So what does final semester entail? Creating our own short film (for which I'm the Sound Designer, if you can't already tell be this post here), organising some media industry seminars and investigating job opportunities in the media sector, a four to six thousand word research essay, and a little elective called The Modern Soundtrack, which I'm so glad I picked up just for the sheer ease of the assessment. At least it's one course where I don't have to stress too much!
We're halfway through Live on Bowen! Like the page on Facebook, follow on Twitter or tune in if you're able to on Friday nights at 8.30 pm on Channel 31!
And The Melbourne International Film Festival starts this month. I'm super excited about it, and hopefully will get to see a bunch of great films - first one is this Friday, with Killer Joe.
Now it's time for a not-so-subtle segway into what films I got to see in July (note: any films without re-watch next to them, are first time views):
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
The Full Monty (re-watch)
The Big Sleep (1978)
Midnight in Paris
Ghost in the Shell
The Wind Will Carry Us
Take This Waltz
Kiki's Delivery Service
Howl's Moving Castle (re-watch)
Battle Royale (re-watch)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
Ghibli: The Miyazaki Temple
Citizen Kane (re-watch)
Batman Begins (re-watch)
The Dark Knight (re-watch)
The Little Mermaid (re-watch)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the WInd (re-watch)
If my count is correct, I watched 32 films last month, including the re-watches of course, but this is something of a record for me! In the two weeks before uni started I was watching a film a day at least of course (and often two or three). Re-watching Chris Nolan's first two Batman films were a must before seeing the epic finale. I re-watched both Howl's Moving Castle and Battle Royale on the same day, when my Aunt came to visit (Mum and Dad somewhat gleefully recommended we show her those films. She thinks I'm a bit crazy now, because of BR). I re-watched both Nausicaa and The Little Mermaid because those are the two films I'll be focusing on in my research essay - an examination of gender roles/female characters in a Miyazaki film and a Disney film. And of course, Alex Withrow released his short film Earrings to the world a few days ago. Alex, well done!
The Big Sleep. It was a later version, with Robert Mitchum in the lead role, and James Stewart made an appearance too....not even Stewart could save that film. The Amazing Spider-Man was also rather underwhelming, though it has a certain enjoyment factor thanks to Garfield and Stone.
Too easy - every single Ghibli film I watched, obviously. Kiki's was a first time watch, and it didn't disappoint. Satoshi Kon's Millenium Actress was just beautiful. The Dark Knight Rises was epic. And I don't have words to describe Werckmeister Harmonies just yet - I need to watch it again, but it was...astonishing, is all I can think to call it.
Review of The Sapphires to come in the next few days. Have a great August everyone!