Almost the End of the Year
Hello there, I realise that I’m apologising for the lack of posts for the third time but currently I’ve been doing essays and getting merry most nights rather than doing writing. It’s quite nice not to have to do some writing for a while but that’ll be back soon when I write a Porco Russo review for Next Projection and plenty of end of the year features to be done too! I’ll be trying to round out my top 10 for the year as well as posting my year in numbers which will be oddly fun and interesting… for me. Then I’ll be on the awards season hype as will everyone else and trying to break my record of 17 of 21 Oscar predictions and maybe even putting money on it. I may recommend you do the same but I’ll probably be sued if I suggested such a thing! Especially with such a competitive year.
I got my first essay mark back for classical Hollywood cinema in which I only got a 68 (a 2:1), it’s painfully close to a first! It’s also annoying because I can see the errors in it now, I can see the problems and the reason I didn’t get a first. Had I ditched a paragraph I feel it would’ve shot up to a 74 but that’s all my fault. Regardless, 68 isn’t too bad, I will do better for the two 3000 word essays due early January by ferociously reading everything in the university library. Maybe I’ll get my first. Probably not but there you go.
Regardless, I just wanted to post a tiny update before I post some more. Adios.
Lack of Writing
Apologies to the very few that do read what I have to say but lately university is being hectic as stated before. Currently I’m doing an essay on Casablanca and how it conforms to the classical Hollywood style or at least arguing its case anyway. After that I have another essay about a horror film which I’ve yet to decide on and how that conforms to the norms of the genre. Currently trying to decide between Insidious, The Conjuring, Sinister and The House of the Devil. There are many more I’d love to write about too like Inside but there’s another essay where they might apply but same could be said for these. I’ve always been indecisive. Apparently a rambler too. This post is more apologising for the lack of content that will happen because of these essays, a short I’m trying to film and a screenplay that I’d like to attempt to write in time for the BlueCat screenplay competition - fat chance with completing it but as it’s NaNoWriMo too then why the hell not?
Regardless I’d just like to post to keep Blogger happy lest they complain about inactivity. There may be a few reviews soon just for the hell of it on here because the dates have passed to publish them elsewhere like my thoughts on Prisoners (spoiler: my favourite film of the year so far) and a few others of 2013 that I’ve missed out on but want to catch up and push my opinion on. There may also be a few features that I want to get my head around so stay with the week or two of low activity because then it may go chaotic again.
Thanks for letting me procrastinate.
Term Has Started and I’m Lazy
Before, there was a post about going back to university, now I’m back and have been for weeks. So far though, I’ve been a tad lazy when it comes to, umm, attendance. That’s the problem I’ve always struggled with anyway. I feel that - personally - I don’t learn much from attending lectures because it never sinks in or it’s too basic to have much value when it comes to doing essays. The reading involved is much more helpful, insightful and detailed because they can be. Lectures can’t really be that detailed because they don’t have enough time or it has to be broad to give more freedom when writing essays. I got called up for an attendance meeting that went fine and have since been attending but I’m tired of them - especially when you have to listen to some idiot waffle on about how he’s too good for our uni or how much he can quote Marc Cousins’s The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Instead I’d rather the freedom to learn myself rather than the obligation of attendance of lectures. University was sold as independent education with most reliance on yourself which is true so why can they not trust students to do the work themselves? After all, it’s them who suffer more than the university. It’s their money, their debt, their problem, their failure.
Beforehand I was excited to do my module Film Genre because it’s primarily horror based and I am so damn up for anything horror related lately it’s great. We’ve studied great films so far and to be honest had decent seminars that I don’t mind attending. It’s actually a shame they’re only an hour because at the 40 minute mark everyone starts discussing properly, they get interesting rather than irritating or silent and then the time runs out. That sucks. It’s rare that they’re actually good but the groups actually talk, they don’t just regurgitate information from the lecture the day before. Classical Hollywood Cinema was a module I was excited for too, to get a good knowledge of film history but the seminars are the most uncomfortable 50 minutes of my life. The room stays near silent, not a barely a word is ushered from anyone other than the tutor. It’s uncomfortable. No one learns anything. Time then feels like every second is a minute because of how excruciatingly painful that silence is. You can see the seminar tutor getting fed up and when anyone brings up a point, no one debates it, there’s just silence.
Now it’s time to start my essays, one of which is a textual analysis about any horror film I like. Decisions are too difficult. Time to write some shorts and make some since people want to (I’m looking at you Joel, if you’re reading this) and that will definitely be fun if I can get people to act (I’m looking at you Jack, if you’re reading this which you probably aren’t). Anyway, that’s enough of my rambling for now, it’s pointless and isn’t important but there we go. Just felt like writing something.
Anyone know a good UK printing company that have good quality printing and print singulars and not bulk orders please?
As simple as that. Sick of it now. I’ve done nothing wrong so just leave me alone.
Aberystwyth can actually be a nice place to live.