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Film in learning – Learning Technologies Hangout, 2015

18 Feb

I took part in a Google Hangout as part of Learning Technologies 2015, talking about storytelling, social media, film and learning. Have a look here and let me know what you think. I talk about how I’m using video to engage learners, how I’m using content marketing techniques to connect with people and how we use social media to foster peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge through film.

Are you using video for learning in your organisation? How’s that working out for you? Want to get together to share best practice? Let me know!

I did a talk at this conference too, and I’ll share the video of that as soon as it’s available.

Hope it helps to inspire you to get out there and start using video to support your learners.

What’s your room number?

17 Oct

Today’s post is nothing more than an indulgent nod to one of my favourite films of recent years, The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson. Or, more specifically Hotel Chevalier, the short film from the start of the aforementioned Darjeeling Limited.

I love this for so many reasons.

1. The song, ‘Where do you go to my lovely’ by Peter Sarstedt.

where do you go to my lovely record cover peter sarstedt 70s vinyl retro wes anderson the darjeeling limited

2. The line, “Whatever happens in the end, I don’t want to lose you as a friend” and the response: “I promise, I will never be your friend. No matter what. Never.”

the darjeeling limited I promise, I will never be your friend. No matter what. Never. quote jason schwartzman natalie portman hotel chevalier

3. The styling, not least for the awesome yellow robe from Hotel Chevalier or Natalie Portman’s beautiful grey coat. There’s also super-stylish moustachioed Jason Schwarztman and one of my ultimate wish-list items, the madly coveted Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton luggage set.

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I could go on and on, but I won’t. Any other Wes Anderson fans reading this post? Did you like The Darjeeling Limited? Which is your favourite Wes Anderson film?

Heartwarmers

12 Jul

Like legwarmers, but not.

I’ve spent tonight watching WALL-E and I’m now watching Amelie. It’s a night for heartwarming films.

I don’t mean fuzzy, romantic films. I mean life-affirming, dream-igniting ones that make you believe that anything is possible.

To this list, I’d add:

The Life Aquatic
The Goonies
Stand By Me
A Life Less Ordinary
Big
The Darjeeling Unlimited

I’m sure there are more, I just can’t think of them all right now. I’m a sucker for a story about dreamers and dreams.

Do you have a go-to heartwarmer? What is it?

Like John Hughes with a subscription to Cahiers du Cinéma

8 Jul

Today I saw the trailer for The Myth of the American Sleepover.

It looks like a near-perfect match for my list of what makes a perfect piece of cinema. I can’t wait to watch it and the fact that in the trailer it’s described as ‘Like John Hughes with a subscription to Cahiers du Cinéma’ already makes me love it. Take a look for yourself, what do you think?

I watched it in the office today and I honestly felt like I’d been punched in the stomach, it looks so true to life, so evocative. I’ve refrained from reading anything else about it as I just want to watch it without any further influence. I don’t know if it’ll go on release in UK cinemas, but I’ll try and find it and I shall report back…

#oneaday 95: Like, how very… Fetch

6 Apr

I’m currently watching Mean Girls, which has reminded me of all the wonderful teen chick movies I grew up with. Time for a MOVIE MONTAGE!

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Clueless: the queen of all teen movies. It has a makeover montage, lots of shopping, an outfit selecting computer, a whole new dialogue that didn’t originate via text message and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Perfect!

Mean Girls: a close second to Clueless, a good heir to the throne vacated by Cher, Dionne and Tai. Regina is so mean! I love Janice and Damien but Karen is my favourite character in all of it. She’s so stupid. Plus: You go, Glen Coco!

Heathers is also amazing, the original Mean Girls. How very!

Which is your favourite teen chick flick?

#oneaday 95: Teen chick movies

6 Apr

I’m currently watching Mean Girls, which has reminded me of all the wonderful teen chick movies I grew up with. Time for a MOVIE MONTAGE!

Clueless: the queen of all teen movies. It has a makeover montage, lots of shopping, an outfit selecting computer, a whole new dialogue that didn’t originate via text message and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Perfect!

Mean Girls: a close second to Clueless, a good heir to the throne vacated by Cher, Dionne and Tai. Regina is so mean! I love Janice and Damien but Karen is my favourite character in all of it. She’s so stupid. Plus: You go, Glen Coco!

Heathers is also amazing, the original Mean Girls. How very!

Which is your favourite teen chick flick?

#oneaday 86: Limitlessness

27 Mar

Just got back from watching Limitless at the cinema. I have to say, it was pretty entertaining, if a little on the obvious side. I’ve seen it slated in a few places but I wouldn’t say it deserves that. I think the idea of the film is probably more engaging than the film itself – if you could take a drug to make you brilliant, would you? But it felt like what could have simply been a really gripping story about morals and power got heavily laced with a ‘drugs are bad’ message. Yes, we all know that drugs are bad. That wasn’t really the point of the story though, was it? I think the underlying message about the fact that we all have choices and these choices define us was much more engaging. The idea that we are all in control of our own destiny as long as we realise our own potential. When we stop realising our potential, that’s when we start to get rubbish, right?

There was a bit of gratuitous violence, an extra antagonist for no real reason and a couple of characters whose presence added no real value at all (Friel, DeNiro?) and there seemed to be a few bits in the film that seemed to fizzle out or become loose ends, but other than that it was a nice, easy-going, entertaining film. Limitless also had some quite clever viral marketing behind it, which made me like the film a lot. Plus, Bradley Cooper is bang tidy.

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I won’t harp on about it as I’m sleepy as anything due to the clocks changing (I’ve got jetlag now) and the epic spring clean that we gave to our flat earlier, not to mention the 13K I ran/cycled at the gym earlier. In fact, who needs NZT? I’ve been pretty productive without it today.

Eat, spa, love

12 Feb

Spent the day doing lunch, visiting a spa and now watching films with my girls. Last night I had a hot date with a hot man. Life is good.

#oneaday 24: Films I’d like to see

24 Jan

I used to love nothing more than spending an entire night (or even night and day) watching films, curled up in bed or sat around with friends or cosied away in a corner of a cinema. I studied Film and Literature at uni and used to adore heading up to Psalter Lane film library and taking out as many non-school films as I could, then staying up all night until it was light watching them. Good times.

But lately, it’s been something that I don’t seem to do as much. So, with a view to recapturing what it was that I love about cinema, I thought I’d make a list of recent(ish) films that I’d like to see.

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My first post of the 2011 one a day project

1 Jan

MMXI. It sounds like a shortened version of Mexborough, the town where I was born, co-incidentally. Which must make 2011 My Year, or something.

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This is my first post of the one a day project, where myself and a gang of other literally inclined (that phrase looks wrong but does actually make sense, trust me) are attempting to post one blog every day in 2011. The project was started by Pete and I heard about it through my friend Ian, who successfully completed one a day last year and who subsequently inspired me to get involved. This year, we’re blogging for charity, so if you’re feeling kind, visit our justgiving page and donate to support Cancer Research UK.

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