Monday, October 20, 2014

X Factor UK 11: Top 14

I had reservations with the theme - I figured that it would make for a very predictable night - but the song choices were mostly interesting and there were some serious rearrangements this week. The usual suspects delivered fantastic performances, while some faltered. How did everyone fare?

On with the show!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

DAM NATION: October 2014 Playlist

Here you all go. October's pretty odd. There were A LOT of good songs to include in the playlist, but there's not much space. In fact, the month was so loaded, I already have enough for next month. Haha. Oh, and this is probably one of the most diverse sets I've ever compiled. You have Pop, RnB, EDM, Boybands, Indie pop, Folk, Country, and Pseudo-country. Ha!

Anyway, here's the 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.

So, there! Enjoy!

1 Out Of The Woods Taylor Swift
2 Blame Calvin Harris (ft. John Newman)
3 Amnesia 5 Seconds Of Summer
4 Budapest George Ezra
5 Yellow Flicker Beat Lorde
6 L.A. Love (La La) Fergie
7 Love Me Harder Ariana Grande (ft. The Weeknd)
8 Dangerous David Guetta (ft. Sam Martin)
9 Riptide Vance Joy
10 Steal My Girl One Direction
11 Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih (ft. YG)
12 The Days Avicii (ft. Robbie Williams)
13 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
14 Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
15 Something In The Water Carrie Underwood

Password: Who ranked third in the first X Factor UK Season 11 blog?

Monday, October 13, 2014

X Factor UK 11: Top 16

I had a go last year after not writing about the show since Season 7, but I gave up on the show after Top 6 as the performances were mostly mediocre. There were a couple of stand out performances, they were so few I just couldn't.

Fast forward to Season 11 and I've decided to give this another go. I passed on X Factor Australia this year - though there are some fantastic performances in there - as I was a bit late with that edition, so I think it's best to focus with the UK version of the show.

I will be ranking the performances from worst to best every week with some short commentaries on their performances.

On with the show!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Movie Review: Gone Girl

Speechless. Gone Girl was possibly one of the craftiest and most satisfying films this year by leaps and bounds. The script was written masterfully, the structure was brilliant, the direction was outstanding, the pacing was spot on, and it has got a lot more substance and plot elements than I ever expected. The story was simple on the onset that got seriously complicated, but somehow pulled off the miracle of not making it seemed overwrought. Oh, and the contrast of that first and last scene was genius and disturbingly glorious. The acting performances were also pretty astounding. Ben Affleck delivered a good performance, but Rosamund Pike came away as the real winner here. She was certainly intoxicating, especially during the third act of the film where it was a no holds barred roller coaster ride for her character. She was the driving force behind this film and I just cannot express how perfect she was for the role. Despite the long runtime, Gone Girl shockingly didn't drag. It was striking, dark, disturbing, absolutely riveting, and made me both exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. Fantastic. 9.5

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Voice 7: Blind Auditions Part 5

Whoa! I didn't expect to get annoyingly bored with today's episode. What happened? Most of them were mediocre singers and there's only a few who stood out during this whole Blind Auditions of Season 7. In general, I seriously think the talent this season is the most underwhelming of this series. Should we be worried? Or too early to tell?

On with the show!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Movie Review: Annabelle

I have to admit, Annabelle initially felt like an unnecessary prequel to last year's The Conjuring, but it pleasantly turned out to be a tightly executed horror thriller. Sure, the film was still horribly familiar and frustratingly unoriginal, which I bitched about last year, but there's something oddly compelling about this film. The mood and atmosphere were both disturbing and eerie, there were terrifying moments especially when the demon appeared on screen with unending ease - which stayed in my mind up until now - and the slow progression of the story to the horrifyingly subtle build up of tension was fantastic. Everything was present from the loud startling music to the scares that were well-planned it got to me on so many levels. Plus, the acting were believable especially Anabelle Wallis. Of course, the film was not without flaws, but I succumbed to the little hints of absurdity as they were needed to move the film along. Annabelle will never be remembered as a classic, but it definitely achieved it's unpretentious goal of being an entertaining, scary horror flick and a slightly better than your average standard haunted tale. 7

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Adaptations of young adult novels to film are now a dime a dozen and while The Maze Runner didn't really do anything that I have not seen before, this was still a surprisingly solid entertaining little movie. The premise was intriguing, there was a decent amount of mystery, and the plot runs pretty evenly with minimal drag. The acting across the board was also quite good especially Dylan O' Brian who carried the film with great depth to his character. A lot of the characters were underdeveloped and dry though, and that's mostly on the writing. The visual effects, for the most part, were stunningly executed and well shot, and some of the action sequences were awesome. Everything went well until the sloppy ending that pulled this film to a rot. It was just horribly executed. It didn't ruin The Maze Runner entirely, but it just left the movie a lot flawed than I expected. 6.5
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