Reacting To ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift!

So I’m meant to be writing about something I struggle with, but mentally I’m doing better than normal and I really don’t want to write about things which make me sad because then I’ll be sad. Does that make sense?

However, I don’t want to just throw you so I’ve decided to write about something else.

By the time this comes out, Taylor Swift’s folklore album will be out officially. I’m in love with this album so I’ve decided to review the album as a whole and share my honest thoughts and feelings.

This is a bit different so please let me know if you enjoy it and I’ll write more like this.


First Thoughts

When I first listened to this album, all I could think about was how calming yet relatable all the songs where. It pays homage to lots of Swift’s early songs where she just played an acoustic guitar. I like how all the albums are in black and white because it just reinforces the aesthetic style she’s showing here. Also the fact she wrote an entire album during lockdown puts us all to shame. All I’ve really done is watch a load of Netflix. (I was trying to think about other things but that’s pretty much it… oops).

There are sixteen songs on this album so I’m going to try go into each of them and my thoughts on them.


Track listing and Thoughts

  1. the 1 – the melody is amazing and the lyrics are so raw and I just think it’s so catchy in a perfect way.
  2. cardigan – Honestly my favourite song of the whole album. It’s the perfect amount of angst and the lyrics and melody combined is perfectly haunting.
  3. the last great american dynasty – so quirky and slightly upbeat and based on a true story. Rolling Stone did a full article about the backstory which is a really fascinating read and talks about the songs star, Rebekah Harkness and Easter eggs you may have missed. Check that out here.
  4. exile – truthfully, not my favourite song. However, Bon Iver’s and Taylor Swift’s voices together is the most gorgeous thing I think I have ever heard. Personally, I find it slightly too slow but the lyrics hit home.
  5. my tears ricochet – a gorgeous song yet again, with ever-current and relatable lyrics.
  6. mirrorball – being brutally honest here, I find this a relatively skippable song out of all of them. The high notes may give me chills, but, it’s honestly a pretty forgettable song.
  7. seven – strong lullaby vibes from this song. A perfect mix of her old songs and her more recent work but somehow still sounding new and fresh.
  8. august – a calming song with a fascinating chorus with a plethora of notes. It’s also called August which I think is super cute because eeeyyyy birthdayyyy
  9. this is me trying – lyrics which as much as I don’t want to admit, I really relate to. Each of the lyrics make me go “eek, that’s me” and I love it.
  10. illicit affairs – I don’t really have much to say about this song except I adore it, her voice my G O D and the way she says “illicit affairs and clandestine meetings” does something to my heart.
  11. invisible string – The guitar is amazingly simplistic but it works so well. The whole song is just her life and I love how it flows. Also, the colour hints and subtle hints to her other songs, I see what you’re doing Taylor!
  12. mad woman – Yet another total banger of a song. Swift has an incredible talent for writing true feminist anthems. It talks a lot about how domestic abuse victims can be seen as a “crazy ex” which really hits home and makes me feel as though I’m less alone.
  13. epiphany – a song to just close your eyes and really listen to. I don’t have much to say about this song except I can’t help but listen to it over and over.
  14. betty – there is a harmonica at the start, then throughout the song it’s amazing. This entire song takes me back to all the fights I had with friends and how differently they could turn out. It reminds me of a modern twist of Fifteen and I think it’s genius. Another firm favourite for sure.
  15. peace – honestly nothing to monumental. It sounds lovely but it’s not one which makes me go woah
  16. hoax – a strong finish to a strong album. Nothing like anything she’s done before, it seems very fragile but also hard hitting and it’s just a great listen.

Parting Thoughts

Overall, I love this album. I think it’s a work of pure passion and you can tell it’s just emotions layered over each other. However, I do love her fast-paced songs and I can’t help but yearn for more of that. It’s a very chilled album and I’m pretty sure I’ll be listening to it while I revise and complete schoolwork.

Considering the fact she just casually made this album so we have something to listen and relate to is amazing and it just shows how amazing she is. The order of the songs is genius too, if you don’t understand, look at the track listing and the song titles and you’ll appreciate it.


Thank you so much for reading, let me know if you want to see more like this! I love reviewing things and I’ve never reviewed an album before, so let me know if you want more like this!

Love you all, Tati xx

Movies to Watch During Lockdown

Since Lockdown has begun, I’ve had a lot of free time.  Particularly in the evenings and mornings where I would be revising for my GCSE’s, I have nothing to do.  Recently, I’ve been finding films on Netflix and Sky Cinema, and watching them.  As I really enjoy reviewing things, I’ve decided to update this article after I watch a film.  My taste in films is very… broad.  By that I mean in the morning I could be watching a light-hearted rom com, but then by the evening I’ll watch a spine-tingling horror film, guaranteed to give the bravest person nightmares for months.  As I consider myself a slight movie-buff now, I’ve decided to share every film I watch and give them honest, to the point reviews.  This way, I hope I can give you helpful recommendations.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall                         ★★★★✩

Star-spangled cast, lovely message which honestly made me wish I watched the film sooner!  Only downside is, at some points it’s very crude.  A feel-good comedy about finding your way after getting beaten down.

  • That’s My Boy                                               ★★★☆☆

An original storyline and an iconic cast.  The biggest downside of this film is they glamorise a teacher and student relationship.  If you get past all the dodgy stuff, it’s a very heartfelt film full of plot twists!

  • Wolf of Wall Street                                   ★★☆☆☆

Honestly, I spent this three-hour long film slightly confused.  It was a cool concept and I liked the overall message, there was just a lot of sex, drugs, drugs with sex and sex with drugs. 

  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels         ★★★★★

OH, MY WORD THIS FILM.  It’s amazing and so funny and I’ve been quoting it since I watched it.  Full of plot twists and you can’t help but love all the characters – as insane as they are.

  • Jaws                                                                 ★★★★☆

It’s an iconic film and I loved watching it.  I really recommend it.  The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because the ending is very underwhelming. 

  • Grown Ups                                                 ★★☆☆☆

Cute film, just slightly dull and predictable.

  • Shawshank Redemption                           ★★★★★

Complete cinematographic perfection.  Amazing storyline, amazing casting, amazing filming.  You have to watch this film.

I’ll be updating this article whenever I watch a new film.  I hope this helps you find some good things to watch during this bizarre time.

My Thoughts on Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

On Valentine’s day my friends and I all decided to go watch Birds of Prey together as we had previously been blown away by Joker.  The four of us are painfully single which we are all okay with and it was super lovely to just watch a film and not have to worry about impressing someone because you’re just with people you can be yourself with.  We all had a lot of fun and I realised how happy I am to be in a friendship group who just likes me for me – something I was always so desperately looking for which was just magically given to me.

This was mine and my two friends first time watching the film but my GBF’s (girl best friend) – who we shall call Blondie – had watched it once before.  She’s also a massive Harley Quinn fan so to say I feel slightly underqualified to write this review is an understatement.  But, as I always do, I will give it my best shot and we’ll see what happens!

From the get-go, this such an empowering feminist film.  It gives proof that you don’t need a man to protect you, fight your battles or to give you meaning in life.  I feel like every girl can relate to at least one of these characters: whether that be the bad-ass Harley Quinn who even though made some very bad choices in the past, is slowly learning from her mistakes and trying to become a better person and be more strong minded and free and not let a man control her life.  Or maybe you relate more to the Huntress, an equally bad-ass vigilante who wishes to protect and avenge.  What about the Black Canary who is quick, slick and won’t take anyone’s s*** (I’m sorry, it rhymed, and I got excited.)?  Perhaps you understand Renee Montoya – the killer cop who’s constantly in the shadow of men – on a spiritual level?  Maybe you just love Cassandra Cain, a troubled young pickpocket who is accidentally thrown into the lives of all three women when she swallows a valuable diamond.  Whoever you relate to, there’s no denying each of these characters develop themselves immensely throughout the film.

The action sequences follow the footsteps of Jackie Chan and John Wick, but with an added essence of Margot Robbie which is simply unbeatable.  You’ll be holding your breath every montage you watch which includes Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.  The costumes are amazing, and I must admit I long to wear some of the things that only Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell could pull off.

However, I must say the plot can be slightly confusing at times and despite all the loose ends being tied up, it did feel as though it dragged on at points.

All in all, this is an amazing movie, as long as you’re either a DC fan or a fan of action movies.  But, it can still be enjoyed if you love fearless females, it just helps to at least appreciate the genres of action and fantasy/dystopian films.

My Thoughts on Jojo Rabbit

I have never found a movie which could make me laugh at one moment and cry the next with the click of a pistol before Jojo Rabbit.  This incredible film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany towards the end of World War Two who lives with his Mother – Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) who is helping to hide a Jew – Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) from the clutches of the concentration camps.  Riddled with dark comedy and Hitler being an imaginary friend, I strongly recommend the watch.

The cast is incredible.  It includes the talents of well-known actors such as Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant and Taika Waititi (who also directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for this amazing film).  But also introducing emerging actors such as Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and Archie Yates who are possibly the most talented actors and actresses I’ve ever seen.  Roman Griffin Davis perfectly portrays an innocent German boy who is simply swept up in all the Nazi Propaganda but also is a truly funny, sweet boy who just longs to be Hitler’s best friend.  Thomasin McKenzie represents a feisty girl named Elsa who tries not to show her true fear of being taken away by the Nazis.

The film raised awareness of what so many of the history books fail to mention.  It shows a far more humane side to Germany during World War Two:  the few who longed for the war to be over and those who simply longed for the war to be over so they could go back to their loved ones.  The few who put their lives on the line to protect others.  It showed how even though some Germans were Nazis through and through, not all Germans’ are bad – an important message to today’s society.

The one issue I have with this film is the rating.  Of course, this is not the film’s fault as it was the BBFC who rated the film but there are honestly no other negatives.  This film is rated a 12A, but I think it should be rated a 12, at least.  This is due to the fact that there are some scenes which are extremely upsetting and very violent and could distress younger viewers.

Other than that tiny, miniscule issue, I really recommend this film as it is definitely worth the watch.  There is no wonder it’s been nominated for so many awards and I can say, hand on heart, that this film deserves to win every single one.



Nominated Awards – Wikipedia

Reading

I’m a massive bookworm.  I’ve been registered at my local library since I could understand what words meant.  I remember going and getting out books when I first learnt to read, talking to the lovely librarians who worked there – who have since seen me grow into who I am today.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen them in a while but whenever I do, they just make my day 10X better.  For me, I wasn’t just about the books in the library – that was an added bonus – it was about those Librarians, the ones who gave me book suggestions when was stuck on what to read next, the ones who always asked how I was doing, no matter how busy they were.  It was the librarians who cared and always took the time to ask me how I was and would let me talk to them for however long I wished.  The ones who would talk so highly of their grandchildren that it felt like you knew them yourself.  Those Librarians were the reason I always went back, and they encouraged me to read more and more.

Even when I moved up to secondary school, the school librarian was the first teacher I felt comfortable around.  She let me talk to her about everything under the sun, I got to chat to her about my love of musicals, dinosaurs and reading.  The most important thing she did for me though was help me realise that depression isn’t the worst thing in the world.  Of course, it’s a pain in the backside, but that school librarian showed me that if she could deal with it, anyone could easily do it.  I haven’t spoken to her for ages though – for different reasons – but I will never stop singing my praises of my fellow dinosaur fan who helped me accept the fact I had depression while introducing me to Six the Musical.

Anyway, books!  Reading isn’t everyone’s forte, but I have hand-picked five books (some are easier to read than others) which I adore, and I hope you do too!  They’re all quite different but I count on each of these books when I feel an emotion I struggle to handle.  So, if you have a bit of free time, read one of these books!  I’m sure you won’t regret it!

Number One: Wonder by R.J Palico

This book is by far the most heartfelt, pure book I think I’ve ever read.  It follows protagonist Auggie as he begins Middle School – except he’s not like the other kids.  The way it’s written is so clever and original and it’s honestly a book which could easily become a classic.  I’ve given it to my little brother and asked his thoughts (which I value very highly) and he said: “It’s positive and kind.  It also sends out a nice message.  You should definitely read it!” So, you know, if my brother recommends a book, you’ve got to read it!

Number Two: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

This book may have been written in 1982, but it’s so funny it’s got to be on this list.  It follows ‘misunderstood intellectual’ Adrian Mole through adolescence and what chaos he finds himself in.  Trust me when I say I’ve read the first part alone over 10 times now, but it never fails to make me laugh.  My parents introduced it to me, so it’s only fair I introduce it to you!

Number Three: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis

This book has it all – anger, joy, action, education, poetry, activism and celebrities.  If you want to read Emma Watson’s, Saoirse Ronan’s, Jodie Whittaker’s, Skai Jackson’s and so many more’s views on feminism, this is the book for you!  It’s the embodiment of empowerment and I can promise you that when you’re done reading, you’ll feel so badass!

Number Four: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is the only thing which never fails to bring me to tears.  It follows wallflower Charlie as he goes through high school, learning about life along the way.  It’s such a heartfelt sweet book which has characters you’ll wish you are friends with, and it leaves you with a message many people need to hear.

Number Five: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

If you have a dark sense of humour, this book is definitely for you.  It always cheers me up and it’s my go to pick-me-up.  I can’t even say anything about it so all I’ll say is that it’s the most chaotic “children’s book” you will ever read!  This is the best book.

So, there you have it!  Five fantastic books!  I hope you enjoyed reading, comment what books you love too, and we can start a mini fan club – it’ll be great. 

xo baby, Tati xoxo

[Slight side note, lots of people think I write xo baby as a nod to Gossip Girl and truth be told I’ve never actually watched it.  I’m actually referencing Six in Don’t Lose ur Head when Anne Boylen says: “I’ll think about it maybe, xo baby.” – I just love her feisty, sassy and bold personality and that’s what I always try to portray here!]

My Thoughts On Wicked the Musical

Wicked Musical Poster

If you don’t know me, I am a massive musical nerd.  I love musicals – particularly Book of Mormon, Heather’s, Mean Girls the Musical, Kinky Boots and Six to name a few!  So, when I learnt there was going to be a school trip to see Wicked, I lost my mind.  Going to see a musical in the West End with my best friends?  Sign me up!  It was an amazing adventure and I’m here to tell you all about it!

As it was an evening performance, we got to travel to London in the evening.  This may not sound important but remember that it was December that we went which meant Christmas lights!  The drive up there alone was an experience, it was all so gorgeous!  I managed to take a few photos as we drove past so it’s not the best quality, but I think they are still pretty cool:

When we got to the theatre, I found that firstly: the theatre itself was gorgeous – both inside and outside, and that secondly: the seats we had were amazing.  Honestly, we were seven or eight rows away from the stage so we could see everything so clearly and it was incredible to see all the actors and actresses up close, all the facial expressions you would otherwise miss were all there and they bought the whole musical alive.  I was also lucky enough to sit next to my own Elphaba to my Glinda which was so much fun – it was a bonding experience to say the least!

As soon as the first act began, I was instantly drawn in.  The fanfare, the music, the message, it was all so scary but in such a mesmerising way.  The set and scenery are both so amazing and it looks so realistic.  The way Glinda has her bubbles as she floats down to meet the people of Oz, looked stunning and her costume was so delicately put together, it was so stunning, so sparkly, so pretty, so painfully Glinda the Good Witch.  Even the costumes for the citizens of Oz were amazing.  They were all so quirky and different but made them look so unified.  When Elphaba and Glinda meet each other for the first time, the chemistry was so incredible, you really couldn’t help but believe everything that came out of their mouth!

The soundtrack is everything it’s hyped up to be and more!  It honestly doesn’t surprise me that it’s been nominated for so many awards for purely the song writing, what does surprise me is that it’s not won all of them!  Each word that leaves the characters lips is so perfectly suited to them, it’s all so cleverly put together!

I must say, before going to watch it, I was worried the actress who played Elphaba would not live up to Idina Menzel’s high standards (if any non-musical nerds are reading this, it’s the person who voiced Elsa in Frozen and she was the original Elphaba).  But oh, my Oz, she came through!!  Nikki Bentley is honestly so talented and her take on Elphaba was amazing and you couldn’t help but hang onto her every word.  Glinda – played by Helen Woolf gave me such strong Elle Woods Legally Blonde vibes and I loved it.  All the characters were so well cast to be fair – they all lived up to my original expectations and then took them further.

All in all, it was amazing, and I highly recommend you go watch it if you can.  There were so many plot twists and cliff hangers and I was obsessed. 

Our Tickets!!

Thank you for reading – it means a lot!  Also, I may not be posting for a while because mocks are in January so sorry about that!  But once they’re done, everything will go back to normal programming!

xo baby, Tati xoxo


PS – On the way back home I was eating Haribo because I love Haribo.  One of the jelly babies I was eating was just so chubby and I loved it so I took a photo of it just so I could post it here.  So, here’s my jelly baby I got emotionally attached to:

It’s just so chubby!

My Thoughts On Joker

Joker is the box office hit which shows you the arch nemesis of Batman in a whole new light.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix and delves into the psychological mindset of Joker himself and tackles many controversial issues such as: mental health, gun violence and rioting to name a mere few.  Overall, the film is incredibly well made and doesn’t glamourize any of the issues thrown at them which is a lot less that I can say for similar films.  It was extremely cleverly constructed, had just the right amount of tension and plot twists.  Phoenix was perfectly cast to play the clinically insane Joker and by the end it left me begging for more.

As a pre-warning for anyone wishing to watch the film, there’s an extremely large amount of violence shown in graphic detail, and if you are not a fan of blood, guts and gore at all; this may not be the film for you.

This film also homes into gun violence like never before, not glamourizing it but instead making a poignant statement over what’s currently happening in America.  The representation of Joker’s mental illnesses was perfectly portrayed and left me questioning reality.  I found it fascinating to watch how his psychological trauma played out, especially without the support he needed.  A constant theme is that of anarchy and chaos within the social classes and that was extremely interesting to watch what with everything that is currently going on in the world.

I have next to no criticism of this movie except for one fateful mistake the creators made.  As you may already be aware, Gary Glitter – an evil man convicted of many sexual assault and rape claims, possessing child pornography and underage sex – has produced a large amount of the soundtrack.  He’s getting paid highly for this – even behind bars and he’s getting more popular by the minute.

Overall, the movie is a total work of art and I cannot stress enough that you should watch it.  It tackles so many controversial issues with such maturity and it really gets the points it wished to tackle across.  As soon as they decide to remove Gary Glitter from the music, it’ll be absolutely stunning, and I’ll have nothing but praise for it.

This was very different to what I normally write about but I enjoy it and I hope you do too!  Tell me if there are any other movies you want me to talk about and review.  I love you all,

xo baby, Tati xoxo