Petite Maman, 2021 - ★★★★

    Small and perfectly formed. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Celine Sciamma.

    Weeknote 07/24

    I still don’t feel that I’ve fully got into a rhythm for my freelance days. At the moment I’d say I’m only spending 1 day at most on this work. As a result I made the decision this week to bump a couple of workshops I had originally scheduled to happen in March. They’ll now take place in May. I’m spending much of my freelance time at the moment focused on repositioning my coaching practice and working towards re-accreditation with the International Coaching Federation.

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    All of Us Strangers, 2023 - ★★★

    There was a moment about three quarters of the way through the film when I became aware of the soundtrack of sobs in the cinema screen. I wondered briefly why my heart was so impenetrable today. Then Harry’s story reached its denouement and I felt my heartstrings being tugged. This portrait of loneliness and grief made a lot more sense when the credits rolled and I saw it was based on a novel by a Japanese author.

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    Official Competition, 2021 - ★★★

    I knew I was going to enjoy this as soon as Lola started flicking through her annotated script.

    Weeknotes 05-06/24

    Week 5 After a busy weekend, I mostly took Monday off to catch up with myself I did some digital spring cleaning, got some household chores done and made a plan for the lino project I want to take to my upcoming induction at the print studio. I watched Bottoms for Monday movie night. I really wanted to like it more than I did. We had a dog sitting duty Tuesday to Friday which meant I worked from home for an extra day.

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    Maestro, 2023 - ★★

    Lacking in chemistry, I got zero connection with the characters. Although very well acted, as you’d expect, it left me totally cold. Had I been watching on my own I reckon I’d have switched off before the hour.

    Bottoms, 2023 - ★★★

    Watched on Monday January 29, 2024.

    Weeknote 04/24

    Monday saw the first monthly planning session of the year. We had a great turnout of 20 participants which is largely due to teaming up with Freelancer Magazine this year for some cross-promotion. Later the same day I had my first 1-1 coaching supervision. Previously I’ve done group supervision but it was great to be able to focus on my own practice for the hour. I came away with lots to think about!

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    Wingwomen, 2023 - ★★★

    Watched on Sunday January 28, 2024.

    Now (January 2024)

    The latest look at where my energy and attention is focused now… Freelance work With my full focus in the run up to the end of last year on my freelancer away days, I am a little slow off the mark with plans for this year. Here are some things I know right now: I’m refreshing my coaching offer I’ve got a new supervisor and am excited for the work we’ll do together I’m continuing to run free monthly planning sessions I’ve got two freelance manifesto workshops scheduled Beyond that, we’ll see.

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    Caramel, 2007 - ★★★★

    There is great depth in the apparent simplicity of this film. Any film Nadine Labaki touches is immediately on my watchlist.

    Weeknote 03/24

    I think I drank more tea than usual. It’s cold. We had a little snow. And mostly I’m feeling like hibernating until spring would be a good idea. The highlight of this week was a visit from Aggie who stayed with us from Monday to Wednesday. She supervised my work from the comfort of her bed… At the job job this week I was mostly focused on running client workshops. The first was for a site that’s about to launch giving their editors an introduction to writing for the web.

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    Marsden Bay and Cleadon Hills

    Another Saturday with no hockey. This time a result of snow still covering the pitch in Whitby rendering it unplayable. As I was up and dressed anyway, I decided to throw my walking boots in the car and head out to a nearer stretch of coastline for a walk and some fresh air. I chose a circular route I’ve done before from Whitburn, over the Cleadon Hills and back along the coast via Marsden Rocks and Souter lighthouse.

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    The Lost Daughter, 2021 - ★★★★

    A mesmerising portrayal of the claustrophobia and loneliness of motherhood. There’s also something intriguing about how memories and the emotions they stir up are depicted. As the film went on I found myself wondering how different it might feel to watch it as a mother. Eager to see what Maggie Gyllenhaal does next.

    Weeknote 02/24

    The highlight of my week was a fleeting visit from my sister who was in town for a conference. It was novel to spend time just the two of us. And I didn’t know how much I needed it. I ran the last of my freelancer away days on Monday. We met online for three 90-minute workshops to review what happened in 2023, set intentions for 2024 and start planning the projects that will help us reach our goals.

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    Weeknote 01/24

    I love it when the month starts on a Monday. It’s even better when it’s also a new year! We met friends for a walk at the coast then spent the rest of the day sorting ourselves out for the week ahead and clinging on to the last hours of the holiday. I went back to work on Tuesday. It took a while to warm up to it but was I back in the swing of things by lunchtime.

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    Captain Cook Round

    It’s rare we have a completely free weekend together but due to plans to visit friends falling through, that’s how we found ourselves this weekend. To get us out and about we decided to take ourselves on a long walk a little further afield than we’d usually go. We chose the Captain Cook Round from Pocket Mountains' North York Moors guidebook. The day was overcast but still, fine while you were on the move but a damp cold set in if you stood still too long.

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    Barbie, 2023 - ★★★★

    Glad I waited for the hype to die down.

    The Truman Show, 1998 - ★★★★

    Still holds up after more than 25 years. Watching now (and with Izzy for the first time) it seems remarkably prescient.

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991 - ★★★

    Highly flawed and yet still entertaining.

    Home Alone, 1990 - ★★½

    Introducing my wife to a classic. Not the best filmmaking but good fun nonetheless. It’s amazing what you can forget about a film you haven’t seen for ~30 years though. I’d erased practically every scene that took place outside the house.

    Love at First Sight, 2023 - ★★★

    Described by a friend as an unexpected delight and I wholeheartedly agree.

    NYAD, 2023 - ★★

    Watched on Monday November 13, 2023.

    Enola Holmes, 2020 - ★★

    I’d heard good things about this. It was entertaining enough for a rainy Saturday afternoon but I have two lingering questions: - Why did the there need to be a boy? - Why did Susan Wokoma not get more screen time?
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