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After a Period of Inactivity…

It seems that writing, when one is a full-time employee, can be quite time-consuming. I recall having read a Nora Roberts interview in which she revealed that writing involves absolutely no magic whatsoever, but a committed discipline to bang out 4 – 8 hours of finger-numbing work onto a field of white, hope it sticks, and be prepared for the numerous, endless edits (or downright re-writes) that creating a good story requires. Of course, I am not a known author, at least, not yet. But like many a dreamer who takes charge of his own destiny and sits down in front of his MacBook Pro (or Google Pixel Slate, highly recommended!) to, fingers crossed, create a narrative that can one day get featured in a short story compilation or even part of an actual book with Yours Truly emblazoned over it like an emblem, Writing Takes Time. It has left me next to no time to also sit down and bang out yet another film review when all I want to do now is flesh out a character and bring him or her to life and see where that takes me.

So, I have decided that I have to balance out the two in harmony. I can still type up a quick 500 words that say yay or nay about this or that movie. Why not? I enjoy doing so, if not, this blog would not exist. The output might not be as prolific (and again, I wish, I wish, I wish I had not lost my 6 years of hard-as-fuck work whilst I was on WordPress through a different provider, but there it is. At least, I can pat myself on the back and tell myself, “No worries, I can backtrack through my IMDB.com contribution history and redo the ones I resonated with the most, and be done with it.” And that’s good. I have as of now, a grand total of 323, so all is not lost. What I might do, because I can’t believably be outside of the house for 12 hours a day, 60 a week, watch a new release (or three, my usual dose), come home, type 1,500 words, and then on top of that go and work out on an existing or new story, and hope for the best. It’s just not possible. I’d be spreading myself too thin across bread.

So, on that note, I will be, for the time being, transferring old reviews dating back to the early 2000s when I blogged directly onto IMDb.com’s platform of user reviewers and also migrating my own from the period dating 2014 to 2021, while still posting a brand-new review, either of film or TV (or even books), at a rate of once a week. It won’t intrude on a project that I am working on and still leave me time to pursue other interests (and perhaps write about them, why not?). So for the few of you who follow me, do check the archive section often. You might find a movie I wrote about back when making its first appearance on my own site, for your enjoyment. Or not. [Hey, we all have our disagreements on what works and what doesn’t, right?]

What will remain a constant is my commitment to attend film festivals, be it in person or online, to see what is new, and what I can recommend. I may have to miss out on this year’s Tribeca Film Festival which will play in NYC from June 8 to the 19 due to personal issues. What I will not do is miss the New York Film Festival. For the cinephile, this is basically our version of Mecca. What would NYC be without the NYFF?

Well, that this it for now. I will get going…

ZB

Mostlyindies.com is back, but…

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I guess I didn’t plan this accordingly. I got a bit blindsided with the impatience of getting away from my previous hosting site and their Ultimate Plan which was priced a bit too steep for me that I didn’t stop to think about backing up my work. In the end, I lost a total of 400 entries, many which contained multiple reviews as I tend to go to at several film festivals throughout the calendar year. However, on the plus side, it’s not like these writings were at the level of, let’s say, Pauline Kael or Dorothy Parker. [Perish the thought! I think I may have heard them rolling in their graves, the poor dears.] No, many were downright perfunctory and I’d even say borderline awful. I’d blame the fact that I can believably sit down and do movie marathons for both new releases and home video releases as well as what’s playing on art-house apps like MUBI or Criterion, so in the end, unless it’s a classic that requires a bit more analysis, the reviews are kept to the point, concise, and at a word limit of about 500 – 700 per film.

Lesson learned — back up your work. On the bright and busy side, you would think that February would be a dead or slow month for movies but with festival features releasing direct to streaming platforms left and right it seems that the niche is saturated more than ever. Not sure how this one, this Accidental Cinephile, will manage. Opening February 12 — tomorrow, as per this writing — there are a bundle of movies opening, from Lee Isaac Chung’s critically acclaimed Minari (which made its premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center last December for a one-week run), Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, and the much-anticipated film by Rose Glass… Saint Maud. Still playing on virtual platforms are five entries for Best International Feature Film for the 93rd Academy Awards: Italy’s Notturno, directed by Gianfranco Rosi; Hungary’s Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time by Lili Horvát (2014s White God); Filippo Menechetti’s lesbian-themed drama Two of Us, representing France; Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, Russia’s submission, and Denmark’s Another Round, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (2013’s The Hunt).