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The new year has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. 2015 was starting to get a little rough and there was at least a few moments where I thought it was going to win, but I pushed through and have finally reached 2016.

When January 1 rolls around, there’s always a feeling of starting over circling around you. It feels like you can make the year turn out any way you want it too. Of course, we could all do that at any time of the year, but it seems inescapable at the start of January. For myself, this will actually be the first time I don’t start making long mental lists of what I need to do for the year. I started that months ago and am only hoping to continue on the path I set up.

As with our lives, chances are things will change slowly at Toronto Film Scene. More writers will come and go, ideas will be tried out to success or failure, perhaps the look will change here and there. We’re still the same online film magazine readers are used to though! That means that we’re also lining up our monthly themes again. For January, we’ll be looking at Classic Film, because there really isn’t a better month.

Not a lot goes on with new films in January, so it’s a good time to look back on the history of film. Plus, starting off the new year is usually a time when we’re already looking back at the year that has gone by. I’m excited for January because it gave me a chance to write about Universal monsters, which is something I not only love, but feel is one of the most important group of characters and films in history. While I would totally love for the entire issue to be about monsters, there are lots of other things to look forward to reading, like articles about musicals, F.W. Murnau, the AFI lists, and even classic films you may not have know were remakes.

So while we try to make our resolutions stick (I swear I’ll finally quit smoking this year), spend some time looking back through film history with TFS. Hopefully you’ll discover something new from the world of film.

Will Brownridge