October Birchbox Review

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber for about 10 months now and I’m at a point where I’m not sure whether I want to continue with it. This being said I have reviewed the most recent box to help you decide whether you would be interested in this box.

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To The Bone – Netflix Review

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I just want to preface this by saying I have never been affected by an eating disorder personally; this review may be impacted by that. 

I seem to be spending a terrible amount of time lately watching Netflix, [sorry not sorry] especially since I have been downloading things to watch on my train commute to work. I noticed To The Bone and decided to download it because it was something I remember hearing about but couldn’t remember why. Apparently, it was the fact the movie is littered with controversy.

At the time of writing this review, I’m really conflicted about how I feel about this movie. To sum it up; it has elements of romance but isn’t a romance story, it has to feel good moment but isn’t a feel good film and also has moments of comedy but isn’t a comedic movie at the heart of it. I really enjoyed the movie but I’m still not 100% sure why. I do agree with some angry reviews that claim it glamorises anorexia. At times I feel it does because for the most part Ellen herself doesn’t seem too phased by it or like she is suffering.

I would recommend it when you have a free afternoon and you’re looking for something that will make you think a little more about life itself. It teaches that as much as someone may claim to “have it together” the majority of the time they don’t. In a very harsh way, it also taught me that not everyone can be “saved” and that sometimes learning to cope is the best available outcome.

My main issue with this film is that I felt like it was the first episode of a series and I was very disappointed that it was just a movie. I think the characters themselves are very likeable and I think Luke is absolutely great along with Kelly, her sister. My overall opinion is that it’s worth a watch when there is very little else you’d rather watch. It gives an insight into anorexia and the way people think when they are affected by such an affliction. It also briefly touches on the feelings and thoughts of the people who surround the “sufferer”. For a more in-depth review with spoilers, keep reading.

[Spoilers lie ahead]

The story follows Ellen (Lily Collins), a young woman who suffers from anorexia and has seemingly tried all treatments going other than a radical one at a group recovery home that is run by Dr Beckham (Keanu Reeves). The premise, I feel, is a good one. Like I mentioned earlier I feel like it would have benefited either from having a form of “resolution” or being made into a multi-episode series.

The lighthearted nature throughout the movie meant that I quite enjoyed it and it felt like an oddly compelling documentary in places. I myself have not been impacted by an eating disorder and I feel like it helped me to understand a little about the disorder. This being said the lack of a definitive “happy ending” did leave me a little hopeless that she would actually better and would ultimately lose her life. I can see why this ending was written but hopefully, this isn’t the case for everyone who has an eating disorder.

There is a “moment” in To The Bone between Ellen and Luke and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I am a romantic at heart and love it when two characters seemingly perfect for each other get together. The fact that Luke is such a positive person and seems to be making a lot of good progress is the main reason why I feel like he’d be great for Ellen. He also doesn’t take things too seriously but knows when to draw the line as well. I write fanfiction occasionally (i know, I’m a nerd..)  and have an overwhelming urge to write their recovery together.

The main issue I had though was that the whole “she’s an artist and some girl committed suicide” story line really confused me throughout. I still don’t really understand why the girl killed herself or what significance it had. Maybe it was what sparked the anorexia or was a result of it. If you’ve seen To The Bone can you please explain this to me?!

All in all, it’s definitely worth a watch but I would avoid letting younger kids watch it as I do agree in places it glamorises anorexia like 13 Reasons does with suicide. Worth a watch but doubtful I’d rewatch it.

6/10

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#NewMusicMonday The Chainsmokers – Memories… Do Not Open Review

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#NewMusicMonday this Monday is the album that has been accompanying my commute to the work for the last few weeks. Memories…Do Not Open is the first full-length album by the Chainsmokers and has received mixed reviews from acclaimed critics.

I have to say even though the majority of the songs sound very similar I still go back to this album when I need a pick me up. I sing therefore I focus more on the vocals and there are some genius vocal tracks on this album!

The One is the first track on the album and I feel like this was a good decision because it sums up the rest of the album. Catchy piano and synth tracks with beautiful edited and unedited vocals thrown in for good measure. I should mention that a few of the tracks contain expletive but for someone with a potty mouth myself this is a positive in my eyes.

The “Genius” insights from Spotify explain how this song was written about needing more balance between work and social commitments which unfortunately is characterised by missing a wedding.

“Last Day Alive” is the reason I decided to give this album a chance. I am a huge fan of Florida Georgie Line and country music in general therefore this track really pulled me in. The overly edited sound to this track loses what I love about FGL but is definitely a foray into mainstream music if they ever wanted to pursue that.

“Something Just Like This” and “Paris” are the stand out tracks and were the singles that turned from the Chainsmokers from one hit wonders with “#Selfie” for me. {As an aside; I really hated #Selfie. With a passion.}If I’m entirely honest I find Paris catchy and “Something Like This” is a really nice song to sing. I also think the mix of Coldplay and the track by The Chainsmokers is a really good choice.

“Young” and “My Type” are my favourites from the album by far. The pre-chorus and chorus in “Young” are the lines that I find myself singing CONSTANTLY whenever I am doing menial tasks. I like the mix of guitar, piano and synth on this track. I think it hints that this kind of music would still survive in an acoustic setting.

“My Type” introduces Emily Warren. She is an amazing vocalist and is an award winning songwriter. I find it fascinating how people can be so well recognised but don’t become a “household name” until they actually take the microphone and sing the songs they have written. She features on two of the tracks. “My Type” is by far my favourite of the two and talks about something most people I know can relate to in some way or another. The idea that they have a type and that they know they’re not a good choice for them but like an addict they keep going back. I think this song is one of the best written in terms of lyricism.

Overall I’d say if you’re into dance music with strong vocal tracks then definitely give this a listen.

This is a must for me this summer and I’ve already added it to my summer playlist!

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