Regular Yesterday’s Movies will return next week, but now, a look back.
This blog started on the first Friday in December 2009, and has been running for over two years. It went from a biweekly schedule to weekly two months later in February 2010.
How has it changed since then? Hopefully my writing has improved. I’ve polished my format into something more regular, and there are many weeks I impress myself with a turn of phrase.
My initial reason for doing this was mostly for myself. I wanted to have some internet-based project to begin to establish a brand, I wanted to prove to myself I could keep to a regular blogging schedule, and I wanted an outlet for my opinions as I caught up on films I missed out on.
How well have I succeeded? My readership is small by internet standards. I rarely get more than a hundred hits in one day, and I don’t know how many of them are repeat visitors and spambots (if you’re a regular human reader, say hi in the comments!). I never expected to become a nationally known blogger out of this, because goodness knows there are enough critics out there. I have only had three or four updates go by without posting a review (including this one), and I always had some kind of content to publish. Lastly, several films I reviewed were ones I missed out on, and several more are ones I never knew I missed out on.
As to the future of Yesterday’s Movies, I’m unsure. I’ve often thought about how to end it, but I don’t want to do so without having a new project to replace it, filling the hole both for myself and my readers. In the meantime, I’m not sure if there’s room to evolve this blog in some way that’s true to the meaning. I try to keep to first-time viewings and out of the past decade because I feel the brand is “fresh perspective on movies you may have forgotten about.” At the same time, I want to keep it from becoming stale, especially for myself.
In the meantime, what’s a non-review post without links?
- So I Married an Axe Murderer, one of the first posts where I was starting to get the rhythm.
- L.A. Story, still one of my favorite reviews and reviewed movies.
- Batman and Robin, not a great movie, but a (horribly) fun one that gave me a lot of material.
- Superman IV, the first movie I honestly could not find a reason to recommend.
- The first rule about Fight Club is don’t link to Fight Club.
- I almost said Die Hard was the most Christmas-appropriate movie I’ve reviewed…
- Until I remembered Fitzwilly.
I was about to link to a Christmas video I did years ago, but it’s not good enough to promote. Instead, I’ll wish everyone a happy and restful holiday with some festive plant immolation.