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

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.

Rita Ora ‘Phoenix’ Review

After 6 long years since the release of Ora’s debut she’s back stronger than ever, refreshed after as she’s rose like a ‘Phoenix’ from the ashes.

Following, at one point what felt like a never ending occurrence of pushback, label difficulties and whatever else stood in her way; Rita Ora made sure to never be defeated as she inspiringly kept herself busy and in the spotlight exploring her other talents.

Ora has done more than enough to prove she can do it all; from topping the charts, acting, modelling, hosting, judging and designing she’s established herself as a true 360 entertainer, however, she’s reinstated her relevance in the music industry with the release of her sophomore album ‘Phoenix’.

The album, released on November 23, boats a respectable 16 tracks including hit singles ‘Your song’, ‘Anywhere’ and her hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration with Liam Payne ‘For You’.

There’s no denying that Rita has the vocals, the look and the ability to churn out hit after hit and Phoenix charmingly showcases her talent making for a strong return to music.

Opening with one of her, and notably one of 2017’s, standout singles ‘Anywhere’ the introduction offers an upbeat pop-electro hazy dance moment which still sounds so fresh before entering her current single ‘Let You Love Me’. Let you love me, an interesting outpour of about letting your guard down in order to let someone in intertwined into a catchy light EDM edged pop knife.

‘New look’ kicks off the string of new material with an assertive sassy manner. Rita excels in the enticingly pulsating catchiness of the chorus which leaves you wanting to hit the replay button; whilst ‘First Time High’ presents vibrant strings in an effervescent dance pop bubble gum pop number.

Despite the new offerings previously released hits, such as female anthem girls ‘Girls’, ‘Your Song’ and Avicii collaboration ‘Lonely Together’ aren’t forgotten as they receive a new lease of life. Not to mention her Fifty Shades of Grey collaboration with Liam Payne ‘For You’ which led Ora to adopt a cinematic drama into ‘Hell of a life’ whilst heading back to familiar territory with the euphoric, summer penetrated, drum and bass smash ‘Summer Love’.

Although there’s an up tempo, feel good energy infused throughout the album, ‘Phoenix’, intertwines subdued moments with the muted pop ballad ‘Only Want You’ as she opens up about the need for one particular person. Another impressive difference on the album is the sultry ‘Cashmere’ which possess an R and B imbue for the ultimate ‘in your feels’ promiscuous playlist.

Amongst the quintessential pop album, Ora also offers an experimental side in her new material. With the jazzy, feel good rapturous ‘Velvet Rope’ in which she curates an effervescent trumpet laced ballad; along with jubilant, groovy number Julia Michaels assisted ‘Keep Talking’ ‘as they take the high road’ serving all the dreamy high notes against a contrasting bold electronic backing Rita proves she won’t shy away when it comes to exploring.

Finishing the album is ‘Soul Survivor’ in which fans get to see an explicitly honest insight into her truth and the personal struggle of the past few years as she reflects on her turbulent journey to the release of her second album. The powerful track hones in on her vocal aptitude as she bares all behind a beautifully simplistic, graceful piano instrumental unequivocally becoming one of the strongest highlights of her album.

Overall ‘Phoenix’ is cohesive, interesting and diverse curating an impressive follow up to ‘Ora’ where she dives into deep end of the music industry managing to keep her career afloat as she ensures the wait was worthwhile making up for the six-year music drought.

9/10

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