‘Second Act’ || Private screening & My thoughts

*warning mild spoliers*

Last night I, can we believe it, was invited to a private screening of the one and only JLo’s new film ‘Second Act’. After a busy day, getting caught in the rain and then being snowed on all whilst just walking to the Soho Hotel, it was so nice to sit in a warm room and watch a film which was actually good.

As mentioned in my last screening blogpost for Mary Queen of Scots, I want to watch more films this year and so far I’ve watched two – which is progress considering I only made it to the cinema a handful of times throughout the whole of last year.

So far, so good! ‘Second Act’ starring Jennifer Lopez as Maya Vargas, is a chick flick filled with female empowerment and comedy whilst still having purpose and depth to the storyline.

I’ll be honest when I first watched the trailer although I thought it was going to be good, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was or have such a momentous storyline.

In the film, apart the fact from JLO looked like a goddess, she switched her celebrity life to play a 43 year old discount super market worker who was underpaid, underappreciated and underqualified.

This didn’t stop her however, through a hell of a lot of laughter (seriously, the whole room was laughing out loud) we saw Maya go from local supermarket underachiever to landing her dream job as she her wish really became her command – you’ll have to watch to find out!

‘No relationship built on a lie will last’, a standout token from an abundance of motivational movie lines which Maya Vargas learnt in business, her relationship and family. Even though she thought she finally had what she wanted, was she really about what she had and how she got it?

The entire cast worked cohesively together, complimenting each other. Jennifer’s Co-stars Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens added a bright spark to the set as they both help and hinder her in different ways to all in all make this a great female led film.

Overall I would say this film is a must see! There is something for everyone from lots of comedy to a romance, relationship issues and hidden twists it really does pack a punch into an hour and a half.

‘Second Act’ is out in UK cinema’s this Friday and you can pre-order tickets NOW!

FUN FACT: I actually vlogged for the first ever time yesterday too so if you want to see my immediate reaction after watching and what else I got up to yesterday watch the video below:

As always thanks for the support, let me know in the comments/on social media if you go and watch the film and also let me know if you actually like these film opinion type pieces.

See you next time!!!

Mary Queen Of Scot | Exclusive Screening & My Thoughts

One of my smaller mental goals this year is to get to the cinema more (I do have more in depth serious goals for the year which you can read here). You might think why on earth would I want to do this? Why would I want to pay a small fortune on the ticket, be tempted by an array of overpriced snacks, (we all know that an ice blast is a must and if you beg to differ I hate to say it but you’re wrong) and play Russian roulette with the fact the screen could be extremely busy, you could be sat by the annoying watcher who insists to talk throughout the film or the worst – be sat in front of the dreaded chair kicker.

With all of these cons, for some reason unbeknown to me, I still have an urge to sit in a dark room of strangers and enjoy a good film. The main reason I want to make my way to the cinema more is simply because as time will tell if I don’t go to the cinema and watch a film I’ve been eagerly awaiting then frankly I never will get to see it.

In total last year I think I made it to the cinema a total of 5 times despite me filled with excitement and intent to see at least 15 films after seeing the trailers. However, before the year ended I was lucky enough to be invited to a private screening, notably my first ever, of the upcoming period drama ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ – I’ll admit this isn’t a film I would typically be inclined to leave my warm cosy bed to go out in the cold to see but my thoughts on the film will follow.

Following the story of Mary Stuart, played by the sensational Saoirse Ronan, and Elizabeth I, taken on by the compelling Margot Robbie this Medieval showcase brings history to life with Action, Love and conflict as Widowed 18-year-old Queen Mary of Scotland returns to her rightful throne. Her return raises both fear and infatuation between the two ‘Sisters’ as both Queens fight the same battle of being unmarried female monarchs trying to establish change, take charge and prove their capability in a masculine world.

A recurring take-away throughout the film is how powerful, complimenting and gripping the female duo are as they show the struggled which can still be applied to certain situations today- feeling disrespected, overpowered and just a piece of a puzzle in a male dominated world. Despite this they defy the odds prevailing on top as they are certainly the stars of the show.

The overall plot was beyond my expectations as I thought in parts the historical element would lead to drab, dull and monotonous story however I was pleasantly surprised only being minutely confused about the in depth elements of the history having never really looked into the history of the story/ been that interested in general history.

Expect the unexpected as the end may be closer than you think in this powerful, rebellious yet emotional and risqué tale of two Queens.

Overall I think that it’s an impressive performance with an engaging storyline perfect for those who enjoy a period drama and similar films and a nice venture out for those who may usually opt for something different.

Mary Queen of Scots will reach UK cinema’s this Friday, January 18 and I would definitely recommend a watch if you’re a fan of this genre or if you want to branch out and try something new.

Purchase tickets here and check out the trailer below:

If you end up going to see it let me know what you think of it in the comment below or on social media.

If you want to see some clips from the event watch my friends Vlog featuring the night below:

As always thanks for reading, thanks for the support also if anyone wants to invite me to any other screening don’t be scared i’d love to attend haha.

Special thanks to Universal Pictures and Vue Cinema.

Hope to see you again next time

Hard Rock Cafe Christmas Party 2018

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Christmas may be over and all of the leftovers might have been eaten but before I made my way back to my family home for Christmas, I remembered I missed a post.

If anywhere knows a thing or two about good food and entertainment, it’s the Hard Rock group and they didn’t disappoint at their 2018 Christmas party.

Held at the Back Room Bar, an intimate gem behind Park Lane’s café, the venue which emulates a hearty, warm, traditional London pub transformed into a winter wonderland ready for us to rock the night away.

From great food and drinks to festive traditions and live music the night was in full swing and everyone was in high spirits curating the perfect celebration and the last event in my calendar before leaving London for a few weeks.

Overall it was a great night, in particular the endless supply of chicken wings, chicken strips and brownies- not to mention all of the passionfruit Mai Tai’s (if you haven’t tried these you really need to) The live singer Jem Tyler also kept the good vibes flowing all night.

The Hard Rock Café currently have one venue in London situated on Park Lane which I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for good food,a friendly atmosphere and an overall fun time.

The Hard Rock Café are also launching a brand new and exciting Piccadilly Circus location in 2019 so be sure to look out for that in the new year!

Visit their website to find out about the new location and to find out more about Hard Rock: http://www.hardrock.com

The Skinny Kitchen Islington | Launch Party

A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch for Islington’s newest Healthy food hangout, The Skinny Kitchen.

The brand new London Location marks the launch of The Skinny Kitchen’s second UK restaurant with a third to be opened in Ealing Broadway early 2019.

The Skinny Kitchen started out in Ibiza as they opened Ibiza’s first healthy hangout back in 2014. Since then celebrities from Nicole Scherzinger to Ella Eyre have dined at their restaurant and now they’ve finally taken to London.

With botanical ceilings and contemporary urban décor, consisting of baby pink and teal chairs matched with marble tables, The Skinny Kitchen offers an Instagram worthy New York Diner vibe curating the perfect place to fuel up and simulataneously stunt on the gram.

Whilst at the launch I sampled an array of their delicious food and cocktails. From burgers to Black Mojito’s with protein shakes and all in between TSK has created a fun and flavoursome twist to vegetarian options opposed to the ever so common bland and boring offerings at other restaurants.

Whether you’re in need of Breakfast, a quick lunch or a full blown evening feast, at The Skinny Kitchen you can have nutritious feel good food which actually tastes good, any day of the week.

TSK can be found at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, Islington, London, N1 OQH and Opening hours are 8am-11pm Mon-Saturday Sunday 8am-9pm.

For more information head over to their website: https://theskinnykitchen.co.uk

New Music Friday 4

So we’ve reached December, someone please tell me how we got here so fast I swear it was only just summer. I hadn’t really heard of anything that exciting that was being released this week and I was hoping that when it came today it would all be a great surprise. That was wishful thinking and I was wrong.

I’m not sure if I just missed the memo but did anyone else know that it was ‘Lets release a shoddy remix of our recent singles this week’- nope didn’t think you knew either but it was and I’m not here for it.

Starting off this week’s New Music Friday post we have a new song from Seeb and Bastille which is sitting nicely at the top of both Spotify’s and Apple Music’s playlists. The track is the typical Bastille sounding light pop rock euphoric instrumental with a dance imbue. Honestly it just sounds like everting I’ve heard from them before to the point I had actually thought this song was a re-release. Not terrible just predictable.

Despite already releasing a plethora of tracks from his album set to release this month Zayn has kept the ball rolling with his new single ‘Good Years’. At this point I have no prediction of what the overall sound of the album is as this track is completely different to all the previous releases. Not a bad one though, a light piano ballad as he heads back to his pop roots.

This week XXXTENTACION’s first posthumous album was released this week and after he passed earlier this year his career was turbulent amidst various claims and due to his personal life. I’m not here to talk about that though and the song I was most intrigued by was the Kanye collaboration ‘one minute. How this changed once I had pressed play, with a furious rock metal instrumental it actually is offensive to the ears. Kanye’s verse, quite dark at times, takes up half the song to which the other half is XXX screeching demonically. Trash. I don’t quite get how this fits in with the rest of the album which consists of melodic classic XXX material I’m excited to listen to properly.

Benny Blanco, like Zayn, has also been churning out releases and today is no other. He released his first solo project ‘Friends Keep Secrets’ today after being impressed by 2 out of 3 of his offerings the overall EP disappoints me. I like ‘More/Diamond Ring’ which features TY Dollar $ign and 6Lack but even half of that song is messy auto tune. I expected more.

I’m just going to cut this week short because the disappointment is real. Last up we have a song I actually was excited to listen to but unfortunately this also disappointed. Sinead Harnett’s ‘Lessons’ isn’t awful and maybe the listening of the other boring tracks has affected my mood for this song but It just isn’t anything special and doesn’t really catch my attention. She sounds good and it might be nice to listen in the background when you’re tidying your room.

I’m so over this week and the releases I’ve listened to so thats it!
thanks for reading and thanks for all the support so far, see you next week.