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For 2 months I have tried to access the long standing site... eFilmCritic.com and it no longer opens. No information is given and doing a web search brings nothing either.
I liked cross referencing their release schedule as I often found titles listed that were found nowhere else.
Any information one way or the other would help me put this to rest!
 

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It appears that way. The companion site is gone as well.

I wrote for them for a short time when I was considering a career change. I eventually made a change, but when the possibility of going the critic route became a real thing, and I was looking at my first press passes to a film festival, I came to my senses and realized that was not going to be a stable way to make a living. Also, from the inside it never seemed like a solid platform. I found it rather unsettling behind the scenes.
 

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It appears that way. The companion site is gone as well.

I wrote for them for a short time when I was considering a career change. I eventually made a change, but when the possibility of going the critic route became a real thing, and I was looking at my first press passes to a film festival, I came to my senses and realized that was not going to be a stable way to make a living. Also, from the inside it never seemed like a solid platform. I found it rather unsettling behind the scenes.
Having once dabbled with the same career idea, but never gotten as far as you, I am curious what danger signs you saw that made you think twice.
 

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Having once dabbled with the same career idea, but never gotten as far as you, I am curious what danger signs you saw that made you think twice.
The main problem is I had completely burned out and wanted a new way to make a living income, not just a side gig. It just wasn't realistic to expect it to ever be that, and certainly not in a reasonable amount of time. The decision point was when I received those press passes, which got me to sit down and be realistic. They were actually very understanding when I told them "Thanks, but I just can't devote that much time and energy to this." As far as behind the scenes, the site just didn't seem especially professional.
 

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The main problem is I had completely burned out and wanted a new way to make a living income, not just a side gig. It just wasn't realistic to expect it to ever be that, and certainly not in a reasonable amount of time. The decision point was when I received those press passes, which got me to sit down and be realistic. They were actually very understanding when I told them "Thanks, but I just can't devote that much time and energy to this." As far as behind the scenes, the site just didn't seem especially professional.
I see. Interesting. Yeah, I'm not sure how it is now, but there used to be dozens and dozens of movie review sites. It was hard to imagine anyone could really make a living doing it.
 

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The companion site is gone as well.
That wouldn't happen to be hollywoodbitchslap.com, would it?

That site, which I have used for MANY years to help compile my Weekly RoundUps, seems to have disappeared without a trace. I can't find any reference to it anywhere. The proprietor was Erik Childress--a long inactive member of the HTF.
 

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That wouldn't happen to be hollywoodbitchslap.com, would it?

That site, which I have used for MANY years to help compile my Weekly RoundUps, seems to have disappeared without a trace. I can't find any reference to it anywhere. The proprietor was Erik Childress--a long inactive member of the HTF.
That's the one. As I recall, it was Australian and EFC was here, but they both had the same content. At least they did back in the day.
 

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I see. Interesting. Yeah, I'm not sure how it is now, but there used to be dozens and dozens of movie review sites. It was hard to imagine anyone could really make a living doing it.

(More generally).

The more I have read about how freelance writers do their work, the more I realized it was based entirely on quantity of output (adjusted for quality of writing). To the point of "burnout" for some semi-professional writers who get published semi-regularly.
 

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