a Team Update by the Crow.
Hello, everyone. It’s been a while.
First of all, I’d like to apologise to everyone who’s been waiting for the final parts to the reviews I’d promised a follow-up to. Life has a funny habit of getting in the way of things, and once time dissociates me from a certain piece of work, it becomes incredibly difficult for me to return to it.
For example: long before The Corvid Review was formed, I had an argument — which lasted over two hours’ worth of phone time — which conclusively proved that Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 version) was a Clyon all along. It was the sort of argument which was tied up with a mic drop at the end to prevent anyone from arguing otherwise. Making the argument today would require me to rewatch the show — in its entirety — to reacquire my “13 points of Doom”, as a friend of mine once called it. Since I have no interest in revisiting the show any time soon (or at all), that post will likely never be written.
(And let’s face it: Someone has probably made my points for me elsewhere by now.)
However, in the cases of Oldboy and Death Stranding, I do intend to finish my reviews at some point in the future, but that time is not now. Once again, I apologise to those of you who have been waiting both on this blog (and elsewhere) for how long this has taken already, and how long it will take, still. There are a number of other things I’ve been working on; things which demand a lot of attention, and which can’t be ignored.
!!!! On the topic of finishing things, I would like to repeat my request for any and all authors involved in our 2017 Call for Submissions (who heard back from us) to contact us directly so that we can move ahead with your work, if you’re still interested. We lost a chunk of data in that incident, and we’d like nothing more than to make good on our promises. It’s been far too long. !!!!
With that said, everyone must have noticed that there have been some far-reaching changes to The Corvid Review of late. Not only have we become a .com of our own, but we have also set out on a path of “rebirth” — which in itself is the first step of many to come.
And that path begins today.
I can’t remember the last time The Corvid Review hosted two posts in one day, but shortly following this post, an “Early-Bird” review of an upcoming release will be posted. In the weeks following today, we’ll hold a “Team Reunion”, with a series of reviews by all permanent members of the team. These posts won’t mark a complete return to form, since there is a lot to do before we can get back to posting on a more regular basis. After all, we’re still going through a gradual process of…
Starting later in the year (following our comeback posts), The Corvid Review will be going through an extensive rewrite. Starting from our first review ever, all the way up to our latest reviews, The Corvid Review will be rewritten to fit the standards we’ve always wanted to maintain, but failed to keep to thanks to our hectic schedules. Until the rewrite is done, there won’t be much in the way of new reviews on the site, and considering that there isn’t really all that much out there that’s caught our fancy of late (extending well into 2022), this is a good a time as any to reboot our work.
Still, despite the dearth of new content that excites us, there will be a few other posts here and there. For instance: I intend to set the record straight about a certain movie which won some rather lofty accolades at this year’s Oscine Awards, but which thoroughly displeased me when I eventually caught up to it. Also: there’s Dune, a series I’m not overly fond of, adapted by a director I consider to be one of the finest in the field. Expect a few posts about it in September, especially considering how it’s set to release on The Corvid Review‘s fifth birthday. We also have much to say about the untimely passing of Kentaro Miura, considering his work has been the subject of an early review that has been in editing since late 2016.
Apart from these few posts and the rewrite, we’ll also be testing out a few of our “new post formats” from 2017 along the way. If they work, we might release some additional content by the end of the year.
As for what I’ve been up to… we’ve always hinted that The Corvid Review is part of a much larger plan. This “plan” has never existed outside the vaguest of hints and innuendo on the blog, but its existence has preceeded TCR, and it’s somewhat been responsible for TCR’s own existence.
It’s time that changes. Don’t expect any tell-alls, but expect to hear about something — and notice things — that might considered somewhat… odd over the next few months. This plan is after all a child of secrets, and will have one foot in the shadows for some time to come.
And in case any of you have connected the dots so far (not that I think it likely, since the dots are all very faint): consider me profoundly impressed.
And now, at long last, I can finally say that it’s good to be back.
And welcome back.
This is the Corvid Review, rebooted.
— Crow out.
Later today (early-bird):