So, it’s the middle of November and there hasn’t been anything new here at The Best Picture Project since Halloween. First off, sorry about that. October was tons of scary fun, but November is a different kind of busy. You see, for the past two weeks now, I have not been watching many movies or writing any reviews. Instead, this month is devoted to a new adventure. This is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), where the goal is 50 thousand words of fiction and I am all in.
Writing a novel is a very different from writing movie reviews and right now, it feels great. I’ve been stretching muscles that haven’t been used in a while and can feel them grow stronger every day. And lets face it, focusing on movies for so long can start to feel like a real rut. This feels like a long, refreshing hike exploring new ground.
However, readers know I can’t stay away from movies for long. Here’s a bit of my latest film fun:
Cloud Atlas – This one blew my mind. Really, between the visual beauty, the interconnected stories, great actors in multiple roles and ideas of lives connected centuries apart, I was floored. Thing is, I felt like it was too big, both in the visuals and ideas, to absorb well in one sitting, so I do plan on seeing it again. I don’t want to jinx it, but this could rack up some serious Oscar nominations.
Wreck-It Ralph – So fun, cute and colorful! For those who grew up on videogames and remember what an arcade looks like, this feels made for us. It’s perfectly tailored with plenty of jokes and recognizable characters for the younger generations to enjoy. My theater seemed to have some segregated laughter -adults got the video game references, kids lost it over the duty jokes- but still a lot of fun for everyone.
Also, check out IantheCool’s latest installment of Film Through the Ages, where he, a bunch of other great film bloggers and I give some great film recommendations in every decade. A lot of fun picks over there.
Happy November everyone, and to you other NaNoWriMo participants, good luck!