A Seven Year Old’s View of 2014

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Throughout 2014, my seven year old daughter racked up just over a dozen trips to the cinema to see new releases.  This was her biggest cinematic year to date and what has been noticeable more than anything has been her desire to push herself cinematically.  She is now becoming bored and a little frustrated with her five year old sister’s standard U animated films and appears to be gravitating towards more advanced PG and live action films.  This has been mirrored in her reading habits as well; she devoured the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and is now launching herself into the magical world of Harry Potter.  While this evolution is still the first step up the certification ladder, it is climb which is fascinating to watch and and I hope guide. (more…)

Watching Films on The Big Television

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I have two young daughters aged 5 & 7, who, after a lot of hinting from Daddy, are taking a keen interest in films and are growing up to be excellent little cinephiles in their own right.

2014 was their biggest cinematic year so far and saw them both break out from traditional children’s animated films and start to embrace a wider and more diverse selection of titles.

Each weekend we try and do a secret cinema evening, during which their ban on entering ‘the parents room’ is temporarily lifted and they are able to snuggle up to Daddy to watch a new film on ‘the big television’. It is through these evenings that you can really see the magical and timeless nature of cinema in full flow. Watching their faces captivated by what is on the screen has led to some cherished childhood moments and I hope formed memories that will linger in their minds as they grow older. (more…)

Screen Time: 2014 – A Year in Numbers

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So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and welcome to a special 2014 edition of Screen Time which rather than looking at what I have watched since my last update (almost three months ago now – I know, I know), I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year. These stats have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked it out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film. (more…)