Once again, I’ve forgotten to post up the links to the last BBC discussion, but in order to keep readers in the loop, here’s a quick run-down of some moonlighting side-hustles outside of the confines of the blog. I’ve been writing for The List magaine, paper and online, for nearly twenty years, and was delighted to be asked to cover the 2021 Edinburgh International Film Festival for the publication. There’s over 800 articles on The List’s website that I’ve contributed, and it was a pleasure to be able to cover a festival which came off the ropes in style with a fighting comback after a year aff wi’ the covid.
The opener this year was the Nic Cage drama Pig, which I reviewed on film-authority.com; I interviewed the creative team behind the film here (http://film.list.co.uk/article/128945-pig-director-michael-sarnoski-people-bring-a-lot-to-a-nic-cage-movie/) I also rattled through some of the programme highlights, and therefore won’t be reviewing these titles for film-authority.com. The excellent New Zealand drama The Justice of Bunny King is well worth a look (http://film.list.co.uk/article/129013-the-justice-of-bunny-king/) and hopefully represents the eclectic taste of the festival’s new director Kristy Matheson. I’d also featured fresh releases like Mad God and The Beta Test on my own website, but there was also fun to be had with the truly bizarre giant film movie Mandibles (http://film.list.co.uk/article/129031-mandibles/) and a neat closer in Billy Crystal comedy/drama Here Today (http://film.list.co.uk/article/129145-here-today/). All in all, it was great to see signs of life in a venerable festival I’ve attended since I was a teenager; 1988’s Bull Durham was my first movie at the Filmhouse, and hopefully there’ll be more to come.
My regular reader will know that I have been engaged in a daily struggle to improve the level of comments featured on this website, and in order to turbo-charge that quality, I have recently taken to banning and blocking various miscreants who cannot behave. This is partly because the number of comments was getting out of hand, and it was taking me all day to respond. Now that some kind of practical level of reality has been restored, I am now formall unblocking and unbanning those concerned, and trust that a high level of intellectual discourse will be the inevitable result.