It has been over nine years (!!) since I registered Canadian Cinephile and began my journey here. In that time, I’ve written thousands of film reviews.
I don’t think it’s any secret to my two or three readers that things have slowed down as of late. There are several reasons for this.
For one, I’ve grown stagnant. My reviews have become formulaic and my passion for cinema has fallen prey to repetition and a lack of overall passion. Some of this is the result of outside projects. Some of this is the result of laziness.
For another, 2017 has been a drag. As much as I’ve enjoyed reading the work of my colleagues, generating my own passion for film criticism has been difficult in light of current events and what seems like an uninterrupted salvo of stress in my personal life.
There are other reasons, but you get the picture.
I’ve toyed with several solutions and have come close to deleting my site on more than a few occasions. I’ve tried to address some of my own issues with my work and have cleared a pile of old reviews from the back end, but the feeling persists. Something’s not quite right.
Luckily (or not), I’ve concluded that rejuvenation is possible.
Going forward, a few things will happen:
- I’ll be deleting all of the content on this site
- I’ll be starting from scratch with a new review format; some reviews will be shorter, while others will be longer in-depth pieces
- I’ll be eliminating my rating system
To those two or three individuals still reading, I want to extend my gratitude for your patience and care. The Canadian Cinephile has, for the most part, been a joy and an honour. It is a hobby that has become a passion and I hope to renew the spirit that brought me here in the first place.
Most of all, I hope you’ll join me and find some semblance of enjoyment, entertainment or insight – even if it’s at my expense.
Thank you for reading,