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The End

Posted by martinteller on March 26, 2016

It’s time for me to pack it in. This blog has run its course. Not only am I watching fewer (way fewer) films than I used to, but I write about them even less. Writing about them has become a burden rather than a joy. When I sit down with a movie, I feel this neurotic urge to take mental notes, like I should start composing a review in my head because really I ought to be writing about it. And that gets in the way of experiencing the damn thing. So I think it’s best to end it. By officially putting a period on this paragraph, those voices in the back of my mind can quit nagging me about the next one. Not having to think about whether or not I’m going to review a film will help me enjoy the act of watching them more.

I put over 13 years into this thing. For about two, maybe three of them I think I actually did some pretty decent reviews. According to my spreadsheet, there are over 5700 reviews on this blog. Out of those, there are maybe 50 I’m pretty proud of. Not a great ratio, but I’ll take it. It was really nice to know that a few people were out there reading my stuff. There’s an ocean of movie review blogs out there, and I have no illusions… mine will quickly be forgotten by the handful of people who noticed it. As it should be. It was just me voicing my opinions on movies, which I never really knew much about anyway. I know what I like, and every once in a while I could articulate the reasons why.

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19 Responses to “The End”

  1. Paul S said

    I’m sorry to see you go.
    You take it easy brother!

  2. erik said

    been reading your blog for the past few years. sad to see it go but seemed increasingly evident. will miss your reviews, have fun with life though fam.

  3. Caz said

    Sorry to see you leave the film blogging world!

  4. Claire Nau said

    Is the site going to stay up? So I can still read old reviews?

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. clydeumney said

    I’ll be sad to see this go. I always enjoyed watching a film and catching up on your reviews. But I totally know what you mean about not wanting to make film watching into a chore. I still write reviews, but I worry so much less about when i get them up, and worry more about having something to say. So I’m with you.

    Glad for you and making the right choice, but on a selfish level, I’ll be sad to see them go. Enjoy, though!

  6. Evan said

    Martin, I’ve been reading and enjoying your reviews for ten years. You’ve always been very modest, but I think you evolved into a really insightful and knowledgeable critic with a unique voice and perspective. You’ve also seen and written about more hard to see classic movies than any non-professional critic I’ve ever come across. I’m sorry to see you retire, but it also seems clear that you are a lot happier now than you’ve been in some time. It appeared that when this blog was most active was perhaps when your personal life was at its least happy. Movies can be a wonderful escape from our lives. A chance to learn about and embrace humanity without all of the messy trappings of actual human relationships. They’re still no true replacement for the real thing though and I’m glad things seem to be going well. Thank you for the many reviews and the countless hours I’ve spent on your website!

    • Thank you, Evan! Very insightful comments. The worse my (first) marriage got, the better my writing became, as I retreated further into the world of movies… and this blog. I’m living a fuller and happier life now, but my interest in cinema has diminished as a result.

  7. Sarah C said

    congratulations on such a fantastic achievement Martin – 13 years of reviews generously sharing your insight, knowledge and enthusiasm for cinema with the rest of the world. You’ve introduced me (and my family!) to films I would never have discovered. To me your blog is the spirit of what the world wide web should be. A big thanks from me in the UK and good luck 🙂

  8. JC said

    Just stopping by to say I miss the blog, sir!

  9. Having only belatedly stumbled upon your blog, Martin, your labor of love that devolved into a chore will live on I suppose until there is no Word Press. Until that eventuality, late arrivers like me can still partake of your perceptive reviews. Thanks.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I have no intention of taking the blog down, so yes, I imagine it will be here as long as WordPress continues to host it for free.

  10. Nice Post! Thanks Guy

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