After a brief hiatus last week, we’re back with a bumper edition of the Weekly Round Up blog! We’ve been super busy over the last couple of weeks, working on multiple projects old and new. We’ve even launched our project of over a year, the Hidden History app focusing on Barton-Upon-Humber, which is now available from the Google Play Store (iOS coming soon)! Keep an eye out next week for a Project Blog exploring the process of creating the app.
As always, our on-going Foundation project Flix in the Stix has been happily ticking along. Dave went along to Fiskerton this week, to provide their first Flix screening. At the moment, we’re screening our most popular film, The Lady in the Van, at all the villages that didn’t have it during our first season. It went down a storm in Fiskerton, and the villagers were blown away by our massive screen and booming sound system! The turn outs recently have been fantastic, and as a result the atmosphere at our screenings has become really special. Another of our new villages, Upton, was visited by Ben last week, who screened the film in the biggest hall yet.
It’s not just about Maggie Smith; last week Mikaela got a lovely email from the village hall committee in Ingham to thank us for our hard work so far and to say how much the whole village was raving about The Adventures of Tintin! They were one of the last villages we screened the August animation screening in and it was lovely to get such a positive response. We’ve also started to get our programming options back for Flix Season 3, with lots more adventurous examples of independent cinema to come!
Dave has also been busy editing an educational film for the Jon Egging Trust. It features the Red Arrows, who show and discuss how important teamwork is in their profession and life in general. Featuring exciting display footage including in-cockpit GoPro shots, it offers children a unique learning experience.
Meanwhile, Ben has had quite a busy couple of weeks streaming bowls and working on editing for a new Foundation project. After having a taster of bowls covering for Dave previously, Ben covered two days, with the first going on well into the evening. Ben has also been editing films for the Bromley Youth Council, after Laura and Lorna spent a couple of days shooting the footage with the young people. The project involves a series of 3 films which convey messages of personal safety around issues common amongst young people. The participants’ ideas were really creative, with the most stylised film about peer pressure featuring people in creepy sheep masks.
We summarise all our August films of the month in one handy post;
Spike Jonze created an incredible advert for KENZO;
NoFilmSchool discuss the merits of digital filmmaking vs. film;
And Iloura posts a VFX breakdown of some of the best scenes from Ghostbusters!
What We’ve Watched
Hell Or High Water (Mikaela)
I really enjoyed this, I thought Chris Pine and Ben Foster did a fantastic job, and it’s great to see Jeff Bridges back on top form after RIPD. I was worried halfway through the film that it was heading towards the realm of predictable cliches, but as Dave mentioned, it had a solid and satisfying ending that saved it from just being regular Hollywood fodder.
Kubo and the Two Strings (Dave)
This was one of my most highly anticipated films of the year as I’m a big animation fan and a lover of all things Japanese, particularly samurai movies. It didn’t disappoint, as it’s exciting, imaginative and utterly beautiful to look at. I felt it was maybe lacking a little something in terms of emotional pay-off though as it’s one of the rare animated films I’ve seen that didn’t reduce me to tears (I have weird issues with animated movies which regularly turn on the waterworks). Perhaps it was just the horrible audience I was sharing the cinema with though. I was close to murdering the obnoxiously loud man sat a couple of rows back who commented on every line in the first half hour of the film.
Hell or High Water (Dave)
I was a little torn over this. I loved the neo-western/noir style and the dialogue and performances are generally sharp. However, I found its ‘state of the nation’ message horribly heavy handed, with far too many clunky lines and shots about how poor everyone in America is and the banks are f*cking them over. Still, it’s a solid thriller with a great ending that I did enjoy for the most part.
Over at Blueprint: Review:
From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years – This epic doc successfully delves into the history and influence of the Commodore Amiga, which was reviewer David’s computer of choice in his youth.
Nostalgia – David wades through more philosophical poetry from Andrei Tarkovsky.
The Flight of the Phoenix – Not the forgettable 2004 remake, but the gripping 1965 original with an amazing cast led by James Stewart and Richard Attenborough.