A roundup of the decade appears to be compulsory for anyone who’s so much as commented on a film in the last few years, so here’s my contribution! This is not a list of the ‘best’ films I’ve seen – some aren’t regarded as ‘great films’ at all. It’s a list of those which have stayed as firm favourites up to 10 years down the line. The ones I’d willingly go and watch again, if my local cinema randomly decided to screen them. The ones that when they come up in conversation, make me say: “I love that film!”
Always popular at our Christmas party, this one, and people always ask for a copy, so here it is (below, click for printable PDF). All you need to do is to identify the faces who have been in the news in the UK this year. Do use and enjoy, wherever you may be. I reckon it’s best tackled in teams of two.
My son did his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in 2018, at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, and it was really interesting to watch. For something worth just half an A-level (and in reality when it comes to university applications, worth nothing), it required an astonishing amount of work. For busy sixth-formers to find the time or the motivation requires some dedication. That said, the EPQ is a good introduction to doing a properly planned and structured research project, so I encouraged my son to take the trouble. He did so, and his project was eventually marked 100% (A*) in 2019.
A few websites I feel obliged to recommend to you, mainly because I had a hand in making them.
I was nerdy enough to get on Twitter really early on (August 2007), as @CherryHintonBlu. Quite a few even more curious people had been there before me, as I was only user ID number 8,015,922. Here’s my first Tweet (Twitter will now show it under the username I adopted at a later date, @ChrisRandWrites):
Staring at my Mac with one eye and my PC with the other, trying to sort out our web sites. As usual.
— Chris Rand (@ChrisRandWrites) August 7, 2007