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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.”

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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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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Kat Von D – Lock It Foundation

The dispenser is faultless and the bottle design gorgeous. I unpacked it and tried it as soon as I got home.

★★★★★

Last week, I finally invested in some decent foundation – previously I’d used MUA Super Stay Matte foundation and before that I did a degree in Make up and Special Effects so I had a lot of MAC products left over, unfortunately the foundation ran out pretty quick and I just never invested in more.

In the past couple of months I’ve spent a lot of money on other Kat Von D (KVD) Beauty products and they’d all exceeded my expectations – the Brow Pomade and the Tattoo Liner are two of my favourites. So I figured it would be worth the £27 for the foundation.

I went into Debenhams, after a good 30 minutes trying different brands and shades on my face in Superdrug, I went straight to KVD and within 5 minutes the sales assistant came over, asked me if I needed anything, colour matched me and took me to the till.

I used a standard foundation brush to apply it and MAC 187 to blend and while the coverage was full it did make me look like a ghost at first – however as soon as I applied my eyebrows, eyeliner and highlighter it all came together, at first I thought she’d given me the wrong shade, but I was wrong.

It wasn’t at all heavy on my face and after setting it with KVD setting powder it stayed put all day, from 8am – 11pm (when I took it off). Even with the heat of summer and the unavoidable sweating it, lasted and accomplished things I could only dream of with my previous foundations.

Santa Clarita Diet

It’s a cannibal comedy that’s a breath of fresh air for TV.

(May contain spoilers!)

★★★★★

After a lot of delaying, with no reasoning at all – other than the fact I was watching Friends, Weeds and The Office US over and over and over again – I finally committed and ended up watching the whole of season 2 of The Santa Clarita Diet on Monday and I was not disappointed.

Watching on Netflix I was thankful for the few minutes they allowed at the beginning to review season 1, because while I remembered the main storyline, a lot of the details had escaped my mind since I last watched it.

Just in case you didn’t know, the story follows the Hammond family; Sheila, Joel and their daughter Abby as they try to figure out how Shelia became ‘undead’ – following a vomiting that would put even Regan from The Exorcist to shame – all the while trying to help her control her new found cannibalistic urges.

It has something for everyone: it has comedy, it has gore, it has an interesting storyline and a cast to die for. During the course of season one I was pulled in by the intriguing story of trying to find out the origins of the vomit spree and the red ball that Shelia threw up long ago in the very first episode (now known as Mr Ball-Legs).

Just like the first season, there is plenty of humor and plenty of blood, except this time she’s found her crown jewel, a group of Nazi’s to chow down on.

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