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State of the Blog – April 2016

As expected, Plot and Theme ended up just short of 50K views, at around 47700.  That’s okay, and there’s a good chance that by the time I officially hit one full year of posts (on April 27th).  I also wrote much less in March than I wanted to, but a lot of my writing effort was for cover letters and other such non-fun things.  Regardless, I am looking forward to growing readership and interaction more, and one of the ways I am going to do that is include a closing to each of my posts where I directly ask questions and make comments, so keep your eyes for this sight stylistic change in my posts.

There’s going to be a lot of cool things from April.  Over a couple of weeks, my wife and I will be enjoying certain offerings from the Wisconsin Film Festival.  I’ll post reviews about some of these films here, and clearly point out that I am reviewing something from the festival.  In a similar vein, I’ve also been offered the opportunity to review three films which will show at this year’s Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival.  I’ll be getting advanced screeners for these films, so look for those to pop up around here.  Hot Docs will first get posted to sometime after the festival opens on April 28th, so make sure you are seeing what Courtney and company are up to over there, and be sure to thank him for sending me advanced screeners!

April is a little lacking in interesting films otherwise  (at least compared to March and May).  Maybe I’ll see Hardcore Henry for the experience, but I am not super excited about it.  The 15th is the most attractive day, with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book and Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some both releasing on that date.  Other than that, the next film I care about is Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room on the 29th (same director as Blue Ruin, which I loved).  Thanks to everything else I am going to be doing, it is likely a good thing that the offerings on the big screen are limited from my perspective.  One thing to keep your eyes open for:  On April 26th, select theaters (shown here) across the country are going to be showing a double-feature of Alien and Aliens (because of LV-426, the moon where the xenomorph is discovered).  If I am able to see that double-feature, there will definitely be a review posted here.

So, there’s lots of exciting stuff going on here.  Make sure to keep sharing, tweeting, pinning on Pinterest, and all those other fun things – especially the stuff you think is good.  The next time I do a “State of the Blog”, it will be in honor of my first full year, and will look forward to what I have planned for the next one!

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Derek Jacobs

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