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My 100th Column! And They Said I'd Never Last
by Tim Josephs

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When I first get this gig as a columnist for Match Flick, I was pretty excited. I thought it'd be nice to write about something I have a passion for. Plus, because of the strict deadlines, I'd have to produce something every two weeks. (Fellow writers know how essential deadlines are to actually getting stuff done.) But when I started thinking about that fact, of having to have a column written and posted every two weeks, I started freaking out a little.

How could I possibly come up with enough topics to write about? I started thinking about movies incessantly. I began carrying around a little notebook to jot down any ideas that came to me. I figured if I could get to 25 columns, I'd be happy. But then, 25 came and went and I was still coming up with new stuff.

And now, almost four years later, I realize I still have a lot to write about. So, to mark my 100th column, I thought I'd reflect on some of my favorites.

In my very first column
I explored my childhood love of everything Batman, particularly the original movie.

Speaking of my childhood, one of my most memorable days was when I put on my denim jacket and orange vest and became Marty McFly, complete with a ride (sort of) in the infamous DeLorean.

After seeing the movie TEETH, I wondered if there were any other movies about killer reproductive organs, and was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered.

I've written three sort of bio pieces about mostly comedic actors we lost way too soon: Phil Hartman , John Candy, and John Belushi.

I like coming up with questions and then trying to answer them, like why
did Kevin Smith and Tim Burton stop making good movies? Can you run out of talent? Is this man the biggest hypocrite in Hollywood? Why do funny people make crappy movies?

I've written several columns about the 80s (the most entertaining decade for movies, in my opinion), touching on such subjects as robots, the obsession with Asians, the most ridiculous films of the period, and of course, an all-time classic.

In what proved to be a fun but ultimately excruciating endeavor, in a
four-part column I attempted to find, watch, and evaluate the worst films of all time. I'm still recovering.

Because everything has to come back to me, I've written columns about my home state, two about my date of birth, my earliest film memories, and of course what I would do if I ran Hollywood.

But my favorite all-time column might just be the one I wrote about actor James Spader, analyzing his career and the eerily similar roles he has played.

So, there's number 100. I'm sure the well will run dry eventually, but until then, you'll still continue to see this column every two weeks.

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Mike Thomas
Oct 9, 2012 1:08 PM
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Congratulations, Tim.

I always look forward to reading your very clever movie medleys. You weath of movie savvy has always made your column entertaining.

Here's to 100 more!
Oct 9, 2012 2:19 PM
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Thanks, Mike. I'll try my best.

Oct 20, 2012 9:35 PM
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Congratulations man! That's awesome. I'm way far from that number: I'll bet that's a great feeling!

I read a few of your past columns that you mentioned. They were really good and you have some interesting topics. One of the ones I read was your Batman article. We were the same age when that was released and we both saw midnight screenings, so I also know what an amazing experience that was!

Keep it up dude. Pretty sweet accomplishment!
Oct 21, 2012 11:18 AM
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Yeah, that movie really changed my life.

Thanks a lot, Nathan. I enjoy your column as well.
Oct 21, 2012 12:59 PM
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No problem dude! And I appreciate you saying that.

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Thoughts, observations, conjectures, complaints about movies and mostly how they relate to me personally. If you're looking for something a little broader, try Ebert.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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