I hope you are having a great holiday season. This year saw the at least three major endings: Fox’s X-Men series before Disney fully takes over the characters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, and Star Wars’ Skywalker Saga. Disney also went full tilt into their live-action reboots, releasing three this year. What a year for Disney, huh? Anyway, as for what happened this year for Drew’s Movie Reviews, here are the stats for 2019:
- Views decreased ~13% from 2018
- Top 5 viewed 2019 posts were:
- Top 5 commented 2019 posts were:
- Top 5 liked 2019 posts were:
- Top 5 countries views came from in 2019 were:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Including this post, there were 135 posts
- My longest posting streak was 8 days
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GREAT 😀 :
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GOOD 🙂 :
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Alita: Battle Angel
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Toy Story 4
The Lion King (2019)
Zombieland: Double Tap
Playing With Fire
Jumanji: The Next Level Review
Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were OK 😐 :
Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were BAD 😦 :
Here are the films I reviewed this year that were released previously to 2019:
Hall Pass (2011)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Night at the Museum (2006)
The Hangover (2008)
The Polar Express (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand Review (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
First thing I’d like to address is the decline in views in 2019 compared to 2018. I honestly can’t say I’m surprised in the drop. This year, I put my Movie Whose Line and Movie Quote of the Week weekly features on hiatus. That’s two extra posts per week, roughly 100 for the year, that were no longer happening. This puts my views very close to my view numbers from 2017, where I did post MWL and MQotW nearly weekly. I don’t think that is anything to be disappointed about at all. Also, as you can see from my movies watched lists above, I did not post reviews for a handful of 2019 releases, so there was a lack of posts there, too. Overall, I’m happy with the outcome.
I posted my Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review on January 1, 2019, so seeing that in my list of top viewed posts in no surprise given it had the most time this year to be viewed. However, it does have the honor of also being on my top commented and top liked posts as well! I am shocked that my review for the original 1941 Dumbo took the top views spot. I guess people wanted to revisit the original before the re-release. Usually blogathon posts can be seen on my end of the year lists. Announcement posts are usually pretty high so there’s no surprise that the Christmas In July Blogathon announcement is a top viewed post. But what is surprising is that only one other blogathon post (from either of my annual blogathons) made the list in views, comments, or likes. Another takeaway from these stats is my audience enjoys reading my superhero movie reviews the most. 😛
As always, Kim and hosted our annual Ultimate Decades Blogathon this year, this time spotlighting the decade of the 2000s. It was so much fun to once again host this with Kim and we had such a great turn out and variety of films reviewed. You can check out the posts from that blogathon here. Also, I hosted my annual Christmas in July Blogathon again this year. That blogathon feels a little more loose in terms of the types of posts people submit and it is always fun to see what participants come up with. You can check out all of the entries for the sixth annual Christmas In July blogathon here.
While I do not have my own podcast, I have been a guest on several of my fellow bloggers’ podcasts. This year, I was invited by Damien and Darren to be on the Talking Stars Podcast in February, where we discussed what we were looking forward to that month. Over the last few years, I have been a recurring guest on the Film Focus podcast, hosted by Curt . First, I was on as a guest discussing the pros and cons of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). That was quite a lengthy discussion so Curt split it into two episodes. You can find part one here and part two here. Then, just before Avengers: Endgame was released I was back on the show, but this time as the host! It was my first time hosting a podcast. Huge thank you to Curt for letting me take the reins for that one. You can find that episode of Film Focus here.
Besides my reviews, there are a few other posts I feel are worth mentioning. First, while I did discuss the MCU on Film Focus, I also did my own post, dissecting and discussing the State of the MCU. It is probably my longest non-review post to date. It took me a while to put the components together but I had a great time doing so. My State of the MCU post can be found here. Also, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix concluding Fox’s time with the X-Men, I rewatched all of Fox’s X-Men films and reviewed those that haven’t been reviewed here on the DMR before. After I was finished going through all twelve movies, I came up with the definitive watch order for the franchise. You can check that out here. As for milestones, the big one this year was posting my 250th film review. Next stop, 500 reviews!
For 2020, my main goal is to write more non-review posts. I have my Fave Five feature that I do not post often enough and would like to post more. I also have a few ideas for long-form posts and feature or two that I would like to make happen this year. Fingers crossed you will see more varied content in 2020.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has visited, liked, and commented this year. You always make doing this so enjoyable and I can’t thank you enough! 😀
That’s if for 2019. See you in 2020. Have a happy New Year!
Until next time, cheers!