Big Stuff and Things I Watched/ Read
by Laura Findlay
I’m back baby! Does that make you think of Joey Tribbiani? I hope so.
Okay, now you’re informed. Excellent.
I have decided, tentatively, to have a hack at this blogging business again. Now that I have NO IDEA WHAT I DO WITH MY LIFE. I’ll explain soon.
Some big stuff has happened in the last month. I had very good friends visit from Germany, Japan and all around the country. I had a month of leave! I planned a wedding. I went tramping. I holidayed at my favourite place in the world. And oh yeah, I got married. Which is pretty ace (I recommend!). Now I’m trying to remember what I normally do with my life. It’s a struggle. Apart from trudging my way through an Advertising and Capitalism assignment, I’m drawing a blank. So I thought I’d whip up a blog post.
Aside from all the wedding-ness, here are some media things that went down.
I watched the amazing French film Fanny’s Journey which I highly recommend seeing if you get a chance. I watched it as part of the annual French Film Festival. It’s a beautiful film set during the second world war about a group of Jewish children trying to get out of France, to safety. It was so well told – completely tasteful, sad, funny, sweet. The acting was excellent. The best part for me were when the magical moments of childhood burst through all the hate and sadness and really challenged the notion of war. Also France in the 30s and early 40s, so beautiful.
I also watched a few Disney movies (it’s kind of a tradition I have with a friend). A Disney film is usually in one of two camps – hopelessly unwatchable (we’ll park the latest rendition of Cinderella here) or actually quite good (this is where we’ll put Tangled, which is actually 7 years old now.) I would recommend Tangled to young and old alike. Yes, it’s very Disney and rife with cliches and well-worn storylines and, yes, a man saving the day yet again BUT if we just carefully move that to the side for an hour and a half it is also laugh out loud funny – I laughed a lot – and kind of unique in its storytelling and humour, at least, some of the writing is pretty off the wall.
What else? I read a book! I took out about 30 books when I went on leave and read exactly one. But it was a good one. I read Filmish by Edward Ross, which is a graphic novel that explores the history and politics of film. I recommend it if you’re a film buff, student or feel like reading something interesting and a bit different.
Okay, I’m all out.
Laura FINDLAY (!)