sorry for the slacking off lately

It’s not intentional. I’m so behind on reviews, but I’m in a little slump where it’s hard to get motivated. I can’t even blame horrible summer weather. I don’t do hot and sticky well, it totally saps all my energy. But it’s been mostly gorgeous, sunny and breezy and cool, almost autumnal, here in London lately.

I really could use a very long, very real break. I don’t see that in cards soon. But I may have to figure something out.

Or most likely my motivation will snap back in the next day or two.

Although with Pixels and Hot Pursuit on the short list to watch and review, that could be a problem…

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Danielm80
Danielm80
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 11:21pm

It’s August. The August movies would dispirit almost anyone.

MarkyD
reply to  Danielm80
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 5:10am

Not yet! Don’t be pushing time along faster than it needs to. Geez,

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 9:02am

That’s part of it. But there are some great films that I’ve seen and haven’t reviewed yet, too. :-(

Bethany White
Bethany White
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 11:18am

Suggestion: For all the films you want to, but haven’t reviewed — just give them a one-setencer (like what you’ve done with some other movies) BUT, at the same time, keep your notes and do the reviews in the future.

Also, go for Hot Pursuit. It’s mercifully shorter and devoid of Adam Sandler — who knows, you might enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy, it’ll probably infuriate you enough to reinvigorate your passion for writing derisive reviews. Let me know when you decide.

althea
althea
reply to  Bethany White
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 4:30pm

Pretty good advice, MaryAnn. We’d be good with that.

As for a long, real break, don’t wait until it’s a have-to, like kidney stone. (To use a recent reference – just off the top of my head.)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  althea
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 5:59pm

Yes, well, that is something I’m worried about. (Just in the abstract. I’m fine.)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bethany White
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 5:59pm

If I don’t write a review now, it’s likely I won’t get to it in the future. Unless they stop making new movies!

RogerBW
RogerBW
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 9:15am

Much as I appreciate it when you write stuff, taking a bit of time away sometimes is a necessity in any sort of job.

Owen1120
Owen1120
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 2:38pm

Just make sure your good and bad movies are proportional. For every Inside Out, watch a Pixels. Also, think of some as MST3K-like experiences.

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Owen1120
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 3:03pm

I fear MaryAnn has to watch a lot more bad films than good ones.

And lowering one’s standards doesn’t necessarily help.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Owen1120
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 3:53pm

Those *are* good strategies, but, I suspect she already does that. (given the number of complete crap films that are out there)

Me, I understand where she’s coming from with wanting a long break. Sometimes, we just need a rest.

Owen1120
Owen1120
reply to  LaSargenta
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 4:00pm

I know. If you need a break, go ahead and take one.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Owen1120
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 6:06pm

It’s not really the movies. It’s the feeling that I’m getting nowhere with any of this.

Owen1120
Owen1120
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 6:15pm

Well you are. Take a break if you need.