the Movie Cheat Sheet email newsletters are getting a slimdown

Recently I mentioned that, come the new year, I’m going to have to start making some hard choices about how crazy I can continue to make myself running this site. I’m basically writing, editing, administering, and publishing on online magazine all on my own, and it requires insane hours that would be hard to justify if I were earning big bucks. It’s much harder to justify absent those big bucks.

One less tough decision to make right now is to scale back the Movie Cheat Sheet email newsletters. I started that little side project almost a year ago in the hopes of drawing in some of the vast majority of people who like movies and want to know which ones are worth seeing yet who aren’t movie geeks. Alas, the Cheat Sheets have gained absolutely no traction at all beyond the readership here.

So, starting with the North American and United Kingdom multiplex editions going out today, you’ll notice some small changes. There will no longer be a featured film with an extended Cheat Sheet — that will be included in the simple straight listing of new and ongoing releases, with traffic-light indicator and brief blurb, with links back to my full review here at, if one exists. (One of the good things, I think, about the Cheat Sheets for my regular readers is that everything I’ve seen is listed in the newsletters, even if I haven’t posted a review here.) Movies will no longer have their own separate Movie Cheat Sheet pages, and in fact, will soon cease to exist as a site (it gets next to no traffic anyway). Creating those MCS pages takes more time than you might imagine, and they are an obvious thing to eliminate in my quest to regain my sanity.

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Fri, Oct 04, 2013 2:01pm

Just want to say I’ve come to find these very useful for jogging my memory of movies I’ve wanted to see from a write-up here. I don’t mind any changes you’re making to them…they’ll still work for me in the way they already do. They’re a nice bennie of subscription.


reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 2:52pm

Ditto. :-)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 6:17pm

Jogging the memory was the idea behind it. I had hoped they would have wider appeal, though…

reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 7:04pm

Same here. It’s pretty much the only way for me to be reminded of all the smaller movies out there.

Fri, Oct 04, 2013 7:03pm

I use the list mainly to find out about smaller movies that haven’t gotten much publicity, so a slimmed-down version is fine with me.

Rod Ribeiro
Rod Ribeiro
Fri, Oct 04, 2013 8:17pm

I liked the cheat sheet, but I ended up reading the full review anyway.