I Don't Agree With You, Idiot: Thoughts on Internet Trolls

This morning I got an alert from Google telling me I was mentioned somewhere on the Internet. Naturally, I clicked on the link so I could read what nice or horrifying things were said.

In this case, it was an article posted by my pal Russ Fischer over at /Film discussing first reactions after the Cannes Film Festival world premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may remember that when I first saw the film, I was very conflicted. I had never walked out of a film completely confused by how I thought about it.Drive drove me crazy. After six glasses of chocolate milk and a “Drive Pros and Cons” list, I realized that I did love 85 percent of the movie dearly — I just had a few somewhat major issues with it. The good outweighed the bad and I gave the film a glowing review.

Read the full article on The Mixmaster.

That'll Do, Whale: My thoughts on closing down Gordon and the Whale

If you read Gordon and the Whale, then you already know that next month will be our last month as a functioning daily website. I announced the news at 10 a.m.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry — a lot — and listen to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” — on repeat. Luckily I had enough tissue to dry said tears and ice cream to not-quite-fill the emotional void when I clicked “Publish.”

For days following the announcement my Twitter, email, and Facebook were flooded with the most heartwarming and encouraging messages I’ll probably ever receive in my life. Turns out, our readers truly believed in the voices behind GATW and how we endeavored to shape the way people think about movies. They had faith in our honesty and passion in discussing all things film. It’s very touching to know that all the blood, sweat and tears spent on GATW has paid off.

Read the full article on Dallas Observer’s The Mixmaster.