“Lovesick” – one of the best TV series to binge watch on Netflix.

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Hello, dear readers! It has been a very busy week and busy semester in general, however, somehow I managed to fit in some Netflix binge watching sessions in between my coursework and that is how I discovered “Lovesick”. I am pretty sure I haven’t watched any British TV series since I discovered “Skins” but, I guess, it is inevitable to live UK and stumble upon their own creations on Netflix.

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The main character of “Lovesick” is Dylan Witter (starring Johnny Flynn) who at the beginning of TV series diagnosed with chlamydia. Yes, you guessed it, the ironic title has everything to do with that. After this diagnosis he attempts to contact all of his previous sexual partners and for about two seasons of “Lovesick” each episode brings us more or less in the past, telling us how Dylan met each of these girls. However, there are two more characters who are very essential for this story – Dylan’s best friends Luke (Daniel Ings) and Evie (Antonia Thomas). Although first two seasons mainly focus on Dylan’s problems, it also shows changes that his friends are going through. One of the things that definitely kept audience on their toes for about two seasons was incomplete romance between Dylan and Evie. Even though we go shown that they clearly have (or have had) feelings for each other at some point, it is never the right time or place and they constantly end up in relationships with other people. Starting from third season, everything seems to start falling into place. What happens next? I can’t tell you yet, even if I wanted to because I have seen only few episodes of the third season.

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In contrast to Netflix TV series”Insatiable” that I previously reviewed on my blog, I didn’t find any of the characters extremely unappealing which, in a way, is a very good thing. Nothing ruins a good story line as much as annoying antagonist does. However, if I had to pick one character that didn’t make extremely positive impression on me, that is Angus (Joshua McGuire) . He seemed too childish and over-the-top for me. Also (spoiler alert!) the plot twist when it turned out that he knocked up a stripper and decided to raise the kid with after not seeing her for few months seemed kind of ridiculous for me. I understand that some people might see this as an interesting plot twist but, in my opinion, it does not fit into the plot very well. It just doesn’t seem realistic.

I do apologize that this week’s post is a bit shorter than usual but I will definitely be back next week with a longer one. University life is getting busier and I still am not familiar with few things but in general I am very happy here. The highlight of my week is always Prose seminar which leaves me inspired and excited every time. Oh, and Yugen’s Coffee House whenever I need some extra caffeine dose to get through another week. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

 

Love, Porcelain Doll.


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“Insatiable” – the review of controversial dark comedy series from Netflix.

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Hello, dear readers! Time is flying so fast for me that I can already feel the homesickness from a mile away. In a week I will wake up not only in a different city but also a different country that I have never even been to – UK. And no, it is not just a quick trip, I will actually spend next three years studying there in my dream university. However, while I am packing, making things work and settling down, I will not give you any spoilers yet. Be patient. Meanwhile – I thought it would be exciting to talk about something that everyone has been talking about for almost a month – Netflix new series “Insatiable”.

When I first saw the trailer of this show, I already pictured it as some cliché teenage form of entertainment and first two or three episodes did not impress me that much. However, as I kept watching “Insatiable”, it slowly but surely caught my attention and kept it until the end of the season. The main character of the show is Patty (aka Fatty Patty) – an overweight teenager, who only has one friend and is heavily bullied in school. Then, after somehow ending up in a fight with a homeless man and getting her jaw broken, she is forced to be on a liquid diet for 3 months of summer. When school year starts, Patty is back as new and hotter version of herself, hoping that people will suddenly like her more. When this plan does not work out fully, she decided to get revenge on people, who hurt her. This pretty much sums up all the series without giving too much spoilers for those of you, who have not seen “Insatiable” yet.

Now it is time to do something I have not done in my movie / TV series reviews before – list pros and cons. Let’s start with the bad stuff and spill some tea. First thing I cringed at – how quick Fatty Patty turned into stunning Patty. I know that Debby Ryan wore a fat suit for these TV series instead of gaining weight but let’s pretend that we do not know that and look at the plot twist realistically. No one in real life looses that much weight in 3 months and looks flawless without any extra skin etc afterwards. Second thing – there were only two characters I could not stand in “Insatiable” and those were Regina Sinclair and Dixie Sinclair (played by Arden Myrin and Irene Choi). I hate to be introduced to new actors and actresses as villains because that makes me want to never see them again in any other movies. Besides – characters of Regina and Dixie were so unnatural, cliché and bitchy that I wish they would not be included in those TV series at all. Third thing that I noticed – okay, Patty’s crush on her mentor Bob was weird to begin with but then when it did not develop into anything else and Patty found another subject of interest, it seemed completely meaningless to mention it in the series at all. Forth thing – now, when I look back at it, I can not stand, how badly Brick Armstrong (aka son of well-known Bob) treated Patty when she was fat but then suddenly became nicer when she got skinny. And during all that time Patty still had a crush on him. It thought that crushes solely based on looks happen only at the age of twelve and later people become smarter. Turns out, it is not the case in these series. Fifth thing – there are way  too many vulgar jokes. Let’s take an example from very first episode where an even, called “Anal cancer awareness gala” happens. First of all – why exactly that type of cancer? Not breast, throat, brain or any other type of cancer, they had to choose anal cancer just so my hated character Regina could make fart noises later on in the episode while making fun of Bob’s speech. Then later on in these series you hear some cringy jokes about child molestation, LGBT issues and more.

Now, enough of the bad stuff, let’s try to figure out, why I actually watched the whole season of “Insatiable”. Debby Ryan seemed like a perfect fit for Patty’s role and I actually liked a lot of Patty’s rebellious moment, her character traits were actually pretty interesting. Second thing that I actually enjoyed were sweet moments between Patty and Bob later on in the series when he kind of appeared more like a father figure to her than just a way older man she had a crush on. Also, in one of the first episodes where Patty had to bond with Bob’s wife Coralee for them to participate in a daughter – mother contest, I enjoyed those sweet mother – daughter moments a lot, even though they did not appear in later episodes anymore.

To sum it up, I can say that watching “Insatiable” was definitely a wild ride with its ups and downs. The plot was not flowing as smoothly as I would like it to but, I guess it is understandable because writers and directors (according to wikipedia) were switched quite a lot from episode to episode. However, I was not bored for a second; even when events in “Insatiable” did not make a lot of sense, I felt quite entertained.

Overall rating: 5,5

Was it worth the watch? Well, that is something you have to figure out yourself. It is not on my favorite TV series list but it definitely does not deserve as many bad reviews as it got and, honestly, I am curious what will happen in next season, if there will be one. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

“Heathers” – brilliant 80’s black comedy for teens and young adults.

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Hello, dear readers! I guess, it has been a while since I posted a movie review, so I decided to keep my blog fresh and post another one. Even though I have been quite busy with work and my love life lately, I still had some spare time to check out new movies… Well, not literally new because today I decided to review famous 80’s movie “Heathers”. I have seen this movie in countless lists of must watch teen movies but procrastinated actually checking it out because I prefer movies that were made in this century. However, one summer day I finally gave it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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The main character of the movie is Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), who is one of the most popular girls in high school because of her friendship with three rich girls with the same name – Heather. And of course – those girls love to treat less popular kids like shit. If you are a 2000’s kid – think Regina George from Mean Girls. Veronica endures it for a while until one day she realizes that she has had enough and it is time to take down the queen bee of this clique – Heather Chandler (Kim Walker). When Veronica meets mysterious Jason Dean (also refered to as J.D., starring Christian Slater) , they see a perfect chance to teach a lesson to Heather, however, what starts as a harmless act of revenge, ends up as a murder. Veronice feels guilty about committed act but J.D. convinces that they can easily get away with it by making it look like a suicide. The death of Heather Chandler is the first but definitely not the last death in this movie. I will stop explaining the plot now because I do not want to give too many spoilers. I will just say that J.D. and Veronica are quite fascinating but troubled couple. Luckily, at the end of the movie Veronica realizes that J.D. is out of his mind, refuses to participate in any further crimes and tries to stop him.

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Even though most of the actors of “Heathers” are not popular nowadays, Shannen Doherty and Winona Ryder are pretty much still around. Who does not know Prue Halliwell from “Charmed” and Elizabeth MacIntyre from “Black swan”? Side note – Winona Ryder in this movie looks just stunning but that is not the only reason why her character Veronica is my favorite. I just could not imagine a better portrayal of this seemingly naive girl, who finally came to her senses and decided to stand up for herself.

Overall, even though I expected just some overrated teen movie, I was pleasantly surprised and must say it is worth the hype. To those, who want to compare “Heathers” with “Mean Girls” – do not. The first one is a black comedy and the second one – just a girly comedy. However, if you really want to look at the side by side, in my opinion, “Mean Girls” can not keep up with “Heathers” which has the most brilliant plot twist at the end of the movie. Just watch it and you will see.

Overall rating: 10/10

Usually I do not get so excited about movies but this was so brilliant that I had to share my thoughts and offer you awesome movie suggestion. Have you seen “Heathers” already? Feel free to share your opinion on it in the comment section. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.


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6 current obsessions: from movies to books.

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Hello, dear readers! It’s currently Tuesday evening as I am writing this because last week was very… eventful. I’ve moved to a different city, got another tattoo and am walking from one job interview to another, trying to decide which one to take. At first I was panicking, wondering, who would ever want to hire me and then – bam! – I have had eight job interviews already. I think, I won’t go to any more and just take my pick now.  But enough about the life update, it’s time to share another lovely post with you which today will be 6 things that I have been obsessed with in the first half of 2018. I know that a lot of other bloggers share monthly favorites but, honestly, my taste doesn’t change that often and, considering the fact that I post about 4 posts every month, I would rather share more of other things. However, this time I decided to share 6 things I loved this year so far. Enjoy!

  1. Movie “American satan”. Since I discovered it in early January, this has been one of my favorite movies ever. I have watched it several times and every time I watch it, it still is exciting. And no, it’s not only because of Andy Biersack although he looks handsome. The reason why I love this movie is the plot and amazing soundtracks, who are performed by the band Palaye Royale (even though movie presents the as songs by fictional band The Relentless). If you are into rock music, a little edgy movies or you simply like Andy Biersack and Black Veil Brides, you will love this movie.
  2. Band “Mother mother”. I don’t remember when exactly in 2018 I discovered this band but I definitely think they are underrated and deserve more attention. If you don’t know where to start, I would suggest to listen to their latest album “No culture” first. My personal favorites from it are “Love stuck”, “The drugs”, “Mouth of the devil”, “No culture” and “Family”.
  3. TV series “Dynasty”. When I first saw the trailer, I didn’t think that TV series about spoiled rich people would be my thing but after two or three episodes I became addicted. At first Elizabeth Gillies caught my eye but then I actually stayed for the intriguing plot. Sadly waiting for season 2 is a real struggle. However, give “Dynasty” a try!
  4. Youtuber Muchelleb. At some point you have probably heard me mentioning inspiring youtuber Kalyn Nicholson, who posts videos about planning, organizing and basically getting few steps closer to your dream life. Muchelleb posts kind of similar content but isn’t as well-known, so I decided to give this girl a little shout out. I have started watching her channel at the beginning of this year and I still love it, especially videos about minimalism.
  5. Musician Barns Courtney. My latest and probably biggest music related obsession that I stumbled across sometime in May. He falls under folk pop and blues rock genres and his music is the closest to some music ideal in my head. The guitar in every song and the mix of folk and rock vibes just makes it sound a little dark but empowering at the same time. I am still at the process of discovering his music but so far my favorite songs are “Kicks”, “Golden dandelions” and “Champion”.
  6. Book “99 francs (14,99 euros)” by Frederic Beigbeder. If you know me, you are probably aware that for a while my favorite writer has been Frederic Beigbeder. When it comes to music, movies, books or any art form, I love a lot of shocking, dark and weird stuff. “99 francs” is one of those books that most people would consider weird, even shocking and disgusting but it also includes a lot of interesting and deep thoughts, and unusual but great humor.

I will end this list here and a little early because I simply lack time to write longer post at the moment, however, it is my pleasure to share a little bit more of my thoughts every week. Thank you for reading and until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

5 comedy movies to binge watch during lazy self care days.

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Hello, dear readers! I have had four days off from school in a row and just today I realized that it’s actually Wednesday not Monday and it’s time to publish a blog post… which I haven’t written yet. But don’t worry – I won’t leave you empty-handed. 2018 is the year when I have gotten consistent with blogging, so I’m not going to break the habit now. On a random note – vegetarianism and consistent blogging are actually two habits that I have adapted this year incredibly successfully without a single slip. Congrats to me! Back to topic – as this is one of those lazy days for me today, I decided to share 5 movies that I could watch all over and over again, if I had some spare time. (These won’t be put into any particular order because I can’t pick just one favorite movie.) Let’s dive in!

1. Easy a (2008) .

Emma Stone, holding a piece of paper and biting her lipThis was definitely one of my favorites for the longest time, I remember watching this movie in my early teens and absolutely loving it. I couldn’t stop fangirling about Emma Stone and the movie plot never got boring to me.

2. Obvious child (2014) .

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Comedy/drama which I truly enjoyed because it stood out between a lot other movies in this genre. It’s silly, sweet and relatable at the same time. Sometimes you meet love at the weirdest time of your life and that’s alright. If you are not into cliché romance movies but something more out of the box, this one’s for you.

3. The other woman (2014) .  

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Here’s something for all the ladies out there, who just got dumped, cheated on, lied to etc. I know that it sucks to be in a situation like this but there is not a day that movie with Cameron Diaz in it can’t make better. I’m serious!

4. The matchbreaker (2016) .  

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If cute and even a little cheesy romantic comedies are your thing, you will love “The matchbreaker”. I already love the idea of the movie but the fact that Christina Grimmie is starring in this one, makes it at least 5 times better. R.I.P. to this beautiful soul, she will never be forgotten.

5. Bad teacher (2011) .  

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From all the movies on this list, I could really relate to this one the most. Not because I would be the kind of girl, who is falling for nerds or saving up to get breast implants but simply because… I was a teacher. Maybe not for a really long time period of time but six months was enough to get a taste of that. If I would keep working that type of job any longer, I would probably become just like Elizabeth (starring Cameron Diaz). And that’s another great movie with Cameron Diaz – her latest movies never fail to make me laugh, so I hope that you will like them just as much as I do.

So that is it for today’s movie list. At first I wanted to throw in some dramas and thrillers, too but then realized that for some people they might be too nerve-wrecking to call that an appropriate part of self-care. Because of that I will probably create a separate post, listing top 5 of my favorite dramas and/or thrillers. So, look forward to that! Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts when I’ll publish longer and more in-depth post! Have a nice week!

Disclaimer: all the pictures used in this post have been taken from the internet, I don’t own rights to them.

Love, Porcelain Doll.

“Liberated: the new sexual revolution” – shocking and eye-opening must see documentary.

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Hello, dear readers! I really thought I should not post so many movie reviews on my blog because it would literally turn it into a movie review blog but this movie just turned my world upside down. Anyone, who knows me well, knows that I am not the type of person, who loves documentaries but this… hits pretty close to home to everyone, who is 14 to 30 years old. And, because Dolls Have Hearts readers are in that age group, I just had to review this. This is not a usual movie review like the ones I have posted before. This is a life-changing movie. So, let’s dive right in!

I found out about this movie few days ago and the trailer didn’t look very promising. For some reason I thought that this movie will show that hook-up culture is okay and that’s just how things are in 21st century. Thankfully, it did not. I really liked that this movie was divided into several parts – a male perspective into hook-up culture, a female perspective into hook-up culture and several others. Even though the truth made me cringe and cry a lot, it was so brilliant just because it was very realistic. There is so much pressure on young people nowadays. Girls are expected to look like models on magazine covers because it seems that they can only be cool and good enough, if they are desired. Boys, on the other hand, are expected to have sex with as many possible because somehow it is one of the ways, how they can show off their manliness. The more women they have sex with, the more desirable they become. I can see this ideology existing in modern world but I still don’t understand, how we have become these animals, who have made sex and sexuality this huge, important thing that basically shows our value. I can’t even put into words, how fucked up this is.

Even though I have never been on of those girls, who are always desired by most guys, I know very well, how it feels to “be on the other side”. From early teen years I have realized that, if I am not sexually appealing in the eyes of the opposite sex (mostly her peers), no one will look at me twice. No one will talk to me, everyone will laugh at my clothes, body, the way I smile, talk and move. I am automatically treated like not good enough and like I don’t deserve love in general. At the same time I have seen those desirable girls around me. Do you think they were treated like queens? No, never. They were girls, who used to show as much skin as possible just to fit in and hang out with boys. Those were girls, who let boys touch their breasts behind the curtains at school discos and who often couldn’t even walk because they got too drunk, trying to prove guys that they are cool. They were the ones, who got fucked and made fun of later. So, it looks like no matter on which side you are, you can’t win.

Talking about boys – it was hard for me to understand their point of view until I saw this movie. I always thought they were just born evil and truly enjoyed sleeping with any girl they could get their hands on and then slut shaming them afterwards. It’s like… they were not really human. After watching “Liberated: the new sexual revolution”, I kind of started to realize that they are also in a very unpleasant situation. So much pressure is put on them, too. A guy can either choose to be the undesirable virgin, who gets bullied at school or a seemingly heartless player, who is pressure into sleeping with as many girls as possible just to be cool in the eyes of his friends. No matter what they do, they can’t win either.

Now that I have briefly told you what the movie is about and what are my thoughts on the hook-up culture that it describes, here is the trailer.  If you are in your teen years or in your twenties, I’d highly suggest you to watch this documentary. It explains so much of what is happening with young adults all around the world right now. In a fucked up way, indeed but still. Just watch it.

Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

 

 

 

“Rebel in the rye” – a movie that every writer needs to watch.

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Hello, dear readers! Today I am back with another movie review. Do you know what kind of movies I love the most? The ones that are about writers. It doesn’t matter, if it’s based on real life events or not  – those type of movies just get me inspired and make me feel like someday I could accomplish something similar some day. There’s just something beautiful about the creative madness they portray. The struggle, the pain, love, sometimes even mental illness – all this mix tends to blow me away.

Today I’m reviewing “Rebel in the rye” – a movie, based on true events from J. D. Salinger’s life. What’s even better – Nicholas Hoult is starring the main role as Salinger himself. If you don’t know that – Nicholas Hoult is my favorite male actor and no, that’s not only because of TV series “Skins”, even though that’s exactly how I discovered him. Anyways, back to the movie. Even though it received only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes  and was rated 6,6/10 on IMDB , I thought it is worth mentioning it because, honestly, it is underrated by critics and definitely is a success not a failure. The plot follows Salinger’s life and starts few years before he goes to War when he struggles to publish his first work, meets Oona O’Neil and ends with the portrayal of his life after publishing “The Catcher in the Rye”’. You can watch the trailer here, before I continue with my thoughts about the movie.

So, besides Nicholas Hoult in main role, I loved the portrayal of a struggling writer, who does not know, if he is any good but continues to write anyway. There was one quote that stuck in my mind the most, which is this: “Are you willing to devote your life to telling the stories, knowing that you may get nothing in return? And if the answer to that question is no, well, then you should go out there and find yourself something else to do with your life because you are not a true writer.” It really made me think a lot about how I feel about writing and shed a tear because there is nothing more beautiful that a person, who is truly passionate about something. So passionate that he’s almost on the edge of madness.

When it comes to war scenes, they were very sad, grievous and definitely not easy to watch. Violence and tragic events in movies usually do not affect me but these scenes really did. I really got into the movie and it almost broke my heart, knowing that the main character could not survive and “The catcher in the rye” could have never been written. Thankfully, as you all know, Salinger survived and that is the reason why such well know book “The rebel in the rye” exists. Even though some people gave the movie two and three star reviews, I will have to disagree with them because I love the movie so much that I started crying close to the end because it really impressed me in the best way and got me thinking about my own passion for writing.

Overall rating: 9/10

If you are a writer or a passionate reader, who appreciates more than just chick flicks, you will really enjoy this movie. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts when I will be back with different kind of post. (Seriously, this is second movie review in a row, I can’t go on like this forever.)

Love, Porcelain Doll.