The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I haven't been to the cinema to see new films lately. But that's not too bad because this means I finally got a little time to catch up on all the ones that I never saw but always wanted to see.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of these films on my Watchlist, I even had the DVD for a while already and now I've finally seen it.

And I enjoyed it so much! It is so relatable and I will tell you why after a short summary for those who don't know what the film is about.

The film is - who would have thought - the story Walter Mitty who is day-dreamer working in the photo archives of a magazine calles LIFE. He escapes his boring life by descending into his fantasy world which is filled with adventures and love. But one day, when his and lots of other jobs at the magazine are threatened he goes on an adventure that turns out to be even better than the ones in his mind.

I was very touched by the film because I am a very dreamy person myself. Sometimes I imagine these great things happening to me or I dream of being someone else. Who doesn't? And occasionally, when returning to the real world I don't even know if the stuff I just imagined really happened or not.


Songs of the Week [4]

It's Music Monday again.

This week's list is full of new releases, finally this new year is gaining speed when it comes to new music and I really like it.

But luckily there's a lot of other good music out there lately and you'll get another taste of this on this brandnew Songs of the Week list.

It felt a bit like I was putting together a roadtrip playlist. The ORACLE told me to Drive into the Wild West. At first It Gets Cold but then we meet the Summer Girls. But I'll Never Be Like You, because you're taking this musical journey for the first time. I heard it in the wrong order before... Anyway. Here we go.


5 reasons why it's great that The X Files is back

Sunday - or should I say Monday - is the day! Time zones are a weird thing sometimes, aren't they?

Anyway, it's the day The X Files will be back!

I never thought Mulder and Scully would be back again on my telly, but they are. I really hope the show has gotten even better with age (or stayed the same, that would be alright as well). And fingers crossed that I will find a way watch it and I won't have to wait until February. I can't avoid social media for a month.

To celebrate the return of one of my favourite TV shows I thought it would be nice to list five reasons why I am really happy and excited about it being back.


Songs of the Week [3]

Hello, hello! This week's playlist is a fun one. Maybe I was in need of a bit of happiness, but not too much. I'm still a fan of slightly sad lyrics.

I think were all up for a bit of happiness after the world has lost some of the greatest artists over the past weeks. (I'm talking David Bowie and Alan Rickman here, for those who missed it, what seems nearly impossible, but you never know.)

Anyway, I've been searching for some special songs this week and I think I've found them: Another surprising comeback single, a song of an artist turning into a slightly different direction and an actor turned singer of which I didn't know until last week. Oh, and that chart song I just can't get out of my head.


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The book I'm presenting today is an old one. But a good one. Probably my favourite book of the early 20th century (at least of the one's I've read so far). And it's one of those books I've even got two editions of, the German one I read when I was younger and the original English version I read when I was able to understand it.

The book is called Rebecca and it was written by Daphne du Maurier in 1938.

And I'll be telling you about it, because I've got the feeling that Daphne du Maurier, who has written it is way too underrated. Sometimes people I talk to about her know the stories, but don't know she's written them. They all think it was Hitchcock, because he made the films.

Daphne du Maurier was born on 13. May 1907 in London and began writing when she was 18. At first she wrote a lot of short stories, but then also novels, plays and biographies. As she married she moved with her family to Cornwall, where most of her stories take place, because the wild, stormy weather and wild past inspired her imagination.


Songs of the Week [2]

Are you excited? It's new music time again, like every Monday. I hope you had a good week back in normal holiday-free life last week.

This playlist turned into something more emotional this morning. I had picked the songs already over the weekend and written most of it down.

And this morning I woke up to the news that David Bowie has died after fighting cancer for the past 18 month. I was confused and a bit in shock. It was weird to hear that after I was listening to his new album only yesterday and had a Bowie-day as I chose to listen to loads of his old songs as well afterwards.

Anyway. I hope you enjoy the new playlist with the new, a bit more emotional ending due to today's news. Here we go.


Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I haven't reviewed a film in a while, have I? Actually, I haven't even watched a lot lately either...

Of course I've been to the cinema to see Star Wars - Star Wars: Episode 1 was my first grown-up film I saw in the cinema in 1999, hence how could I not go and see the new one and I loved it. But there's so many reviews of The Force Awakens out there, I didn't want to add one more.

One of the only other feature films I've watched throughout this holiday season was Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

I've never seen the film before, but it has been on my Watchlist nearly since it was in cinemas in 2011. And now I'm glad I finally watched it, because it was really good.

The film directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Casanova) is about, well, salmon fishing in the Yemen. But it's not as boring as it sounds, seriously. I first thought it's about people going fishing, but it's about much more.

The head of the Yemen, Sheikh Muhammed bin Zaidi bani Tihama is an avid fisherman and wants to bring fly-fishing to the desert of his country.


Songs of the Week [1]

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you all had a great start into 2016. I actually did. I was visiting a good friend in Zurich and we had a joyful time wandering around the city, eating too much cheese and watching the NYE fireworks at the lake.

I'm excited to start the fresh playlist for this year - Welcome to the Songs of 2016. Follow this playlist and you'll be able to watch it grow throughout the year.

I was slightly excited for this week's Songs of the Week. I hoped to find a lot of new songs for you, but most of them are from last year. I'm so outdated. But seriously folks, I've found some songs that are really great and by artists of whom I hope that they'll be doing great in 2016. Except for Radiohead of course, they're big already.

So here we go - check out the first 2016 Songs of the Week: