Don’t need to learn this entire submit? OK, it’s type of impolite to only come out and say that, however right here’s a abstract:
– I dwell in Provo now.
– I’m not reviewing films anymore.
– I additionally stopped doing that film podcast that you just by no means listened to anyway.
– I’ve a full-time day job now! I prefer it, particularly each different Friday, in the event you catch my drift ($$$).
– I nonetheless watch films, simply not professionally.
Effectively. It’s been a humorous kind of 12 months, hasn’t it?
Let’s catch up. In September 2019, the Earlier than Occasions, I left my beloved Portland, the place I’d lived since 2005, to return to my beloved-in-a-different-way Provo to be close to household and pals. I supposed to maintain doing what I had been doing — freelance writing and being poor — however as an alternative I stumbled by chance right into a full-time grown-up salaried job! Nobody anticipated this lower than I.
The job was for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I nonetheless have it. I’m a “content material author,” particularly for the church’s Gospel Residing app for the youth. In non-denominational phrases, I’m like a hip youth pastor, “creating” “partaking” “content material” for the kids. (Please word: Any posts you see on the app that you just don’t like have been written by interns.)
This job was an enormous change for me — my first non-freelance employment since 2003. I didn’t love commuting from Provo to downtown Salt Lake Metropolis every day (96 miles spherical journey) or having to put on a go well with, however I positive cherished the steadiness. Freelancing is like treading water. Even in the event you’re doing effectively, you’re all the time working. It’s exhausting. Getting a full-time job was like crawling onto a desert island to relaxation for some time.
I continued to put in writing a number of critiques, together with overlaying Sundance in January, and I nonetheless co-hosted the Film B.S. with Bayer & Snider podcast. However I now not had the time or vitality to see ALL the flicks, nor any monetary incentive to take action. And I discovered that with out writing critiques of the flicks I did see, I normally hadn’t formulated my ideas into coherent, fascinating opinions when it got here time to verbalize these opinions on the podcast. So in February of this 12 months, Bayer and I (largely me) determined to cease doing the present. We’d been doing it for 10 years, which appeared like lots.
After which the pandemic occurred, theaters closed, and Hollywood stopped releasing films for some time anyway. We had no concept that ending our podcast would have this impact.
My job remains to be good, and the corporate I work for, in contrast to each web site I ever wrote for, is in no hazard of being purchased out (not by MTV, anyway). It affords a 401(okay) plan, so I’m that a lot nearer to discovering out what that’s. I’ve been working from dwelling since March — no commute and no fits. I’m one of many few folks whose work scenario was really improved by the pandemic.
I nonetheless plan to return out of retirement every January to cowl Sundance, together with the largely digital one developing in a number of weeks. I’ll go to Telluride and Incredible Fest as a civilian. Aside from that, I’ve given myself emeritus standing as a movie critic and thanked myself for 21 years of devoted service. I wrote simply over 4,000 critiques in that point, which, once more, looks like lots.
(I lately found there’s one thing screwy within the database stopping the index web page from loading, so I gotta determine that out. In any other case every thing needs to be searchable.)
If you wish to know what I consider films I see, I’m getting higher at protecting my Letterboxd web page up to date. There’s additionally my Twitter feed, although I typically tweet about non-movie issues, too.
Let’s see, what else? Oh, I wrote and recorded a quarantine music in April that didn’t have a whole lot of autobiographical fact however had different deserves:
I’ve little doubt that 2021 can be higher than 2020. That’s partly as a result of my native optimism, however largely as a result of math: It’s not scientifically potential for 2021 to be worse. Having a vaccine for the virus and a human being for a president will assist. All of us misplaced a lot in 2020 — individuals who died, plans that have been canceled, milestones that went uncelebrated, to not point out the atypical, on a regular basis contact with others that we missed out on and public handrails we have been too afraid to lick. I’ve been fortunate — I’m wholesome and employed — and I nonetheless had a crappy 12 months. We are able to’t undo it, and being resentful about it gained’t assist, so let’s simply look ahead.
2020: Let Us By no means Converse Of It!