The measure of a man, amongst other things.

Hello world.

This blog has been inactive for way too long. In fact, it’s not far off a year since I last made an entry. I had planned to write about everywhere we travelled on our interrail trip, but this did not happen.

A lot has happened since then. It’s been a good year all in all, working to finish university, leaving my job, getting a new job. Making new friends, and losing a few along the way. But I like where I’m at at the moment.

There’s a lot I could talk about, but I don’t have the energy for that right now.

I recently got a job at The Watershed, Bristol’s cultural cinema and ‘digital creativity centre.’ I work in the cafe bar, which is part of the trading aspect of the Watershed (it’s officially recognized as a charity, so we’re there to make money and keep it ticking over.) We feed and hydrate the movers and shakers of Bristol’s vibrant creative scene. It’s nice to have finished university and now be in a situation where I can work, but after I leave each day, the rest of my time is all mine, no pressures or deadlines. Guilt free living.

The only guilt on my mind is that I haven’t written much since finishing. I’m ok with it, but I don’t want to get too comfortable how I am. I want to keep writing whilst I work. I’m not letting £50,000’s worth of debt go to waste.

This year has been tough at times. I’ve had some pretty heartbreaking moments, such as the loss of my Nan; my first funeral. Her children, our parents, they made it special though. A send off Nan would have been proud of. I thought I fell in love this year too, only to be kicked right back out of it. A charecter building experience for sure. Many great things have happened too though, such as a life changing epiphany experienced with a good mate of mine, which changed how I look on the world. More on that likely to come in the future. I also rediscovered my love for reading thanks to picking up Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski.

So that’s a brief summary of where I’m at. Working in a great place, university-free, new lease on life.

Banging.

I’ve been lucky enough to catch some fantastic films since starting this job too. I’m not just saying this because I work there, but The Watershed know how to curate a collection of wonderful and inspiring films. So far I’ve seen the following. See this as a list to anyone stuck staring at their TV trying to decide what to watch.

Image courtesy Telegraph

High Rise

A look at class inequality, beautifully metaphorized by the use of a London high rise apartment block in a dystopian 1970’s setting. My brother and I left feeling incredibly confused and satisfied, in the best possible way.

Image courtesy The Guardian

Evolution

To be honest I can’t really explain this other than some perplexing conspiracy concerning young French boys, creepy mother / nurse imposters and squids.

Image courtesy Yahoo

Everybody Wants Some

Richard Linklater’s semi-funny insight into college life in 1980’s America. Funny at times, but overall a weak storyline which left me feeling like the film was incomplete.

Image courtesy The Hollywood Reporter

Mustang

Follows five orphan sisters journey through forced adolescence in a remote Turkish village. A powerful exploration of femininity in the Muslim world.

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

The Measure of a Man

A film that turns the mundanity and insipidness of the social service system into an eye opening account of the unfortunate struggle that many have to endure. I found it inspiring in the sense that I want to avoid Thierry’s struggle, and enlightening in realisation of how insignificant and inhuman big corporations are. Fuck the system.

Courtesy of Studio Ghibli

When Marnie Was There

The latest and final studio Ghibli film about a lonely young girl called Anna, who is sent to the countryside in order to escape the dirty air of the city which is aggravating her asthma. She becomes enchanted with a mansion which holds many secrets about her life. Incredibly moving and tear inducing. 

 

So yeah. Any of those, I highly suggest you check out. Apart from Evolution…

This post was meant to be about The Measure of a Man in particular, as it left me with a lot to think about. But it’s late and I’m drunk.

More to come soon,

G.

 

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