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Film Club | November

When I came to write this post, having not actually watched a movie in what feels like quite a while, I thought it would be another one of those months that I’d let it slide a bit. Looking back though, November, despite the small quantity and forgetting about V/H/S Viral was actually a pretty solid month for films.

I think I can pick something I like from each of these films (apart from V/H/S Viral) and that’s not too bad, even if the main reason I picked and enjoyed This is Where I Leave You was Adam Driver, sometimes that’s okay. Hey, when Adam Driver is involved, it’s always okay.

  1. Horns
  2. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  3. This is Where I Leave You

  1. The Inbetweeners 2
  2. V/H/S Viral
  3. St Vincent

Most Favourite: The Inbetweeners 2 — It might not been a cinematic masterpiece and some people might think it’s annoying and awkward but The Inbetweeners still remains one of my most quoted, most favourite shows. Despite being hella skeptical about the second film, I think I might have laughed even harder than I did at the first one. Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh and if something can make you do that, for a good reason, then it’s got to be good. Must admit, this film also made me dry-heave involuntarily, so there was that too, if you’ve seen it, you’d be right in guessing it was the waterslide scene.

Least Favourite: V/H/S Viral — You probably guessed that already. I’ve no idea why I watch these because they’re just terrible. This one was the worst yet and came complete with social commentary wrapped in a nice message about being more present – what it actually was, was a confusing 70-minute gore fest complete with zombie skeletons and devil worshipping doppelgängers… Yep.

Look Back –
Film Club | January
Film Club | February
Film Club | March
Film Club | April
Film Club | May
Film Club | June
Film Club | July
Film Club | August
Film Club | September
Film Club | October

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Film Club | October


October felt like the longest month, probably because of all the changes swirling around but I still managed to squeeze in a few films with this month being a bit more related to my choosing and films Moon wouldn’t watch with me since we spent a bit more time apart than usual.

It has felt a bit like my selections have been getting smaller and smaller but I’m quite pleased to see that I might at least make it to the 100-mark before the year is out. ♥

  1. Obvious Child
  2. Maps to the Stars
  3. What If
  4. The ABCs of Death

  1. Boyhood
  2. Lilting
  3. Lucy

Most Favourite: Obvious Child — It’s strange that such a thing as an ‘abortion comedy’ can exist but Obvious Child really pulled it off. At it’s heart it’s a sweet story about a girl who has pretty much every aspect of her life go wrong at the same time on top of finding out that she’s pregnant. I found it a pretty honest portrayal of the emotional situation the main character, played by the adorable Jenny Slate, found herself in and with abortion not being something that’s affected me, I can definitely relate to having ‘one of those weeks’. As well as being cute, fresh and funny, the leading man is, without meaning to sound lame, hella cute like omg, I could smoosh his face!

Least Favourite: The ABCs of Death — For some reason or another this popped under my radar and a fan of the ever-so-similar VHS franchise, I figured it might be worth a watch. The premise of the film is to assign 26 film makers a letter where they pick a theme surrounding death and go with it. Some of them are funny, some of them are vile but the whole film is pretty darn awful. I don’t think it came together that well at all and with some of the films getting more screen time than others there was often too little time to explain what you’d actually just witnessed (there’s one with furries, urgh). I hear their making a sequel, but I think that sounds like something to avoid.

Honourable Mention: Boyhood – Boyhood has been the most hyped film I’ve watch pretty much all year post-awards season, and actually I think that’s what ruined it for me. The best part was seeing Richard Linklater really honour his craft and put love into this project, it’s so evident in almost every shot but the story just didn’t get there for me. I love that due to the time span of 10 years, we’re treated to pop-culture references throughout but the actual ‘boy’ kind of emerges to be a bit lame and I found myself really not caring what happened to him, maybe it’s just me though. It’s a pretty hefty watch at almost 3 hours long and I’m glad I stuck it out to find out what the fuss was about but it just is what it is and I can’t find myself getting excited by it.

Look Back –
Film Club | January
Film Club | February
Film Club | March
Film Club | April
Film Club | May
Film Club | June
Film Club | July
Film Club | August
Film Club | September

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Film Club | September


I feel like I just haven’t managed to find the time for films lately, what with going away, hanging out with friends and generally doing anything but sitting still for two-hours straight, it’s just been really difficult.

Still, at least it makes a nice banner for this month’s Film Club post, I’m a sucker for even numbers and consistency. I must admit that pretty much all of these films were kind of forgettable and I probably wouldn’t watch them again but there’s probably a lesson to take from that somewhere – the main one being, don’t get suckered in by good-looking posters.

  1. To Be Takei
  2. The Muppets Most Wanted
  3. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  4. Would You Rather

Most Favourite: To Be Takei – So, George Takei’s Facebook page is a thing and he’s actually a pretty interesting guy. This documentary talks about how he’s this cult figure but is a little wishy washy, going from him living in the Japanese ‘ghettos’ in Arkansas and California to him coming out as gay, I just felt like there was so much more to discuss and the surface was barely scratched. That said, out of these four films I think it was the best, and I could just listen to George Takei’s voice all damn day.

Least Favourite: The Muppets: Most Wanted – Something few people know about me… I am quite a big Muppets fan, seriously, the right Muppets joke can get me into hysterics. This. Was. Appalling. Like, beyond terrible. So much casual racism, so unfunny (but a lot less Piggy, which is about the one thing I got along with). Ricky Gervais was kind of fun in it but as a film, it just kind of made me feel like a bit of my childhood slipped away. I actually quite enjoyed the last one even though it received mixed reviews, but this didn’t live up to my expectations at all. I know neither would be as good as the ones I love from watching as a kid, but I feel like slightly more effort could have been made to… you know, just be better.
Look Back –
Film Club | January
Film Club | February
Film Club | March
Film Club | April
Film Club | May
Film Club | June
Film Club | July
Film Club | August

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Film Club | August


I made it to 80 films in August, which isn’t bad even if that does mean I only watched seven. I think I’ve been wandering off doing other things and hey, August has been pretty busy. This month is definitely the most eclectic yet, even for a selection that isn’t that big.

  1. The Lego Movie
  2. Sharknado 2
  3. Jakob the Liar
  4. Life After Beth

  1. Transcendence
  2. Are You Here
  3. Kill List

Most Favourite: Kill List – This might not be to everyone’s taste but I really enjoyed it. It was so grippy and the ending gets really creepy. Despite the fact that it ends abruptly, which is something that only ends up making it more creepy, I’d say there are very few negatives. Starring ‘that one from Utopia’ (which I actually don’t care for), he really pulls it off and it really gave me a good fix of tense thriller that I’ve been after.

Least Favourite: Transcendence – THIS FILM WAS SO STUPID! The science, even if you put that aside and try and enjoy it as a futuristic fantasy, is so plain ridiculous it’s really hard to ignore. I must say, Johnny Depp does a good job of being a monotonous computer-man but I found myself getting so bored that in the end I was falling asleep. I know I’ve picked this when I could have picked Sharknado 2 (a film I also fell asleep watching) but I felt so strongly about how good this could have been that it was so totally ruined by that.

Look Back –
Film Club | January
Film Club | February
Film Club | March
Film Club | April
Film Club | May
Film Club | June
Film Club | July

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A Time Machine… Out of a Delorean?


By now this will have been sitting in my drafts folder for quite some time.

I was already a little naughty and snuck my phone in with me for the main event but I couldn’t ruin it further by insta-sharing the 35mm photographs I was able to take too. With today marking the end of Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future, I’m finally setting these photos free into the universe.

Hidden away in one of the bars was a stall selling these disposable 35mm cameras, after seeing others with disposables and asking them where they were from only to be told they were from Boots, I was so happy to find it. I guess it’s the photographer in me and yes, I’ll agree that it’s nice to switch off but seriously, there were so many good things to photograph and shamefully, I get a little tetchy in situations like that.




I think the main reason there were no cameras allowed was down to spoiling the secret but given that there was so much press prior to the day we went due to all the mishaps, I can’t say I feel too guilty about it.

We visited on the 2nd August and had wonderful weather for it. It was such a great event and despite early criticism, Secret Cinema totally pulled this off. It was so nice to see so many people made so much effort too, sometimes it was difficult to tell the cast members from us normals.



After my previous immersive experience with The Drowned Man, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was more than impressed to see that a mini construction of Hill Valley was right in front of me when we entered. From the McFly house to the Clock Tower, so much attention to detail had been put in, it’s understandable as to why there was so much faff before the opening night. If nothing else, looking around all the houses, shops and even the high school, was a neat way to kill some time before the sun set and we could watch the film.















Not quite Doc..


It was such a fun movie-going experience, I loved that everyone cheered the first time we saw Marty on screen, that we booed Biff and mostly, that we laughed together. The live-action performances that went along with the film were really well done especially the clock tower abseiling finale (and seeing the Delorean for the first time). I’m sure there are things I’ve missed out but it was just a really good night out, my highlight was dancing along to Johnny B. Goode, and actually just dancing a lot throughout the whole evening.

Yes, it was pricey and paying for extras once we got in was quite a big ask, but you can forget about that when you’ve had a really, all-out great time full of references for one of your favourite films.