I do believe that 2015 will go down as the year that my love for film and interacting with others who do took a turn.

Let me clarify that statement. I love film – always have, always will. I have found no more rewarding experience in my adult life than meeting others who share my passion and getting to know them as people…not just as film fans. None of that is changing.

What has changed is the amount of time I’ve allowed myself to dedicate to both.

To the former, I’ve found myself distracted with the long-overdue success of a baseball team I’ve loved since I was born and has been little more than a private passion for more than twenty years. What that has meant is three-to-four-hour blocks of time dedicated to watching their travails. In the past, this time could have been spent on watching a film or two, but now it’s all dedicated to me hoping one man can throw a ball 60′ 6″ and keep another man from running an additional 90′. For hours.

I love being invested in it, really I do…but at the same time I’d love to spend some of those hours seeing how well BEASTS OF NO NATION works for me.

As for the interaction, that’s taken a hit primarily thanks to my want of spending less of my downtime offline. Where in the past I would get into Twitter discussions about the cinematography of Wally Fister or why animated films should absolutely be eligible for Best Picture, nowadays my office keeps me too busy and my ride home keeps me too distracted. The result is that I’m less in-the-loop…discovering fewer voices…and feeling a step behind.

Heck, even this feature where I take a night every week and do a lap around the spaces I follow to see what others have on their mind has been in dry dock since midsummer.

So the question is, how do I feel about all of this?

My honest answer is “conflicted”. On the one hand, I feel like part of who I’ve been for eight years now has begun to slip away from me. It’s like I’ve taken on a new job, and can’t spend time with my friends the way I used to – but they keep getting together and having fun. On the other hand, I’m okay with it. I believe in evolving, in growing, in embracing change and maturity. I also believe in living a moment instead of bronzing it on social media…so sometimes that means watching things play out and giving myself over to a feeling, instead of coming up with something amusing to say about it on Twitter.

So, maybe all of this change is okay. Maybe I’m never going to be who I was this time last year again – maybe I’ll be better than that guy. Maybe I’ll be the guy who appreciates reading posts and hanging out with people more because he doesn’t do it as often. Ditto for all of those films I’ve been procrastinating on for baseball.



For your listening and reading fulfillment, I give you…


The Chicks with Accents have returned. I wonder if their episode dedicated to Mystery Movies is in honour of their mysterious podcasting break?

It’s only taken five years or so, but the UK film bloggers finally got together and had a drink-up…and some North Americans even made the trek! Check out Jay’s recap of the proceedings.

Hot off the press, Vanessa wonders what age is an appropriate one for young filmgoers to watch a horror classic.

Amir has found himself in a somewhat complicated relationship with director Jafar Panahi.

Over the last few years, I’ve really begun to love those dark stories put on film that aren’t horror exactly, but still leave you feeling gutted as the credits roll. DON’T LOOK NOW is one such film, and this week Hunter finally caught up with it.

One thing that always seems to give me a grin is standing in a spot where a film I dig was shot. Anna gets this. She’s been doing a really cool series on shooting locations for the last little while and this week arrived at Turner’s painting of The Fighting Temeraire in London’s National Gallery. She (rightfully) tethered it back to SKYFALL…but I must admit that I wish she’d doubled down and tethered it to MR. TURNER as well. Check out her complete series of posts here.

The Flick Chick is doing a cool series called 21st Century Essentials – which I’m all in favour of since it’s similar a series of posts on this space that I just finished! This week she dedicated a post to THE TREE OF LIFE, which for me handily remains one of the most unique and cerebral watches of this century.

I’m anxious for more people to see Charlie Kauffman’s new film, ANOMALISA…but right now it’s still making its way through the festival circuit. Simon caught up with it at The London Film Festival and had this to say.

Andrew Robinson had a curious reaction to SICARIO that I believe every cinephile experiences at some stage of their film literacy: the film split him down the middle. Allow him to explain.


Finally, we have the Tweet of The Week…which does go back a few weeks already. As we find ourselves knee-deep in awards season waters, Sam has an astute reminder…