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the m0vie blog: 1,000th Post Spectacular!

I know it’s just a number, but I’m still proud of it. We’ve been going just under two years and it’s been a wonderful two years at that. This week alone I’m doing my bit to help restore a classic film (The Sound of Fury) while taking a look at classic neo-noir (an oxymoron? perhaps, doesn’t make it untrue) – to say nothing of being longlisted for several prestigious Irish Blog Awards (including best post, best pop culture blog and best arts & culture blog). Next week I’ll be blogging at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival – including Japanese gangster film Outrage, Spanish thriller Agnosia, Irish horror Wake Wood and the premieres of Unknown, The Adjustment Bureau and many more. Oh, and I’m popping up as an Oscar pundit in the Metro next week as well (and honoured at the invitation from Ross & Ross).

You know what? I love it. I can honestly say that this blog has allowed me to embrace my love of film that I never would have otherwise. I would have still been a film buff and film fan, but I don’t think I ever would have grabbed film in such a strong and aggressive way. It’s been a pleasure to write for this blog, and I am honestly thankful for everyone who has clicked across it: those who liked, those who hated it – those who offered honest sage advice on how to improve.

Thank you, all, for popping by. It has been my pleasure to have you. So, whether you’re a casual reader you clicked on the headline, or somebody who checks the blog a few times a week, thank you so much. The joy I get out of this is the chance to engage with other people.

My head is full of lofty ambitions – I suppose that everybody’s head is. The thing that I aspire to is to get somebody to read one of my posts, scratch their chin and go, “you know, I never thought of it like that.” If I can do that for even one reader, I’m a happy man. (That said, if somebody wants to offer me a job where I can do this for a living, I won’t say no.)

A very special thank you goes out to all those who have been so supportive about this whole blogging thingy, especially when it interferes with real life. Especially the better half, for her patience, consideration, wit and wonderfully constructive (but never mean-spirited) criticism. If it’s witty and you read it here, I probably stole it from her.

Anyway, it’s just a number. The world keeps spinning. Here are some other statistics, since we’re in a numbers mood this afternoon:

  • 654 (days blogging)
  • 1.52905 (average number of posts per day)
  • 10.7 (average number of posts per week)
  • over 1,500,000 (words blogged)
  • 1 (number of Stetsons I own)
  • 2 (versions of the film Watchmen I have seen)
  • 6.2 (average number of minutes between random film trivia)
  • 8 (items in this list)

Thanks for checking us out, and stick around. We’re got some good things on the cards for the next little while here.

Other random things that happened in the world on 17th February:

  • Prohibition formally ended in 1933, the first edition of Newsweek was published the same day
  • Robert K. Preston stormed the White House in a helicopter (twice) while Nixon was in Florida in 1974
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt was born in 1981, Michael Bay was born in 1965 and Michael Jordan was born in 1963

10 Responses

  1. Congrats on reaching the milestone. Thank you for writing such a note-worthy blog too. I’m constantly telling people to come here…not sure if the listen mind but still…

    Looking forward to the next 1000 posts!

  2. Wow congrats Darren 🙂 1000 posts all by yourself is truly an achievement especially given the amazing consistency over such a long period of time.

  3. Congrats, this is a huge milestone (obviously) more so since you rarely do filler posts.

  4. I echo Encore…1000 posts as detailed and thought-provoking as yours. Bravo.

    “The thing that I aspire to is to get somebody to read one of my posts, scratch their chin and go, “you know, I never thought of it like that.”” – ONE post! More like MOST posts! Rest assured, there’s always something you bring up that sheds new light on a film for me.

    Here’s to another 1000 posts!

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