Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Film Review

The turtles are back for one big generic rehash...

If I Stay (2014) Film Review

A touching drama on self-sacrifice and death...

Maroon 5 - 'V' (2014) Album Review

Maroon 5 are back with a brand new infectious and catchy album...

Ariana Grande - 'My Everything' Album Review

Ariana gives us a bit of everything on 'My Everything' while maintaining true to herself...

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) Film Review

Marvel introduces new breed of heroes in slick comical style...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nick Jonas Debuts Music Video For New Single 'Jealous'

By: Shahbaz Malik
Nick Jonas continues to paint the pathway to his solo career with new single 'Jealous'...



Ex- Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas continues to impress fans in his latest music-video for his second single 'Jealous', off of his upcoming solo album.

His previous single 'Chains' was a dark look at the teen idol turned super-star. It was certainly a much more mature sound from Nick and fans dug it.

'Jealous' although is much more upbeat, compared to 'Chains' as Nick showcases his sexy-side.  It's another catchy tune, at times he sound a bit like JT on this track especially when his voice hits those high notes.

The music video for the single also proves just how pop-worthy Nick can be, as he plays multiple roles while travelling through different television screens. From being all badass on a motorbike to being a NYC taxi driver picking up the girl he loves (who is his real-life girlfriend Olivia Culpo), it's definitely a fun music video to watch.

Watch it below:



Are you digging Nick Jonas's solo music?

- Shahbaz Malik.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Official Theatrical Trailer Teases An All-Out War!

By: Shahbaz Malik
Get excited THG fans, your first extended look at this years hottest blockbuster is finally here...



The Hunger Games fans were teased with constant little teaser spots, along with a teaser trailer giving us a glimpse of the new rebellious Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence).

But nothing can compare fans for the fathom that is the theatrical trailer of the hotly-antipated first chapter of the epic two-part conclusion.

A heavy dose of footage (in just under two minutes!) has been given to fans of the saga, that include a reflection on the previous two films. Katniss states her usual confusion of becoming the Mockinjay, before we see her embrace it and become an all-out warrior alongside her love Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

She's also determined to bring back Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and will stop at nothing to rescue him!

The extended look also gives a glimpse of Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer in-action and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.

Keep calm and watch the exciting trailer below:


Mockingjay: Part 1 hits theatres this November!

- Shahbaz Malik

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Giver (2014) Film Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
Unexpected dystopian tale proves touching...




The Giver is yes, another form of The Hunger Games and Divergent. But don't be off-put by that as  has its own story to tell.

In this dystopian tale, it is much connected and blatant towards real life event. It's particularly unique as  the book was written in the 90's and still manages to resonate well today.

The society in the film have attempted to rid of today's events by creating 'sameness', putting individuals into their own communities (yes, think the fractions in Divergent) complete with early morning injections, and sticking to the rules. The films society has eradicated all that is human.. including love, sweet love!

But Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is different, he is the receiver who is special enough to receive the memories of the past. To give him these past memories, is yes the Giver (played by Jeff Bridges) who passes on his knowledge of the old world. Jonas then realises that his supposed utopian world is far more evil than what has past.

Visually, the films quite symbolic as it goes all out by transitioning from black and white to colour. It can get quite annoying though, as it jumps back and forth. When colour finally appears on screen, you feel relieved as we as audiences have grown accustomed to the colourful modern film.

The Giver also managed to land a star-studded cast with stunning performances from Meryl Streep who plays the resistant Chief Elder, along with Katie Holmes as Jonas's mother and both central actors of the film, Brenton Thwaites (Jonas) and Jeff Bridges (The Giver).

Taylor Swift also makes a little cameo in the film, playing the receiver before Jonas. She deserved a bigger part though, as she seemed quite under utilised considering she also had her own poster for the film.

VERDICT: While the film's material may seem a little too similar to recent young-adult dystopian films, The Giver has it's own story to tell. A story that connects to audiences on a universally human level, as it comments on human life by inspiring a resistance to becoming zombies.

Overall Rating:
8/10


Watch the trailer for the dystopian flick below:


- Shahbaz Malik.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ariana Grande & Chris Brown's Unreleased Music Video "Don't Be Gone Too Long" Leaks Online

By: Shahbaz Malik
Yes, that scrapped Ariana Grande and Chris Brown track actually had a music video to go along with it...


Ariana and Chris, along with crew members on the set of the scrapped video.
Chris Brown's latest album X, was originally supposed to feature a collab with Ariana Grande, but was instead scrapped.

While the track 'Don't Be Gone Too Long' is still on the final cut of the album, Ariana's vocals have been removed and replaced with similar sounding backing vocals.

It's unclear why such a decision was made. Some say it was to help not hinder Ariana's image, while others simply say she just didn't fit the albums style.

But never fear, the music video (which was actually filmed) has fortunatley made its way online.

The video depicts Ariana and Chris as torn-apart fairytale lovers, trying to make their way back to each other.  It's a shame it was canned though, as the video was beautifully shot.

Watch it below:



-Shahbaz Malik.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

LISTEN: The Veronicas Debut Comeback Single 'You Ruin Me'

By: Shahbaz Malik
The Veronicas are finally back with a brand new single!..



 In what was an extremely painful wait for fans, and for the girls themselves... The Veronicas are finally ready to return to the music scene.

The girls (consisting of twins Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso) faced numerous label struggles after being juggled back and forth.

Sony Australia thankfully has given them that breath of fresh air, today marking the first listen of their debut single 'You Ruin Me'.

Diverting from typical radio-friendly material, they have officially graced us with an amazing ballad!

Why follow the crowd of generic pop, ballads are always a breath of fresh-air and why shouldn't this smash? It's full of heart, emotion and pain that will resonate with fans and newbies alike.

If you need something more upbeat, perhaps the remix by Josh Katz that comes with the purchase of the single may do the trick.

That's not all though, as the twins also announced that their self-titled album is on its way this year!

Three cheers VFans!

Listen to the track below:



'You Ruin Me' will be available to purchase on iTunes September 19th.

Pre-order the single here.

- Shahbaz Malik

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jessica Lowndes Premieres "Silicone In Stereo" Music Video!

By: Shahbaz Malik
The music video for Jessica Lowndes latest single 'Silicone In Stereo' is here!



It was a few weeks ago when ex-90210 star revealed she would be dropping a new single and video titled 'Silicone in Stereo'.

Well now it's finally here, and is as deep as she hinted it to be!

The song and video touches on the superficiality of the LA dream, from lines of "wiping sugar from your nose" to touching on botox, juice cleanses and fake friends.

It's a deep track and is certainly a new side to the rising pop star. We hope this is just the start of a promising new career for Jess!

Watch the stunning music video below:



Get 'Silicone In Stereo' on iTunes here.

- Shahbaz Malik

Teen Wolf Season 4 Finale "Smoke and Mirrors" Recap

By: Shahbaz Malik
Teen Wolf's rocky fourth season came to a promising end...

MTV
Laters Peter... It's been bubbling since season 3, but Peter's true intentions were finally revealed! Leading to a showdown with his protege Scott. The battle was pure epic-ness, from the reveal to Scott gaining the strength to take him out.. comeplete with an upper-cut slow-mo knockout.

And now Peter's locked up with wolfsbane with a strange ugly 3 eye-balled guy for a cellmate. (a Cyclops?)

Argents say goodbye... Without Allison, Chris Argent felt like a lost guy this season as he battled his emotions and inner perceptions of who is the real enemy. 

The finale finally showed his true evolution and utter dedication to Scott and his friends, when he came face-to-face with his sister Kate. For a second though, I thought Chris would be dead as he was in a bad state when facing her.. but luckily he lived to see another day.

Adios Argents, as Chris revealed he will be joining in the Caliveras hunt to capture Kate for good. I wouldn't mind having Chris back for a bit, but Kate needs to stay away. Plus, there's nothing left for these characters on the show as the show heads towards a new direction.

Malia finds her place... When it comes to family, Malia is at odds as she tries to find her mother (The Desert Wolf) along with having an evil and derranged father named Peter.

But last night we saw her find solace with Stiles and her dad (awww!). I've actually grown to like Malia with Stiles, and look forward to seeing her more apart of the Stilinski clan next season.

Scott and his pack are stronger than ever... Kira tried to break Scott's Berseker spell, but instead ended up all bloody. But this than led to her learning to heal on her own and becoming a true Kitsune.

And new wolf member Liam (who helped Scott back into his true form), also learned to control his abilities thanks to Derek and Stiles. Scott and Stiles also promised their coach that they'll look after him too.

It's nice to have him officially part of the team for season five as we'e lost enough wolfves in the past *cough* Isaac.

Derek transforms... For a moment there, it seemed as if Derek was dead. I didn't buy it though, I mean how can the show function without the eye-candy, that is Derek Hale? It also seemed very anti-emotional as Braeden also didn't seem to devastated.

He then returned in full black-wolf form and took out Kate, before morphing back into his naked self (fan-service at its best!).

Parrish and Lydia a new team?... Mason and Lydia helped each other out this episode, and it was hilarious! I mean them both trying to take on the Bersekers with baseball bats?!

It was Sheriff Stilinski who did save them in the end though. Lydia also in the end confronted Deputy Parrish with a book, and vowed to help him figure out who he is. My bets are still on him being a Phoenix though..

And did anyone else feel that these two may develop a romance next season too?

SEASON VERDIT: Season four had its ups and downs as it started off promising and ended up faltering mid-way. There was far too many confusing plot-lines, characters and just down right absurd reveals. 

But despite this, the show managed to get its act back together for the finale and put to rest back-burning stories.

It's exciting to see where Teen Wolf will go next season, as it has the framework to re-invent itself and start of fresh.

Teen Wolf returns in 2015.

Overall Rating:
4.2/5

- Shahbaz Malik

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Film Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
The turtles are back for one big generic rehash...

Paramount Pictures
While this film may only be produced by Michael Bay, it certainly is something straight out of his book as it's all action, no story.

Yep, Ninja Turtles has been given the typical modern generic Hollywood blockbuster treatment..

The story (if you can say there is any) revolves around April O'Neil discovering that her childhood pets have become mutant ninja turtles... and of course no-one believes her! I mean would you believe that a bunch of human-like turtle heroes are going around saving New York?...

Everything after April's struggle to prove their real kind of falls flat, yes there are a few laughs here and there with the turtles sometimes displaying the classic turtles we fell in love with in the 90's... Pizza, jokes and plain goofiness. 

But it's not enough to keep us hooked as it's really just one battle after the other. Maybe I'm getting too old for this though, as I've seen so much of this in Hollywood films these days that I just don't enjoy it like I use to. Kids will probably be fascinated by it, but adults alike and childhood lovers may feel a little left out. 

Even when the film shows signs of actually developing, it again moves into another fight sequence. At one point a major revelation is revealed for Fox's character and is later thrown under the carpet, with no mention again whatsoever. Will Arnett, who plays April's journalist assistant Vernon, surprisingly had good chemistry with Fox in the little scenes they had together, but was also heavily under-utilised.

April (Megan Fox) alongside her over-sized mutant pet turtles.
Megan Fox is although fun here, and was surprisingly utilised to full potential. I just wish their was greater development for her though, and greater interaction with her human counterparts (particularly her interactions with Whoopi Goldberg). Her journalism struggle was also something that needed greater light, it could of added something more to the basic plot-line we were actually given. 

VERDICT: At times entertaining, 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proves to be a whole-lotta action with little story to tell.

Adults be wary, this is strictly one for the kiddies. 

Overall Rating:
6/10

Cowabunga! Watch the trailer for the film below:

- Shahbaz Malik.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

If I Stay (2014) Film Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
Touching drama on self-sacrifice and death...



'Another teeny emotional movie' you may think when watching the trailer or seeing the posters for this film. But If I Stay is far from it... yes it may have its typical share of teeny love drama, but there's much more deep material to be seen here.

The film revolves around Mia, a girl who is different to her family as she shares a passion for the cello.
We are then introduced to a love interest shortly after, before a tragic family accident occurs.
From there on, viewers then get to know and understand those involved in Mia's life, leading to the accident as she reflects on her life whilst she watches over unconscious herself (think Just Like Heaven).

Self-sacrifice is a key message here, as it delivers a touching message on individuals giving up their lives, all in the name of love. Not only does this tug on the heart-strings, just look at the title 'If I Stay', it embodies our choices and why we make them. While you may think there's nothing or no one left for you in this world, there's always something to live for.. wether that be for yourself or for others.

Pacing is although something the film struggle with, at  times it sometimes drags when it decides to fall into all the typical sappy stuff. It doesn't help when their is a constant use of lingering angst shots of Mia and Adam.  If more time was spent on the films central themes it would of made pacing here a little less disjointed, or a simple trim would of helped.

Scenery is superb here, with beautiful snowy landscapes along with top-notch music including beautiful cello performance's from Chloe Moretz's character Mia, who in turn also shines in bringing the character alive. Her boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley) is not to shabby himself vocally.

VERDICT: A somewhat teeny love drama that offers more valuable life lessons than the usual teen fluff.

It's full of heart and will leave viewers in a state of gratefulness and inspiration, despite its (at times) painful pacing.
Overall Rating:
7/10

Watch the trailer for the emotional flick below:

- Shahbaz Malik

Friday, August 29, 2014

Maroon 5 - V (2014) Album Review [Track By Track]

By: Shahbaz Malik
Maroon 5 are back with a brand new infectious and catchy album...


 Interscope Records
It's been a while, but Maroon 5 have returned with a new brand of pop songs! Adam Levine is pretty much all you really need to know to want to hear this album.

Here's a track-by-track look at 'V'.

1. Maps: An instant fun, rhyming and catchy track that is probably already stuck in your heads. It's the first single of the album, and draws you right into the infectious pop tone to come. 4.5/5

2. Animals: Sounding very close to 'Maps',  this track flows quite well from the opening track, with Adam Levine hitting the highest of highs on the chorus, complete with an epic howl. What's not to like? 4/5

3. It Was Always You: Hit after hit, this is another catchy pop tune to bop along too as Adam takes you on a journey of a love, that was always his. It gets a bit tiresome though after a few listens. 3/5

4. Unkiss Me: A perfect break from the upbeat tracks here, as Adam goes into ballad mode with a stripped back backdrop. 4.5/5

5. Sugar: A sort of filler track, but all-in-all a sweet little candy track that grows on you. 3/5

6. Leaving California: Songs About Jane anyone? This song oozes the bands old style, from the placement of the high chorus to the smooth and casual verses following. Fans will def love this track. 4/5

7. In Your Pocket: A mix of upbeat and downbeats here. It works at times but sometimes gets a little tiresome. The lyrics are also a little all over the place too, a phone in your pocket? Am I missing something here. 2.5/5

8. New Love: "Forgive Me" but this song is so good! It's a mix of classic Maroon 5 with a touch of their new style. It's just all really well formed, from the sassy Adam swearing to the arrangement of the instrumentals in accordance to Levine's voice, along with the amazing breakdown. Next single please? 5/5

9. Coming Back For You: 90's flash-dancing anyone? This track has a kind of disco vibe to it, with Levine cooeing out the catchy lyrics of "I'll be coming back for you, don't you worry girl". It's cool, but needs a little more lyrics to it. 3/5

10. Feelings: Another disco-ish kind of track, except it's more clevery arranged with Adam playing on the chorus, along with a play on certain line with Levine echoing dirty orgasmic sounds. 4/5

11. My Heart Is Open: Gwen Stefani makes a surprising appearance here, and makes for a beautiful stripped back ballad. Both Adam & Gwen flow perfectly with each other and prove a dynamic duo. The track is also penned by both Levine and Sia! Need I say more? 5/5

DELUXE TRACKS

12. Shoot Love: Another cleverly written track, that proves both catchy and is your usual driving and screaming along track. 3.5/5

13. Sex and Candy: A very chilled, and laid-back tune for those who love a good old stripped back country style track. 3/5

14. Lost Stars: Performed solely by Adam Levine, it's a stripped back Levine which makes for one of those good-feel songs to start the day to. 3/5

VERDICT: A perfect summer blend of classic Maroon 5, full of catchy tracks and ballads. It's much more diverse and strong than last album effort 'Overexposed'. Fans will love it, and should have radio air-waves alike pleased.

Overall Rating:
8/10

Watch the vid for their first single "Maps" below:

- Shahbaz Malik

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12 "Taking This One To The Grave" Recap

By: Shahbaz Malik
Pretty Little Liars delivers it's most shocking mid-season finale yet...

ABC Family
ABC Family weren't lying with the #FatalFinale campaign as we lost a major player in the A game.

Bye Mona... I believed the theories that Mona would fake her own death, but did not expect Mona to go out the way she did.

But to be fair, for one of the strongest and important characters she certainly got the most memorable and shocking death. For an ABC Family show, it was quite horrific to see Mona's blood scattered around the house, it didn't help that we got a creepy montage of A putting away a baby Jesus statue and replacing it with a Mona doll, and if that's not enough we got a look at her shocked dead body.

But take note, could this be a subtle reference to resurrection...

Jesus rose again (not getting religious here) but PLL love to drop sneaky hints. So that possibly maybe a hint that we may see Mona again, but perhaps only in flashback (in which actress Janel Parrish revealed she will be returning as) or ghost form.

Spencer goes to Jail... Yes, it came to full blow after last week's development of Melissa covering up Spencer's attack on the 'supposed' Bethany Young.

After Ali gave her lie detecting statement, the Rosewood police department set their target on Spencer. Let's see if Toby (who is now officially a police officer) can save her from this one when the show returns. Oh, and who bought the show's play on making us think he was the #FatalFinale victim?

Is Ali A? How intense was Emily and Alison's confrontation? Props to Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse on that epic scene, I could feel the ice between them.

But come on! I call dibs that this is creator Marlene Kings usual way of throwing us off again. Plus it's too obvious if A is actually A.

I mean she is still hiding something.. just look at that smirk at the end, but does it have to do with A business? Perhaps the show will take on the twin route afterall?? I have a strong sense that Bethany is Ali's twin after Melissa mistook her for Ali!

This years finale will surely go down as the most memorable mid-season finales in the show's history. It really says something when it also managed to muster 2.3 million viewers!

We will next see the PLL girls for a Halloween talk-special, before we actually get a new Christmas themed episode in December.

Overall Rating:
4.5/5

Watch the preview for the Halloween talk special below:
- Shahbaz Malik

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 "Thank You" (Series Finale) Review

By: Shahbaz Malik
True to the end, or a changed style?...


Sookie digs deep... It wouldn't be a series finale without some nods to the past, as we saw Sookie try her best to let go of Bill.

We saw her back in the kitchen with grandma Stackhouse and her best friend Tara as kids talking on their future life. Her grandmas delivered Sookie something that stuck throughout the episode, in that we should never limit ourselves as we are all capable of achieving what life has to offer.

Both great advice for Sookie and a warming message for us viewers. This, and Reverend Daniels comforting Sookie on being exactly who God intended were some great messages of the night.

Wedding bells... Although quite rushed and random, it was a necessary plot device for Bill to experience more of life before leaving the earth for good.

Jessica and Hoyt's happiness also served as a double purpose, in that it made Sookie realise what life can give her, if she just let it.

The Flashforward

New Blood: Eric and Pamela ended up together in the end, in a new business under Fangtasia. The distribution of 'New Blood'. It was a kind of corny end, but still kind of fun.

It's all thanks to Eric ditching Mr.Gus and his assassin army, along with saving Sookie from being hunted by assassinating them (how hilarious was that chilled driving scene with Eric?) as he took Sarah Newlin (aka The Cure) for his own.

Pamela even got her fill of the cure before the flash-forward, as Sarah tried to persuade her into a lesbian love affair (which of course didn't work).


Bridget & Jason... Go Jason! Love these two together, as both catered to the others needs and in the end fulfilled each others life wishes of having kids.

It was also nice to see Sookie actually approve of her, which goes to show that Bridget is Jason's true soulmate.

Also thank you True Blood, for giving us some final brother and sister moments too.. it's been a while since we got them confiding together on the show.

Lafayette is happy.. Wish we got more from him in the final episode, but at least we got to see that he finally got his happiness.

Sookie lives out Bill's wishes... Once burying Bill (RIP Bill Compton), Sookie than left the graveyard for the last time.

We then saw her once again throwing an outside dinner, with a baby bump and looking as happy then ever.  That's not all though, as Sookie in the end kissed a new bearded man, who we can assume to be her husband. It was a nice little touch to learn that she actually had a normal life after Bill.

There was also other tiny nods to other characters too (including Sam back with his family) which should of appeased to True Blood fans.

It was quite strange that for a show that was quite untraditional, had a very traditional send-off. As Bill would put it, everything has to come to an end eventually in order to go out gracefully.

Rest easy True Blood.

Overall Rating:
4.6/5

- Shahbaz Malik