Me

So, the blog has moved… lets spill the tea

I have written a new post, but its now present on the new home of my blog! Check it out on https://www.brandonbourne.co.uk/blog/2016/1/20/blackberry-peach-cobbler

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Films

Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

So, look at me, three films in arow! Can I consider myself a film buff now? Anyway, enough about my new-foundcareer as a movie critic and let’s talk about the film Mary Queen of Scots!

Now this film appealed to me straightaway from the very fact that its set in the Elizabethan era of history. It is my favourite period of history and I have conducted a lot of personal research into this area. I also found it very interesting learning more about the otherqueen that ruled alongside Elizabeth on this small island. Mary, the Queen ofScotland, mother to the first King to rule both England and Scotland together,James I. This was one part of history that I have never studied or reallylooked into was the rise and birth of James I, and this film was veryinsightful in that respect. I had the same feeling I had when watching Vice andlearning about the events that led to the Iraq war. Obviously independentresearch is always best, and you can’t rely on one film to educate yourselfabout any period of history, as everything naturally has a level of bias youneed to be careful of. However, it is always a helpful, accessible way to quicklyand concisely learn the basics of what happened and the journey to someone’s ascensionor destruction.

The film starts how it ends, which I will not ruin so I will not say how it starts, but it’s a very clever entrance that had me gripped from the first moment it came on. The film then progresses to show Mary return from France where she was living to the shores of Scotland, where she was to be made queen. While the story of Mary is told, the film checks in on multiple points with the English Queen Elizabeth, and it’s the first time I have watched a film where she it portrayed to be afraid and doubt her own leadership. She is always portrayed as this formidable brute of a queen, conquering the Spanish Armada and always knowing what to do. However in this instance her crown was very much on unstable ground, with Mary having mire claim to the Throne than she did due to her Catholic heritage. Margot Robbie also played her very well. Not going to lie when I saw she was playing the role of Elizabeth, I did worry as I have not really seen her in a role like this, only really seeing her as Harley Quinn and that’s it (Yes, I have not watched that film either). This would be such a different role to play, and a daunting one at that. Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchet both played the role impeccably well, and Margot had a tough job of trying to match that calibre. However, she proved me wrong and managed to play an Elizabeth I had never seen before. Also, for everyone, the hair and makeup department were insane the characters looked so striking, especially the transformation of Queen Elizabeth at the end when she fully asserts her confidence and power. Mary looked the same throughout, although the film covers 25 years and Elizabeth does age, well gain many scars due to Small Pox, however Mary doesn’t. It is deliberate as Elizabeth was jealous and longed for the beauty that Mary held.

The story continued to move through the lives of the tweo queens. Mary got married, and gave birth to a baby boy (Future King James I), and Queen Elizabeth and her council contunued to fail to restrain Marys growinG confidence and her power.

However, a revolution soon followed as Marys husband is killed, after he betrays her (its very large spoiler and long story so will not go into it here!). She marries again to retain her dominance, however the man she marries, her previous protector gets greedy and only marries to be king. The revolution led by the head of the Scotish Protestant Church, acted out by David Tennant who is again unrecognisable appart from his rich Scotish accent, successfully push Mary into hiding, where she eventually finally meets her other queen, Elizabeth. Now riddled with Small Pox scars, and a large red wig and white make up, Margot undergoes a huge transformation as to where she is unrecongisable.

They agree that Mary can be protected by Elizabeth, however after mutliple years it is found that Mary had attempted to end Elizabeth multiple times whilst she was queen of Scotland, and elizabeth had her sentenced to death, where Mary was to be beheaded, and this is where the film starts how it ends. She starts off on the chopping block, then cuts away, and then it ends with her on the chopping block, as if it tells the story of how she ended up on the block in the first place.

This film is so capitvating and I loved every minute of it, I will be buying it when it comes out digitally and I will be watching it again, however I urge you go out and what It in person yourself. Its such a good movie and my review alone won’t give it the justice it deserves.

So would I recommend you watch Mary Queen of Scots, most certainly!

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Writing

When he falls, the vultures come circling.

His vision is fuzzy, the long road to the finish line seems bleak and the skies are darkening. His legs, weakening, limping, struggling to move until they buckle under the weight of his own sorrow. There he lay, emotionless, motionless and alone. All that surrounds him is barron wasteland and all that fills his mind is the memories of good times past, and his dreams he still holds close.

Looking at this bleak picture, his fate looks sealed and final, and his days numbered. He had given up. What was the point on keeping on going down this long winding road with no destination in sight? The world against him, punishing him with every step he took.

Days past, then months, and he still lay still and calm. Mind still on fire, but not dead. His life not yet extinguished. One thing had changed however. The land seemed dryer, darker. The ground cracking and the only sound that remained was the sombre hum of the wind navigating through the branches of the one tree left in this baron wasteland.

While laying there, he had a vision, the first vision he had since his downfall. A bird.

A bird had come and perched on his arm as he sat on a bench, with bright green lawn beneath him and the sweet sound of the robins and the swallows filled the air. Where was he? He didn’t know, but the vision continued. He was joined by another bird, then another, and another. Soon he was surrounded by many birds, all decorated with beautiful features and painted the lawn with multi colour brilliance. The single bird perched on his arm gave him a call, a warning. He was confused at first and was not sure what this warning was about. Why was he being warned? What was the bird trying to say? He continued to listen to the bird as it consistently warned him. It then began to make sense.

He was in danger.

His vulnerability had left him open to danger. As quickly at the vision had begun, it stopped and he woke up. Still laying he dazed into the never ending horizon of the wasteland he had found himself trapped in. There were multiple fuzzy shapes in the distance that were getting closer but his vision had still not cleared so it was hard to tell what they were. As they came closer, their shape had begun to sharpen and it became clear what they were. Four of them stood around him. They stopped and looked at him. Almost laughing at him as he lay there powerless. They circled around and spoke to eachother, nothing he could distinguish. They kept circling and circling and their muffles got louder and louder.

Then, as if something stopped them dead, they fell to floor. One by one they hit the ground with force as the wind was taken from their wings. Vultures. They were vultures.

As the last one hit the floor, he began to move, the first time in months. He moved his leg, then his arm, then he moved his head to look up at the sky. Confused, he saw the sky breaking, a huge rift in the middle of the dark and dense atmosphere above him. A bright light shined through as the sky continued to split, and after a short while, the light filled the sky.

He pushed himself upright and began attempting to stand up, after a few times and a few falls, he prevailed and stood on his feet. As if he was a new born horse, stumbled around but remained upright. He gazed into the bright sky once more and was still confused as to what happened. The man then fell and found himself falling into a bench. He looked around and saw green grass. Leaf rich trees swaying with the gentle summer breeze. People walking past him full of glee and joy. Children running and playing on the vast fields that surrounded him. It soon occured to him that he had finally reached his destination. He was home.

He thought about the torment he had gone through. The walking, the endless tiresome walking, to the fall, to the vision, and to the vultures. Those damn vultures. Never again would he trust the vultures that came circling during his darkest hour.

Still sat on the bench, a bird landed on his knee and looked up at him. It was the same bird in his vision, but this time was alone, and silent. No more did he need to warn. He had won.

The vultures were no more.

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Films

VICE: A film that finally made me understand the complxities of the Iraq war.

Last week, I went to the cinema for the second time in a month, I know thats ground breaking considering I have not been to the cinema in a very long time (Hi Netflix). Now it was a very last minute decision and I was told we were going to watch a movie called Vice. I must admit at first I was sceptical, never heard of the movie, and the last time I went to the cinema to see a film I actually wanted to see, I was left bitterly disappointed.

So the film in a nutshell is the journey of Dick Cheney, former Vice president during the reign of George W Bush. It follows his early live, his lows, then the steady poltical journey through the White House.

This period of history I have always heard about, I know about 9/11 and researched alot into the tragic day. I have heard alot about the Iraq war and have heard the updates on the war in Iraq and Afganistan throughout my childhood and adolescence. So when I heard this film was a dramatised version of this critical period in history I was intrgued and started to look forward to watching it.

Overall I loved the structure of it, it was narrated throughout and it was very comedic and had some very funny scenes that you would not expect from a film like this, like premature credits, funny one liners and alternative scenes. The story was well constructed, and made it clear what was going on throughout the entire film.

Films, in my opinion, you always need to take a pinch of salt, as the films direction can be swayed by the political views of the directors. However, it is a very insightful movie for those who want to learn this period of history without needed to read into it.

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Me

Why can’t you imagine a world like that?

So in the last post, I wrote a post all about the Film the Favourite. Today I write a post all about the woman of the moment Ariana Grande. Now, the real tea here is that she is working her butt of right now! In one year she has released two albums, released countless singles and is teasing another album, like what! I thought I was a work a holic, but she puts me to shame!

So, I am not going to be basic and review Thank u Next, or 7 Rings, but the one that kind of got skimmed over in my opinion. Her song Imagine, for me, is her best so far. Ignore the whistle notes, I actually don’t like them in this song, but the whole production, the lyrics, the sound, it’s so different yet sounds still very Ariana.

So lets see the lyrics and break this song apart.

Step up the two of us, nobody knows us
Get in the car like, “Skrrt”
Staying up all night, order me pad thai
Then we gon’ sleep ’til noon
Me with no makeup, you in the bathtub
Bubbles and bubbly, ooh
This is a pleasure, feel like we never act this regular


[Pre-Chorus]
Click, click, click and post
Drip-drip-dripped in gold
Quick, quick, quick, let’s go
Kiss me and take off your clothes

[Chorus]
Imagine a world like that
Imagine a world like that
We go like up ’til I’m ‘sleep on your chest
Love how my face fits so good in your neck
Why can’t you imagine a world like that?
Imagine a world

[Verse 2]
Knew you were perfect after the first kiss
Took a deep breath like, “Ooh”
Feels like forever, baby, I never thought that it would be you
Tell me your secrets, all of the creep shit
That’s how I know it’s true
Baby, direct it, name in the credits
Like the movies do

[Pre-Chorus]
Click, click, click and post
Drip-drip-dripped in gold
Quick, quick, quick, let’s go
Kiss me and take off your clothes

[Chorus]
Imagine a world like that
Imagine a world like that
We go like up ’til I’m ‘sleep on your chest
Love how my face fits so good in your neck
Why can’t you imagine a world like that?
Imagine a world

[Outro]
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it? (Can you imagine?)
Can you imagine it? (Can you imagine?)
Can you imagine it? (Ooh)
Imagine that
Imagine it, imagine it
Imagine it, imagine it
Imagine, imagine
Imagine, imagine
Imagine, imagine

The song itself is a very intimate insight into a period of her life. She lays her soul out on the floor with this song, the lyrics being so personal. I would love to find out the meaning behind the lyric ‘why cant you imagine a world like that?’, I wonder who shes talking too with that lyric. Even asside from the lyrics, the production is so unique and genius in my eyes. It is very slicked back and simple yet has a very sophisticated drum beat in the background that holds the song together, and then her whistles being used as an instrumental pilar in the middle of the song.

Overall this song is amazing and if you have not listened to it, heres the link to the youtube video so you can educate yourself and add another Ariana banger to your Ariana collection!

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Beauty

My Morning Routine

As a follow on from my evening routine and full low down on what Lush products are my faves, I have listed a routine that I do every morning, to help keep my face and skin hydrated, clean and hopefully spot free (Tends to work….most of the time)

My routine consists of mostly skin regimes, however clothes and hair are a must so I will be brifely mentioning them too! So to kick this off what I would firstly do is wake up, sip a glass of water then head to the bathroom and fill my sink with warm water.

As stated previously, I would soak my flannel in the warm water and wipe my face, getting rid of the left over sleepy mask that I would have had throughout the night. Now this is an important step in my morning routine as if you forget this you are prone to the risk of getting spots because of the oils and the mask just picking up dirt from the outside and then that getting into your skin, not fun!

The return of hope

So in my night time routine I used this product before applying the Mask of Magnaminty, now A drop of hope comes out again, once I have washed my face with warm water to rid of the Sleepy, I apply a thick lather of the soap onto all of my face, concentrating on the parts that I find are the most problematic and oily, but still getting everywhere. Once I have finished that I leave it a minute then wash off again with warm water.

Then out comes the L’Oreal Paris Triple Active Nourish Moisturiser

Now, my face is freshly cleaned from A Drop of Hope, I have now towel dried my face and its time for the final step, Moisturiser! Now I get very scepical with Moisturisers as again my skin is a very sensitive being so some work and some dry my skin actually its really weird. Some can be really oily too and well, I do not need any more oil thank you! So this product I live by as its the only one so far that I have found gives me really flawlessly smooth and soft skin, no residue or oil and actually has a really nice smell to it which is a bonus! So after cleansing, I apply a thin layer of this to my face and voila I’m done!

So thats my morning routine but not it from me, I have more beauty related stuff cominf your way. 2019 I mean it, Im sticking to my blogging! I have neglected it to long and now I am paying it back with new content and different content, that doesn’t involve me unloading my very complicated emotions.

Until next time folks!

B xoxox

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