Looking Ahead

Things are going to start to get interesting around here over the next year. In addition to the features and review festivals that we have been doing, we’re adding some new festivals starting tomorrow with our special Waiting for Oscar mini-festival – three days of movie reviews of films that have been nominated for or won Oscar gold.

February will bring our regular romance festival Cinema of the Heart with what we think are four particularly excellent romance movies, all certified excellent for cuddling. Look for that beginning on February 11. Starting on Thursday March 13, a new festival – Our Film Library – will begin. All of these are movies or documentaries based on books, novels or other literature.

April will be all about our Florida Film Festival coverage beginning on April 4th this week, although we’ll be posting a preview for it just about as soon as we get information about the event (usually the first or second week of March). After that our annual Off-Shoring festival of movies from outside the United States will commence on Saturday April 26.

June 6th will bring a brand new mini-festival called Woman Power – movies by or about women. That’s one we’re hoping to expand in years to come. July 2nd will once again bring our mini-festival the American Experience – movies that are quintessentially American or give us insight into what it is to be an American.

Another new mini-festival debuts August 14 – Films 4 Foodies, movies that are all about cooking, eating or anything that has to do with consuming edible things. September 15 brings yet another new mini-festival – the Sci-Fi Spectacular. Science fiction has always been one of my favorite genres and here we will present reviews of new and/or classic films in science fiction and fantasy.

October is as always the domain of our fan favorite 6 Days of Darkness and this year will be no exception as October 26 will bring out the spookiest of spooktaculars. This year we’re hoping to return to writing scary short stories inspired by each of the films reviewed although I can’t make any promises in that regard. Finally, the Holly and the Quill annual series of Christmas-themed movie reviews starts up on December 23.

In addition to all this, you’ll be able to read my reviews in other places. I’m pleased to report that my pal John Orr, noted author, raconteur and Trivia connoisseur has begun a new website called Regarding Arts. Some (but not all) of my reviews will be found there as well. You can also find reviews of books, music and live theater there by some pretty nifty writers whom I’m very honored to be among. You can head over there by clicking on the website here: www.regardingarts.com. You’ll thank me for it later…or curse me for giving you another site to check obsessively.

So it’s going to be a bit busy around these parts and hopefully you’ll like the new additions. If you’d like to see some different film review festivals, suggest a film for review or give us feedback about the site, leave a comment here or if you’d prefer, drop us a note at cinema365@live.com. We’re always happy to hear from you.



A Couple of Programming Notes

This weekend I’ll be out of town and away from a computer so on Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th there will be no posts on Cinema365. We’ll be back on Monday the 20th.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are making a slight change to our Six Days of Darkness series. While we will be reviewing six different horror films from October 26th to October 31st as we do every year, there will be no accompanying original horror stories inspired by the six films. Unfortunately I just won’t have the time to write them this year.

Other than that there is still a lot to look forward to in the coming months – besides Six Days of Darkness we have our annual Christmas film review series the Holly and the Quill coming up right before Christmas day, as well as our 2014 Preview coming up shortly after that. In mid-January, you’ll be seeing our Top 10 Films of 2013 and in February, Cinema of the Heart will be a mini-festival of romance films. We will also be adding a new feature in March, another mini-festival of movies based on literature that we’re calling Our Film Library. Catchy, no? Of course April will bring our annual coverage of the Florida Film Festival and we can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

As always, thanks for your support and for keeping this blog going. We couldn’t – and wouldn’t – do it without you!

Short Break

No reviews this weekend as I am in Los Angeles attending a high school reunion. Cinema365 will be back on Monday with more reviews of indies, DVDs and current releases. Don’t forget at the end of the month we’ll be publishing our annual Fall/Holiday Film Preview, and in October once again we’ll be bringing you our ever-popular Six Days of Darkness, with reviews of six horror movies and short stories inspired by them. December will bring our annual Holly and the Quill as we bring reviews of beloved (and some not-so-beloved) Christmas films. And as usual at the end of the year, you can expect our 2014 Preview and a round-up of this year’s best movies.

So have a good weekend everybody and see you on Monday!

Gone Fishin’

You may have noticed an excess of preview material today. Our weekly, monthly and Fall/Holiday previews are all up and I hope you find them useful.

What you won’t find is a review today. That’s because in about an hour and a half I’m leaving for the airport, getting on a plane and flying to Paris. I’m celebrating my sister’s 50th birthday in the City of Light and Woody Allen notwithstanding, I’m going to leave my laptop at home and just enjoy myself for a week. So Cinema365 will be temporarily closed in terms of new posts for a week, but we’ll be back with a new review of the historical drama The Last Station on September 8th.

As the year winds down, we’ll be continuing to bring you some special features that have become traditional here at Cinema365, including our annual Six Days of Darkness celebration of all things horror in October, our Christmas movie homage The Holly and the Quill in December and the last week of the year, our preview of the movies coming out in 2012. In January we’ll be posting our top ten movies of the year and of course, there will be our regular daily reviews of many of the movies you’ll find in the previews we posted today, as well as reviews of selected DVDs of independent films as well as major releases from years gone by. So tell a friend, bookmark this site and keep your eyes peeled for our return on September 8th. Until then, au revoir and prendre soin.