I’m sure that a lot of you are wondering what happened with Martial Arts Movie Junkie and what’s going on, so I’ve finally managed to gather my thoughts and let you guys know what to expect from here on out. First of all, I owe you all an apology. Regardless of my reasoning for stopping updates on the site, I should have written out an explanation way sooner than I did. So if you’re here reading this article, thanks for taking the time to give me a second chance.
I’ll try not to make this too long so that we can get back to the important stuff, but I’ll be honest with you: I got burned out pretty bad. As a lot of you know, I’m the only one who writes and manages the website (which I’m totally fine with.) When I first created the site, there were a lot of unknown movies that weren’t getting the attention that (I thought) they deserved. After having the site for over 5 years, I just wasn’t feeling where the industry was heading. Every week there was an announcement of a remake or superhero movie that just didn’t get the blood pumping the way it did before. This website was, and always will be, a martial arts centered site. This means that I really wasn’t interested in covering the next Marvel or DC movie and Star Wars was even a stretch (regardless of whether Iko and Donnie were attached or not.)
All of these new movies coming out didn’t really have to do with the genre I cared about and grew up with, but everyone was following Hollywood or rushing to make movies that weren’t the same quality as they were before. I could get into the politics of how the filming practices have changed and priorities have shifted, but I won’t really do that. What mattered was that there seemed to be no real quality martial arts films coming out (and for the forseeable future.)
Another thing that I was struggling with was the news aspect of things. Each and every day it was a trailer for this movie or an image for that one. Yeah, it’s fun to share cool trailers and jump behind the scenes on the latest movies, but I really felt like I wasn’t contributing anything meaningful to the information. You can find a trailer anywhere you turn now, so what’s the real point to coming to this site to read about it? At least, that’s how I felt for a pretty long time.
Working on this site has always been a passion project for me. I don’t make any money off it and I’m fine with that. That being said, the costs to keep the site running were getting higher and higher and I didn’t see a good reason to pour money into a site where I wrote about stuff I wasn’t passionate about. For a good while there, this site was going to just die off.
Now that you guys are up to speed on what’s been happening and why I kinda fell off the wayside, let’s talk about the future of the site. For these past few months, I’ve been struggling to figure out the best option for us all. On one hand I wanted to keep the site alive and reignite that fire, yet another part of me wondered if my time had run out. Well, I think I’ve finally realized what I was missing.
Ever since the creation of this website, I’ve been pretty involved in the indie/stunt community. From the Fight of the Week to the special interviews, I’ve always tried to highlight the people who work so hard behind the scenes for our entertainment. I have been fortunate enough to interact with and become friends with a few awesome guys and gals out there, which is where I’ve turned to for inspiration. See, these folks are working hard each and every single day to create fights and sequences that the AAA films are lacking. I won’t say that every indie project that comes out is pure gold, but at least they’re putting everything they have on the line. In short: they’re putting 100% of themselves into these smaller projects that may get them a small percentage of recognition. I want to change that.
Whether a fight is cut “well” or not, the performers and coordinators do the best with what they’re given, and I want to provide more insight into that aspect. This doesn’t mean I’m going to avoid bigger films. I’ll still going to share news and trailers that seem cool and interesting, so don’t worry about that. What you can expect is a more personal approach to the news and hopefully a better perspective on how the genre is changing on a daily basis.
Okay, this has gotten a lot longer than I hoped, but let me close with this. Martial Arts Movie Junkie isn’t dead. If anything, it’s rising from a knockout and becoming stronger than ever. It’s also going to be a lot sleeker. Articles won’t be daily anymore in order to focus on quality over quantity (though I’m hoping for at least a couple each week.) The videos probably won’t be coming back, but I’ll try to get contest and giveaways back if I can start back up. The approach will be much more casual now, but I think you’ll find much more entertaining news and information on the site now.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’ll see you guys soon.
Kelly (Martial Arts Movie Junkie)