Update: Happy January 2nd, everybody, and I hope that unlike me you aren’t besotted with flu. I swear, when tomorrow comes along, it’ll be like I never even missed a single day.
My wishes for a healthy, happy 2011 to all of you; thanks for reading and sticking with me and putting up with my erratic posting these last couple of months.
I’ve made no secret of my distaste for the movies of 2010; but 2011 looks like a sure and certain improvement. Even if it’s 200 of the shittiest bombs in living memory, that plus The Tree of Life – OH MY GOD DOES THAT TRAILER LOOK AMAZING – pretty much guarantees that it’s going to be a step in the right direction.
On a personal note: my greatest appreciation to those who have contributed to the Carry On Campaign:
Adam Bertocci, Bronxville, NY
Vianney Boncorps, Los Altos, CA
Jessica Brown, Evanston, IL
Mark Clemens & Dayna Christensen, Boise, ID
Nick Davis, Chicago, IL
Stephen Deline, Los Angeles, CA
Jason Dolha, Calgary, AB
Mike Gibson, Alexandria, VA
Robert Hamer, Vallejo, CA
Matthew Henderson, Glasgow, Scotland
John & Katherine Hewitt, Laurel, MD
Joshua Hime, Los Angeles, CA
Rachael Horcher, Indianapolis, IN
JPK, Olympia, WA
Robert Karol, Chicago, IL
Patrick King, Chicago, IL
Mark Kreutzer, Chicago, IL
Rebecca Langer, Saskatoon, SK
Trevor Laughlin, New Westminster, BC
Tess LeBlanc, North Vancouver, BC
Marc Lummis, Astoria, NY
Jay Marks, Ossining, NY
Barbara Miller, Dallas, TX
Geoffrey Moses, Williamsport, PA
Robert Niven, Winter Park, FL
Kevin Olson, Salem, OR
Troy Olson, Salem, OR
Rebecca Safier, Los Angeles, CA
Ray Schmit, Downer’s Grove, IL
Ellen Shapiro, Los Angeles, CA
Cameron Shaw, San Francisco, CA
Stephen Swartz, Madison, WI
Zev Valancy, Chicago, IL
Benjamin Verschoor, McCall, ID
Jonathan Volk, Chicago, IL
Chris Walters, Brooklyn, NY
Patrice Wessel-Elacqua, Redwood City, CA
Justin Wiemer, Fox Point, WI
Philip Wiese, Chicago, IL
Kara Wild, San Jose, CA
Bryce Wilson, San Luis Obispo, CA
Thanks to these excellent folk, we hit $1000 in six months; if you donated but don’t see your name, please e-mail me immediately. And if you’d still like to contribute, I’m leaving the donation buttons up until January 15, at which point I need to cut things off, so I have time to wrangle all the money from PayPal and get it sent to Matt Wessel, the beating heart of the Carry On Campaign and the Concert for Life.
Lastly: I have decided that the sane thing to do is to not bother with a Top 115 post today. A real shame too, because this was the day you got to read my stirring defense for why Free Willy is truly the 79th best film in the history of the world. No, really, the next entry is, I think, a way fun one.
Happy New Year, all.