We took a day or two off over at The Bonus View so we could celebrate the holidays, too. Believe it or not, even we need a break from writing about movies and TV. Yes, it's hard to believe... I know.
Since there weren't a lot of posts put up this week, I wanted to take the time on this Bonus View Digest to highlight a few of our favorite articles of the past year as well as some of the articles posted up this week that you should've took time to read.
This year we tried a lot of new things, chief among them was our month's long tournament modeled after the 64-team March Madness bracket in order to find out which movie badass was the baddest ass in the cinematic world. It was called Movie Madness. Darth Vader ended up pulling away at the end, but not before a few surprises took place. Stay tuned, because in 2012 we're going to be starting up a tournament for TV characters and it promises to be every bit as fun as the movie tournament was.
We also tried something we'd never done before and Live Blogged the Oscars. We're planning on doing it again when the award show rolls around next year, but for now you can head on back to the original post and check out the chat that took place. It really was one of the best times I had on the blog so far.
We had our fair share of controversy on the blog also. Especially every time we brought up Michael Bay. Some thought we singled him out to pick on him mercilessly, while others thought it was fun conversation. Whatever it was, our Michael Bay articles posted some of the biggest comment numbers of the year.
We talked extensively about theatrical 3D during the year, and if the technology will continue on or if it will die off. It sparked a heated debate in one of Luke's posts entitled Is Theatrical 3D on the Way Out?
One of my favorite articles of the year was a short article about how the Alamo Drafthouse treats people who text in their movies. If you haven't seen the video you simply must click over to the original article and check it out.
We held quite a few writer Weekend Roundtables over the year, where us writers were posed with a question or topic and we had to give our own two cents about it. These posts usually sparked most of the comments. A few of my favorite Roundtables were: Favorite TV Show Theme Songs, Bad Movies from Good Directors, and Best and Worst Comic Book Movies.
This is just a sample of some of the Bonus View articles and features I really enjoyed this year. Hopefully, you'll visit them if you haven't had the pleasure of reading them, or revisit them and add to the discussions already taking place there.
As for this week I'll give you a quick rundown of what we posted.
- Josh lambasts the National Film Registry for their inclusion of 'Forrest Gump' in their archives.
- E continues to make us jealous by recounting the steps he's taking to upgrade his home theater.
- Aaron shared his year-end list of his Top 10 Favorite TV Characters of 2011.
- Luke reviewed the emotional tear-jerker 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.'
- Finally, today is the last day that you can enter our 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Blu-ray contest. So do it now!
It's been a fun year and I hope you join us again in the New Year as we'll be bringing you the latest and greatest in movie, Blu-ray, television, and home theater news. From everyone here at High-Def Digest we'd like to wish all of our readers Happy Holidays and a safe and fun New Year's. See you in 2012!