Well, it’s finally 2021!
Did everyone have a good New Year’s? For those of us who spent New Year’s eve at the Texas Offices of Through the Shattered Lens, it was a very, very rainy holiday. The rain, of course, didn’t stop a few people around here from trying to make a lot of noise. When I got home from welcoming the arrival of the new year, my neighbor was outside in his front yard, trying to set off firecrackers. He just couldn’t seem to understand why they weren’t going off. I was just like, “Hey, dumbass …. it’ been raining for 48 hours straight!” I didn’t actually say that, of course. One of my resolutions for the new year is to be nicer and more positive. So, instead, I just said happy new year. Later today, I may stick a few pins in a voodoo doll. I’ll deal with my annoyance in my own way.
Last year, on this date, I made a lot of promises about what we were going to do on this site over the upcoming 12 months. I would say that we were probably able to keep 70% of those promises. Unfortunately, the pandemic changed a lot of our plans. For instance, I was planning on doing a whole new series of Back to School reviews but it just didn’t feel appropriate with so many schools not reopening due to the lockdowns. By that same token, my plan to review a batch of political movies in the summer became a bit less appealing as the presidential election kicked into full swing. Once I saw that 2020 was going to be like, “You have to pick either Trump or Biden,” I no longer felt like writing about anything political.
Still, I think we did a lot of good work in 2020 and we’re going to do even more good work in 2021. What do we have planned for 2021? If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable. I’m hoping to finally do another round of Back to School and Shattered Politics reviews. I’m also hoping to do another Embracing the Melodrama blogathan. For this month, I’m planning on catching up with whatever 2020 films I still need to see and review. I’m also going to be sharing my “best of” and “worst of” lists. Mostly, though, I’m just planning to review whatever catches my attention.
I hope you’ll join me and the rest of the TSL crew as we explore 2021. Personally, I still think that the upcoming decade is going to eventually be more like the 70s than the 60s. People can only be scolded for so long before they say, “Screw this, I’m going to have a good time no matter what.” But we’ll see. Who knows what the future holds? Whatever it is, we’ll discover it together.
Happy 2021, everyone! Let’s not mess it up.