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So Long 2013, and MatchFlickers!
by Tim Josephs

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In my first column of 2013, I talked about how 2012 actually had a bunch of good films, which came as somewhat of a surprise. Well, either it was a fluke or we're in a bit of a renaissance, because it looks like 2013 was even better.

A whole host of great filmmakers made movies this year, including Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Woody Allen (though he pretty much makes one every year.) There are at least 10 movies I am looking forward to seeing, and for me that's usually a couple years' worth.

Unfortunately, it still feels like we get about nine-and-a-half months of crap filling up the theaters before the good stuff comes out. There seems to be an endless amount of superhero reboots or rehashes or whatever you want to call them in addition to Adam Sandler/Tyler
Perry garbage, and that doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon.
Even movies like THE HOBBIT and THE HUNGER GAMES now come out at the end of the year, when it feels like they should be summer films.

Perhaps the studios are allowing better movies to be made or maybe the rise of excellent cable television has spurred on filmmakers to up their games. (And by the way, how great is Breaking Bad? I know I'm a little late to this party, but I just watched the entire series over the last six months, and it was phenomenal.)

If nothing else, 2013 was a reminder that quality films are still possible and that we (or maybe I, more specifically) shouldn't give up on the greatness and, although it's become rather cliché, the magic of movies.

In addition
to saying goodbye to 2013, I'm also saying goodbye to MatchFlick. After five years and a hundred-plus columns, this will be my last. I won't be talking about my favorite columns here; if you're interested, I covered a lot of that in my 100th which you can read here.

As I said in that column, when I first got this gig I was excited, but that excitement quickly turned to apprehension as I now had to come up with stuff to write about. I told myself that I'd be content with getting to 25 columns. Well, 25 came and went and I was still writing.

Over the last year or so, things have changed for me. I moved and got a full-time job and as a result, I feel like I haven't been able to give these columns the attention they deserve.
And it's not writing them; I just don't have the time or energy to think about topics or ideas as much as I used to. I don't believe the well has completely run dry, but I do think it's time to move on.

I had a blast writing for MatchFlick. It's rare that a writer is given as much freedom and leeway to write about whatever they want. And truthfully, if you're passionate about movies, writing two columns a month on the topic of your choice is really not that difficult (hint, hint). But, for the time being, the columns are yours, Jon.

If you've read any of my columns, I hope you were amused or learned something or were inspired to see (or not see) a movie or perhaps gained some new insight. Most of all, just like a good movie, I hope you were entertained.

Thanks for reading.

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Mike Thomas
Dec 31, 2013 9:51 PM
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You will be missed Tim. Your columns were the most clever, most insightful, and most researched columns of any I've read here. Your theme columns put together the most eclectic, but cohesive lists, and I really enjoyed your themes.

Hope you don't stop writing - we all need good reading material.
Jan 1, 2014 6:33 PM
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Thanks a lot Mike, much appreciated.

Just like I'm sure you'll never stop watching movies, I don't think I'll stop writing anytime soon.

Jan 5, 2014 8:21 PM
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Adios, amigo!
Jan 7, 2014 8:59 AM
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Hasta luego, mate!

Jan 24, 2014 10:34 AM
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I enjoyed your columns and if at all possible keep writing. I never thought I'd be approaching my fourth year of movie columns but February is the anniversary. You're right the garbage will always be with us; that makes the good movies even better.
Jan 26, 2014 10:47 AM
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Thanks, Jon. I hope you keep writing as well.

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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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