Monday, 14 September 2015

Cinema



The other day I went to the cinema with a friend. I hadn't been to the cinema for ages. Last time I went, I saw 'The Love Punch' starring Emma Thompson and Piers Brosman. It was an interesting romcom with a bit of action (well.. nearly falling off a cliff and a jewel heist in the mix). Me and my friend happened to be the only teenagers in the cinema at the time. It was quite hilarious.  

But! The other day I saw not a nice, happy romcom but a rather scary action film. This film was the Maze Runner 2. 
I am not exaggerating when I say it was really well and truly scary. Because it was. In my opinion anyway. My friend asked me if I wanted to see it with her a few days before we went and I said I would, of course. I saw the first one with my friend at her place a month ago or something and it was really good and a lot less scary than the second one. 

Me and my friend got to the cinema, brought a tonne of sweets and a fizzy drink each then went into the cinema- settling down in our seats and stuff. Like I said, I hadn't been in a cinema for ages so I was not really used to the darkness of the room and the seats and the cup holder and the massive screen and everything. My friend was absolutely buzzing next to me- she was extremely excited and so was I because I was at the cinema on a school night for goodness sakes. 

The film then started. It was really good. Right from the start you see the main character having to run for his life. As the film went on it got more and more exciting and more action packed. In one part of the film there were these really scary looking zombie people and that really freaked me out. Somebody behind me was kicking my seat as well so that just added to the horrible scared feeling inside me. Then the main character had to absolutely run for his life again some more. My friend was on the edge of her seat. I was trying not to look at the screen because it was freaking me out so much. At one part I jumped so bad. Being in a dark cinema which has a massive screen makes the film more real and in my case, a lot more exciting and scary. 

About 3/4 of the way through the film, my bum started to get seriously numb and I sort of tried to shift in my seat a bit to make the numbness come off but all I achieved was dropping my sweets on the floor. Great.

So the film was actually really good. It was a real good 'action in nearly every minute of the film' sort of film. But then again I do prefer the first maze runner film. 
Also: Do not watch it if you hate scary films! I repeat! Do not feast you're eyes upon it! (I almost regret watching it).

Just because I feel like it I will recommend 3 films I really enjoyed and recommend:

Edge of tomorrow- a kick-ass action film. 
Run fat boy run- a laugh out loud comedy. 
Gravity- a suspenseful film set in space (clues in the name). 

I hope you enjoyed this post. 
Blogging again soon! 
EJ

Sunday, 13 September 2015

School

Yep. I'm back to school now and it sucks. It really does. First day back was a shock to the system. My alarm woke me up at 7. Not cool. I didn't want to get up. I sort of just rolled over on my side and slept for another 10 minutes. Then I realised that I had only a few minutes to get ready and everything. You should have seen how fast I brushed my teeth. 

I managed to get a lift to school some how and luckily I made it on time. At school I wouldn't say my friends were over the moon at the sight of me but they did a friendly 'hi'. I think they really wanted to be somewhere else. And don't get me wrong, I didn't want to be in that stuffy classroom either. I would have rather been in bed enjoying quality sleep.

The first day back could have gone better. The lessons were alright. I mean... English was pretty good. Me and my mate were just having a right laugh. We're doing poetry so I guess that's quite cool. 

The bus home was the worst. It was completely full. Like a sardine can packed with loads of sweaty sardines. I had to ask to sit next to this older kid because the seat next to her was the only free seat. She was really reluctant to let me sit next to her. She eventually said I could after a sort of evil look and this massive sigh. She asked me where I get off and she gets off earlier than me so I had to sit right next to the window- my right arm digging into the girl's bag which she had on her lap. Some smaller kids sat in front were just shouting and laughing like banshees or something and the whole bus was just this circus of laughing erupting banshees and sardines. I thought I might make some casual conversation with the girl next to me but she put her ear phones in although it was probably impossible to even hear the music. I then noticed a chocolate digestive biscuit squashed into the seat right by my leg. Lovely.


I'm sorry you had to see this.
                                    
So apart from that horrific bus journey and the fact I really didn't want to be at school, it was actually alright. I really want to make the most of this year and everything and give all I have got. Last year was a bit of a bummer so hopefully this year I won't mess up and make a bummer of a year. I know the year will just fly by so I might as well try and enjoy it. 

I hope you liked this post-  I will be posting again soon! 
EJ



Saturday, 5 September 2015

Books I read in the Summer

                            

Over the Summer Holidays I didn't do as much reading as I would have liked but I think the books I did read were quite good. I do like to read and well... I try to read just about anything from the classics to the modern young adult fictions.

For some reason I have read quite a few classics (some of them were for school)  and although they were sometimes hard to get my head around I actually did enjoy them. For example, I read Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Good old Hardy. He really did write the characters well. I doubt many teenagers are reading classics unless it's for school and yeah, I get why because you just look at the front cover of a classic book and you think 'why the hell do I want to read something that was written donkey's years ago?!' but actually they're not that bad (some of them are really boring and really hard to read) but most of them are actually alright and most of the classics have some deep meaning behind them for instance Lord of the Flies was all about the evil of mankind and it sort of warns us of the evil we're all capable of... So yeah... maybe give the classics a try?


However...during the Summer Holidays I didn't start by reading a classic but a very modern book with yet a deep meaning behind it. I finished reading On Beauty by Zadie Smith which... well... it was quite good... I started reading it because I got it from the Charity shop and it got loads of awards and stuff. It was quite grown up and some of it was... well... a bit explicit really. The book contained loads of different characters and some of them I preferred more than others. The book mainly just focuses on two different families and how they connect with each other and the stuff each family gets up to... When I read the blurb and the opening paragraph I thought 'It's just going to be like Romeo and Juliet'. But it wasn't. Yes, it had fights (but not with swords or anything) and yes it involved a member of the family getting it on with the other family member but it was a lot more than that. I wouldn't say it was the best book I have ever read but I think the characters were very well written and I could almost hear their voices in my head. The book mainly evolves around the conflict between two families and opposing political and moral sensibilities, issues of class, behavior, ambition and opportunity in a society with proscribed rules and roles. It is basically an updated version of EM Forster's Howard's End.


The second book I read was a classic. But it was sort of a modern classic so it was quite easy to read. The book I read was Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. I had heard quite a lot about this book at school and most of the comments about it were 'It's just about this boy who walks around not doing anything'. I decided to give it a read and see if this was true. It sort of was but he doesn't not do anything, he learns lessons and talks to lots of different people and he learns stuff about himself and about life.  I know it is quite a controversial novel which was originally published for adults but has since become popular with younger readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. I also decided to read it because it focuses on a teenager. This teenager, called Holden Caulfield, is torn between adult hood and child hood and people always tell him to 'grow up'. Caulfield says 'Goddam', 'damn' and 'hell' a lot- perhaps too much but I think that adds to his character and the way he tells the story. Holden Caulfield tells his story- of the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home. In New York, and on the way home, he interacts with teachers, prostitutes, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister and many more people. 


I think this book illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up. I guess it was quite a good read. I felt slightly more wise after I had read it. I felt some sort of connection with Holden even though I don't really fear growing up as much (but I do find the fact I will grow up scary). At first when I was reading the book I thought it wasn't going to be any good and I didn't think it would have a story behind it. I looked it up while I was reading it and discovered what it was actually all about and then as I continued to read it I started to understand more about all the different factors in the story such as the symbolism e.g. the red hunting cap. The way Holden spoke also kinda reminded me of the way I write my words- sort of like this. I wondered why the novel was called 'the catcher in the rye' and then I read a part of the novel where Holden explained that he wanted to stop all the children from falling off the cliff when they played in the rye and I found out that 'the catcher in the rye' could actually mean 'protector of innocence' which relates to Holden's issue with growing up. If you are a teenager I recommend this book to you but I know it probably won't be for everyone.


The last book I read over the holidays was 'Paper Towns' by John Green. I brought this book off my friend for £1 (bargain?!). Like 'the Catcher in the Rye', Paper Towns focuses on a teenager. This teenager, Quentin, investigates a paper trail after Margo, (who's the same age as Quentin), goes missing following a night with Quentin, who helped her get revenge on several people who wronged or betrayed her. This was my first book by John Green and I think he wrote Quentin and Margo very well. I guess the book was quite exciting and the dialogue between the friends was very funny. The first bit of the book was really exciting and really great and then it sort of went slightly down hill but it still maintained an element of excitement. Paper Towns touches on themes of friendship, identity, exploration and admiration. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, that's for sure but I think it was still a good book. 


So that's what I read over the holidays. I guess it is a pretty wide range of books- with very different themes and everything. I could have read more over the holiday but yeah- I didn't. Make sure you try and read because I think reading can definitely broaden your mind and stuff. It probably makes you more knowledgable as well- So make sure you do stick your head in a book every now and then. 


Hope you enjoyed this post- I will be writing again soon,

EJ