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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Movie Talk: The Imitation Game

I was introduced to this movie entitled The Imitation Game through a friend of mine. The Imitation Game is a historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography of Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the mathematician, cryptanalyst Alan Turing who has to solve an Enigma Code during the second World War, alongside his team. By cracking the code, not only Turing can help shorten the war, he can also potentially saves millions of lives.

First off. Benedict Cumberbatch. I think he did a fantastic job at acting. He really portrayed Alan Turing's character well as this socially awkward and difficult guy to work with. I can personally feel his struggle as he goes through life feeling different and alienated. All of us wants to feel a sense of belonging, and it hurts to watch him feel outcasted. I am sure no one wants to be in the same situation as him.

The rest of the casting were also great. I love Keira Knightley's character in this film. She stars as a fiery and feisty Joan Clark. I like that she provides comic relief in a dramatic tale which intends to offset a dark and serious tone.

Asides from that, the story follows a non-linear narrative technique that does not follow a chronological order. I am not really a fan of that technique because it can get rather confusing for me but it doesn't turn me off in this case. The movie is fun, intriguing and it sweeps me off of my feet. I love how this movie excites and saddens me at the same time.

With that being said, I will rate this film a 4.5/5 stars. It has been a very, very long time since I enjoyed a film so much. What I love most about this film is that it tackles the prejudice against the feminine and homosexuality and generally against anyone who is "different". I would highly recommend you to watch this film if you have not watched it.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Play On | Blog Tour + Giveaway (US)

Play On
By Michelle Smith

Release date: April 21st 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pages: 296
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek -- he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the fa├žade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.

about the author

Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

GLEE Season 6 | Music Monday #9

Hey everyone! I'm pretty sure you've all know that Glee has ended. I'm a little saddened of course because Glee was a big part in my secondary school life back then. It's one of those shows I can relate to. Even though I stopped watching seasons 4 and 5, I still look forward to listen to the songs they covered for the episode on YouTube. If I were to list all my favorite Glee songs, it would be endless. Perhaps another time, maybe? But for now, I would like to share some of my favorite songs from its final season, season 6. 

Rather Be

I'm still obsessed with this song! It's so much better than the original. I love Jane. She's my favorite character for this season's Glee. Her ability to sing so well reminded me of Rachel. I really love her voice because it's powerful and yet very relaxed. Her pitching for this song is perfect. I also like the guys' touch in this song. Spencer's part was really good. I love how Jane glanced and smiled at Mason as she sang her last solo line because it sort of shows that she wants to be with him. That was such a sweet moment. I'm glad that in the last episode, it was shown that they ended up together. I wish they did the full song because this is just so good!! LOVE IT!

I Want to Break Free

I love this rendition than the original because it's not too rock n roll for me. Mason looks really handsome here and it's nice seeing him in something other than his cheer-leading outfit. His ensemble for this performance is on point because it made him look like a bad boy and it felt like he is finally breaking out of his shell. I like how the song relates to his situation whereby his twin sister is too controlling of him and that frustrates him as he can't make his own decisions and do what he likes. So this song what he needs. I've always loved Glee's idea of the characters using songs to express themselves. 

All Out of Love

This is one of my favorite song as a kid. I'm a sucker for this kind of songs because I grew up listening to them. I like how this rendition has a youthful vibe to it. I like that Mason is the one to open the song. His voice got me swooned. Sue Sylvester's reaction when the New Directions sang is song, minus the flashbacks is exactly me. I was practically singing along to it. HAHAHA!

It Must Have Been Love 

I'm not a huge fan of Kitty's voice but I have to admit that her voice suits this song really well. I always imagine Rachel singing this song sometime in the series. I'm also liking that Spencer is singing as well. Spencer and Kitty make a cute couple too, I think. Spencer reminded me of Finn a little. He's a football player with a great voice. He is Finn 3.0 since Finn 2.0 to me goes to Ryder from seasons' 4 and 5. Ryder is more like Finn though because they both play drums and share that nice guy personality. For those of you who watched How to Build a Better Boy, you might recognize Spencer. He is Albert from that Disney movie! I remembered he sang a ukulele rendition of Selena Gomez's Love You Like a Love Song  and it was quite nice actually. If you want to hear Spencer's solo on Glee, click here. It's my favorite song too.

Head Over Feet/Will You Love Me Tomorrow

I'll be honest and say I don't know those songs. The reason I like this performance is that their voices compliment each other. The way they look into each other's eyes, it's just full of passion as if they are in love. But this was when they just got to know each other, I think. And that was when I knew they would go well together. Also, is it just me who thinks that Mason sounds like Blaine here?

Alright, that is all the time that I have. If there're any fellow Gleeks out there, feel free to let me know some of your favorite Glee songs. One of the reasons I'm bummed Glee is over would be because the new kids are amazingly talented and I want the show to explore more on these characters. The producers of Glee should consider doing a spin-off show featuring these kids. I'm loving the romance between Mason and Jane so it would be nice to see their relationship blossom. That's all for now! See you guys on another Monday! GOODBYE!

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