It all gets a bit much sometimes. Writing, podcasting, social media account maintenance ,the rattling round of ideas. So I stopped. Stopped writing, put the podcast on hiatus to rethink, refresh and renew and tried to post less.
If I'm honest the fun of watching movies had faded.
Everything I watched felt like it had to be written about, spoken to (with at least competence and also, if possible, intelligence) and have the exact, relevant number of intentional hashtags to make that Instagram post really take off.
I was tired, frustrated and a little burnt out.
Revisit some of my old favourites.
Watch new films but resist urge to jump to review writing and try to get something published first among my fellow bloggers.
Once I relaxed into this new rhythm it was surprising how quickly things began to flow again.
You can check out the full list on Letterboxd but here a few highlights and some short surmises on what I learnt.
Still great even after all these years and all the bells and whistles of the MCU.
One of, if not the best comic book movie. Every shot feels like a comic panel come to life. Every iconic moment still holds awe and wonder.Every sigh of Maguires' Parker is heartfelt and sincere. Every moment of wrestling between who he is created to be and who he is expected to be carries weight.
Finding the balance of life, work, responsibility and vocation was never depicted more heroically.
Chosen (Custody of the Eyes)
'Be in the world, but not of the world' (John 17:16)
If you are cloisterd and hidden away from the world, so much so that bars seperate you from the outside world are you truly in the world? Despite your best spiritual intentions, commitment and desire to pray for us and the world as it fractures and takes the strain of everything it bares; but hold yourself apart are you truly with us?
I have admiration and believe the intention of this cause is honest and heartfelt but its practical application (or lack of) leaves me cold.
Prayer brings comfort, but an arm around the shoulder brings grace and care which can't be felt from behind bars.
Chosen asks the questions but never really provides any answers and this is the true joy of a contemplative documentary.
The unexpected, the place where great beauty and horror lie within, where few return from and those that do are changed, if they are even themselves at all.
This is the modern cloud of unknowing.
Life as a working parent is hard going.
Juggling may be the true parental super power.
Parents are superheroes.
Mums are incredible.
I have a 7 year old who is yet to see a disappointing sequel!