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Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year, New On-Screen: Welcome Back!

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The times, they are truly a'changing - join us for a year of entertainment coverage presented like you've never seen it before...
To some of our readers out there, reading this post may seem like an experience akin to re-convening with a colleague who you've not seen in years, and justifiably so. After all, our most recent entertainment-geared articles landed on this very site back in the distant days of Autumn 2015, since which we've seen blockbusters including Spectre, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens make their colossal debuts in cinemas while barnstorming new video game releases such as Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Rise of the Tomb Raider followed suite in high street retailers worldwide as well.

In the event that the wait for new content from us here at On-Screen: Entertainment Enhanced has felt as borderline torturous for any of you as it has for yours truly in recent months, then fret not: we're coming back in full force for the New Year starting today, and quite right too - what with unmissable releases like The Hateful Eight, The Danish Girl, Deadpool, Kung Fu Panda 3, Daredevil Season Two and plenty more sure-to-be exhilarating titles on the immediate horizon, there's never been a better time for you to tune into the blog so as to catch all of the latest trailers, news and - most importantly of all - verdicts on both the most-anticipated and lesser-known entertainment products due to make their way to stores, cinemas and the like before year's end. Whilst we can't always promise that we'll be able to deliver fully-fledged reviews of each and every one of those titles on Day One as had been the case in previous years when this writer's professional schedule wasn't quite so jam-packed, rest assured that we'll endeavour to at the very least publish monthly round-ups featuring critiques of the most compelling and dullest works of screen-orientated art in the event that isolated verdicts are on occasion out of the question.

Oh, and speaking of compilation articles of that ilk, look out in the coming hours for our Top 10 Best Films of 2015 count-down, which (as anyone who's followed the blog at Christmastime in the past will doubtless recall) will as always mark the first instalment in our ongoing Best of 2015 awards season, with future pieces detailing the finest video games, musical tracks, TV shows and entertainment-centric reference books to have entered the market in the past twelve months, not to manage the rare travesties which at the time of release threatened to bring shame upon their respective industries (don't believe us? In that case, just wait to see our Worst Film and Worst Game victors, and we're certain you'll come around). Naturally, we're planning to subsequently progress onto our Most Anticipated Releases of 2016 shortlists as soon as humanly possible in order to provide our loyal readership with details of all of the most promising titles coming to our shores between now and December 31st, but expect to see those towards the end of the month, since getting through the plethora of Best of 2015 gongs we've got to hand out alone represents a task which'll take no shortage of time and words alike in order to achieve.

That said, don't think under any circumstances that On-Screen will scale back on its news coverage or reviews in the midst of our month-long prize-giving ceremony; quite to the contrary, once tonight's Top 10 Best Films feature hits the interwebs, we've already got another Netflix-orientated announcement ready to report in just a few hours' time, and no doubt exists in yours truly's mind that January should be packed with further exciting revelations coming from every sub-branch of the entertainment industry. If the industry somehow lets us down, though, then we'll gladly pick up the slack by pursuing other avenues of reportage and evaluation, not least via our upcoming critique of the sensational tenth episode of Sherlock, "The Abominable Bride", as well as our traditional yearly round-up (and assessment, of course) of the results of each of the major US film awards ceremonies including the Oscars, and even via a few secret new regular features which we've got every intention of deploying during those periods of the year that come up empty-handed in terms of the provision of a metaphorical treasure trove of entertainment news that one would hope (often in vein) to see on a weekly basis.

To put it perfectly bluntly, it's going to be one heck of a memorable year, both in terms of the industry's output as well as our ensuing coverage, so by all means, join us as we voyage Through the Looking Glass with an eccentric rabbit who still appears to be late for a very important date, accompany Sora, Donald and Goofy on their climatic odyssey through Disney realms old and new in Kingdom Hearts III, witness two comic-book behemoths clash figurative (or literal - who can say these days?) horns in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and take yet another step further into the newly-revived Star Wars universe with Rogue One. Believe it or not, long-awaited titles like these truly represent the mere tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of what lies in store for 2016, and as has been the case ever since our launch back in April 2010 (doesn't time fly?), there's only one place to keep track of the lot - right here at On-Screen: Entertainment Enhanced.

In the meantime, though, have a great New Year's break, folks and folkettes, and be sure to leave your thoughts on all of our latest articles over on Facebook and Twitter should any spring to mind!

The Ed

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