I missed a lot of films that came out in 2020 and 2021 because I wasn’t really in the mood for films. Lockdown and covid really hit me and I stopped bothering to keep up. This means that I’ve missed a lot of great films. Last year was the first year that I hadn’t watched all of the big Oscar nominees before awards season. So, as well as trying to watch new releases, I also want to revisit some of the films I missed. Why I started with this one is beyond me. I knew it wouldn’t leave me in a good place but the draw of Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman was too strong. What a pair.
I promised myself that I would try and read some Pride appropriate books during June and, so far, I’ve not done a great job. I’ve got my book club’s choice to go yet but I decided it was time to get some LGBTQ+ representation up in here. I had originally set aside Giovanni’s Room to read during Black History Month but that never happened. It’s probably a good thing as well because James Baldwin doesn’t address race in this book. Instead, his entire focus is sexuality. Making it the perfect book to read in the month of June.
In December 2019, I listened to an episode of Mark Kermode’s podcast where he was talking to Lesley Manville and Edgar Wright. I’ll admit, I was mostly listening because of Edgar Wright but I’ll never be upset to hear from Lesley Manville. She’s an amazing actor and generally just seems wonderful. She was talking about the release of her new film and it sounded amazing. Terribly sad, obviously, but amazing. In her interview, Mandville told Mark Kermode that the film embraced the humour within the story and brought the humanity to the fore. I never got around to watching it when it came out but I was always interested in seeing it. It’s probably not the most uplifting thing to be watching during the Coronavirus pandemic but Lesley Manville promised that it wouldn’t be all doom and gloom. I feel like I can trust her.