During my brief stint as an online movie critic, one thing I learned was just how much gold there was out there to go digging for. I can safely say I reviewed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, period: How To Say I Love You, Playtime with Schlompkins, Honour Wedding, Paranoland, Papiroflexia, Pencil Face and Patrick Boivin’s masterpiece, Radio (the first of many, I suspect). And that’s just to name a few!
I got exposed to some cool new music, like Danny Malone (my new favorite ginger-haired indie-folk artist), Brooke Waggoner (a formidable lyricist/vocalist, not to mention a strikingly photogenic screen presence) and KEXP - Seattle. I learned about international affairs while watching eye-opening documentaries on the Middle East and Africa.
Most of all, I just had a really great time seeing young artists honing their craft. I can honestly say I saw significant improvement in such artists as FetusFilmsInc and DingBatComedies, whose delirious Preacher Man was a surprise sleeper hit. In the months ahead, I’ll be using this blog to follow the progress of these and other filmmakers. I definitely need to check out the new feature film recently completed by Fetus Films, a horror flick called I.Q. And the prospect of a new season of Zomblogalypze, created by Miles2GoFilms, has me hungrier than a flesh-eating zombie. I’ll also be posting updates and reviews of the Deep River (by Adam Stephenson) and Karma Kula (by ninjaigang) series. And I’ll continue to follow the work of Patrick Boivin, Michael Maxxis, The Minor Prophets, Films Royale, mmmcake and others.
I’d like to close with a few shout-outs to a handful of the filmmakers I’ve “friended” (in the online community sense of the word) during my time as MiamiMovieCritic.
Patrick Boivin: I love your genius.
Fetus Films: You guys make me feel lazy.
Minor Prophets: You are the masters of WTF comedy.
Miles2Go Films: You give British humor a good name.
Adam Stephenson: You are an auteur-in-the-making.
Great work, guys and gals. I’ve had fun getting lost in your films. If you have any questions, or if there’s a film you’d like me to spotlight, just shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com.