2013 was a strange year for DC and Warner Bros. Just one summer earlier, their primary competitor Marvel had overtaken the world with The Avengers, which broke every record in the book and amassed over $1.5 billion around the world to become the highest-grossing superhero film at the time (third overall, behind only Avatar and […]Read More Revisiting ‘Man of Steel’, DCEU’s first offering from 5 years ago
I have felt my heart drop tons of my times, mostly when I receive confrontational or heartbreaking text messages on the phone, and every now and then when I open an exam results slip. But I’ve never actually experienced the same heart drop until The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza, the debut novel written […]Read More ‘The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza’ is the first novel to make my heart drop (review)
heyKaty Perry is currently in the middle of the European leg of her global-trotting Witness: The Tour and is set to conclude it in August later this year, so the era for her fourth major label studio album is technically not over yet. Witness, which dropped today exactly a year ago, is probably the most […]Read More One year later: Could anything have acquitted Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’?
Bionic may have been Christina Aguilera‘s most iconic, failed era, but statistically, it’s nothing compared to its successor two years later, 2012’s Lotus, which was barely an era anyway. But before we begin deflowering Lotus, it’s only fair to highlight certain key events in Christina’s career in between albums. 2011 saw the singer, now past 30 […]Read More ‘Lotus’: When Christina Aguilera’s career further withered (Xploring Xtina Part 5)
Reading Crazy Rich Asians actually left me hungry for more books about my own country of Singapore, so I started with a 2014 book by Cambridge University and Harvard Law School graduate Jolene Tan. A Certain Exposure, the Singaporean author’s debut novel, is described in the blurb as a “classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly […]Read More ‘A Certain Exposure’ is certainly not my idea of exposure to Singapore books (review)
I must’ve come across about Victoria Aveyard’s novel Red Queen at least once or twice since it was published back in 2015. But I never bothered giving it proper attention until around a year ago when it was briefly mentioned in a media law lecture about film rights. I finally read the novel, and I’m pleasantly […]Read More ‘Red Queen’: a member of post-renaissance dystopian royalty (review)
I am not a fan of Shawn Mendes. I barely know the Canadian 19-year old’s music, and I already hate the handful of pop singles I encountered where his pubescent voice yells mediocre hooks. Yes, that includes “Stitches”, “Treat You Better” (“bedder danee caaan!” kills me every time) and even that insufferable duet with Camila […]Read More Shawn Mendes’s self-titled third album is gentle goodness (review)