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Split (Spoiler-Free Review)

Hi everybody! Sorry for the gap between posts - life has been extremely busy for me, and the world has fallen into somewhat of a chaotic mess this year, so many things have been put on hold. With that being said I have for you a film review! I have decided to review one of my all-time favourite films: SPLIT (shocker, I know) This was originally written as part of an assignment in which I critiqued several texts for their aesthetic worth in a literary context, so I shan't be talking about cinematography or editing in this review (although, I could talk about those subjects for days - maybe weeks with this film!) Anyways, without further ado - I bring you, M Night Shyamalan's 2017 psychological-thriller "Split".

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A Poem For My Granddad

So today marks the second year anniversary of the death of my Granddad Jimmy. For these past two years I've told myself that I will write a poem in honour of him, but I couldn't get anything worthy (to me) written down that would justify as THE poem. But over these past few weeks I've honed my poetry skills and managed to get it all down. I've edited it to death for an assignment at uni and now I feel, on his death anniversary, that it is time to let this poem off into the world for others to view, to gain some form of catharsis, and let this be the send-off I've been attempting for the past 2 years. I love you Granddad Jimmy. Though you're gone you have given me a new lease on life over these past 2 years, and you've helped me become a better writer, a better poet, and overall, a better person. I hope you enjoy this piece.

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The 1975 at the MEN Arena: February 28th 2020

Long time no see - QUARANTINE Time my brothers and sisters. To take our minds off of the nature of current events I have finally finished my review of The 1975's performances with Beabadoobee as support on February 28th 2020 at the Manchester Evening News Arena. At the bottom of this review is the set list for the entire night, as well as a choice selection of photos, all credit going to the amazing Steph O'Brien @sometimesiwrite13 Happy reading, and stay safe during these troubling and confusing times!

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World Mental Health Day Poem

Okay, I know it's a bit of a late one, seeing as how World Mental Health Day was last Thursday, however, I took that day as a day to restart an old lyric of mine into a poem, and voila! Here it is! Everybody deals with Mental Health, some worse than others, and depression is a thing, mental illness is a thing, suicide is a thing - there is no hiding behind taboos and so on, so here it is in black and white. For those of you who want to know where the title came from, I was once referred to as Bittersweet in college, when I looked up the definition, I thought, "yeah, this applies to me to some level." Then this same person once said that my main issue is that I think too much like a robot, and that I should start spending my time thinking more like a human being. "Android" was one of my nicknames that this person would use - not in a mean way - whenever we met up. And finally I placed "Suicide" in there, because I've had to deal with this word so much in my time, due to the state of my mental health and where it's at, and where it can get to. I've confronted myself, and friends in regard to the state of my mental health and how I've had these thoughts and feelings; it's a large, integral part of who I am as a person. Sometimes this admission of suicidal thoughts has gone one way, sometimes another, with people, but I made it a conscious choice to include it in this poem, especially it's title, because we need to break taboos like these in order to help everyone. Make it World Mental Health for forever, not just one day out of the year. Let's work to make everyday a World Mental Health Day. Thank you, and as always, enjoy.

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Meet Me in Montauk

Hello people of WordPress! Back here with another poem, this one coming from a creative piece I did in first year for a poem. I've since updated it and here it is! This one is based on the superb (Anti?) Romantic-Comedy Drama, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet - if you haven't already watched this masterpiece, I suggest you go and check it out! Anyway, as usual I hope you enjoy my work!

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Wallflower Seed

Okay, so I haven't been blogging/active recently due to the demand of attention for my uni assignments and work (I have just started second year) - however, I have been working on some new ideas, and some of the work being demanded out of me via uni assignments could be deemed as worthy for publishing on here, after the fact. Anyway, here is one of my poems from first year, edited to its latest draft form, first committed to poetic form at a Halloween Party in 2017. Enjoy!

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A Sign of the Times

Long time no see! I've been working on some new material for the following months, however I am back at university, having just finished my first week of second year, so much of my time will be spent on new assignments and whatnot - however, some of these assignments can feed into this blog, such as creative pieces etc. Anyhow, here is a new poem I have been working on for quite a while now: "A Sign of the Times."

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Attention To Detail (1)

This is just the start of a series of blog posts entitled "Attention To Detail". This series will take a look at five different films and an obscure piece of trivia that you may, or may not know about said film! So, yeah, take a look and see if there's anything interesting that you find!

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MISSING MANIC

This is primarily based upon an essay I had written for university based upon my primal figure of inspiration. This is a brief history of Richey James Edwards from The Manic Street Preachers. This article may have some potential mental triggers for some viewers, so viewer discretion is advised. If you, or anybody you know is fighting a battle with mental health issues, I urge you to seek and secure help with your GP/Mental Health advisor right away. As always, enjoy!

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Metafiction and Fanfiction in Contemporary Film & Literature

This is another piece I have written using an old university assignment on the study of metafiction and fanfiction in contemporary literature. A prime candidate that this essay focuses on is how the Unbreakable film series by M. Night Shyamalan manages to fit into both categories at once. Enjoy!

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David Foster Wallace, Jean Baudrillard, Descartes, and Postmodernism.

This is an extension on an essay I penned for an assignment, looking in depth into the works of David Foster Wallace and his battle with our postmodern society, and the subsequent invasion of postmodernist devices into our literature and entertainment industries. Enjoy!