How on earth is it already mid-August? I hate to say this, but pretty soon it’ll be Autumn … and then the holidays! I know, I know, shut up Vanessa. No but seriously it feels as if we’ve gone through the past 4-5 months in warp speed. Does anyone even remember what they were doing at the beginning of March (besides stocking up on toilet paper)? Gosh, back in early-March, I was still living on my own in the condo and hadn’t yet decided to move back in with my parents. Time flies, eh?
Here’s my very own highlight reel of all the cool things that happened in Spring/Summer 2020:
Moving back to the suburbs
Hands down, the best decision I’ve made since the late-80s when I asked my aunt Grace if we could watch Viva Las Vegas (1964) for the 54th time. I don’t miss the apartment, the traffic, the odor of marijuana/cigarette smoke coming in through my air vents or the incessant noise levels coming from the unit directly below mine at all hours of the day and night (I’ve never hated gangster rap so much in my life). Living in the suburbs with my parents again has been a real life-saver and I haven’t slept this well in ages.
Completing Raquel’s annual Classic Film Reading challenge
This year, I completed Raquel’s reading challenge quite early on and in record time which I’m super proud of. This annual reading challenge typically lasts from May to September and Raquel challenges all participants to read and review 6 classic film-related books from their shelves. I love this readathon because it forces us classic film fans to actually read the books we’ve been collecting for years (instead of just hauling them, shelving them and looking at their pretty spines all the time). The best book I read for the challenge this year was Swanson On Swanson by Gloria Swanson. You can check out my review of the book here.
More blog posts
Not sure what happened here but I’ve been blogging up a storm lately. I have a feeling it has a lot to do with how settled and content I’ve felt since being at home with my parents. A happy mindset makes for frequent blogging, I guess! I’ve been blogging regularly since March and the posts have been receiving a lot of positive feedback. Thank you for being here and for reading my posts – it really does mean a lot to me. I’m going to continue bringing you film, book and lifestyle-related content as much as I can!
Interview with Daisuke Beppu
In July I had the absolute pleasure to speak to YouTube sensation Daisuke Beppu all about film, collecting and both of our respective film journeys. I discovered Daisuke’s channel back in March/April from a bookish friend of mine who made the recommendation. Daisuke speaks so eloquently and passionately about film, particularly the titles available through the Criterion Collection and he’s very popular and well-loved within the online film community. If you’d like to watch our “interview” video, check out my post about it here.
Exploring new-to-me films and film genres
This point goes hand-in-hand with getting to speak with Daisuke Beppu and discovering his channel – never before have I watched so many new-to-me films and genres before and I attribute this to the online film community. I’ve always been a pretty open and laid back person in terms of wanting to try new things but it’s never been this … intense or advanced before. My media shelves and digital library are filled to bursting now with world cinema and I’m loving it! My new favourite film actor is Bruce Lee and it’s all because I decided to purchase this blind buy from the Criterion Collection.
Lifting of lockdown restrictions
Here in Canada, life is slowly getting back to normal and I’m eternally grateful for it. The majority of our lockdown restrictions have been lifted and we’re presently in Stage 3 of our re-opening. Just about the only things that are still closed are libraries and I’m super angry about that. If strip clubs and gyms can re-open, surely libraries can too? Once lockdown was lifted in late-July, I got to see my extended family again and, honestly, that was the best thing ever! Plus, we got to celebrate my cousin’s engagement all together and we all had a marvelous time.
What’s on your spring/summer highlight reel?