Our online magazine Journal was launched exactly a year ago. We’ve published tens of thousands of words in the last 365 days (we had a blog before that, too, but now our stories have a proper home). So here’s to the orange dot in the top right corner of your Letterboxd app. It means there’s a new Journal story awaiting you, written by a hand-picked team of favorite writers, and guest voices shoulder-tapped from the Letterboxd community.
Our goal with Journal is to keep finding films for your watchlists via conversations, explorations and through surfacing the idiosyncratic and powerful writing we find in Letterboxd reviews. Whenever we talk to a filmmaker, we ask for their recommendations—the films that made them want to work in movies, the films that inspired, intrigued or even troubled them—to make links between what you’ve just seen and what you might watch next. It might be Mike Mills in conversation with Mitchell Beaupre on Buster Keaton, Jim Jarmusch and Jane Campion, the McKenzie sisters, Thomasin and Davida, on their family’s holiday film favorites (hello, Throne of Blood!), or John Boyega on the power of Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s City of God.