Happy New Year

2012 is upon us and hopefully Nostradamus is wrong about the world ending in December. If not, let me be the first to say it was nice knowing you.

It has been an up and down year for Cinema365 just like most of us, with our readership falling somewhat after hitting massive highs at the beginning of the year. However, there is a loyal core of regular readers that keep the site going, and for all of you whether you check in daily or just once in awhile, thank you thank you thank you.

For those anxiously awaiting the 2012 Preview, fear not – it will be up either tomorrow or Monday (hopefully no later) as we try to finish up a few minor details. Four-Warned for January will be up no later than Thursday. For those who use those features to help map out their movie plans, your patience is much appreciated. What can I say? It’s been a very busy holiday season for us here at Cinema365’s world headquarters.

There will also be some subtle changes coming starting tomorrow. For all new releases, the “Home or Theater” feature will be going away. With the sophistication of home theaters growing by leaps and bounds, for some movie enthusiasts (and soon nearly all of us) the question is kind of moot in terms of whether you get your big sound and big picture experience at home or at the multiplex. The small screen is rapidly evolving into a big screen and that has both pros and cons about it. We will be adding new features to the new release reviews soon; among those we’re considering is adding the Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores, comparison shopping (comparing the new movie to existing movies to give you an idea of what the movie is like) and perhaps some fun little asides for niche viewers – Pet Lovers, Gore Lovers, Meryl Streep Lovers, Sportscar Lovers etc. Just something to make the reviews a little more fun and informative.

Later on in the year more features will be added to the DVD Reviews as well; I’m thinking about posting streaming options for the movies (where you can find them for video streaming with options including Amazon, Netflix, Epix, YouTube and Hulu) as well as moving some of the new release features on the DVD side as well. Top 5 has been on hiatus but it may be back in 2012 if there is demand for it.

Looking forward to 2012, there will be our annual romance movie series Cinema From the Heart taking place over Valentine’s Day. We will be covering the Florida Film Festival in mid-April, hopefully taking in a goodly amount of great movies. Kicking that off, the Enzian Theater here in Orlando will be one of nine theaters in the country hosting Sundance USA, an extension of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in which selected Sundance films will be screening at said nine theaters. Enzian will be hosting the film on January 26th followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Cinema365 will be there and reviewing the film, Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Diane Keaton.

In addition to the 2012 Preview, we’ll be publishing a Summer movie preview in April and a Fall/Holiday preview in August. Our regular year-ending events Six Days of Darkness and The Holly and the Quill will be back as well as a new series in July – The American Experience, a three-day series in which we’ll be looking at movies that reflect what it means to be an American. That will take place around the Independence Day holiday. There will also be a non-American film series that will be taking place sometime in the Spring, although I don’t have a name for it yet. Stay tuned.

As the evening descends on the last day of 2012, I hope that you have or will be celebrating in style – and safely. 2011 was a year of great challenges, not only in Hollywood but everywhere. We hope that everyone has a 2012 that is better than the year that preceded it, even if our number is up in December. Me, I’m thinking that if the world ends in my lifetime, I just hope I’m in a darkened multiplex when the end comes. That’s where I belong.

Peace,

Carlos, Da Queen and puppies

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