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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 10:40pm on 04/04/2016 under
Films watched: 20 (total 55). 12 cinema, 1 stream, 3 BluRay/DVD, 4 tv, 0 LoveFilm.
Ivan's Childhood
Hail, Caesar
Watersprite Award winners
The Mirror
Andrei Rublev
Taxi Driver
10 Cloverfield Lane
Pacific Rim (rewatch on friend's New Large Telly, vg)
The Adjustment Bureau
Time Bandits
War Horse
Bad Teacher

Gigs etc (8-11)
Alice in Wonderland (exhibition, British Library)
Of Montreal (gig, London)
Akhnaten (opera, London)
Bo Ningen (gig, London)

I think I filled March with interesting things to take my mind off work! Akhnaten was amazing, stunningly staged, I was gripped throughout even though it was nearly 3 hours of hypnotic music and slow slow movements.

My film watching was driven by Bums on Seats radio show and a Tarkovsky season - I'd only seen Solaris, and the Picturehouse were showing all seven films, one per day. They're repeating them in batches to mid April and I hope to complete the set. I need to not pick my favourite seat though, it's far too comfortable, and in the snug cinema I found it hard to keep awake, which was a massive waste of the experience. I watched High-Rise, Marguerite, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Zootropolis for the radio - High-Rise twice as I wanted to catch more of how the edit and sound worked. The kaleidoscope motif used in the posters appears in the editing too; the jumble through of close living. Marguerite was just lovely, but with an interesting darker undercurrent of deception running through the whole piece, not just people kindly mis-praising her singing. I enjoyed watching the elements of that unfold and entangle. Hail, Caesar was good fun. No, I had never seen Taxi Driver or Time Bandits before March.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 09:17pm on 02/02/2016 under
Films watched: 16 or maybe 15, includes one third of a multi-part thing. I'll say 15. 9 cinema, 3 stream, 3 BluRay/DVD, 0 LoveFilm.
It Follows
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Bottle Rocket
The Squid and The Whale
The Revenant
The Big Short
The Assassin
While We're Young

Loads of good films - top few are Room, Spotlight, Creed, The Big Short.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 12:11pm on 01/01/2016 under ,
Books read (17)
Saga, volume 4

Films watched (205-215) (4 at the cinema, 5 DVD, 0 LoveFilm, 2 tv)
Into the Wild
Bridge of Spies
The Inbetweeners 2
The Fisher King
The Red Shoes
A Most Wanted Man
The Good Dinosaur
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Date Night

Total of 74 at the cinema: 24 Arts Picturehouse, 35 Cineworld/The Light, 9 Prince Charles, 6 Other. 15 LoveFilm so I'm not getting the best from my subscription but it's not a definite cancel yet.

A rubbish year for reading. Still have several hundred on the unread shelves and keep buying more :-)

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (21-22)
Django Django with Stealing Sheep (gig, London)
James Acaster (comedy, London)
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 06:41pm on 03/12/2015 under ,
Books read (16)
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (2011)

Films watched (192-204) (7 at the cinema, 1 DVD, 1 LoveFilm, 5 tv)
The Prince of Tides
Flirting with Disaster
Side by Side
The Lady in the Van
Steve Jobs
Strawberry Shorts Commendations
The Dressmaker
A Fistful of Fingers

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (20)
Suuns/Jerusalem In My Heart (gig, London)

Loved The Dressmaker, and Carol was very good.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 09:21am on 10/10/2015 under ,
Books read (12-13)
Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch (2011)
Foundation, Isaac Asimov (1951) (reread for SF Book Club)

Films watched (145-179) (10 at the cinema, 25 DVD, 1 LoveFilm) (yes that's 35 films in a month - Film Festival and week on hol with dodgy back meant serious getting through the To Watch shelf) (let's cut-tag them)
Thirty five films )

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (17)
Bill Bailey (comedy, Junction)

Cinema good: The Spiderwebhouse (based on true story of children who secretly look after themselves for year while Mum in hospital, neat dark fairytale threads), The Hallow (creepy horror), Bill (if you like Horrible Histories check out this Shakespeare)

DVD good: Melancholia passed the test of "can you discuss this film for longer than its run time" and it's a long film! On the surface it's a planet approaching Earth - amazing spectacle or will it hit? But is full of depression allegories. Very arty.
Also good: Of Horses and Men, A Tale of Two Sisters, Ong-Bak. Good to catch up on a load of classics I've not seen before like The Hills Have Eyes, Manchurian Candidate, Night of the Living Dead. I feel proper film-educated now.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 09:17am on 03/08/2015 under ,
Books read (9-10)
The Martian, Andy Weir (2013)
Partial Eclipse and Other Stories, Graham Joyce (2003)

Films watched (101-120) (12 at the cinema, 5 DVD, 2 tv, 1 stream Mubi)
Big Hero 6
Slow West
Magic Mike XXL
The Hunt
Love and Mercy
Jurassic World
Step Up
Song of the Sea
The Salt of the Earth
Step Up 2 The Streets
Two Days, One Night
Cube 2: Hypercube
Inside Out
LSFF Documentaries by women directors
Reel Women short film programme
La Jetée

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (15-16)
Exilicon (geek convention, Cambridge)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (theatre, Cambridge, open air Shakespeare Festival)

So many good films this month!
At the cinema: Slow West (coming of age Western by chap out of The Beta Band, great young boy/old hand performances), Love and Mercy (Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Paul Dano immerses self in role (and pool), lots of scenes showing how studio recordings work), Spy (funny), Song of the Sea (selkie animated story from Tomm Moore of The Secret of Kells, so beautiful, buy on DVD for your kids at Christmas even if they're grown up), Reel Women monthly Cambridge shorts (animation this time, loads of amazing/funny/sad/punk/beautiful things).

Unfortunately I have now watched La Jetée and will feel compelled to make some trite film-schooly knockoff.

I did not mean to rewatch Cube 2; I didn't like it, and must have erased the traces of it from my memory quite efficiently.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 04:03pm on 05/07/2015 under ,
Books read (8)
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (2014)

Films watched (90-100) (4 at the cinema, 5 DVD, 2 tv, 2 LoveFilm)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Strawberry Shorts Film Festival
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Leaving Las Vegas
The Look of Silence
Mr Holmes
Night Watch

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (11-14)
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy (art, London)
Stewart Francis: Pun Gent (comedy, London Bloomsbury Theatre)
Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly (comedy, London Soho Theatre)
AK/DK (gig, London)
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 05:37pm on 01/06/2015 under ,
Books read (6-7)
Mort, Terry Pratchett (1987) (reread)
Tiny Pieces of Skull, Roz Kaveney (2015)

Films watched (69-89) (11 at the cinema, 7 DVD, 1 tv, 3 LoveFilm, 2 other)
I Heart Huckabees
August: Osage County
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Mad Max
Mad Max 2
Force Majeure
Mad Max: Fury Road
About Time
Mad Max: Fury Road
(rewatch, IMAX)
Clouds of Sils Maria
Pan's Labyrinth
Pitch Perfect 2
Um, Mad Max: Fury Road (rewatch)
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Wolf of Wall Street
Shutter Island (rewatch)

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (10)
Fylm Club, Simon Munnery (comedy, London Soho Theatre)

What a month for films! I liked Mad Max (obv), also strongly recommend Force Majeure, Clouds of Sils Maria, Girlhood, Pigeon Sat on a Branch. It was interesting revisiting Far From the Madding Crowd since I read it at school, and understanding much more of the complexity of the characters. I have sprung for the Infinity card at my very local cinema, £16.95 for as many films as you like, but it doesn't seem to be stopping me from going to the Arts Picturehouse too.
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 09:09pm on 02/05/2015 under ,
Books read (5)
Not a one this month!

Films watched (49-68) (5 at the cinema, 8 DVD, 3 tv, 1 stream, 2 LoveFilm, 3 other)
Pretty Woman (rewatch)
The Kids Are All Right
The Brothers Bloom
The Wind Rises
The Darjeeling Limited
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
(rewatch, kinda)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (rewatch)
John Wick
So I Married An Axe Murderer
American Hustle
The One I Love
A Little Chaos
Child 44
The Great Beauty
Irma Vep
Avengers: Age of Ultron

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (8-9)
The Hard Problem (NTLive theatre at cinema)
Omid Djalili (talk at Cambridge Literary Festival)
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posted by [personal profile] bugshaw at 07:25am on 01/04/2015 under ,
Books read (5)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (2014)

Films watched (36-48) (3 at the cinema, 6 DVD, 3 tv, 1 LoveFilm)
Albert Nobbs
The Conversation
Gone Girl
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Star Trek
(Abrams) (rewatch)
Les Diaboliques
Still Alice
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
In Bruges
Kill Your Darlings
Stranger by the Lake

Gigs, comedy, clubs etc (4-7)
Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard (comedy, London)
Richard Herring: Lord of the Dance Settee (comedy, Junction, Cambridge)
Linton Zoo
The Gilded Birdcage (burlesque club night, Cambridge)

Films at the cinema: I enjoyed Chappie, and it did have some interesting things to say (including about parenting), but I left thinking "I want to rewatch Robocop" and so I did.

The course I'm doing is taking a chunk of my reading time, but if I was only going to read one book, Hild was a good one. I tried cutting down on exercise but that wasn't good so I'm back up to trying for 5 miles per day.


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