10 Favourite 2NE1 Songs

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I’m still infinitely sad that I wasn’t a 2NE1 fan whilst they were active, the only comeback I was a fan for was ‘Goodbye’ which you know is great. But it doesn’t stop me loving a lot of 2NE1’s older songs so I figured I’d write a list of my favourites!

10. Can’t Nobody

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I really like this song once I get into it but unfortunately the start of the song really irritates me for some reason so it can sometimes put me off a little bit. If I push past it though I can really get into this song because it is good, it’s just the first few seconds that are super irritating.

9. Clap Your Hands

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This was one of the first 2NE1 songs that I heard and liked almost instantly. Obviously ‘I Am The Best’ was first but when I tried to listen to more of their stuff I was a bit put off because I feel like their sound was so different for each comeback. But I instantly liked this one and it turned me into a 2NE1 fan. It’s just a good song and CL’s rap parts are definitely the best bit.

8. I Am The Best

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I do love this song but it’s one of them that I’ve listened to so many times that I kind of don’t love it as much as I used to. It still went hard though and I do like it. The music video is badass and I love the choreography and the stage outfits they wore and just most things about it to be honest. Bom looked absolutely amazing for this comeback, she really suited it.

7. Come Back Home

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After listening to ‘I Am The Best’ and instantly loving it I decided to give ‘Come Back Home’ a try. Except I hated it. I was relatively new to K-Pop at the time and when you’re not used to K-Pop it can sound a bit all over the place and since I wasn’t used to it I didn’t like it. However after becoming a bigger K-Pop fan and listening to the song a couple more times I did eventually start to love it.

6. Falling in Love

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I don’t think I liked this one at first listen either but I think the choreography sold me on it. I don’t know what it is about it, I just really love the choreography video even if the girls’ outfits were a bit tragic. However I do think it’s an absolute bop and definitely one I’ll always love.

5. Fire

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What an iconic debut song, let’s be real! “I go by the name of CL of 2NE1” what an absolute queen. I’m pretty sure I liked this one pretty much instantly and honestly it was a perfect debut song for these girls, I love it so much!

4. Goodbye

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I’m not normally a fan of slow songs but I loved this one straightaway even though it was sad to say goodbye to such an iconic girl group. Also, it was sad that for their last song Dara still got screwed out of lines like come on? There were only three members left by that point and she barely got any? Either way I still loved it and I look forward to the girls’ future projects!

3. Crush

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I love this song so much. I didn’t discover it until this year I think but now I’m all about it. If I had heard this when I was a new K-Pop fan I think I would’ve hated it but now I’m definitely on board with it. It’s another song that’s a bit of a mess but in a good way.

2. Ugly

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I feel like the chorus to this song, which I’m pretty sure is all in English, accurately describes how I feel about myself “I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me, just like her I wanna be pretty, don’t lie to my face ‘cos I know I’m ugly”. It’s nice to see the 2NE1 girls sing it because although they’re each pretty they’re not pretty in like the traditional sense and I have some respect for that. It’s an amazing song and I love everything about it.

1. Go Away

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What a fantastic song for if you’re going through a break-up. Which I have pretty much never had but still love this song regardless. I don’t know what it is about this song that I love but it’s definitely my favourite and I doubt it’ll ever change. I’m not sure I really get the music video but the song is still an absolute bop. I wish I’d been able to go to a 2NE1 concert ‘cos I’d have been screaming the lyrics at the top of my lungs without a care in the world like honestly, it’s such a good song.

Feel free to leave your recommendations or favourites in the comments, I’d love to hear them!

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Mischief Movie Night in Birmingham Review

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It’s no secret that I’m a Mischief Theatre fan. I’ve seen both of their current shows in the West End more than once, I saw Peter Pan Goes Wrong while it was on and I travelled to London to see Mischief Movie Night. So when I knew they were coming to Birmingham I knew I had to get myself a ticket. For a while it looked unlikely that I’d be able to go due to being broke as fuck but in the end I managed to get myself a ticket for the Sunday matinee.

On the day I was so worried about being late to the venue that I showed up 45 minutes early. I’ve already mentioned that I am someone who cannot stand coming to the theatre late, I would rather be super early than be two minutes late. I’d been a bit stressed that they wouldn’t let me in because I’d forgotten to print out my ticket but luckily I was reassured that as long as I had it on my phone then it was fine.

The show was at the Birmingham Hippodrome which I’ve visited a few times before but it wasn’t actually on the main stage it was in the Patrick Studio which is a bit smaller and feels a lot more intimate due to its size. The seats are tiered well so wherever you sit you’re guaranteed a good view. I was sat about 2-3 rows from the back but the view was still perfect.

Although I’d enjoyed both ‘Mischief Movie Night’ shows I’d seen in London since it’s an improv show I was a bit worried at the start that I wouldn’t find it as funny as the first couple of times or it’d be awkward or this or whatever else. However once it had started my worries disappeared because it was just as good as the first two times.

At the start the audience are asked to shout out what type of film they’d like to see, the actors take suggestions and then let the audience decide by cheers which they’d most like to see. One suggestion was met with complete silence by the audience which was honestly pretty funny. In the end we decided it was a disaster movie set on Mars which would include a cute puppy and relaxed kissing. I can’t remember which title was chosen it was either ‘Martian Meltdown’ or ‘Everyone is Melting’.

One of the actors doesn’t take part but sits to one side and sort of ‘directs’ the movie (this time it was Henry Lewis who did this) and adds to the humour by pausing, rewinding, fast-forwarding, showing bonus footage and just generally helping to progress the movie. This honestly works so well, I was crying with laughter at some points because it was just so funny.

I had a lot of favourite parts but the ones I can remember are:

– Jonathan Sayer entering the scene as an old man character, looking at Dave Hearn for a second then going “Don’t mind me” and just trying to exit the scene

– Literally anytime they made up a song, especially Henry Shields and Bryony Corrigan’s welsh couple song at the end

– The advert for Robo-Bear

– Relaxed kissing

– “I often wondered in this scene why the child picked up the puppy by the balls?”

– The debate about who should stay behind on the planet and face certain death and Henry Lewis constantly screaming “ONE OF THEM’S A ROBOT! THEY’RE REALLY GOING TO LEAVE THE CHILD BEHIND AND NOT THE ROBOT!?”

There were so many more moments but I won’t list them all because honestly just the whole thing was fantastic from start to finish, I was legit crying throughout the entire thing. I know I probably haven’t done a very good job at describing it, it’s one of those things that you have to be there to appreciate how funny it is.

I’m so glad I went because I’ve been having a bit of an off year so far and that hour or so watching that show was probably the hardest I’ve laughed and the happiest I’ve felt in ages. I just completely forgot about everything and got 100% invested in the show. I asked afterwards if there were any tickets left for the evening performance but unfortunately it was sold out so I had to head home but I’m so glad I got to see that one. I’m considering travelling to Cheltenham to see it again but I’m not 100% sure yet.

Basically, if you ever get chance to see a Mischief Theatre show (especially this one) I’d definitely recommend it because they’re absolutely hilarious. Apparently ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’ is coming to Birmingham in August so I’ve decided I’m going to drag my Mom to come and see it with me. I made my Dad go to London to see it and I’ve now seen it four times so I definitely need to make it a fifth.

And shout out to Mischief Theatre for a fantastic show, I loved every second and I’m so glad I went.

10 Prettiest Female K-Pop Idols

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I’m not here to throw shade at other idols, this is literally just my opinion. Pretty much every K-Pop idol is beautiful but everyone has their own taste and I wanted to write a list of who I think are the ten prettiest female K-Pop idols. I may do a male version too. So here goes nothing!

10. Yeonjung (Cosmic Girls)

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In Cosmic Girls it was definitely Yeonjung who caught my eye and as I’m more of a casual fan of Cosmic Girls she’s the only member I can pick out. She looked stunning in the ‘Secret’ music video and is genuinely just a really pretty girl.

9. Solar (Mamamoo)

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Although my bias in Mamamoo is Moonbyul I think Solar is absolutely stunning. She looks amazing in pretty much all of their music videos, especially ‘Um Oh Ah Yeh’, and always looks so good during their live performances. And to top it off she has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. Can you imagine being as pretty and talented as Solar?

8. Ellin (Crayon Pop)

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My Crayon Pop bias is Gummi who I also think is pretty but I think Ellin managed to pull off pretty much every comeback completely flawlessly, even if they had to wear weird outfits (for example ‘RaRiRuRe’). One of my favourite videos is the ‘Lonely Christmas’ dance practice because Ellin looks amazing and has the cutest smile I’ve ever seen. She’s honestly beautiful.

7. Hyorin

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When I first saw a SISTAR music video my eyes instantly went to Hyorin. I honestly loved her dark skin tone and was really glad that she didn’t whitewash herself because it made her look stunning. In every comeback she looks amazing and her ‘Dally’ dance is just fantastic to watch. I think she honestly looks so good.

6. SinB (G-Friend)

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Pretty much every member of G-Friend is stunning but there’s something I really like about SinB. She’s suited every comeback so far and I don’t doubt she’ll suit all their future comebacks. She’s also an amazing dancer and one of my favourite members. There’s nothing I don’t love about her.

5. Sunny (Girls’ Generation)

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One year for Christmas my friend bought me the ‘I Got A Boy’ album for Christmas – there were ten different types, 9 member versions and 1 group version. She ordered a random one and was lucky enough to get Sunny’s for me who is my bias. I went through the photobook and honestly the girl is just absolutely stunning, especially during the ‘I Got A Boy’ era. I’m not usually a fan of short hair but Sunny pulls it off so well, she also looks amazing during ‘The Boys’ era. She’s honestly beautiful.

4. Irene (Red Velvet)

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My Red Velvet bias feels all over the place lately. Although I think my favourite is still Seulgi, Irene has definitely caught my eye. Weirdly the video that made me start noticing her was on that show where the Red Velvet girls had to eat their lunch without getting caught by the teacher. She just looked really good and continues to for every comeback.

3. Hyuna

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Is there a person alive on this planet that doesn’t think Hyuna is an absolute queen? Because if so I just don’t understand. Hyuna is amazing, extremely talented and insanely beautiful. She looks amazing in her solo MVs and also in all of 4Minute’s MVs. I would love to look like Hyuna, she looks fantastic.

2. Yooa (Oh My Girl)

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What an absolute visual legend. Yooa is so beautiful I almost can’t believe she’s real. I’ve always said that if I could look like any idol I would probably pick Yooa because honestly she just looks so good? I want to know her secrets.

1. Nancy (MOMOLAND)

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Yes I’ve heard all the negative things about Nancy’s personality and whatever comments she’s made but you can’t deny that the girl is insanely beautiful. Every so often I find myself wondering if I genuinely am pansexual or not but girls like Nancy remind me that yes, I definitely am. She’s honestly so pretty, especially in the ‘Freeze!’ music video. I don’t understand how one person can look so good.

So there we go, those are my top ten prettiest female K-Pop idols, feel free to leave a comment if you agree or disagree or whichever!

Hereditary Review

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I haven’t written a horror or book review in a while because I just don’t have as much motivation anymore – for a while I was churning out posts about my personal life and other interests so I just didn’t have the time anyway. Unfortunately lately I seem to have hit a brick wall and have a bit of writer’s block so I decided to return to my reviews and what better movie to review than one I had been absolutely desperate to see.

I was shocked to get to the cinema and find out my friend had not seen a single trailer for this movie. I have no idea how she managed to avoid it since it’s been everywhere. At the cinema, all over Facebook, it popped up before every YouTube video I watched. And I didn’t mind because it looked really good and I was counting down the days until it was finally released.

As a basic plot overview the main character is Annie whose Mother has just died and the film begins with the family attending her funeral. Before long the family start noticing strange occurrences and Annie believes they are being haunted by something their Mother left behind.

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I was ready to like this film but unfortunately… I don’t think I did. I don’t particularly want to give away any spoilers but the trailer was extremely misleading and the film was almost completely different. In a way I sort of respect that because it did add shock value and didn’t completely give away the plot of the movie like some trailers do. As my friend hadn’t seen the trailer I advised her to go home and watch it because it shows a completely different movie.

Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it because the first twenty minutes or so were quite interesting and really got the plot going but then it completely slowed down and although things were happening I don’t think it was enough to keep me invested in the plot. I do appreciate that they didn’t rely on cheap jump scares because although those are scary in the moment they don’t particularly leave a lasting impression whereas I must admit some parts of this will stick with me (Annie banging her head manically against the ceiling sticks out as one). It didn’t necessarily have to be full of spooky moments though, I just felt like the story was very slow to get going.

Also I take issue with the ending. Becca swears down that she understands it and I think my issue with it is that I can’t accept it at face value. I have my own theory about what the ending meant but I can’t quite make sense of it in my head. I think I’m so desperate to have this theory because otherwise I just really didn’t like the ending. I’m not sure if it was meant to mean something else or if I was seriously supposed to accept what happened but I don’t know what to think.

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I’ll be honest and say I was a bit disappointed in this film. The start is really good and I won’t fault that but it sort of goes downhill from there with nothing really happening until the final ten minutes when it suddenly all kicks off. I feel quite bad writing this review because I honestly really wanted to enjoy it… But I didn’t.

On the bright side I think the acting was amazing, especially from Toni Collette who played Annie and Milly Shapiro did a good job as Charlie. Alex Wolff was good but he needs to stop with that awful, ugly crying it sounds absolutely horrendous and out of place with the tone of the film.

Time for a fun piece of horror trivia – according to Alex Wolff the original cut of the film could have easily been over three hours with mostly more family dialogue. I feel bad but like thank god, am I right?

Let me know if you saw this film and what you thought, whether you have any theories, whether you loved it or hated it, or whatever you wanna do!

Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit Review

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Back in 2015 I had a ticket to go and see Bill Bailey which I was over the moon about but unfortunately in the end I couldn’t go and see him. I had a ticket for his London show because at the time I lived in London, attending university and what not, but I dropped out and didn’t have the money to travel from Telford to London for the night. I was disappointed and for a while there was no more talk of him going on tour again.

Then last year I saw the announcement for the Larks in Transit tour and as soon as pay day came around I bought a ticket for his Birmingham show. I really wanted to see Bill because I’m a big fan of ‘Black Books’ and I’d already seen Dylan Moran so I wanted to see Bill as well. Originally I was going to go by myself but in the end my Mom bought a ticket so we could go together – we weren’t sat together but it didn’t matter too much.

To be honest with you I haven’t seen many comedians, I’d seen Dylan Moran… And that was about it. I’d really enjoyed him though and I was certain I would enjoy Bill Bailey just as much. He had quite a good turnout, managing to fill most of the Birmingham Arena (formally known as the Barclaycard Arena, formally formally known as the NIA). My view was okay, I was close to the front but very far on the left side of the stage whereas my Mom was more central but towards the back of the arena. I’d bought my ticket a year ago whereas she’d only bought hers a couple of weeks ago because I didn’t want to catch the last train home by myself.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect because I hadn’t seen any of Bill’s stand-up before, hadn’t read any reviews, watched any clips on YouTube, I pretty much only knew of him from Black Books.  But I had faith that since I’d enjoyed the show so much I would be sure to love his stand-up. And by the way if you haven’t seen Black Books then you definitely should, it’s so funny.

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The first thing that I automatically liked is Bill’s energy – to be truthful the first few jokes sort of went over my head a little bit but to me it didn’t even matter, I was still having a good time. When I got into it, maybe ten minutes later I was gone. The first half was good and I was sold on Bill’s jokes.

I think my favourite part is that Bill is like massively intelligent, he can play all these instruments, speak God knows how many languages and this is what he chooses to do for a living and honestly I’m living for it. All the musical elements were my favourite. Also Bill accidentally standing on the disco button had to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life.

Before I knew it the first half was over and I went looking for my Mom who told me she was at the bar but she was chilling at the upstairs bar whilst I hunted around in the downstairs bar so in the end the pair of us gave up and returned to our seats. I’d also ran straight to the bathroom the moment the lights had come on which was lucky as when I came out the queue for the ladies was suddenly a mile long.

Although I’d enjoyed the first half I definitely preferred the second half. The whole ‘major and minor’ key bit was absolutely hilarious, I couldn’t stop laughing and I don’t think I will ever be sat down and tested on my knowledge of bird noises again. And the Teresa May dance track… The second half just honestly had me crying with laughter from start to finish and I’m really glad I decided to go. It was worth waiting an entire year.

After the show I had some difficulty finding my Mom but luckily she’d bumped into my old manager who managed to help us find each other and we headed back to the train station together agreeing it had been good. From there things kind of sucked because when we got back to Telford my Mom insisted that the pair of us had to walk home even though it was midnight and made us walk down pitch black alley even though I told her it was a bad idea. But it was worth it for such an amazing night.

My review has by no means done the show justice but basically, go and see Bill Bailey if you have the opportunity to. And watch Black Books, that show is absolutely hilarious!

Top 10 AOA Songs

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There’s nothing I love more than a good list so I figured since I’ve written my top ten favourite songs for most groups at this point I might as well make one for AOA as well! Here goes nothing.

10. Short Hair

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It’s definitely not AOA’s best song but ‘Short Hair’ is still catchy and a good song. To be honest with you I’ve only listened to it a handful of times but it’s a good song, just not very high on my list of favourites.

9. Oh Boy

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I’m not sure whether I’ve been listening to the Korean or Japanese version but this song is awesome. The girls all look amazing in the music video and it’s definitely one you can jam to. If you haven’t heard this song then I definitely recommend giving it a listen.

8. Bing Bing

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This song was released at the same time as ‘Excuse Me’ and most people seemed to prefer this one. I can see why, it’s a good song and I really liked it – I loved the whole magic concept and the whole thing was just brilliant. The girls looked amazing and the song was good. Definitely a good AOA comeback!

7. Like a Cat

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This used to be my favourite song but unfortunately I listened to it one too many times so I don’t love it as much as I used to but it’s still a good song. Does this song count as iconic yet? I definitely think it should do. The girls looked so good, especially Jimin, and the whole music video was amazing. The choreography is also really cool and it’s just a good song.

6. Ai Wo Choudai

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The title sort of translates to ‘Give Me Your Love’ and it’s a really good song. The music video is very simplistic as it’s just the choreography but the girls pull it off well and they all look amazing, especially Hyejeong who looks like Harley Quinn. I’m so glad I came across this song because it’s really good and I can’t recommend it enough.

5. With Elvis

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This is a song written for AOA’s fans and oh my god it’s so sweet. Their fans are called ‘Elvis’ which is a reference to their debut song, hence the song title name. I’m not normally a fan of slow songs but this one is perfect and so sweet, I could listen to it over and over again. I just love it so much! It really shows how much AOA care about their fans and it makes me love them even more so it’s definitely one of my favourites.

4. Good Luck

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I’ve talked about this a bit before but this is the song that turned me into an AOA fan. I listened to their song ‘Heart Attack’ and absolutely hated it so I assumed I wasn’t an AOA fan but I saw a few people talking about their ‘Good Luck’ comeback so I decided to give it a listen – and quickly became a fan of it. I’m so glad I decided to give it a chance because now I love AOA!

3. Excuse Me

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I don’t understand everyone who hated this song or called it a flop because I honestly loved it from first listen. Whilst most people preferred ‘Bing Bing’ I was bopping to ‘Excuse Me’. It did well on my ‘best K-Pop songs of 2017’ list because I honestly just really liked it. All of it – the concept, the outfits, the choreography, the song itself. What a good comeback, I don’t care what anybody says.

2. Bingle Bangle

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This song actually started at number eight on the list because I didn’t love it upon first listen but after listening to it on repeat I’ve decided that I actually love it so much. ‘Bingle Bangle’ is AOA’s latest comeback, their first one without Choa and honestly it was amazing. The music video was so cute and is now probably one of my favourites, I love the dance and the song is super catchy. Check it out if you haven’t already!

1. Mini Skirt

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I used to like this song but I didn’t particularly ‘love’ it or anything until I saw the choreography for it – I’m not sure what I loved about it, I just did. It’s a really good song and there’s nothing I don’t love about it. Well, I wasn’t a fan of Jimin’s black bob but like I can let that go. Their outfits were awesome and it was definitely their best comeback.

So there are my ten favourites AOA songs, feel free to tell me yours!