Happy 5th Birthday, fernbyfilms.com!!

It’s our birthday! 5 years ago today, fernbyfilms.com came online as a forum for my thoughts and creative output, and boy it’s been a ride ever since! In that five years, we’ve written several hundred film reviews, made a short film, provided you all with our wit and charm, essayed a few more political thoughts on cinema and the format we all love, and enjoyed getting to know a bunch of wonderful fellow film fans and bloggers. We’ve seen the site grow from a couple of readers to around 4500 hits per day (on average), and we broke through our first million site hits back in 2011 – what a joyous day that was – while celebrating our 2,000,000th hit earlier this year!

As we’ve grown as a site, we’ve discovered a wonderful community of film bloggers online, many of whom have contributed to our pages with their material, and all of whom you’ll discover down in our friends list in the sidebar.

For the sake of a few minutes, we thought we’d spend some time reminiscing about some of our favorite work here at the site, and perhaps let some of our newer readers in on the tidbits they might have missed!

Here’s some of our major milestone moments:

First Film Review: A composite review of Shooter, The Descent, The Bourne Ultimatum and Sunshine. (from December 30th, 2007)

First Single Film Review: Transformers (the very start of 2008)

First BluRay ReviewAvatar (back in 2010… wow, time flies!)

First Numbered ReviewContagion (from earlier this year)

Most Commented ReviewBrutality vs Beauty: The Art Of War On Film (Saving Private Ryan vs The Thin Red Line)

Longest ReviewAll kinds Of Awesome: Critical Analysis of the Work Of Michael Bay

World First Review – The television premiere of Wallace & Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf and Death.  We snagged the world on getting the first major review up and online for this animated short!

Now, aside from the milestones, here’s a selection of my favorite stuff from the last 5 years.

Favorite post: While he no longer writes for us, Doug Shearer’s first foray into editorializing for us came with his review of Sunshine, followed quickly by this four-film essay on Movie musicals. It’s a terrific piece of writing, and sums up many of the feeling I too have for the films discussed therein. I often click back to re-read this post and admire its tempered prose and ebullient structure.

Most controversial post: Although it appeared above as the “most commented” review we’ve had, it’s also the most controversial. My opinion on The Thin Red Line is well known, and when I put that film together with Saving Private Ryan, the vitriol coming my way sat me back a bit. I re-wrote another article as a bit of a redux on the matter, but the original post still tracks the best on Google – in fact, the comments after the post are more impressive than the post itself!

Most Surprising Film review: True Grit. Really enjoyed writing this one, and apparently a lot of you enjoyed reading it – if only to comment on it.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank all those who’ve contributed to fernbyfilms.com over the years, even those who no longer write for us, and I look forward to providing many more years of film review service for you to enjoy!! While we’re celebrating today, we want to hear from you – what are your fondest memories of fernbyfilms.com, and what do you enjoy about our stuff? Let us know down below in the comments section!!

Rodney T

EIC – Fernby Films.

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