Film Review: Think Like A Man

A bubbly romantic comedy film about five men who have trouble either starting a relationship or make a relationship work. This all because of this one book that made all women think twice.

Watching this I absolutely loved it and the emotions I felt were so mixed, one minute i was happy the next i was sad but overall i was laughing.

The movie is full of laughter and excitement and really gets you loving life. It is fast moving and keeps you wanting more there are some negatives due to it being a predictable film but the positives overcome this.

Try not to watch this movie alone as you will want someone by you to share the laughter with.

Film Review: Ill Manors

Ill Manors is an urban crime drama set in east London, the unveiling feature film from Ben Drew, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Plan B.

The movie is about how many groups in London are connected by one main area, being drugs and how this risky job role can lead to extreme happenings to themselves or others close to them.

The film at the beginning was great as it was full of action and just keeps you off your feet but then when it comes to the second half of the film it all seems to die out when the story line becomes more realistic and slow moving.

There are some extremely strong moments within this movie and it really gets you drawn in and feel for the characters.

It is definitely one you would tell your friends about due to the intensity of the film and overall I think it is one I would highly recommend you watch.

Film Review: What To Expect When You’re Expecting

This film is based on five interconnected couples undergoing the joys and falls of having a baby. From an overall point of view of the film I think this is one to watch when at home with friends and feel for a laugh as to be honest it will most probably make you laugh and thus enjoy the film.

But when you get to the Nitti gritty I believe this film could have been made a lot better. The frustration I had with this movie is the issue on how it seemed to be pretty unrealistic.

For example, one of the characters had a miss-carriage which is an extremely touchy subject, yet in the film the woman was over it within the length of a nursery rhyme. If you decide to watch the film then you will surely understand where I am coming from. Although this was the case, I wasn’t expecting how warmly I’d feel towards the characters by the end of the movie. So I think it was a good pick.

Mumford and Sons – Babel

Since back in July, fans of Mumford and Sons have been eagerly awaiting the release of their new album, “Babel”. Not long after this was announced, a 3 month long tour of America, Australia and the United Kingdom was penned, making up a total of 54 dates. This begs a simple question, if Mumford and Sons have achieved this in the short amount of time they have had, will their new record live up to expectation or will it fall victim to tricky second album syndrome.

The first thing that becomes apparent when listening through “Babel” is the fact the band don’t seem to have over worked themselves. The same banjo plucking manifests itself just like in their début album“Sigh No More”. But that isn’t to say its a bad thing they haven’t changed there style for the second album, as the famous saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. As Mumford and Sons have been touring all over the world, they have upgraded venues, from relatively small ones to arenas that seat up to 20,000. The new album sounds like it was produced with that major factor in mind, to be played to an amplitude of folk loving fans.

The title track “Babel” lends itself to this fact perfectly, with a punchy and catchy chorus that will surely be a festival anthem for this upcoming summer. New single “Lover Of the Night” is again more of the same, big choruses and melodies a plenty.“I Will Wait” is a personal favourite. The short, snappy chorus echoes back to their previous hit “Little Lion Man” uncannily, with a tune you will be hard pressed to get out of your head.

In reflection, “Babel” is a very good album that should not be taken lightly. It feels a lot tidier and neater round the edges than their début. There’s enough in terms of depth to the album for the avid fan to get there teeth into while they eagerly await their Mumford and Sons ticket to come through the post. It was always going to be tricky to emulate the highs of “Sigh No More” but in my opinion it does easily do this.

Guns n’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction

Very few bands have had as turbulent a history as Guns n’ Roses. In the golden years of Guns, which were indisputably the late 80’s up until the very early 90’s, their wild and tempestuous nature earned them the nickname “The Most Dangerous Band In The World”. They were the dark horse of the Hollywood rock scene – not quite glam rock, not quite punk rock, but hell bent on creating their own unique sound.

Los Angeles was the place where Guns n’ Roses began their epic rise to international stardom, and in a small rehearsal space in the seediest, most decadent corner of L.A, they practiced a selection of songs that would soon form one of the greatest Rock n’ Roll albums ever conceived.


And on July 21, 1987, it was born.


This is Slash's original artwork for the cover of Appetite For Destruction.

Appetite For Destruction vinyl album cover, with Slash’s original artwork.
Photograph by Henrik Djärv












Ironically enough, the album was not an immediate hit. Sure, it racked up plenty of sales figures, but they were by no means instantaneous. However, sales of the album picked up pace when GNR started playing more and more of the album live, and now it’s sold more than 28 million copies worldwide, and hit platinum in the U.S.A not once, not twice, but EIGHTEEN times.

The album encompasses twelve classic tracks, including the globally renowned “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Welcome To The Jungle” and the lesser known but equally brilliant “Think About You”. Some might even say that this is a greatest hits album in itself. Every song is as raw and evocative as the one preceding it, and every member of the band is joined in a glorious unification of debauchery, passion and rage. This was the period of time before GNR began coming apart at the seams – before drugs and alcohol had sunk their claws deeper into the band, and before they knew how each of them would react to super-stardom.

At this point the comradery was unbreakable – you can almost hear it in the music. This is one reason why the album stands out as one of the greats. They were there for each other through thick and thin, and without any strife or friction between each member, they were a real hot prospect in 80’s Hollywood.

In my opinion, their bonds to each other brought out some of their finest qualities. Duff Mckagan’s basslines are expertly crafted, with that unique bass tone, he sticks to drummer Steven Adler like glue. Between them they create a rythmn section that is somehow both aggressive and groovy at the same time.

How they managed that, I have no idea.

Axl’s trademark wail is, as we know it can be, banshee-like in it’s volume and range. Slash’s guitar playing also seems subtly more vibrant and bluesy than his later work, and Izzy was there behind the scenes making the songs work with his superlative songwriting talents and well-placed guitar chops.

Of course this album is, in a strange way, the pride before the fall – it put them in the brightest spotlight, a place that they were doomed never to leave until the each member of the band slowly dispersed throughout the 90’s. Nevertheless, Gun’s n’ Roses continue to make great music to this day, and in the later years, although tensions in the band could run high at times, the music never really suffered.

Because in the eyes of GNR, and the eyes of all us religious fans, the music is what matters.


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