21st century girl

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Month: June, 2016

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front is a book about a group of German schoolboys/soldiers in World War I who discover the horror of life in the trenches.

The book makes you realize that your problems are very small compared to the life of the young boys in the trenches. It’s hard to believe that the boys were not much older than I am now and they’re being confronted with horrifying situations in the trenches where their friends are dead and their young minds are going through all the horrifying scenes of warfare.

I’ve always had a fascination for World War I, when there it’s poetry, fiction or the autobiographies of the  men who were there. They were trying to get rid of old standards and attitudes while also tormenting the lives of millions of boys. I also saw a large image in The History Museum when I went to London a few months ago where the artist captured the raw horror of war. I think he was a World War I soldier as well.

What I like about this book is that it doesn’t sugarcoat anything at all. It’s one of the most famous anti war novels ever written. There’s no fluffy metaphors for war, but it is written from the perspective of a young man, which is a lot more haunting, and Remarque saw the First World War first hand. It’s strange how war can wreck  a young man. I think that All Quiet on the Western Front was one of the  books that were burnt by the Nazis in World War II due to the controversial anti-war nature of the book.

All Quiet on the Western Front has since been made into two film adaptations, the most note able one being the 1930s version.

4/5

 

Happy Anniversary

It’s been three years since I started writing my blog. The years have certainly flown by and I enjoy sharing my thoughts on a film or book or tv show series or episode with everyone, combining my love of film and my obsession with writing in this one small humble little page.

My first blogpost was of the film The Illusionist. I admit, reading it back, that it is a highly embarrassing blogpost but the film is decent to some degree. My writing style has changed, my film tastes have changed and it is as if I can see my thirteen year old self tapping away at that keyboard, fangirling over Leonardo Dicaprio (which I believe was one of my early blogposts) and I’ve adapted to a new writing style every so often. You can definetly tell that a thirteen year old has written my early stuff.

I haven’t been very active on my blog recently because of college work, but by summer, I hope to update every few days with some cool (or rubbish) movies that I’ve watched.

If my blog was a person, it would be a little three year old kid.

Happy 3rd anniversary to 21st Century Girl.

 

 

Muhammad Ali

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Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion

This morning, I woke up to the news that Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer, had died at the age of 74. To be honest, I had seen it coming for a long time because he was really unwell, however, whenever I think of boxing, I think of him. I grew up knowing that he was personally the best boxer out there and he has since become a cultural icon to people, both inside and outside the ring. Some of the boys at college idolize him, my history teacher at my last school had a huge poster of him on the back of his classroom door and I always think of Muhammad Ali as the nearly undefeatable, tough as nails championship boxer, which he was.

It’s always very sad when legendary sportspeople, champions, actors and entertainers die. Although I don’t like boxing, Muhammed Ali was hugely inspiring. I also saw a very sad picture of the old him with the young him ready for a match. That definetly thumped me right in the heart.

R.I.P Muhammad Ali.

The Office Season 1

The Office (U.S version) was a mocumentary TV series that ran for 9 series and it followed the lives of workers at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Factory, from the boss Micheal (Steve Carell) to the office worker called Jim (John Kransinksi) who has a thing for the receptionist Pam (Jenna Fischer), Dwight, the guy who thinks he’s in charge (Rainn Wilson) to the handsome rep Ryan (B.J Novak).

It follows the norms of every office drama but mocks the hell out of the other ones and actually makes it funny. Rainn Wilson had amazing comic timing, Steve Carell reminds me of my drama teacher and I’ve seen B.J Novak in other things such as Saving Mr Banks and Inglorious Basterds but he can also do comedy really well. I also think that he’s the most good looking one out of the entire cast.

I got into the series because my friend loves it and always talks about it. Although Season 1 was a warm up series, it got me hooked on the show but the show sadly ended a few years ago.

Anyway, great series with an amazing cast but it starts to know where it is going in season 2. I haven’t seen the original Ricky Gervais version and I don’t really intend to.

4/5