La La Land: Film Review.

Another mother daughter date to watch the highly anticipated La La Land. Even being over hyped, it didn’t disappoint. I’m not going to post any spoilers. This is just a short film review.

I loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling acting as their own. Though despite them working together in the past, I didn’t believe the chemistry between the two characters. All the supporting singers, dancers and musicians also need positive commendations.

The director, Damien Chazelle has done the best job ever with this film. Staying true to the original dream for the film. I can’t imagine the film in any other style but cinemascope. A true homage to classics like Singing in the Rain. Plus it’s done a great job at introducing Jazz music into a modern audience.

I loved this film, and see no reason why it wouldn’t win at least a few of it’s nominations.I wanted to watch this film like a thousand times. It’s so beautiful and wishful. I wish I could live in that world.

~RebeccaKLxo

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XXX: Return of Xander Cage: Film Review.

I’ve fallen behind a bit with these reviews, after watching 4 films in one week, as well as binge watching Sneaky Pete and sleeping. It’s really nothing interesting just been tired. But here’s the usual short film review, with no spoilers just my opinions.

First reason I watched this, was because I’ve seen the other films and you can’t just not stop halfway through a franchise. Also another celebrity crush in Vin Diesel. A few topless scenes is enough to distract me. I thought the ladies man persona was a bit heavy in the acting. I’ve also got a newfound love for Ruby Rose. I love how badass her character is. It’s also heartwarming to see a bromance between their roles on screen. Always lovely to see when actors and actresses do their own stunts, especially in an action film.

A well done to all the cast and crew on this production. The scenes are beautiful and the action sequences were out of this world. So much so, I’ve seen this film twice in the cinema. I think that says a lot about a film, if you are willing to watch it twice in a cinema. Let me know your opinions via twitter: @RebeccaKLxo

~RebeccaKLxo

Amazon Original TV.

I’ve noticed that the online TV scene is starting to bring out some very hookable tv shows. Of course Netflix is a big player in this industry, with many great shows, from The Crown, to a Series of Unfortunate Events. This post I’m going to focus on Amazon. I don’t get much spare time, but when I do, these are the Amazon original tv shows that have me currently hooked. I haven’t listed the shows in any particular order.

  • Sneaky Pete: I said this list isn’t in any particular order, but Sneaky Pete is currently my number one. It’s well written by Bryan Cranston. Not only does Giovanni Ribisi kill it as the main character. It certainly has kept me hooked.
  • Hand of God: This show also intrigued me. It’s a great one showing complexity when you are faced with morals and justice. I think Ron Perlman really makes this show. I’m trying to imagine it with another actor, and I can’t.
  • Lucifer: Lucifer has many subjects that intrigue me, from the underworld/hell to crime. It is certainly well done. It plays on morals as well as religion.
  • The Man in the High Castle: This was one of the first amazon original shows I started watching. I feel like it’s brave, tackling an alternative history outlook on World War 2 for it’s story basis. Certainly an original for online tv.

There are my current binge watchable series I’m loving on Amazon. What are yours? Let me know via twitter. @RebeccaKLxo

~RebeccaKLxo

Split: Film Review

This is the first film of the year, that I haven’t read any reviews for beforehand. Although I did have mixed feelings about the film as it was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Who in my opinion has had a pretty up and down career. In his earlier days, The Sixth Sense and Signs, I thought was great, and more recently The Visit. I won’t be posting any spoilers.

One of the reasons I had to watch this, was being a fan of James Mcavoy and Jessica Sula. This was probably the most complex role, James Mcavoy has probably played, and it was done so well. There is not enough commendation in the world to commend him on the role. I’ve been a fan of Jessica Sula since her portrayal of Grace Blood in Skins. Although it was just a supporting role in Split. She still did a good job. Anya Taylor-Joy also did a good job especially with the deep storyline of her past, thoroughly explaining her characteristic traits.

The film pays homage to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Shyamalan’s home town. Even the underground set/home to Kevin, is well built, and fits well with a zoo. Although it reminds me a lot of Central Zoo in New York. It’s also well directed, and put together film. It certainly kept me on my toes, so to speak. I’ll happily watch it over and over again. I love how it shows how complex the human mind can be, as well as the effects of trauma on mental health.

I do recommend this film in my opinion. Such a great film, one of my favourites of 2017 so far. Tweet me with your opinions: @RebeccaKLxo

~RebeccaKLXo

 

The Bye Bye Man: Film Review 🎥

As I’ve already seen Fantastic Beasts, while my mother watched that, I sat in and watched The Bye Bye Man. As a horror genre fan, I was looking forward to this film. In my head a horror film must be something to be released on Friday 13th. 

The story was pretty unique. It’s an interesting take on the mind and fear. A well done to all actors and actresses. It was also beautifully set and I’ll always have a soft sport for films with mustangs in. 

In my opinion I won’t be paying  to watch it again. That being said, the film did scare me well. Which I think a good horror film should. Having an entire cinema screen to yourself also adds atmosphere when watching a scary movie. Several great jumpscares. 

~RebeccaKLxo 

Live By Night: Film Review

Ever since November 2016, when I first saw the trailer for Live By Night, I knew I had to watch it. To date, I have seen every film in Ben Affleck’s filmography. I clearly need to get a life. Celebrity crush alert. There was several points that made me interested in this film. I’m fascinated by the prohibition era and gangsters. The obligatory spoiler alert warning.

I was going into this film with very high expectations. The core story was well written and acted. A great commendation to all the main and supporting actors and actresses. The background setting in Boston, is expectable when Ben Affleck is directing. Paying homage to the hometown. The entire film wardrobe was well researched for the era. It includes potential difficult subjects from religion to the kl klux klan.

The only thing I don’t like about the film was the ending. In my opinion I feel like the last fifteen minutes of the film was pointless. It didn’t really close off the film well.

But mainly positive review. If you see this, let me know your opinions via social media.

~RebeccaKLxo

Golden Globes 2017: 5 Best Dressed.

As it was just the Golden Globes last night. I love watching the red carpet, just to see all the beautiful gowns. This will be in my opinion the 5 best dressed actresses on the carpet. All the gowns were beautiful. It was really difficult to narrow it down to just 5 but I managed. The list is in no particular order.

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Emma Stone in Valentino

1: Emma Stone looked stunning in a beautiful Valentino gown. The pastel pink colour complimented her skin tone. It included details like being tailored in at the waist, no sleeves and a plunging neckline. The gown is also studded with silver stars throughout. The back of the gown is a fully star studded  cross detail.

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Anna Kendrick in Vionnet.

2: Anna Kendrick went for classic chic in her gown designed by Vionnet. In a way the gown reminds me of a Vera Wang design. Although the grey colour makes it seem older, the asymmetric shoulder detail keeps the design fresh. There’s a break in the grey colour with a darker grey belt, and cape like detail.

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Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad. 

3: Lily Collins is in a beautiful pink, princess like dress by Zuhair Murad. The updo was the perfect hairstyle to accompany this dress, with all the detail, in a metallic pink. I’m always excited to see this designer’s dresses each awards season. I am having trouble getting over all the intricate detailing throughout the dress.

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Millie Bobby Brown in Jenny Peckham.

4: Millie Bobby Brown wore a silver dress by Jenny Peckham. Already nailing the awards fashion at such a young age, I have no doubt this Millie will be an actress to watch out for. Beautifully paired with matching heels. Details are tinsel like, which I love, it’s a dress which could be reused at an A list festive party.

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Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad. 

5: A vision in gold. Sofia Vergara wears this stunningly beautiful design by Zuhair Murad. It shouldn’t be surprisingly that this designer makes the list twice.  The metallic detail consistently flows throughout the gown. The cut out shoulder detail, and plunge like detail compliments her body figure.

All beautiful gowns.

~RebeccaKLxo

A Monster Calls: Film Review.

Today after a long day at work, an 8am start after an epic night out. It also was a rare day off for my mum, from her work, she wanted to watch this film. So I used it as a perfect excuse as a mother daughter film time. As always this will be a small review, doing my best not to post spoilers but here’s a spoiler warning just in case.

The film was a film I didn’t hear much or had an interest in wanting to watch A Monster Calls. Saying that, it was an extremely well made film. The story sequences were beautifully done. The acting was top notch, especially with a newcomer like Lewis Macdougall in such a pivotable leading role. Felicity Jones does such a heart-warming job. I think Liam Neeson was a perfect choice to do the monster’s voice. Even the supporting cast did a great job too.

I was not emotionally prepared for this film. I balled my eyes out, the tears just kept on streaming. It’s a powerful and moving story. On the other hand, even though it’s rated as a 12A. In my personal opinion it’s a pretty heavy subject matter, too much for children. Although it has a teachable moment, about taking your mother for granted, showing a new found appreciation for mothers.

Tweet me with your views: @RebeccaKLxo

~RebeccaKLxo

My Top 5 Etsy Stores.

I’m a huge supporter of small businesses. This is why Etsy is one of my favorite online stores to use. It’s full of many unique, hand crafted items. Anything from clothing, jewellery to home decor and creative related supplies. To me this is the perfect site to get various gifts for the seasons, whether that be birthdays or christmas. Here’s my little classified group of stores I like using, that you should check out.

Galych WoodWorks. Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GalychWoodWorks <- This store is filled with beautifully crafted items, from handbags, bowties to beer mugs and jewellery boxes. All made in Ukraine.

Vutiq Apparel. Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/VUTIQ <- This store specializes in women’s lingerie. All hand made with beautiful lace in various styles. Bralettes in many different colours. From the US.

Blushes and Gold. Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BlushesAndGold <- This store is filled with beautiful pieces of jewellery. Made in New York City. All necklaces are handmade. Plus this is my favourite shop name, so elegant sounding.

BikiniBoo. Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Bikiniboo <-  This is the right place to be, if your looking for beautiful swimwear. The store is based in Newcastle upon tyne. I love the swimsuits and to me a swimsuit goals. Beautiful floral patterns.

Batoriii. Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/batoriii <- Anyone close to me, know my obsession with stationary. Batoriii has some of the most beautiful handmade notebooks, some of them tea stained. I wish I had a whole office full.

A varied range of items from all the stores I’ve included above. All of which have been such beautifully crafted by hand. I will do this again monthly to showcase new etsy stores. If you have an etsy store, tweet me with your store link. @RebeccaKLxo

~RebeccaKLxo

Assassin’s Creed: Film Review

I would like to start this post by saying I am a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed games. Although I hold a not so popular opinion that the original trilogy of games, the one with Altair and Ezio, to me are the true Assassin’s games. I see any of the games that came after are just there to make money. Because of this viewpoint I was extra sceptical about the movie.

I’m also not a fan of Michael Fassbender, I just really don’t like his face. Saying that he did a good job, though I feel like it’s a shame, that when an actor with great acting skills and a good body, looses the focus on acting when they take their shirt off. Marion Cotillard did a good job, even though the relationship vibe near the end was unnecessary.  Jeremy Irons makes a great villain. The best acting in the entirety of the whole film.

The film overall wasn’t bad. Just to me, it wasn’t a great film. The entire film had a mix match part of the games all squashed into the feature. This made it difficult for a fan of the game to watch because I kept just piecing the references to the other games. The special effects were on top of it’s game. The fighting sequences was my favourite personal highlight from the film. I also think the fairly dark death penalty scene, isn’t suitable. Although it ends, implying that there could be a sequel. Just another film to make money in my opinion.

If there’s any opinions you’ve had while viewing this film, tweet me.

~RebeccaKLxo