Wednesday, July 13, 2005

On republishing reviews

You may have noticed that recently I've been republishing reviews that have appeared on another site. I'm leaving all of the DVD information with my reviews and excising it in the transition to here. (I'm providing links to the originals for those who might like that information.) I'm also revising them as I see fit, which may amount to no changes, minor grammar corrections and wording changes, deleted remarks, additional commentary, or some combination of these. The most substantial changes will come in reviews for those films I see again, such as the new content in my UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG review.

I'm not severing ties with fact, I'll probably have something for it in the next couple weeks--but with Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema becoming my online home, it makes sense to compile as much in one place as possible. Republishing reviews here will also help keep the blog regularly updated and bring new attention to my older work, the quality of which has pleasantly surprised me, for the most part.

While I'm talking about the site, I might as well point out that one of my regular Google searches about myself--c'mon you know you do it to...I mean about yourself, not me--turned up one of my review quotes on Insights, a web magazine for the New South Wales Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. They're giving away passes for BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE and selected one of my quotes for use on the contest entry page. Pretty wild.


  1. Hey Mark! Good luck with the new gig, and thanks for linking back to Something new? I wish I could say I've kept the site fresh, but with an active blog, the site has lapsed some, huh? At least it is somewhat renovated and is fast. Back when I started it in '99 I think it was, DVD's were very new and I was very excited about them both in terms of technology and in movie watching. Six years or so later with a wife and a baby on the way, I rarely have time to watch a Tivo'd episode of The Daily Show, let alone a two hour movie! Being able to watch movies (and review them) for a living is a dream job I'm sure many of us have had. It's awesome that you've done just that! I know you have lots of other things as part of your job, but still. The amount of knowledge and the quality of your writing have grown and matured since those first ones and with all the recoginition you've been getting recently, I can only see really big things in your future. I wish you all the best!

  2. I started writing for in June 2000 and kept up a blistering pace for two or three years. Honestly, I don't know how I did it, although my writing was always sharper the more frequently I posted something there. You pretty much gave me free rein, which I appreciated (and probably wouldn't have had at most outlets). So what I've built here definitely owes a lot to what you let me write there (and will continue to do, just at the drip of a pace that it's been for awhile).

    And to return the backscratching, check out his site at Twelve Black Code Monkeys. Half the time I have no idea what he's writing about, but the techheads will.