Monday, October 5, 2015

X Factor Australia 7: Top 11

After being underwhelmed last week - maybe it were the song choices? - a couple of artists stepped up to the plate and delivered astonishing performances and possibly some of the best this season. Sure, there were a couple of train wrecks here and there, but for the most part, I was excited for the rest of the season. If they will be playing in the same level as this week, I'm confident that we're in for a good season.

On with the show!

X Factor UK 12: The 6 Chair Challenge - Girls

This part of the show has always been brutal to the contestants and even to the coaches. It was hard to watch. Really. That said, it's good television and it's everything that matters to these producers. So, I digress.

As for the talent, I'm not so sure. I thought this category was the strongest, but after watching all of them - and eventually the Final 6 - I have my own reservations now. I hope they prove me wrong moving forward.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Movie Review: The Martian

Emotional. Riveting. Exquisite. The Martian was, hands down, one of the best movies of the year. Sure, the story was simply about human survival on Mars, but with Ridley Scott's masterful direction and some technical brilliance, everything was just exceptional. The script was solid, there was a surprisingly consistent humor that balanced the movie perfectly well, the visual effects were no less than spectacular and highly enthralling, and the camera work and editing was fluid and natural to the point that it consumed me. The acting performances were also pretty outstanding from Jessica Chastain to Kristen Wiig to Jeff Daniels. It was Matt Damons' impeccable performance though that elevated the film into something else. He easily got to me; I sympathized with him, worry for him, and cheered for his survival. The Martian was completely immersive and compelling and there's something wonderfully optimistic about the film. Move over, Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out! There's another contender this year. 9.5

Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 was a decent animation film. As an adult, the humor, I thought, was a hit and miss - too many slapstick moments and unnecessary forced jokes - the story was just too cliched and overused, and there was really nothing to write home about. That being said, this was essentially a kids' movie and by that criterion, I thought it was quite effective. The visuals were almost faultless, the character designs were good, the action sequences were harmless fun, and the voice acting were awesome. If you enjoyed the first one, then Hotel Transylvania 2 is likely your much-needed animation fix. Personally though, it left no lasting impression. It was adequate, but it would be overstating the case to make it out to be much more than that. 6

DAM NATION: October 2015 Throwback Playlist

Here's the latest set of throwback tunes that will make you reminisce of those good old days. I made sure that there's variety in this compilation. Again, make sure to dim the lights and crank up this playlist.


1 All The Love In The World The Corrs
2 Tearin' Up My Heart *NSYNC
3 This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
4 Honey Mariah Carey
5 Rock DJ Robbie Williams
6 1,2 Step Ciara (ft. Missy Elliott)
7 Dirrty Christina Aguilera
8 Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls
9 All The Things She Said t.A.T.u.
10 With Arms Wide Open Creed
11 White Flag Dido
12 Invisible Man 98 Degrees
13 If You're Gone Matchbox 20
13 My Happy Ending Avril Lavigne
15 What's Up 4 Non Blondes

Password: Who ranked 3rd in X Factor Australia 7: Top 12?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Voice 9: Blind Auditions Part 4

Hmm. Not sure what's up with The Voice this season, but I'm getting completely underwhelmed. Yes, there were a couple of good artists here and there, but that's about it. Nothing screams viable popstar in the making. I don't know. I'm hoping it's the just the first round. Maybe the gimmick of the swiveling chair is now wearing of no?

On with the show!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Voice 9: Blind Auditions Part 3

While I'm still not particularly sold on anyone yet this season, I've seen a couple of potential artists that I can get behind. That said, this phase of the competition is getting a bit tired and to some extent a bit labored no? I wonder how many episodes of this.

On with the show!
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