Yesterday, I was going through some boxes when I found a large sealed envelope labelled "CLIPS -2000". I remember copying and putting together my clips at a temp job when I first moved here. They consisted of the "best" of my writing prior to moving to New York, when I was a film critic at the then-indie FSU paper, The Florida Flambeau. I never did anything with them or sent them anywhere. Here, out of context, I present some of my favorites:
"It seems odd to go to a movie in order to watch other people have witty conversations, but for Stillman, it works."
"Gattaca's future world serves as an apt reminder that technology can be a blessing or a curse, and we should be careful how far out we allow ourselves to swim in the pursuit of perfection."
"G.I. Jane reminds us that Top Gun can never be forgotten."
"Trainspotting and Shallow Grave were much edgier, more daring, and, ironically enough, less ordinary than this movie."
(From a roundup of 'lesser-known magazines to check out' that was basically just an excuse for me to celebrate and mourn the last issue of Might Magazine, with which I was obsessed):
"Spy Magazine is sort of like Might but not as original."
And my favorite, the last line of a review of The Matchmaker:
"Because Janeane doesn't need to change, the world does."
*Weltschmerz: German word meaning "the depression that results from comparing the actual world to the world as it ought to be." Losing word in this year's spelling bee, which I watched with my friend John Green, who believes, as I do, that this word should be incorporated into the American lexicon. Also, I want to call in sick and say "my weltschmerz is acting up again."