Film | Lights, Camera, ACTION!

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Hi, I’m Adele.

Or perhaps you know me better as The Girl in Glasses, considering that I have been posting on this blog (under that alias) since September 10, 2014. With that in mind, I have recently decided to have a slight revamp and merge my secondary blog, which hasn’t made it out of the early stages of development, on to this site – under the Film tab.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you might see some archived posts pop up in your readers, while I’m moving the posts that I wish to preserve. I thought that I would begin with an introduction to the newly launched film section, in order to help any new (or even existing) readers get to know the girl behind the glasses a little better.

So, if you didn’t already know, I have always loved movies, and if I try to trace back to where this passion began I would probably cite my older brother (and only sibling) as quite a large influence. You see, since he is five years older than me, he often introduced me to films that were, perhaps undoubtedly, maturer than my years. Evidenced by the fact that one of my earliest memories is of time that he convinced me to watch Psycho (1960). Prior to watching Alfred Hitchcock’s beloved motion picture, my only knowledge of the film was that it featured a famous shower scene that appeared in countless film clip countdown shows, right around the time that I would be scurried to bed…

Psycho

Nope. I wasn’t feeling it.

My brother knowingly devised a reasonable compromise: After 20 minutes of watching the film, he promised to pause it and then if I didn’t want to continue, he would switch it off altogether. Trusting him, I decided to accept this deal, along with the reassurance that after the allotted time I would confirm my previous doubts and proceed to leave the home theatre screening. However, if you have seen the film then you will know that the opening chapters are very different from the middle and the conclusion, and by that point I was already hooked. So, when he paused the film, I turned to him in surprise and exclaimed: “What are you doing?!” 

It’s safe to say that I had completely forgotten about our arrangement and I desperately wanted to watch the remaining 89 minutes – and that was an early introduction to one of my favourite directors of all time.

As my eyes were opened to an eclectic set of genres, actors and directors, I eagerly awaited my first opportunity to study the subject academically. This occurred at age 14, whereby I chose Film Studies as one of my GCSE options. After thoroughly enjoying the course, I decided to take an even deeper study into the field at A-Level.

By this point, most of my peers progressed to higher education by making the transition into University, and since I had all of the required grades, I was also advised by tutors to follow the same route. On the other hand, I felt that there had been quite a large gap in my knowledge, since all of studies had been focused on theory, rather than production. Keen to absorb as much information as possible, I decided to pursue a National Diploma in Film, Television and Soundtrack Production at college, which actually turned out to be two of my favourite years in education.

I finally concluded my academia in University, graduating with a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media. After three years, I am now missing that forum to be able to discuss everything film-related, so I’m very much hoping to connect with fellow film enthusiasts here on my blog, while also writing reviews, sharing the latest news, and placing certain features under the microscope for a deeper analysis.

21st Birthday

And… CUT!

Please leave a comment to share your favourite film and/or the last film that you watched!

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24 thoughts on “Film | Lights, Camera, ACTION!

  1. The last film I watched was Eat, Pray, Love, and if I’m being honest it was ok. It got better as it progressed but I don’t think I’d watch it again. I used to enjoy Media studies at school, you become so analytical as a result.

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  2. I’m very on board with this. I’m doing something similar with my blog to make it a lifestyle/book blog because of my love of reading. I’m also a fan of movies, but when it comes down to it I’m very picky about what I watch. Books, not so much. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the full transition and discussions of movies! 🙂

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    • Thanks Tabby. It sounds as though you feel the same way about books as I do with films, but I still enjoy reading. I look forward to chatting more about films here and reading more about books over on your blog! Also, I saw your tweet today about increasing the no. of books you read to 25 for the year, so good luck with the new challenge! 🙂

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      • Thanks! I did the math for upping it to 50, but I’m trying to think realistically haha.

        Hopefully with each of us doing book and movies separately we’ll come across some ones that we wouldn’t have seen/read otherwise 🙂

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  3. Happy 21st Adele, and happy graduation! I’m just done with my 3rd year of Ph.D. school, and finally out of coursework…just need to schedule prelims for the fall…

    Oh, and a few nights ago I watched Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, starring Rinko Kikushi. It was unbelievable, so good and very haunting. Just scary enough but not too scary to watch alone at night while calculating students’ final grades. It’s about a depressed woman from Japan who travels to North Dakota to find the treasure that is hidden at the end of Fargo. The colors and soundtrack are beautiful, and Kikushi plays a very emotionally charged Kumiko. Have you seen it?

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    • Thanks Jacob! I’ve actually turned 26 this year, but I just wanted to showcase the wonderful cake from my 21st, I don’t know where the time has gone. Congrats to you on making it out of the third year of Ph.D. school, I’m sure all of that hard work is paying off.

      Ooo, I haven’t see Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, but I loved your description of it and the fact that I have a new film to research and check out. I’m very intrigued! 🙂

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      • It’s fabulous. Get it on Amazon Prime for free, give it a watch, and link me up to your review. It carries a similar aesthetic to the film Nebraska, what with the darkness and the Upper Midwestern-ness of the supporting characters. I don’t live that far north, but I would actually like to go to northern Wisconsin or Minnesota or North Dakota just to hear those fun accents. I always have students from Minnesota, since it’s so close, and some of them have traces of the accent. When I went home last month for a family wedding, my uncle and some cousins remarked that I had taken on somewhat of a Midwestern accent although I’ve only been here for 3 years. I guess it’s the long “o” that I’ve grown accustomed to hearing, as in “Minnesoooota” or “Manitoooba.”

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  4. Hmmm favorite movie is hard. But I think that my favorite classic is Willy Wonka – cliche probably but I was pretty sheltered. I haven’t seen any movies lately, but I’ve been obsessed with Parenthood on Netflix. Have you ever seen the series?

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  5. I love Psycho! We studied it in my film class in high school so it’s probably the first movie I learnt to look at from a more critical point of view. So interesting to see what Hitchcock did to make everything super creepy, including his trailer for the movie, did you see it? I saw the Bates Motel set at Universal Studios last year, it was so cool!

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  6. Hi Adele, as usual good post.
    I wonder how your brother convinced you looking a film called “Psycho” in that age 🙂 Was he promising anything? I mean it could be a family movie: “It’s about a boy and his relation to his mother…, somehow.” 😀

    I also like that you moved the film related posts to this blog. Looking forward to read a lot of reviews from you – and btw I started looking some Disney flix lately. Was not disappointed so far.

    So long…

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