Friday, 28 August 2015

Matthew Smith in Fantastics Magazine (Aug 2015)


Matthew Smith covers Fantastics Magazine. Shot by Max Jamali, Smith wears some pretty trendy clothes, styled by Juan Solorzano and Jed Lueras. Let's hope this cycle's hopefuls will become as successful as Smith, who is one of the more successful male models of his cycle.

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America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 Episode 4 Recap

Following on from last week, drama fills this cycle; starting with a fight between Devin (of course) and Hadassah. Hadassah is so gifable from just five minutes this episode, I' definitely liking her more, and Devin just has to go. I cannot stand him anymore.

Cycle 22's intro is really kind of whacky, but if we have to endure this every episode, at least we get to see Nyle rocking those bracers. 


Oh, and Mikey's moved on from Courtney to Ashley- taking bubble baths together now- just like that. Douche.

The contestants were taken to their photo shoot this week which has a military theme, shooting with real war veterans, Alex and Melissa.

It seems a mess of a shoot, despite what could have been quite a high end brief. The styling seems really wrong and they all look bad on set. But Mame I thought actually brought something different, as did Mikey, Justin and Nyle. 


They also get makeovers this week (which seems quite early to be honest) since there are still so many of them... Hadassah gets her nightmare makeover of a shaved side, whilst Devin gets his head shaved, Stefano gets highlights and a floppy fringe, Ava gets a mullet (which I thought would be horrible but actually looks quite good)... the rest are sort of average makeovers...

Ava actually kind of reminds me of a girl that would have participated ANTM in the earlier cycles... she kind of looks a bit like a Cassandra (C5).



Best makeover goes to Lacey- she looks great with her new hair! 

At panel, the judges loved Ava's shot given her exaggerated pose, and also Nyle (with a stronger face), Justin and Bello. I didn't get Bello- thought he was rather disconnected.



Courtney's makeover was pretty good, but I didn't like her photo just a really awkward pose, and so was Hadassah's, like she was just falling and her face was a shock. Poor Dustin just doesn't know how to use his boy next door face :P IMPROVE, QUICKLY, PLEASE.



Mame was stunning on set, and I actually loved her shot. The composition was great, if only she extended a bit more leg or torso for length. I think her shot definitely the most editorial. For the guys, Mikey definitely pulled off the best shot.




Ava looked great, but I just didn't quite get her pose, like it doesn't look natural at all... it's exaggerated but feels forced, like she's an alter ego or a parasite. . . and Devin... what is up with his pose... which he named the 'bird of paradise' cringe. Nyle's shot was great, just lacked some face and his flinging hand was somewhat awkward, otherwise great shot.



First call out goes to...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 Episode 1,2 and 3 Recap


So America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 has been back for three weeks now. And for three weeks I've been waiting for something not even spectacular, just interesting to happen... and I guess it finally has. Given that this cycle they chose to drag out the audition episode for not one, not two, but three whole weeks; I'm at least glad that finally we have some finalists.

But first up, what's new? Tyra's cute short hair do, ANTM's first deaf contestant, Nyle and a girl who quit before she even made the final cut.

In essence, the first two episodes saw a bunch of young things scrambling about being very loud, before we finally got the final 14 at the start of episode 3, and by then, it was clear this cycle was all about the drama.

First up, Devin and Bello's rivalry. Both are super annoying. One, a loud mouthed, hyperactive drama queen. The other, an arrogant, strangely feminine, crown wearing, 'blue eyed' faker. I dislike them both, but Devin probably is the most annoying person on ANTM. EVER. But no doubt, the producers will keep them in for as long as they can provide the drama. 

Next is Mikey's craving for female company which sees him and Courtney (who has a boyfriend) get close, only for him to ruin it with an offhanded comment, and quickly revealed his rather aggressive personality.

And then we have Hadassah who constantly sees Mame as her pageant rival, and yet gets stumped her her every time. 

After two episodes of cheap photo shoots, the third finally brought something worth evaluating. The models were paired and entangled in different types of wires. Despite the awful 'no neck monster' teach, some of the photos were not too bad...


Compositionally, I thought Bello/Lacey, Mame/Justin and Mikey/Courtney did the best working together. 


Unfortunately for Stefano, Hadassah, Nyle and Delanie, they just lost the connection and it didn't work... There seemed to be some good moments, but just overall, didn't create anything spectacular.




The judges also seemed to really liked Devin's photo. Yes, he has really interesting features, but he is just soooo annoying. 

In the end, the first call out goes to...

Monday, 10 August 2015

Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation Film Review


After the commercially successful Mission Impossible reboot 'Ghost Protocol', it seems a surprise that it took four years to film and produce the sequel, 'Rogue Nation'.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is determined to prove the existence of the 'Syndicate', an anti-IMF rogue nation, intending to bring chaos to the world. As CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) tries to disband the IMF, Hunt and his team Dunn and Brandt (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner) must go dark and carry operations undiscovered, only to be always one step behind the Syndicate.

When captured, Hunt meets Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), an agent working for Syndicate leader Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), who helps him escape, but does she have a hidden agenda? 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Lisbon Photography


Can't believe it has been a month ago since I went to Lisbon for a short break. Apart from one incident of attempted pickpocking, I can say that Lisbon is a beautiful little port city that isn't dominated by large sights, but rather distinct in it's character and culture, history and food. 

We also ventured out to Sintra and Cascais for a day trip to explore another side of Portugal, which offered some beautiful picturesque moments. The sublime weather aided in the capturing of some stunning photos which I am very proud of.

Check them out below:

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Disney Pixar's 'Inside Out' Film Review


Discounting the lacklustre 'Brave', it has been six years since Pixar's last original film, 'Up'. The long wait has been worthwhile because 'Inside Out' is a true revival of Pixar's original movies.

Looking inside the head of Riley, an eleven year old girl, who has just moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, reveals the emotions that control her character and personality: Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Fear. 


Whilst Joy has dominated her childhood- learning to skate with her parents, being goofy and having a blast with her best friend... being eleven is a whole different playing field and sees Joy struggle to keep all her memories being happy. Desperate to give Riley a joyful day, a joyful month, a joyful year and thus a joyful life, Joy isolates Sadness, and a dispute leads the pair lost inside the depths of Riley's mind. 

With Anger, Disgust and Fear left to control Riley's emotions, Riley is at risk of losing all of her personality. Will Joy be able to make it back in time?

'Hot Pursuit' Film Review


Uptight and 'by the book' cop Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is tasked with escorting the widow of a drug boss, Daniella Riva (Sofia Vergara), who is a key witness in the prosecution of a drug ring leader, only to find themselves being chased by corrupt cops and drug ring minions. As they begin to rely on each other for their protection, things begin to unravel.

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