February 2013 – Snitches end up in ditches!

Cloud Atlas PosterHaving signed up to Dundee Contemporary Arts’  second Focus On Film course in January, I spent the first few days of February critiquing the films screened so far.  Celebrating the art of cinematic adaptation, the series began with David Lean’s Great Expectations, before continuing with the likes of Death In Venice (1971) and The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970).

My attendance was to suffer after the first three weeks, however, as the cinematic landscape was ultimately dominated by Glasgow Film Festival. Accredited on behalf of Best For Film, I travelled through to Glasgow on my days off to use my press tickets and sample the festivals many myriad delights. Still behind on theatrical releases after my sojourn to Syktyvkar, however, the first ticket I booked was for Beautiful Creatures.

All together I saw nine films at this years GFF, splitting my time almost equally between Glasgow Film Festival and Cineworld Renfew Street as I tried to squeeze First Position, Village At The End Of The World, Citadel, Songs For Amy, Stoker, The Paperboy, Aftershock, Shell, A Place Beyond The Pines, Welcome To The Punch and Much Ado About Nothing into my weekends. The best film to be shown at GFF 2013 was one I had seen prior to the festival itself, the utterly incomparable Cloud Atlas.

Running for ten days from Valentines Day. this year’s festival came to an end on the eve of the Academy Awards. Opting to spend the day queuing to meet Joss Whedon rather than napping in anticipation of the event itself, I ultimately missed the ceremony itself. In preparation, I compiled my own list of winners for categories such as Best Onscreen Chemistry, Most Memorable Line and Best Use Of 3D. Needless to say, for the most part my own choices differed from the big winners in Hollywood.

Back at the multiplex, I spent February watching Django Unchained, Movie 43, A Good Day To Die Hard, Hitchcock, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D, This Is 40, Mama and the trailer for Fast And Furious 6. I also returned to see Les Misérables for a second time, falling in love with Tom Hooper’s musical marvel all over again. I also revisited The Twilight Saga: Eclipse when it was aired on television.

Film of the month: Cloud Atlas

 

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

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