Split

I recently caught ‘Split’, after seeing it mentioned way too many times on Twitter. In case you didn’t already know what its about, the film follows ‘Kevin’, a guy who suffers from disassociative identity disorder (DID), or in layman’s terms, split personality.

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Top 20 ‘Glee’ Covers

Hello y’all.

Okay so if you knew me in my earlier teens, it is no secret that I was a huge fan of glee. I was obsessed, too obsessed. It was definitely unhealthy but I loved that show so much lol it was like my life. I can already hear you going “huh yeah I guess but the show went downhill after season 3” to which I’d say I agree but nonetheless, I still loved the show.

Anyway, because of how much I watched and re-watched the show, it shaped me a fair bit as a person. It was one of the first few shows that nurtured my love for music and simply, it was a stay woke show, it talked a lot about societal issues that many others shunned: homosexuality, social hierarchies, school shootings, death, discrimination of the arts, racism, etc, so I learnt a lot about life through there and it helped me gain a broader perspective on many matters.

I digress. But somewhere around end March this year, the show celebrated its one-year anniversary since it ended, which inspired me to re-watch all six seasons again. Glee, by its very essence, isn’t just a drama; there was music, as we all know. In fact, the show covered over 700 songs. (wow that’s many) Most were good, some were bad but some were great. And so today, I will be talking about the great ones, my favourites. Now, this will just be about the music, I will not be talking about the scenes the songs are linked to because that would make the list biased to an extent. Okay, here we goooo. (in no particular order)

  1. Alone

Kristin Chewoneth and Matthew Morrison’s epic spin on a classic; I don’t even skip it when it comes on, till now. (I always got by on my own) (reference purely accidental)

  1. Halo / Walking on Sunshine

This makes the list just for the high note belt at the end.

  1. Sweet Caroline

Charming, lovely and happy.

  1. Defying Gravity

It would be a surprise for this not to make the list. I love it.

  1. Bad Romance

We finally get to hear Naya Rivera sing here and she is amazing.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody

Jonathan Groff is one of my favourite voices ever. So his solo cover for glee quite easily makes it on the list. Many have covered this song but his is one of the best, tooooo meeee. (reference not intended again, can’t help it)

  1. Dream On

Okay this song is hard enough to sing. I’ve seen so many people fail it but Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison nailed it.

  1. Valerie

I worshipped Naya at one point. Still do. She is so crazy talented and pretty as a peach.

  1. Listen

Anyone who nails a Beyonce song gets to make it on my list.

  1. Telephone

Loved the harmony on this; pity it got cut in the episode.

  1. Forget You

Unpopular opinion probably, but I thoroughly preferred Gwyneth Paltrow’s cover to Cee Lo Green’s original.

  1. Don’t You Want Me

Darren Criss and Lea Michele are definitely two of the best vocalists on the show so their duet was unsurprisingly mind-blowing.

  1. All Out of Love

This is on here because I loved Billy Lewis Jr (Mason) on this. I don’t know where he disappeared to but I need more of him in my life.

  1. Marry The Night

Adam Lambert singing Lady Gaga? I am DOWN.

  1. Chasing Pavements

Melissa Benoist did this so much justice.

  1. Go Your Own Way

It was hard not putting every Lea Michele cover on the list because she just has a voice that makes everything sound better, but this is one where I can strongly say, was better than the original.

  1. Rumour Has It / Someone Like You

This mashup was gold. It was a hit then and it’s still a hit on my iTunes now.

  1. It’s All Coming Back To Me Now

Celine Dion is a legend and we finally got to hear Lea Michele cover her and she did not disappoint. She embodied all the emotions present in the original and met our extremely high expectations.

  1. Turning Tables

One word: awesome.

  1. Your Song

There are many underrated members of the glee cast, and Blake Jenner is one of them. “Your Song” is one of those songs that sound really easy to cover but I’ve not seen many good ones. This, however, was a great cover of the Elton John hit.

I don’t know why I penned this, probably as a form of closure to this awesome show (which I forgot to have last year because I was busy with school or something) but writing this really made me quite emotional and made me want to watch the show all over again but I have self-control and shall not.

Hahahaha okay bye.

x,
Kenneth

#nowplaying | Raging – Kygo ft. Kodaline

The Faith of Anna Waters

I don’t typically want to watch horror movies because well, they scare me. But being the son of a huge horror fan, I have been coerced into my fair share of horror movies. Though I would usually be home, hidden behind my pillow fort with all the lights on. So it is rare that you would spot me catching a horror movie at the cinema, a dark, quiet place with my legs exposed over the chair and things could potentially jump out of the screen.

However, my mum really wanted to watch it. I saw the trailer and it seemed really scary, but there was Adrian Pang, a local actor I quite admired and my mum promised me that we would watch Zootopia after so I complied.

[DISCLAIMER: CONTAINS SPOILERS]

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‘The Faith of Anna Waters’ is about a Chicago-based reporter, Jamie Waters, whose sister in Singapore died in mysterious circumstances. So, she travels to Singapore and discovers a chain of deaths linked to her sister’s and solves the mystery behind this phenomenon. After some digging, she and her brother-in-law uncover the link between the deaths and a demon.

Directed by Singaporean director Kelvin Tong (It’s A Great Great World, The Maid), The Faith of Anna Waters is Singapore’s first Hollywood-financed movie, a big step for Singaporean filmmakers and it definitely did not disappoint.

Essentially a demonic hunting movie with biblical references, the concept itself isn’t particularly new, but despite so, the movie still has its twists and is not in the least bit predictable, managing to shine through with the actors and cinematography.

The movie had many creative ideas and one of the most aggressive supernatural antagonist characters ever. We rarely see the ‘ghost’ character so active in a film, such as dripping blood from directly above, or literally pulling sheets off of people but this film just quite managed to change that up. The trampoline scene in particular was a creative new idea and they executed it well enough to scare me. One twist I liked was that this was one of the first horror movies whereby the demon did not get expelled by the pastor and even managed to overpower him.

The plot of the movie was quite easy to understand. There were multiple ongoing storylines, they were each meaningful and when they all linked together at the end, it made for a mind-blowing ending.

One new thing about the supernatural in this film that I’ve not seen before is the use of technology. In the movie, it hacks into church websites to send a message and how it identifies new victims is through deleting contacts from the computer. The whole idea of using technology is quite new and refreshing, helping it to stand out from the clichéd horror movies we see everywhere.

The casting choices are impeccable. Adina Herz is about the eeriest and creepiest little girl you’ll ever meet. She played the role of Katie perfectly, when she was cute, she was adorable. But when she got possessed and was dragged into the basement by the demon, her sinister smile was haunting. While the main roles were played by Hollywood actors, many familiar local faces also made their way into the film, including Adrian Pang, Pamelyn Chee and Phua Chu Kang’s Tan Kheng Hua.

Despite being a media student, I am not the biggest film fanatic so I might be easier to impress but the special effects seemed really well made to me. From the doll bouncing on the trampoline, to the dripping blood from the ceiling demon, to the characters flying from one corner of the room to the other from the demon’s power, it was all quite spectacular to me.

I am definitely not the right person to trust for a scary rating but this was proper scary to me. Despite watching most of it from behind my fingers, scenes from the movie still manage to creep into my head days after.

I didn’t end up watching Zootopia after but I was fine with it. Overall, I would still call it a great movie and recommend watching it. This is Singapore’s first collaboration with Hollywood and if I were the one making the shots, this definitely wouldn’t be the last.

I realize the movie isn’t out in Singapore till May 12 (I watched it in Malaysia) so, be sure to catch it when it’s out! In the meantime, check out the trailer for The Faith of Anna Waters below!