You’re Only As Strong As Your Next Move: A Review Of Begin Again

You’re Only As Strong As Your Next Move: A Review Of Begin Again

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Before you decide that TFiOS is the best movie of the summer, watch this heartfelt story about chasing your dreams and making something special happen. 

I recently saw a movie that is going to become one of my favorites, and one that I fully intend to buy the second it comes out on DVD. Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Hailee Steinfeld, is a wonderful film about love, music, and starting over.  

The movie is raw, honest, and genuine – much like the music of Keira Knightley’s character, Greta. It’s rated R, mostly because they swear quite a bit. But in the real world, who doesn’t? The characters – even the broken ones, like Mark Ruffalo’s Dan – are people I would want to be friends with. It is set in New York City, with incredible scenery and a low-key vibe. There is no trace of the distracting glitz that could have ruined the movie if it was set somewhere predictable like LA. Through the dialogue and production, the viewer can see how everyone involved with making the film is dedicated to their craft. The movie’s title aptly states its main message: there is so much beauty in second chances. 

The story is simple: Dan, a once brilliant record executive, is now a faded image of his former self, spending more time getting drunk than he does signing promising new musical acts. His business partner, finally fed up with him, fires him. In a stereotypical fashion, he goes out and drowns his sorrows at a dive bar, where he hears Greta quietly strumming a ballad on stage. In what could be seen as the creative imagination of a drunk man running wild, instruments come to life on stage and Dan hears Greta’s rough song as a full-realized production. He also sees a second chance for himself, a way to get back to the life he once knew. Of course, it’s not that easy. Dan begs Greta to sign with him, but she refuses, saying that she is headed back to England to nurse her broken heart. Slowly but surely, he convinces her, and they set out to make her first album. Since Dan isn’t actually a record exec anymore, he makes a deal with his former partner: they will make a demo album, and from there, the record label will decide whether or not to sign Greta. They enlist Greta’s musical friends to assemble a band, and they make their album on the streets of New York City. The movie itself is a love story to New York and starving artists, and it is an incredible thing to experience as a viewer. The story strips away the crazy showmanship and faux-reality of Hollywood, and the spotlight is able to truly shine on the music, which is what’s important. It’s impossible to not be inspired to chase your dreams when watching this movie. 

The music is all extremely well done, unlike the over-produced pop that dominates the radio these days. The words spill off of Knightley’s tongue so delicately that you really do believe she wrote them. She makes a convincing young musician, and is a beautiful breath of fresh air. Mark Ruffalo does a great job portraying a record label exec who has lost his way, and manages to come off endearing when he should seem like a tool, something Ruffalo has done well before (think The Kids are Alright, except he doesn’t end up being a huge jerk by the end this time around). I also love how Hailee Steinfeld’s character Violet was written – she is witty, sharp, and mature, but you can still see that she is just a lost young girl trying to find her way and impress her erratic father. Adam Levine was even pretty good in his role, and I’m not even a huge fan of his. Months ago, when I first heard he was going to be in this movie, I laughed, remembering his fairly pathetic role on American Horror Story – but I thought his acting actually wasn’t too bad! 

There’s not much more I can say – After all, I’m not a professional movie critic – except, go see this movie!!!

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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5 Haunted Hotels in the world Guarunteed To spook you out

*contacts the ghoul boys from BuzzFeed Unsolved to get the answers*

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I've written articles from haunted prisons (which are my absolute favorite thing to talk about) to haunted hospitals and haunted hotels. But this time I'm focusing around the top haunted hotels throughout the WORLD. We aren't in the USA anymore Toto.

This time we are going to look into some of the famous haunted hotels throughout the world.




1. Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, Ireland

Located in County Monaghan Ireland, the Castle Leslie estate has hosted some of the most famous people. The estate was purchased in the 1600s, and since then been passed on from generation to generation within the family. But, unlike most places that have menacing spirits roaming its quarters, the spirits within Castle Leslie seem to be more chill as we like to say.

The most popular story involves the haunting in the Red Room by one of the former inhabitants- Norman Leslie who died in battle during World War I. Visitors have claimed to hear shuffling paper and someone shushing guests who make to much noise.

The Mauve Room is said to be haunted by Lady Constance Leslie. Supposedly, her ghost visited someone who was on her deathbed and the nurse happened to saw and didn't think anything of it until she saw a portrait of Constance Leslie the next day. Some say she still visits the room to levitate the bed.

Other popular hauntings of the Castle included a monk, a child whimpering and the estate bells ringing on their own and seeing apparitions throughout the Castle.

2. Langham Hotel, London, England

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Located in London, the Langham Hotel is the most haunted hotel in London which makes it a favorite for paranormal investigators and visitors. The hotel was built in 1865 and was the Englands "first grand" hotel. It even includes the most haunted hotel room in London, room 333.

There was a doctor who murdered his wife then killed himself while on their honeymoon. And BBC announcer James Alexander spotted the man in 1973. The figure looks like a Victorian gentlemen wearing a cloak but has blank, staring eyes. The man only makes appearances in October.

Then there was the man who jumped at of a fourth-floor window. Observed more in the early hours of the morning, the man supposedly walks through the doors and ends up most of the time in room 333.

Also, a ghost in room 333 who tips guests out of the bed while sleeping and one time an overnight guest felt the bed being shook and proceeded to flee the hotel during the middle might.

There have also been reports of strange noises, and a ghost butler still trying to serve guests on the third floor along with a ghost who has a gaping wound on his face who wanders the halls.

3. Dauphine Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Located in the French Quarter if New Orleans, the Dauphine Orleans hotel has rooms located on both sides of the street which includes cottages or slightly bigger rooms than the main hotel. The hotel has a rich history that leads up to the hauntings, but overall, the actual hotel opened in 1969.

A popular hotspot of the hotel includes May Bailey's where there is the story of the Phantom Bride. May Bailey who was once of the owner had a younger sister Millie who wanted more than a place that keeps the business afloat. Millie escaped in 1861 and met a Confederate soldier but her happy ending was short-lived.

On the day of her wedding, her soon-to-be-husband was shot dead due to gambling. Guests have spotted Millie's ghost in her hand-sewn lace wedding dress standing forlornly hoping her one true love returns to her. There has also been a Confederate soldier spotted in uniform.

Could this figure be Millie's long lost love?

4. Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland

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Dating back to the 12th century, the Tulloch Castle Hotel has been a paranormal favorite. The castle's south-west corner and tower is the only part of the original building from 1507 that still remains intact.

People who investigated or stayed overnight have seen balls of lights, orbs, cold patches or spots of air felt throughout the hotel, noises such as clicks, bangs, and thuds throughout the hotel with no explanation from where they came from or who made them.

But the most famous ghost of the hotel is the Green lady who has been captured on film. Supposedly, the girl walked in on her father having an affair, fled the castle but fell down the stairs and was killed. Some guests have said to seen her or felt her presence.

Other guests have felt extreme levels of energy at times, being awoken in the early hours feeling someone or thing pressing down on their chests.

5. Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Canada

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Fort Garry Hotel has housed many guests who have shared their experience of ghouls during their stay, but the most famous stories come from the famous room 202. A woman who committed suicide in the room after hearing her husband died in a car accident. She hung herself in the closet of the hotel room.

The women of 202 even haunts the hotel lounge where she is often crying in the corner. The staff has also reported seeing a woman dressed in a room wandering throughout the hallways. Other guests have even reported seeing figures standing at the foot of their beds such as a man or a women wearing a ball gown.

In 1989, a hotel employee was cleaning the kitchen and around 4 a.m. went back to the stairway but ended up hearing noises coming from the locked dining room. He went to unlock the door and saw a figure of a man sitting at one of the tables. He ran to get another employee to show them what he saw but upon returning, the figure had vanished from the dining room.

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