This is my last column for now. With handling the Daily News Feed, Loading the New Releases of the Week, Monitoring the Movie Forum and Writing Four Columns a month, it was mutually decided by Tim and myself that I needed to downsize my responsibilities with Matchflick. There is a new crop of columnists that will have newer, fresher perspectives, and I look forward to reading each and every one.
I came to Matchflick in March of 2010 by doing the stupidest thing one can imagine, the taboo of any enlisted servicemen:
I was doing movie reviews here and there since I can remember, when I read that Matchflick.com was looking for columnists to write about anything, as long as it was movie-related, even peripherally. Having no life anyway, and being the go-to guy in my circle for movie information, this seemed like a gift from the gods. So I wrote an audition piece, and the rest is history. Movie reviews and one column became movie reviews, one column, and the Movie News. Unfortunately, I had overloaded the News Section that I was slowing the site to a halt. So the news page had to be pared down from three weeks of live news to one. The result is the streamlined page that is currently functioning now. Then, when the site lost a few columnists, I took up the slack by writing another bi-weekly column. After that, I was enticed into doing interviews for the site. To date, I've done more interviews than all the other columnists - combined (a challenge, maybe?). I got to interview, among others, The
Working Comic-Con Was Tough at Times
Hardest Working Man in Horror, Tony Todd, Penthouse Pet of the Year Runner-up for 2011, Emily Addison, Late-Night Cable Darling, Christine Nguyen, and Matchflick Resident Horror Icon, Bill Oberst, Jr., actor in the infamous Take this Lollipop, one of the highest rated videos on YouTube, and is nominated for a Shorty, the Academy Awards of short films.
It was a fun run.
(In truth, even with all of that, I also very briefly wrote for another movie site - but that is another story, but don't tell Tim)
Because of these connections, I began to make regular trips up the coast to Los Angeles. I had the opportunity to do a walk-on in a movie, and a small part in an independent horror movie. The high point of that experience was to work with "Star Trek's" Michael Dorn, Mr. Worf, who was gracious enough to autograph my bat'leth (for the great unwashed, it's a Klingon weapon, resembling a double-pointed curved sword). My big debut in The PANDORA EXPERIMENT will be coming in October on SyFy, around Halloween.
But I didn't do this alone. I had help - lots of help. I would like to thank all the Hollywood Celebrities who were gracious enough to grant me interviews. I also want to thank all the publicity firms who sent screeners of their new movies to review, making me the Matchflick Unofficial Independent Movie Reviewer for the site. I'd like to thank Tim Malcolm, owner and webmaster of Matchflick.com who let me do all this stuff, with the freedom to express myself as I saw fit, trusting my taste and
One of My More Memoriable interviews
judgment to help the site. And I want to especially thank my good friend, Matchflick Local Celebrity Diana Terranova, one of my first movie reviews and interviews for Matchflick, who not only introduced me to some of the heavyweights in the industry, opened a few doors for me, but actually got me into a few movies. I cannot express how much Diana has done for the site, and for me professionally. I would have not done half the things for the site without her help.
So to all my readers, it's been fun. I hope that my columns have been informative,controversial, thought-provoking, but most important, fun. My adventures into this much writing and compiling of movies has given me the opportunity to learn about the other side of Hollywood, that it is not just the big-box studios, but hundreds of small movie houses, each producing films with their unique voice, while also hoping to become the next Miramar or Pixar. I've had independent movie studios personally thank me for reviewing their projects, and have been invited to exclusive screenings, which, unfortunately I have not been able to do to my satisfaction, as I have a real job that prevented me from battling the I-5 Rush Hour traffic from San Diego to Hollywood on a work night.
Every ending needs a production number (I learned that from watching Bollywood). So, here's a little ditty that the irreverent Andy Kaufman used on the event of his funeral:
Many Thanks To My Best Friend in the Industry
To quote one of the extras in MONTY PYTHON and the HOLY GRAIL, I'm not dead yet! I'll still be around, just more in the background, making sure that the latest movies will be available for all the membership to post and read reviews. And the news will not stop. In case it hasn't been noticed, the news feed is now on the HOME page of the website, linking to the Matchflick Movie Forum. Trailers are also being posted on the Forum. And just announced, there are plans to add another section to the Forum so that non-columnists members can post movie commentaries and interviews, which I have ot forgotten - the ones I have promised I shall get to now that I have more time. By the way, If you haven't done so yet, LIKE the Matchflick.com Facebook page, and encourage your friends to do likewise. For the columnists, reposting your columns on the Facebook page increases your visibility and drives traffic to the site. Also, reviewers should consider re-posting your reviews on Facebook also, for the same reason.
So, my plate is still pretty full, and I have no intentions of transitioning out of the picture completely.
You are one of the biggest assets MatchFlick has ever had. It is people like you that make the small sites possible. When I added you as a columnist I had no idea what the movie gods had blessed me with, a stellar writer, a hard worker, a movie fanboy as dedicated as myself and most importantly a friend.....
Your enthusiam keeps me going, we all work hard for little reward so its tough sometimes. I love our phone conversations in which we talk like middle school girls about movies for hours. Your passion for film brings energy to everyone..
I don't even know all you do for us because I can't keep track of it all. :) Even though you are still with us, since everyone else is thanking you it's a good time to put mine in too. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
This column will explore my taste in film. I watch all kinds of movies - all kinds - but likes science fiction/fantasy - action, animated, funny, even stupid. He will speak of his experience and his encounters with science fiction and the way it colors his - and our - everyday life.
Mike Thomas was introduced to science fiction when he first watched 2001 - A SPACE ODYSSEY, and was hooked ever since. But he doesn't just watch the gee-whiz, gollee-gee special effects. He watches the costumes quirks, evaluates the musical scores, even identifies favorite actors of directors. He collected comic book, but has moved on to weapons: he currently owns the Mj?llnir - the Hammer of Thor, Electra's Ninja Sai's, Mace Windu's Light Saber, and a couple of Batarangs.
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