Posted by · 7:00 pm · December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year!It’s almost that time.  I’m having a modest gathering at the homestead tonight, contrasting strongly with the 12-head Thanksgiving feast and the week-long trip to New York that dominated the last two holidays.  But before I go about entertaining, before the clock ticks to zero, a few things.

It’s been a good year, and a good decade.  My 20s dominated the frame, so I’ve either learned a lot or have a lot to learn, depending on your perspective.  I’ve enjoyed cultivating a readership and a place of conversation for movie lovers and I’m happy (and feel incredibly lucky) to have done it on my terms throughout.  There are people much more qualified than me looking for work.  It’s difficult not to take note of that and keep things in perspective.

From poorly-designed, unrefined beginnings with the Oscar Central brand in the first part of the decade to the business In Contention has become, I’ve seen a lot and learned even more.  But I know, as always, there is a road ahead, and the dawning of a new decade begins to illuminate that fact: there is always a road ahead.

We wind down the year and the decade here at In Contention as a group of collaborators, passionate about the angle we choose to cover the cinema, looking on the horizon for new, engaging grist for the mill.  Yet we cross over one man less, as John Foote, after three years of serving as our Toronto correspondent and a weekly columnist, will be picking up stakes and moving on to other things.  We wish him well.

Me, I wind the year and decade down 10 years older, of course, and feeling every single one of them.  But joys both professional and personal have come to the fore most recently, and for them, I am ever grateful.  Although — as always — there is a road ahead.

So I look forward to leaving the aughts behind me and moving on up that road.  And I look forward to your company along the way.  Here’s to a new day, a new year, a new decade and a new lease on what’s possible.

Happy New Year.

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  • 1 12-31-2009 at 7:12 pm

    Aoife said...

    I came across this site earlier this year and my 2009 has been better for it. Happy New Year Kris and everyone at Incontention.

  • 2 12-31-2009 at 7:13 pm

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    I’ve been a reader for awhile. Love the site. During Oscar season I’m a daily reader.

    Wish you a happy New Year and many more to come.

  • 3 12-31-2009 at 7:20 pm

    Murdock said...

    Does this mean that the “Great Performances” column is finished, or is someone picking up where John left off? Because that would be a real shame.

  • 4 12-31-2009 at 7:33 pm

    Silencio said...

    I second Murdock’s comment. Also, I’ve been visiting this site in its various incarnations for a few years now, and am pleased to see how well it’s doing. Keep on raising the bar.

  • 5 12-31-2009 at 8:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    As of this time, the column has run its course.

  • 6 12-31-2009 at 9:15 pm

    N8 said...

    Happy New Year, Kris. I always relish your site and the insights found therein. You’ve got a really good thing going here. Keep it up.

  • 7 12-31-2009 at 11:54 pm

    Jake D said...

    I was watching Fight Club as the new year rang in here.

    It fit. Maybe it’ll be a tradition.

  • 8 1-01-2010 at 12:43 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Happy New Year folks! I wish you all the best Oscar prognostication for 2010!

  • 9 1-01-2010 at 4:54 am

    JJ said...

    Yes, always enjoyed this site. Happy New Year to all.

  • 10 1-01-2010 at 8:02 am

    Hero said...

    I’ve been following the Oscars online for most of the decade, but last year this officially became my favorite Oscar site, and I haven’t looked back. Thanks for a great experience to all of the talented folks who contribute here.

  • 11 1-01-2010 at 8:02 am

    Zizo Abul Hawa said...

    Happy New Year for everybody.

  • 12 1-01-2010 at 8:14 am

    Filmoholic said...

    Happy New Year

  • 13 1-01-2010 at 8:38 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    John, you’ll be missed — few writers lay out their passion for film as nakedly as you do. I hope more books are in the works!

  • 14 1-01-2010 at 8:47 am

    Ben said...

    As a reader since those Oscar Central day, I wanted to say thanks. I’ve enjoyed your work thoroughly.

  • 15 1-01-2010 at 9:08 am

    m1 said...

    Are there still going to be ‘The Great Performances’ posts?

  • 16 1-01-2010 at 11:51 am

    Hans said...

    Kris, when will your “Best Shots of the Year” column be going up? Or did I miss it already?

  • 17 1-01-2010 at 5:48 pm

    billybil said...

    Happy New Year to you and everyone at In Contention. Thank you for your care and insight!