Words by Sam Robinson
It’s 2016, and once again Reel Gospel has had its biggest year yet. We published 70 film reviews across 2015, and a stack of album reviews and interviews with Christian artists from around the world. Our writing team has also grown to seven, and our readership has grown significantly too. Thanks so much for your support – whether it be reading, or sharing reviews around social media. It means a great deal to us.
By way of review, below is a list of the five highest-viewed articles on Reel Gospel in 2015.
2015 was a massive year at the box office, particularly for sequels: Furious 7, The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Age of Ultron now sit in the top ten highest-grossing films of all time. Highly anticipated, the second Avengers film recaptured the magic of the original, with Joss Whedon again directing. There was a great deal of curiosity about this film before release, and there was also a lot of discussion among the comments of our review, making it both the most viewed and commented article of 2015.
Although it was published in 2014, my interview with North Carolina artist John Mark McMillan about his excellent album Borderland still gets a lot of love. We spoke about the production of the album, tension as an artist, and paying random people to dance to Michael Jackson. He released the You Are the Avalanche EP with his wife, Sarah McMillan, and a live album, Live at the Knight. Here’s hoping a new full-length arrives in 2016.
Another interview from 2014, my chat with hip-hop artist Nate Feuerstein (NF) about his self-titled EP gained a lot of views when he released his brilliantly confronting debut album Mansion back in March. We spoke at length about his signing to Capitol Records, comparisons to Eminem, and he refused to give me clues about what his debut album would be like – although now the cat is well and truly out of the bag.
Once again, a third article from 2014 has snuck in this list. Our review of Brooke Fraser’s Brutal Romantic dropped late in the year, and focussed on the brave new sound the New Zealand singer and songwriter explored on the record, sonically larger and far more experimental than previous releases.
Dropping back in April, Dustin Kensrue’s solo album Carry the Fire was greatly loved by you, so much so that you voted it your favourite album of the year in our 2015 Readers’ Poll. A gorgeous collection of songs, Carry the Fire is both ominous and joyous, uplifting and heartbreaking.
And here’s the top-five viewed articles of 2015 of each category on Reel Gospel:
Top Five Viewed Film Reviews
Top Five Viewed Album Reviews
- Brooke Fraser – Brutal Romantic
- Dustin Kensrue – Carry the Fire
- NF – Mansion
- Andy Mineo – Uncomfortable
- Derek Minor – Empire
Top Five Viewed Interviews
- John Mark McMillan talks Borderland
- NF speaks out about his self-titled EP
- Steve Cobucci from Wolves at the Gate talks VxV
- Chad from Kings Kaleidoscope takes us inside Becoming Who We Are
- Tedashii talks life Below Paradise
We look forward to seeing what God has in store for Reel Gospel in 2016, as we keep our aim to review films in a way that will help you have conversations with your friends about Jesus, and highlight the best in new music. Thanks again for reading, and as always, if you have friends who might enjoy browsing our website, please let them know about us. And as always, you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Sam (on behalf of Mark, Keith, Sami, Vincent, Carlin and Evan)