Saturday, October 1, 2011

On My Admission to the Online Film Critics Society

At Last, A Place In The Sun
I Love Movies.

In The Dark But Out of The Shadows...

For me, movies are not just entertainment, although they are entertaining.  Movies are a gateway to new ideas, new worlds, where imagination is the only limitation one can find.  My firm belief is that too many good movies are being ignored or forgotten, while many bad movies suck the life and cash of people. 

Rick's Cafe Texan* has been my small contribution to the dialogue.  Two dates are important in the development of this, your humble blog.

March 1, 2009.  I opened Rick's Cafe Texan after having written a couple of movie reviews for the Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Library Branch blog.  Ten days later, I publish my very first review for the film Watchmen.  Although two years and seven months have passed since that first  post it truly has gone by so quickly I can scarcely believe that I have written over 400 posts and 266 film reviews.

Now, to the second date.

September 20, 2011. On this date, I am officially accepted as a member of the Online Film Critics Society, which means that I am considered a full-fledged official film critic. 

I can't fully express the joy I feel at this.  I could say that it is a dream come true, and it is; in truth however, it was a lot of hard work: writing, rewriting, examining, studying.  I have done my very best, and hope to continue doing my very best, and at last, all that time and effort has paid off.

I am humbled that now I am officially affiliated with a wonderful, diverse group that shares this passion for films.  I may not always agree with my fellow OFCS members, but I have immense respect for their work.

I thank all the readers, all six official followers, and all those that have passed by to read and even to post your own comments.  I am humbled that you have taken to my words, sometimes finding major fault with my views and taking me to task for them, sometimes agreeing with me and enlightening me with your own wisdom. 

On that you can rely: I will always say what I think and not apologize for it.  I won't color my views to fit the times, for that would be being false, and I strive to thine own self be true. 

My motto for Rick's Cafe Texan and on my views on film in general have been and continue to be the words Orson Welles closed with when receiving the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award:

To the movies, to GOOD movies, to every possible kind!

*February 2018 Update.  The site went through a name change and is now Rick's Texan Reviews.

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