A very dear friend's wedding whisked me off to Dubai, where three days of absolutely stunning, Indian-inspired festivities certainly left an impression.
Now I've travelled on to London to stay with a pair of my favourite people, indulge in delicious food (plus a cooking lesson or three) and bask in friends, coffee, culture and (you better believe it!) London's spring sunshine.
Enjoying an afternoon coffee at Monmouth
Next, it's off to Amsterdam for the weekend, followed by New York and finally my beloved Deutschland. But never fear, there promises to be some film surprises along the way...so stay tuned!
And in the meantime, here's a quick rundown of what got me through the punishing flight schedules:
Life as We Know It = a surprisingly good plane film. There was (slightly) more depth to it than I'd originally dismissed it for, plus enough colour, movement and aww shucks moments to be sufficiently distracting.
The Romantics (aka. my unwitting Josh Duhamel double bill) = Rachel Getting Married meets The Big Chill - Lite. Unimpressive, distractingly edited and - considering the subject matter - actually quite dreary. Though Katie Holmes does manage to show a little spirit, it's no Pieces of April.
Jack Goes Boating = utterly charming and an instant favourite. Call it the jet lag, but I found the tone of these two odd-bods finding romance echoed Griff the Invisible. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are pitch-perfect, though I found the countervailing thread of the best friends' (wonderfully portrayed by John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega) marriage unravelling a little forced.
Tangled = the perfect plane film. Hilariously fun and bursting with energy, which is such a shot in the arm after hours and hours (and hours!) of cramped and uncomfortable sitting. I've already raved about this marvellous film, so anyone holding off because it's an animation or the Rapunzel story must rethink immediately!
Red = shameless fun. I enjoyed this retired spy romp on the big screen (Bruce Willis stepping - guns blazing - out of a spinning car is just genius!), but after extensive delays on an already rudely timed flight (2am!), the action, guns and Helen Mirren combo were a sight for bleary eyes.
Last but not least, I spent a fair bit of time trying to stifle my laughs through some episodes of Community. I'm a recently new and totally evangelical convert to this genius comedy, but out of respect for the sleeping passengers around me, I eventually forced myself to switch it off. Holding back belly laughs was starting to look like I was convulsing.
What films have helped you through the tedium of long haul flights?