Fangirl Friday ~ A Discovery Of Witches

I got the advice from one of my friends to watch ‘A Discovery Of Witches‘ so I did. So far there is only one season with eight episodes, but I was hooked from the first episode. And I can highly recommend you see this series. It is based on a book series called All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I am a bit late to the fandom, since the series premiered in 2018, but I don’t care I am hooked.

The storyline is about the reluctant witch Diana Bishop who is a professor at Yale. She is in Oxford on a research journey and she somehow get’s a hold of a missing book at the library. Scared as she finds the book to be under a spell she sends it back to the magazine. Soon a lot of creature’s are following her every step, the book has been lost for centuries and everyone wants it. Witches, demons and vampires. They thing it is the Book of Life.

Diana meets the charming Matthew Clairmont, a vampire. And he seems to be the only one that don’t threaten Diana. He intrigues her and she does something to him as well. Soon Diana is in over her head and magic is not so far gone as she would like it to be.

I have also started reading the books now and I am as hooked on the first book as I was on the tv-series. The next season of the series is suppose to be realised in January next year and I am looking forward to seeing it. But before that I will read the entire book series and I am thinking about buying the books for myself as a Christmas Present.

Matthew Goode plays Matthew Clairmont. This is an actor that I have seen and loved in Downton Abbey, Leap Year and Chasing Liberty. He is an fantastic actor and seeing him in this series just makes it so much better. I hope to see him in a lot more movies and tv-series in the future.

Diana Bishop is played by Teresa Palmer, a actress I don’t know a lot about. But she is as brilliant as Matthew Goode and the chemistry between the two is amazing. I hope to see her in a lot of movies in the future as well.

But one of the castings that I love is Alex Kingston as Diana Bishops aunt Sarah. Alex Kingston plays River Song in Doctor Who, and I am a big Doctor Who fan. So seeing her in this made me scream out loud.

I am looking forward to season two and I know I will probably rewatch season one a couple of times before that.

Have you seen the series? Have you read the books? What do you think about this story? Please let me now.

Love, Nea

Fangirl Friday – 1 March

Time to post another Fangirl Friday post. Haven’t posted one of these since last year. But today is not going to be of my favourite movies, series or actors. Now today is going to be of movies I want to see.

First out is: What Men Want.
I have seen many trailers for this one and I think I could be hilarious. There are good actors and actresses in it and I hope I get to see it sometime this year. Maybe it will be available on Netflix? I can only hope.

Second out is: The Hustle
A movie with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson… That just sounds great. And according to the trailer it really will be. I really want to watch this one.

Third out is: Avengers 4: Endgame
For those who know me… know that I am a big fan of Marvel. And I am kind of dreading watching this one, because I know I will cry. But I just really want to see it. I am planning a Marvel Movie Marathon for when I get home. And then I want to see this one.

Fourth out is: Detective Pikachu.
This one I want to watch because of nostalgia. I mean Pokémon was something that I remember from when I was a child. And I loved Pikachu. And now a movie with Ryan Renolds As Pikachu. Can it get better?

Last out is: Kingsman: The Secret Service
So I know this movie is older, but I still want to see it. It’s actually a recommendation from a friend to see it so I will. And I have actually only heard good things about the movie.

That’s it for today’s Fangirl Friday. Hopefully, I can post another post next Friday. Have a fantastic evening!

Love, Nea

Christmas gift ideas for the fangirl/fanboy part 2

Do you know someone that loves the Harry Potter Univers (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts), but you don’t have an idea what to get them. Here are some tips from me to you. 

The first tip is a kind of lamp with Harry Potters Patronus. You can buy it here at Think Geek.

A Bathrobe with your Hogwarts House. You can buy it at: EMP Sweden or EMP UK. The links are to Gryffindor Bathrobes. There is also a Bathrobe that is just Hogwarts. 

Pictures source: EMP Sweden

Or a Scarf with your Hogwarts House. You can buy it at: EMP Sweden or EMP UK

Picture taken from EMP Sweden.

Or a Hedwig mug to drink hot choclate or tea in. Available on EMP Sweden and EMP UK. There are also a lot of different mugs available on these sites. 

T-shirts is also an idea of what you can buy. Both EMP Sweden and EMP UK have many amazing T-shirts. Down below are a few options that are sold on both sites.

Pictures taken from: EMP Sweden

Or why not buy Newt Scamander’s Suitcase. Its available on EMP Sweden and EMP UK.

Or a cute wallet with the Niffler or Picket. You can buy them on EMP Sweden or EMP UK.

Picture source from EMP Sweden.

For the household that loves Harry Potter Univers why not buy a Welcome Mat from Think Geek.

That’s it for this second part for gifts for fans. This was just some ideas and not an Ad. This is just things I would love to have myself. I hope you liked it.

Love, Nea

Christmas gift ideas for the fangirl/fanboy part 1

Do you know someone that loves Doctor Who or Supernatural, but you don’t have an idea what to get them. Here are some tips from me to you. 

For the Doctor Who fan you can buy this men’s T-shirt with the 13th Doctors Tardis. It’s available on EMP SHOP Sweden or EMP SHOP UK

Picture Soure: https://www.emp-shop.se/

Or this Police Box Cardigan. You can find it at EMP Sweden or EMP UK

Picture Source: EMP Sweden

Another great gift for a Doctor Who fan is a Tardis Biscuit Tin. It’s Available on EMP Sweden or EMP UK. And there is a whole lot more Doctor Who things on EMP.

Picture taken from EMP Sweden.

And Think Geek have this awesome Doctor Who bedding for sale. And they also have other cool Doctor Who stuff. 

Picture taken from Think Geek

And if you are buying for a Supernatural fan. Then here comes a few giftideas.

Why not buy a heat-change mug with the anti-demon possession symbol. You can buy it here at EMP Sweden or EMP UK.

Picture Source EMP Sweden.

Or you can buy this regular mug that says: “Driver picks the music. Shutgun shuts his cakehole!” from Merchandising Plaza.

And the last idea for Supernatural Fans are this Poncho. You can buy it at EMP Sweden or EMP UK.

Picture Source: EMP Sweden

That’s it for this first part for gifts for the fans. There are a whole lot more things you could buy. This was just some ideas. And this is not an Ad. This is just things I would love to have myself. 

Next part should be out tomorrow!

Love, Nea

Iron Man ~ Fangirl Friday

So with the recent death of Stan Lee, I wanted to change today’s planned post to a post that honours him. And because I wrote about Stan Lee the other day I thought it was fitting that I today write about Iron Man. A character that Stan Lee created with Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby.

I want to write about the first Iron Man movie that came out in 2008.

Iron Man is about Tony Stark, billionaire and playboy. He is the son of Howard Stark, a legendary inventor. Tony Stark is going to give a weapons presentation to a unit in Iraqi, but his Humvee is attacked and Tony is taken, hostage. He is hurt and to survive he must have a car battery attached to his heart. He figures out a way to make the battery smaller and now Iron Man is born. He escapes and back in at home he starts building a better Iron Man suit. But someone wants to take Stark Industries technology and use it for something. 

“Iron Man. That’s kind of catchy. It’s got a nice ring to it. I mean it’s not technically accurate. The suit’s a gold titanium alloy, but it’s kind of provocative, the imagery anyway.” ~ Tony Stark (when reading the Newspaper)

Tony Stark is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. and his assistant Pepper Potts is portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

Stan Lee has a cameo in this movie like he does in many other Marvel movies. Watch it here:

Stan Lee’s cameo in Iron Man (2008)

I love the Iron Man movies, because much like the tagline: “Heroes aren’t born. They’re built.” I feel like everyone can become a hero. And we all need heroes in our lives. And there are many different kinds of heroes. You can be someone who to stand up for those who doesn’t have a voice. Or someone who saves animals that doesn’t have a home. Or a firefighter. A policeman. A doctor. Someone who fights for human rights. 

I also love Iron Man because I think the story is brilliant. I love watching Marvel movies and tv-show because I feel like it’s quality in the production and the storylines are interesting and different. 

If you haven’t watched Iron Man yet, its about time to do so now…

Love, nea

Rest in peace, Stan Lee

Yesterday I saw on the news that Stan Lee had passed away 95 years old. Most people know who he was, at least the people who live comic-series and Marvel knows how he was.

He was a man with great imagination and have given us so many wonderful characters. He was a true entertainer. And I know that he has helped so many people with his stories.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee

Here is a list of some of the characters he created:

Stan Lee created together with Jack Kirby booth The AvengersX-Men and Fantastic Four.

“I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try to be an anti-bigotry story to show there’s good in every person.” – Stan Lee

Even though he could have retired a long time ago he still kept on working.

“Most people say, “I can’t wait to retire so I can play golf,” or go yachting or whatever they do. Well, if I was playing golf, I would want that to finish so I could go and dream up a new TV show.” – Stan Lee

And almost all who watch Marvel movies know that Stan Lee has Cameos in the movies. Watch here:

 

Excelsior is a thing that Stan Lee always said. And this is what he means:

“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee

ISome other things that Stan Lee has said that I just love:

“The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.” – Stan Lee

“I don’t know where the hell I’ll be in five years. Maybe I’ll be producing movies maybe I’ll be on a corner selling apples. I don’t know, but I’m having a hell of a lot of fun.” – Stan Lee

[Being a ‘geek’] has become a badge of honor. It’s geeks who really make or break a TV show or movie or video game. They’re the ones who are passionate about these things and who collect [the paraphernalia] and talk about them. A geek is really somebody interested in communication and entertainment and [finding] the best way to avail himself or herself to it..” – Stan Lee

“Life is never completely without its challenges.” – Stan Lee

Rest in Peace Stan Lee. And thank you for the stories. You will forever live on in our favourite heroes and their stories.

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter part 2 ~ Fangirl Friday

I know… I wrote about Harry Potter last week also. But I feel like there are so much to be said about Harry Potter and I am a big fan. Also, I wrote this week WCW about J.K. Rowling and I thought it was appropriate to write about Harry Potter again.

Because I concentrated on the first book and movie I decided that today I would write about the second part of the Harry Potter Series. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Here is the trailer for the movie:

 

One of my favourite parts of the book is this one:

‘I seem to remember telling you both that I would have to expel you if you broke any more school rules,’ said Dumbledore. Ron opened his mouth wide in horror.
‘Which only goes to show that the best of us must sometimes eat our words,’ Dumbledore went on, smiling.

And also when Dumbledore says this to Harry:

 “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

And of course, it’s in this book and movie that Dobby is introduced for the first time. At first infuriating little thing, but when you get his backstory you can’t do anything else than to love him.

Here is when Harry makes Dobby a free house-elf.

 

I think I might just have to have a Harry Potter marathon soon. Both with the books and the movies.

Love, Nea

Harry Potter ~ Fangirl Friday

Because I wrote about Emma Watson on Wednesday for my WCW post, I decided to write one post about Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter, both the books and the movies.

I can still remember when I read my first Harry Potter book. I couldn’t put it down. I loved how J. K. Rowlings pulled me into this magical world and how amazing her writing was. I still read the books when I get the chance.

And the movies are amazing too. I feel like they have been made in such a way that you aren’t disappointed after reading the books and then watching the movies.

One of my favourite quotes from the book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

This was something that I took to heart and I really needed to read this at the time. To stand up to your friends aren’t easy but sometimes necessary.

I will always love Harry Potter. And one of my goals is to visit Harry Potters World in London and of course Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station in London. I didn’t have the tie when I was in London this summer.

One other favourite quote from the first Harry Potter book is this:

“The truth.”  Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution. However, I shall answer your questions unless I have a very good reason not to, in which case I beg you’ll forgive me. I shall not, of course, lie.”

I believe that if you ask a lot of people my age most of them have read a Harry Potter book or at least watched a movie. And many people have probably read all the books and watched all the movies. I hope I get a chance to read the books again this winter. I love to curl up on the sofa under a blanket and with a cup of hot chocolate and read a good book.

Here is a clip from the first movie. Where Harry meets both Ron and Hermione:

Just watching this clip down below gives me nostalgia. Anyone else?

I will probably write more about the wizarding world that Harry Potter lives in at some time. Maybe even this month, but not right now.

Have an amazing Friday!

Love, Nea

 

Walk the Line ~ Fangirl Friday

So I am a big fan of Johnny Cash. And of course, June Carter. I grew up in a house where there was a lot of music playing, and have always listened to a lot of music. And I listen to almost every genre out there. But country music has a special place in my heart.

When “Walk the Line” came out in 2005, I needed to see it. Because it was about Johnny Cash and also about June Carter. And Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny and Reese Witherspoon plays June which was a great plus for me.

I saw the movie and I loved it. The way Joaquin and Reese manage to capture the voices of Johnny and June. I think they did an excellent version of all the songs in the movie.

I am not going to try and write what the movie is all about, but you can watch the trailer here:

I love how the movie is more or less about the love between Johnny and June. It’s a beautiful story, even if people have been hurt in the process.

Here is a clip from the movie when Johnny plays at the prison:

 

But one of my favourite songs of Johnny Cash is: “I walk the Line”. Here is the version from the movie:

I know that the movie has won a lot of awards. One of which was an Oscar that Reese won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Here is a list of the awards and the nominations.

Have you watched the movie? What did you think?

Modern Family ~ Fangirl Friday

I love the Tv-show Modern Family. It almost always makes me laugh and I think the show has amazing actors and actresses. I have to admit that I follow most of them on Instagram and Twitter.

Modern Family is about three families that together make a big family. In the first family, we have Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill) and his wife Gloria (Sophia Vergara) and Gloria’s son Manny (Rico Rodriguez), from an earlier marriage.  Jay owns his own closet company and Gloria is a stay at home mom.                                                                  The Second family consists of; Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and her husband Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell). And their three children: Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winters) and Luke (Nolan Gould). Claire is a stay at home mom and Phil is a realtor.                            The last family is; gay couple Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), and their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). Mitchell is a lawyer and Cam is home with Lily.

Claire and Mitchell are children of Jay from a previous marriage. And the show is about what this big family gets up to. They are very close to each other and spend a lot of time together. Jay is struggling with the fact that his son Mitchell is gay. He loves his son, but he is old school and trying to get up to speed with modern times.  Claire is struggling with the fact that her father’s new wife Gloria is younger than her. And Gloria is trying to fit in with her new family.

Down below is a promo from the Modern Family’s first episode:

 

My husband and I are actually rewatching the series right now on Netflix, where the first 8 seasons are available in Sweden at least.

Some of my favourite quotes from the movie:

“Family is family. Whether it’s the one you start out with, the one you end up with, or the family that you gain along the way.” ~ Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

“Why do I have to watch a French movie, I didn’t do anything wrong.” ~ Phil Dunphy

We all struggle with limitations. Some we’re willing to accept, and some we’re not. It’s never too late to grow in life.” ~ Jay Pritchett

“What qualifies someone as a hero? Obviously, a hero has to be someone we respect. A person we look up to. A person who is generous of spirit. Who’s willing to grow and learn. Maybe it’s the person you love most in the world. Or the guy who makes the most out of life no matter what anyone thinks. For me though, the hero of my family is my family, because of who we are together.” ~ Manny Delgado

“There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You’d think the dreamers would find the dreamers, and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not, the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists, well, without the dreamers, they might never get off the ground.” ~ Cameron Tucker

Have you watched Modern Family? What did you think? If not, I highly recommend you watch it, at least if you like comedy.

 

And I also wanted to share the gag reel from season 1: