Members of our writing staff took some time to gather around the Cinedelphia table, pass the mashed potatoes, and tell everyone what in the world of film we’re thankful for this year.
I am thankful for the fact that, as long as there’s a planet and we have movie cameras, there will be movies. We will never run out of movies to watch, films to consume, and so we’ll never run out of parts of ourselves waiting to be touched by them. Every year brings some new group of movies that move and change me in some way. So even in dark times that we have ahead, movies will shine a light. Upcoming films such as Jackie, Rogue One and Dunkirk seem perfectly timed to comment on hope in troubled times. But others such as La La Land seem perfectly ready to bring simple joy to our lives. As long as they exist, movies will serve an immense purpose.
I’m thankful for the fact that we won! And by “we” I mean “nerds.” We did it! We have so much nerd-based media that we have the luxury of being picky about it. Until the day I die, there are going to be new Star Wars movies, new Harry Potter movies, and a new Batman to replace whichever Batman I’m currently tired of. Normal people are reading comic books and thick fantasy novels on the bus. Blogs and podcasts cater to all of the media that used to be niche. Comic Cons, where B-list celebrities classically go to die, are now the forefront of cultural media.
On an almost weekly basis I find myself in a wide-eyed stare at a movie screen thinking “this is the best time to be alive.” It is. Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve been quite a Grumpy Gus this year. My excitement level for new releases has been at an all time low, as has been the number of happy surprises I’ve experienced at the theater. But one thing I am thankful for, and have always been thankful for, is that regardless of the year, films continue to always be there for me even if I’m not always there for them. Kind of like a best friend that knows you suck at being one back and loves you all the same. Because at the end of the day, once I’m in the theater, or snuggled in bed with a laptop, it’s just me and that glow, and couple hours relief from a crazy world.
“This is the business we’ve chosen!” Jill Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein, two self-described film aficionados, tell it like it is about the latest and greatest movies. They are Contributing editors here at Cinedelphia, writing partners, and founders of Filmhash.com.