November 2015 Favourites

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November was a month filled with a bunch of ups and downs. I was a bit quiet here at Film Grimoire during November, and I’m not starting December off well with a couple of days without a post! I suppose it was also a month filled with a lot of devastating international events in particular. But at the same time, I think it’s important to take joy in what we have, when we have it. And as a result, here are many and varied wonderful things that I enjoyed on the internet during the month of November.

First and foremost, November was the month when the newest James Bond adventure Spectre (2015) was released in Australia. My partner saw the film five times in five days in five different cinemas. But other than that craziness, there were a number of amazing posts all over the internet about the film. I particularly enjoyed Simon’s post at Screen Insight about how Spectre actually referenced all 23 of the previous Bond films. It’s pretty amazing.

I also loved this definitive ranking of all 50 Bond films over at Hard Ticket to Home Video. My personal favourites are numbers 42, 33, and 14.

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Emma of emmakwall (knows it all) has pretty awesome taste in many things! One of which is Flight of the Conchords, a most excellent musical television show which has now unfortunately ended. Emma compiled her list of top five Conchords tunes which I loved, and which led to listening to all the songs all over again. I am currently listening to ‘Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros’ on loop and am loving it.

Design blog Moss & Fog always has interesting things to look at and enjoy. This month I enjoyed their post on movie posters illustrated in neon. It’s interesting because not all the films have the general tone that would imply a poster in neon would be necessary to convey the story, yet they suit well. A good example of interesting alternative film poster design.

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After my excellent trip to London, I have found myself reading more and more about the city and its interesting history (and now I want to go back to see more things). I loved this post over at The Bohemian Blog, which details the writer’s travels around the city when following a psychogeographical route of churches and architectural oddities as defined by the uber-creepy Sir William Gull in the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore. This is a massive post, so get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit before starting your read – fascinating stuff.

I absolutely loved this post by John Michael of The Sixth Station – an essay about Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Red (1994), interspersed with poetry by Keats, and sprinklings of significant personal experience. A truly beautiful read.

Also, happy third blogiversary to Cinema Parrot Disco! One of my favourite blogs since forever, plus this blogiversary post is filled with interesting stuff such as stats and top five favourites from a third year of blogging.

A bit of a small post this time around, but I hope you enjoy the posts that I’ve shared. What did you enjoy in the month of November? Feel free to share below!

17 comments

  1. Thanks for the link, Anna! I’m so behind on the blogs at the moment – I really love the sound of these posts so I’ll be checking them out. I’ve been meaning to watch both Flight of the Conchords & the Three Colours Trilogy for years – those posts sound especially intriguing. And I loved Hard Ticket’s Bond post. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome T9M! The Three Colours trilogy is so cool and definitely worth checking out. Have been meaning to re-watch them for ages.

  2. Thanks for the link FilmGrimoire! I’ll check out the 50 best bond films post too!

    1. You’re welcome! Hope you enjoyed! 😀

  3. Great post as always. Hope you had a super cool month.

    1. Thanks heaps Alex! Hope you had an excellent one!

  4. Thanks again, Anna! I’ve been churning out increasingly personal (and, well, less frequent) writing and I admit I’ve worried a bit that it might be a turn-off for my readers who tuned in for regular film reviews. I’m definitely going to feature more of the latter in the coming weeks but I’m glad that you’ve found my deep dives into my personal experiences to be worth reading.

    1. The posts are obviously quite a bit different to film reviews, but I really enjoy that. I think it’s important to read about not only our responses and reactions to films, but also the ways in which they have the power to shape our lives. Such wonderful posts, I just find the level of insight and honesty so refreshing!

  5. Yay! Thanks so much Anna!!! 🙂 I’m delighted you enjoyed the FOTC post, I very much enjoyed doing it 🙂 I’ve been listening to their stuff loads recently too! Makes me laugh so much 🙂

    Great post!

    1. Thanks heaps Emma! Love those Conchords so much, such a good mix of laughter and emotions and genuinely excellent musical talent.

  6. Great roundup as always, Anna!

    1. Thanks heaps Zoe! 😀

  7. Wow Anna, you’re getting into very arty films. When you finish all the french movies you should come over and watch Predator with me!

    1. When I was a little child I always knew I wanted to grow up and chat about artsy fartsy films! I do love Predator. What a classic.

  8. A good selection here! Looking forward to checking them out
    I have reached my 100th Post – u’re invited to th celebration!:
    https://bradscribe.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/full-circle/
    Cheers!

    1. Thanks heaps Brad! Happy 100th post! 😀

      1. Aww, thanks, Anna! V much appreciated!

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