NFT to see a preview of Strings (official film site over here).
Felt rather uncomfortable at the start, as where my attention had been alerted by the words "epic journey of revenge", "dark fantasy" and "chilling", other people seemed to have just seen the word "puppets" and decided to bring their kids along. Which as the rain-soaked opening contains scenes of a marionette severing his own head-string and plunging lifeless into a flooded basement, could have made it a tad unsuitable. However, either kids these days are made of sterner stuff (quite possible), or they were just horrified into a catatonic state (which if you ask me is how youths should stay until they're twenty-five, at which point they have to get a proper job in a bank*), because they stayed silent throughout.
Anyway, it's worth seeing, even if just for the bit with the Lake of a Thousand Dead, with the fantastic vignette of dead marionettes frozen together, icy strings disappearing into the cold sky. Brrrr.
Talking of icy films, the Mighty Evans and I spent a happy/drunken hour working on taglines for The Viking Heist Movie. Picture if you will a nice dramatic silhouette of a group of vikings, the legend beneath reading:
"Meet the Pillage People"
"Fjord To Be Wild"
First by Evans, second by me. Either's good, I reckon. Technically, yes, I should finish (ahem - 'start') the script, but I do so like the marketing...
*PP and I had an excellent discussion about how we can barely even see people under twenty-five these days, unless they're astonishingly sparky (that gets me off the hook), and so the average walk down the average high street in Britain consists of staring at mobile phones seemingly bobbing along of their own accord. Unnerving.