I've been saying this over and over again, but The Voice Australia Season 4 has been a fantastic show to cover this year. It was diverse with a lot of awesome artists providing performances. And yes, I couldn't be happier with the remaining four (4) finalists.
Sure, the performances in this Finale weren't as showstopping as some of their previous performances and the original songs were relatively underwhelming than, say, X Factor's Original songs, but I digress.
Yay Australia! This was seriously a strong Final 6 and there's a good amount of diversity in the remaining finalists. I'm very impressed. But of course, they were further whittled down to the Top 4, which will fight next week for the win, and even that, I'm not in any way disappointed. I got a little confused with the format, but I digress. Oh, and yes, the song choices were, for the most part, pretty stellar. Good job, coaches!
Hitman: Agent 47 was heavily flawed. The story was incredibly formulaic, the script was a mess, parts of the editing were sloppy, and most of the characters were pretty one-dimensional. That being said, I can't deny the fact that it was relatively and surprisingly entertaining. Yes, some action set pieces looked annoyingly familiar, but the flashy and highly stylized visuals were somehow enough to gloss over the film's obvious flaws. It was all appropriately tense with a couple of decent action sequences. Oh, and Rupert Friend did a rather passable job as the lead role as it only calls for little emotion. Ha. Hitman:Agent 47 was problematic and, at times, even laughable, but I never got bored. More like, it's so bad that it's good. 5
Just when I thought Pixar was starting to lose steam - based solely on the studio's underwhelming output since Toy Story 3 - Inside Out proved that they have not lost the potential for greatness. The plot was incredibly audacious, insightful, emotional, and even profound, and the sheer creativity that went into every single detail of the story was brilliant. I admit, I feared that things would become overly complicated and messy given the premise, but the film managed to pull everything off without those excessive expositions. As expected, the visuals were beautifully rendered, striking and vibrant, and the voice actors were wonderful particularly Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith who provided great contrast throughout the whole film. In an era where most Hollywood movies are either reboots, adaptations, sequels, and remakes - leaving very little room for originality - Inside Out was an outstanding breath of fresh air. A film that created such lasting and resonant memories in my mind making it one of the best animation films in recent memory. 9.5
Other than the early ouster of Scott Newnham, Australia has been pretty flawless with their eliminations and the coaches were also quite good with their choices. I didn't necessarily agree on everything, but this is a pretty stellar group - definitely a lot stronger than the latest edition of The Voice UK.
Spy films are a dime a dozen - 2015 alone has five (5) movies under this genre - and while The Man From U.N.C.L.E didn't present anything that I haven't seen before, the excess of style, class, and humor was enough to make this a fun, retro romp. Yes, there was something incredibly familiar and basic from the narrative down to the script, but the execution brought something different to the table. On a technical standpoint, the film had it all in spades. The camera work was stupendous, the cinematography was stunning, the editing was masterful, and the overstated scoring gave the whole film an added punch. The cast was also quite stellar. Henry Cavill's dry wit and quips was a nice departure from his serious role as Superman and Armie Hammer somehow redeemed himself from the awfulness that was The Lone Ranger. Not going to lie, this film would've been another stale addition to the genre if handled differently. No, The Man From U.N.C.L.E wasn't a masterpiece, by any means, but it was a rather entertaining film to watch that was stylish, often funny, and quite delightful. 7.5
Finally managed to keep up! Here are another list of 15 songs that I (personally) fancy, that are already doing good on it's own and maybe some new singles from different artists that will probably - or maybe not - be hits in the next coming weeks in whatever format.
1 Drag Me Down One Direction
2 Live Forever The Band Perry
3 Like I Can Sam Smith
4 High By The Beach Lana Del Rey
5 Work From Home Jordin Sparks (ft. B.o.B)
6 Love Myself Hailee Steinfield
7 Body On Me Rita Ora (ft. Chris Brown)
8 Dirty Work Austin Mahone
9 That's How You Know Nico & Vinz (ft. Kid Ink/Bebe Rexha)
10 Back Together Robin Thicke (ft. Nicki Minaj)
11 Criminal David Cook
12 Growing Up Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Ed Sheeran)