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Frozen 2 – Review

There were songs that gave me goosebumps and moments that made me laugh out loud

★★★★★

There is no denying that I’m late to the party, but today I finally made time to see Frozen 2. It’s not like I haven’t tried – I tried to go over the weekend, but the only seats available in the screen were two that were apart, and I’m not about that.

So, today I went as a nice Monday afternoon treat – got to make use of my cinema card and I’ve been craving cinema popcorn for weeks now.

Prior to going to see the movie, I’d already listened to one of the songs, and I liked it a lot and that’s a good sign if nothing else. Soundtracks can really make or break movies, live action and animation.

I really enjoyed the first Frozen, the story and the soundtrack were just what Disney needed, along with a story line that wasn’t just boy meets girl. It was an empowerment message and a message of sisterhood. What’s not to love. Going into the second one I already had high hopes and let me tell you now, I was not disappointed.

From start to finish I was immersed in the perfect animated fantasy land. There were songs that gave me goosebumps and moments that made me laugh out loud and I almost shed a tear at one point… not that that matters because I cry at everything. The animation was flawless and the story was enticing, I loved every moment of it.

In my opinion it’s miles above the first instalment, everything about it is better, it’s everything I hope for in a sequel and it left me wanting more. While the story has been rounded off nicely, I’m always going to be hoping for another one.

Now please excuse me while I listen to the soundtrack over and over again.

You – Season two

When he ended up mincing the guy who cut off his finger, I thoughtthere he is, that’s the Joe we know and love’.

May contain spoilers

★★★★★

It’s surprisingly been less than a year since I wrote my review on the first Season of ‘You’. I remember the feeling I had when I finished the last episode, the moment that Candice walking into the book shop and the final words of the series echoed in my ears… “oh hello you.”

This season was different than I expected, but I wasn’t surprised with the direction it started in, having watched the trailer within hours of it being released. All I had to do was wait until Boxing Day, a day that felt like another decade away.

The series started off different, not only were we in a different city it actually felt like Joe was in a different state of mind… not completely there but different. He tried… but the first sighting of the new glass cage was a warning that it was all down hill from there. Don’t get me wrong he started off pretty tame, he did let the real Will go, and he ended up living a happy life in Manila with his girlfriend, and was even promoted to Joe’s agony aunt of murdery problems.

Then when he ended up mincing the guy who cut off his finger, I thought ‘there he is, that’s the Joe we know and love’. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.)

A few episodes, murders and invisibility baseball hat wearing scenes later it started getting into the really crazy story lines, I even caught myself holding my breath on more than one occasion, and just like season one I remember hoping and wishing for Joe to get away with everything… does that make me a bad person?

Then disaster struck.

Candice had wormed her way back onto the scene, and she locked Joe in the cage with an already dead Delilah… and then texted Love to expose Joe for the killer that he was. How was he going to get out of it this time? I hoped and I preyed, but there she was, his one true wolf. Standing there with shock on her face, seeing Joe for who he really was. Then plot twist, Love stabs Candice in the neck. What. The. What.

We were already there, quicker than I would have hoped… the last episode. It was tense throughout, every time things started to settle down there’d be more gas added to the flames. I held my breath more than once and I went from glad to devastated real quick. The hurt was real, so very real when Forty was killed. He was the one that I wanted to survive and I was almost done with it all… but I powered through.

The end scene started the way I thought, everything was working out, the Quinn family had worked their magic and made everything go away. But it wasn’t over… of course it was over. How could he resist.

Again, what left me wanting more at the end of Season One had pulled the same move at the end of Season Two. Those three words, I heard those three words again.

“Oh hello, you.”

Beat Saber – VR

“It’s right up there with the best of the best.”

★★★★★

I hope that if you have a Playstation VR that you’ve already played Beat Saber at least once, if not then we need to have a serious conversation.

Even if you haven’t, no doubt over the years you’ve dabbled in things like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, even Fruit Ninja. This my friends is next level! Of course, if you like Star Wars there’s the added advantage of sabers.

I didn’t discover Beat Saber on my own, leading up to Christmas 2018 I’d seen a few advertisements for it on the Playstation Facebook page, but I never clicked on it. Then when I went to visit my family for the holidays my brother enlightened me… and the rest as they say is history.

Now, I’m not nearly as good on it as he is, but I do alright… I’ve progressed from easy to medium to hard mode – and I will conquer expert one of these days, and then the dreaded new ‘expert +’, but that’s a problem for another day.

Seeing him play it even without being inside of the VR at the time made me want more. Then when I first went into the game I was ready, motion controllers in hand, headphones in (I’d strongly recommend using headphones for the full immersive experience) I picked a song at the recommendation of my brother and off I went, cutting blocks left and right, moving from side to side, ducking and flailing around.

It is amazing, the interaction and impressiveness is incredible it’s right up there with the best of the best, it’s one of the best PSVR games out there at the moment.

Also, I’ll tell you this now, the game is a workout, as I’m writing this my arm muscles are feeling the 2 hours I’ve just spent playing on it and I’ve almost tripled my workout goal on my Apple Watch. It was all worth it, because I achieved something that I set out to do today, finish Angel Voices on 100% on hard mode.

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Matched – Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)

★★★★

Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve owned this book for a long time, It’s always been sitting on the shelf in every house I’ve lived in. It was only recently that I decided to pick it up an read it again, there were a few reasons behind this, one was that I wasn’t sure I’d actually finished the first time around and two, that I remembered that I enjoyed it, I remember wanting to finish it and read on in the series, but for some reason or another I never did.

I very much enjoyed the premise of the story, I love dystopian fiction – I always have – which is why I was drawn to this, but it lacks an explanation. It needed more about how we got here, how the world ended up the way it did, with that I think it would have improved greatly.

Overall, I like the story, the way Cassia develops to break from what is expected of her, I love the chemistry between Cassia and Ky, and I enjoyed trying to picture what the world looked like for them. But I think the flow of the story and writing could have been improved, some of it did not feel natural which is a shame.

I am, however, still hopeful for the second and third books.



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You – Netflix

“It would take a second or two for me to remember, hey… he murdered your boyfriend. “

May contain spoilers

★★★★★

When browsing Netflix I always pass things that I tell myself, I’ll watch it later, and this was one them. And I’ll tell you now, I wish I’d watched it sooner, even just sooner that day – so that I could have fit more episodes in before I went to bed.

It starts as you’d expect, boy meets girl, and if you watched the trailer you’d know – before episode one started – that it would take a turn for the dark… and it did, quickly with the first few words, “Oh, hello you”. It’s eye opening to see how quickly someone can find out everything about you from a few clicks on their phone, from a few looks on a few profiles. It makes you wonder why more people don’t take advantage of the privacy settings offered by social media sites.

From the very first episode you’re captivated in the mind of Joe Goldberg with his narrative looming over, justifying the things he’s doing. He’s always there, watching over you. The basement of Mooney’s revealed it’s own dark secrets over time, from Joe’s teenage years to Benji, to Claudia and finally to Beck, it’s a glimpse into the reasons he is the way his is. An eye opening look into the history inside the glass cage, and who has been held captive there before.

I found myself in a whirlwind of emotions as I watched the relationship between Joe and Beck unwind. I’d catch myself smiling at the sweet things he’d do for her, doting on her every move. It would take a second or two for me to remember, hey… he murdered your boyfriend, burned his body and kept his teeth, he stood outside of your window and made nice with himself while watching you do the same, he attacked your best friend and then he murdered your best friend. It played with the fine line between love and obsession – a line that it played with a lot in the society of knowing or needing to know your partners passwords, needing to know where they are at all times and needing to know who they’re talking to. I don’t understand it, I’ve never understood it – and to quote the show, “If we don’t have trust, we have nothing.”

Overall, I would highly recommend giving it a watch, if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself in the same boat, after watching all 10 episodes within 24 hours, I find myself needing Season 2, needing to know what is to follow the reveal of Candice at the of the final episode, walking into Mooney’s being greeted by the same eerie line with Joe’s narrative…

“Oh, hello you.”

Bohemian Rhapsody

“Fearless lives forever.”

★★★★★

For those of you that have seen Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen you’ll get it when I say it’s incredible and that it’s an honorable tribute to one of the world’s most recognisable and loved rock stars.

While it was a lot longer than I expected – clocking in at around 2hrs 30mins – it didn’t matter, because sitting there in the dark room staring up at the big screen I found myself not wanting it to end, I wanted it to keep going even though, as we all know, Mercury’s story doesn’t have the happy ending the silver screen usually promises us.

Even though the story was approved by the surviving members of Queen, the biopic has received some criticism for changing events just to add drama, and for some historical inaccuracies. But in my opinion, this doesn’t alter the feeling of being there, the feeling of watching it all begin, the feeling of goosebumps as we listen to the crowd at live aid interact with Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie.

I found the insights into Mercy’s home life and the beginning of his career enlightening, there were things I didn’t know about him. For instance, I didn’t know that he was born with four extra incisors and I didn’t know how experimental Queen were in the recording studio at the beginning. From eccentric outfits and hairstyles to that signature moustache we know so well. It was incredible to watch their careers unfold before my eyes, from their humble beginnings to playing in front of and to billions of people around the world at Live Aid.

I just can’t believe I waited so long before going to see it, and if you haven’t already I’d highly recommend it.

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One More Light – Linkin Park

“An incredible and haunting album from one of the worlds most influential bands, and a lasting tribute to the legacy of the late Chester Bennington.”

★★★★★

At one point in their life i’m pretty sure most people have heard a Linkin Park song and it was more than likely ‘Numb’ or ‘What I’ve Done’ – both incredible songs. It’s safe to say that they were the voice of a generation and they were and are one of the most influential bands in their genre.

In May 2017 they released what would become their last album as a complete band, the albums is titled ‘One More Light’. I first listened to it in June 2017 and I loved almost every second of it – the only song I don’t like to much is ‘Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T & Stormzy)’.

The sound overall is a lot different to their past music and it attracted some negative criticism upon first release and it seemed that some reviewers thought that the band had ‘sold out’, but I didn’t understand where the negativity came from, I still don’t… it’s an album I can put on shuffle and listen to all day, over and over again – for me, that kind of thing is rare.

Every song has its merits, and each song has something I love about it, whether its rhythm, the lyrics or Chester’s incredible voice sending me into a blissful haze, it’s one of my favourite albums and it contains one of my favourite songs of all time

The song I cannot fault is the title track for the album, One More Light.
A song that has become even more relevant and haunting since Chester Bennington’s death. The lyrics are touching and although the song was wrote about the death of friend of the band, they can so elegantly be reflective on the death of the bands frontman.

I get chills when listening to the lyrics, his voice was unique and it was passionate, it certainly was a loss for the music industry, but I believe this song and this album will carry his legacy on long after the rest of us have been forgotten.

“If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do”

‘Who cares if one more light does out? Well, we do’

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