by Rob DiCristino
Sometime in 2012, I was digging around the internets for a movie podcast. Podcasts were still a relatively new phenomenon, at that point, and although I had been listening to Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier’s SModcast since its 2007 inception, I hadn’t yet ventured out to find other shows on other topics of interest. Believe it or not, it was kind of tough to find quality stuff, back then. The nascent iTunes Podcast Store was far from comprehensive, and random listens to two or three dozen shows quickly taught me that halfway-decent thumbnail art does not necessarily denote a quality podcast. It’s not about production value, though. Not really. I listened to (and still listen to) SModcast because of the personalities involved. I’m a Kevin Smith fan. I’m a fan of his lore, his mythology, and point of view. I care about his family and his career. I connect with him because he’s easy to connect with, and hours spent in the car on long commutes go by quicker when it feels like you’ve got a friend along for the ride. I wanted more of that, please.
travelog article from my first #FThisMovieFest or listen to an emotional breakdown on the tenth anniversary Zoom conference. I worship this place. I’m a pretty withdrawn guy, but I know when and how to get gregarious, and I’m not shy about sharing my pride. I worked hard to become (and remain) a member of the F This Movie! family, work that has since translated into all kinds of other opportunities and bred some of the most important relationships in my life. I’m proud to share a microphone with Patrick and his merry band. They’re my heroes. They do hard work worth doing. Running this site and hosting our events is hard work. Producing articles every week is hard work. At a certain point, even watching and caring about movies becomes hard work. We’re not getting rich off of this, folks, and any one of us could walk away at any time. But we never do. We only get closer and more involved. We only get more vocal and more supportive. We only scream our movie love from higher and higher rooftops. This is true love, after all. You think this happens every day?