Happy May 31st! Personally I’m quite pleased to love and leave May as it was quite a busy one. The first week I was in Belgium then I was concentrating on running the Manchester 10k. And then my body decided to pack in and gave me all kinds of respiratory related illnesses. It took me a while to get back on track.
Now, the house is clean, I’m back studying for my Excel training, blogging properly and today I start roller derby training which I’m very excited about. Pretty soon I hope to be back running too. Life is good and I hope to make June a fantastic month for film viewing! This is what I managed to do in May…
It was the opening of HOME this month. A fantastic new multi-disciplinary Arts centre in Manchester that is totally awesome. I’m so pleased to have such a facility in Manchester. HOME held a Street Party on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend and me and my friends went to go and watch Freaks (1932). It’s a very odd but quite encapsulating film that follows the lives of a Circus troop and how the ‘normal’ people and the ‘abnormal’ members of the troop interact. The next night me and my friend Mao went to watch Lonesome (1928) which was not only a fantastic almost-silent film, but members of the Royal Northern College of Music performed a specially composed score just for that performance by Robin Richards, bassist of band Dutch Uncles. He was also there playing his bass which was a real treat.
The rest of my cinema going this month was the total opposite to classic obscure movies as I watched Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Both in 3D! Both were excellent and I tooootally get what everyone is saying about Mad Max. I highly recommend a viewing.
For May’s Blind Spot series, I wrote about a film whose director was my Director of the month in April! Y tu Mamá También (2002) is an utterly fantastic film. Surely one of the best Latin American films I’ve ever seen. To call this film simply a ‘drama’ or a ‘coming-of-age’ movie is derogatory for everything that this film does and makes you feel.
Although I only just managed to sneak it into publishing on the actual month of May (but I did actually do it!) my entry for Sofia CoppolMay focused on Lost in Translation (2003) and was all about attempting to throw some ideas around about the themes of the film and the relationships of the main characters.
Not much in the way of homeviewing this month but I did manage to get a new good one in there. The Punk Singer (2013) is about Kathleen Hanna, frontwoman of band Bikini Kill, a band I’ve become obsessed with of late. If you’re a woman and/or a feminist I highly recommend this viewing. It documents the Riot Grrrl movement in the early/mid nineties and it instills your fight for women’s rights. It’s also really, really made me want to read Kim Gordon of band Sonic Youth’s biography Girl in a Band: A Memoir and also Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus.
Rewatches include School of Rock (2003) because I was totally in the mood to be empowered music-wise after The Punk Singer. The Social Network (2010) because I got some really awesome academic news this month. And also, the David Fincher version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) because why the heck not. Rooney Mara rocks and I still love that it’s the film version of a book I’ve actually read.
I got up to date on The Middle (2009- ) so I could finally check that one off my list. Apart from that, it’s been a pretty slow TV month. So apart from catching up with my Soaps every Sunday, I’ve been total binge watching 30 Rock (2006-2012). Basically, because of its numerical prefix it’s the top of the list of TV shows I’ve been meaning to eventually watch. It also scores points for having been an ‘ended’ TV show. So once it’s off the list, it’s off the list! I’ve just started Season 5 so I will have definitely moved onto something else by the end of June.
I am just going to take a second to mention Mad Men. I ain’t gonna ruin it for you nice folks that might be considering watching it in the future but oh… That ending. I loved it. I loved it so much in a way I never thought I could.
And with that… Have an awesome June! Did you get up to much this month?
You can also read about My April In Films.