So…it’s been a VERY LONG TIME since I updated things around here, and what a time it’s been! Last time I posted, I was just starting a Chronological watchlist project (known to me as Chrono project or sometimes just Chrono), and planned to post an update on that at the end of each year of cinema I finished. That has obviously not happened, for a lot of reasons.
Not the only one, but certainly one of the most prominent, is the arrival of our second child, Thea. Our older daughter is just finishing Kindergarten, the baby is walking, and I’m back to work full-time. This leaves not much time for watching movies, but it’s really the writing about them that’s hard to find time for these days. I’ve also been spending what little blogging time I have writing for Flickchart. That said, I would very much like to get back into things around here!
I have been plugging along on the Chrono project, though, despite all these life changes, and I’m up to 1913 now, so still quite early going, but I’m through all the Edison and Lumiere and Melies, getting a good start on Griffith and starting to see some more near-feature length films coming along. Watching movies this way has already been quite rewarding, as the innovations in early cinema are easy to see and appreciate – things like closeups and camera movements are VERY exciting the first time you see them, and you wouldn’t get that if you weren’t watching in order.
Let’s be a little honest right now. I started writing this post in October. It’s now May. The busyness has not abated. I can’t and won’t promise to be anything but sporadic, but I do want to post here SOMETIMES and right now I’ve got to get past the whole “but it’s been like two years since I posted anything” mental block. So I have to post SOMETHING now to break my silence, and this is it. I have half a post also started catching up on the 20+ years worth of early cinema I’ve watched, and I hope to have that out before too long. And I just signed up for Raquel’s Classic Film Book Summer Reading challenge – if there is something I’ve taken time to do over the past year or so, it’s read, so hopefully I won’t fail on that too badly. Look for probably brief reviews of those books here in the coming weeks.