2015 was great in Kristinaland.
I went to the TCM Classic Film Festival (link to those posts). First time in California and at a film fest of any kind, great time meeting many longtime blog friends in person and making new ones. Hope to go again in 2016.
I co-hosted 4 amazing blogathons, The Great Villain ‘thon, with Ruth and Karen, which won the 2015 CMBA Best Blog Event award! The Beach Party with Ruth, the 1947 event with Karen, and the Criterion Blogathon with Aaron and Ruth. Thanks to all who took part!
I was a guest on the Criterion Close-up podcast to discuss the classic movie blogosphere and to recap the Criterion blogathon. Thanks to hosts Aaron and Mark. Thanks Rupert Pupkin Speaks for posting my 1945 and 1955 lists this year and to Karen for publishing my writing in The Dark Pages, hard to believe I’m into year 11 of noir articles there!
Person most seen at the blog in 2015: Boris Karloff, by far. I read through Greg Mank’s book Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, reviewed Mank’s book The Very Witching Time of Night and watched The Black Castle, Devil’s Island, Night Key, The Man Who Changed His Mind, The Old Dark House, The Lost Patrol, The Man They Could Not Hang, Tower of London, The Man with Nine Lives.
The monthly Mad Challenge with Mike’s Take on the Movies introduced me to fine films Men in War, Secret of the Incas and The Rounders. At Halloween we did a fun series featuring faves like The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Tremors, and Fright Night. He also recommended Sahara which was more fun than a barrel of camels.
From my list of 10 Classics I discovered High and Low, The Smiling Lieutenant, The Red Shoes, and Ulzana’s Raid. I’ve now seen all 10 and will soon review the last one, Marty. I’ll be casting my net even wider with my 2016 list.
I watched 304 movies this year. Just a few of my favourite discoveries:
- Hard Times
- The Rules of the Game
- The Good Die Young
- Elevator to the Gallows
- Green for Danger
- Highway 301
- The Leech Woman
- The Reckless Moment
- The Case Against Brooklyn
- Tell No Tales
- Dead of Night
- The Drop
- St. Vincent
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Gone Girl
- The Guest
- It Follows
- TV series Penny Dreadful
Many thanks to everyone who comes by to read, share opinions, add knowledge, question my taste, and suggest new things for me to watch. I really appreciate your time and thoughts on everything, and wish you all a healthy, happy, successful 2016. Time to do it all again 🙂