Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Blog News 12/22/15: Blog Plans for 2016

2015 is coming to an end as the time has come into what should happen for the next year. 2016 won't be as big as 2015 as it means that I'm kind of scaling things back a bit as I've done numerous projects in 2015 as some of it is unfinished such as the Twin Peaks marathon as well as a review on The Story of Film series. I'm definitely having those finished for 2016 and just get them out of the way. After that, no more marathons with the exception of the annual Cannes Film Festival marathon. 2016 will mean that I'm going to slow things down a bit and not having to push myself to do something.

Having done an essay of sorts on Quentin Tarantino definitely has me thinking about reviving the Favorite Film Essay series as I have a few ideas of what films I might write about. I'm not sure if it will return but it is up in the air so it might return after a long hiatus. As for my music and wrestling blogs, the former might come back due to the upcoming releases of acts like Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and M83 as well as the Cure comping back on the road for a U.S. tour in 2016. The latter however I would say is dead because I've lost interest in wrestling thanks in part to WWE's bullshit brand of sports entertainment.

Having just fulfilled my 2015 Blind Spot obligations as I'm going to get ready for the 2016 Blind Spot Series. It is clear that there's a bunch of films I want to see as I have a lot of them in my DVR so I made a list of films that is in my DVR that I'm definitely going to see. There is also a list of 50 films that hope to see for next year in the hopes I want to do. Some of the choices are made are based on the most recent edition of 1001 Movies to See Before You Die list as here is what I hope to do for 2016:

  • Do more films of the French New Wave as well as complete the films of Jean-Luc Godard from the New Wave Period as well as the Six Moral Tales of Eric Rohmer.
  • More films in the genre of horror from the classic Universal Studio films to the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Find and watch films from established New Hollywood filmmakers like Robert Altman and Brian de Palma as well as films from the late 60s and early 70s that would be part of that new movement.
  • More films by women filmmakers like Chantal Akerman, Lina Wertmuller, Kelly Reichardt, and Lucrecia Martel.
  • Films by the old-school filmmakers like John Ford, Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, and Otto Preminger in order to get a broader view of the world of cinema.

Now that I've profiled 50 filmmakers as my piece on David Lynch is finished but currently in the editing stage for a possible January release. The time has come to make the announcement on the next batch of filmmakers in the series. This time around, I've decided not to get into anymore big filmmakers having done a four-part piece on Lynch. Still, there are names that are important to the world of cinema as it's diverse but also filled with films that are considered some of the best. Here are the 12 filmmakers that I'm going to profile for the Auteurs series for 2016:

January-Alejandro Amenabar

February-Steve McQueen

March-Terry Zwigoff

April-Spike Jonze

May-Rahmin Bahrani

June-Bob Fosse

July-Richard Linklater

August-Jeff Nichols

September-Alejandro Jodorowsky

October-John Carpenter

November-David Fincher

December-Sam Peckinpah

Here is a list of the films by these filmmakers I'm going to watch for the year as two of them are likely to be two-part series considering their importance to the world of films. That is pretty much what is ahead as I'm just hoping for a good year in 2016.

© thevoid99 2015


Dell said...

Lots of cool stuff going to happen here. Especially looking forward to the last 3 of the auteur series, and anxious for the ones on McQueen and Jonze, too.

Chris said...

I also hope those albums are good. The old Universal horror films are not particularly scary, but have great atmosphere. Richard Linklater has had a diverse career and I look forward to your Auteur piece on him. Just saw first trailer for his Dazed and Confused sequel.

thevoid99 said...

@Wendell-Thanks. Some of these decisions were made for much of the year with some last-minute changes in the past few days as it relates to availability and such. I'm looking forward to writing these essays on these guys.

@Chris-I'm sure the old Universal films were scary back then but I'm interested to see what they did for the genre. I knew it was time to do Richard Linklater as I've seen a large portion of his work as I felt it was time to complete his filmography and do a profile on him.

ruth said...

Hope you had a nice Christmas break, Steven. I look forward to more French New Wave from you. Hey, well done on finishing the Blind Spot series, I gave up on that this year, but maybe I'll do it next year, we shall see.

thevoid99 said...

@ruth-I hope to do more than just French New Wave as it's just among the slew of ideas that I have that I want to do for 2016.