Wednesday, 29 October 2014

'The Maze Runner' Film Review

'The Maze Runner' is a film adaptation of the popular book series by James Dashner.

Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up to find himself in a moving cell and lands in the centre of a maze, surrounded by other boys called the Gladers. A group of them, called Runners, explore the maze every day to try and find a way out. 

Trapped and with no memories, Thomas lives amongst the other boys in relative peace, but start raising questions, and when terrible things begin to happen, he is desperate to leave, even if it means going into the maze himself...

The Apprentice Season 10 Episode 4 Recap

Ella Jade and Solomon are made project managers for this weeks' task which is revolved around creating an online video channel. The team with the most views will win the task.

Fat Daddy's Fitness Hell vs Dare to Dine

Solomon's food focused channel sees James ditch his suit for a naked chef look and being super silly around the kitchen opposite Roisin, whilst Ella Jade's fitness channel has Katie training Felipe who is the 'fat daddy' trying to lose weight. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Taylor Swift '1989' Deluxe Edition Album Review

Following Taylor Swift's two year album release schedule, '1989' drops right on time and came with an announcement that this would be her first pop album in August's Yahoo World Stream and premiere of chart topping lead single 'Shake It Off'.

Whilst many have criticised Swift for 'selling out' and blending into mainstream pop, the album has received mainly positive reviews with regards to Swift's honest transformation and the record justifies it.

1. Welcome To New York 4/5
A keyboard heavy track that literally sounds like what Time Square would feel like- though I've never been, I can visualise the colours, sounds and atmosphere of this vibrant centre. The production is slightly heavy and feels overdone for a T Swift tune, but kind of works for this track. 

2. Blank Space 5/5
The second track on '1989' carries a air of Swift's past songwriting and early era country sounds in a modern pop way. Lyrically brilliant is "I've got a blank space baby *click* and I'll write your name", reminiscent of demo 'Permanent Marker'.

3. Style 4/5
The late 80s early 90s intro and verse blends into a contemporary pop chorus that is viciously catchy if slightly disjointed. Nonetheless, the track about her relationship with Harry Styles (one of the most talked about and anticipated tracks) makes a strong impact on the record.

4. Out of the Woods 5/5
Promo song 'Out of the Woods' however, is the anthemic answer to 'Shake it Off's all too radio friendly pop sound. Though the catchiness persists, the personal Swiftopian lyrics put a familiar stamp on the track.

It's not the first time Swift has done pop. Time and time again her so called 'country' albums are infested with catchy pop tracks. More than likely her country roots will permeate in some way in this album. What I've learnt through the years is that what makes Taylor Swift so lovable is not which genre or sound she claims to be but the lyrics within each track and so ultimately, whatever she dabbles in, is Swift.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 Episode 10 Recap

So last week we were left hanging as to whether Chantelle or Ben will come back and given the past weeks' photos, the person who comes back is... Chantelle! Deservedly! :) They will be going to Seoul, Korea, but only 7 of them will be going.. (well not really, cos all of them get flown there for the photos pfft)

In the first challenge, the contestants are sent through a horror maze with a photographer at the end, who will be shooting to see who can keep their composure. Despite being freaked out, Chantelle does a good job. Raelia freaks out and has her back to the camera for 90% of the time. Keith does well as does Will, who has no fear of the 'monsters'. Lenox struggles. Here are some of the shots:

The winner of the challenge is... Chantelle, which will no doubt fuel the resentment from the other competitors. Raelia breaks down over her challenge score of a 6. She's going home... The editing backs it up :)

Will's special treat is a visit from his parents.

For the photo shoot this week, the contestants will be posing in high fashion couture gloves... like wings. 

During the photo shoot, Lenox shows some surprising hate for Chantelle! But both seem to do well. Shei does well. Mirjana struggles. Adam gives a lot of energy and kills the shoot.

At panel...

Chantelle 9,9,8
Strong shot, but she's got some attitude.

Mirjana 6,7,7
Not a great shot. The single shot was better imo, but the composition is terrible.

Lenox 8,8,9
This is way better than Chantelle's imo, but yet she gets a lower score... hmm... so obvious they're going to give Chantelle the FCO URGH.

Adam 8,7,9
Strong picture, composition slightly awkward, but good. 

Keith 8,7,7
Not bad shot... ok...

Will 7,7,8
Not a good photo this week. 

Shei 6,8,10
Strong solo picture, not loving the composition.

Raelia 7,8, 7
Kelly loves her, how she can give her an 8 is a travesty.

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

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Apprentice Season 10 Episode 3 Recap

This is going to be a quick one- since it was my birthday yesterday and I'm super tired from work! This week the candidates are creating home scented goods that can maximise on margins. The teams get mixed up with Roisin leading team Summit and Katie leading team Tenacity.

Roisin's high end product comes with the smell of a sea breeze, called 'Beach Dreams', whilst Katie's Team has a mix of Aloe Vera, Lemon Grass and Green Tea, calling it 'British Breeze'. Roisin's high end product is being sold at a low end price of £15 whilst Katie's is being sold for £20 MINIMUM. 

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Film Trailer Preview

The long awaited trailer for the sequel to 2012's smash hit 'The Avengers' has surfaced online. 

Though details of the film are still mostly under wraps, the two minute trailer gave us glimpses of yet another action packed yet deeply interlocking story of our Avengers Team, especially after another Iron Man, Captain America and Thor film, which expanded the storylines. 

Glimpses of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver can also be seen, yet it remains to be revealed how big of an impact they will be on the movie.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released next May. Check out the trailer below:

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Will Jardell by Zach Schwermer


Zach Schwermer is definitely getting around, shooting many of this cycle of ANTM's contestants, including Matthew Smith and Ben Schreen, but the best shoot so far has to be Will's. 

The artistic yet stylish shoot is quite editorial with a beautiful colour palette. Will managed to reclaim the top spot after three weeks domination by Lenox in this week's episode.

Check out more images below:

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