Posts Tagged ‘About’

Fabricated Truth 3.0

Freitag, Januar 18th, 2013

When I started this blog, more than five years ago, I had no idea where it was headed. I wrote about all manner of things, but mostly about film. I wrote literally hundreds of what I called “Minute Movie Reviews”, starting with Bottle Rocket and culminating, years later, with The Good German. I wrote about other things as well, but that was merely a sideshow. It was all about film. I wrote about the writers’ strike in Hollywood. I wrote about the Award Season (And for those that read German, I urge to again remember why the Golden Globes are no indication for the Oscars and are actually worthless.) . I wrote about films I particularly liked and even tried a more scholarly approach to them, once. The first Fabricated Truth was all about film.

This lasted for nearly three years. Three happy, fruitless years of consistent movie watching and misery. After which time, I went to Australia. The language of the blog changed to German and I wrote about my life on the other side of the world. I wrote about my travels. I wrote about my jobs. I wrote about my personal life. Or lack thereof. I even wrote about my struggles with depression and other, even more tedious forms of mental illness. A blog that had been about something I loved had turned into one about something I lived. The second incarnation of Fabricated Truth was all about myself.

I left Australia months. I came back to my native Germany six weeks ago – almost to the day. And on here, it has become quiet. Not a single word was written, let alone published. Well, this is about to change. (In roughly three minutes as I write this, once I click “Publish”.) It is time for Fabricated Truth 3.0, for the third attempt at this blog (not a blog, I’ve written others before and since). I’m not sure what it will be like. I’ll try to write about this and that. I’ll try to switch between languages every now and again. I might even add a third one, if things work out as planned. (Which they won’t, but still; it’s nice to dream.) I won’t make any promises I can’t keep, but I’ll try to write something at least twice a week. Not on a fixed schedule. Not to a deadline. Not with a word count to strive for. Just whenever and whatever springs to mind. There will probably be some stories of my trip(s) which have never made it on here. There will be the occassional movie review, if I feel the need to add something to the noise. And there will be a reprise of something that was a part of the first Fabricated Truth: fiction. I’ve written stories before, and some even on and for this blog. That’s something I want to do again. And hopefully, that will contribute to a new dawn for this little corner of the internet. It’s time someone switched the lights back on around here. And since I’m the only one with a key, it has to be me. I hope you are prepared for it.

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Montag, März 12th, 2012

Endlich noch mal ein Update, denkt sich der geneigte Leser, und dann hat es so einen irreführenden Titel…

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Change We Can Believe In

Dienstag, Oktober 26th, 2010

Almost three years ago, I started Fabricated Truth. What was once envisioned as an all-encompassing blog about film, literature, culture in general and my personal life quickly turned into a film review site. In the three years since I started this endeavour, there have been 660 posts – 586 of which were movie reviews. (And most of which, in turn, were Minute Movie Reviews, my often copied but never equalled unique way of writing about film. Yes, I am arrogant. And ignorant.) In the last five months, there has been a regular update schedule, three times a week, always punctual, always good. Until last week, that is, when it was rudely interrupted. But while the interruption was planned, to make way for bigger and better things, the manner of it was not. But alas, things don’t always work out as we want them to. But now it is truly time for change, for something new, unexpected and exciting – at least that is what the brochure says. And to mark that change, I am first going to change the language, back to my native German, mitten im Satz. Warum? Weil es notwendig ist.

Morgen, auf den Tag genau drei Jahre nachdem ich dieses Unterfangen, dieses “Bloggen” angefangen habe, werde ich in ein Flugzeug steigen und in die weite Welt hinausfliegen. (Hineinfliegen? Englisch schreiben ist bedeutend einfacher.) Erstmal für drei Tage nach Singapur – und dann am Sonntag weiter nach Australien. Ankunft in Sydney Montag Morgen, 6 Uhr Ortszeit (21 Uhr Sonntag Abend MESZ). Und dann?

Ja, das ist eine sehr gute Frage. Dann geht das Abenteuer los – wobei die meisten Leute dieses Abenteuer einfach nur “Leben” nennen. Das Ganze nennt sich “Work&Travel” oder auch einfach “Working Holiday” und kombiniert das Beste aus Reisen und Arbeiten – ein fremdes Land richtig kennenlernen, viele Leute treffen und Geld verdienen. Oder soweit zumindest die Theorie. Wie es in der Praxis aussieht – nun, davon habe ich nicht den blassesten Schimmer. Aber es wird auf jeden Fall abwechslungsreicher und interessanter als die letzten drei Jahre und somit werde ich wohl über meinen hohen Schatten springen und dieses Blog zu meinem ganz persönlichen Erfahrungsbericht umgestalten. Fotos nicht ausgeschlossen. Und damit ich dabei meine Muttersprache nicht verlerne – no worries, mate – schreibe ich noch einmal auf Deutsch. Irgendwie muss ich ja üben…

Gerade habe ich meinen Riesenrucksack gepackt – noch ist reichlich Platz für Souvenirs und Erinnerungen – und jetzt stehen die letzten Pflichten vor der Abreise an. Wer mich kennt – und wer dies hier liest, kennt mich – weiß genau, dass ich diese bis zur letzten Minute vor mir hergeschoben habe. Die letzten gut 24 Stunden vor der Abreise (Fahrt nach Frankfurt, von dort dann um fünf vor zwölf, wie passend, los) sind also noch einmal sehr stressig. Mal schauen, ob die ersten Tage in Australien da besser werden. Aufgeregt bin ich auf jeden Fall.

The Return of the King

Samstag, Juli 31st, 2010

I have returned! My unexplained absence is over. More than eight weeks I was far from any computer and let me tell you: it was awesome! I highly recommend it. At some point you just stop caring that there is a world out there with interesting events going on.

In any case, now I am back. For the time being, that changes nothing. The regular updates will continue, spiced up every now and then by new entries. And then, who knows, it might be time for a big change here at Fabricated Truth. But for now, that is a top secret project, so stay tuned for further exciting hints…

In any case, I will now be once more able to read your comments and respond to them, so feel free to complain about the lack of proper information. And also about my newly increased confidence. I don’t think I have ever referred to myself as “the King” before…

Oh, look, a schedule!

Sonntag, Mai 30th, 2010

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I won’t be able to watch any films yet alone write about them (or anything else for that matter) for a while. Now, I don’t know whether that unlucky situation will last three days, three weeks, three months or three decades, although that last option seems somewhat unlikely. In any case, being the benevolent dictator I am, I have naturally provided for my loyal subjects (i.e. you)! During my absence, Minute Movie Reviews will be published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, always at noon. (Probably UTC or GMT, but I’m not entirely sure about that. I only recently was told I have an RSS feed; the technical side of this whole “blogging” thing escapes me.)

So check back thrice a week for new Minute Movie Reviews, enjoy them and hopefully, they won’t run out before I return. The buffer stretches to mid September and so not just for my sake hope that I have returned from the brain dead by then. Until then I won’t be able to read any of your comments or respond to them, but that shouldn’t stop you from happily posting away. Rest assured that all spam will be deleted eventually…

We have moved!

Montag, Januar 4th, 2010

A few moments ago, Fabricated Truth moved to a new domain name – the ever so fitting Don’t worry, everything will still work with the old domains for a while, but if you have this site bookmarked (and I know you do), please change your bookmarks!

I Don’t Discuss My Process – The Making of the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender

Mittwoch, Dezember 30th, 2009

Judging by the astronomical visitor figures of the last four weeks and the unprecedented poll participation, many people have enjoyed reading the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender (Trademark pending). And if DVD extras are any indication, what people like even more than being entertained, is a view behind the scenes, at how the film (or the Adventskalender) was made. So here are ten things you might not have known about the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender – my personal trade secrets, so to speak. And they are certainly good advice for anyone undertaking such a great venture. (weiterlesen …)

Two Years of Movie Reviews

Donnerstag, Oktober 29th, 2009

Two years ago today, I wrote my first ever Minute Movie Review. Fittingly enough, it was about the début feature of one of my favourite directors, Wes Anderson – a little gem called Bottle Rocket. In the two years since, another 318 films got the Minute Movie Review treatment. Today there are 320 of those reviews and to give you an idea of what that number actually means, I admit that I accidentally wrote two reviews for the same film, a few months apart, because I had forgotten that I already reviewed the film.

In addition to those 320 Minute Movie Reviews, there are 97 further posts I wrote for this blog (plus a few that were never published, for various reasons (i.e. they sucked)). I hope that impresses you enough to allow me this little celebratory note. I promise the next post will actually contain something worth reading – again or for the first time, depending on your point of view.

A Cry for Help

Donnerstag, Februar 19th, 2009

I am currently in the process of making full use of the tag system of WordPress and adding meaningful tags to all 200+ posts on this blog. Since this is a lot of mindless work, I will probably make a lot of mistakes – if I haven’t done so already. Should you spot such a mistake (a misspelling, a wrong tag, a mising tag), please comment on the post and I will change/delete/add it. Thank you!

The tags for movie reviews, just to give you an idea, should include the title of the film, the production year, the country of origin, the genre(s), the director, the writer (if deemed important by me), the principal cast members, other movies mentioned in the review, whether the film is part of a franchise, a book adaptation, a sequel or similar information.

Update: The re-tagging is now finished. Instead of <100 tags, there are now 1,720. All have been checked for errors twice (I really should put the same effort into error checking my posts…), but there are probably still a bunch of mistakes. So if you spot any, comment on the post or here!

You found what you were looking for!

Mittwoch, Januar 14th, 2009

Over the last several months, it has happened occassionally that people used a search engine and were brought to my site. Most of these searches were pretty straightforward and I’m fairly certain that the people looking for “die welle review” or “christoph hartwig” found what they were looking for. There were some other quests, however, that were fatally unfulfilled. Since at Fabricated Truth we do everything for our readers, even one time readers who are unlikely to ever return, here are some of the search terms along with a guess what the person was looking for – so that the next time they will find an answer. (weiterlesen …)