Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Voice 6 Wrap-Up: 25 Best Performances

A new season will premiere this week with two new coaches - Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams - but before we do that, let's take a good look of how things were last season. Josh Kaufman won the whole enchalada, but there were also a pretty good number of stunning performances through out the season.

So yeah, we now pay tribute to the performances that made Season 5 worth watching - and reviewing!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DAM NATION: September 2014 Playlist

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. Oh, and a couple of them are carry overs from last year, but I digress.

So, there! Enjoy!

1 Rather Be Clean Bandit (ft. Jess Glynne)
2 Trumpets Jason Derulo
3 Fireball Pitbull (ft. John Ryan)
4 My Hear Is Open Maroon 5 (ft. Gwen Stefani)
5 Them Girls Be Like Fifth Harmony
6 Hideaway Kiesza
7 Centuries Fall Out Boy
8 Cool Kids Echosmith
9  I Will Never Let You Down Rita Ora
10 I'm Not The Only One Sam Smith
11 Jealous Nick Jonas
12 Animals Maroon 5
13 Carousel Melanie Martinez
14 Booty Jennifer Lopez (ft. Iggy Azalea)
15 Shake It Off Taylor Swift

Password: The name of the artist that appeared the most on the DAM NATION playlist for the past 3 months - May, June, July. (Full name and Case sensitive)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy

Not sure if I liked The Purge: Anarchy better than its predecessor - I personally thought the first one had more focus as this seemed a bit rushed and chaotic with way too many characters - but given the same narrative and ludicrous premise with little alterations from the original, the film actually managed to contain the appeal that's pretty compelling. The mindless violence was still there, it was still quite insightful, and there's a broader scale to the whole concept. It was, however, dragged down by the stilted dialogue - especially when it tried to push the message of the film - and a host of incredibly annoying characters with disingenuous performances in general. The Purge: Anarchy was a rare conceptual film that unfortunately lacked some real depth. It was still entertaining, and that's about it. 5.5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Movie Review: The Expendables 3

Let's be honest, nobody goes to The Expendables film expecting superb acting talent or deep storytelling. It has always been about the variety of brain dead action scenes, cheesy one-liners and some real throwback excessive violence in heaps from our action legends. So when The Expendables 3 took that away, things just became a mess. Sure, there were still a couple of incredible action set pieces here and there, and the final showdown was quite nifty, but the decision to add new young members in the group was a little problematic. They hog much of the screen time, which could've been easily given to Wesley Snipes or Antonio Banderas or Harrison Ford. This was also a complete stylistic departure from previous films as this installment didn't feel like an ensemble, but more of a Stallone film with his buddies. It took itself a bit too seriously that it ended up as a pretty drab affair. Truth be told, The Expendables 3 was still pretty entertaining, but with the addition of fairly unknown stars, I felt it took away some of the core. Such a shame. 5.5

Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn't as bad as I expected, but there was nothing particularly memorable about the film either. Other than the well executed visual effects and some humorous banter between the turtles, the movie was just underwhelming. The premise was inherently corny - although that's expected since this was about talking ninja turtles - the script was poorly written, the action set pieces lacked some sense of fun, the camera work was too fast and tight, and there was just way too many Megan Fox scenes that the turtles somehow became secondary. Although there's really no point of over analyzing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - enjoy it for what it is - it was still a generally mediocre film. Nothing spectacular. Hit and miss humor. Predictable story. Less heart. 4.5

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DAM NATION: August 2014 Playlist

Whoa! Too many freaking songs to choose from, but with only have limited slots this month! 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. Oh, and a couple of them are carry overs from last year, but I digress.

So, there! Enjoy!

1 Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj
2 Habits Tove Lo
3 Must Be Love Christina Grimmie 
4 Silent Tori Kelly
5 Anaconda Nicki Minaj
6  It Was Always You Maroon 5
7 Shower Becky G
8 The Big Bang Katy Tiz
9 Come Get It Bae Pharrell Williams (ft. Miley Cyrus)
10 This Is How We Do Katy Perry
11 Don't Ed Sheeran
12 Just Kids Alex & Sierra
13 Flawless Beyonce (ft. Nicki Minaj)
14 Chains Nick Jonas
15 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor

Password: The comment I wrote in Guardians of the Galaxy movie review

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Movie Review: Lucy

Lucy left me in a very weird place. Until now, I still don't know what to think of it. Yes, the film started out with an interesting story, it was visually entertaining, there were some marvelously trippy sequences, and Scarlett Johansson was pretty awesome, but it ultimately turned out to be quite a dud. There was something about the entire premise that came off a little flimsy and stupid that things just didn't make sense. The plausibility was utterly absurd it pulled me out of the film and that ending was too strange that I didn't know what it even implied. Somehow, I did get the appeal of Lucy, but at some point, I wasn't really sure who I should care about or if I should even care. Get it? No? Me too. Haha. 6
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