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Top Films 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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Books, Discussions

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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

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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Books

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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Film, Movie Reviews

Room (2016)

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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My Year in Books

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 “My Year in Books”

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Book Review

Samantha Reed has spent years watching her neighbours from her window. The Garretts are a diverse household of contrasting personalities, alluring Sam away from her seemingly ordinary and fortunate lifestyle. The day Jase Garrett appears at her bedroom window changes everything for her, and she is enlightened by his extraordinary presence. Living in the shadow of her high profile political mother, family problems never seem to be far away for Sam, startling events cause disrupt for her and the people closest to her. Faced with tough judgements, Sam must decide between what she thinks is right and what is best for her loved ones.

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Film, Movie Reviews

Christmas with The Coopers (2015)

Film Review

Charlotte and Sam Cooper want nothing more than the perfect family Christmas. Spanning across four generations, it may be the last chance they get at hosting the annual ideal gathering of their most beloved relatives. Unexpected events unwind for each member of the Cooper clan as the build up to the occasion progresses, testing and relocating family bond in the true spirt of the holiday season.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review

“The Greatest Mage. The Chosen One. The Power of Powers. It still feels strange believing that that bloke’s supposed to be me. But I can’t deny it either.”

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Orphaned and forced to spend summer with the ‘normals’, he relishes in the time he gets to return to the magical Watford School of Magicks. In addition to his studies towards his final year, Simon also has the burdens resulted from prophecies; declaring he is the one to end wars and defeat the malevolent Insidious Humdrum. A perfectly typical Rainbow Rowell-esque story of love, friendships, wizardry and discovering yourself.

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Trouble By Non Pratt

Book Review

“So it’s just me. Fifteen, pregnant, single mum.”

Hannah is fifteen. Typical popular school girl, always trying to get the attention she constantly desires. She’s built herself a reputation, known for fooling around with the guys and following the footsteps of her best friend. She finds herself pregnant, and unable to tell anyone about it and especially can’t say who the father is. Then she encounters the new boy, Aaron, an enigmatic contrasting character who is trying to find his place in a unfamiliar location. As relationships falter and rumours develop, the two begin to reveal more about each other and terrible secrets circulate.

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