And now, the end of 2020 is near. It’s been a hell of a year for all of us, and we’ve all dealt with it in our own ways. For me, it was making sure that I wore a mask everywhere, and keeping a tight bubble. It certainly was an unusual Christmas, not the one we’re used to, but if people would just respect others and the reasonable guidelines, we’d be closer to being out of this mess. But some people just don’t seem to care. And so we press on.
For Biff Bam Pop!, we wound up having a fantastic year of content, thanks to the hardworking crew we have and the influx of new and in some cases returning faces. Thanks to all of them for continuing to make BBP! a destination point for so many readers. Here’s hoping that 2021 will be a good year.
As for pop culture, I think I only saw three movies in the theatre this year. One of them was The Invisible Man, which I didn’t enjoy on first viewing because I wanted something more horror-based. Our Sachin Hingoo felt differently, though. However, on a second viewing on Blu-ray with the expectations tempered, I really found myself appreciating the film as the thriller it is.
The only other film I remember venturing out to was The New Mutants which, like so many others, I’d been waiting to see for years. It’s multiple delays because of studio issues never swayed my excitement, and not even Covid-19 was going to stop me from seeing it on a screen. Well, ok, that’s not true. If Cineplex hadn’t done such a strong job making customers feel safe and secure, I wouldn’t have gone, but I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
However, my favourite scene from any film I watched this year comes from Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking About Ending Things, based on the novel by Iain Reid. The film stars Jessie Buckley as Lucy and Jesse Plemons as Jake. Jake is taking Lucy to meet his parents for the first time. That’s all I’m going to tell you; this is a surreal film that is worth going in blind on. But, I am going to share with you this brilliant moment featuring the poem Bonedog, written by Toronto poet Eva H.D. I’ve watched this scene multiple times over the last few months, and it moves me every time.
On that note, before you push play, I wish you all the best for 2021. Stay safe, wear a mask, and let’s hope for a better year.