01 Jun
Critical Reflections on Films

Wednesday 8/2/23 

Wednesday started with me editing my C.V. and looking at other ways to approach emailing potential places for me to complete my work placement as my efforts so far had been unfortunately unsuccessful. Looking for help in that area is hopefully a way to rectify it sooner rather than later. Later that day Luke and I decided to go to the cinema to watch a film. The film chosen was Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, a film I had seen before yet a new experience for Luke. It was interesting reflecting on the audience that came out to see the film as there was only five people in the auditorium including myself and Luke. It was interesting comparing the two screenings that I had gone to see and noticing that neither of them had been busy and the film had not even been out for a month in the UK, and it was leaving Cineworld that week.


Something that I've donated my time towards today was analyzing my Letterboxd account and trying to think of potential curated programs either for my assignments or something I could do for myself in the future. Using Letterboxd list feature was perfect for this task and something I hadn't tried much before in the past.



Today I am going to be honest and say that I have really missed my undergraduate film course and getting assessed on critical observation of film culture and craft. Looking back on the feedback I have received so far on the work I have completed on this course even though I have done well, I still feel like I'm missing a little bit of the enlightenment I had whilst studying my Film studies course which is something I am going to have to correct myself.


The last couple of days have consisted of watching different films that may make up the final curated program as part of my ECICE project with two films coming top of the list (Kes and The Railway Children). Usually I haven't concentrated my film viewing so heavily on a section of cinema unless I was writing an assignment on it during my past degree. It is something that is required to create program's and spending weeks researching into various forms of cinema is something that I've got to keep in mind when I am preparing again in the future for a project such as this.


Due to work experience commitments and working on my assignments, film viewing hasn't been my priority since viewing and selecting the films for my ECICE project. I've noticed that I'm struggling to concentrate on different tasks at once meaning that cutting film viewing out for the current moment will help direct my efforts towards my work.


Today I managed to get back to the local Cineworld for the first time in a couple weeks. Watching the new French adaptation of The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan and observing that I was the only person in the auditorium at 6:00 on a Friday evening. Obviously there are worrying signs around the future of Cineworld but I always thought that my local Cineworld was quiet due to the unusual times I usually picked to go and watch the films that I wanted to see but even on a prime viewing night it was still quiet. Comparing this with the screenings I have been involved in with TAPE and the passion that is there for smaller community led ventures has really affected my mindset around the exhibition sector.


I didn't really think I'd be able to watch films whilst trying to complete all of the work I have to hand in this month but I feel that I've managed to find a balance between watching films for my leisure and for work purposes during this busy time. This is easily one of the things that I have struggled with the most during this semester and the course as a whole.                   

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