Matinee Episode IV: A New Hope

star-wars-episode-iv-new-hope-posterOn January the first, 2016 I made one single New Year’s Resolution: to manage my time better. Then, throughout the year, I failed again and again. It is hardly surprising people make fun out of this tradition! But here’s the thing: we need to keep making these silly resolutions and plans even if we’re unsure we’ll be able to fulfill them. Even the best-laid plans fail. Life happens. What was the name of that song from the Beatles? “Tomorrow Never Knows”? Ain’t that the truth!

Politically and culturally, 2016 was a mess that will keep on rolling in 2017 as well. Personally, I am still dealing with a number of private problems that, well… Suffice to say I should start sorting them out. It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life. There are 365 chances not to mess up this year. 365 opportunities to take the phrase “Happy New Year!” and turn it from wishful thinking into reality through work, dedication and patience.

Over the last couple of months, several people have asked me why don’t I write in English instead of Croatian. After all, this would allow me to potentially reach a greater number of readers. Well, I have been thinking about doing this for years. However, every time I chickened out. I worried about my English. I was afraid of starting over again after writing almost 200 reviews in Croatian. Also, just so we don’t fool each other here, I’m lazy: reviewing movies in my native language is far easier than using English!

Then Screen Rant happened. In the last year or so, I’ve written dozens of articles in English, with many of them being over 2000 words long. By my standards, that accomplishment is almost as mind-boggling as the building of the Great Wall of China. So I’ve decided to use this training on Matineja. And what better time to do so than the New Year!

Throughout January, I plan to re-edit and add a number of old/new reviews from other blogs to Matineja. Naturally, I’ll categorize and tag all of my English posts as such. I intend to post new reviews as well: there are at least two new movies and a TV show I’d love to write about. As for my Croatian reviews, I’ll be keeping them here as well. Finally, there’s plenty of tweaking to do on this website. By the end of the year, I might even change the domain name. Again!

Or, you know, I might start working on an amazing new job that will leave me no time for Matineja. Because life happens. But we need to keep making these silly resolutions and plans even if we’re unsure we’ll be able to stick with them. What was the name of that song from the Beatles? “Tomorrow Never Knows”? Ain’t that the truth!

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