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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ariana Grande - 'Dangerous Woman' Album Review (Track By Track)

Ariana shows maturity and poise in her brand new album 'Dangerous Woman'...

We break the album down track by track individually with their own respective scores:

1. Moonlight - A nice little mellow beginning to a bop-tastic album. 3/5

2. Dangerous Woman - The debut single shows no cracks even though it has been a few weeks since debut. Such a catchy and sexy track! "Something bout, something bout youuuu." 5/5

3. Be Alright - Dance the night away to this vogue-esque classy pop jam. 5/5

4. Into You - Where is my hair? This track is EVERYTHING! Literally blown away by how energetic and amazing this track is. Sounds like a perfect club banger too!! 5/5

5. Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj) - These two together can do no wrong. This is the third time they've collaborated ("Get On Your Knees", "Bang Bang") and have again pieced together another bop. I love the Jamaican vibes, plus the lyrics are so infectious! 5/5

6. Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne) - Hmm, not sure what to think of this song. It has its moments but it's not as amazing as the album's earlier tracks. Ariana sounds amazing though but I could have done without the Lil Wayne verse. 2.5/5

7. Greedy - We are back in business! Such a cute track that resonates well with Ariana's earlier material. A carefree sunshine kind of feel that strangely makes you bring out all your inner sass. 5/5

8. Leave Me Lonely (feat. Macy Gray) - Now this is quite the unexpected collaboration! It's unique, ambitious and quite experimental for Ariana. All in all it makes for a lovely musical experience. 5/5

9. Everyday (feat. Future) - I told you this album was full of bop-tastic material. Everything about this track works, Ariana slaying with the verses while Future brings the catchy hook. 4/5

10. Sometimes - "Cause we're collectin' moments".... A meaningful and powerful track that turns things down a little. It allows for Ariana to bring out her emotional side again and delve into her past and current relationship. 5/5

11. I Don't Care - A slower ballad that channels Ariana's theatrical love. It's good but nothing overtly exciting here... It's not bad though. 2.5/5

12. Bad Decisions - Probably the most naughtiest we have heard Ariana be. Is this her first time dropping the F bomb? Also YAS at the "bad bitch" line. Rihanna teas right here peeps! 3/5

13. Touch It - Love, love, love. Another track on par with "Into You" that will leave you speechless. Why is this a bonus track? This needs to be a single ASAP! 5/5

14. Knew Better/Forever Boy - Sexy, chilled and badass. Ariana tells off one of her exes and what they missed out on (ain't that the truth) before closing on a different tone for the final arrangmeent with a new love. 3.5/5

15. Thinking Bout You - A perfect closing track for the deluxe edition. It's not often an album closes out with a vulnerable and emotional jam.  5/5

Overall Thoughts: Ariana does not disappoint in the follow up to her hit album 'My Everything' by showcasing a more flirtatious, sexy and mature side.

Overall Rating: 9/10

'Dangerous Woman' is now available to stream and purchase at all major music outlets.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Accountant (2016) Trailer (WATCH)

Ben Affleck has been many things, a CIA agent, the brother of a genius, an actor who played Superman and most recently the Dark Knight himself. Now in the upcoming feature film The Accountant directed by Gavin O'Connor best known for his work The Warrior, Ben Affleck IS... well, the accountant.

Also starring Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man) and Jon Bernthal (Fury) as well as two time Oscar Nominee John Lithgow (Interstellar) and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), The Accountant tells the story of Christian Wolff, a socially-inept math savant who works at a small-town CPA office...which really isn't all that interesting. Yet, by night Wolff is also a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organisations. Prompted by the investigation of the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, headed by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), Wolff takes a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a multi-million dollar discrepancy. A determined man doing his job, Wolff 'uncooks' the books to solve the mystery. But the closer Christian comes to the truth, the more men are laid down in his path.

The film will be rated R, and the trailer, as accompanied by Radiohead's haunting song Everything in its Right Place seems like the tale of a slightly more self-aware, perhaps wildly more violent Rainman by the way Affleck held the sniper rifle and how he may have beat up bullies as a kid. Either way it's certainly thrilling to see a socially-awkward genius, quite the usual concept in Hollywood, be put in a crime-drama setting to kick some ass as Ben Affleck.

Check out 'The Accountant' Trailer below:

The Accountant hits Australian cinemas November 3, 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Filming Tips: How Filmmakers Bag Those Unbelievable Aerial Shots

We’ve all seen a blockbuster movie or two in our time. However, have you ever wondered how the filmmakers behind these big productions get hold of some of those incredible aerial shots? I know we have! So, naturally, we did a bit of research and have the answers for you. Check out the techniques that the film industry is using below!


Yes, that’s right. Helicopters are flown up into the air to grab some of the best aerial shots available. Companies such as Helivision are specialists at capturing these sorts of images. They’ve grabbed aerial shots for Homeland, Top Gear, and even The Hunger Games. So, if you’ve ever seen any of those productions, then you know exactly the sort of jaw-dropping shots we’re talking about! Cameras are attached to the outside of helicopters, a special stabilizer technologies are used to keep the shot steady. Aerial film production work isn’t cheaper, however, and it costs a fair whack to get these sort of shots as part of your movie or TV show. That said, it must be worth it! You can literally fly anywhere in a helicopter - imagine some of the images that you’d be able to capture!


Heard of drones? They’re fast dropping in price and becoming more accessible to semi-pro and even amateur filmmakers. However, these are often what the blockbuster movies are using to capture some of the awesome shots you see on TV. You can get hold of a good one for around $1,000, which isn’t too bad considering the quality of filmmaking that you can do with them. Some even come equipped with 4K cameras, which is the kind of pixel density that you’ll see on cinema screens worldwide. Drones are controlled by a remote controller that you need to be within a certain distance of the drone to operate. That said, that length is fairly substantial, so you can really fly your drone up high and far away from you to get some great shots. There are other cool modes that some drones have where they can track you. This is used in car chase scenes in the film industry. The driver of the car will have the remote controller sat in there with them. Then, the drone will automatically follow the route of the car, making for an awesome, automated shot. How effortless!


Sometimes, there is no equipment behind those unbelievable aerial shots other than simple CGI. The industry has been utilizing CGI technologies for decades now in their attempts to create some of the most amazing visuals on screen. Often actors will be in front of a green screen with a fan blowing away against them to make it look like they’re mid-air. This is typical of the sort of scenes where somebody is jumping out of a plane or flying through space. So, it’s cool to know how they’re shot, isn’t it!

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at how filmmakers bag some of their most unbelievable aerial shots. We certainly enjoyed uncovering the truth and the tricks behind it all. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Monday, May 2, 2016

15 Thoughts We Had While Watching Captain America: Civil War!

Captain America's latest outing, Civil War (aka Avengers 3?) has officially arrived!

Check out the 15 thoughts we had while watching the hotly anticipated flick below.

Warning there may be minor spoilers below.

You've been warned...

1. This is it! The film that pits our favourite heroes against each other.

2. Okay it just started and it's already amazing!

3. Wow Robert Downey Jr. looks so strange as a teen...

4. Hmmm, is it just me or is this the most serious Marvel film yet?

5. This is one insane chase scene and the Black Panther is owning it.

6. I'm really feeling the political undertones now. It really does feel ever so resonant with today's times, particularly the costs of war. The balance of protecting the innocent whilst also risking the casualties.

7. #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan.. that is the question.

8. Time to call in reinforcements and build on the Avengers brand.

9. Tony Stark meet Peter Parker... *faints*

10. I love seeing all the heroes together and being cheeky whilst fighting. This is some much needed comic relief!

11. YES! So nice to see Emily VanCamp's character more incorporated this time around.

12. Wow, is this another plot and we are already at the two hour mark?

13. WHATTT! I did not see that plot twist coming.

14. I can't breath, this battle is so intense! OMG who will come out alive?

15. Waits around after the credits and YASS! there is an amazing easter egg.

Overall Film Rating: 7.5/10

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Final Trailer (WATCH)

Quicksilver explains how his father is Magneto, JLaw makes more speeches, Psylocke Munn has way too much fun and Huge Jackedman may be returning to the X universe sooner than we thought.

The hugely anticipated sequel to the X-men universe, which is scheduled to debut in cinemas shortly after Captain America: Civil War has recently dropped its final trailer.

Featuring a top-tier cast with Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender - Magneto, Rose Byrne - Moira MacTaggert, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Olivia Munn - Psylocke and Oscar Issac as Apocalypse, the newest addition to the Fox superhero universe will centre around the X-men's battle with the world's first mutant and his group of followers including Magneto, Psylocke, Angel and a new rebooted Storm.

After two full-length trailers as well as a Super Bowl commercial, there isn't much more that Bryan Singer could reveal. From the start we're told pretty much the same story as before, a brief description of Apocalypse as the first mutant and his objective/power to slay other gifted beings to enhance his abilities, followed with a criss cross montage introducing us to his four horsemen and new characters such as Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, a newly casted Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Lana Condor as Jubilee.

For those who are not familiar, Apocalypse - birth name En Sabah Nur is supposedly the world's very first mutant (disputed by fans over new characters in the multiverse), his powers include mass manipulation, immortality, telekinesis and in general, total control of the matters within his body which allows regeneration and alteration.

In the classic X-men storyline, Apocalypse was disturbed by the arrival of the time travelling mutant Cable, who actually returned to the past to prevent the awakening of the very thing he disconcerted. Finding that mutants have populated the Earth he recruits his four horsemen and comes in contact with the first generation of X-Factor.

As Cable is a rumoured character in the next Deadpool sequel and it seems unlikely that Fox will be doing a franchise cross-over in the immediate future, we don't actually know at this stage what exactly causes Apocalypse to get out of his very uncomfortable-looking bed.

Of course, one cannot dismiss the final moment of the trailer - the claws that clearly signify Wolverine's arrival in both sound and form. Hugh Jackman has mentioned that he will retire from the role of Logan after the third Wolverine film which may very likely follow the storyline of Old Man Logan, however he hasn't confirmed nor denied his appearance in Apocalypse.

' I will say, it's not simple,' so said director Singer to Empire, 'There's something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction.

"It's not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in. It's not the only shot you're gonna see, let's put it that way.'

There has been rumours floating around that X-23, the female clone daughter of Wolverine will replace him in future films, but hey, that arm is clearly a man's. On the other hand though, we have Daken - son of Logan and his Japanese wife Istu who was murdered by the Winter Soldier in order to draw Wolverine out. Daken was first raised in Japan but eventually was sent to a training camp in Canada. As he was born in 1946 in the comics and the events of Apocalypse is set some time in the 80s, it's somewhat viable that he could appear.

In any case, we only have less than four weeks before the release, rejoice!

Check out 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Final Trailer below:

X-Men Apocalypse hits Australian cinemas May 19, 2016.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

DISCOVERED: Chris Tall - 'Roller Skater'

If you're currently loving "Lush Life" then you are going to love this track...

Chris Tall, an emerging Swedish artist has dropped his brand new (and banging') single "Roller Skater."

The song which has made its way into our discovered zone is produced by the clever mind of current  hit single "Lush Life" (by rocketing Swedish pop-star Zara Larsson) Linnea Södahl, who also lends their vocals to the track.

Chris Tall himself has mustered prime radio airtime in Europe following his debut track, "Duck face" and "Time of your life."

Tall told of his inspiration and ambition "is to bring back the down to earth 70s/80s disco and mix it with modernity. There is so much anxiety in the world today, and we have to find our way back to complete decadence and self-awareness.”

Watch the music video below:

Listen on Spotify.

"Roller Skater" is out now on all streaming/digital stores.

Connect with Chris Tall:

Flamboyant Recordings.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Top Five Highlights in the New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Teaser Trailer

Welcome back Muggles!

There are a lot of things to love about Warner Bros. new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the most obvious - Eddie Remayne as magizoologist (say that ten times fast) Newt Scamander and the Harry Potter world of 1926, New York. Let's hope that David Yates - director of four Potter adventures won't disappoint us.

The newest expansion of the HP universe won't come around until November, but before then let's round up what we have - starting off with the top five highlights of the newest teaser trailer and what we learnt from them.

5. New York, 1926

So far in J.K Rowling's world of magics, we've only seen modern England and bits and pieces of the world. With a setting in early 20th century America, there sure is a lot of stuff going on. 

An old/guarded Diagon alley?

What do shifting bricks, reclusive back ways and magic have in common? You guessed it! They're all elements of London's foremost wizarding shopping centre. Obviously we're in the U.S. so this might not be a shopping street after all, but perhaps a night-pub/club for partying wizards? Judging by the way the ladies are dressed and how there's a bouncer right behind the door, that'd be our best guess.

The U.S Ministry of Magic... crime in progress?

According to Pottermore, what we're seeing here is indeed the U.S equivalent of M.O.M. (Ministry of Magic, governing Great Britain), complete with a portrait of President Seraphina Picquery. A closer look of her on the left.

What was also worth observing is a number of hat-wearing, perhaps Aurors walking hurriedly through the ministry, is there magical exposure at risk? Or is it something more serious...

A new president... and an assassination of whom?

There's no presidential candidate in 1924 or '28 with the name of Shaw (yep, we checked), so either this is actually an election for the U.S Ministry of Magic, or something Rowling made up. In any case, it looks like Mr. Shaw is in for some trouble as this black-tie event was ravaged in seconds by magic - evident by the floating people.

An assassination? Who knows, but we sure do love mysteries.

Speaking of Assassinations... is this the new villain?

In what appears to be the American equivalent of The Daily Prophet, a man named Alberto Macellarus could be seen with a wanted poster of 3,500 dragots...wait a minute, what on earth is a dragot? We have Galleon, Sickles and Knuts. Suppose we have an American wizarding currency then. Alberto Macellarus - the new face of terror? Or just a random passerby?


Hold on to your hats, literally because Newt clearly has some pretty darn awesome Apparating moves  as he leaps off a building and zaps himself out midair. A pure moment of thrill.

Well hello Collin Farrell or in this instant - Percival Graves the right-hand man of President Seraphina. We've no idea what he's casting, but by the look on his face it sure ain't Lumos. But by the colour, it probably isn't one of the unforgivables either.

3. Newt's briefcase

We've seen a lot of magical tools and crafts in our time with Harry Potter, but still the fascination continues in this new era.

Apparently, customs aren't a problem for wizards and witches carrying dangerous goods that may or may not blow up the city; or in this case - a fantastical creature. Just turn your lock to option 'muggle worthy' and you'll be fine.

Ta-da! Just a typical British traveler's attires and miscellaneous items - map, watch, magnifying glass, pyjamas and.. a hufflepuff scarf?

We've seen magically expanded space before, Hermione's bag for example, was enlarged internally using a spell called the Undetectable Extension Charm. There is a law in place stating that one cannot use such advanced spell for private use as it violates the International Statue of Wizarding Secrecy. But it's clearly not the case here, this briefcase is definitely Newt's; so either this is approved by officials,  or the law hasn't been established in 1926, or Newt just doesn't give a crap.

 2. Magical Creatures

You can't have a film called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them without actually putting in fantastic beasts. Let's have a look at the two we've got now.

Die hard fans should know who this little guy is. The niffler is a british beast known for their talents in finding shiny objects, they were first introduced to us in The Goblet of Fire, as Hagrid was teaching a lesson in Care of Magical Creatures, instructing young wizards and witches to find shiny coins using these little fellows. 

Known on Pottermore as the Swooping Evil, this butterfly-like creature emerges from a small object - possibly a cocoon and have not been in the series before. 

1. Newt's past

We don't know quite a lot about Newton Scamander aside from the fact that he wrote the bestseller/approved text book FBWTFT, you can dig in at Pottermore or Wikia to learn more extensive details, but from what we can tell in the trailer...

Newt was expelled from Hogwarts on the crime of endangering human lives with dangerous beasts, something that up 'til now, we thought was Hagrid's specialty. 

The expulsion was not unanimous however, as Dumbledore - a mere transfiguration professor at the time, who should be around 45 years of age in 1926 fought to counter the punishment. A funny coincidence is that in the same year that Newt arrived in America, Voldemort aka Tom Riddle was born. 

From what was described of Scamander on Wikia, the main story of the film is his adventure in New York to recover accidentally released beasts from his briefcase. At the time he was travelling around the world researching for his upcoming masterpiece that would grant him a reputable respect in the field of magizoology, and the supposed quick stop in America became a lengthy hassle after a muggle opened his brief case... not on the 'muggle worthy' setting.

Will Fantastic Beasts triumph to bring us another adventure in the wizarding world of Rowling's? It's looking pretty good but there's still 7 months to go. 

Check out the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Teaser Trailer below:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits Australian cinemas November 17, 2016.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016) Blitz Trailer (WATCH)

After Batman V Superman, prepare for a very different kind of hero/villain, or whatever they are, from your unfriendly neighbours at the Suicide Squad.

At the MTV awards, Warner Bros. debuted another trailer for their blockbuster starring Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Scott Eastwood as a band of super criminals assigned to an expendable team of agents, with the mission to defeat an enigmatic entity at hand. They must survive and attempt to thrive outside of prison cells and as heroes. As advertised and shown in this and the trailer before, the cast will include classic DC villains such as Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Enchantress and Killer Croc as well as relatively minor baddies - Captain Boomerang, Slipknot, Katana, El Diablo and probably more.

Ben Affleck will reprise his role as the darker than ever Dark Knight of Gotham, his specific role in the film is uncertain as of now but we've no doubt it'll be more than a cameo.

The new Blitz Trailer gave Jared Leto's Joker and Will Smith's Deadshot more dialogue and screen time in addition to individual attention given to each villain, providing a clearer shot of their appearance and demonstrating more chaotic tones of the film.

Check out 'Suicide Squad' Blitz Trailer below:

Suicide Squad hits Australian cinemas August 4, 2016.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Film Review

Another victim of split-book syndrome...

EOne Films.
The dystopian and Hunger Games like series is back for its two-part finale, but does the two-part cutting manoeuvre work in its favour?

Following the events of Insurgent, Allegiant takes fans beyond the wall after discovering there are others out there. Away from the faction system, the films main group of heroes venture out to explore what lies beyond while a war begins to erupt in their home city. The question on everyone's lips is whether the people beyond the wall are friends or foes...

While a good premise, the execution is quite rocky with the film not following a clear path and often drifting away from the main story. This is due to the fact that the final source material was again split, and in turn makes Allegiant feel dragged out.

At times, the flick does reignite what made the series stand out by touching on inequality and the painful effects of segregation. Four & Tris (Theo JamesShailene Woodley respectively) are up to there usual standard too, while Kate Winslet's Jeanine is dearly missed.

Verdict: A rocky sequel that has its good and bad moments. While not on-par with the series first two films, there is still some fun to be had here.

Overall Rating: 6/10 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wonder Woman (2017) First Look

There are two things in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that leaves us wanting more - Ben Affleck for his highly praised portrayal of the newest Dark Knight, and Fast and Furious alumni Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros. Pictures
Following the international success of BVS, Entertainment Weekly has officially debuted the newest image for the Wonder Woman solo film.

The image features the four central characters in presumably act one of the movie, including the titular character alongside the Amazonian warriors who trained her on their native island of Themyscira - her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and her two military aunts, General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli).  The Patty Jenkins - helmed film will also star Chris Pine as the love interest Steve Trevor and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Diana's best friend.

Slated for release in 2017 the stars are currently filming in Italy after the very first scenes were shot in France and England.

'Me Before You' New Trailer Hits All The Right Feels (WATCH)

Extended look reveals more cutesy moments from Me Before You...

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, "Me Before You” stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series).

The film tells the story of Clarke's character Louisa taking on a job where she becomes caregiver to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who is wheelchair bound. From there, a touching story of love and life unravels.

The new extended trailer reveals some more Louisa & Will heart-warming moments, along with key moments from the much-loved novel.

Check out the trailer below:

Me Before You hits Australian cinemas June 23.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lights Out (2016) Official Trailer (WATCH)

James Wan is a busy man. At WonderCon over the weekend he has debuted 2 new trailers, one for The Conjuring 2 - sequel to the original phenomenal hit back in 2013. The other was a project named Lights Out, starring Teresa Palmer and helmed by new feature director David F. Sandberg, creating the full length motion picture from his very own 2 min short film.

Everyone's been afraid of the dark, in fact it's in our instinct to do so, and what horror could be more brilliant than that which preys on our very instinct.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. No one, including Rebecca was absolutely sure of what was and wasn't real in the darkness, especially when you're just a kid- when the lights go out things seem to be moving...her experience however, was a little more different.  Now her little brother is plagued by the very same mysterious and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity. An entity, once attached to their mother Sophie, has reemerged to haunt her offsprings. Determined to find the truth, Rebecca and Martin battles the unknown in the feature trailer, yet nothing is certain and the slender woman hiding in the shadows appears to be everywhere.

Check out 'Lights Out' Official Trailer below:

Lights Out hits Australian cinemas June 16, 2016.

The Conjuring 2 (2016) Main Trailer (WATCH)

From the director of Saw and Insidious, one of the few filmmakers who can still make acclaimed horrors, James Wan brings the sequel to the 2013 critical success The Conjuring.

Warner Bros Pictures
The next true story from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren - paranormal investigators, sets itself in Enfield, London where a single mother raising four children is plagued by malicious spirits who are not only set on their paths to haunt the family, but according to the new trailer, for the blood of Ed.

The trailer features Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson reprising their roles of as married demonologists, as well as placing a heavy focus on Madison Wolfe - the rising star portraying the possessed daughter of the haunted Hodgson family.

The Conjuring was an international success in 2013, garnering a total of $318 million worldwide for Warner Bros. on a budget of $20 million as the second highest original horror film at the box office. It's also certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with an 86% critic score.

Check out 'The Conjuring 2' Main Trailer below:

The Conjuring 2 hits Australian cinemas in June 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

ZAYN - 'Mind of Mine' (Album Review)

Zayn makes the right move...
RCA Records & Complex Magazine.
Leaving One Direction dare I say it, was the probably the best move Zayn Malik could have made.

His first single "Pillowtalk" really kick-started his solo career as it continually gains radio play and chart success.

But is the album any good?... In short, yes.

What makes the album so enjoyable is that every track has it's own voice, rather than being all copycats of "Pillowtalk." Zayn really showcases that he isn't afraid of exploring different territories and is not afraid to take risks.

Leaving the boy band was essential for Zayn as he can now freely explore and express his true thoughts, desires and self. A battle he struggled with whilst in the popular X-Factor formed band.

Zayn even includes some of his cultural roots on soothing interlude, "Flower" which has him speaking Urdu. That's right Zayn has included a different language on an otherwise English major pop release. Slay!

There is also some major influence and resemblance to Justin Timberlake (another ex-band member who has gone on to be a solo powerhouse) here too. This is noticeable with the instrumental breakdowns along with sexual themes of the album on tracks like "TiO" and "sHe".

Be sure to also grab/or listen to the deluxe as "Like I Would" and "She Don't Love Me" are must-haves.

Verdict: A perfect solo launchpad that allows us to get to know Zayn for the talented young man he is. A must-listen!

Best Tracks: BeFoUr, TiO, sHe, dRuNk, rEaR vIeW, wRoNg, LIKE I WOULD. (No these are not typo errors, this is how Zayn intended the track-list to appear.)

Mind of Mine is now available to purchase & stream.
Overall Rating: 8/10 

Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) Film Review

An epic superhero collision that pits two favourites against each other...
Who doesn't love seeing childhood heroes have a little beef? Well at least for a little bit of screen-time.

The long awaited Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice directed by Zack Snyder focuses on both Metropolis (Supeman's world) and Gotham (Batman's world) colliding with both societies in a state of moral panic after witnessing the events of Man Of Steel.

The question on everyone's lips is whether or not Superman is a blessing or curse. Batman is amongst the many that is leening more against Superman being a big bad alien of-course, hence the title.

Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) although feel a bit MIA this time around as the blockbuster spends a great deal focusing on their hero selves (Not sure if that is a bad thing though for fans of their hero forms).

I am all for less non-hero filler, but it just feels that we don't really connect with or understand their characters like we usually do. Whilst Affleck & Cavill do great jobs respectivley, they just needed a bit more character material to play with.

At times the battles of the flick also drag on and get tiresome (which often most epic superhero films do) which could have been spent elsewhere on as mentioned above, developing their more human personas.

Gal Gadot is a treat, bringing to life a much-loved DC fave.
What makes this film stand out though is its connection to the wider DC universe, delivering multiple surprises and easter eggs to fans. Plus the film goes out with a major bang and perfectly sets up the upcoming Justice League film.

Other honourable mentions go to the lovely Gal Gadot as another major DC comic superhero favourite (watch to find out just who in the trailer) and Jesse Eisenberg as a chilling and quricky Lex Luthor.

Verdict: An epic tale of DC's key players that brings to life famous comic-book lore. While mostly fun, at times is convuluted with action sequences and little character development.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like - Album Review

Gwen is back for realz...
Interscope Records
Gwen Stefani has finally dropped her long awaited new album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like and it is everything we had hoped for.

Used To Love You marked the first taste of Gwen's new sound and it showcased a vulnerable side to Gwen, coming straight off the gossip headlines of her split from ex Gavin Rossdale.

Dealing with emotions and breakups, Gwen gives listeners an insight into her personal journey whilst also having fun along the way.

When we say fun, we really mean it as the album features its fare share of love pop bubblegum, including Misery, You're My Favourite, Naughty and flirtatious Send Me A Picture.

Gwen even goes a little urban pop with current music craze, Fetty Wap on club-banger Asking 4 It.

The other more serious tunes (like it's first single) include the soothing title track Truth and chilled break-up anthem, Me Without You plus stunning bonus track (why is it even a bonus?) Lovable.

Both flow effortlessly when listening to album in sequence and compliment each other throughout. Not a bland filler in site!

Verdict: A triumphant pop return for Gwen Stefani, a must have album for Gwen fans and general fans of pop.

Fave Tracks: Misery, You're My Favourite, Truth, Send Me A Picture, Used To Love You and Loveable

Overall Rating: 8/10 

Listen to the album opening track Misery below:

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