December 31, 2005

In Memorium

A note that the FFC mutha-site is going unofficially “dark” until next Saturday. The first extended blackout in our eight-year history, I think. And while this blog will be active in the interim, we’re putting a card in the window (pushing our Top Tens as well as reviews of Match Point (**1/2/****), The New World (****/****), Caché (****/****), and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (*1/2/*****) one week into the New Year): not “gone fishin’” but sort of licking our wounds.

We’ve lost a member of the family: Bill’s father passed away yesterday. It was sudden: a cancer undiagnosed for three years took mortal hold a week ago, and now before we had a chance to readjust to it all, he’s gone.

Bill’s the heart and soul of FFC – without him, the gears don’t turn. Our hearts are broken. And while movies can be a wonderful way to escape reality, sometimes reality catches us. It can be a sonuvabitch that way.

So we’re taking a week with the new updates – but tomorrow night, I’ll be here with a new Trenches – talking about the best performances of the year (take a look at Reeler’s fairly brilliant Top Ten Top-Tens – which had me until they offered up their suggestions of what should be on the year-enders instead. Stick to the snarky ombudsmanship, boys), and a little of what 2006 might have to offer the beleaguered Silver Screen.

16 comments:

Scott said...

My sincere condolences to Bill and his family. My girlfriend just finished the second round of chemo for ovarian cancer, and it seems like every other person I meet has cancer affecting somebody in their family.

Bill, from one York grad to another, all the best, and I know that your father must have been very, very proud of you for being the humane writer and person that you are.

Ian Pugh said...

Cliche as it sounds, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours, Bill. We're wishing you infinite strength and courage going into 2006.

Hollow Man Stuffed Man said...

Aum Shanti

James Allen said...

My sincere regards to you and yours, Bill, at this difficult time.

And also best wishes to everyone for the new year.

Seattle Jeff said...

Take care Bill.

The Captain said...

My sincere condolences to you Bill, and family, and friends.

Jack_Sommersby said...

Deepest condolences and best wishes to you, Bill, buddy. You've lots of supporters here at the site and non-on-line ones as well who will no doubt help you through this challenging time.

sabine said...

What sad news. My sincere condolences to you, Bill. May hope grow again in the new year.

cory m said...

I'm sincerely sorry, Bill. Take your time. We'll wait.

Rich said...

Condolences, Bill.

Adam N said...

My best wishes and sincerest condolences to you, Bill.

Adam

Scott Weinberg said...

Bill, I'd also like to offer my deepest sympathies. My best to you and your family.

Nate said...

My condolences to you as well, Bill.

Bemis said...

Best wishes, Bill.

Dave Gibson said...

My thoughts are with you and your family Bill. Take good care.

Erin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Bill. My thoughts are with you and your family. xo