It’s rare nowadays that anything I watch is capable of capturing my attention for longer than twenty minutes, without my succumbing to the temptation of mousing over the video progress bar, opening another tab on my browser or checking my emails- I watch a lot of television on my laptop. Arrival proved to be an exception to this rule, and reminded me of why I enjoy going to the movies so much.

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North and South vs Pride and Prejudice: the battle of the century!

I have to admit, when I first came to the end of North and South I eagerly turned to the next page and thought, is that it?

I think that my initial surprise was due to the fact that throughout the entire novel I was subconsciously comparing North and South to Pride and Prejudice and the ending above all highlights the fact that despite superficial similarities, the two novels are very different.

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Ghostbusters 2016

Before I saw Ghostbusters (2016), I had heard many different opinions about it. This ranged from vitriolic criticism attacking it as the worse movie ever made and an insult to the original films, to reviews praising the acting and the chemistry between the leads while suggesting that the plot and script was not the best. After seeing it, I definitely agree more with the latter, although I didn’t think the script and plot were particularly flawed.

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Classical Civilisation A Level Scrapped: Why?

After I heard the news about the Classical Civilisations A Level being scrapped, I honestly can’t remember ever being so shocked and angered on a personal level about the terrible educational changes over the past few years. I was, of course, angered by the announcement about the changing of the grading system of GCSEs and more recently the scrapping of Art History A Level, but neither of these struck as much as a personal chord with me as this did.

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Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

I just finished rereading The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in the Lockwood & Co. series, scarcely a week after finishing it for the first time. That is not something that I often do, and I think it speaks for the quality of the book that it was just as incredible the second time, even though I knew what was coming.

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