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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Thankful 2017

I am thankful for 33 years making a living in and around theater, television, and film, for 20 years as an internet columnist, and for 15 years of Movie City News. It’s been a privilege.

I am grateful for every day that passes, knowing that it is one less day that my country will have the lowest caricature of The American in the nation’s highest office.

I am grateful for the artists who talk to me for extended periods, their representatives who encourage and make time for it, and all of the people who facilitate my work.

I thank Mrs. McDonagh, who raised two rather brilliant sons who have found so many interesting ways of examining the human condition.

Thank a deity for Greta Gerwig and the undeniable light that she emits. I never know what to expect from her, except honesty.

I thank the young hustlers of this industry, like The Safdie Bros, who work their asses off and stay open to what comes and just keep getting better.

Thanks to Steven Spielberg for letting Gary Oldman out of movie jail so we can enjoy his mastery of the craft fully.

I’m thankful for my family, from the youngest (little Avi) to the eldest (that would be my mom, amazingly). But especially my wife and soon-to-be 8-year-old son.

I thank Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan and Asia Argento and Annabella Sciorra for changing the world by having the strength to speak out. It is now incumbent on the rest of us to build a future that makes silence about abuse for fear of retribution a thing of the past.

Thank the journalism gods for Kim Masters walking the walk. And jeers to The Hollywood Reporter for trying to claim the high road after refusing to run Kim’s first story on Roy Price and Amazon.

Thanks to Jeff Bezos for revitalizing the Washington Post and not getting in the way of a lot of masterful journalists getting it done when the press needs to express its power every single day as the fascists in the White House seek to trick the world.

New York Times, I thank you for being yourself, flaws and all.

I thank all the Republicans who see behind the curtain and have refused to stand with a wannabe monster.

Thanks to all the entertainment reporters who take this profession seriously, even if you are working for idiots at various levels of various publications. We will not always live and die by clickbait.

I am more thankful than I have ever been for people who really listen, for people who really want to speak truth, and for anyone who aspires to the same.

I don’t know of it’s time or a fluke or what, but I am thankful that there are more people for whom I feel a genuine affection in the awards game this season than ever before.

I thank anyone who has taken the time to read this, anyone who watches DP/30, anyone who survives my torrent of tweets or otherwise puts up with me spouting my opinion.

I thank Frances McDormand.

I thank everyone at the Farmers Market table, even as we lose members at too fast a clip, Charlie Bragg and Bob Stolfi heading off this year as another member had a baby with his wife this summer. Hanging out can be hard work.

I am thankful to everyone who helped me get here, whether Scot Safon at (then) TNT. or Laura Rooney at roughcut and then co-founding Movie City News. or David Dinerstein who asked me to do online video. or the late great Roger Ebert who did so much to promote my work early on. There are so many more. I don’t know what MCN would do without the efforts of Ray Pride, day in and day out.

Have I mentioned Allison Janney, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Beanie Feldman, Max Minghella, Joseph Cedar, Zoe Kazan, Sam Rockwell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Guillermo, Andrew Garfield, Ai Wei Wei and Brett Morgan? Asking for a thankful friend.

Thanks to Jeremy Glenn, whose decency and skill should have him running physical production at a major studio sometime soon.

Thanks to everyone I forgot to thank. You know who you are.

And thanks to all of you. You are the wind beneath my… well, you are important to me.

There is a good chance that I won’t be writing a thanks column next year. We’ll see how things go. The world changes. I should change too. Change is good. Not for change’s sake, but to keep growing.

7 Responses to “Thankful 2017”

  1. Movieman says:

    “There is a good chance that I won’t be writing a thanks column next year.”
    ??

    Are you hinting that MCN will be no more, Dave?
    Or that the fascist dictatorship of Donald Trump will have permanently silenced all dissenting voices by November 2018?

  2. Bob Burns says:

    No doubt you have many well deserved good offers. Been a pleasure.

  3. Andrea says:

    In the last year I discovered you’re videos of DP/30 and I found it very interesting and helpful to get to know more about the work and personal experiences of actors, directors, producers, etc. what i like about your interviwes is that one can get to know them on a personal level and a lot of interviwes are really entertaining.

    Thank for your work and I watch and read you from México

  4. JS Partisan says:

    I think Dave, may be going VIDEO ONLY! Or he will give this over to Ray! Whatever it is… I’m thankful for the circus still being in town, and going on it’s 13th glorious year!

    Also, you don’t have to thank a deity for Greta Gerwig’s work. You just have to thank Craig Thomas and Carter Bay. If they didn’t completely fuck up the ending of How I Met Your Mother. Greta, would be on year four or five of How I Met Your Father, and most of her work may have not happened. Seriously. Those two idiots being so tone deaf, may be one of the best things that happens to film. GOOD JOBS, DUMBASSES!

  5. Eric says:

    Hey David or Ray, time to renew thehotblog.com.

  6. EtGuild2 says:

    Your Thanksgiving Column has been a mainstay for me since 2006…2005? Im in my thirties now, and no less un-intelligent or arrogant, but your column, and your Thanksgivings since the Hot Button active days mean so much.

    It’s literally in the mix. Once I’ve gotten the bird and the mix of sweet and white potatoes AND the always a failure pie in the ovens I sit down to read your Thanksgiving column.

    Please don’t stop <3.

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