November 2014 – Werewolves, not swear-wolves!

Paddington posterIt’s been quite a month.

Catching the tail end of Dundee Contemporary Arts’ Discovery Film Festival after having spent October in Aberdeen for theirs, I began November with Beyond Clueless — Charlie Lyne’s insightful study of select teen movies from the nineties and early noughties.

Behind on reviews, I spent the rest of the week bringing my blog up to date with films seen at Hallowe’en and at previous press screenings. These included The Babadook, Ouija and Say When. I also attended an Unlimited showing of What We Do In The Shadows, allowing me to have my review ready in time for its theatrical release.

Big films in November included Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s overblown lecture on love; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I, a solid adaptation of a rather more shaky book; and Horrible Bosses 2, a sequel that struggled to meet even the low standards set by the original. The Homesman and Get On Up flew rather more under the radar — but rest assured that if their releases passed you weren’t missing much.

The best film released in November didn’t arrive until the later — pitching up at Paddington Station where he was embraced by audiences the country over. Paddington was that rarest of things: a British children’s movie to be proud of. It’s genuinely amazing to think that this year there will be kids asking Father Christmas for a bear like Paddington — that relic of war-torn Britain given a new lease of life by the producer of Harry Potter.

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited release of the month, for me at least, was not that of a new film but of one from June. I had been planning to buy How To Train Your Dragon 2 on Blu-ray anyway, but when news reached me that my HeyUGuys review had been quoted on the back cover my anticipation levels rose exponentially. This was also the month that Cal King’s tele-mag sixteenbynine shipped out to customers along with my articles on Pokemon and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and in which I flew out to Rome for a brief but much-needed vacation.

It’s been quite a month indeed.

Film of the month: Paddington



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

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