Another year, another set of movies to go over.
Every January, I go over all the movies that are going to come out that year, as they are scheduled at the time. Or not. I’m usually thorough enough to get 90% of the stuff that’s coming out. Usually the only stuff I miss are those independent movies I know nothing about that pop up after hitting all the early film festivals, like Sundance and Cannes and etc. Or ones that just pop up out of nowhere without that. And that’s usually countered by me previewing certain films that just don’t come out by the end of the year or ones that I just don’t really care about that I preview and then never see. Point is — most of what comes out, I’m ready for.
Then, over the course of the year, I keep track of every movie I saw from that year. Every third of the year, I post reviews of all the films I saw, once in April, once in August, and once in December. (The December article will go up tomorrow night. Don’t worry, it won’t factor into today’s article at all, I don’t believe.)
I post links to all those articles in case you don’t believe what I write in these ones and want to double-check me. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have read them at all. Because what these articles are is me excerpting what I wrote about the films in January (which is pretty much what I expected I’d think about them when I saw them, which I do not look at after I write it), excerpting the reviews I wrote as I saw the films, and mediating the two. I post the two sets of comments, then I write my final thoughts on the film, having had time to digest my feelings about them, either over a couple of days or 11 months, depending. Then I’ll decide how close I felt I was in guessing what my opinion of the film was going to be. This is mostly so I can see how accurate I was overall and also so I can get a good handle on which films surprised me for the better or for the worse.
I’ll go over the films two months at a time, and even post an extra article of the films I previewed that didn’t come out at all, and discuss those. And by the end of that, I’ll post my stats for the year, all as preparation for the big end of the year lists — my Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. (more…)