Welcome Back, Simpson

I used to build websites as a hobby. I even made a few back in the day for money, but mostly it was a hobby. After the rise of social media I stopped having a website just for me. For a long time it not longer seemed necessary, in this age of Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Letterboxd and SnapChat and Tumblr and every other platform it seems almost more important to build your profile up in all those places. The down side is that everything is everywhere, and thus kind of nowhere, and so as a result I’ve rebuilt Stretched.ca for the first time in years.

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Awesome Friday: A Few Thoughts on the Craziest Oscars I Can Remember

The 89th Annual Academy Awards were last night. I had some thought about the performances, the host, and the big debacle at the end.

The 89th Annual Academy Awards took place last night. It was an … interesting show. While Simon and I live-blogged the whole thing I have a few follow-up thoughts on the spectacle.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2017/02/a-few-thoughts-on-the-craziest-oscars-i-can-remember/

Awesome Friday: The Films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked, 2016 Catch Up Edition

Playing catch up on all the writing I had meant to do last year. Here are some thoughts on the films of the Marvel Universe.

We’re continuing to shake off the dust around here at Awesome Friday HQ, and one easy way to do that is to update the Marvel Fanboy Marvel Cinematic Universe Rankings. Last year there were two additions to the canon of films, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. Each were good, but where do they fit? Let’s take a look.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2017/02/the-films-of-the-marvel-cinematic-universe-ranked-2016-catch-up-edition/

Awesome Friday: Matt’s 2017 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.

This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2017/02/matts-2017-oscar-thoughts-and-predictions/

Awesome Friday: Matt’s Not-Quite Best 12 Movies of 2016

2016 was a good year for film, and anyone who tells you different didn’t see very many films. I’ve already posted my best films of 2016, but there were plenty more films that didn’t make my best of list that you should definitely make the time to see.

So then, let’s take a look at the not-quite best of 2016, presented here in alphabetical order.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2017/01/matts-not-quite-best-12-movies-of-2016/

Awesome Friday: Matt’s 12 Best Movies of 2016

2016 has been conspicuous by our absence. It’s been a hell of a year, one with many ups and many many downs. It’d be easy to say that the downs of 2016 were to blame for the lack of writing here, that the year was just so shit that I couldn’t take it anymore. That’s definitely not the case though as for me personally it’s actually been a pretty great year. It’s the good stuff that has kept me from writing.

I don’t even know where to start with the cultural icons we’ve lost this year. I can’t eulogize them all and even if I did, what more could I say? I could tell you the stories of why Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are equally important in my headcannon (and I might yet) but in the end it just hasn’t felt like my place.

One thing I can tell you about this year though is that despite all the shit it has been a great year for cinema. So much so that when it came time to figure out my top ten films of the year I couldn’t get the list lower than 12 (and I narrowed it from nearly twice that number).

So, in an effort to get going again, let’s close out this year with the 12 best movies of the year according to yours truly. These are presented in no particular order, except for the two that truly stand out as the best of the year.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2016/12/matts-12-best-movies-of-2016/

Awesome Friday: Ten More Films from 2015 You Should Totally See

2015 was a good year! I already told you my ten favourite films from 2015 but those ten were hard to choose. My first pass over the list of movies I saw resulted in 25 candidates for the top ten, 15 of which were ultimately cut. So rather than make a worst of list like I have in previous years (Pixels was the worst film of last year, no others need be mentioned) I’d rather tell you about ten more you totally should see. So let’s do that.

Link: http://awesomefriday.ca/2016/01/ten-more-from-2015-you-should-totally-see/