Friday, 29 November 2013

Blue Is The Warmest Colour Review

Blue Is The Warmest Colour-
film of the year
I first read all the rave reviews earlier on in the year when the film Blue Is The Warmest Colour won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. An inevitable call of success, which also opened up a can of worms. The film's talented director, Abdellatif Kechiche came under fire for apparently ruling the roost with terrorising demands, excessive scene takes and production payment fiasco's. Nonetheless, it didn't dim my hopes when it came to watching this masterpiece.

In quick summary, ( A LOT happens) it features Adele Exarchopoulos as her namesake, Adele- a quiet, curiously intelligent teenager who feels there's something missing from her life when she can't seem to enjoy her sexual experiences with the handsome boy who seems to be so into her. She breaks things off with him, much to the surprise of her friends and more importantly- herself. She feels an insatiable thirst for something- something she feels is missing. Something she feels could be completed with her intrigue for blue haired, gap-toothed Emma (Lea Seydoux). They meet at a gay bar after Adele wanders off when her friend takes her out to blow of some steam. They immediately become taken with each other, depicted ever so furiously in extended scenes of intense, passionate sex. In theory, lines should be crossed with such depiction, but the feeling is raw, the aura authentic. A watchable feast for the eyes.

Inevitably, their journey doesn't come without turmoil. Adele loses her group of friends almost instantly when they see her talking to Emma at the beginning of their relationship outside their school. There's an angry eruption of teenage girls clawing at each other, spewing words of ignorance and in return, cries of denial. Compelling to watch. The film fast forwards without warning, and they are now living together. Adele is satisfied with a teaching role and supporting Emma's artistic career. She is also Emma's muse, posing nude in a series of artistic endeavors. However, as Emma becomes more and more immersed in her art, the relationship begins to suffer. This results in Adele engaging in a meaningless affair with a handsome suitor from her work. Emma is quick to find out and the relationship deteriorates for good. The scene where Emma is kicking Adele out of her house is painfully real and draws you in like a hawk. These are real emotions, both me and you have felt at some points in our lives.

The controversial director Abdellatif Kechiche 
In terms of the acting, it is quite literally something I haven't seen before. Taking into account Adele's teenage years and her conviction in portraying everything from the hapless splurging on her spaghetti to the runny nose, constant toying of her hair frustration when things spiral out of control- she is quite simply, a genius. Both actresses are ridiculously favourable in their roles, enchanting the audience and captivating a sort of authenticity other actors can only dream of. The only downside to the film was its length-3 hours! I felt as if there were quite a few scenes that were irrelevant and could be cut out to take the length of the film down significantly. On the other hand, I do understand that the director was attempting to really take us into Adele's life from the huge, important scenes, to the ones where she ran for the bus. All in all, Blue Is The Warmest Colour may have come with its hiccups behind the scenes that has threatened to steal the limelight, but as far as I’m concerned no good things come without a bit of a struggle.

What did you think of 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour?


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Girls Season 3 Review

It's been an epic waiting game, but finally we have a little glimpse of season 3 of GIRLS!!! Stupidly excited. The voice of our generation is back, giving us life advice alongside hitting a few home truths, coupled with a cluster of 'OMG THAT'S SO ME!' moments. Check out the trailer below and don't mind me, but i'm having just a little nit pick at what to expect from this season.

* Marnie transfers her control from ex-boyfriend Charlie (who left the show on not the best of terms) to a grueling fitness regime. Her desperate need to be perfect will inevitably not be so perfect. In one particular scene in the trailer she mentions- 'I am OK. I may not seem OK, and I might not be OK now, but I'm, like, OK.' Inevitably, I think she'll be miserable throughout series 3!

*Jessa seems to be struggling to make friends in light of the following remark- 'Can you believe that my friend told me she died because she didn't want to hang out with me?' Maybe she's not so cool after all? It's good to see her back, I feel like she wasn't featured as much in season 2.

*Shoshanna's still struggling with her sexual tension towards Ray. It seems like there a huge balance problem in her ability to be an independent single woman and needing a man. Just look at that quote in my title...maybe this is the moment she realizes that letting Ray go was a huge mistake? Let's ponder on.

They're baaaackkk!!
*Hannah and Adam are still together after the inevitable 'awww' moment of the season 2 finale. They seem to be spending more quality time together, such as hiking which doesn't seem like it's going down too well. Hey I understand- trying to be 'adventurous' and 'trying something new' requires more effort than it should. On another note, Hannah also manages to get a job! Will it be exactly what she wanted or will she be put in a compromising position by her boss again? Only time will tell!

*Check out a post I wrote about season 1 of Girls almost a year ago at

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Is Nudity Important for High Fashion?

'Modelling is my number one priority- one hundred percent'- Kendall Jenner 

Kendall Jenner has it tough. Yes she does. She really does. Hear me out. For years she's been talking about her dreams of becoming a high fashion model. Being blessed with a doll-like face and lethal long legs, that dream of hers isn't difficult to achieve. However she is part of the Kardashian empire- a family people either love or hate. Reality television in general has spawned a culture of their participants not being taken seriously-And due to their dominating reality TV rise to fame, Kendall and her controversial family find it difficult to be taken seriously in anything they set out to achieve. In terms of modelling, Kendall has taken a surprising turn for herself, however not for the modelling industry in general. Via social media she shared a 'sneak peak' from her latest photo-shoot with her millions of fans. It was high fashion indeed, with her long locks drenched across her face and her nipples visible underneath a mesh top. It was a shocker for many who still consider her more of a 'young socialite' and 'tv personality' rather than a model.

However we need to step back and realize from a modelling stand point that what she's trying to do is not a surprising career move at all. Nudity within the fashion industry is normal and nearly EVERY famous model out there has stripped down to create a photographic story minus the clothing. There's barely any vulgarity in the obvious sense, more an intrigue. Inevitably, there's a huge difference between nude shots within the realms of high fashion and the career paths of pornography and Page 3 models (without disrespecting those career choices in the slightest)

Even stunning Miranda Kerr has bared all in a series of nude photoshoots, yet when we think of her those particular nude shots don't come into mind straightaway, as gorgeous as they are. We still consider her a 'supermodel'. My personal favourite, Abbey Lee Kershaw has been known to unveil her personal style via a series of strategic naked photoshoots, yet she still manages to stay relevant in the industry. Even 'The Face' mentor Naomi Campbell has gone nude is a series of magazine covers, radiating confidence. There's a certain sense of feminism associated with those shots- a decision to bare all and exude elegance.

As for people being surprised by Kendall's latest photo-shoot- those people should brace themselves. Reality star or not, this is probably the first eyebrow raising picture of many if she wants to be taken seriously in the modelling industry as a young adult.

Do you think nudity is important for high fashion modelling? Let me know below!

Jabeen Xxx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Defending Miley Cyrus' Racy New Persona

Are we really THAT shocked
with this?
In a recent poll conducted by E! News, an overwhelming percentage of the population thought Miley Cyrus was pushing the boundaries more than Lady Gaga. A decision I believe which has been made in pop culture haste. Why are we so bowled over by Miley's recent behaviour when Lady Gaga has been pushing the limits for years? Well probably just that- because Lady Gaga's associated herself to that provocative eccentric persona since the beginning of her career.

Miley on the other hand spawned a culture of creative ambitious young girls who fought to be front and centre at one of her many Hannah Montana concerts. Her butter wouldn't melt personality made for a wholesome girl next door- wig and all. After the popular Disney series came to an end, so did her apple pie image. Gone were the long locks and in came the peroxide blonde crop. The illusion of a former pop princess was overshadowed by adult content which frothed at the mouth with alienating language and equally alienating behaviour.

Lady Gaga has been pushing the
boundaries for years
Rihanna is also a controversial
Howbeit, if she had burst out on the scene as a fresh 20 year old with her present day image, then we may have put her in the same boat as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Extremely questionable behaviour- yes, but hey that's who they are and always will be, so who are we to questions that? Yet with Miley we can't seem to forget about the history associated with her time in the spotlight. And we fail to comprehend that our 20 something years are starkly different than our teens. If I even suggested that I was the same girl now as I was at 16 then that would be considered a flat-out lie. Ask yourselves the same question. Are you the same? Granted we may have not twerked into a middle aged man’s crotch on live television, but we probably busted out similar moves amidst strangers in a nightclub (probably worse)- with no one to truly judge us on an international scale. See where I'm going with this? We shouldn't attempt to coin the term 'celebrities' ourselves and throw them under the bus. Yes the intense public scrutiny comes with their business, but that has been due to years of us nosing around in people's business- Celebrities are the perfect scapegoats. For example, if you're a lawyer, how would you feel with everyone looking at every move you make and every newspaper questioning each decision you come to? There are pros and cons regarding each career path that aren't magnified at such a scale.

As for Miley, why should she really care about emulating the term 'role model'? After all this is a dog-eat-dog world. In an ideal world we would all be role models, but no one really sets out in their careers with the no.1 priority of becoming a 'role model'. In fact for many it's way down the list. Miley simply had huge opportunities in life which she took and ran with and in the process is expressing her creative freedom. In summary, don't get me wrong- I am not justifying her sexually expressive behaviour but justifying everyone's right to grow up and discover themselves without being judged.


Sunday, 17 November 2013

You know, one door closes, another opens- Jamie Dornan


The chemistry is undeniable!
1) Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson made their first magazine appearance this week on Entertainment Weekly. I'm so surprised- they actually look SO good together! Wonder how it would have been with Charlie Hunnam? Who cares.

2) She competed in Miss.Universe as Great Britain's rep, and now Amy Willerton is heading to the jungle in 'I'm a Celeb- Get Me Out Of Here! The model who was once signed by Katie Price is fast on track to becoming a household name!

3) Everyone's favourite leading man- Ryan Gosling turned 33 this week. Despite rocky romance rumours with stunning girlfriend Eva Mendez, he's still very much taken! Sorry ladies!

4) We could all see the glaring tension between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj during their stint on American Idol. Carey has now come forward to add more fuel to the fire by labeling her time on the show as 'hell with Satan', along with being disappointed in her experience. We could kind of tell Mariah!

5) He has everything going for him at the moment, but this week we learnt Zac Efron slipped in a puddle and as a result broke his jaw. Ouch. He has apparently been drinking soup through a straw. Get better Zac so you can make those movies again (preferably topless)

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
6) It was the surprise pregnancy news story of the year, but we have now learnt that Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman will be expecting their bundle of joy on February 28th. Simon is going to be SUCH a good daddy! 

7) Last year's X-Factor winner James Arthur is quickly turning out to be incredibly unpopular by tweeting things he really shouldn't. After rowing with many boybanders and a particular homophobic rant he has decided to quit Twitter for good. James, you're SO talented- don't try to end your career already!

She's really not THAT skinny!
8) In other X-Factor news Cher Lloyd revealed that she split with Simon Cowell's label Syco last year and went on to nab an American record deal. She claims she doesn't really speak to Simon anymore but mainly cites creative differences as a reason behind the parting.

9) Khloe Kardashian has been busy this week promoting her Lipsy UK range. Cue hoards of young girls trying to get a glimpse of the Kardashian whilst she lives the life of a jet-setter. Jealous? Me? 

10) Even though she's one of the most beautiful women in the world, Miranda Kerr has been accused of photo-shopping a picture of herself to make herself look sinner with other Victoria Secret's models which she posted on Instagram. She claimed she didn't realize the picture was photo-shopped. Strangely I believe her!


Friday, 15 November 2013

Keeping Up With The Kardashians - Season 8 Review

So season 8 of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' came to a dramatic close last week. Over the years, we've watched the sisters evolve, transform and go through pregnancy, divorce, fights and utter (k)haos. Each season we learn something new about the sisters in their no holds barred approach to reality television and this season was no different. Here are the top 5 things we learnt from this season-
1) Never underestimate age.
Remember when they
looked like this?
Kendall and Kylie have grown up in front of our eyes. They went from awkward pre-teens to beautiful gazelles- And all of a sudden Kendall wants to move out the second she turns 18 and Kylie has the superhuman ability to throw a lavish Alice in Wonderland themed sweet 16 birthday party by herself (and the help of some of the best in the party planning business). Me at 23, I still don't feel like I have the ability to move out. Oh the shame. I also remembered my 16th birthday- I didn't really want to do anything but my parents dragged me to Malta with them and we had dinner at a Japanese restaurant. Pretty lavish is you ask me.
2) Scott's apparent animalistic drinking
Kourtney still is and always will be a control freak. Sure, Scott had his issues before (you know when he punched a mirror in Miami and all) but he has totally toned down. In fact everyone loves Scott! How could you not? It's in Kourtney's nature to over-analyse his behaviour- which I guess Scott has to get used to. Sorry dude!
3) No matter how in love a couple are, they will have their ups and downs.
Lamar used to treat Khloe like a queen- heck they even had their own spin-off show, Khloe and Lamar where they smothered each other in love. Now we've barely seen him other than the tabloids and he frequently calls Khloe obsessively accusing her of being places she's not. To be honest, there was a moment when I totally thought they were divorcing- but alas!- They're still together. Something has got to be going right.
4) Pregnancy is no fun
Once upon a time Rob was
in shape!
Kourtney made her pregnancy seem like a constant yoga retreat. Kim on the other hand made it seem like the worst experience anyone could ever conjure up. Constant cries such as 'I'm never going to do this again' echoed throughout the episodes coupled with regular depressing hospital visits. Yikes! However, it was all worth it- baby Nori is a beaut!
5) Losing weight is difficult.
Remember when Rob was in-shape and all the girls fancied him? Well now the pressure of being part of one of the most famous families in the world has got to him. He gained weight after a terrible break up (with Rita Ora) and no matter how many hikes we see him go on, he still seems to struggle. However, we all root for him to get healthy. I myself know how difficult that can be!


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Miss Venezuela is Miss.Universe 2013

Miss.Venezuela winning the crown
In Moscow, Russia
Even though Venezuela is a power-house country stacked high in pageantry accolades, many were not too thrilled at 25 year old Gabriela Isler nabbing the Miss.Universe 2013 crown this year for the 7th time over the weekend. I too, was pretty sure the first runner from Spain-Patricia Rodriguez had it in the bag and felt a little underwhelmed when it was revealed Venezuela had won again. However, shortly after the crowning I went on to witness some truly horrendous comments about Gabriela on forum boards. I then immediately began to like our new Miss.Universe. According to the judges she was the best of the night and won fair and square. She even gave a great answer to her final question and is an intelligent humble individual. Why the hell was I underwhelmed by her win?! She's beyond happy after winning a major title- we should be happy for her and welcome her because we're going to see an awful lot of her this year! Who knows she might bag an A-lister boyfriend like her predecessor Olivia Culpo!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

A girl never knows when she might need a couple of diamonds at ten 'o' clock in the morning- Kris Jenner


Kris Jenner's birthday cake
1) Happy birthday to the most hands-on momager in the world- Kris Jenner! She turned 58 this week and looks fantastic! Her birthday was documented well on social media and features a birthday cake with her face on it and a sushi bar! Standard.

2) If I would choose one singer to perform in outer space, it would be Lady Gaga. And low and behold- she is doing just that! She's probably the only musician who has the bold chops to pull of this incredible feat which will take place in 2015 on board the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two. Best of luck!

3) I've always had incredible amounts of faith in her, and now reports suggest that Amanda Bynes should be home from rehab by Christmas. She's receiving help and all that is left is some TLC from her family. If Britney can make it through 2007 then Amanda can make it through 2013!

Pamela Anderson looks gorge!
4) Erm how GOOD does Pamela Anderson look with short hair?! It makes her look chic and eternal over tacky and outdated. I am such a huge fan of this new look!

5) Lea Michele spoke about the help she received from Kate Hudson after the death of her boyfriend- Cory Monteith. Lea spent the days after Cory's untimely death at Kate's house, where she was showered with support and time to remorse in peace. That's what friends are for!

6) Naomi Campbell seems to be too busy terrorizing career-hungry models on 'The Face' to know who Harry Styles is. She admitted to being completely unaware of one of the most famous boybanders in the world when she was introduced to him at at 2012 London Olympics. 

Justin Bieber sleeping...
7) Drew Barrymore is pregnant with baby no.2! She's come a long way- I still remember watching a troubled interview of hers when she was 13 years old and battling her demons. 

8) Shia LaBeouf's latest movie 'Nymphomaniac' has raised a lot of eyebrows. The trailer which features steamy sex scenes was taken off YouTube this week. The scenes were so graphic that porn doubles had to be used- my kind of movie!

9) Sharon Osborne is not one to shy away from voicing her opinions. She did just that when she said the ladies of 'The View' can 'go f*ck themselves'. Ouch. She has since apologized. Too late in my eyes. 

10) Justin Bieber is actively continuing his questionable behavior and partying with equally questionable people. This week a Brazilian model filmed him while he slept. A little creepy, but hey Justin you're famous.You don't have a free pass to sleep anywhere you want. People will film you!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

How MTV has Changed Over The Years

Nowadays I flick over to MTV and I'm met with re-runs of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant- I don't understand when it decided to go down the  'Home and Health' route, but I remember watching carelessly in my teens at the shows listed below, which for me spells classic MTV! They were each half an hour long, slightly trashy with a playful hip aura about them. MTV if you're reading- bring these shows back!!
Usually made up of college students, this show was an extreme invasion of privacy!! A singleton (the raider) would search the rooms of their potential romances for clues about their personality (and personal life) while they looked on inside a van. Inevitably the trusty spy kit came out to uncover hidden bed secrets ;) The three watching would get their revenge at the end by invading the room of the initial raider, before the raider finally made their decision to pick a winner. The winner would get to go on a date with the raider. I was always in awe of this show- I couldn't possibly have someone going through my room like that in such an intimate manner! Oh the horrors they would find!
Lady Gaga was unknowingly a
contestant back in 2005!
                                                   BOILING POINTS
This is one show I thought I would be pretty good at! The contestants (who didn't actually know they were contestants) were annoyed to the max in extreme situations by hilarious actors. They were given a maximum amount of time- if the contestants could keep cool until that time they would win $100. If they reached boiling point-game over! I'd like to think I'm as cool as a cucumber...

2 on 1 dates will forever be awkward!
You know on The Bachelor when the handsome hunk takes out two girls from his group of 20+ felines, and only one of them can return? Dismissed was a bit like that-minus the soppy red roses and endless months of yearning! Two people would battle it out for one person, complete with a whole host of trashy attitude! I was always amazed by each contestant's confidence- a dating show not for the faint hearted!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Celebrities Dressing Up For Halloween

I love how celebrities go all out in their attempt to be creative for Halloween each year. This year was no different, with some obvious, interesting and surprising Halloween costumes. Below I present to you my top 5 favourites from Halloween 2013!





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