I’ve been setting myself a reading goal for the past few years after I finished 2014 disappointed that I’d not even managed to read one book per month. Each year I’ve steadily increased the number of books I’m reading. And in the last two years I’ve exceeded my expectations of the number of books I could read (as you can see in the graph below).
A couple of years ago I heard Frank Cottrell Boyce give the Fickling Lecture on Developments in Children’s Literature. He talked about the importance of taking pleasure in reading and the benefits of reading aloud.
Thanks to the Tyneside Cinema I got the chance to see this year’s Palme d’Or winner months before its official release. I didn’t know too much about it but the description piqued my interest.
It was a promising start. There were two strong themes being explored; freedom of speech and morality. These were interwoven through stories surrounding the professional and personal life of Christian, the artistic director of Stockholm’s modern art museum. It was immediately clear that the audience was there to be challenged. With every decision Christian had to make I asked myself – what would I have done? I was engrossed.
About two thirds of the way through, after probably the most shocking sequence of the film, things started to unravel. The thread of the film got lost and it became a series of disjointed scenes loosely held together by their connection to our leading man. This was disappointing and unfortunately that’s the overall feeling I took away from the film. While the themes and ideas were thought provoking sadly the execution let them down.
I never really got the fuss about Edgar Wright, until I met Baby. He can add choreographer to the acting, writing and directing credits.
A journey of friendship, love, grief and forgiveness.
I am one of those people who is extremely affected by and drawn to colour. Yet I think I’ve only become aware of this recently through exploring my own creative practice and reflecting on how I experience art.
A decent spy thriller set against the backdrop of Japanese occupied Korea in the 1920s. At times I found it a little difficult to follow the intricacies of the plot, I think as a result of my own lack of knowledge about the time and context in which it was set.