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All About Me

Who am I?
Welcome to my site! My name is Kennedy Joseph and I am a writer, filmmaker/critic and artist currentely based in Carbondale. I am also an English and Cinema undergrad over at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. My specialization is in in Film and  Literature Analysis, which is why those are primarily the things I choose to write about. 
My work and experience outside of this blog includes: 
- College Fashion Online Writing Intern (Summer 2016 - Fall 2017)
- SIUC Undergraduate Research Assistant in Film Criticism (Spring 2016)
- Event Coordination + Meeting + Web/Content/Social Media Management for The Big Muddy Film Festival
What do I do here? 
I originally started this blog to write about books. (Hence, the title of my blog.) I actually began school as solely an English student, but I've always had a passion for film. Upon learning that I could go to film school and not indulge primarily in filmmaking, but in academia,  I decided to do both book and film reviews and analysis, but film and television kind of took over everything.
Now I write academic film, book and video game analysis. My reasoning behind calling them academic analysis, rather than reviews, is because they tend my format of film criticism involves a method that it quite unusual. (I do call them "Reviews" in the title of my posts for SEO purposes though.) I don't enjoy simply telling people whether or not the movie was good or bad because that's subjective and frankly, quite boring. I study film, for Christ's sake. So instead solely educating people about that singular film, what I do instead is to try to connect the film I'm reviewing to other films similar in theme, tone, and other similar literary techniques that are used to tell the story. Film is a visceral experience and it's also one of the most extensive and complex forms of storytelling, next to literature. Attempting to touch upon elements of other films and going into detail about the thematics behind the story calls for a much more telling review because of how evolved the cinema has become. No film is exactly like the other and more importantly everything is done for a reason. For me, picking apart what a film is attempting to do and the implications about what these stories could mean is much more fulfilling than simply talking about subjective elements of the work like whether or not an actor was "good" or not (especially since I'm paying $25,000 a year to learn about these very things).

My favorite books: 

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

My favorite films:

American Beauty (1999)
A Serious Man (2009)
 About Time (2013)
(500) Days of Summer (2007)
Juno (2007)
Morning Glory (2010)
 Scream (1996)

If you need to contact me about anything involving anything like book or film recommendations or branding work and collaborations, feel free to shoot me an email at:

Thank you! Enjoy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hello I am Kaitie I have started my own blog called Pages Of Magic, that is going to be Reviews of Movies, Tv shows, books, comparisons of the book and movie and stuff like that =D. I was wondering if you could take a look at it and please leave a comment saying if you think it is good or not. I just came across your blog and thought it was awesome. My URL is http://thepagesofmagic.blogspot.com.au/. Thankyou =D


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