November 2012 – Welcome to Scotland!

If you had asked me what the traffic on my blog would be like five weeks into my stay in Syktyvkar, it is unlikely I would have quoted double digits. It is a little underwhelming, therefore, to have witnessed my readership grow during what is essentially a self-imposed exile from the very focus of this blog: my popcorn addiction.

Admittedly, it has been something of a failed experiment, what with seven cinema trips (and a fair few kernals) under my new Russian belt. Far from removing myself from film long enough to reappraise my life — and, as the title of my new blog suggests, find a niche — I have found myself re-evaluating film as I am forced to watch it in a new, purely visual manner.

One surprising result of this forced dismissal of dialogue is that I have enjoyed every single movie that I have gone to see. Unable to judge performances, evaluate scripts or — in one case at least — even follow the plot, the viewing experience has become just that: an appreciation of flair and framing. It turns out that even Twilight is quite fun to look at.

This November, then, was spent marvelling at Wreck-It Ralph (and it’s show-stopping opening short), being constantly wrong-footed by The Paperboy, completely enamoured with Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, baffled by the Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas, in the mighty grip of Argo and laughing along to Breaking Dawn: Part 2. The film which I enjoyed most, however, was Rise of the Guardians, a movie which cements DreamWork Animation’s place at the forefront of contemporary computer animation.

From snowy Syktyvkar, I was also given the opportunity to interview Marius Holst, the Norwegian director of the equally stark King Of Devil’s Island. Kind enough to reply to a number of my questions, he discussed the film’s arduous shoot, the warm reception it has received at film festivals the world over and phenomenal performances at its heart.

Due home just before Christmas, I should be able to catch up on at least some of the more glaring omissions (including a full review of Skyfall for BlogalongaBond). In the meantime, however, you can keep up with my reactions from the Rublik cinema as I take in as many films as possible between my duties at the school.

To be continued…

Film of the month: Rise of the Guardians


About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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