Strike one for the Filmhouse

First cappuccino of the festival, and yes, it is overpriced, but at least it’s not gratuitously overpriced. I just felt I ought to use the Filmhouse Cafe for this occasion at least, and it turns out they have both wi-fi and plug points, although they’re not exactly shouting about it, so maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned it…

Another resolution: I shall not despair at my inability to see any famous people, anywhere, ever…

I shall not feel guilty that, as an aspiring screenwriter, I am not going to (a) any of the many screenwriting appropriate events, or (b) any of the Anita Loos retrospective screenings. (See also the film festival’s theme)

I don’t feel guilty that I find the obviously industry attendees punchable, it’s just ironic, in context.

So it starts

East, then, on clattering stock. A few resolutions for this year’s Festival:

I will not give flyer distributors the least impression that I’m interested in their wares – nor will I scowl at them as if they are evil (I’ve been practicing my contrite ‘Sorry’ on the charity muggers of Buchanan Street).

I will not scowl, either, at overly loud English people talking crap. I will rise above it, so I will. (This particular resolution may not last long)

I shall not be suckered into paying over the odds for coffee and other refreshments – but will not become paranoid about the same.

I shall not succumb to the tyranny of the popcornless film festival attendee (but see previous resolution).

I shall seek out brave new worlds of free wi-fi, and actually keep this website updated in something approaching real time.

I shall not become jealous when it turns out I’ve missed the one true break-out hit of the festival (even if it turns out it was really obvious).

Likewise, I shall not become bitter when the Surprise Movie is, once again, underwhelming (particularly if it’s just something I wouldn’t choose to watch). However, if it turns out to be both crap and on release one week later…

I shall take the time to see the Warhol show. And visit the calming fish.