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13 July 2007 @ 08:56 pm
MIFF 2007--The Plan  
The Melbourne International Film Festival program came out today. It starts on 26 July.

The bad news: Through my own mindboggling stupidity (the details of which I don't want to go into because they make me cry) I am only actually able to go to four full days of the festival--plus two other weekends. 8 days in total out of 19. I am not happy about this but only have myself to blame, so I will suck it up. It means I'll probably just push myself to get as much out of those days and other evenings as I can, until I crash in a heap, ill, as I usually do each year. The idea was to avoid that this year... ah well. :(

The good news: The program's out, so I can begin the obsessive reading, circling, question-marking, planning, scheduling and liaising that accompanies it. I usually spend about a month doing this, but it's out late this year so my obsessing will be confined to two weeks. I'm currently drafting a 'priority viewing' list which I'll then compare with friends and see if we can see some together. There's a real art to picking the right festival movies. So many haven't been widely reviewed overseas yet, so it's hard to know which will be the surprise hits. And it's also really hard to get the right balance of movies. I have a great track record of picking all the truly soul-destroying depressing flicks, and I wound up seriously emotionally overwrought the last couple of years running. *g* This year, I'm instituting a 'one light film to every four heavy ones' policy. I may even up that!

If anyone out there is truly horrendously bored, you can browse to the festival website and tell me what I should see. ;)

And finally, I'll be keeping my own record of the films I go to see, but I wondered if others would be interested in hearing about the festival. Warning: the reviews may get more and more whacked as the Festival progresses. ;) You can read some from last year here.

Are you interested in me posting about the films I see at the Festival?


Would you prefer me to post film reviews on a filter or are you happy skipping (cut-tagged) entries?

Filter, please! I don't want my f'list clogged up.
Just cut-tag spoilers/bulk of post
Don't mind
Other--I'll tell you in comments.
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katiebugs18katiebugs18 on July 13th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
You should absolutely do reviews of the films you see! I for one would love to read them. I'm such a film junkie. I took a quick look at the website and it looks so fun. I'm so jealous though it's utterly ridiculous. I'm no more than 2 hours from New York, there is no excuse for my not going to film festivals if I really wanted to. My laziness and procrastination knows no bounds.

Have tons of fun and I'm anxious to hear about the films you do get to see.

And I know this is off topic but I've been rather out of it and haven't really been around but I hope you're feeling better. You seem to be dealing with caffeine withdrawal rather well. Which, speaking as a former Diet Coke addict can be very difficult. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Karabop_radar on July 14th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :) I'm delighted you'd be interested in my film reviews. And thanks for the sympathy regarding the caffeine addiction. I have managed a couple of days on just tea so am feeling rather proud. My main irritation now is that I sleep so much more. :( I'm not feeling very productive. ;)
katiebugs18katiebugs18 on July 15th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
More sleep is good...though considering I'm responding to this at 4:30am should tell you something about my sleep patterns.

I realized I could give up Diet Coke about my junior year in college when it stopped helping me pull those week long all nighters. Ever since then I have one 12 oz. bottle a day to help combat the headaches this particular addiction has left me with.

Stick to the tea...it's much healthier. Oh and good for you!!!

And really looking forward to your first film review. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batgirlbop_radar on July 16th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
4.30 am?! Eeep!

You've done well to cut down your intake. I know a lot of people who were seriously addicted to caffeine in uni, including one person who had a collapse and was hospitalised for caffeine overdoze--no joke.

Tea is beginning to taste more palatable... :-)
Becky: [other] sleepy kittysadface on July 13th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I love reading your reviews of things! ♥

I meant to get to at least one of the events at the Manchester International Festival (it wasn't just films there were plays and all other events and shops and things) but I never got around to it. :(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on July 14th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm chuffed you enjoy my reviews. I'm excited about the idea of posting about the film festival now as it will make the experience less lonesome--you can go a little crazy watching movies on your own for two weeks. ;)

There are lots of festivals in Melbourne I never get round to. The Comedy festival is one I always mean to go to and don't. Also the food one.
ProgGrrlproggrrl on July 13th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oh goody, I love festival coverage from friends. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee boxing challengebop_radar on July 14th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks. *g*
Denise: A Tiger and his boykdsch123 on July 13th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I know I'd like to read your thoughts on what you see. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Heroes Clairebop_radar on July 14th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Cool! Thanks.
jude_judith82: Lee thinking way too hardjude_judith82 on July 13th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Umm do I want to hear about the films you're going to see? Hell yes! I live for this. Sad but true. ;-) Plus I was browsing the website and there are some pretty interesting sounding ones. Can't wait.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee concentratingbop_radar on July 14th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Cool! I'm glad people are interested. Yeah, they have a pretty brilliant selection each year, but it's hard to pick the highlights in advance. I'm looking forward to pouring over the program.
jude_judith82: Washjude_judith82 on July 15th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm very jealous. We had a film festival here a while back and I was unable to go grr but I hope you have a wonderful time and I look forward to reading about it.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee smilebop_radar on July 15th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
I'm often not organised enough to remember about festivals, but the film fest is one I always try to get to. And this year with having leave anyway because my house is being renovated, it's perfect timing... well almost. Work's going to be stressful either side of it, but I'm sure I'll still get lots of filmgoing in.
jessicaj703jessicaj703 on July 15th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I really want to see your reviews! And might I suggest the Kore-eda retrospective and September as possible additions? :) The latter sounds a bit like Beneath Clouds, which I saw when I visited 5 years ago and really enjoyed. ;) Have fun at MFF!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee/Kara trustbop_radar on July 15th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Oh thanks for the suggestions! *g* I had already circled the Kore-eda retrospective, but I'll add September to my list and see how it works with the schedule. :)