Announcement: Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022!

Come one, come all. It’s time to join this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon! Check out this announcement post for all the details.

Tranquil Dreams

Welcome to the 7th Annual Ultimate Decades Blogathon hosted by myself and Drew’s Movie Reviews.

Following last year’s suit in the new blogathon style, the Ultimate Decades Blogathon continues on with our numeric progress as we celebrate our favorite movies released in a year ending in “2”. That means you can pick any movie from 1922, 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012 and if are super on your game and have already watched some new releases worth talking about, feel free to talk about something from 2022. As usual, we allow for doubles in selections to keep it easier for everyone and see what movies stood out for you in any of those years.

To help with your movie choices from any of these years, here’s a list of the releases from each of the years mentioned above:

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Announcing the Ultimate Decades Blogathon 2022

Hello, friends!

With the start of the new year comes the first step towards this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon! That’s right, my blogathon partner Kim from Tranquil Dreams and I are once again teaming up to host our annual blogathon. Like last year, this year’s Ultimate Decades Blogathon will look at movies throughout the decades that were released with the same last digit as the current year. That means all entries for the blogathon must have been released in years that end in “2”. For example, 2012, 2002, 1992, etc.

Kim and I would love to see you participate in this blogathon. If you are interested in participating here are the details:

  • Choose and review a movie (or movies) that was released in a year that ends in “2”
  • Tell us in a comment or via email your selection(s) for the blogathon
  • Email your entry to Kim, kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com, and me, drewt510@gmail.com, to submit it for the blogathon
  • Submit your entry on or before Sunday, February 13th. However, if you need more time, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.
  • The entries will be posted on our sites. If you wish to post your entry on your site as well, please tell us and we can coordinate that together.
  • The blogathon will begin on Monday, February 21nd

You can add the banner that is at the top of this page to your site to show your participation. And the more the merrier! Feel free to invite others to join the blogathon as well. Use the tag #UltimateDecadesBlogathon on Twitter to help us promote the blogathon. We can’t wait to see everyone’s submissions. 🙂

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay positive. Stay weird.

Until next time, cheers!

Drew’s Movie Reviews 2021 In Review

Hello, friends!

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve started a post that way. Most of my posts lately have simply been movie reviews or my weekly Trailer Round-Ups. My last long form post was way back in July when I celebrated this blog’s 8th anniversary. Much like last year, my activity wasn’t at the same level as years past. On the positive, I did watch more movies overall, even if my activity for the blog was about the same as 2020. Before getting into all of that, though, here are some stats for Drew’s Movie Reviews in 2021:

Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GREAT 😀 :

The Suicide Squad
Free Guy
Red Notice
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were GOOD 🙂 :

One Night In Miami…
Outside the Wire
The White Tiger
The Little Things
Raya and the Last Dragon
Malcolm & Marie
Nobody
Mortal Kombat
Cruella
Luca
F9
The Tomorrow War
Black Widow
Gunpowder Milkshake
Sweet Girl
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Vacation Friends
Kate
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Dune
Last Night In Soho
The Harder They Fall
Encanto
tick, tick… BOOM!
The Matrix Ressurections

Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were OK 😐 :

Thunder Force
Without Remorse
The Woman in the Window
Eternals
Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Here are the films released this year I saw and thought were BAD 😦 :

Bliss
Home Sweet Home Alone

Here are the films released prior to 2021 I reviewed:

Saboteur (1942)
Bridesmaids (2011)
The Cannonbal Run (1981)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rope (1948)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble With Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Transformers (2007)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

First things first, while the views this year were roughly the same, there was a slight decrease nonetheless. Given my large increase in views from 2019 to 2020, it would have been hard to maintain the same amount of views, especially since my number of posts in 2021 is almost exactly the same as 2020. Given my lack of posting activity throughout the year, the amount of views I received in 2021 across my posts is pretty exciting.

Blogathon announcement posts are usually high traffic posts for my blog, so the top two most viewed posts are no surprise. Shadow of a Doubt being on the list took me by surprise. Of all the Hitchcock films I posted reviews for this year, I’m glad that one is the most viewed one because that is my favorite Hitchcock film of those with reviews. I have seen more Hitchcock films than what I have reviewed but more on that later. The posts in the fourth and fifth slots, Raya and Cruella respectively, are not surprising after I thought about it. Those two posts in particular I shared on a Disney-themed Discord server I am on. So they have a few extra views from people visiting from there, pushing them into their top spots for the year.

Unsurprisingly, there is quite a bit of overlap between my most commented on and most liked posts. Last Night In SohoFree Guy, and Red Notice all appear on both lists. A big surprise, however, is a Trailer Round-Up post making its way to a top liked spot! I think that is a first in eight years.

My longest posting streak, as usual, comes from the back-to-back events that happen at the end of July: the Christmas in July Blogathon and my anniversary celebration.

Much like 2020, my posting activity in 2021 was a bit lackluster compared to previous years. As you can see by the list above, I watched quite a few new releases this year (36 to be exact) but I barely posted reviews for any of them. Outside of 2021 releases, I also watched a decent amount of films released before this year, many of which never received reviews on this blog. If you want to see what all I watched, check out my Letterboxd diary. I know I’ve been saying this for a while but I’m hoping my activity increases soon. I haven’t had the drive to write full reviews most of the time but I have come of with a few ideas to at least get something posted about the films I see. Hopefully 2022 will see more of that. I you want to see my ranking of all 36 2021 films I watched this year, you can check out my 2021 release ranking list on my Letterboxd.

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to watch at least one Alfred Hitchcock film a month. Despite not posting reviews for them all, I’m happy to say that I have achieved that goal! I have watched 12 out of the 15 films in my Hitchcock box set and I will continue watching the rest into next year. Before this project, I hadn’t seen any movie in Hitchcock’s large filmography (well, I watched The Birds years ago but I barely remembered it). As a cinefile, I could not let that continue. I had so much fun on the project and can see now why Hitchcock is held in such high regard as a filmmaker. You can check out my Hitchcock ranking list on my Letterboxd to see where all 12 films have placed.

I really enjoyed my journey through Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography project. If you have any ideas for other directors you recommend for a similar project in 2022, please let me know in the comments.

It would be great for me to end this post with some grand ideas for 2022 but unfortunately I have none. As I mentioned before, my goal (again) is to try to get more on a more regular cadence with posting reviews. Thank you to everyone who still visits regularly, despite me not offering you much lately. You all are the greatest and I keep doing this because of you!

Thanks everyone for an enjoyable 2021. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive, stay weird. See you all in 2022!

Until next time, cheers!