And here we are, signing off another year into the history books. As I reflect on 2015, these 12 months will certainly go down as some of my most memorable. Though I started the year with a set of resolutions that weren't fully accomplished, there was still lots to be proud of at Film Actually.
Film-wise, the year began with Rob Marshall's musical adaptation "Into the Woods", a film that I would re-visit by year's end. 310 films later, I capped the year with late-breaking Oscar contender "The Big Short". As always, the awards season was a big focus of my writing, both here and at The Awards Circuit. And I'm particularly proud of the community I've developed through my annual Oscar Contest, which has become a highly anticipated staple of the site.
Indeed, I'd be nowhere without you wonderful people who take time out to read and comment on any of my posts. This year, I achieved one of my biggest goals as a blogger - attending the Toronto International Film Festival - and I know that your support is a major reason why I was afforded that opportunity. That trip was certainly the highlight of my year, a true haven for cinephilia where I was able to partake in a feast of great cinema, meet up with friends both old and new, and hobnob with people I admire in the film industry.
Of course, the year wasn't all perfect. There was a period of self-doubt when I was rejected by the New York Film Festival, the Online Film Critics Society and AFI Fest in quick succession. But overall, the good far outweighed the bad. So in celebration of hopefully greater things to come, here's a recap of some of my top articles this year, as selected by the readers:
Most Popular Posts:
Teeth and Blood review
Life Inside Out
Top 20 Acting Performances of 2014
The Girl is in Trouble review
20 Most Anticipated Performances of 2015
Panama Canal Stories review
10 Must-See Bollywood Films
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: A Room with a View
As I look ahead to 2016, the only resolution I have is to be the best writer I can be. I hope you'll continue to join me on that journey. HAPPY NEW YEAR!