A Few Notes + Quick Updates from FirstShowing Heading into 2019

January 7, 2019

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Welcome to the future. It's now 2019 - the year that Blade Runner, Running Man, and Akira all take place. has been in operation for 13 years now, and we're still going strong. But things are a bit different since we first started as a little movie blog back in 2006. I wanted to write a brief post with some updates about the site, the server, and info on our regular coverage. As you've probably noticed, we are no longer writing about movie news or rumors or casting - mostly just trailers, short films, reviews, film festival coverage, and other important updates from the world of cinema. This is easier for us nowadays and allows us to focus on bringing even more attention to the movies we love and discover throughout the year. We also regularly update the Release Schedule and still keep active on Twitter and Facebook. More details below.

Let's just get right into it. There's a few updates I want to be transparent about, because we feel it's better to keep our readers updated and aware of everything that's going on. Any questions/concerns please contact.

> As we already wrote about last year, the web server is now setup with SSL, meaning the server is much more secure and encrypted and protected. An important update for all modern websites.

> We're starting to use the "privacy-enhanced mode" YouTube embeds in all of our posts. This will only be in new posts in 2019 and onward, everything in the past will remain as it is. This particular embed script limits YouTube's cookies and tracking to protect your privacy and stop them from collecting too much data.

> Our theatrical release schedules are always being updated/maintained, with the website version updated much more often (at least once a week, sometimes more) than the Google Calendar version. We also check and double check the release dates to make sure they're accurate, but changes are still very hard to track.

> We continue to keep our focus on film - any/all theatrically released movies, and film festival films, along with feature-length films released on VOD (including Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, etc). We still do NOT cover TV in any way, nor do we cover web series, episodic, or other narrative content that isn't a feature film (or short film). This has been our policy since the very beginning. Keeping it pure and simple works for us.

> Unfortunately, our annual "Best Movies That You Didn't See" for 2017 was never published. There's no good excuse for this, last year was just insanely busy and it fell through the cracks. We're still hoping to finish up and get the 2017 list out, along with 2018's most underrated/forgotten films as well. Stay tuned.

> We'll keep recording new The First Word Podcast discussions when we have the time. Give it a listen here.

That's the latest for now. FirstShowing is still a passionate endeavor for all those involved in it. Times may change, writers may come and go, but we're still here and hope to still be here for years to come. It's always our goal (above all else) to champion the movies we love, to remind people how moving & meaningful the world of cinema is, and to inspire moviegoers to keep watching films in theaters, on the big screen. This site began because we love the theatrical moviegoing experience and wanted to focus our coverage on this, and that has been the heart of FirstShowing for all these years. It hasn't been easy to survive, we've come close to shutting down, and had to cut back on news & writers in order to stay alive. But we're still here, still going, chugging along one day at a time. Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting us. See ya at the movies.

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You all do good work Alex, thank you.

grimjob on Jan 7, 2019


As long as you continue, Alex, I'll be checking you out. I've found, for me, your site to be the most informative film site on the internet from your choices of what to post and the presentation. Keep doing what you're doing and how you're doing it and I'll keep checking you out daily. Thank you, Sir!

thespiritbo on Jan 7, 2019


Thanks for this.

Alex Billington on Jan 7, 2019


You're welcome.

thespiritbo on Jan 8, 2019


I appreciate all that you guys have done all these years. Keep it up!

syntaxterror on Jan 7, 2019


I've been a follower of your site for years. I look forward to your reviews, and the films you showcase on your site I genuinely can't wait to see. (Not all, but most). Although we don't always share the same opinion, I would argue most films that you enjoy resonate with me on so many levels. I appreciate your enthusiasm for film, your passion for what you do, and continue to check your site daily in avid admiration! Thank you sir.

CShane on Jan 7, 2019


And thank you for reading FS for so long.

Alex Billington on Jan 8, 2019



DAVIDPD on Jan 8, 2019


as ever, Alex and Co., thank you for everything you do. firstshowing remains my first and frequently only film site. everything you wrote above sounds fine and dandy. keep on keeping on, and we'll keep on coming here!

son_et_lumiere on Jan 8, 2019


This site has the most mature and even keeled movie reviews I've read. And the community isn't a cesspool of idiots either. We're all here for the love film and we know what we like and we have a community/forum to express those opinions. Thank you for making a safe and civil haven for film discussion. Here's to 2019 and continuing the love!

THE_RAW_ on Jan 9, 2019

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