It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted and I want to apologize. 2018 was a good year, but it was a year plagued by financial difficulties. With that in mind, many of our readers know I’ve spoken at length about this and so we’ve hit a new year. I won’t give the “New year, new me” BS, but I will promise you this: I and by extension WE will do better. That’s all we can ever hope to do.
You may have noticed a dearth of…well, any kind of content on the site, whether that be reviews, OTP pieces or anything of substance and I will admit that I’ve seen movies since November. From Bad Times at the El Royale (A fun, slick thriller from Drew Goddard that shines brightly with a star making Cynthia Erivo and heartfelt Jeff Bridges), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (All that buildup to a single WTF plot twist at the end that makes absolutely no sense. Meh.), to Aquaman (A modern day Flash Gordon that joins the ranks of Jupiter Ascending in its spectacle and absolute weirdness regardless of the pretty meh story and acting. I had tons of fun with this) and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (Honestly this movie is so good it spoiled any kind of superhero movie for me in the near future Like seriously it’s so goddamn good, Spiderman: Far From Home isn’t even out yet and I couldn’t be more bleh about it considering how goddamn amazing this was. Seriously the best superhero film all year). I’ve seen them, and I have plenty of opinions on each, but for the most part I haven’t felt the NEED to review them in article long formats. And I realize that while TMB isn’t exactly a site that thrives on ads or anything of the like, it would be nice to supply our readers with some form of continual content, as well as being more active with our growing (hopefully) reader base. Again, to what end this leads I have no clue, but at a minimum there can be a discussion of how we go about this.
I’ve also considered how to go about posting my Top Ten films of 2018, but the truth is I missed out on a lot of films last year and only recently did some catching up with the likes of Mandy, The Night Comes for Us, Hereditary and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, (If by any chance you do want to see my thoughts on these films in particular plus a couple more, I created my own Letterboxd account at the beginning of the new year as my own personal initiative. (While these aren’t site reviews, they are a nice little overview of my thoughts. Feel free to follow me on there as well). Those four films alone (All of which are really fucking good by the way) don’t even get close to catching me up to the likes of A Star is Born, The Favourite, Blindspotting, You were Never Really Here, or even First Reformed. I have so much to go, and the closer I get to the Oscars the more I feel a need to just put down what I have and just get to the other films much much later (Or when I can). Rest assured something will come along, but as of what and how I’ve not yet decided.
This is all to say that the big news I’m wanting to share with you all is that as of September of 2019 I will be attending the University of Amsterdam for the study of Media and Culture (I.E. Film studies/Filmmaking). I am unreasonably, and unconsolably excited at this prospect and while the wait and drag to September will be long and arduous, it has given me a new lease on life. A hunger has grown within me to seek out and begin a film collection. A drive to write and share my studies and revelations with you all claws at me day in and day out. But of what I’m not so sure. I want to do more for this site and for you all than just write reviews, but the truth is that I am unsure of what to write and even how. Regardless as this year ramps up I find myself exploring more and more options of how to do so. Hopefully, there’ll be an answer sooner rather than later. For now, to quote one of our favorite films of all time: “Why don’t we just wait here for a little while? See what happens….”