Thursday, July 14, 2011

400 Strong, 400 Long

My review of A Better Life marked the 400th post on And So it Begins.  And, if you include the subsections of this blog, such as the Directors, Listings, My Favorite Scene, and various Oscar coverage, then it’s closer to 450 posts. 

Regardless, I started this blog in September of 2007 (for some fun, check out my first review, of In the Valley of Elah.  My writing, I feel, has…improved, to say the least), as a way to share with people what I had, until that point, kept scribbled in spiral notebooks.

The blog, and my writing, have come a long way since then, and with my recent admission to the LAMB, my page hits are higher than ever.

About once every two weeks, I get an e-mail or a Facebook message from a friend I haven’t spoken to in some time, complimenting me on this blog.  Sometimes the messages are from complete strangers, who have wondered onto my site despite the infinite abyss of movie blogs online. Those messages, coupled with all of the post comments, are what keep this site going.  I’ll always have things to say about movies, but knowing that other people are interested in those thoughts, well, that’s about as much affirmation for living as I need.

Melodramatic though it may seem, it couldn’t be truer.  So thanks to each and every person who spends part of their day reading what I write. To paraphrase Dirk Digger, I guess the only thing I can say is… I’ll promise to keep rockin’ and rollin’.


  1. Count me as one of the strangers who stumbled upon your site (through only to be thrilled by the breadth, writing, and insight of your posts.

    And although I don't agree on some (albeit rare) movie grades/choices (everyone has different movie tastes), I genuinely enjoy your views/whatever you have to say.

    I myself have tried to write about movies whenever I can, but can only do so in extremely limited fashion due to med school.

    In any case, I look forward to your future posts - I enjoy your movie reviews even more than many of those by critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

  2. This is one of the kindest things anyone has ever said to me concerning this blog. Thank you so much for your comment, Will.

    My best friend just finished his third year at Georgetown med school, so I know a little of the hell you're probably going through.

    Keep on truckin'. And thanks again!!

  3. Wow......400 posts. I may b a little biased, but this is where I always go for a movie review I'm glad u also kept the spiral notebooks, though!!