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Month: January 2019

Film Review: A Simple Favor (2018)

Warning: this post may contain spoilers to the movie. In A Simple Favor, successful business executive and a mother Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) suddenly disappears one day, and her best friend Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) unveils her dark secrets in search for her friend. I am not the biggest fan of plot twists but it was done right, and the twist after twist kept me on the edge of my seat. I don’t comment on the actors’ acting very often when I review movies, but the two lead actresses’ performance was so excellent. Blake Lively did a great job playing the beautiful psychopath, but Anna Kendrick was even more perfect as an overly enthusiastic suburban mom. Where she points a gun at Sean and Emily, I thought, huh, this isn’t as convincing as what I would expect from a gifted actor like Kendrick. Then it is revealed that she was really meta-acting, and I was reminded of how I should have never doubted such a talented actor. This is one of very few movies that I actually like better than the book, although the book has its own merits, and since there are quite a lot of differences between them I…

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Favourite Albums From 2018

Logic – YSIV Logic does lots of different styles of rap and Young Sinatra ones happen to be my favourites, so when Logic once said in an interview that he isn’t doing Young Sinatra anymore, I was a bit disheartened. Then, what do you know? He came out with YSIV and every song is powerful. My favourite is The Return. it almost made me jump and yell, YEAH! YOUNG SINATRA IS BACK! Jorja Smith – Lost & Found Jorja’s voice is so sultry and every song feels kinda like foreplay. Teenage Fantasy evoked so much nostalgia. As she sang, want it when we can’t have it, when we got it we don’t seem to want it… I thought of all my past teenage fantasies. It was a great album to have when I was having a hard time finding myself (still am) this year. Lost & Found is an appropriate title in that aspect. Camila Cabello – Camila I thought Sweetener would be my favourite pop album of the year. But Ariana came out with a lot of trap style tracks, which I’m not very fond of, so Camila ended up being my favourite of the year. Havana was a…

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Amara Carter is a black girl who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but goes to a predominantly white private school in the suburbs. She’s always had to code switch between her two different environments, but when she sees her friend getting shot and killed by a police officer for no reason, she can no longer brush off the differences. Angie Thomas tackles difficult issues about structural racism, death of a friend, and police brutality in such a captivating way that it was hard for me to put the book down to go to sleep. I gave myself a whole week to read this but finished in only two weekdays. As a young adult novel it is easy to read, but it also reaches into your heart and grabs it. As people of color, we often have to “tone down” our culture in our behaviour in order to blend in, and endure microaggressions, ignorant and insensitive remarks that you don’t address most of the time as they are seemingly insignificant and you fear being seen as petty, even though they do affect you. It alienates you from the community you come from, and even then, you aren’t…

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