On this last day of 2014 we want to thank all our readers. It was a big year for us, and we thought it would be fun to look back at the highlights on the blog in 2014.
- The most popular post of 2014 was our review of the movie Fury, a World War II action film staring Brad Pit. The review got a huge response from readers and continues to get new views each day. Part of the reason for the response was people (mostly guys) searching for information about Alicia von Rittberg the beautiful young German actress in the film.
- The worst movie of 2014 was without a doubt A Million Ways to Die In The West. The hardest part of writing that review was to try to find words to describe just how awful a movie it was.
- Our readers asked for more reviews of independent films and we complied. This lead us to one of the strangest movies we have ever seen – Under The Skin– staring Scarlett Johansson.
- One of the best movies of the year had such a limited release it was almost impossible to find in theaters. The quirky comedy Grand Budapest Hotel is well worth getting on DVD. Another great film this year was Maleficent a creative re-telling of Sleeping Beauty
- In our book reviews section we were thrilled that Ted Scofield, the author of Eat What You Kill read the review and took the time to personally write a comment thanking us for the review.
- In Fiction Stories our readers favorite was Passing For Normal, the story of a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome struggling to fit in at Goldman Sachs. Coming in a close second was The Naked Swim the story of a doctor who meets a beautiful Canadian woman while on vacation.
- Our Non-Fiction stories continue to be very popular with readers. Every one of them is completely true. On this New Year’s Eve you may want to take another look at an encounter with The Real Dick Clark – a man who for decades was synonymous with New Year’s celebrations. Since New Year’s Eve is a time to remember things and people past, you may also want to read about The Real Whitney Houston, and what it was like to hear her singing not for the crowd; but for herself.
- Our original photographs have been well received even though they are taken with a small inexpensive camera. We try to take scenes of interesting events in ordinary life. (On the blog we also have interesting photos downloaded from the web, but the only ones listed in our Photographs section are our own originals). The photograph above was taken by us on the Path Train, with the permission of the young man pictured. To get the full effect you have to realize that he is a very muscular 6ft 4 inches.
- The sketch above is by the Gentle Woman’s daughter, who ended up marrying an artist.
- The picture of the Bunny “Sunshine” above won an award, and somehow he looks like he knows it.
- The fuzzy picture above was taken of Taylor Swift when she performed at an outdoor concert in New Jersey. It was over 100 degrees with 80% humidity. The picture shows her hair matted and her body dripping with sweat. Unbeknownst to the crowd there had been “substantiated ” terrorist threats made against the gathering. Taylor did know, and performed anyway despite the threats and the weather. We revealed this on the blog in The Real Taylor Swift.
- The picture above is of the Lyons Trans station in NJ. The story of Dusty Cars tells of the 17 people who took the train from that station in September 11, 2001 and never returned.
In all our stories, essays, photographs and even reviews, we have tried to show the humor, pain, absurdity and beauty of every-day life.
We truly wish all of you a wonderful 2015. Remember in the upcoming year that when things get bad and it seems like more than you can take, just tell yourself, “Someday this will make a great story.”
– Gregory Francis Farrell and Adam Faiella Farrell.