Sunday, 12 October 2014

Film- The Tarantino Scenes you need to see

I must confess. I'm a Tarantino-aholic. The first time I saw Pulp Fiction I didn't even do the usual one eye on my instagram feed one on the TV, I just watched. Whether it's his style of directing, writing or usually hilarious cameos, Quentin Tarantino can make damn good films. I think you should watch them all, but I thought I'd do a little post of some of my favourite scenes.

Pulp Fiction - Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega.   

Well, to be honest you're missing out if you don't see the whole film, but the scene titled 'Vincent Vega and Marcellus Wallace's wife' is arguably the films best and most iconic. From the moment the pair pull up at the incredible 1950's diner, you are hooked on the scene. There is so much tension but it is balanced by comedic moments such as John Travolta reluctantly dancing compared to Mia's coke-infused enthusiasm. I won't ruin what happens in case you haven't seen it, but the scene finale is arguably the best in cinema.

Inglorious Basterds - Operation Kino.

Again, I don't want to give any spoilers. Inglorious Basterds is one of my favourite films of, like, ever. I don't really know why, but it definitely has something to do with this scene. Or Brad Pitt's hilarious Italian accent. The dialogue in this scene is genius, it's in sub titles so you got to read fast to get it all but it's amazing. The film is basically an alternative WWII in Tarantino's mind, and this scene is essential to how the war will end, and the results of this 'operation' are....well....mixed.

Django Unchained - Leo arrives.

I think Leo in a Tarantino film was always going to be good. And it is. Playing a malicious plantation owner, leo takes to the character of a villain. And he does it so well, not even breaking character when he slices his hand open after breaking glass on a table.

From Dusk Till Dawn.

I adore the first half of this film, admittedly the second half unexplainable. It follows two criminals who hijack a family's vacation to Mexico, but in a Tarantino style, who also has a leading role. Also starring Juliette Lewis, the movie is wonderfully bizarre.

Do you guys have a favourite?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

New Tattoo

So this is what I got up to last Friday.
For a long time I've wanted another tattoo, and I wanted the tattoo to be a tribute to Nirvana.
The words are lyrics from the song 'Dumb' in Kurt Cobain's handwriting.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Photography- Natures paintbrush

 I just love using my camera to capture the colours of nature.
Sometimes watching the sun set and seeing the colour stream through the window glass can make you go into a reflective mood. You just begin to think of the world, and who else is watching  the same sunset.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

September Series : Writing a Personal Statement

That time of year has come around again, where everyone seems to be heading off to different places around the country for university. I imagine many of you are in that group of people, or are at least thinking about it in the future! It is also that time of year where UCAS starts up again for those of you wanting to apply, so todays post is dedicated to an area of the application that can be a bit of a challenge.
Now even mentioning the words 'personal statement' can sound terrifying and daunting, but if you know you will soon have to write one, don't worry! I was so nervous about how it would make me look or even if I was including all the right information, but if you do your research, make loads of drafts and get feedback, it will all be fine. Here are just a few tips from my experience to help you get started!
Begin on paper This really helps in the planning stages.
Make a list. Of Everything you want to include, and what each paragraph will feature.
Spend time of your opening sentence. I cannot stress this enough.

In a personal statement your opening sentence is vital, try to make it unique and interesting, or just straight forward. One piece of advice I was repeatedly told was to never begin with "Since the age of ... I've always wanted to study..." or "For a long as I can remember I have loved" because it makes your statement sound very generic. Here is what I used for my first sentence, as I really wanted to communicate my love of literature. I think it is good way to begin if you show enthusiasm for your chosen subject.

Whether being captivated by Lewis Carroll’s vivid, nonsensical fantasy world as a child or intrigued by Sylvia Plath’s compelling narrative voice as a teenager, literature has never failed to engage, fascinate and stimulate my mind, or make me less determined to become a writer.
It's also a good idea to look around the internet of personal statement examples, however only take INSPIRATION from these examples as UCAS can track anything you have copied from the internet and then reject your application. Look at these examples to see how to structure your statement, and if you're including the right information.
It's important you include more information other than your school achievements, I included a small paragraph.
Through working in a retail shop, a residential care home and babysitting from a young age I have had to communicate with a variety of people, which for me, have been very valuable experiences. They have all helped me increase my confidence in my ability to help others in vastly different circumstances and improve my communication skills, something vital for a working environment. By balancing work and school I have been able to manage my time well which again will be useful in higher education and the future.
You want your university to know a bit more about you, such as your determination and work ethic! I wasn't really sure how to end my statement, but I think I good technique is to mention the future, like what you would like to achieve at university etc. I chose to mention my Gap year.
I also love to travel and have the desire to see more of the world, which is why I have decided to defer to 2015, and hopefully obtain even more invaluable experiences by travelling and taking a teaching volunteer placement.
Everything said in this post of course is only my opinion based on my own experience of writing a personal statement, however I think most this advice can be applicable to many different subject based statements all wanting a place at university!
Hope you found it helpful!
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