10 Years of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights
First off, I’d like to thank everyone who is reading this right now and everyone who has come to check out my opinions on movies, or more likely to see my giant, chronological list of superhero movies big, small, and extremely obscure. When I started this venture back in late 2011, I had a goal of watching and reviewing 100 superhero movies in that first year. Nowadays I feel like that would be a crazy goal as it’s difficult for me to even get around to one a week, but I don’t have any plans on giving this site up even though my priorities may change, I don’t think I’ll ever give this up. But for now, I think I’d like to take a look back at the ten years that I’ve been writing and maintaining this site.
It feels like such a long time ago when I started this in that first year with Superman: The Movie along with the other five Superman movies at the time including Superman Returns. I initially went in with the mentality that I wanted to cover all of the biggest live action theatrical releases. But it wasn’t even a full year before I started reviewing the straight to DVD animated movies from DC and Marvel, and some of them have become my all time top favorites. It was also in that first year where I started doing interviews, kicking things off with one Christopher Downie and his first Kevin Smith related fan film Babble-On Begins. Now he’s gone on to do a full length Kevin Smith biopic Shooting Clerks. I interviewed many different fan-filmmakers, mostly through e-mail but there were a couple that I actually spoke to in person, including two of my biggest gets: Thomas Jane and Adi Shankar.
But it was through the Large Association of Movie Blogs, or the LAMB that would get me into podcasting. First, it would be through the Lambcast where I started off talking about the Dark Knight. One of the few times where I actually went to a movie opening weekend so I could make the podcast. I typically would wait until the second weekend or so for a smaller crowd. That eventually led to me getting a few other LAMB members together to create the As You Watch podcast and my first big letdown. After a handful of episodes, I ended up getting kicked off of the podcast. At the time, I was pretty hurt and bitter, but now I completely understand that as an introvert who doesn’t like to interrupt people, I tend to get lost in the crowd when there’s more than 3 people on a podcast. I’m much better suited for either one-on-one podcasts like the ones I generally host nowadays on my own, or specific Lambcast episodes that I choose because it’s something that I’m passionate about and am able to assert my own opinion when it’s a strong one.
Honestly, the next few years were a bit of a blur. I never did repeat that first year accomplishment of reviewing 100 movies in a year, but I did keep a fairly steady stream of reviews and articles and eventually my Filmwhys podcast when I hit upon a format that worked well for me. That whole one-on-one situation with a single guest was ideal, but I also hit upon a couple different concepts that worked well for me to keep this site fresh, first I used this as an opportunity to stretch out my own cinematic experience by inviting guests to introduce me to new movies that I had never seen that were great classics. But I would also keep the podcast on brand by introducing the guest to a superhero movie that they had never seen before. It also afforded me the opportunity to revisit some of the biggest superhero movies that I had already reviewed in the early years of the site. I had kept that podcast going pretty regularly for a few years until I took a long hiatus back in 2017. But that podcast is back and I’m hoping to keep it up as a monthly show from now on. I’ve recorded 3 new episodes with one scheduled for January already. I also switched hosts so every single one of the main shows (except for one that I didn’t have on my computer drive for some reason) is on the feed from episode 1 through episode 88. I’m still aiming for that episode #100!
But besides bringing back Filmwhys this year, I also started a new podcast venture, one that I haven’t been sharing here as often as I probably should. It’s Time to Rewind is my latest podcast that I started this past summer where I dissect time loop stories by looking at each individual loop one episode at a time, whether that loop is fifteen minutes or less than a second. It all started with Groundhog Day, then I’ve moved onto selected Twilight Zone episodes with the next season aiming at Triangle, Time Loop, and Timecrimes.
This year is 2022 and I’m not sure exactly what types of goals I want to make for this website. I’d rather not create a lofty goal that I won’t be able to succeed in, like trying to review 100 movies this year. I’d really like to be able to review 52 movies this year, which would be one a week, including every new release that comes out in theaters. It’s a lofty goal considering that I still have a four month old baby that takes up a lot of my time when I’m not working and a time loop podcast that I’m releasing 3 days a week that takes up a lot of the rest. But we’ll see how it goes. I don’t want to see this site take yet another months long hiatus in between movie reviews. I’ve covered pretty much every single major movie outside of a few that I’ve missed in the past couple years, but there’s still plenty of obscure and terrible ones out there that I have yet to discover and to be honest, that’s what has kept this site so fun and enjoyable all of these years. This site started with me wanting to write my thoughts on every big superhero movie out there, but as the years have gone on, the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most have been finding these often terrible, occasionally endearing, micro budget superhero films and comic book adaptations that I would have never watched otherwise. Sure, they’re not all winners, and many of them are objectively terrible but it’s never a dull experience seeking them out and watching them for myself before coming here to type up my thoughts on what they managed to achieve and what they failed miserably at. So the next time you hear an article about superhero fatigue, I hope you think of me and this site. Err… maybe not but you know what I mean. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights for the past ten years, and hopefully the next ten as well!