This week The Guardian published their list of films of the year (so far) and I realised that I had several cinematic gaps. It's a great list, a well balanced list with a nice balance of cinema chain and arthouse fare. I liked some of the picks Zootropolis, Son of Saul, The Nice Guys. I loved that even towards the end of the year The Revenant and Room still made the cut.
The gaps though, the gaps annoyed me!
I've watched a lot of movies this year. I've seen a lot of good movies and, without naming names, a few terrible ones along the way. It's not the end of the year though so my list of 2016 picks can wait. There's still time after all. There are still gaps.
Ah the gaps. The number of times I've used that word you can tell it's got under my skin can't you?
The thing is though it all comes down to time. The number of releases it's hard to keep up and the number of services they appear on it's not possible to watch everything.
As much as I love the blogging life (I'm in a coffee shop right now while daughter 1 is at youth club) there are other things going on. I work full time, have family, a night class and all the other day to day things of life that require attention. I write when I can and I love to do it.
Even though 2016 has been declared by many a horrible year, on a personal level I've had a good one. I've kept the plates spinning and I've had a couple of paid writing jobs which have been great affirmation of what I'm attempting to do. Every door that has been pushed has opened so far (fully aware that this won't always happen).
As I look at the 2016 list I can sit back and acknowledge the gaps that exist but I also have to acknowledge what has happened when I've taken chances and also when I've said no to things to be with my family.
I have a list of films I want to catch up with before the year ends but realistically it doesn't matter if I see them all, some of them or none at all.
I suppose when it comes down to it I don't mind the gaps after all.