Movie Review: Creed (’15 Ryan Coogler)

Creed is not the type of film that I usually see myself enjoying but it did bring out some excitement in me that got me glued. The storyline was fantastic. The writing is solid. The performances of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone were commendable. In short, the film itself is remarkable with traces of strong phasing, wonderful cinematography and an act of solid production. Sure, I initially thought I would dislike this film but after watching it, I was blownaway. 7.5

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X Factor UK 12: Jukebox (Top 5)

X Factor UK 12 - TOP 13

Tonight the top 5 will take on the jukebox challenge as the public will vote for their first song choice out of the three choices given to them and the other performance will be their mentor’s choice.

I’m a bit underwhelmed with the episode and even the choices for some contestants speaks volumes of biases. Boo.

Anyway here is how I rank the Top 5.

PUBLIC’S VOTE

5. CHE CHESTERMAN
Hello
[BOYS]

– He forgot an entire verse of the song and his mumbling and awkward pause was just… awkward and painful. When he began singing the chorus, it sounded like Che just gave up. Sigh. 2

4. REGGIE ‘N’ BOLLIE
Whip (Nae Nae)
[GROUPS]

– My comments about Reggie ‘N’ Bollie is sounding like a broken record and so are their performances. Again, this is fun & entertaining but not really vocally competent. 5

3. 4TH IMPACT
I’ll Be There
[GROUPS]

– The individual verses were fine and the harmonies were actually nice. But the song choice is blah. The whole performance is boring and some parts sounded off key. And that whistle sounded more like a screech. Oops. 6

2. LAUREN MURRAY
Firestone
[GIRLS]

– The whole performance sounded dragging. I missed the dynamics and the gorgeous tone from Lauren. There are parts that were okay but for the most part it was exhaustingly blah. 6

1. LOUISA JOHNSON
Love Yourself
[GIRLS]

– She’s not feeling well yet on this round she still did the best. Not her best performance though as she keeps on singing off pitch and the clarity that once was on her vocals is missing here. 6.5

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JUDGES’ CHOICE

5. REGGIE ‘N’ BOLLIE
Dynamite
[GROUPS]

– Naaah. The song just didn’t allow them to showcase better vocals. Liked them more during the first round. 3

4. LAUREN MURRAY
You Don’t Own Me
[GIRLS]

– Vocally, it was fantastic. As a whole, it sounded cheap, dated and old fashioned. 6

3. CHE CHESTERMAN
Try A Little Tenderness
[BOYS]

– He did recover from the mess of his Adele attempt. This sounded better and he did everything he can. The problem is? I heard better covers of this and I heard Che delivered better performance than this. 6.5

2. LOUISA JOHNSON
Jealous
[GIRLS]

– While she sounded fantastic albeit some pitch issues. But I missed the connection. She wasn’t well connected with her material. And halfway of her performance, I felt a bit bored. 7

1. 4TH IMPACT
Fancy/Rich Girl
[GROUPS]

– The mash-up worked for the girls. The styling, the production and even the vocals were fantastic. The vocals were more sublime and it is a nice recovery from the terrible first performance. 7.5

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur (’15 Peter Sohn)

The Good Dinosaur is not a terrible film, in fact, I enjoyed most of it but I think the film caters not the general viewing public but mainly the kids. Pixar films usually has some sense of depthness to it that elevates a kids film to a fantastic film. With here, I feel like The Good Dinosaur was a… good kid’s film. The visuals were colorful. The hilarity is top notch. The storytelling is okay. So yeah. I thought this was a good treat! 7