The film festival has finished after 17 days. As usual, I'm a mixture of relieved and sad. It's always an intense period because not only does the cinema see more customers per day than we usually do (by hundreds), as a reviewer and the cinema's programmer, I need to see as many films as I possibly can too.
I certainly didn't see as much this year as I usually do, and the things I did see, for the most part, didn't blow my mind. There were certainly good films, but nothing that stood out to me as being great. Maybe I didn't make it to the great ones. Or maybe after over 20 years in the business, I'm much harder to please.
There were films I enjoyed while I watched them (The Bling Ring for example), but gave me so little to think about afterward, that they were ultimately forgettable. Then there were films that I hated while I was watching (Maniac), but certainly left an impression on me. I came out of that one and wrote an article about lazy horror tropes (don't get me started...)
My favorites were The Past, a gorgeous, heartbreakingly real film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Jim Jarmusch's uber-cool vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, and a little Mexican gem called La Jaula de Oro, about a group of Guatemalan kids trying to cross the border into the US.
I usually see a lot of docos, but this year timing and availability meant I didn't see any. Which is disappointing, because docos really are my favorites. But that's life sometimes.
And now the festival is over, I can get back to work on my new WIP. And maybe query STUMPED a little. I have a feeling it may take me a few days to get back into my routine, but I'm determined to do it. I'm giving myself a 4 week deadline to finish the draft. September 15th is my son's birthday, and I want to be done by then. So I'm counting on you, my lovely blog readers, to keep me accountable and on track. At this moment, I'm sitting on a word count of just under 30K, which should be close to the halfway mark.
Can you help me reach the end by September 15th?