited means is still awe-inducing.

Slashers

Halloween (1978)

Could have been placed in the Classics section, since it is the mother of all slashers, laying down ground rules like the final girl and the masked killer. I guess I was too old (21) when I finally saw it, because it did not make much of an impression on me. But I will not deny that it is a good movie, and perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Tried to hop on the train that “Halloween” (1978) started. I have to admit that I have not seen it, but Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide gave it only 1 ½ stars out of four, calling it a cardboard thriller. However, it has developed into a cult classic, and it has brought to the genre the idea of a secluded camp area that has been copied a million times.

Scream (1996)

This one could have also been placed in the Classics section, since it revived the genre and defined its tropes, as well. Never say you’ll be right back! Not scary after watching it 20 times, but that is the one downside to slashers—they usually only work once. However, this first installment in a (too prolonged) series is at times exciting, sexy, hilarious, and just enjoyable.

You’re Next (2011)

A fairly new movie that is surprisingly fantastic. It is an independent project with no known names, but I was completely thrown by how good it is. The action starts suddenly, and brutally, and when the suspense starts picking up, your heart rate will definitely rise. Its solution is not really a surprise, but that hardly matters, nor do any potential plot holes, because the movie artfully plays with the genre tropes, spinning and twisting them without ever breaking any rules, turning the slashers into the slashed.

Zombies

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Another one for the Classics. Not actually a spoof of “Dawn of the Dead”, a misconception that must stem from the title. This brilliantly intelligent British production is a zombie film that just happens to also be extremely funny. Dozens of shout-outs at classics of the genre and other pop culture phenomena, as well as dialogues sprinkled with hints at the entire plot that you only catch if you pay really close attention, make this a pure pleasure to watch. Look out for Michael Smiley’s two-second-cameo as a zombie.

Zombieland (2009)

Wonderful comedy with big names like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone that gives us a quite realistic view of what the life post-zombie apocalypse might look like. Like, for instance, the fat ones die first because they cannot run that fast. The characters are relatable, and also this movie has one of the best cameos ever. Of course, most people are already spoiled, but I will not mention it.

Wyrmwood (2014)

This Australian production might just be the best zombie film I have ever seen. Gory, yes, of course, but also very funny, and sad, and shocking, and with so many new ideas to the genre it makes your head spin. I saw it at the Fantasy Filmfest without having seen any trailers or reviews, which is a true blessing because you will not get the full experience if you do not watch it completely ignorantly. No, seriously, do not watch the trailer. It tells you everything.

Deathgasm (2015)

Outrageous production from New Zealand about a teenaged boy who founds a band with his pals and then they inadvertently play a song that brings hell to earth. While the idea is not new, the variety of weapons the survivors choose to employ to fight off the zombies surely has not been seen like this before. And the humor is so rudely, incorrectly, gut-wrenchingly funny that you just have to fall in love with it. Also probably the most gory flick I have ever seen. An absolute must for genre fans.

Creature horror

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Very funny, but also really creepy movie with Oscar-winning make-up effects that were unbelievable back then and still are today. I watched it when I was way too young and was absolutely terrified. I am certain it would not have as much of an effect on me now, but it is perfect for a nice scary movie night.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Exciting, slightly scary movie about two sisters, one of which gets bitten by a wolf. The movie is not surprising, but well acted, and the characters are relatable. There is a significant amount of tension created as we watch Ginger slowly change, starting with her personality and the fact that she suddenly has very hairy legs.

Cursed (2005)

Also a werewolf flick, with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as siblings that both get bitten and go through some interesting changes as a consequence. Funny, fairly suspenseful and with a nice twist in the end.

Black Sheep (2006)

Completely absurd and extremely hilarious creature horror from New Zealand in which crazy scientists try crossing human DNA with sheep DNA and inadvertently create genetically modified sheep that crave for human flesh and bite people who then slowly turn into sheep themselves. And the hero, of course, has an extreme sheep phobia. Very gory and brutal, but the effects are handmade, which makes the whole thing very likeable and just plain awesome.

Haunted House

Poltergeist (1982)

Another one for the Classics, and, to my knowledge, one of the first movies ever to display such a clear example of the Haunted House motif. I admit I have not seen it. I am not made for this genre because of my vivid imagination. However, there is nothing but praise to be found for this horror flick that was cowritten and coproduced by Steven Spielberg (!). If you are a fan of the genre, I guess you need to see it.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

There is a long history of movies centering around the same story that I was not aware of. This installment is the only one I have seen and that is enough for me. Again, classic Haunted House, but with a striking resemblance to “The Shining” (1980) at times, just with a slightly different ending.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

I have not seen this one either. All I know is I watched a few snippets of it and then had to sleep with the lights on that night. This film (that is also a classic example of the found-footage-genre) represents the epitome of why the Haunted House motive is so scary—because it is an invasion by an offender you cannot fight against, in an environment where you are supposed to be safe. If you can watch that kind of thing, this is your movie.

Insidious (2011)

There are those who found it boring, and then there are those who were a complete mess after watching. I have to admit I belong to the latter group. Starts out as classic Haunted House, until it turns out it is not the house that is being haunted. A mean ending, and well-acted with a lot of jump scares and a very sinister atmosphere.

Miri – @OriginalSGreenD

Tell us in the comments what you’re favorite movie is to watch for Halloween!

Movie Monday – Miri aka @OriginalSGreenD

7. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

We have been waiting for it a long, long time, and here it is now. The release of Episode VII is scheduled for December, so there is still an almost year-long wait ahead of us, but it is getting closer and closer.

I have to admit that I never was a big Star Wars fan. Born in 1990, the first one I saw was (unfortunately) Episode I, and even though I had no eye for cinematic quality as a kid, I do remember being bored out of my mind in the theater back then. That experience kind of spoiled the franchise for me a little, but I do recognize and understand the deep appreciation fans have for the original trilogy, and what little footage we were allowed to see so far looks great. I might be convinced to watch it in theaters.

Anyways, re-christening JJ Abrams “Jar Jar Abrams”, as some skeptical fans have, is unnecessary. Why anticipate the worst possible outcome?

6. Pound of Flesh

Now you might think I’ve lost my mind. What is Jean-Claude Van Damme doing on this list? Well, if you saw “The Expendables 2” and “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (both 2012), you know JCVD can make for some really great end-boss action. The premise of this indie action flick sounds promising as well, with a missing kidney and an angry JCVD looking for revenge. This might be another candidate for direct-to-DVD, and I could not find a release date nor a trailer, but according to ssninsider.com filming had wrapped up in May 2014, so the chances are high we will be graced with it this year.

5. The Fall season 2

One British production has made it onto my list of things to look out for in 2015: the amazing series about a sexy serial killer in Belfast consisted of only five one-hour episodes for its first season, but the story was knitted so tightly it could not have been realized any other way. Also the shortness makes it possible to watch the entire thing in one go, which I strongly recommend you do. The tension and thrill of it are breath-taking, not to mention the actors are fantastic, the scripts are intricate and pay an amount of attention to detail I have only seen on HBO so far. Altogether this five-hour thriller was not something I would have expected the BBC to produce.

I am aware that technically, season 2 was released in November 2014 and that should disqualify “The Fall” from this list, but I have not been able to see it yet. If I can, I will watch the six episodes in one go again and then probably sleep with the lights on. Also, I did pick a trailer for you to watch, but to be honest, I did not watch it, because for this show, spoilers are deadly.

4. Justified season 6

FX’s “Justified” is one of the most underrated TV shows I know. The story of Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens returning to his hometown Harlan, Kentucky, and his life-long friend/nemesis Boyd Crowder was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and some of the intrigues and schemes hatched in that show really remind you of “Jackie Brown” and make Leonard’s best qualities shine through.

Even though “Justified” was graced with several Emmy nominations and a few wins and has made it to its sixth and final season, the show never reached the popularity I feel it deserves; in my list of all-time favorites it would easily crack the top five. I am sad to see it end now, but at the same time I am anxious to see how the story about crime, friendship and betrayal comes to a head. If you haven’t seen this show, but you like drama series quality with brilliant, quick-witted dialogues, a gloomy atmosphere and bloody shoot-outs, there is only one thing I can tell you.

Watch it.

3. Community season 6

When I watched the pilot episode of “Community” I knew this was going to be a big thing. This TV show was possibly the funniest comedy ever. Oh, the quotes, the hints, the constant insertions of meta-elements and jokes you could only understand if you knew your way around movie history – I was in fan-heaven, even more so when Abed’s promise of “Six seasons and a movie!” for the low scale NBC show “The Cape” was taken out of its in-show context and referred to “Community” itself.

Countless hearts were broken – mine included – when the show was canceled after only five seasons. (I still wish for all NBC officials to get nothing but socks and Chris de Burgh CDs for Christmas for the rest of their lives.) All hope seemed lost when suddenly Yahoo! Screen turned out to be the unexpected knight in streaming armor. I guess most fans were thinking the same thing: TV series, web series – who cares, as long as there’s another season! A few members of the original cast have already left, and new characters will be added, but as long as Danny Pudi’s Abed and Dan Harmon are still on board, what can possibly go wrong?

Now the only thing we need is a movie and Abed’s prediction will be fulfilled.

2. Better Call Saul

If you cook meth for a living and you get into a tight spot with the law, who you gonna call?

No, not the Ghostbusters. You know who I’m talking about.

In “Breaking Bad” Saul Goodman aka Jimmy McGill was one of the most popular characters, even though he only entered the series at the end of season 2. Why? Well, the answer is obvious: he was comic relief, he was slightly ridiculous in everything he did, he was the epitome of a slimy lawyer, but at the same time he was sympathetic and honest and had the greatest catch phrase. Not to mention, “Mr. Show” Bob Odenkirk did a fantastic job portraying him. I have to admit, the moment I first saw him on the show, he immediately became my favorite character.

Hence, when I heard there would be a spin-off called “Better Call Saul”, I was over the moon. I still am. This will probably be the TV event of 2015 for me.

1. Skin Trade

If you are a true lover of the medium of film, you cannot get around watching the old action classics, and in that genre there is no way around good old Dolph Lundgren. He is “The Punisher” (1989) and the “Red Scorpion” (1988), after all. And now, after a successful and joyous return to the big screen thanks to Stallone and the Expendables franchise, he has written, produced and starred in a new movie that’s supposed to be released this year: “Skin Trade”.

With human trafficking the movie touches on an important subject, and the action in the trailer looks nice; still, there is a chance this production could end up as direct-to-DVD, considering “The Expendables” (2010) was Lundgren’s first cinematic release in over a decade. However, the involvement of Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman (!) might lead to a theatrical release in more countries than just the US.

I have a deep appreciation for Dolph Lundgren because, while he is not a great actor, he is almost always fun to watch. That’s why I had to put “Skin Trade” to the top of my list. I am really looking forward to some good action reminiscent of the old days.

Agree with my list? Do you have anything to add that has not received the attention it deserves? Feel free to let us know.

Miri

Twitter: OriginalSGreenD

Skin Trade trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsGH6_qbBxU

Better Call Saul trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_70f7PamE

Community season 6 trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ3qzm0c7FA

Justified season 6 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH6J4UFMI_w

The Fall season 2 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXuJONpEpXg

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE