July 2, 2012 Leave a comment
It’s been a busy month, and not just in terms of film releases. In addition to the tens of hours I have spent in my local Cineworld, I have also endeavoured to start a new blog (the still work-in-progress Finding A Neish), write for a new website (Caroline O’Donoughue’s excellent Work In Prowess), go on holiday (to Corfu, thanks for asking – it was incredible) and see as many films as possible at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival despite having nowhere permanent to stay, no money whatsoever to spend, and having inadvertently brought Satan’s own shoes.
I haven’t even had a chance to review every movie I’ve seen. Catching mainstream releases whenever and wherever I could, I have reviewed the fraught but ambitious Prometheus, the cheesy but entertaining Red Tails, the engaging but unsatisfying The Innkeepers, the brilliant but over-long iLL Manors and Stephen Frears’ utterly indefensible Lay The Favourite. I have also seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D, Cosmopolis and Lawless (the EIFF’s Surprise Movie), which I will review once everything is back to normal.
In between films, I also produced a number of features. For HeyUGuys I wrote about ten sequels that I’m beginning to worry will never get made, for BestforFilm I noted the best and the worst of the fairytale reimagining trend, and for my own interests I posted a retrospective of my favourite superhero movie to have been released so far – Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
At the film festival itself, which I appear to be alone in thinking was inferior to the year before’s (in terms of content, at least), I was able to see 15 films in the week I was there: Tokyo Drifter, King of Pigs, MNL 143, Unfair World, Tabu, Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, California Solo, Small Creatures, The Lifeguard, Guinea Pigs, Unconditional, Grabbers and Disney-Pixar’s Brave. Attending on behalf of HeyUGuys, I was able to meet a number of fellow critics from around the country, raid the Traverse Bar for every free drink they were willing to give me and chat with the director and producer of Brave, in addition to Robbie Coltrane and Kevin McKidd.
So, with the cyber ink slowly drying on
this last month’s edition of BlogalongaBond, Tomorrow Never Dies, that’s it for the month of June. It’s been a busy one, but a hugely rewarding one at the same time.
As for July? I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing The Amazing Spider-man tomorrow night and I can’t bloody wait.
Film of the month: iLL Manors.