June 2014 – I’m your best night…I’m your worst nightmare

HTTYD IMAXYou might not know it from my relatively sparse updates, but June was a pretty busy month, all things considered.

Putting aside real life demands on my time like ending one job and starting another, much of this last month has been spent commuting from one cinema to the next. I’ve never spent so much time on a train in my life.

I began June in Glasgow with press screenings of Grace Of Monaco, The Young And Prodigious T. S. Spivet and Belle, before returning to Dundee in order to mop up at the multiplex with 22 Jump Street and a second viewing of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

That, however, was just the calm before the storm. On the 17th I made the first of six trips through to the Capital for the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having picked up my press pass on arrival, I kicked things off with Manakamana, a Nepalese fly-on-the-wall documentary that followed worshipers as they pilgrimaged to a remote temple…by cable car.

Overall I saw sixteen films at EIFF 2014, only some of which I found the time to review, either for this blog or for HeyUGuys. These included Greyhawk, Palo Alto, X/Y, Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang, We Are Monster, Snowpiercer, A Most Wanted Man, Something, Anything, Night Flight, I Believe In Unicorns, Parents, A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide, The Nut Job, The Infinite Man and The Green Inferno, for which I interviewed director Eli Roth and star Lorenza Izzo.

The best film I saw in Edinburgh was not a festival film at all, but How To Train Your Dragon 2 (in IMAX 3D). The original is one of my favourite films — if not my favourite film — of all time, and having initially been slightly underwhelmed by the sequel I was relieved to find myself warming to it on second viewing. I have since downloaded the soundtrack, and plan on seeing the film again at the nearest opportunity.

With July approaching I have a lot to catch up on. It looks like I’ve missed Oculus and The Devil’s Knot, but there’s hopefully still time to see Jersey Boys, Walking On Sunshine and The Fault In Our Stars before they disappear from cinemas. Otherwise I’ll have no option but to swallow my pride and go see Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, or whatever it’s called. Feckin’ right.

Film of the month: How To Train Your Dragon 2

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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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