Film Review: 50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine’s ’50/50′ tells the story of a 27 year old male who is diagnosed with a rare cancer in his back, leaving his life in turmoil. His seemingly perfect lifestyle is left in tatters. He is sent to a theropist to help him psychology get over these sudden turn of events, although cynical about her theories and methods a bond is formed between them. Dealing with his over-caring mother, party animal best friend and a strained relationship with his girlfriend the film is extremely touching and thought-provoking, taking you through a variety of emotions along the way. Well worth a watch.

8/10

First published: December 12, 2012

Where?: https://willgcollege.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/5050-by-jonathan-levine/

Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

The album tells the story of Kendrick Lamar. We go through his life and how he has ended up how he is today through the experiences of his youth and the environment in which he has grown up in. Each song in the album is linked through numerous skits, something which is extremely effective as it gives the listener a deeper vision and meaning to each song, whilst allowing us to follow the story.

‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ talks about Kendrick growing up in a rough and poor area of Compton in the USA. He raps about how he was influenced by this environment and his friends to commit crime, take drugs and drink excessive amounts of alcohol. The song ‘The Art Of Peer Pressure’ talks directly about these problems and how he would be pressured into doing things. A quote from the song ‘usually I’m drug-free, but shit I’m with the homies’ summing this up.

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