ENJOY THE MOVIES
"I want my audience to experience cinema in its full glory… It's emotional, and I want you to be engaged with not just the scene but with the characters." –James Wan. In 2021, FirstShowing launched a program for membership to support the site and help keep it running for years to come. Thank you to all those who have joined as a member so far. The truth is we don't have much to offer in return, because all of our effort and all of our work goes into what you see on this site already. We want to offer everything for free, nothing will be hidden behind paywalls or membership rewards. It's all right there. We need your help to continue to cover the costs of running a server and managing the day-to-day work that keeps this place going. Last year we revealed banner art for the member page, and now we have a fresh new design to reveal. This latest 2022 banner artwork is created by Portuguese designer Edgar Ascensão (we've been fans of his for a while) and it's another superb design featuring many beloved movie characters. Get a closer look at the new art below.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Frohe Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're in hanging out at home alone, spending the time with family or friends, or just with your partner; or whether it's snowing or sunny where you are, we hope you have a lovely weekend full of relaxation and warmth and smiles. Yet another year of the pandemic has added stress, but movies have still kept us entertained and moved and inspired. Thanks for reading and thanks for following FS throughout this latest year. I'm glad we've all been able to revel in many exciting movies from 2021 - The Matrix Resurrections, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune, The Power of the Dog, Godzilla vs Kong, Barb and Star, Candyman, Malignant, and No Time To Die. Stay safe, movie lovers. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be operating at full-speed again by 2022. Keep an eye out for a few more updates leading us into the New Year.
We love cinema, you love cinema, let's all celebrate our love for cinema! A few months back we launched a FirstShowing membership program with Steady (check it out - become a member) in hopes of stepping forward into the future with the direct support of our readers. So far, a fair amount of readers have become members and your support means everything to us. This funding helps us keep our servers running, and the lights on. Our membership page on Steady has a space for an image, so we commissioned one of our favorite cinema designers - a Ukrainian artist named Liza Shumskaya - to create an image celebrating our love of movies. And the result is this wonderful tribute to the power of cinema: to bring us all together and to make us laugh and cry and smile. We are excited to unveil this exclusive art as we head into the fall movie season.
A technical update for followers of FirstShowing who have been subscribed to our email newsletter already. Google's Feedburner service has officially shut down (as of July 2021) and after more than a decade of using this service, we've switched to a different email service. FirstShowing is now using Follow.it - visit our FS feed here. You can subscribe on the website and/or subscribe to updates via email, too. This will replace our Feedburner daily newsletter emails and we have imported all the "active" subscribers from Feedburner into Follow.it. If you're already getting this emails, everything will continue as normal. You don't need to change anything. If you'd prefer to get an email every day with each day's posts, then subscribe here and that's it.
Please support us! Anything you can spare makes a huge difference. Just like many other websites before us, we're diving into the membership world. FirstShowing.net originally launched back in June of 2006 (believe it!), so this marks our 15th year and we're still going strong despite many ups & downs. We've changed and evolved over the years, we've grown and shrunk, and our focus now is different than it was 10 years ago. But more than anything: we love movies. Always and forever. And we want to share our love of movies with everyone else who loves movies. If you're a regular reader, if you visit this site to check the release schedule or latest trailers or new short films, please consider supporting the website so we can continue to operate as one of the finest independent movie blogs around. We really want to stick around here for another 15 years.
Unfortunately I have been hospitalized for an emergency issue with my lungs (not COVID related). The doctors have told me that I must stay lying down and cannot sit or use my laptop right now. For the moment all updates and posts are on hold. Hopefully I'll be fully recovered and will catch up next week. Thank you for understanding and for your patience. UPDATE: I'm beginning to recover, but it will still be slow going for a bit as I continue to catch up with trailers I've missed, and as I get better day-by-day after returning from the hospital. Thank you for all the kind words and support, I'm glad to still be here keeping this going.
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." Indeed, Gandalf, we must use this time to our advantage. We have officially launched our 2022 Release Schedule page (also seen in the header button bar), featuring listings throughout the year 2022 now that we've celebrated the New Year. This is our annual release update, to keep everyone informed about release dates in 2021 and 2022 looking ahead. But things have changed quite a bit… Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic change the way movies are released – with streaming and VOD options the safest and most accessible alternatives, since so many movie theaters are shut down – but Hollywood itself is evolving, with Warner Bros planning to debut all of their movies in 2021 in theaters AND on HBO Max the same day (in the US only). We also request your feedback - please check out our new survey about the release calendar and how to best keep it updated with these changes.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Frohe Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're in quarantine alone, with family or friends, or just your partner; or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a lovely weekend anyway. This is a year unlike any other before, and it has been tough on so many. I'm lucky that FirstShowing is still up and running, bringing you the latest updates, as we've been barely getting by with this unprecedented situation. But despite all of the hardship, all of the loss, our love for movies stays strong. Movies have been there to keep us distracted, to pass the time, to each us lessons, to give us some relief from the real world, to remind us of joy and love and adventure and travel and everything else good & bad. Stay safe, movie lovers. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be operating at full-speed by 2021. And soon enough the world will recover and movie theaters will safely re-open again.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Frohe Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy your selection this year with a jolly mix of films big and small - lots of new dramas and comedies, another wacky musical, a war movie with cinematography by Roger Deakins, the big Star Wars finale you'll either love or hate, the new 3-hour-long Terrence Malick film, and plenty more. You can also listen to our podcast about The Rise of Skywalker. News and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be operating at full-speed again in 2020.
Welcome to the future. It's now 2019 - the year that Blade Runner, Running Man, and Akira all take place. FirstShowing.net 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.
Joyeux Noel! Gledelig Jul! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! From all of us at FirstShowing.net, we want to wish every one our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays! Whether you're with your family or with friends or whether it's snowing or sunny, we hope you have a wonderful week. For those that follow the tradition of seeing a movie on Christmas Day, we hope you enjoy your selection this year with a very diverse sets of movies - plenty of comedies, superhero stories, dramas, satires, and a new Transformers (of course). Reviews and trailers always slow down during the holidays, but we'll be back at it again by 2019. We wish everyone a lovely holiday and a nice, quiet break from all the chaos of everyday life.
Good news, everyone! We've just finished a technical update and FirstShowing is now a fully armed and operational battle station. Nah, but seriously we've made a few major backend tech changes to strengthen the server and keep everything up to date. The site is now secure through SSL, meaning it's https:// for the domain, not http:// anymore. All the cool kids are doing it. The server is setup to automate everything and send everyone to the right URL, so don't worry. We're also trying to keep it running fast and efficient. If you notice any errors or something wrong, please contact us and include a screenshot as well. And if you notice any bad ads, please send a message here. A complete redesign is still too costly, but this one should keep us going for now. Always want to keep the server updated to the current web standards and running at its best.