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Black Swan Review

Dark, disturbing and deeply beautiful are but a few ways to describe Darren Aronofsky’s award winning ‘Black Swan’, which featured astonishing performances from both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The story revolves around Nina, a dedicated yet slightly psychotic ballerina, with a fixation on being perfect. When offered the role of Swan Queen in the play ‘Swan Lake’, her obsession with the part and her thought-to-be competitor Lily, appears to become too much for her as she soon finds herself transforming from the innocent white swan to the demonic black swan. Portman was undoubtedly at her best, leaving audiences speechless and moved by the end of the film. A short opening dance was used, captivating the audience from the very start. The juxtaposing white dress and pale skin that Portman had against the black background not only foreshadowed the story, but also set the scene of the film. It was a short yet flawless piece of choreography, as is all the dancing shown in the film. Bot…

I Won't Give In - Asking Alexandria Review

As every Asking Alexandria fan knows, the departure of Danny and arrival of Denis was somewhat unnerving. Not only did the band lose great vocals, but they also lost a seemingly great personality (even though that personality all seemed to be a façade for the fans). Even after Denis was announced and assumed to take Danny’s place, there was still a painful wait before the first track was released in May, and it was definitely what fans had been waiting for. ‘I Won’t Give In’ is the first track to be released with Denis’s vocals, and I must admit, that the new sound is a great comeback.  At first, I was admittedly uncertain as it, to me, sounded completely different to the previous sound. The start sounded like the lovechild of Yashin and Linkin Park, and it didn’t sound like Asking Alexandria anymore. But then, I listened to it again, and realised how stupid I had previously been. Not only does the song show off Denis’ amazing range and vocal capability, but the different sound mean…

The Fault in Our Stars Review

Like many teenage girls, the first John Green novel that I had read was ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. I decided I wanted to read it before I watched the film last year; however even a year later, the book had still stuck with me, but for all the wrong reasons. For those of you who have been living under a rock, the story is centred on Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who finds herself falling for cancer survivor, Gus. This heart-breaking novel is one of love, life and loss, which, even if you disliked it like me, is sure to leave you in tears (although they could be tears of bitter disappointment). The character development is, quite simply, poor, to the point where I feel that if you take the aspect of cancer out of the plot, you’ll only be left with empty shells where a character should be. Not a single one of them is relatable, especially Hazel who I personally couldn’t stand. I understood her realist nature and her hatred for all things sugar-coated; however, I also found her to be v…

American Horror Story: Murder House Review

After months of stating I will watch it, I have finally started on American Horror Story! American Horror Story is, essentially, what is says on the tin; an American TV show of thee horror genre. As far as I understand, each series is a standalone and, although the same actors are used, each series  addresses a completely different storyline to the last, so to avoid confusion, this review is only centred on season one; Murder House. Murder House tells the story of a dysfunctional family who, in a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, decide to move house. Little did they know that this house has its own dark and twisted secrets, as well as a history of tortures, death and horrors.  To start with, the whole ‘family moving house’ stereotype drives me insane when it comes to the horror genre. Not only has this cliché been done to death (no pun intended), but it’s also, in my opinion, a bit of a cop out. With that said, it was obviously necessary to start the story, so, I’ll let it sli…