Cutting Room #9

This week has been absolutely mental. Not only do I have the ongoing fight with my dissertation (which is actually coming along quite well it’s just a lot of work and really stressful), my girlfriend also turned 21 which meant my months of planning, preparing and purchasing all came to a head. We did get away to a spa for the night and it was amazing to pretend that there was no such thing as stress.

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The Cutting Room #8

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. I knew it would happen at some point and I’m going to use the same excuse I’ve been using for the past year now; university. But I’m almost done. I have just over a month left, with only my dissertation to do and then I’m officially free!! I’ve also been applying for jobs/attending interviews which is really exciting and scary. I’m hoping to go into a job in PR and Communications so it’s really competitive but I’m liking the process so far, I just hope I get a job for when I graduate (hopefully before). Anyway, despite being so busy, the cinema has been my sanctuary so let’s do this.

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The Cutting Room #7

As my uni work increases and the hunt for graduate jobs continues, I’ll be happy when March is over. I have two assignments due in this month and then I can devote all of my time to my dissertation. And then I’m free. Despite my busy schedule, I’ve actually been able to sit down and watch some films which I’m happy about.

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Favourite Flicks.

So, it occurred to me recently that, despite occasionally running a film-centric blog, I’ve never told you guys what my favourite films are. Now I could be here for days listing all the films I love and the reasons why, but actually choosing my all time favourites proved quite difficult, but I somehow managed it. It’s not a ridiculously long list but it’s not short; I’ve even compiled some franchises into one choice because things would get silly otherwise. Anyway, here they are, my all time favourite films as of February, 2017:

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The Cutting Room #6

I’ve been really busy in the past couple of weeks but I’ve still managed to blog which is good, I’m glad I’ve kept to my word. The reason for me being so busy is partly uni and partly personal. I’m super excited to announce that my podcast is now live! I’ve been working so so hard on it and I’d love for you guys to give it a listen. It’s a fictional whodunit-style mystery about an internet celebrity going missing. It’s called Who Took Harmony Warren and it’s entirely produced and written by me, there’s a full cast of talented people and I’m really proud of it! So if you’re feeling nice, maybe you’ll give it a listen and let me know what you think?

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The Cutting Room #5

I’m beginning to feel bad for my blog because I don’t treat it right. I’ll post regularly for a while, feeding it with content and activity and then I just cut it off and let it run by itself. Then after neglecting it for a couple of months I waltz right back in as if nothing has happened and hook it back up, knowing deep down that there’s always that chance I’ll cut its supply once again. But aside from that, things have been busy.

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The Cutting Room #2

With each week that goes by I find myself more and more excited for summer. I didn’t realise how much TV and how many films I miss out on because of uni and work so I’m super excited to be able to catch up on everything over the summer. Summer is by far my favourite season, I’ve always loved it from being a kid. And I’m doubly excited for this one because I’m travelling around Europe for a few weeks! But before that, I need to finish up with uni. It’s been a quiet month in terms of my viewing habits but here’s what I’ve been up to.

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The Cutting Room #1.

I can’t believe it’s been almost 6 months since I last posted on here. In the new year I told myself I’d up the amount of effort I put into my blog and the kinds of posts I did but it didn’t happen. I put most of the blame onto university; finding time between assignments and work was difficult and the little time I did have I spent away from the computer, mostly because my eyes demanded it. However, I’m done with university work for the summer now and while I’m currently doing a 6 week placement, it means I have a little more time on my hands. I love writing and I love blogging so I’ve been keen to get back into it.

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This month on Actual Andrew: October!

After my birthday in August and before Christmas the one day of the year I look most forward to is Halloween! My ultimate aesthetic is sitting in my house on Halloween night with a huge bowl of popcorn watching a horror film. I was walking through the park yesterday and I could smell Autumn, it has a distinct smell that takes me back to Halloween when I was a kid running around in my costume and knocking on doors asking for sweets. And now that I’m older I find fun in horror films and the Tree House of Horror Simpsons episodes.

Life:

I started my second year of uni earlier this week and think I’m going to really enjoy it! One of my modules focuses on Myths in films, looking at things like Heroism, Sex and Power in mythology and how they’ve been adapted into modern forms of story telling, that’ll probably be my favourite module! I also discovered that my university is now serving Starbucks so that should help with my 9AM lectures! I’ll also be celebrating 2 years with my girlfriend this month so, Sophie: thank you for everything, I love you!

And because it’s Halloween (a month long event) I’ll also be doing my Fear Friday feature every week starting next week as opposed to every month!

Film:

I’m super excited for Macbethnot only do I think Fassbender is perfect for the role, I just really love Macbeth. I directed the play in school for a national Shakespeare festival and just fell completely in love with it so I’m excited to see how the film works!

Also after reading Sidekick Review’s post on Jake Gyllenhaal performances and sharing my love for Donnie Darko I was told that I should watch October Sky so I’ll definitely give that a whirl and (most likely) write a review of it!

And of course, I’ll be watching any horror films I can get my hands on so if there’s any that you think I should check out just let me know!

Television:

Pilot season is upon us. I’ll be watching American Horror Story: Hotel when it premiers. I’m a little worried about this season, with the departure of Jessica Lange and how Freakshow turned out I’ not very excited for Hotel. At least Sarah Paulson is back though, she’s a phenomenal actress! I’ll also be watching Scream Queens again.. this I really wasn’t sure about. I cringed the whole way through the pilot and was kind of bored but I’ll give it another episode and if I can’t help but roll my eyes I won’t stick with it.

True to my word I also started X-Files and Mad Men while I really enjoyed both, X-Files has kind of taken over at the minute. I love it a lot. And I also started The Good Wife season 6 but I have to wait for my girlfriend before I can carry on with it which is grueling but definitely worth it!

And, as I expressed last week, How to Get Away with Murder has returned, much to my delight! I’ve fallen back in love with this show so hard and fast. I’m watching it weekly like a crazy person! It’s so dramatic but I can’t help myself, I LOVE IT!!!

Thanks for reading,

all the best,

Andrew!

This month with Actual Andrew: September!

September always brings around a feeling of freshness and a new start. For the past 16 years of my life my year has been governed by the school term, meaning the year begins in September and ends in August. So I like to think as September as a new beginning, especially with my birthday being at the end of August, come September I’m another year older and (hopefully) another year wiser.

Life:

Going into my second year of university I’m looking forward to gaining some routine back in my life. After a long summer of being a tad unorganised I found I’ve become a little lazy so it’ll be nice to have that routine to keep me motivated through my studies! I’ll also be able to fit blogging into my schedule and be able to dedicate time to seeing more new films and posting reviews and such!

Film:

With my routine I’m going to try my utmost best with fitting in more trips to the cinema; I feel like I’ve been neglecting my local picture house! This month I’m excited to see We Are Your Friends I know this is technically an August release but I’ll be seeing it this month so I’ll include it here! I’m also looking forward to Legend, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Aloha. I’ll also try and catch The Man from U.N.C.L.E before it’s  taken out of theatres.

I also have a few of the classics on DVD that I’m ashamed to have not seen! I’ll be watching Sunset BoulevardThe Godfather Part II and Pulp Fiction.

Television:

In between uni, blogging and working I’ll be using my down time to unwind in front of my tv. First on my list is season 6 of The Good Wife. I binged seasons 1 – 5 and was really surprised at how much I loved the court room drama. In between the cut-throat competition, the odd moment of comedy and the great writing I fell in love with these characters and this show. I also plan on making use of my Netflix account and make a start on The X-Files only the biggest sci-fi show on earth (maybe a close second to Doctor Who?) so it must be good.. surely! I’ll also be making a start on Mad MenI often find it hard to get into shows with male leads (Breaking Bad, Dexter) but I really want to like Mad Men.

I thrive on the thought of a busy month, which would explain the positive and excited feeling I have for September! It’s definitely going to be a good year!

Thanks for reading,

all the best!

Andrew!