Saturday, November 22, 2014

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Even though I walked away from the film feeling almost inevitably let down, due to the simple fact that it was essentially half of a film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 was a satisfying start to the finale and stood on its own as a fairly good film. True, the whole thing was just one huge buildup for the final installment, which I expect to be absolutely explosive - in all sense of the word - but this one did an excellent job of expanding the story further as the film progressively got much darker. It was gorgeously lensed as the cinematography seemed a lot more sullen and bleak than its predecessor, the visual effects were top notch, the editing was sharper this time, and it was surprisingly well-paced. The cast ensemble were on point. Jennifer Lawrence was excellent, while both Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered well-rounded performances. Elizabeth Banks added the much needed light and humor, which very well made up for the darkness and depth of the storyline. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 wasn't entirely perfect, but I consider this one as a preparation for the revelatory kind of finish for the franchise, and yes, it's going to be greatly anticipated. 8.5

Friday, November 21, 2014

DAM NATION: November 2014 Playlist

So yeah, it's that time of the month again! 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 Outside Calvin Harris (ft. Ellie Goulding)
2 Superheroes The Script
3 Real Love Clean Bandit (ft. Jess Glynne)
4 She Knows Ne-Yo (ft. Juicy J)
5 Sledgehammer Fifth Harmony
6 Coming Back Dean Ray
7 Take Me To Church Hozier
8 Baby Don't Lie Gwen Stefani
9 The Heart Wants What It Wants Selena Gomez
10 Lips Are Movin' Meghan Trainor
11 Wrapped Up Olly Murs (ft. Travie McCoy)
12 Stand By You Marlisa
13 Heroes (We Could Be) Alesso (ft. Tove Lo)
14 Burnin' Up Jessie J (ft. 2 Chainz)
15 Blank Space Taylor Swift

Password: Who topped my X Factor 11: Top 8 blog?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Voice 7: Top 12 Results Show

No surprises here. Yes, I would've preferred someone else to be saved by America instead of the other one, but I digress. All three delivered awful to forgettable performances and that caused their demise. Add to that the fact that they performed in the first half of the show.

In other news, it's interesting to see an X Factor UK alum, Ella Henderson, perform on the show. Her live performance of Ghost was fantastic and I still couldn't believe she placed 6th during her season. Tsk.

Oh, and that Wildcard to the Finale was odd. Not sure if I like the idea or not, but I'll get back to it after a couple more weeks.

Results after the jump!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Voice 7: Top 12

If not for the last four singers, I was seriously ready to call this the lamest Top 12 in The Voice US history! Seriously. Some of them were boring, a couple had terrible vocals, ad the song choices in general were older than dirt. This season had so much potential, but something's just not right. If it was me, we should have a Bottom 8 tomorrow. Ha.

Oh, and coaches, please stop convincing us that the talent is great when it's not. Really.

On with the show!

Monday, November 17, 2014

X Factor UK 11: Top 8

As much as I hated the idea of them singing old songs, this theme usually results to an outstanding performances. Other than Stevi, I thought everyone delivered strong numbers that I'm starting to be a little nitpicky on the performances. Let's hope they'll send home the rightful act soon.

On with the show!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Movie Review: Interstellar

Interstellar was often messy and restless, and occasionally redundant, but just like Gravity last year, this film was a visual spectacle. The sheer detail of the visual effects was astonishing, it was technically remarkable and creatively executed, and it had some of the most stunning imagery I've seen in any film this year. It was visceral and the grandeur was admirable. The casting ensemble was also tremendously talented, but it was the powerhouse performances of Matthew McConaughey and Mackenzie Foy that stood out. With all that being said, Interstellar wasn't Christopher Nolan's best work to date. True, this was possibly his most ambitious in terms of plot and vision, but it came off to me as something that tried so hard to be profound. It threw more science from relative physics to what have you on the fly that things turned very confusing and silly. The pacing was off, the third act was a massive let down, and when I think back to the whole experience, it left me with nothing. I didn't even care much about any of the characters. I won't even pretend that I understood the ENTIRE movie with all the buffet of messy ideas that the film fired in all directions, but Interstellar may be worth a glance, just for its magnificent technical achievements. 8

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Voice 7: Playoffs #TeamGwen

Unlike Pharrell, I had my reservations with Gwen as a coach, but she has really proven herself to be a good one. I was seriously expecting her team to be composed of straight up cannon fodders until today. Her group was relatively stronger than the rest of the competition. We'll see if she can pull it off.

On with the show!
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