Wednesday, November 25, 2009

24/1 = :-)

Here in America, we take time out one day each November to give thanks for what we have been blessed with. Regardless of one's nationality, I think that the value of the concept of Thanksgiving is one that can be agreed upon almost universally. We here at the site would like to take the time to express our own gratitude for your continued support and for the precious gift that you give us: your time.

From a personal standpoint, first and foremost, I am thankful for the love, support, and good health of my family. Nothing else comes close.

Having made that clear, I am also grateful for the miracle that is the cinema. The past year or so has been one that's been rough for people all around the world. Stable jobs that seemed like keepers have evaporated into thin air, revenue streams have been altered beyond some of our wildest dreams, and we've all learned the true meaning of the word "frugality."

That said, I've found a real place of solace in the movies this past year. No matter what the challenges of the day have been, at about 8:30 PM a few nights out of the week, I get to sit down and watch a movie. Most of the time, it's just me sitting there in the dark, staring at the screen, waiting to see what wonderful thing I might discover that night.

This year, I've been blessed with so many fine moments and great films. No matter where our allegiances lie as cinephiles, be we devotees of Bergman or Bay, lovers of summer blockbusters or foreign films, cynics or optimists, let's take a moment. In that moment, let's be grateful for those marvelous moments in the shadows when we are transported into new worlds where possibilities abound and life can seem to start anew.

Now on to a fantastic weekend with family, food, and . . . you guessed it . . . some great movies.


Megan said...

This is one of the sentiments I always have about movies. They are a special thing for me that I can enjoy any time and find some kind of solace in.

Senor Granto said...

Well put! I'm grateful for this blog since I use it as a way to get a feel for what films I'm going to check out (especially modern ones). I appreciate that the commentators here aren't snobbish like some of the professors I had or childish like a few of the posters at IMDB and are like me in that they are open to almost anything that's put on screen.