As I tend to do every year, this July 4 I’d like to reflect back on yet another amazing year of blogging about the movies here on Digital Shortbread™. I’m feeling more confident than ever going forward with this project of mine. Thus I don’t foresee too many changes in the way things are run around here, at least for the time being. Until I inevitably start getting ancy again. 😉
No, indeed here in year numero cinco, I’d like to just see if I can keep the status quo. I want to continue to reinvent what I do here while remaining a reliable source of diverse movie reviews and commentary. And I want to continue to learn from your experiences as much as I do from my own. It’s so reinvigorating knowing that in the five years since I’ve been here I keep bumping into more and more people with similar mindsets, interests, tastes and obsessions. I’m constantly torn in different directions to pay attention to something new and it’s both exhausting and exhilarating all at once.
The blogging landscape sure has changed since I first arrived. But the support I have felt behind each and every new post I make, each edition of the DigiBread Awards that I host, has not. So, for the fifth time in a row, I must thank you all for choosing to read what I have to write. Thank you so much for keeping me motivated.
So here are five things we’re going to do to mark this occasion:
- Every single one of you who has ever commented on and/or Liked one of my posts will automatically get $5. There you go! Did you feel that change in your bank account? You should, because really, it’s the thought that counts;
- More practically, everyone who leaves a comment on this particular post will get some combination of five emojis (don’t worry, they’ll be positive as long as your comments are positive);
- We’re going to start a count-down to the five films I will be most looking forward to the rest of this calendar year (in essence a truncated version of a top-that list but I will link these reviews back here instead) — and I’d like to know if I should be so excited about these films or not from you guys;
- Tell me: which five movies do you wish were opening up next weekend? These can be any movies you’re excited about. Anything at all. (However, if you bring up that Nine Lives movie starring Kevin Spacey as a cat our friendship will cease to exist.)
- Poll time! The more votes on this the better peeps so don’t be shy of suggesting one of the five films I listed below for me to go back and re-watch and give a one or two paragraph write-up on my thoughts on the second viewing. These are all films I have initially given a max of 4/8 slices to, so the goal is to see if any of these movies (whichever gets the most votes) deserved a more positive review.
FIVE UPCOMING ’16 RELEASES I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE
- Suicide Squad (August 5) — looks crazy, is directed by David Ayers, and . . . I mean, just look at
that castMargot Robbie as Harley Quinn. I sound like a total bandwagoning fan right now but man does this movie look like fun!
- Sully (September 9) — story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after safely landing his plane in the Hudson River after birds flew into the engine. Predictable and overly dramatic it may well become, but this likable cast and this great director (Eastwood) make this a must-see for me this September
- The Birth of a Nation (October 7) — much-talked about Sundance sensation has already been putting off strong vibes à la Steve McQueen’s brutal 12 Years a Slave. A movie that I just have to see no matter how difficult it may be to endure.
- Doctor Strange (November 4) — another good example of me going into a movie having little, if any, background knowledge of the story. But the film gains a lot more interest on the grounds of it starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular, arrogant doctor Stephen Strange. Plus, you know, the whole thing just looks . . . whacky. Can’t wait!
- Loving (November 4) — the next film from Jeff Nichols, a director that has yet to let me down. I am still in need of checking out Take Shelter, but I am more looking forward to seeing what this decidedly more Joel Edgerton-centered film has to offer. Michael Shannon is in it too, but looks to take a backseat.
Well, that about does it folks. Onward we go! I’d like to once again spread the thank-you’s as far and wide as they can go. Thank you for helping DSB stick around just a little longer and for helping me celebrate a fifth year here. Don’t forget to leave your responses below (or else relinquish the opportunity to interact with me purely through emoticons).