craigjclark (craigjclark) wrote,

My three-word review of 'Don't Think Twice': It's all right.

Yes! Nailed it.

[licks fingertip, makes a "one" in the air]

[congratulates self for being the first person on the planet to make this joke]

Hey, guys. If you're reading this, then you know the drill. I watch a movie. I take copious notes. I spend a few hours crafting a review that sums up my reactions to it. I post said review here (and at my personal now-defunct mirror site). Sometimes it's only two or three paragraphs, sometimes I dive in deeper. There's a screencap or two, more if I feel the film and/or review warrants it. And the subject is always a line of dialogue that encapsulates the film about as well as a single line of dialogue can that can only be 100 characters max. I've been doing this for over ten years. I've reviewed 3750 films. And I need to stop.

I just finished watching Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice, a film I wanted to see when it was in theaters last year, but I was unable to make it up to Indianapolis while it was playing there and it never came down to Bloomington. This is the reality I've lived with the whole time I've been in Indiana. I've made peace with it. If I hadn't made a point of catching Elle while I was back east for the holidays, I would have probably had to make do with seeing that film on video as well. I take less and less joy from reviewing current and recent releases that are already at the tail end of their relevance to the cultural conversation and my reviews of older films have gotten less and less attention over the years -- probably because this community is dying on the vine. What was once a vibrant place to share ideas has slowly wilted as people migrated to other sites and platforms. Well, it's time for me to join that migration.

This will be my last post on LiveJournal. If you've read this far and want to keep abreast of what I'm watching (because I'm still going to watch a lot of movies) and reviewing (because I'm still going to write reviews, just not as regularly), then you can follow me on Letterboxd and Twitter. I've also started a blog on Dreamwidth that I may put to use at some point. Who knows what the future has in store? All I know is my future is no longer here. Be seeing you.
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