Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

A investigation kicks off after the body of a single mother is found in the water.

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When the body of a single mother turns up at the local river, infamously named ‘The Drowning Pool’, it sparks an investigation with the local community; this is not the first girl to be found dead in this situation. Jules may not be mourning her late sister, but she is dragged back to a place she had once escaped before to care for the orphaned child and uncover some old memories.

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Top 16 Films of 2016

A section of my favourite releases from the year of 2016.

Top 16 Films of 2016

Nearing the end of 2016, it’s about time to reflect on the releases of this year. Thanks to Cineworld Unlimited, I’ve managed to get to my local cinema a vast amount of times this year, so I’ve got a lot to choose from. As it was 2016, I’ve gone with a selection of 16 films that have topped my cinema year. This is just my opinions here; all views are my own and are selected through the UK cinema release dates.

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The true-life experiences of Matt Haig’s battle with depression is highlighted in this compelling book ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’

Book Review/Discussion

Essentially, I aimed for this to just be a review piece on the book. But that was before I got to reading Reasons to Stay Alive. My decision was drastically altered as I discovered I had so much more to discuss, thus forming a review-discussion combination that may be a bit out-there when my writing is considered. My predominant intention for this book was to read through it during a time in my life in which I believed it would benefit me most. I do think I’ve achieved that, seeing as I have so much to discuss due to reading it.

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Originality Debate in Cinema

A brief discussion around originality in modern day cinema and how reboots and sequels in particular affect it.

Article/Discussion

Written for and published on Film Inquiry – 27th April 2016

The ideology of originality in modern day cinema is a debate that is frequently discussed and examined, comparing it to what was considered the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’ in the 1900’s. Particularly regarded are the similar storylines and plots that are overused and are becoming somewhat identical, which can comprise of reboots of existing features – Superheroes etc. Along with the sheer amount of sequels that reoccur frequently even when audiences may not particularly want them, leading to them being ignored or neglected. Both critics and the public alike weigh up validations to whether what is produced and shown on our screens is in fact unique content, or whether cinema is becoming more washed out and predictable. Examples for both of these theories are evident continually, especially in present film, therefore making this subject so relevant and important to contemporary media. Nowadays, with the sheer amount of competition around, more and more people want to make film, but it is due to this reality that people do indeed doubt Hollywood and the value of its content.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book Review

Ari doesn’t know who he is as a person. Forever questioning the mysteries and unpredicatablities of his surroundings, along with the inner enveavours to interpret his own emotions and mental fiends. Dante doen’t share many similarites with Ari. Finding solace in tranquil leisurely activities such as drawing and reading for the sheer fun of it, Dante appears to have life interpreted. Despite their obvious variances, after meeting at the swimming pool, the pair develop a unique and important friendship. Pushed to limits first unforseen, the companions are tested against obstacles established by the undefinable universe and the entanglements of growing up.

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Room (2016)

Told through the innocent eyes of a isolated child, a journey of discovery into the real world in dramatic feature ‘Room’

Film Review

Jack is 5 years old. For those 5 years of his life, he’s grown up with the same four walls surrounding him. He’s never experienced anything outside of Room. His Ma has struggled to keep up this livelihood, yet still accomplishing to make a loathsome situation slightly bearable for her son’s sake. Adapted from the novel by Emma Donoghue, Room shows what it’s like to finally escape the isolating surroundings and into an unchartered world through the eyes of a naive and sheltered child.

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Top 15 Books of 2015

It’s been a pretty decent year of reading. A lot of very good books accompanied alongside some other not so good. I’ve managed to compile my final list of 15 favourites that I read this year. Some are new releases, some are YA and there are also a fair amount of graphic novels included in there too. All, in my opinion were brilliant in their own way. Happy New Year, let’s hope 2016 brings a lot more reading. Continue reading “Top 15 Books of 2015”