Genkina hito Says Goodbye to 2015 and Hello to 2016 – New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to my last post of 2015.

2015 has been marked by more of the same as I wrote about and attended films and film festivals. I got work from magazines and other websites. I practiced Japanese. Business as usual. However there are some changes in terms of my future. I have the chance to go to Japan and that has been a goal I have had for a laughably long time but I have been too cowardly to pursue it until now but before that…

The resolutions I made last year were:

My resolutions for 2015

  • I will stop being a coward and get this Japan trip underway,
  • I will continue to speak and write in Japanese every day and practice my conversation and comprehension skills with friends,
  • I will review more films and continue to write in different styles,
  • I will investigate the Japanese indie film scene much more,
  • I will update this blog’s reviews, pages, and post more images,
  • I will try not to bore you (because I really do appreciate those who visit my blog).

In terms of the blog I reviewed something like thirty-three films in 2014 and in an effort to achieve the third resolution I broke that in 2015 with thirty-four :P, most of which was b-movie schlock but I like that my archives are full of weird titles. I added a lot more into my drafts queue but never published them for various reason. I want to review more but getting the time to do so is hard.

My favourite reviews? The Machine Girl, Puzzle, Patema Inverted, As the Gods Will, and Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Fires on the Plain, I Am a Hero.

I didn’t review The Martian, Sicarrio, or SPECTRE, which is annoying because they were brilliant films.

Now that I have mentioned reviews, I hit my fifth resolution by revamping the look of the blog, the film review archives, and old review formats. I also combed through some titles and added posters.

My sixth resolution, boring people, well… That’s for others to decide but I have a larger amount of comments than ever before.

Outside of the blog, I did speak and write more in Japanese and that was in part to the fact that I made more Japanese friends and met them on a weekly basis to keep my practice up. I also took more time out during the day to keep writing (especially when a Studio Ghibli film was on television).

Now we get to my resolution about my Japan trip. This year I made a friend who had just returned home after living in Japan and with her encouragement I applied for a visa allowing me to enter Japan some time in 2016. I am slowly working my nerve up to go by doing lots of overtime to build up money and studying Japanese extra hard. I’m surrounded by people who are being supportive and offering advice. It will be difficult to leave people behind but this is a big opportunity which will help me grow as an individual.

My resolutions for 2016

  • I will go to Japan,
  • I will continue to review films.

I’m keeping it simple. 2016 will be the year I go to Japan.

I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog and commented on it and I hope you continue to come back and share your opinions and film experiences with me plus your support.

2016 is on the horizon and I hope that there’s more peace and harmony and happiness in the world and we can share it.

Goodbye, 2015, goodbye. I have had a lot of happy memories this year and I hope to make more next year in 2016.

Yotsuba Fireworks

Happy New Year!

4 thoughts on “Genkina hito Says Goodbye to 2015 and Hello to 2016 – New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Thirty-four films? Pfft! Lightweight! 😛

    Hope you do get to Japan. I’d like to go but I have my own personal barriers stopping me but maybe one day. I’m sure you’ll be fine however!

    Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. I should have done better with the reviews but I decided to hold some back for another season of reviews or I didn’t have time to write about everything I watched. In total, I saw around 170 films.

      Thanks for your kind comments. I appreciate you taking the time to visit!

      Happy New Year!

  2. shichosha

    Even though you might think not, I think 34 is a pretty big amount of reviews. And even if you did none of them I would admire your dedication towards japanese cinema as well as you wish to share your knowledge with other jmovie loving people.
    Keep up with the good job and about going to japan:頑張って!!

    Happy New Year from Brazil!

    PS.:about the japan indie scene, I don’t know if it is of some help but I think you should check the movies produced by 「Spotted Productions」they’re the ones behind 「Tomodachi no Papa ga Suki」and 「The Motors」

    1. Thanks for your kind comment. In the past I used to be able to write more reviews because they were short and concise but these days I tend to do sprawling epics so even though I watch a lot of films I don’t have the reviews to show for it. I need an editor!

      Anyway, thanks for the tip on Spotted Productions. They are new to me but other companies lie Suurkiitos were on a list of things to investigate. Sometimes directors get in contact with me so I thought I could start an investigation. I had a couple of interviews with indie directors that I haven’t published plus a few reviews but I had a hard time pulling everything together in 2015. Maybe 2016 is the year…

      I don’t know how this blog will fare this year with my journey to Japan going on but I will endeavour to keep on writing because I know that there are people such as yourself who are reading. Again, thanks for taking the time to let me know and I hope you have a great year.

      Happy New Year!

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