• Katy Billington

Tom - Keeping Busy

So with everyone sitting tight and awaiting the end of the lock down, which for now seems like a million years away (it won’t be! Don’t lose faith!) spirits can be a little low. Trying to keep busy is important in these times. Garden looking a little messy? That could be a new project, what about that patio you’ve always wanted! Got a big stack of DVDs and Box sets sitting around? There’s no better time to binge the whole of The Office or to re-watch Breaking Bad for the possible fifth time. Maybe try cooking new meals? Try out painting? Whatever kills the boredom!

Everyone at CatStrand has been working hard to prepare for when the ball gets rolling again and we get to taste sweet society. We have lots of new exciting things in the pipeline, many things to look forward to! Currently I have been working to create a weekly Monday podcast named PAUL & TOM TALK FILM, with audio stems going up online (Mixcloud) and building a Youtube platform for the videos (which are simply just recorded Zoom meetings). It’s just another way to spread the word on some great films, reviewing some recent releases, we just did a review last week of Maniac (Elijah Wood), Mother! (Darren Aronofsky) and Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi) which we went in depth to and then discussed some great directors like Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg. This following week we will discuss the new Robert Eggers film The Lighthouse, Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and the interesting new french flick Portrait Of a Lady On Fire. The last two can be viewed on Mubi (sign up for a free trial for the first month) or Netflix.

In other news we are putting together a Youth Film Club, a club where we will be hosting indie and non-mainstream films for any teens that want to get involved and are interested in cinema and film. We will be screening interesting films online and having watch parties with discussions after the film so anyone can give their opinion and express what they like about a film! Lots of things to look forward to!

In other things, I recently re-watched The Oceans Trilogy, highly recommended for anyone looking for a bit of fun and easy viewing, it’s a remake of the classic Rat Pack heist film, just take Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and replace them with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and throw in the great soundtrack composing skills of the ever so jazzy David Holmes and direction of Steven Soderberg, and you have a full day of light-hearted fun designed to bring a smile to your face.

In darker films I saw Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, a look into several intertwining stories that all stem from one encounter on the streets of Paris. A sometimes bleak, always interesting look into the butterfly effect and how one action can change the course of history. The film feels quite like the later Brad Pitt film Babel (which is pulled off more cinematic, action like), and of course The Butterfly Effect (Ashton Kutcher film), but Code Unknown definitely feels the most real. Michael Haneke is a true genius when it comes to directing some hard hitting, powerful, dark but beautiful productions.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now, keep an eye peeled for any updates, which I’ll bring a link to for the next blog.

Enjoy the lockdown, keep safe, wash your hands!


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