21st century girl

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Month: June, 2014

The Sixth Sense (1999)


‘I see dead people’

The Sixth Sense is a film by M. Night Shyamalan about a child pyschologist named Dr. Malcolm Crowe who helps Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a frightened 8 year old boy with the ability to see dead people, uncovering Malcom’s secret which only his wife knows about. 

I find that the Sixth Sense is creepy (for its day), edge of your seat film of which, despite being slightly predictable, even viewers can unlock clues from the very start and tie up the loose ends eventually, looking into why Malcolm wanted to help the troubled young Cole.

 I don’t usually watch Bruce Willis stuff, but his charecter was believable and not corny or staged in any way. Haley Joel Osment was at the height of his career when the film was released, and despite being ten years old at the time, he plays a charecter which behind the timid exterior, is a child distressed and haunted by ghosts. His mother, played by Toni Collette, usually always plays the depressed, sometimes suicidal single mother with the weird bullied son, who doesn’t know about her sons secret until the end.

Jump scares and the colour red is not put in there to make the film look good. Jump scares are usually a way to scare people, but it is effective when he sees all the ghosts respectively, or red to show death. 

I could pyschoanalyze this film forever, but I had to fast forward some small scenes as I get scared fairly easily. The emotion of the film has surpassed the test of time. 




1 year on WordPress


It’s been a whole year since my sister helped me to create a blog on WordPress, so for a whole year I have been writing about movies, music, actors, the occasional novel and my love of writing. In that time, I have had 54 followers, 715 views and around 13 comments and I am hoping to have a separate blog dedicated just to my story which I haven’t completed yet but I would like to put up at some point in the future. 

Blogging makes everything socially acceptable. You can express your feelings about a film without being judged, and basically all the comments are very positive. 

Thank you for keeping up with my blog for a whole year. 



The Joy of writing part 2


I think I did another post around last year about writing. Here it is: https://ibirch99.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/the-joy-of-writing/

The best part of writing, aside from the creativity of it, is the ability to escape into something that you have created yourself. Same applies for books, although I seriously need to read some more, though. It’s different people’s opinions if they don’t read, or hate writing, but they are in fact, missing out. Where do they escape to? 

I’m writing a story at the moment , which I am hoping to put up on one of my blogs once I’ve finished it, and it is the first proper story that I have done without the need to tear it up or dump it. Ok, I often need to grab ten minutes sometimes to jot stuff down, but the ability to be able to get a huge idea onto paper from your head. The best part about writing is when there is a huge part which you want to jot down, and the ideas keep coming until you have done four or five pages of fresh ideas which actually fit into the story. 

Writing is in fact probably a lost art. Several weeks ago, we had to write a story for a competition at school. Some people gave up within the first half an hour, some didn’t write much, then there was one of the smartest people in the class and I writing four sides or so. Once you start writing, you can’t stop. It’s so creative, like the paper is a canvas. 

Thanks for reading!









‘Some people are worth melting for’ 

Whenever a film is hyped, it either covers up how rubbish it is or starts a new craze. With Frozen, everyone was watching it, singing it, or discussing it. I think if you haven’t seen Frozen, you have either been living under a rock or probably felt like you have watched it from everyone talking about it. People at school were singing it everywhere, or discussing if they should sing Let it Go for their music exam, while people at my drama group were doing it as part of their pieces which we are told to perform. Even people I don’t actually know discuss it and probably watch it avidly. To add to the hype, it is also Oscar Winning and the highest grossing animated film of all time. 

Anyway, Frozen is about a girl called Anna who, along with a mountain man named Kristoff, his reindeer called Sven and a cute reindeer called Olaf, all of which who try and save the kingdom (which Anna’s sister Elsa is ruling) from eternal winter. 

It’s meant to be a children’s movie, but it’s the type of one with a message. Do you really want to get married to someone which you have just met, without realizing that you didn’t know him enough to know that he isn’t who you expected, he’s only using you and the other guy actually loves you instead? I love those kids movies which have a message, so you’re not just watching something aimed for six to eight year olds. I found that despite the hunky animated men, snow and cute snowmen, that this movie is rather dark to me. For instance, the broken relationship between Anna and Elsa, which use to be strong when they were young. 

The only thing I don’t actually enjoy as much about this film is the age old cliché of love at first sight, but it turns out to be untrue, so Frozen is in all ways unique and funny. Maybe it shows how women are not a slave to a man like in other fairytales, but in fact stand up to them.