07/04/2015

Ed Sheeran - Multiply (X)


Ed Sheeran has been one of my favourite artists since he released his first album Plus (+) back in 2011. His latest album Multiply or X, was released on the 23rd June 2014 (UK) and holds a total of 12 tracks. However the deluxe edition of the album holds an extra 5 tracks making the total come to 17 songs instead. The album includes singles, "I see fire" from the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, "Sing" which Sheeran co-wrote with Pharallel Williams (the voice behind number one single "Happy" back in 2014),
Picture"Don't" which first came about as a riff on the star's phone, "Thinking Out Loud" which has a music video that sees Sheeran ballroom dancing with Brittany Cherry,  and the most recent singl"Bloodstream" that is yet to be released.

Ok, so Ed Sheeran's latest album was released nearly 8 months ago, but the outstanding music on this CD ensures that you can have the songs on repeat for hours on end and it will never get boring. I personally am a massive fan of his music because each song is distinctly different from the one before and the one after. The large range of genres his music covers, including, a folksy, acoustic sound, mixed with hip-hop and rap elements; mean his unique sound attracts a large range of different people. Although his target audience is typically around 16 to 25 year old men and women, as he himself is only a young adult and so he can relate to them more, older people are also fans of his music.

I can't talk about every song from the album (we'd be here for days), so I'll talk about my favourite song "Photograph".When my sister first bought this album she was listening to this song non-stop, therefore, this was the first song I heard (aside from the singles that had previously been released), and because of this I instantly became attached to the slow start in the song and the meaningful lyrics. I always try to take as many photos as possible so the obvious background story to this song meant I could easily relate to the lyrics "We keep this love in a photograph, We made these memories for ourselves". 


"I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone" 


Check out Ed's new album on iTunes: It costs £11.99 to download.


Until next time, 

Alice x


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The Maze Runner Series

Ok, so I watched and read the Maze Runner back in September/October time - so it hasn't exactly been recently that I became a fan of this series - but, the plot of the stories seriously kept me interested and absorbed.

I'll start by writing about the books. I came across the series after I found out that Dylan 
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Right, onto the film. The Maze Runner was released in October 2014 (UK) and directed by Wes Ball, a new and upcoming Director. The Maze Runner was the first film Ball has ever directed, however you wouldn't be able to tell because the structure and setting of the film is absolutely amazing. The plot obviously slightly differs from the books, like all films do, but most of the changes were necessary. For example, in the books Teresa and Thomas can communicate through their minds, now although this was a major feature of the book, it was unrealistic to put it into the film, so it was decided the connection between the two characters would be shown another way, this was done by Teresa and Thomas recognizing each other even though all of their memories had been wiped (well, it is a little bit more complicated than that but you need to watch the film to understand that). The casting for the film was also completely spot on (ok I may be a little bit biased because Dylan O'Brien but sh). The characters are exactly how I imagined them to be in the book - Newt being played by Thomas Brodie-Sangaster (who also starred in Nanny McPhee as Simon Brown), is portrayed as a tall, square jawed, blonde haired, teenager. Sangaster is a British actor and because of his characters repeated use of the british-curse 'Bloody', he was allowed to keep his British accent  whilst filming for the maze runner. Gally, portrayed by Will Poulter, was the main character in the book and film who didn't get along with Thomas, Gally is a tough looking guy, who is very serious and has a hard accent, he mainly didn't like Thomas because of his determination to escape the maze. This was the type of cast I expected, they almost meet the descriptions of the characters in the book to a point, and they portray the people that were written about exceptionally well. All of the actors in the film are young but really, really talented.

The only thing that irritates me about the Franchise films at the moment is the fact that they're all getting pushed aside because of the Hunger Games. Don't get me wrong, the hunger games is an absolutely phenomenal series and I am massive fan of it, however new and upcoming franchise series keep getting ignored or knocked out of the way by the British community because of it. The Maze Runner still did amazingly well and was recognized,  however, cinemas don't seem to understand that they can recognize more than one franchise series at once, the same happened when the Harry Potter films were being released, all other big sequels were knocked aside by cinemas. This is a massive downfall for these companies because younger people such as myself, enjoy hearing about and watching lots of ongoing sequels at once.   

"If you ain't scared you ain't human" 

The Maze Runner film was on DVD on the 16th December 2014 in the USA and is released on DVD on the 9th February 2015 in the UK - Make sure you check it out! 

Until next time,

Alice x 



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The Five Year Engagement

'The Five Year Engagement' is a film that was released in 2012 and is from the makers of 'Bridesmaids'. The film stars Jason Segel (Tom Solomon) and Emily Blunt (Violet Barnes), however, the approximately, 2 hour and 4 minute film literally does feel like 5 years. Whilst the acting is amazing and the plot did keep my attention for the entirety of the film, the whole story line seems dragged out and quite predictable.
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The film starts by showing you how the couple - Tom and Violet - become engage, the proposal includes them reminiscing on how they first met, this cleverly includes flashbacks which gives the audience visual evidence on their meeting and allows us to see exactly how it happened.  Not long after this scene, it is revealed why they put their marriage on hold (she wants a career first and he's happy to do whatever makes her happy), but as they get settled into their new life in Michigan, it not only becomes unclear to the audience whether Violet is a teacher or student at the university, but this is where the rest of the film goes down hill. When we first saw the couple they were happy and clean-cut but as it becomes more obvious that Tom (Segel) is unhappy with their move, he becomes more depressed and scruffy; this turn in his life gave me an uncomfortable itch underneath my skin and made me feel cringey and dirty. Not only this but as the couple drift apart it becomes evident that something is going to happen between Violet (Blunt) and her new tutor -Winton (Rhys Ifans), an older guy who gives off a creepy vibe. After more drama between the couple (whilst together and apart) they finally get back together at the end of the film and eventually get married. My finishing comment as the credits rolled down the screen was "Finally" which basically sums up the entirety film.
I wouldn't completely out-rule this film as 'a must watch'  however I wouldn't name it as one of the best films I've seen either. If you were having a girly night in or just a random film day maybe it would be one you'd put on your list as a 'lets just give it a go'. But, if I had to rate it out of 1 to 10 I'd probably give it a 4. 

"There is no right cookie, you just choose one and take a bite"

Until next time,

Alice x


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