Review Roundup

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The Girlfriend June 2011 issue is now on sale with Taylor Swift gracing the cover. The issue, described as ‘the issue you voted for’, isn’t the best I’ve ever read. Maybe it was a lack of Rob (something I’ll sadly have to get used to), or maybe it was a lack of interesting and unique features. Some of the features included “Hate The Way You Lie”, “Thank You For Being A Friend”, and “Thank You Mr Wrong”. Lots of cute posters (including one of semi-shirtless Alex Pettyfer. Yum Yum), and comes with free nail polishes. $7.95 from everywhere mags are sold. 
3/5 stars.


Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 was definitely an improvement on the third instalment. With no Orlando Bloom, it was slightly lacking in eye-candy, but Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow was as brilliant as ever. It wasn’t the most amazing film I’ve ever seen, but it was the fourth film in the series, so it was to be expected. It follows the story of Cpt Jack and some of his Pirate buddies as they race the Spanish and the English to find the fountain of youth. If you’re not busy seeing The Hangover Two, it’s a nice time killer, even if, like me, you only see it for some Johnny Depp goodness. 3/5 stars. 

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Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, tells the story of a popular girl who is killed in a car accident only to wake up again on the morning of the same day. Sam is forced to live the day of her death over and over again, desperately trying to change events so she survives. It has a great message of the effects we have on people without realising, and how changing one event can change everything. It’s an easy read, but really good. 
Out now everywhere. 
4.5/5 stars. 


Lady Gaga’s new album ‘Born This Way’ was released on Monday and my mum, who has obviously been living under the biggest rock in the world, was not really aware of her existence until then. She watched a Channel V special on her as we ate breakfast at McDonalds, and then demanded we rush off and buy the album. I’ve never been Gaga’s biggest fan, though I do enjoy a few of her songs from her earlier albums. The songs on Born This Way aren’t as good, in my opinion, but there are a few I found myself hitting replay on. My personal favourite is ‘Highway Unicorn’, just because it has the word Unicorn in the title. The standard version of the album is available for around $22, though I’m sure you can hear all the songs on the radio and on tv. If Gaga is good at one thing, it’s gaining exposure. 2.5/5 stars.

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The new season (six) of Doctor Who has been airing for around a month now and I’m having a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand, the Neil Gaiman’s episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ was one of my all-time favourites, but on the other hand, this whole series long storyline and focus on River Song is kind of driving me crazy. It’s an unpopular opinion, but I really don’t like what Steven Moffat is doing to the show. I’m nostalgic for the glorious Russell T Davies eps, where everything was beautiful all the time, and no time-laws were broken, and Matt Smith wasn’t there making the Doctor a superficial nine year old. Sigh. But still, I am enjoying it in general because it is Doctor Who, and you all should watch. For Australian’s, it’s on 7.30pm Saturday nights on ABC, and then replayed at 5.45pm (I think) Sunday nights on the same channel. If you want to get in on it, I’d be sure to watch this week as it’s the first part of a to-be-continued. Oh, for the days when a to-be-continued was the only time there was an ongoing storyline. 3.5/5


Is there anything you’d like me to include in these new weekly reviews? A focus on books, or movies, or music? Or just like I have done today with a bit of everything?


frangipani princess xoxo

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4 thoughts on “Review Roundup

  1. I love Matt's ability to act like a nine year old, because that's what the Doctor is trying to be. He is trying to act innocent, because he so badly wants all the things he has done to be not really, like a child wishing away the boogie man. Also, I LOVE POTC3. I hope 4 is really better then it.Review John Green's books? I want to read them , but can't be bothered buying them, because it'll cost me money and I am poor.,x

  2. While I loved what Moffat did with Doctor Who last season, I did find the start of this season incredibly frustrating. Neil Gaiman's episode gave me a little hope, and this two-parter written by Matthew Graham has brought the series back up to the standard I've been expecting of it.Another plus of the most recent episode: THEY DIDN'T KILL RORY.

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