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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye


Well, today is my last day at Flixist.

It's been a good and packed two-year run, but it's time to get back on track with some personal projects that have been on the backburner for too long. This was a tough decision, but it's the right one. Looking back, being part of Flixist helped me reconsider a lot of things about film, writing, craft, integrity, dignity, and toil. Apparently a stubborn and indefatigable Protestant work ethic courses through my cold, black atheist heart.

There's an old idea about "Zen and the art of ______." If you do something long enough and seriously enough, it becomes a mode of being and a way of doing. Without getting into too many personal details, a lot has been brought into focus from being so prolific here, and I finally see that the road ahead has always been much wider and much brighter than it appeared, and that I was simply too myopic to notice. These things happen. Just not anymore.

I leave with a lot of things unfinished. I never got around to writing about Philip Ridley's haunting The Reflecting Skin for The Cult Club, which I recommend to you if you love David Lynch and the paintings of Andrew Wyeth; ditto a Cult Club feature on Alejandro Jodorowsky's metaphysical spaghetti western El Topo, the original midnight movie and the grandaddy of cult cinema. I also never completed that series on Roger Ebert's film criticism even though I did finish reading The Great Movies III, Life Itself: A Memoir, Your Movie Sucks, and I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie. The piece on The Great Movies III was probably going to be too ambitious since it would have also incorporated some of Pauline Kael's writing and discussion of the 33 1/3 books to talk about why reading cultural criticism of all kinds is worthwhile and why thoughtful criticism matters.

I can sense your eyes glazing over. I should stop.

Let me keep it kind of short for once.

My deepest thanks to Matt, Tom, Niero, and Geoff for taking a chance on me and giving me a shot on the site. And thanks also to Alec, Liz, Nick, Sean, Dre, Nathan, Jim, Jessi, Alex, Max, Jenika, Xander, Thor, Logan, and all of the Flixist staffers I worked with for making this shiznit the bomb-diggitiest shiznit that ever bomb-diggitied, if you know what I'm saying (which you probably don't, but I get that a lot).

Sincere thanks to the many filmmakers whose work I've seen over the last two years. That goes for the movies I loved and the ones I didn't care for. You gave me something to think about.

And to the guy who asked me to edit his emoticon genitals in the comments section of that Stand Up Guys review, your wish is finally granted, bucko:    8=D

If I can leave all of you with just a little advice in life, it's this.

Thanks for reading.

Good night.

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About Hubert Vigillaone of us since 11:42 AM on 10.06.2011

Hubert Vigilla is a writer living in Brooklyn, which makes him completely indistinguishable from 4/5 of people who live in Brooklyn. He writes about film, television, books, music, politics, culture, and the internet on the internet.

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