Alex Katz, not to be confused with the famous painter, basically did nothing in college but watch movies, write about them, and try in vain to learn computer animation. One time, he watched the long tracking shot at the end of Children of Men six times in a row. It was basically the best day of his life. He has also written three screenplays that, God willing, no one will ever be forced to read again.
If you listen to The Flixist Show, this is old news, but if you're part of the great unwashed masses that HAVEN'T been saved by our racism and our insanity, then I'm afraid I've got sad news. As of today, I am officially leaving Flixist for the foreseeable future.
There's a lot of reasons why I've decided to leave, and it's a decision I've been grappling with for some months now. Suffice to say, my life is moving in a path now that Flixist, unfortunately, is no longer in line with. As insane as it sounds, I'm going to leave a lot of my entertainment industry dreams behind, and I'm pursuing my first love: space. I intend to become an astronaut by my mid-thirties. I'm going to lose some weight over the next year, join the Air Force to begin getting the flight qualifications, and start going back to school in my spare time for an astrophysics degree. If that sounds like it's completely insane, well yeah. It is. I just can't live my life any longer without really trying.
I want to sincerely thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for making this an amazing two years. There are so many of you I want to thank for all of the awesome times over the years, and I'm probably going to miss a bunch of you, but here goes:
Kidplus, for being one of our first regular readers and commenters. And dammit, you earned that Jurassic Park box set.
Venusinfurs/TheRuffians, for being another one of those early readers, and a constant source of entertainment. The debate we had over Tree of Life in the comments was one of my favorite early moments of the site.
Mattias Sjostrand, for becoming the official Flixist biographer and gleefully playing along with our insanity and talking shit with me most days at work over Gchat. Never change, you weird, smutty bastard.
Though I love you for various reasons individually, the entire regular Flixist Show cast. You racist fuckers made my decision to leave that much harder. I'm deeply going to miss talking with my friends about rape every week.
Xzyliac, for getting me on the Brave roolz, Hobbit droolz train. That's still one of my favorite in-jokes. I can only hope the rest of the Flixist staff will keep the rivalry alive, preferably long after all three Hobbit movies are released. Thanks for including me in the Batcasts!
Geoff, Chicago fucking sucks.
To every legitimately cool journalist I met at junkets and press things: you're a rare few. Most Hollywood press are complete cocks, but those of you I met and stayed in touch with are awesome. Also, all of you guys should check out Courtney Howard's stuff on Very Aware. She's awesome and has an adorable dog.
Finally, Matt and Tom, for giving me the chance to try this whole writing thing out in the first place. You guys both placed a lot of trust in me, even when I was an insane pain to work with, but I wouldn't be here at all if it wasn't for you two. Thank you for starting this crazy thing.
I've probably missed some individual thanks that are in order, and for that I apologize. Seriously, to all you readers, first timers and people that have been around since the buggy beginning, thank you. You've made this place amazing to read and amazing to work for. Movie blogging doesn't have to be the over-serious, self-important clatter that is far too common on the Internet, and I think Flixist proves that even the most ludicrous writers have something thoughtful to say.
Thank you for reading, and for listening. If you like, follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. I'm a neverending source of "fun."
Again, thank you all for an amazing two years. Good luck in your lives, and goodbye. Wait, fuck, that sounds like I'm depressed and going to kill myself. I'll probably still comment on shit.