10 Years of a Blog

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A snapshot of this blog from 2013

Today is the 10th anniversary of For Cinephiles by a Cinefille. I had no idea when I started this blog with zero fanfare and one loyal reader (my sister) that it would still be limping around 10 years later.

I created this blog when I was 16. Yes, 16. As I sat at my parents’ old desktop PC and tinkered with a Blogger account, I built something that seemed like a cool idea. Continue reading “10 Years of a Blog”

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What I Learned From 2014

This is not a “Best of 2014” list. This is an obituary for a blog.

“On December 31 2014 , the final post of For Cinephiles by a Cinefille miraculously appeared on the Internet. It had terrible SEO and even worse grammar. Thanks to a grand total of seven blog posts all year and after a nearly five month absence, no one bothered to read it.”

Just kidding. This blog isn’t going anywhere.

It isn’t necessary for you to read this post. It is more necessary for me to just write something, anything, on the final day of 2014, to force myself to get back to blogging. Continue reading “What I Learned From 2014”

The (Blogging) Plan for 2014

Happy New Year!

Yes, I’m still blogging. In case you (I’m assuming at least one person still reads this blog) were wondering, I deliberately stepped away from blogging in December off. I think my self-imposed solitude worked.

Now that it is a new year – and with a new year comes a chance to recharge – here is what I have in store. For instance:

I will finish the Elvis Files. (A project two years in the making.)

I will return to writing reviews. (I stopped two or three years ago for whatever reason.)

I will publish the one post I’ve been working on for three months about why I am completely dissatisfied with 2013 films.

I will stop reducing my posts to Buzzfeed-esque lists about movies. (Because lets face it, Buzzfeed lists have reduced writing about culture to basically nothing.)

Lastly, I have enlisted some of my friends to challenge me to do something different with this blog. Like the film nerd equivalent of eating insects. Maybe they will force me to watch something I would never watch. I don’t know what they have planned. But one conclusion I reached during my hiatus is that this blog is http://www.cine-fille.com. Maybe it is time I focused more on the “fille” part than just the “cine” part.

Who knows if I will actually complete any of these resolutions. I am terrible at following through with the goals I set for myself. So in the meantime, just know that yes, I’m still blogging and yes, I’m still here.

Like Smaug, the Liberace of dragons, I’m not going away any time soon.
Like Smaug, the evil Liberace of dragons, I’m not going away any time soon.

So It Goes: Still Blogging

It’s August 28.

I started this blog post just after midnight on August 11. At the time I was on the last bus to New Jersey after seeing Blue Jasmine. I’m was and still am completely obsessed with Cate Blanchett’s performance. She’s getting another Oscar. But that’s not the point of this post. In fact I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. Bear with me. Continue reading “So It Goes: Still Blogging”

My (Blogging) Plans for 2012

Here's how I spent the end of 2011. Now it is time to focus on 2012.

Now that it is officially 2012, here are just some of the ideas I have for this blog in the upcoming months.

  • Director Marathons
    • Last month I took an informal Twitter poll about the directors whose entire filmography is worth checking out. I received a ton of responses (nearly 70) and I think it is necessary for me to start working my way through certain director’s filmographies. This may just be an excuse so that I finally watch all of Martin Scorsese/Stanley Kubrick/Akira Kurosawa’s (you get the point) films.
  • Birthday Blitz Blogathon 2012
  • Five Great Movies According To…
    • You know my dad’s favorite movies and my mom’s favorite movies. But what about other people? I want this to become a more regular feature. One of my sisters has already agreed to share her favorite movies, though she claims her list consists of solely Dirty Dancing. So if you would be interested in sharing five of your favorite movies, send me an email – joanna.arcieri@gmail.com
  • Thesis Redux
    • Last spring I decided it was time to revisit my college thesis about American independent cinema after September 11. I wrote one post (about Killer of Sheep) and not a single post after that. This time I’m serious. I’ll actually write more about this topic.
  • And I will continue to post the usual reviews, Oscars commentaryweekly film diets, lessons from bad movies, Skins recaps,  Friday Night Classics, and my general misgivings about the movies I watch.
  • Also. I will stop abbreviating For Cinephiles by a Cinefille to “FCBAC” because I sometimes think it stands for an undiscovered STD.

So these are some of my plans and I will start on them… tomorrow.