Forcing ourselves away from our screens, Stu and I are making a concerted effort to enjoy more cinema at the weekends.
When you love what you do, sometimes having the discipline to give yourself time off is ten times more difficult than having the discipline to get the work done. Since I started working for DO, wrestling my time into a healthy balance has definitely been my downfall. I haven't taken a day off since I started, not because I feel I can't but because I don't want to. I love it that much.
But over the course of the last month or so, Stu and I decided to make a conscious effort to take time out away from our screens. If only for the sake of the health of our eyes. We've started catching a film at FACT at the weekend and this week's offering was Noah.
We got there early, had some lunch and took the time before the screening to really appreciate the building. If you're into your brutalist architecture, or even just a nice bit of concrete, the juxtaposing sweeping curves and sharp lines of FACT would be right up your street. There's always a new angle to notice it from, always a new detail to discover.
Snaps captured, we followed the staircase all the way up to the top for Screen 1 and settled in for the main feature.
Noah was, in case you were wondering, visually epic and musically overwhelming. The score throbbed through the theatre, raising the hairs on your arms with the primitive strains of it; a perfect accompaniment to the well used special effects. As a whole, it offered a subtle but thought provoking debate on the line between good and evil, the fragility of human morality and what happens to a person when they try and define it.
Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone were the acting foundations of the cast, but Emma Watson in particular surprised with the vehemence in which she handled her role and Anthony Hopkins, as always, dominated the scenes he featured in.
We left FACT slightly awe stuck, exactly what you'd want from a biblical story such as Noah.