Monday, May 25, 2015

DAM NATION: May 2015 Playlist

Again, apologies for the delayed post on the playlists, but here it is! A 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 Beautiful Life Nick Fradiani
2 Black Magic Little Mix
3 Fire N Gold Bea Miller
4 Invincible Kelly Clarkson
5 The Night Is Still Young Nicki Minaj
6 Fun Pitbull (ft. Chris Brown)
7 Fight Song Rachel Platten
8 Bad Blood Taylor Swift (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
9 This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Mother* Maroon 5
10 Fire Under My Feet Leona Lewis
11 Flashlight Jessie J
12 Honey, I'm Good Andy Grammer
13 Pretty Girls Britney Spears (ft. Iggy Azalea)
14 Ghost Town Adam Lambert
15 Please Sawyer Fredericks

Password: The final words in the American Idol 14: 25 Best Performances Video? (allcaps & no spaces)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Gritty. Absurd. Nasty. Insane. Brilliant. I needed some time to process what I've just witnessed. Quite frankly, it's hard to fully explain in mere words the experience that was Mad Max: Fury Road. I genuinely had doubts with the film, but it didn't take long for me to become completely immersed by the movie's atmosphere. On a visual scale, the film was impressively striking. The design and execution was extraordinary, the cinematography was staggering, the action sequence were spectacular and not, by any means, tiresome. The story, while simple and cliched, did not lack substance, the direction was masterful, and the acting performance, especially from Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy was magnetic. Were there flaws? Sure, but they're mostly forgivable. At this point, I can't heap enough praise upon Mad Max: Fury Road. It's a modern masterpiece. See it. 9.5

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2

Dis-aca-ppointing. I was seriously a HUGE fan of the first film - when everyone practically ignored it in movie theaters as I could basically count seven people watching it with me - but Pitch Perfect 2 just didn't live up to it's predecessor. One major gripe was the storyline, or lack thereof. The film didn't seem to know what it was focusing on. The subplots weren't well thought out, there was just too much going on that everything felt disjointed, and there were a lot of filler materials in this film. The Riff-Off, for instance, was annoyingly lame as it offered NOTHING to the plot. The script wasn't as tight as I hoped, some of the jokes fell completely flat, Skylar Astin's underutilized role was a total mistake, and none of the musical sequences were particularly memorable. Don't get me wrong, Pitch Perfect 2 was still thoroughly entertaining and some of the musical performances were good, but it was, arguably, nowhere near as brilliant as the first one. 6.5

Movie Review: Unfriended

Unfriended, while mildly inventive and not a total waste, was a tad underwhelming. Sure, the premise was refreshing - originality goes a long way towards making a horror flick entertaining - the acting was shockingly terrific, and the entertainment factor kept me glued to the screen for the most part, but everything was disappointingly predictable. The pacing was a little problematic and repetitive, the nature of the story made it really difficult to root for the characters - I felt no real sense of loss throughout the whole film - and the scares were few and far between with lame thrills that somehow cheapen the rest of the movie. No, Unfriended wasn't exactly a bad film, but the execution could've been a lot better and tighter. A total missed opportunity. 6

American Idol 14: Beautiful Life - Nick Fradiani

It's been more than a week since he was crowned as the new American Idol and I haven't posted anything yet about his single, Beautiful Life. Not going to lie, I had doubts that the show will be able to pull off another good coronation single after Phillip Phillips' Home, but this actually has a very anthemic vibe to it backed by a pulsating beat and some urgency on Nick Fradiani's vocals. I'm optimistic.

Watch the video of Nick Fradiani's Beautiful Life as FIFA Women's World Cup theme. Good promo for him, to be honest.

DAM NATION: May 2015 Throwback Playlist

Apology for the super delayed upload of this. There was just so much craziness in the last couple weeks with the Finale of American Idol and The Voice that I forgot the playlists altogether. But fret not, here's another set of throwback music. So yes, make sure to dim the lights and crank up this playlist.


1 All My Life K-Ci & JoJo
2 I'm Your Angel Celine Dion (ft. R.Kelly)
3 No Such Thing John Mayer
4 I Try Macy Gray
5 Everywhere Michelle Branch
 6 Smooth Santana (ft. Rob Thomas)
7 Disease Matchbox 20
8 Emotion Mariah Carey
9 Elevation U2
10 A Thousand Miles Vanessa Carlton
11 All The Small Things Blink-182
12 The World I Know Collective Soul
13 All I Have Jennifer Lopez (ft. LL Cool J)
14 Crazy In Love Beyonce (ft. Jay Z)
15 You Make Me Wanna Usher

Password: Who ranked 18th in the American Idol 14 Wrap-Up: 25 Best Performances

The Voice 8: Finale

Was there any doubt in my mind that there's any other result at the end of this season? One person dominated iTunes since the Blind Auditions and with the cumulative votes coming back this season, there's just no way this will end differently. Yes, I still don't understand the appeal - I find this one extremely overrated - but one thing that worked for this person was consistency.

The Voice 8 will go down as possibly the best Top 12 EVER that ended up lame towards the end. What was America thinking with the votes? Kimberly Nichole, Mia Z, and maybe India Carney would've been a much more deserving finalists. They will not win against the eventual winner, but that would made for a much more entertaining final performance episode.

But as always, I digress.

So yeah, just for the purpose of writing it down..

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