Sunday, 1 January 2012

Intermission: Slut Manifesto #2: 2012

Welcome to 2012...

It was a significant, eventful and, in the end, largely good 2011 for me. Since beginning this project I've got engaged to a gorgeous cinephile feminist, lost 70 lbs of body fat, taken up kung-fu, become vegetarian, cycled over 5,000 miles, visited sub-Saharan Africa and secured a new, permanent job. I also saw seventy-four pictures at the 'plex (some of them more than once).

However, there's no doubt that I didn't come close to meeting my self-inflicted remit. Seventy-four films in a year is a lot by any normal person's standard, but it's less than half of my intended viewing. This is largely down to employment insecurity: it's hard to justify spending hours in the cinema every week when you're also looking for a job. And, to be frank, there were times when I just couldn't face sitting through yet another 3/4/5-out-of-10 film, as so many of the year's offerings turned out to be (incidentally, the average mark I gave last year was 5.08; the most commonly awarded rating was 4/10).

So, a new year, a new set of rules:

As before, I'll be aiming to see every film released at my local multiplex (Cineworld in Didsbury, thanks for asking), with the following provisions:

1. No kids' films. It's just awkward. If I'm still doing this in a few years's time when, inshallah, I have children of my own, then this might change.
2. No re-runs. I'm thinking particularly of the Saturday matinees (which also tend to be covered by rule 1), but will apply more generally too. I'm not sure what the use is of yet another review of, for example, Apocalypse Now. 3D revamps are included in this rule.
3. No sequels where I haven't seen the original (a very handy get-out clause, this one)
4. No live broadcasts of theatrical/operatic/sporting performances - while commendable things in their own right, (a) they're not films, and  (b) they can be difficult to get tickets for.
5. Late July and August are off-limits (due to wedding, Olympics and honeymoon)

I fully expect to break some or all of these rules, for example there will be certainly be children's films that I want to see. The Multiplex and I have also agreed to an open relationship - I can augment the programme with movies viewed at other cinemas too. The main other woman is Manchester's Cornerhouse cinema, but I expect to play the field wider particularly given me and my partner's planned honeymoon to Canada and the US - I definitely want to take in New York's Film Forum, the Arlington Draft House and Montreal's Cinema du Parc.

Realistically, even given these exceptions I'm still not going to see everything. I certainly hope to see many more movies than last year, though I am also attempting to balance a life here too. It's probably reasonable to expect an average, over the year, of two movies per week. In reality, this will be more like three or four, as there will generally be at least one week every month where movie-going just isn't practical. I'm like most regular people: I do other things in the evenings, I spend time with my partner, I spend time with family and friends, I watch sport, I take trips away. AND - I'm planning a wedding. Time-consuming stuff, all.

So if I hit a round one-fifty by the end of 2012 I'll be happy. But please don't judge me too harshly if I don't make it.

Happy new year, and ta-ra for now.

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