November 2013 – Don’t talk about vacuuming in front of me

Gravity posterIt’s been a bit of a quiet month, film-wise, to be honest. Having decided to walk the West Highland Way with two other cinephiles in April of next year, I’ve spent a lot of my time training for the 96 mile, week-long walk.

On November 2nd, armed with new shoes and a waterproof jacket, I walked the first section of the Way, from Milngavie just outside of Glasgow to Drymen twelve miles to the northwest. This was followed up one week later with a 6 mile stroll around Kinnoull Hill in Perth.

Outside of work and walks I still found the time to make it to the cinema, and between press screenings and movie marathons I chalked up a fair few viewings. Highlights included Philomena, Don Jon and In Fear, while Gravity stormed straight into my Top 5 of 2013.

I also caught The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Ender’s Game, Parkland, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The Family and The Counsellor — to list them roughly best to worst. I also reviewed BBC One’s The Day Of The Doctor and DreamWorks Animation’s Rise Of The Guardians.

Thanks to Best For Film I then had the opportunity to attend the BAFTA Scotland awards in Glasgow. Arriving at the Radisson Blu for 4 o’clock, I was shown to the press room and given some time to set up my equipment, and to generally feel completely out of my depth. I interviewed Brian Cox, Kate Dickie and Edith Bowman on the red carpet, before settling down to watch the awards as they were handed out in the next room.

I rounded out the month with a phone interview with character animator James Baxter, whose credits include Beauty and the Beast, How To Train Your Dragon and The Croods. The results of which will be published in December ahead of the latter’s DVD release.

Film of the month: Gravity

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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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