Swings and roundabouts.
My film-viewing fell by the wayside in the month of February, with all 28 days occupied mostly by dilligent work on various magazine publications. I spent two weeks writing for Health Service Journal towards the end of the month, with the rest of my time spent as Features Editor for a team putting together a magazine entitled Vintage Business.
Putting in the long hours – 12 hour days, at times – meant less opportunity for cinematic exploits. Indeed, only 19 films managed to sneak in amidst the constant phone calls, torturous InDesign sessions and the occasional post-work brewski at everyone’s least favourite dive: ‘Spoons.
Worse still was my reading mission. Already downgraded from four books a month to three, the naive ambition reached an embarrassing nadir when I failed to even finish the solitary
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
despite it comprising a mere 200 pages.
March has thankfully come to rectify my shambolic efforts, to take me back to the glory days of January when I surpassed my goal of 25 films a month in admirable fashion. Print and cinema will both vie for my attention like two hounds at either end of a bacon rasher. Being the generous soul that I am, this attention will be peted out in equal, plentiful measure.
As February was somewhat lacking on the film front, here are my top 5 viewings for the month:
- Leap Year (dir. Michael Rowe, 2010, Mexico)
- You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (dir. Alain Resnais, 2012, France)
- Of Time and the City (dir. Terence Davies, 2008, UK)
- Can Go Through Skin (dir. Esther Rots, 2009, Netherlands)
- Ritual in Transfigured Time (dir. Maya Deren, 1946, USA)
Pray for me.