As horrendous as this year has been, it was a pretty phenomenal year for the screen. I had a good list in the spring, and then most of that list got swapped out as the year outdid itself. This year really renewed my love for movies.
Here’s where I ended up:
2 LA LA LAND
3 MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
4 GREEN ROOM
5 HELL OR HIGH WATER
6 AMERICAN HONEY
7 HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
8 NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
9 THE WITCH
10 THE HANDMAIDEN
honorable mention to TICKLED and HAIL CAESAR and WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and ARRIVAL
“This election sucks, it’s just choosing the lesser of 2 evils!”
Ok, first: that’s just called an election. Every election ever is just a choice between the lesser of evils, even an evil-free candidate would be chosen by being less evil than his or her opponent. But I see a lot of people choosing candidates as like some weird stand or some revenge against the planet for how the primaries shook out. And while I’ll never tell you how to vote, 1 tiny piece of unsolicited advice is that I think you have a responsibility as a US citizen to think about what the person IS as much as what they aren’t. Because at the end of the day, a term is about the President’s accomplishments. So: what do you think, good or bad, your candidate will DO? This is what matters, to me. Not lines in the sand, not sticking your thumb in the eyes of a system that pisses you off. We have a duty to try to move the country forward. Who’s got the best shot at moving it the right way?
At least in comics, that’s sorta how the story goes. There’s been a long tradition of placing the survival of any given title, publisher, direction on the shoulders of the readers. Pre-order! Tell your friends! Buy multiple copies! If this gets cancelled it’s because you didn’t love it hard enough.
A recent piece at Popcultureuncovered.com uses some weird logic and faulty information to examine why “you aren’t buying” some of the newer and more diverse comics being published.
Here’s the thing: readers aren’t venture capitalists. (Well, probably some of them are, but likely not for the periodical comics industry)
Ironically, the only person in the comics food chain that doesn’t actually work in the business is the reader. They’re not getting paid to be there. They go to the shop and like ANY kind of shop, if something’s there and it appeals to them, they get to buy it. They don’t bear the burden of longevity.
It’s any business’s job to sell its product.
You wouldn’t blame the supermarket’s customers for declining sales on corn flakes.