Just wanted to jot down a few quick thoughts on Todd McCarthy’s recent announcement that he is joining the indieWIRE blog network. As you may recall, Todd lost his job as Variety’s chief film critic the day after the Oscars this year. As a result, the press exploded with opinions on the death of film criticism, with the usual culprit being the online blogger/critic. Now, Todd has found a home online, the very land that supposedly caused his undoing.
Bet you idiots feel pretty stupid now.
There really is no better fit for Mr. McCarthy than indieWIRE, a network that has defined and redefined the online cinema magazine/trade publication time and time again. The real loser here is Variety, who has taken nearly every misstep possible in the age of internet journalism. Their pay wall will eventually be their undoing, but by literally handing their golden boy to the free competition, Variety seems to have put the nail in their own coffin.
Mainly, I would like to say welcome, Todd; the ‘net is happy to have you. I have no doubt that you will enjoy an online career as exciting as Roger Ebert or David Bordwell. Film journalism, and especially criticism, is not dead but alive and well online. If ever we see a weakening in the art of film writing, we can only blame ourselves. The internet has nothing to do with it.
(If you’ve been wondering where I am, all my film writing is at the candler blog, but you can also see my work peppered on Greencine Guru, Heeb Magazine, and NachosNY.)
I know playlists are so 2002, but hell, what do I care? Here’s the playlist that lulled me to sleep for a few hours before I awoke to my fast-paced Manhattanite lifestyle.
|Postcards From Far Away
|| Prospekt’s March EP
|Take Off Your Cool (feat. Norah Jones)
||Speakerboxx/The Love Below
|John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
|| Sufjan Stevens
|Sodom, South Georgia
|| Our Endless Numbered Days
|| Iron & Wine
|| Les Retrouvailles
|| Yann Tiersen
|| Help! [UK]
|| The Beatles
|The Scientist [Live]
|| Lost In Space Special Edition (Disc 2)
|| Aimee Mann
|| Mutations [IMPORT]
|All Of My Life
|| But Seriously
|| Phil Collins
As part of my plan to be a better blogger in 2009, I wanted to let you all know that things are going to be changing here soon. I’ve been transitioning things to a new site, so hang in there and I’ll be back soon. Thanks!
Me Behind a Tree @ flickr
Last week I sat down to compose a top 10 list of the best films of 2008 when I ran into a bit of a problem. When I resolved to do the same things last year, at the end of 2007, I was simply able to pull up my blog archives and re-trace my thoughts from the year. Not so this year, as I had only 40 posts in 2008 to 2007’s 50. What’s more, after perusing a list of film releases from the past year, I had seen only a fraction of the films released, especially when compared to the amount I had seen in 2007. So how could I come up with a top 10 list? Well, I couldn’t.
Bummer that 2008 was such a lame blogging year for me. I started doing this as a means to organize my thoughts, originally on Myspace. Back then I kinda kept things simple, saying only what I needed, but in 2007, thanks in part to hanging with a writerly crowd, I got a tad ambitious with my reviews, fashioning them after the work of my favorite critics. This of course takes a great deal more time than blurthing out my thoughts, hence the reduced post count over time.
Anyway, it’s a completely new year. My drafts folder is overloaded with half-written reviews from throughout last year. Maybe I’ll finish them, maybe not. In any event, I am committed to making this blog, and maybe another, work in 2009. Even if it means shortening my thoughts down, I really want to create a better account of my thoughts, a place to share them with the world. I look forward to the new year with you.
I know, you have missed me over the last month or so. Fear not, I’m still alive and well, in case you thought maybe a crane fell on my head or something. It’s been a rather wild month, though none of it may seem exciting to you. Just very busy at work and spending lots of time with the girlfriend (which I’ll take over blogging any day!). Anyway, I’ll do my best to make a comeback soon enough.