Just an Observation FridayDecember 7th

Two and a half weeks until Christmas and I still have managed to remain untouched by  Festive Fever. Actually this is not unusual as round about the 17th of December every year I suddenly realise that despite all my best efforts in pretending it isn’t going to happen it hits me that this is just delusional wishful thinking. It is not so much the thought of Christmas per se which bothers me but the continual build up which seems to start a little earlier every year so that by the time the actual event comes around I am so bored of hearing about it as it seems to unnecessarily dominate so many conversations that the actual event is ultimately a letdown. By postponing my entry into the festivities for as long as possible I therefore have less build up, less chance of disappointment and thus manage to enjoy the day more.

This weekend in an attempt to rouse the Christmas spirit a little earlier I am going along to the Noir Christmas Fair at Summerhall which is an all weekend extravaganza hosting food, fashion, design and arts. Opening at 11am on both days it runs until 7pm and also features many festive themed events. Perhaps its charms may induce a stirring of my Festive feelings and I will embrace the season a little earlier than usual this year.

The last Mumbo Jumbo is also on at the Bongo Club this weekend before relocating to new premises. It will be worth checking out if you are out in town this weekend as the night has always been good fun whenever I have attended in the past.

Out at the cinema there are three high quality films worth seeing at the moment. Top of the list is The Hunt a Danish drama which focuses on a nursery teacher falsely accused of paedophilia and how these accusations impact on his life. In the wake of the Jimmy Savile allegations and the fall out alongside a media witch hunt that has precipitated it is extremely relevant and emotionally poignant. Definitely a contender for being one of the best films of the year it is an emotionally wrought work which has several cringe-worthy moments as well as making the audience question their own values when making swift unjust decision without being in receipt of the full facts. It is also set in the run up to Christmas but has none of the Christmas cheer or feelgood factor usually associated with films set in this period and is all the better for it. A full review can be found here.

You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils) a French film which details the familial battle between a controlling father and a son who he doesn’t feel lives up to his expectations is also worthy of attention. Set in the South of France it is a beautifully shot, well crafted and convincingly acted piece of cinema. A fuller appraisal can be found here.

For the more traditionalist among you there is a new adaptation of the Dickens classic Great Expectations which doesn’t try to replicate the David Lean 1946 classic and instead attempts to forage out an identity of its own. It also draws more heavily on the original version than the older film and features Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane to endow the whole project a sense of gravitas and familiarity. A full review can be found here.

Also worth catching tonight are Opium Kitchen at the Clermiston Inn. Hot on the heels of their Citrus Club debut three weeks ago this latest outing hopes to see them gathering even more momentum.

As I write this there is a dusting of snow on the ground outside and Kate Bush’s ‘Fifty Words for Snow’ is playing in the background whilst I am feeling something of a warm glow inside. This glow is probably less likely due to premature Christmas stirrings and more likely due to the shot of Disarrono Amaretto in my morning coffee and the reassuring click of the switch as I reset my electric blanket for an extra hour in bed. Christmas can wait a little longer!

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