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The State of the Lake 2015


This weeks sees the closing of the book that is 2015 and another year covering classic cinema! Before I recount all the amazing things that happened this year let me start out, as always, by thanking the amazing people that visit the site daily. I’ll confess, I haven’t done right by you this year. With work and other general signposts of being an adult, the blog saw a big uptick in reposts and general disarray and that’s my fault. The fact that you guys continue to visit, shows your continued faith in me.

As for how the year went, there were some great moments. Book reviews and Biopic Theater roared back in with a vengeance and while the latter remains a “seasonal” – a season dictated by me – offering, it’s still one of my continued projects and will return in 2016. I’ve already started prepping some book reviews for the new year and 2015 gave me an opportunity to actually read stuff for general enjoyment! The rise of my Top 20 lists gave the site some much needed content diversification and led to some contentious debates and propelled me down visiting new classics for future lists.

I returned to the TCM Classic Film Festival this year, this time as a Social Producer for the network! As if the network giving me press credentials in 2014 wasn’t good enough, this year I was able to hobnob as a member of the crew, and had some amazing experiences. I met Julie Andrews, you guys, and almost cried in front of her! I also got the chance to watch Grease and Earthquake poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel and hung out with some wonderful friends. I’m hoping to make greater memories next year!

You might also have read the various interviews I was fortunate to secure this year. Thanks go out to author Adam Michael James and Carl Rollyson, Monika Henreid, documentarians Joan Kramer and David Heeley. And let’s not forget my chats with TCM regulars Eddie Muller, the czar of noir, and the voice of TCM, actress Robin Bittman. I’m always ecstatic that anyone wants to talk to me and I thank them for taking the time out.

I also returned to the world of blogathons with TCM’s Summer Under the Stars blogathon. The talented crop of writers who contributed are much appreciated, especially since the event was such short notice, and a huge thanks goes to Warner Archive for supplying prizes. I also organized the Classic Film Secret Santa Exchange, where a group of writers and other classic film enthusiasts exchanged gifts. If you missed participating in either, be sure to look for them in 2016!

With all that going on my reviewing wasn’t exactly prolific. Much of what I did write was pre-written for other sites and/or on the fly. Really, this year was about me trying to balance movies for review and movies for general enjoyment. Much like any film critic, I love movies but sometimes I want to watch a movie I don’t have to write 1,000 profound words on, and that’s why you’ll see several films on the upcoming Best and Worst of 2015 lists that I didn’t write anything on. I’m hoping to rectify my reviews in 2016, and don’t hesitate to recommend titles you’d love my take on.

As always, the site’s lifeblood is your input. Don’t hesitate to leave comments, send emails, Tweets or Facebook messages with what you’d love to see and read. There are so many great classic film sites and I hope you’ll continue to think Journeys in Classic Film is one of them. Have a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2016!


Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

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