Film Review: Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver reminds me so much of 21 and that’s probably because of the “Spacey” connection and the whole thing about professional felons with an innocent guy in the mix.

I do like the overall feel of the film – its funky music and alert pacing mirroring Baby’s best asset. What I didn’t quite like is its story in general. It was unrealistic with flimsy dialogues especially coming from Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.

On the plus side, I thought Ansel was amazing considering the awful script. The rest are cliche at best. I don’t mind recommending this at all. It’s got lovely music and Ansel’s face.

Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx, John Bernthal
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Meet the Contestants of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 24! (2018)

The new cycle of America’s Next Top Model is scheduled to premiere on VH1 next month and as you’ve probably heard, Mama TyTy is returning as its host after Rita Ora took over the 23rd cycle of the show! Yasss!!!!

photo from VH1

Without further ado, let’s meet the contestants that will be in the running to be America’s Next Top Model!

Brenda “Brendi K” Seiner
Age: 22
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Twitter: @BrendiKSeiner | Instagram: @Brendi.K.Seiner
#TeamBrendiK

Christina Anderson McDonald
Age: 34
Hometown: Jenkintown, PA
Twitter: @ChristinaAM612 | Instagram: @christinamariaam | Snapchat: @Christinamam
#TeamChristina

I had the pleasure to walk in #theREALcatwalk a guerilla lingerie fashion show in response to the Victoria Secret fashion show’s lack of body diversity 👙 It was incredibly refreshing so be around such a large and diverse group of women, whom were all bringing each other up. Most of us were pretty scared to do this walk, all for many different and complex reasons. However, what was the most moving was of how apt everyone was to help one another overcoming their anxiety; and how badass we all became when we hit that runway. We were fearless. And continued to be for the next hour of taking photos in the freezing cold. It was the most inspiring thing to see. Everyone was a goddess.👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻THIS IS WHAT WOMEN DO WHEN THEY ACTUALLY GET TOGETHER AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER!!!!!!! 💥 👉The patriarchal structure has pitted women against one another, as competition, so they would not join forces. 👈 Because when women join forces we are invincible. ✨💫✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿💫✨ (photos @abbeydrucker @bitcreate @rjartistry @aceofnyc) ALSO SHOUTOUT TO @khrystyana FOR ORGANIZING THIS WHOLE DAMN THING IN LIKE 4 DAYS. THIS INCLUDES: coordinating meeting times, show times, locations etc with at least 20 models and numerous press people along with keeping us all in line and making this show happen!! PLUS HAVING SNACKS AFTER. 😋You are a force to be reckoned with, I am so honored to call you my friend 💗@khrystyana I love you and you’re punk as fuck!!!!! 🧝🏻‍♀️💕✊💥

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Elizabeth “Liz” Woodbury
Age: 24
Hometown: New York, NY
Twitter: @liz_harlan | Instagram: @iamlizharlan
#TeamLiz

Be humble and let your character speak louder than your voice

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Ivana Thomas
Age: 23
Hometown: Durham, NC
Twitter: @IvanawestTweets | Instagram: @Ivanawest | Snapchat: @ivanakt
#TeamIvana

Jeana Turner
Age: 24
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Twitter: @Jeana_Turner | Instagram: @JeanaTurner
#TeamJeana

Khrystyana Kazakova
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, NY
Twitter: @iamkhrystyana | Instagram: @khrystyana
#TeamKhrystyana

💛

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Kyla Coleman
Age: 20
Hometown: Lacey, WA
Twitter: @kylasorad | Instagram: @kylasorad | Snapchat: @kylasorad
#TeamKyla

Liberty Netuschil
Age: 20
Hometown: Lava Hot Springs, ID
Twitter: @LibNetuschil | Instagram: @thelifeoflibs | Snapchat: @thelifeoflibs
#TeamLiberty

Maggie Keating
Age: 20
Hometown: Surry, ME
Twitter: @_MaggieKeating | Instagram: @maggiekeating | Snapchat: @mkeats99
#TeamMaggie

Rhiyan Carreker
Age: 20
Hometown: Orange, CA
Twitter: @RhiyanCarreker | Instagram: @othatonegirl | Snapchat: @kingrhiyan
#TeamRhiyan

Rio Summers
Age: 23
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Twitter: @OfficialRioSumm | Instagram: @officialriosummers | Snapchat: @OfficialRioSumm
#TeamRio

🖤

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Sandra Shehab
Age: 22
Hometown: Cliffside Park, NJ
Twitter: @missshehab | Instagram: @missshehab | Snapchat: @missshehab
#TeamSandra

What you been missing in your life.

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Shanice Carroll
Age: 25
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Twitter: @GirlThatShanice | Instagram: @GirlThatShanice | Snapchat: @iamshanice
#TeamShanice

The blacker the berry… #courafall

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Shantelle “Coura” Fall
Age: 24
Hometown: Eastvale, CA
Twitter: @coura_sasha | Instagram: @coura_sasha | Snapchat: @coura_sasha
#TeamCoura

My favorites: Kayla and Coura. ❤

The cycle 24 of America’s Next Top Model will premier on Tuesday, January 9th at 8/7c on VH1.

Is Catriona Gray, 2018 Binibining Pilipinas-bound?

photo from powerhouseph_ Instagram

The 2017 pageant season isn’t quite over yet since Katarina Rodriguez has yet to compete in her respective pageant assignment but since Miss Intercontinental 2017 edition is still slated for a January 2018 staging in Egypt, the buzz about the prospective queens next year is getting louder and louder especially after the lackluster results we’ve got from Miss World, Miss International and the Miss Universe pageant.

Photo from Catriona Gray’s Instagram

This early, we’ve been hearing one particular name that pageant fans and pundits are dying to see make a “comeback” and strut at the Binibining Pilipinas stage. It is none other than the top five finisher of the Miss World 2016 – Catriona Gray.

I for one is a big fan and couldn’t wait to see her win the most coveted title in the Binibining Pilipinas – the Miss Universe Philippines. She’s just so beautiful and smart that if we end up hosting the pageant next year – I’ve no doubt that she may end up winning the fourth Miss Universe crown for the country if she would decide, of course to truly participate in the nationals and (hopefully) bag the top plum.

Back in 2013, I’ve written a similar piece about Megan Young’s “supposed” intent to participate in the Golden edition of the Binibining Pilipinas. Her (again) “supposed” disqualification in joining the national pageant turns out to be a blessing in disguised as she went on to win the Miss World Philippines giving her a chance to represent the Philippines in Miss World 2013 where she end up winning the title, thus becoming the first winner of the blue crown in the country.

As of the moment, Catriona and her camp (the Aces & Queens – the same beauty camp of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, 2013 Miss World Megan Young and 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa) are keeping mum about her plans but it’s still very early to release a statement ofcourse since the Miss Universe was just held a week ago in Vegas! For now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed!

The X Factor UK 2017 – Week 6 Series’ Finale – Rak-Su Wins!

Rak-Su just became the second act from the groups category to win the X Factor UK since Little Mix won the show in 2011. They are also the first-all male group to win the show!

Grace Davies, the singer-songwriter  from Lancashire village of Langho came in second after performing her original songs in the series.

And the winner is..

Both acts are expected to sign with Simon Cowell’s Sony-owned label, Syco Records!

Dimelo will be Rak-Su’s first single!

The X Factor UK 2017 – Week 6 Top 3 Finals Recap #XFactor

This is going to be real quick because these three remaining acts are all deserving of the top plum! Sadly though, one has to leave the competition last night and two of them will move forward and battle it out tonight to claim to X Factor throne this series!

Each act sang two songs. One for their solo performance and the next one is a duet with an established act.

Kevin Davy White performed first with Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

This is a Kevin Davy White classic. Beautiful performance yet again!!!

Grace Davies meanwhile sang Live and Let Die from the 1973 James Bond film of the same title.

Ugh. This is my favorite performance of her tbh. This is her genre!

Rak-Su for their solo sang their original song Mamacita.

These boys are amazing! I’ve high hopes for them win or lose

Their Duets

Kevin Davy White – Fastlove, Pt. 1 with Tokio Myers

Grace Davies – Roots (Original) with Paloma Faith

Rak-Su – Dimelo (Original) with Naughty Boy & Wyclef Jean

Eliminated: Kevin Davy White

My Winner’s Prediction is Grace Davies!

Final Groups for the 2018 World Cup! #worldcupdraw

Here’s the draw results for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Which game are you most excited to watch?

Who Should Win The X Factor UK 2017? #XFactor

We’re down to the last three acts – Grace Davies, Rak-Su and Kevin Davy White  – and this weekend’s performances will determine the series’ 14th champion.

Will the charismatic Kevin Davy White be able to sway the public to vote for him and make him the first non-British contestant to win the show? Or will Rak-Su be performing another chart-topper for their final performances? Last but definitely not the least – will Lancashire native Grace Davies be able to worm her way to the top against her testosterone-dominated competitors?

Let’s watch them in their first audition.

Youtube videos and photos via X-Factor. 

Cover Thursday: Lorde’s Melodrama Album Medley by Andre van Drunen

Photo from Andre’s Instagram

For my Cover Thursday this week, I’ll be featuring this medley by Andre van Drunen singing all of the song’s in Lorde’s latest release, Melodrama. It is also  a way for me to honor said album because it only got a single Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Seriously, what a travesty! I thought Lorde will be lording over the Grammy next year!

Listen to Andre’s awesome cover of the album and don’t forget to subscribe!!!

Follow him as well on Instagram!

When I first heard @sarabareilles version of Chandelier I knew I had to sing it just like that. She used this instrument that seemed like a small guitar and It was so good that I literally had to discover it and buy it. It is called baritone ukulele and it gives an amazing sound. Thank you, Sara, for being such an inspiration to me through many years. LINK IN BIO — Quando eu ouvi a versão de Chandelier da @sarabareilles eu imediatamente me apaixonei e fiquei louco pra descobrir o que danado era aquele instrumento que parecia um violão pequeno. Depois de muita pesquisa (nos comentários do youtube) descobri que era um ukulele barítono e já procurei em todo canto onde comprar ele aqui. Só consegui pela internet, mas desde então tem sido meu companheiro de muitas músicas. Sara Bareilles é uma artista que eu considero completa e é uma grande inspiração pra mim. LINK NA BIO

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Book Review: The Grim Life (The Grim Life #1) – K.D. Worth

Published March 12, 2015
Format: Novel
Genres and Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, LGBT, Death, Suicide, Religion
Length: 180 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Ebook ASIN/ISBN: 1632168928 (ISBN13: 9781632168924)
Characters: Max, Slade, Kody Michaels

I abso-freakin’-lutely loved this story! It started when Max lost his life on prom night and he was recruited as a ‘reaper’ by a very mysterious ‘angel’ named Slade. Three years after joining the group of teenage reapers, he was assigned his very first suicide case and that’s when he defied the number one rule of his job – saving a life!

After failing his first suicide attempt, Kody is determine to end it all by jumping off a bridge. Until Max intervened and made him realized that there’s got to be more to life.

I had so much fun reading this one because it’s an interesting premise with charming characters. I loved Max’s character the most because he was very likable and relatable. I loved that he wears his heart on his sleeve.

I also want to give poor Kody the tighest hug ever and let him know that it’s gonna be alright. Such a darling boy. I’m excited to learn more about the mystery of his character.

It’s interesting how the author tackled sensitive topics like suicide, gay conversion therapy, religion and bigotry. These are issues you’d rather avoid in a book but the author was able to breeze through it in a way that doesn’t sound preachy and all that shit.

It was a well-built world where we get to see “reapers” differently. Although there’s still the usual bad guys ala-Dementors which are equally interesting as well. We get to see the mindset of people all too real in this world. And we also get this message in the book that makes you wonder why it’s so hard for people to accept other people’s differences.

This is a really good book and I thought a lot of people should give it a go. It’s all worth it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON | Dreamspinner Press

About the Author
K.D. Worth has always considered herself to have the heart of a teenager with an old soul. When not talking to the characters living in her head, she loves to hang out at her favorite townie bar then go dancing and partying with her husband and friends. There is always music playing in her home, and if it’s too loud you’re too old! On the flip side, K.D. enjoys spending time in her vegetable garden, canning the food she grows, and making homemade jams and jellies. She also is known to crochet washcloths and blankets for her closest friends and smiles when they tease her for her “grandmotherly” ways. These two different sides to her personality create a layered tapestry of life experience that brings depth and believability to the characters she writes. She loves to hear from her fans almost as much as she loves her cocker spaniels. You can find her on Facebook or get updates about upcoming books on her website.

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere in a stunning Michael Cinco Gown!

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mitternaere of France was a vision in red as she relinquished her crown to the new winner last night in Las Vegas.

She had her final walk as Miss Universe wearing a scarlet red ombré couture gown in full Swarovski crystals by the very talented Michael Cinco who also made the gown worn by Pia Wurtzbach when she crowned Iris in Manila earlier this year.

I am hoping that we’d see our delegates sashaying a Michael Cinco gown during the evening gown competition of this* pageant soon? For Catriona next year, perhaps?

* Michael Cinco provided the evening gowns for Sandra Seifert (Miss Earth 2009), Queenierich Rehman (Miss World 2012) and Valerie Weigmann (Miss World 2014) during their international pageant assignments.