Review: Freeform’s ‘Famous in Love’ 👸🏽💅🏽💁🏽

The other day, it hit me that Pretty Little Liars is going to be over soon, for good 😭 But after watching PLL, Freeform released a new series based off of Rebecca Serle’s book series Famous In Love. I decided to give the series a try. Thanks to YesMovies because I have already gone and watched Season 1 since it is all on there right now. If you haven’t made it to the end of the season or read the book, just beware of some of the stuff you could read!

Title: Famous In Love

Created By: I. Marlene King and Rebecca Serle

Network: Freeform

Released: April 18, 2017

Run Time: 41 – 45 Minutes

A college student’s big break in a Hollywood blockbuster leaves her navigating through an undeniable chemistry, and uncovering the truth about a missing popstar.

THE CAST:
  • Bella Thorne as Paige Townsen
  • Charlie DePew as Jake Salt
  • Georgie Flores as Cassandra “Cassie” Perkins
  • Carter Jenkins as Rainer Devon
  • Niki Koss as Alexis Glenn
  • Keith T. Powers as Jordan Wilder
  • Pepi Sonuga as Tangey Turner
  • Perrey Reeves as Nina Devon

MY REVIEW:

I wasn’t too sure about this show when I first heard about it. But I was pleased with some of the stuff that I did see in the show. It wasn’t one of those shows that I would watch a million times like Pretty Little Liars but it was one that I would watch season 2. I might as well just get with this review already.

Paige was once a regular college kid. She lived in California with her two best friends Cassie and Jake. Because they live in California, they hear about all the open calls in the area. Cassie drags Paige to the open call for the movie Locked, which she ends up beating out all the other celebrities considered for the role. Along the journey, Paige has to learn about all the struggles of becoming America’s Sweetheart and all the problems that come along with it.

The cast wasn’t my favourite cast in the world. There were parts where I questioned them. There were was times that I really liked them but others I didn’t. I was only familiar with one of the cast members when the show started but once it got to the third, I realised who another member was. I wasn’t a fan of Bella Throne when the show started but I am now! She’s adorable and her eyelashes are THE BOMB! I also realised that I knew who Carter Jenkins was because of a movie called Valentine’s Day. Believe it or not, he was the one who was dating Emma Roberts in the movie and had to run out of the house naked. Yep. AND HE IS IN ALIENS IN THE ATTACK *cue flashback music to my childhood*. I felt like if the cast was a little better, I would have enjoyed watching the show a little more than what I did.

In the show, I am Team Rainer. I know, go with the guy that is hot and has money. I could not stand Jake. I felt like he was a little self-centered and he never knew how to make a decision. I don’t feel like I connected well with him. To be completely honest, I don’t feel like I connected with any of the characters in the show.

I was expecting a lot more than what I got out of this show because of I. Marlene King. If you didn’t know, I. Marlene King is the mastermind behind Pretty Little Liars, which is one of my FAVOURITE shows. I was expecting there to be a little better plot and a little more drama placed into the show. I really loved the last episode since it leaves you questioning two things: who killed the man at the end and who will Paige end up with. I thought that the show was going to be a lot better planned than what it truly was. Does that mean I am giving up on I. Marlene King? Nope. Which is why I’m going to stick it out and watch season 2!

One thing I really did enjoy about this show was the fact that we got to see how stardom begins. Paige goes from being this boring college kid to being America’s Sweetheart. I loved getting to watch her audition and getting to watch how her old friends changed. The development of Paige as an actress was awesome (so was some of the character developments like Rainer) and I loved watching her lose friends and watching her gain friends. I also really liked her relationship with Rainer as well but who doesn’t?

DIVERSITY WAS EVERYWHERE IN THIS SHOW. I mean there is diversity in almost every show but I didn’t see so much diversity stuffed in one episode ever. And I loved it. I still question about Alexis’ sexuality because I know she came out as bisexual but I still question that. Recently I have been watching a lot of shows that really doesn’t include much diversity so this came as a shock.

Overall, I didn’t hate the show but I didn’t love the show. But I do know that I will be continuing the show if there is a second season, but then again, does any student not binge watch any TV show to just procrastinate?? 😂 If you liked Pretty Little Liars and you are wondering if this is anywhere close to it, the answer is no. It is not similar in any shape or form. You can see the little peaks of I. Marlene King when it came to the love triangle and the element of surprise but that’s really it.

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The Loss of Innocence, Pray For The World 👼🏽✨🌹

How can things like this happen? 💔

My gut is wrenching, my heart is breaking, and my fear is rising. 💔

When are we ever going to feel safe again? 💔

Last night, I heard some terrible news like many, once again. I don’t think there has been a day that has gone by without going onto Facebook, and reading recently published posts, updates, or articles, about people who were going about their normal daily lives having been killed in terrorist attacks. The latest news comes from the UK, again, where people had been mowed down on the popular London Bridge, followed by stabbings across multiple locations such as at the Borough Market, and a bustling pub/restaurant.

Here I was sitting down in front of my screen, lost, upset, and scared as Sky News was on and Twitter was going crazy at 10:30PM last night. Even though I’m not in London, this is close to home, and I have family and friends who live there, and the heightened fear that has just come from the most recent London attacks has made me scared and fearful for my loved ones more than ever. Thankfully, they’re safe after hearing about the terrible news of blood-shed, and fear, that is spreading on their country’s attractions, streets, roads, and whatever place they may have visited in the past, or were even possibly thinking of visiting today, or in the future.

But focusing on the atrocity that has just occured, I cannot even begin to fathom the continued chain of events from one attack to another, and how this could have been anyone going out on a weekend with family or friends. One minute you’re smiling and sipping on cocktails, and then the next thing that happens is something no one ever wishes for, or prays to happen to them. Innocent lives were lost for no reason, and you just don’t think that what occured two weeks prior from similar instances would ever happen to you, but when it does, all hope is gone.

I just feel incredibly shattered, and there are no words to explain the feeling inside me. There is a hole in my heart, tears in my eyes, and disbelief of what has occurred.

Before I’m targeted for “you can’t just speak for one situation”, and “why are you only talking about this and not all the other terrorism related crimes happening across the world?”, I just want to make it clear to you that I have been aware and mindful of every event that has happened, but I haven’t spoken about it because people already hear too many of these upsetting updates and stories, and it’s not my wish to add more fuel to the fire. Like many others, I already feel helpless, because what can we, as ordinary citizens (who still have the chance at life) do? We can only hope that chaos doesn’t strike as we go about our daily lives, and we can only wish to live for many years to come.

Also, my heart already sank to its lowest when I heard about the detonated bomb killing parents and children at Ariana Grande’s concert, and all the similar incidents involving mass deaths such as at the 2016 Nice Attack (Bastille Day celebrations), November 2015 Paris Attacks, and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. There are of course many more, but the hate crime and acts committed are all too much for me to even begin talking about.

I speak of these events where multiple, or mass deaths have occurred, because these were deadly attacks where people lost their lives in the ordinary course of events (lunch, dinner, work, outings, parties, festivals, concerts, shopping, walking from place A to B, etc). Another thing is, these were attacks committed in the West, places of which “living” was rated or considered to be one of the safest in the past. I suppose (and I’m not differentiating to incite discrimination, or hatred against Muslims, and people from Middle Eastern descent/heritage), that the reason why people don’t focus on the lives sadly lost from similar attacks in Syria, or the Middle East in general, is because we haven’t been phased by it too much. I use the term “phased”, because the terrorist attacks happening in Middle Eastern countries had somewhat always been considered part of everyday life, or to happen frequently and unnoticed. Even still, people turn a blind eye on the innocent lives taken hostage in the countries whose terrorists thrive on war. But when the Western countries were suddenly hit by the same deadly epidemic, it began to get greater world-wide coverage since it was never considered to be something to ever occur, especially as our state structures as a whole has always been a stable one.

Nevertheless, I too, am saddened that we have this double standard where regardless of what country, ALL innocent lives were killed, yet people are devoting more of their love and care into remembering those lost in Western countries. I have many Muslim friends who are one of the kindest, and most thoughtful people you’ll ever meet, and they too condemn these hatred acts of terrorism.

No one ever wants to be a victim of these hate crimes and deadly attacks, but there is not one day that goes by in our society when the fear and security heightens, leaving us with no option but to stay indoors to ensure our own safety, but we can’t or then the terrorists will win. Popular tourist attractions, airports, shopping malls, workplaces, are just a few places to name where security and safety is compromised. I can’t even cross the road when the pedestrian light is green without ensuring that all the cars have safely stopped, or the thought that someone could possibly storm onto my university’s campus at any moment with bombs, knives, or guns, to end the lives of my fellow peers who just want an education. I am not able to proceed with life on a daily basis when all I think about is how I should stay safe from chaos if it were to happen.

No one deserved this, and neither did the victims who were targeted. We didn’t make the call to incite conflict or war, and most of all, we didn’t choose hate, we chose love. My heart goes out to all the family and friends who lost their loved ones, and are grieving during this tough time.

Seeing our emergency services come under so much scrutiny all of the time, yet last night they ran towards the unknown, our unsung hero’s.

In a time of sadness and darkness, we must all stand strong, and remember every innocent life lost to these uncalled for terrorist attacks.

I’m unbelievably happy that the One Love Manchester benefit concert still went ahead , and it was an incredible success, raising over £2m for the We Love Manchester Fund, showing that we won’t let terrorism terrify us, and without a doubt security was tight, making the attendees feel safe.

In the three hours the concert was on air on Sunday night, hundreds of thousands of viewers donated to the special cause via text message or online donations.

With £2million being raised from 7pm to 10pm, the total raised since the Manchester terror attack on May 22 now exceeds £10million.

The concert, which was organised by Ariana and saw millions tune in around the world, saw the likes of Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix and Liam Gallagher take to the stage at the Emirates Old Trafford and the SET LIST WAS BEAUT!✨✨✨

I was live tweeting throughout the whole show, and I was shocked and amazed at the songs chosen, the duets, and it was such a magical benefit concert, you can watch it below!

 

Here are some thoughts on Twitter:

#PRAYFORTHEWORLD ❤️

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Review: Urban Decay Naked Palette ⚡️✨🛍

I basically started jumping up and down when I unpacked this baby, as I had been planning to buy it for myself for some time now. I absolutely adore my Naked3 palette, which obviously boosted my interest in the other palettes. Naked 3 is gorgeous with its rosey shades, but Naked original is, well, the original. There’s a reason why this became such a cult favourite. And now that I’ve tried both, I have to say: even though I have neutral to cool colouring in my skintone, I think the Naked original palette is even better than Naked3. This palette has literally everything you need to create incredibly flattering looks, whether you go subtle or a bit more smokey. Love love love! ❤️

CHECK OUT MY URBAN DECAY NAKED3 EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW!

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As you probably know by now Urban Decay Naked Palette is a collection of twelve creamy, neutral powder shadows.  The shades range from champagne to bronze, to chocolate, to charcoal.  The collection includes seven of Urban Decay’s bestsellers and five exclusive shades. 😆

It’s packaged in a velvety chocolate brown exterior, which makes it look sleek and sophisticated–it’s probably one of the classier products I’ve seen come from the brand, actually. It feels very luxe and not quite Urban Decay–but I think it’s a good thing, and it’s nice to see. This is also an amazing value palette.💥

This is a warm-toned neutral palette with 2 matte & 10 shimmer shades. It comes in a brown velvet case with a magnetic closure and a small mirror on the inside. The shades are: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half-Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep and Gunmetal. The Naked Palette is priced at £39.50 and my most used shades are Half Baked, Buck, Hustle, Naked and Virgin. 😍

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Virgin – “nude satin“. I use this shade a bundle on my inner eye, it’s the perfect cool beige pale shimmer. It’s very, very light, but it’s such a beautiful neutral. It’s a little frosty for a highlighter, particularly on darker skin tones, but it would make for a great all-over wash or pop of light on the inner tear duct.

Sin – “champagne shimmer“. My favourite highlight. Champagne with a touch of pink and a frostier finish.

Naked – “buff matte“. The best everyday all over shade. It has a very soft, smooth texture–not at all powdery or chalky.

Side Car – “beige sparkle“. With almost a red undertone. Sidecar is a much more shimmer glittery shadow. It’s beautiful and glittery and generally beautiful.

Buck – “warm brown matte“. The greatest crease colour for a workday. It’s really a darker version of Naked. It has the same silky smooth texture and rich color pay off of Naked, too.

Half Baked – “gold toned bronze shimmer“. Shimmery shade with gold undertones, Half Baked is your classic pretty golden colour that is perfect for spring and summer that can easily be blended out into pretty much any shade.

Smog – “golden brown shimmer“. A dark brown shimmer that would be great for use on the outer lid. Would be a great colour to use for a smoky eye.

Dark Horse – “dark brown plum shimmer“. Darkened deep chocolate brown with flecks of bronze. This is a more cool-toned brown, slightly more grey than Smog. Darkhorse isn’t exactly matte, but isn’t really a shimmer either. It’s more of a semi-matte, another one great for use either in the crease or the outer corner of your eye.

Toasted – “taupe bronze“. My favourite.  It’s just the prettiest. This is another brown with a slightly pink appearance. It’s another shimmer shade, and pairs nicely with Hustle. This colour could be used on the mobile lid, if you were to go in with Hustle on the outer corners, or on the outer corner if paired with a lighter shade such as Sidecar.

Hustle – “mocha shimmer“. I love this paired with Toasted. A dark brown-purple shimmer shade, goes great with Toasted. Great for use on the outer corners and is one of the darkest shades in the palette.

Creep – “black metallic“. Darkened blue-black base with silver and teal shimmer. This is one of the oddball shades in the palette. In the pan, it looks like a very dark blue shimmer, but it comes off on the skin as more of a matte black. There are some glitter particles in this shade, so there is some sort of sparkle to it when you swatch it.

Gunmetal“dark grey with sparkle“. Blue-grey metallic that really must be seen to be appreciated.

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‘Baby, where have you been all my life?’ I exclaimed the first time I used the shadows in the Naked Palette.  In that moment I realised I’d been kissing a lot (A LOT) of frogs for years.  These shadows are so, so creamy, packed with pigment, have very little fall out and blend beautifully.  The palette itself is a feast for the senses.  Long and slim, it’s covered in chocolate brown velvet.  Although not the most practical of materials, it is pretty damn luxe.

Pros

12 beautiful, beautiful neutral colours that is really flattering on any skin tone

  • Contains full range of colours from highlight (Virgin, Sin) to basic contouring (Naked, Buck) to dark colours for adding depth (Darkhorse, Creep) which also means it takes you from Day to Night
  • Super blendable and velvety texture
  • High pigmentation
  • No fallouts
  • Strong lasting power of 8 hours
  • Awesome brand and feel of the product (makes me happy just having it haha)
  • Comes with high quality double ended brush (truly travel friendly!)
Cons
  • Only 2 matte shades.  I really love Naked and Buck, they are awesome shades but sometimes just wish there is 1 or 2 more matte shades in other tones to play around with.
  • Velvety exterior (a plus for some, but not for me) gets dirty easily so needs more care
  • All shadows are same size but obviously we will never use as much Creep as Sin or Naked. Would prefer if they contain more product of the base shades although that might mess up the 12 symmetric look of the palette.
  • Pricey.  But I’d say for the quality and the lovely colours, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you love neutral shades for your eyes.  Certainly not expensive if you reach for it daily! 🙂

Every single eyeshadow is pigmented in its own capacity. Each has its own function. There is a gorgeous mix of shimmery ,mattes and satin finish shadows. Easy to travel with and works just everywhere. The eye shadows stay on forever. The finish of every single eyeshadow is pretty. There are a ton of looks you can do with this palette.  They don’t crease or fade. I guess Urban Decay Naked Palette totally lives up to its hype! 😱

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Childhood Disney Channel Original Movies 👧🏽✨🎥

This is technically a PART TWO of my previous blog post ‘Childhood TV Shows #THEFEELS 😭💭‘ and well, you get the gist.

So here are all my childhood Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM) that give me #ALLTHEFEELS 😭

Cadet Kelly

This film paired two Disney giants: Hilary Duff of Lizzie McGuire and Christy Carlson Romano of Even Stevens. It also used the standard DCOM storyline of the main character moving to a new place and struggling to fit in with the locals. It had physical comedy, a love triangle and an amazing drill team routine at the end. What more could you ask for?

Halloweentown Film Series

There’s the classic DCOM, and then there’s Halloweentown. Everything about this movie is amazing: classic Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds plus DCOM “it girl” Kimberly J. Brown, a town that is Halloween 24/7 and a good scary story (none of that overly sensitized material they put out now).

Stuck in the Suburbs

Here’s your friendly reminder that Tarran Killam was playing a Justin Timberlake-like pop singer in a DCOM before he was cast on Saturday Night Live. An accidental phone swap gives Danielle Panabaker and Disney Channel’s ubiquitous best friend Brenda Song control over the life of pop star Jordan Cahill (Killam). It’s basically 2004’s version of “hacking,” and is still amazing to watch — flip phone and all. This is one of the most overlooked DCOMs. Brenda Song and Danielle Panabaker star as newly-found best friends Tasha and Brittany, respectively. When Brittany’s phone gets mixed-up with a music star, they spend a day playing pop-star and looking for the singer. The singer, Jordan Cahill, is played by future “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam, which is often forgotten. This movie is hilarious and shows the importance of being who you want to be.

Get a Clue

Sadly, fellow made-for-TV movie Life Size is not technically a DCOM and thus is not eligible for this list — but thankfully Lindsay Lohan’s other preteen masterpiece Get a Clue is. The high school detective movie actually delivers on a pretty original plot about a missing teacher, plus we get to see Lohan as a little proto-Mean Girl stomping around Manhattan in puffy pink jackets and sunglasses with orange lenses. This was before Freaky Friday & Mean Girls yet pre-crazy Lindsay.  The cast of this movie is what made it an enormous success. Lindsay Lohan played the main character, Brenda Song played her best friend and Bug Hall — known for his role as Alfalfa in The Little Rascals — played Lohan’s love interest. They were the original #SquadGoals. Lindsay Lohan plays a Harriet the Spy meets Blair Waldorf character who runs around Manhattan investigating a teacher’s disappearance. What more do you need in life?

High School Musical Film Series

This is, undoubtedly, the most successful DCOM ever. No Disney Channel movie list would be complete without the OG Wildcats. These movies solidified our love for Zac Efron and made us all want to be Sharpay. Whether you hate to love it or love to hate it (or maybe are still singing “Stick the Status Quo” alone in your room), you have to admit the High School Musical series took the prepubescent world by storm.

Radio Rebel

This one is kind of like Footloose but instead of banning rock music and dancing, they ban a podcast. There are some radio shenanigans, a “MORP” (that’s prom spelled backwards, how cute),

The Cheetah Girls Film Series

After watching this movie, we wanted to start an all-girl group with our friends. We were basically ready to put out our first record. “’Cause we are sisters. We stick together… Cheetah Girls Cheetah Sisters.” Try not to sing along. Just try. Enough said.

Jump In!

The film, starring Corbin Bleu and Keke Palmer, revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu), who trains to follow in his father’s footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (Keke Palmer), who harbors a secret crush on him, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, then, Izzy discovers his new love for jumping rope and in the meantime, he soon discovers true love in Mary. Corbin Bleu is the Disney-est of Disney Channel stars and his luscious locks, smooth moves, and toothpaste-commercial smile were rewarded with his own DCOM about double dutch and boxing that includes the very witty and oh-so-’90s team name Hot Chili Steppers. BRB, listening to “Push It to the Limit” on repeat.

Princess Protection Programme

This film gave viewers a glimpse into the friendship between co-stars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Lovato played a princess who needs protection — who knew, right? — from captors who took over her native country, so she ends up in her rescuer’s house. Gomez plays his daughter. The princess has to get used to living like an American, which includes going to high school dances and learning how to properly eat a hamburger. This movie really taught us what it really meant to have a best friend. Someone who taught you that inner beauty is far more important then your outer appearance, and that a true best friend should always embrace you for all of your quirks. Demi and Selena really showed us BFF goals, and ever since we have all aspired to have a relationship like they did in this film.

Pixel Perfect

This one got a little creepy BUT I used to watch Phil of the Future, so he was still a crush. Ricky Ullman was the leading male, he’s a nerd (and the glasses really work in his favor in this movie) so he creates a robot girl and then tries to cash in on her as a singer. He also falls in love with her and his BFF Sam is crushed because he likes a robot better than her. I’m pretty sure the jig was up when Ricky tried to kiss Loretta the hologram. CAN’T HAVE RELATIONS WITH COMPUTER IMAGES, BRO!

Cow Belles

The Michalka sisters (a staple of mid-‘00s Disney Channel and the ladies behind some fantastic songs) star as a Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie-esque duo of spoiled girls who nearly burn their house down and then are forced to work at the family dairy. Bonus: The Vampire Diaries fans will notice Tyler Lockwood plays one Michalka’s love interest 😉

Twitches Film Series

Go Twitches. It’s your birthday. Go Twitches. Tia and TaMAra. DCOM’s recycling themes of witches and spells. There’s only one movie universe where that works and that’s Halloween Town. But hey, I still know that Go Twitches song so I guess that’s a win for the sisters.

Read it and Weep

Read It and Weep is about a girl who ends up having her journal published as a novel because she attached the wrong document in an email, which is incredibly relatable. The novel becomes really popular and Jamie, the main character, becomes famous (and really stuck up). This movie stars Kay and Danielle Panabaker, and while Kay is great, Danielle is amazing. Not only did she star in this movie, but she also stars in “Stuck in the Suburbs” (which is on this list). Everything about this movie is so 2006: the sequins, the hairstyles, and the fact that the plot centres around a diary kept on a tablet PC.

Camp Rock Film Series

Second only to High School Musical in terms of catchy-ness of songs, Camp Rock is a super fun romp. Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers (namely Joe Jonas) have such a great chemistry and make what should be a super campy movie (pun totally intended) actually pretty heart-felt. While the musical sequences are definitely the best part (so much so that I find myself singing the songs every once in a blue moon), Nick and Kevin Jonas’ comic relief schtick is pretty great.

Starstruck

This movie was basically life goals. Meeting the hottest celebrity, and then have him fall for you, I mean what’s better then that? StarStruck shows you that you can always have fun acting like a tourist in your own city, and has definitely inspired me to go on more adventures around my closest city. I’m a sucker for the “star goes on the run and gets stuck in the burbs with a normal girl” trope. This movie has a relatively simple premise and is pretty predictable, but it’s so sweet and funny. The two leads have a great on-screen chemistry, which makes the movie so entertaining to watch. I just love it, plus just look at STERLING KNIGHT 😍

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie honestly feels like a few episodes of the show jammed together and with better quality special effects, but in the best way possible. It has all of the charm and humor of the show, but with more emotional stakes and moments. One of the biggest surprises in this movie is when it introduces a relatively large wrench into the premise of the show (the fact that there can only be one full wizard in each family) while not actually being the show itself. Even if you’ve never seen the show (or this movie), Selena Gomez makes it worth watching.

Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

It’s a fun adventure featuring a strong female character (that has the inner spirit of a warrior, no less) and an interesting mythology. Plus, it stars Brenda Song who is one of the greatest stars to ever appear on the Disney Channel. Ever. What’s not to like?

Lemonade Mouth

Five high school students meet in detention and form a band. It’s kind of like The Breakfast Club in that way, but with more rock and roll. And lemonade. These kids form a band and stand up for what they believe in, including expressing your true self. Lemonade Mouth is a fun DCOM that often gets overlooked (even though it’s among some of the higher-rated instalments in the DCOM library). 🍋

Avalon High

Avalon High is a surprisingly academic critique of Arthurian legend and the modern boy-meets-girl tropes. In the film, Ally (Britt Robertson) thinks she is helping popular football bro Will (Gregg Sulkin *hottie from WOWP*) fulfill his destiny to become King Arthur when IN FACT she’s fulfilling her own destiny (spoiler: She’s a King Arthur incarnate, and Will is just a regular dude).

‘Twas the Night

Two con artists decide they can knock out Santa and deliver presents themselves on Christmas Eve. And well, the con artists end up getting away with their plot — I guess they “learn a lesson,” it’s just a great movie to watch during the festive season! ALSO Bryan Cranston is in a Disney Channel movie! Why has no one made a big deal out of it? This is actually even funnier in terms of the role here vs Breaking Bad.

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Go Figure

This movie makes me regret never learning how to figure skate, or just ice skating!! I always wish that I had learned how to! Bu this movie features Jake Abel with long hair, lots of figure skating, ice hockey girls, pesky little brothers, as well as bad Russian accents. Again I must ask what more could you ask for in a DCOM? ⛸

Dadnapped

The movie stars Emily Osment (Yep, Lily from Hannah Montana), David Henrie, Jason Earles, Moises Arias and Phill Lewis. Such a star-studded Disney cast. Phill Lewis never fails to make me laugh when I watch The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. I also like the tandem of Jason Earles and Moises Arias in Hannah Montana. I also find David Henrie funny and in Wizards of Waverly Place. Even when he was still a kid and had a minor role in That’s So Raven, he was already charming, no wonder he carried on with his Disney career. With this kind of cast, this is a DCOM that I surely would not want to miss.

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16 Wishes

I won’t pretend this movie is flat out amazing or anything like that. But for what it is, it’s pretty impressive. They don’t make it a melodramatic mess, but it’s also not devoid of drama. The dramatic elements hits very hard but it never destroys the humour or vice versa. It’s basically about a 16 year old girl who prepares a list of 16 wishes for 8 years, hoping they will come true on her 16th birthday. A fairy comes to give her 16 candles that make the 16 wishes come true. Her wishes go the wrong way and are permanent when midnight comes. She has one final wish to reverse her previous wishes. Debby Ryan and Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Yes, from Baby Daddy) star in this DCOM and is a must!

The Suite Life Movie

This was pretty good. It’s a little weak in hindsight, but works well for fans of the show like myself. While you may want more of the supporting cast, this will likely please you otherwise. The story isn’t anything amazing but it works. It tackles the themes it needs to and it doesn’t drown in cliches. It has a few cliches but only the Bailey thing could bug people. The story is mostly to serve our main characters, who works very well. I would suggest watching the show first since it’ll make more sense! (PLUS IT’S SUCH A GOOD SHOW – Check out my previous post about it.

Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars

Young spy Harriet Welsch (Jennifer Stone AKA Harper from WOWP) crosses paths with popular student Marion Hawthorne as the two girls vie to become the official blogger of their high school class, and well the title is self explanatory!

*Again…. couldn’t find a GIF, so here’s a photo instead*

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Review: CW’s ‘Riverdale’ is over, for now.. 🌊🍭🌹

SO IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF RIVERDALE, LET ALONE WATCHED IT YET, THEN YOU’VE CLEARLY BEEN AWAY FROM HUMANITY AND THE INTERNET FOR TOO LONG. SERIOUSLY, IT’S EVERYWHERE. EVERYONE IS WATCHING IT! 😛

So like most people on the planet, I have Netflix; I’ve been done with mainstream free to air TV for a good 5 years. About 2 years ago, I got hooked on Netflix. I’ve watched a lot of shows in my short time on Netflix, from a range of different genres, and binge watched a majority. My tastes in TV vary greatly depending on my mood. 💁🏽

EVERYONE has been talking about Riverdale, and I begun to grow a little more curious. I don’t know what I expected- perhaps a pretty-little liars and vampire diaries hybrid? – This so wasn’t it.

Just before the finale of The Vampire Diaries, CW introduced us to Riverdale. It’s based from the “Archie Comics” comic book. So, it follows main characters Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Four teenagers who go to Riverdale High. We jump straight into it after their summer vacation when the town of Riverdale is grieving after the death of Jason Blossom, we learn that Jason and his twin Cheryl were rowing on Sweetwater River when the boat capsized and Jason drowned. However all is not as it seems. 😏

With each episode of Riverdale introducing new plots and twists for each and every character and each storyline thinkable, it can’t help but suck the watcher in. You begin to invest in the characters and each week you’re left with an intense cliff hanger which has you questioning everything you thought you knew about the Riverdale series up to that point. 😳

This American teen drama series takes place in a fictional town of the same name after the death of Jason Blossom, a member of Riverdale’s most influential (read: rich, envied, and by some, hated) family. The series puts a modern spin on the characters created by Archie Comics, and mixes the genre of teen drama with just a hint of mystery.

Riverdale is that slightly trashy, somewhat over-the-top guilty pleasure that you know has its flaws, yet you somehow just can’t stop watching. I don’t know if it’s the surprisingly likable characters, my desperation to find out “whodunnit”, or the fact that I’m a sucker for an angsty teenage murder mystery, there is something about this show that has me hooked. 😍

I watched the first 5 episodes in one sitting, then had to wait while each episode came out. I was hooked. No, I AM hooked.

There’s something about ambiguously attractive 20-somethings playing teenagers that has just snared my attention. The mystery that the story rotates around, at first, seems so cheesy it’s not funny. But then three episodes in, it becomes obvious that this isn’t what you thought.

Like a lot of teen dramas (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl), Riverdale gets a few kicks from debauchery, scandal, and sexiness. Which is weird when you think about how young the characters in all these shows are.

Even though it’s a “high-schooly” type of show, with drama, it somehow dodges cringe-factors. It’s an easy watch and the cast’s chemistry is great, which is why I think each viewer gets invested. It also is quite a dark series. With lots of skeletons for each character and dark plot twists to the storyline. The acting is also very good, each actor or actress seems to fit each character! ☺️

Now, I’m usually pretty good with who-dun-its. There’s only really been a few that have really, deeply shocked me; and this damn show has been added to that list.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself… I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone.

Because that’s one of the best things about this show; it takes you for a ride. The mystery is bold, but intricately crafted. The plot points each episode are fresh, different in style, and keep the narrative spinning on. The whole series has excellent pace, and I cannot think that one second of it that dragged. 😃

Perhaps one of my favourite things was the use, and the play on colours.

SO. MUCH. BEAUTIFUL. COLOURS.

The highly saturated, definitely digitally enhanced, colours made the whole story velvet gold. The manipulation of colours in this way is clearly a nod back to the source material; the TV show is based off the old comic series Archie. But the colours also add a touch of modern-ness to this; the use of colour in this way reeks of current film trends, and the impact of the technique is so huge.

Colour helps to define characters and their motives. The Blossoms are shades of red, Betty is pink, Jughead and JP in blacks and greys (total opposites personality wise, and made to play off each other in the same hue), Archie in blues and reds (to highlight the two different Archie’s employed by the show writers at particular points in the series) and so on. 💥

I liked that the show writers didn’t force the show into the super long American standard episodes (in comparison to usually shorter model European and British shows use); had they done so, it definitely would have cheapened the show. The impact is in it’s succinctness.

Now that season one has come to an end (I’m not crying, your crying!) I feel weirdly satisfied. I mean, I’m definitely going to be on tenterhooks for season two, but man that was such a rad way to end the series (I’m a hideous tease I know). 😏

Another reason to sway you, the reader, to watch this TV show,  is KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse. That’s right. Cole Sprouse. You know, the kid from Zack and Cody? Well he’s back and better than ever in Riverdale as Jughead Jones *SWOOOOOOON* (damn he got hotter). Tune in to watch him and KJ Apa’s (the most beautiful human on earth maybe?) onscreen bromance. So if you’re missing eye-candy Damon Salvatore, fear not as Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) will fill his shoes with his sweet charm and ginger locks. 😍😍😍😍

Riverdale will definitely surprise you; trust me, even my review isn’t going to assist you here. 100% would recommend this show. My only advice is, wait to judge if you will continue the series until after episode four. If it’s not doing it for you after episode four, it might not be for you. And hey, you’ve got plenty of time to binge watch season one, season two might be a while! ⏰

SEASON FINALE

All I can ask is WHYYY??? Why him?? Couldn’t they end it on a happy note? Is Riverdale not innocent anymore? Are all my beloved characters going to end up murdered? 😭

All this being said, I enjoyed watching the show. Every episode proved that I didn’t know a character even when I thought it couldn’t get more complicated. Cannot wait for Season Two. Till then maybe I can re-watch some old episode again and again because I have found my new obsession. 👅

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My Childhood TV Shows #THEFEELS 😭💭

So I was reminiscing about how much I miss being a kid, like I actually miss the days coming home from school and watching the old Disney Channel and Nickelodeon and being beyond excited for new episodes and films coming on! Yes I’m 19, and I’ve recently decided to re-watch EVERY SINGLE childhood TV show that brings me back to a time where life was just amazing.

Here are all the Disney/Nickelodeon shows that I re-watched and that give me #ALLTHEFEELS.

Hannah Montana

I couldn’t NOT list this one. This was one of my favorite childhood shows – ever. I had the shirt as well as the lunchbox, and I saw the movie AT LEAST five times. This show made me laugh, cry and sing along with EVERY song Miley/Hannah sang – you get the best of both worlds.

And by the way, Miley, Lily and Oliver were just #squadgoals.

Wizards of Waverly Place

This show was right along side with Hannah Montana for me. I remember being so little watching this, and I thought that I could be a wizard like Alex. And who knew, Waverly place actually exists in New York!

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

This show is still one of my favourites – I turn on Disney channel sometimes when those rare re-runs come on. I cried when they ended it, but then they did Suite Life on Deck, so that was kinda okay. Zack and Cody will forever be the best Disney twins ever! The Suite Life of Zack & Cody was perfect for too many reasons to count. Not only did it give you two cute twins for your teen self to crush on, but they were also living the dream life. As siblings who get to spend their days at the lavish Tipton Hotel because their mom is the lounge singer, you couldn’t help but tune in every week to catch the Martin twins (played by Disney Channel royalty Dylan and Cole Sprouse) wreak havoc on the hotel with the help of their misfit family members who also live there. The show was so good, it got a spinoff where the twins got up to more mischief as always, only on a ship.

P.S: London will ALWAYS be my favourite character.

The Suite Life on Deck

This is probably the one and only Disney Channel spinoff that lived up to the original series, probably because it used the same exact formula as the original, just set on a cruise ship instead of in a hotel.

That’s So Raven

This show is a classic – it might as well be renamed to “Everybody LOVES Raven”. This show made my childhood a lot happier – and funnier! Raven Symoné is still one of my favorite actresses – AND IT’S COMING BACK (WITH DEVON)

Cory in the House

Even though That’s So Raven fans were thrilled to see more of Raven’s hilarious and mischievous little brother Cory Baxter after the series ended and his high-profile White House antics always kept you glued to the screen, Cory in the House just didn’t grab you like That’s so Raven did. But I watched it anyway, I HAD TO, I couldn’t not watch the ‘spin-off’.

Phil of the Future

Just imagine how painfully hard it would be to go back and try to fit in during the ’90s, before cell phones and laptops and Instagram! Now you know how Disney Channel’s original time traveler, Phil Diffy felt trying to act like he belonged in 2004, when he was actually from the super-advanced year of 2121. Can you even imagine not going crazy in such conditions? You’ll totally relate now to Phil’s futuristic struggle every time you parents make fun of your text-speak or your selfie addiction.

Lizzie McGuire

Lizzie McGuire was every girl living a normal life and feeling like the world was against you and not having anyone understand how amazing you totally ARE (except your small group of besties of course, which Lizzie had in her amazing friends Miranda and Gordo). Lizzie was the first Disney Channel show to get its own movie and thank goodness for that, since it surely paved the way for other Disney Channel originals like Hannah Montana and High School Musical to get their own movies too. Hilary Duff walked right into every teen girl’s heart with her relatable portrayal of a normal girl with normal problems, but still managed to make every experience seem extraordinary (which is totally how you felt growing up). You can never get sick of rewatching this classic because it touches on basically every high school experience, from your first breakup (darn that mail boy that broke Lizzie’s heart!) to being a total fangirl 100% of the time (*goes to rewatch classic Aaron Carter episode*).

Jonas L.A.

I was a HUGE fan of the Jonas Brothers – songs, concerts, movies, apparel – the whole nine yards. I still listen to “Burnin’ Up” on iTunes radio when I feel like it – #FEELS. When they made a show (even though it was cancelled after two seasons), I watched every episode five or more times.

Sonny With a Chance

I remember watching this show because I had loved Camp Rock, and I was a big Demi Lovato fan at the time. This show was on towards the end of my Disney career, but I still loved and enjoyed it! This was Demi’s “goodbye” to Disney Channel – she gave lots of laughs on this show.

Drake & Josh

“I’ve never thought that I’d be so simple but, I found a way I found a way” Seriously still watch this, who didn’t love Helen and the crazy guy?! AND EVIL MEGAN (check out these theories on the Nickelodeon TV shows!)

H2O: Just Add Water

‘Three ordinary girls discover an Island on Mako and a moon pool that turns them into extraordinary mermaids with special powers over water on the night of a full moon. They must never look in the moon’s eye or there will be side effects for each of them’. THIS WAS AMAZINGGGGGGG, DON’T YOU JUST WANNA BE A MERMAID?? ON MAKO ISLAND?? IN AUSTRALIA??

Victorious

Victorious follows teen singing sensation Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) and a group of students at a performing arts high school. DIDN’T YOU JUST WANT TO GO THERE?? (you know, if you thought you have/had talent)

A bonus is Beck (played by Avan Jogia) is actually my cousin, yep. So gotta support the famalam 🙌🏽

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