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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

happy 11th anniversary to me

On this day in 1997, FlickFilosopher.com debuted. Well, it didn’t have its own domain for a while — it began on the Web space that was allotted to me as an AOL subscriber.

I know: AOL. It’s so… 1997.

Geez, 11 years. That seems crazy to me. There weren’t that many people doing movie reviews on the Net at that point — Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News had gotten started only a few months before I did — and I’m sure that if someone had told me I’d still be doing this more than a decade later, I’d have laughed. But that would be in the 2000s, I’d have thought. We’ll all be wearing spandex and living on the moon. Of course in retrospect now that’s what seems nuts, and in fact last night I was watching some TV from 2000 and it’s already starting to look dated.
A lot has changed in 11 years. I was on dialup on a desktop computer when I started, and now I just haul my laptop around with me and sit in Starbucks and caffeinate myself up and write over the wi-fi some days. I hadn’t yet bought a DVD player, which was so new then that hardly anyone had one, and when I did buy one about six months later, I was the only person I knew who had one. Man, I had only just gotten a 27-inch TV a couple years before (an upgrade from a 19-incher), and considered myself way cool for that: it was the biggest TV anyone in my family had ever owned. Now I can barely remember how I tolerated watching anything that was not widescreen. How did I get by not being able to buy DVDs from England? Ah, the misery and uncivilized deprivation of those days…

Who knows what’s gonna happen in the next 11 years, but — assuming civilization doesn’t collapse, which is looking more and more likely all the time — I can’t see myself being anything other than a writer, and not disseminating my writing in any other way than primarily online.

If civilization does collapse, then perhaps I’ll finally have a chance to catch up watching all these DVDs, on the home theater powered by the bicycle-charged generator. That might not be so bad…

(Oh, yeah, that 10-year-retrospective book of my reviews that I mentioned round this time last year? I’m still working on it. Maybe it’ll be ready in time for Christmas gift-giving this year.)



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  • Joanne

    Happy anniversary, and thank you for all the reviews and blogging. :)

  • James

    Congratulations!

  • JoshDM

    Happy Anniv– review Kentucky Fried Movie already.

  • Weimlady

    Wow, you’re about 112 in internet years! Congratulations!

  • Reading your reviews has turned into a Friday morning ritual for me. Congratulations on your eleventh year.

  • ariadne

    Congratulations! I was trying to remember when I first found your site, and as near as I can figure, it was sometime in 1999. So, thanks for nine years of interesting, insightful reading. I’ve learned a lot from your reviews, and I look forward to your next ten years.

  • Chaotix

    If civilization does collapse, then perhaps I’ll finally have a chance to catch up watching all these DVDs

    Time enough at last MaryAnn, all the time in the world.. TZ references aside, congrats on 11 years!

  • Hey, let’s not go wishing a Burgess Meredith-type fate on anyone? Besides, if MaryAnn owned a pair of eyeglasses, I’m sure she would have mentioned it. (Either that or she has contacts in which case we’ll probably never know.)

    Anyway, happy anniversary, MaryAnn.

    And many more.

    If you wish.

    And stay away from those bank vaults…

  • Mimi

    Congrats! Maybe we can all chip in and buy you that post-apocalyptic bicycle-charged generator.

  • Congrats. :)

  • MaryAnn

    I don’t wear glasses or contacts so I should be safe from a Burgess Meredith-type ironic fate.

  • Congratulations from (near) London.

  • Congratulations !

  • Katie

    YEAH!!! Congratulations. Here’s to another wonderful 11 years. :-)

  • D

    Congratulations from Portugal. May you continue to write reviews until I loose my sight when all those years watching tv and surfing the net catch up on me. Parabéns!!!

  • misterb

    Congratulations, MaryAnn,

    Am I not supposed to be wearing Spandex?

    The moon I can do without.

  • Jan Willem

    Wishing you at least another 11 great years of flick filosophy from the Netherlands. Isn’t life great if you don’t need spectacles?

  • MaryAnn

    Never having needed glasses, I really have no basis for comparison.

    I do need to wear sunglasses, though. The sun really bothers my eyes. Plus, they look cool.

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