Top 250 Tuesday – Changing And Evolving

Just a quick note today about Top 250 Tuesday:

sandsWith the approaching of the New Year and the recent passing of my 50th birthday, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this blog, where it is now, and where I want it to go, and that has particularly focused on this feature. When I began it, I had two ideas in mind. The first was that I wanted to work my way through the Sight and Sound 250 Greatest Movies of All Time list in order to expose myself – and through writing about what I was watching, you, my readers – to what were considered some truly great movies. In that way I knew that I would be expanding my horizons and seeing a lot of movies and discovering different directors, actors, and even genres that I would not usually take on, and along the way catch up on a lot of movies on my “I really should watch that” list and also have an excuse to revisit some old favorites. At the same time, by setting out the goal of watching and writing about one movie a week, I would be making myself post at least something each week and ensuring that I made it through the list in a relatively timely manner.

Well, as has become increasingly obvious I haven’t exactly been following through on that last part.

There have been a couple of reasons for that, most of them having to do with time restraints, but also having to do with the format itself. Tuesday – or actually Monday as I try to write these at least a day ahead of time so that I can make sure that they get posted early in the day on Tuesday – it turns out, is not always the best day for me to try to do a lot of long-form writing. A big part of that is because I like to spend as much of the weekend with my teenage daughter as I can, and also Monday tends to be a very long day because of the way my current work schedule has been shaping up recently.

On the other hand, I’ve found the one-post-per-week format to be somewhat restrictive at times. As evidenced by the recent three part post that I wrote about Ozu’s Early Spring, there are simply some movies that deserve more time and thought devoted to them than others. There have been other times when I have wanted to write more about a particular film, but because I try not to let the individual posts here get too long I’ve simply left out topics that I would have liked to explore, or cut short sections that I would have liked to delve deeper into.

And then there are those cases where, because I would wind up watching a film over the weekend I really don’t feel that I’ve had the proper amount of time to “digest” it before the deadline comes to write about it. Or sometimes the reverse is true: I’ll watch something on, oh, Wednesday and really not want to wait until the next Tuesday rolls around to post about it.

So what does all of this mean? Well, two things, really. First, I won’t be making any more Top 250 posts between now and the New Year. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be watching and writing about these movies – I’m actually going to be clearing up a bit of a backlog of “musings” that I’ve started but haven’t quite finished yet for whatever reason. But I won’t actually be putting them up until after the 1st.

Second, when the feature does come back, it won’t be under the “Top 250 Tuesday” banner. Instead I’ll probably just go with a “Sight and Sound Top 250” headline. I really think that way I’ll be able to tackle it more in the manner I want to.

So, long story short, the feature isn’t going away -not by a long shot, because I really am having too much fun exploring these movies and doing these write-ups – it’s just going to be changing a bit. Nor is that the only change you’ll see over the next few weeks, but I’ll have more on that later.

In the meantime, I just want to say to all of you thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting this little blog of mine. It really means a lot.


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