bye bye summer

It’s been a busy week.

I’m now fully immersed in thinking about, and watching, movies. This week alone I’ve seen a wide variety of flicks, such as The Village, Dodgeball, Peeping Tom, Jaws, a chunk of Eloge de l’amour, The Virgin Machine, Spirit of the Beehive, Ghosts of Mars, Ghost World, and Four Weddings and a Funeral (the last three I’ve seen before, but watched again to consider how the film is written, and what makes it work–or not.).

Yes, low culture takes high culture out for a hot dog and champagne.

Lots of people are asking me “how is it going?” but that’s hard to answer at this stage. The first week is all about introductions, and getting the messy details sorted. I’m already loving the fast Internet connection at College.

There’s been some good advice from the instructors, such as reminding us to knuckle down early, to use our time at university well, and to read widely. Perhaps heretical for a film course, but not advice I’m going to dispute.

I’m going to do my best to sort out some kind of schedule this week so I can keep up with the reading and assignments.

We had spectacular weather at the beginning of the week. Summer gave us a final wave. On Thursday, I was wading in the Atlantic under azure skies and a blazing sun, as our dog frolicked in the water trying to find a section that wasn’t salty (silly dog). Today, we huddled in the house to avoid the gales and torrential rain. Yes, autumn has arrived.

The shorter, wetter days will be more conducive to watching films, writing and studying.