It’s the start of a brand new month (give or take a few days), and it is therefore time for me to let you know how I am getting on with all my lists and aims for the year.
See 52 New Films
I saw another seven films in March, which takes my total to 25. That’s very nearly halfway there, for the year, and we’re only in April, so I’m confident that I will be able to meet this target! Two of the films were cinema visits; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Hunger Games. TGWTDT was released in the UK on December 26th, so I’m quite proud that I managed to see it over two months later at the cinema! That’s because I went to see it at my local independent cinema, which sometimes gets new releases some time after they come out on general release. But I love it, because it’s cheap (£3 a ticket, I think), and it means that if I miss something when it first comes out, chances are I can see it at The Rio! The Hunger Games, conversely, was one that I saw the weekend it was first released! This was not for any specific reason, it’s not like the Harry Potter films where I was eager to see them the minute they were released. It just happened to coincide with a weekend when I was seeing Anna and Jen, and we have all read the book and wanted to see the film, so we went. It’s very good! As for the others, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and In Which We Serve are both BFI films, and the other three I watched in one day! All very different films, but entertaining enough.
Read 75 Books
I thought that I had got a bit behind with my reading, because my tendency lately is to be reading two or three (or sometimes four) books at a time, and if they are particularly long books, I don’t get anything finished for ages, and then all of a sudden I’ll finish them all. I know that this won’t actually make any difference to my totals, so I guess that it’s a psychological thing more than anything. Incidentally, I actually finished Storm Over Burracombe in January, but for some reason I had missed it off my list, so I thought I’d add it in here. Anyway, I read nine books in March, as you can see, so I am still ahead of my target, according to Good Reads. I really enjoyed most of the books I read this month, apart from maybe May Day, which is really short as it is just a novella, but took me ages, because I kind of missed the point of it, I think (I don’t really get Fitzgerald!). I’m whizzing through everything Jennifer Egan ever wrote, because I adore her writing, and Divergent was possibly my book of the month (tough call between that,The Hunger Games and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, though).
I missed a day in March! Disaster! Or not so much; I am not too worried, and it isn’t going to stop me from carrying on. I have been lacking inspiration a little bit recently, so no photos particularly stand out, though I do like this one, simply because my mum is in it.
Bake 10 Unique Cakes
I baked another cake in March! It was a Chocolate Marble Cake, and I blogged about it yesterday. If you read that post, you’ll know that I already have another cake on the go, Herman the German Friendship Cake! 2 (and a half) down, 8 to go!
Have watched at least 15 new films from the BFI Top 100 British Films list
As I mentioned above, two of the new films that I watched were on the list; The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and In Which We Serve. Blimp was a strange film, nothing like I imagined it, and it was rather long (I watched it in two sittings), but it was good. It tells the story of a man and follows his life from his army life in the Boer War right up to the Second World War. In Which We Serve is another war film, and also very good, but you can very much see the difference between the two. In Which We Serve was a patriotic film, made with the intention of boosting morale. Blimp very much wasn’t, and was criticised for a sympathetic portrayal of a German officer. Obviously, when it was released, in 1943, you can understand why people might have been wary of a film that showed a British officer and his German counterpart being close friends. Watching it now, of course, doesn’t elicit the same feelings at all! Anyway, both good films, and I’m glad I’ve watched them! That’s four down, eleven to go.