Requiem For A Dream | Initial Reactions & Opinions.

Requiem For A Dream is the second film by the Director Darren Aronofsky, who is probably most well know for Black Swan, which is one of my favourite films. Whilst I was in Berlin, I attended a Q&A with this Director and decided I wanted to watch all of his previous work, and this film became very highly recommended by the people I was with at the time.

I watched this film with no idea what it was about, all I knew was that it stared Jared Leto from the multiple GIF’s on Tumblr. I will first off state that this film is not for the fainthearted. I believe that I can deal with violence and pain in films relatively well, until I saw this film. But don’t let that fool you, it is one of the post powerful, beautiful, challenging and disturbing films I have ever watched. I don’t want to summarize the plot for you all because I believe the best way to view this film is as I did, not really knowing anything about it. Aronofsky doesn’t like to make films that will cheer you up on a dull day, he is a challenging Director and likes to see how far he can push the boundaries, and he timed it just right. If this film pushed even further, it may have turned out unwatchable.

Now one thing I will say, as it’s something that I always admire and take interest in, is that the film is beautifully edited. One of the best works of editing I have seen for a while, it’s split screens with contrasting yet similar characters works amazingly and the repeated fast cuts of the same sequence of shots throughout the film emphasize the tediousness of their everyday lives.

Anyhow, those are just a few opinions of the film I wanted to get down straight after watching. I hope this intrigues you too see the film, and if you have already seen it I would like to hear if you shared the same views, or if you got something completely different! (I imagine the film being a bit like Marmite)bannerfans_11095254 (1)

I’m going to Berlin! | Student Life

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As you can tell by the title, I have some very exciting news! In 3 DAYS I am traveling to Berlin for the annual Film festival with my course! And, if you can’t guess I’m super duper excited. However, I won’t lie it was a slightly last minute thing… as I, I booked flights a week before we go. Crazy, I know, but I am so glad I did because now I cannot wait to go!

What changed my mind on going was the fact that my course decided to be angels and have paid for the accommodation! (And I was assured they don’t do that every year) So all I really needed to pay for was flights and spending money, which is AWESOME.

The film festival is pretty well renowned and will have celebrities there such as Zachary Quinto and James Franco (I KNOW I KNOW I’M FREAKING OUT) I mean Heroes was one of the greatest T.V shows and do not even get me started on AHS. Then Franco in Spring Breakers was one of the greatest performances ever, and did I mention it’s one of my favourite films? Yes, much excite. ANYHOW, if you want to check out what’s on at the festival and all that jazz check it out here:

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Assignment Marks and Appreciation | Student Life

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Today I finally (after weeks of being messed around) got my marks back from my campaign work! If you haven’t see the post here’s the link:

Now after over thinking everything we had done, and thoughts on how some of the work really wasn’t up to scratch we actually got a 2:1! AMAZING! I am so so happy with this result and again goes to show how much hard work and time really pays off. However, this really isn’t the point of this post. The point of this, is when you start to pay more attention to your percentage, (or if you’re in college / school grade boundaries). I’ve noticed that once you do this – unless you get the highest mark, you don’t appreciate your work as much and start to pull it apart wherever it seems like you could’ve lost marks. For example, today we go 68%, which is 2% away from a First. Now I will admit, this did annoy me a little (a lot) HOWEVER the fact that after this we started to look at our work and blamed what others had done wrong instead of being proud of ourselves for what we have achieved is such a terrible thing to do. But everyone does it, I mean ever your parents when you tell them they almost sound saddened that you didn’t get into the higher grade instead of being 100% proud of you for doing your best, and getting a good grade.

The point I’m trying to make I guess, is that we shouldn’t pay as much details to the negativity because it will eat you alive, instead be proud of how well you have done and the life that you live and know that you did all that you could and that in the end it was worth it. No matter what a few extra marks or percentages say. We all need to be supportive of each other, and not to tear each other apart just so we can be the best. Just a thought I wanted to share. Leave opinions below as usual!

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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen | Thoughts & Opinions.

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First off I’d like to say I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and got to spend some quality time with your loved ones! I know I have with this lovely break from Uni (although I am starting to miss it) Now one of my New Years Resolutions was to try and think more / have more of an opinion about what I’ve read / watched / and what’s happening in the world socially and economically. So here I am, doing a post discussing my recent read Girl Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen, and maybe a bit of comparison to the film adaptation. I will try my best not to include any spoilers, but count this as somewhat of a warning.. just in case!

So to start off with I will try and summarize, the book is a memoir of Kaysen’s time in the famously renowned McLean hospital, (had patients such as Sylvia Plath – I seriously recommend you give The Bell Jar a read if you already haven’t) and her struggle with accepting her mental illness with borderline personality disorder and the friends she made whilst a patient. It’s a very blunt view of being mentally ill, and doesn’t try to glamorize it in any way, unlike the film does by star casting and leaving out parts of the book that are too graphic. This will obviously be partly to do with the fact that it is her own life that she is writing about, which could arguably make you question if what she is saying should be trusted / believable.

Kaysen is truly revealing herself to the world with this, she discusses how confusing her diagnostic was and how she still hasn’t fully come to terms with it now many years in the future. I think she wants to share her thoughts on how she believes that most of what is considered to be a symptom of mental illness is really just part of adolescence, and yes there are somethings that cross the boundaries, but most of the time it’s just part of growing up.  She wants teenagers to read it and connect with what she went through and for them to not feel like they are going through it on there own, that most people in the world of a similar age is feeling the exact same thing.

One thing that I really want to focus on though is the unbearable sexism of Psychiatric diagnostic and hospitalization, Kaysen states this horrible truth towards the end of her book:

‘How many girls do you think a seventeen-year-old boy would have to screw to earn the label “compulsively promiscuous”? Three? No, not enough. Six? Doubtful. Ten? That sounds more likely. Probably in the fifteen -to-twenty range, would be my guess – if they ever put that label on  boys, which I don’t recall their doing. And for seventeen-year-old girls, how many boys?’

This concept is horrible, as is still one that persists today in modern day society 48 YEARS after she was committed. We still get girls labeled ‘slags’ if they have a one night stand, and boys labelled ‘lads’ if they do. When will this negative stereotyping end? Never? It feels like women still lack sexual freedom even after the second wave feminists protested for our right to contraception! This is something that I feel really strongly about and I wish it wouldn’t be so stigmatized.

So.. if you made it to the end thank you for sticking with me! I know this is something very new for my blog, but I really want what I post to be substantial and share my views that I feel very passionately with the world because I feel like it’s a step forward than doing nothing. As always let me know what you thought of my post in the comments, and here’s to a brilliant 2015!

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Hard Work Pays Off! | Student Life

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At the end of last week I got my first Essay / Assessment back that I was stressing about a few posts back.. here’s the link to it if you haven’t read it:

Let’s just say, all my hard work and stressed paid off as I got a FIRST! 80%! I am so proud of myself, and just goes to show if you push yourself just that bit further it really does pay off in your grade. I still don’t believe that my grade should’ve been this high, as my self esteem has always been an issue, but none the less I’m so happy with myself! The only problem is that it puts a little bit of pressure on me, because I’ve started off at such a high level, and I feel like they will be expecting such high quality work in the future. But just wanted to let you know that it may seem really stressful and hard when your working on it, but trust me it will all pay off in the end!bannerfans_11095254 (1)

My First Campaign Work | Student Life

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Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of my group’s portfolio work for our first Campaign assignment! We where given a real brief, are’s was ‘ARTches’ a Street Art campaign centred in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, and our job was to draw in a target audience, and make people want to visit the Northern Quarter too see the art work and too donate to the Kickstarter campaign that is due to lauch on the 17/2/15, so here is some of the work we produced, enjoy! (And any comments on what we have done, good or bad are helpful in evaluating, so leave any opinions down below)

First up we have the thing that I’m most proud of, our 1 minute short promotional film:

As well as this we created a social media campaign, which included Facebook and Instagram accounts.. Facebook – Instagram – So take a look on them and maybe give them a like or a follow? Would really help us out!

We’ve done a lot more work, just wanted to share this with you because I’m proud of what me and my group have achieved, and wanted to keep you guys updated!

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First University Assessment troubles | Student Life

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Today I’m going to be talking about the nerves surrounding my first University assessment, more specifically, essay. So this turning out to be a very difficult thing to do, you spend months out of College applying and preparing for University, then you get here and you’re like “Oh God I’ve forgotten how to write”, but it’s more than that. The new found amount of independence University brings is both refreshing, and difficult. You’re lecture’s are so broad about what they want from your essay, that you end up at a complete stand still not knowing where the hell to start. However, I think I’m finally getting there, I’ve got a starting point, which in theory can sometimes be the hardest part of writing an essay. I do think that the best thing you can do is put yourself out there, don’t be afraid to ask questions, because if you never ask you’ll never know, and once you push yourself the first time it becomes an easier task the more you do it. But this independence also means that you have a free range of what you want to talk about, be it scripting too genres and German Expressionism! It gives you a chance to either explore something new or learn about something you love in more depth! Obviously it’s different for other courses / subjects, but independent learning spreads through them all! It’s just a challenge to get through.

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