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Title: shuts down
Post by: onionhead on June 27, 2007, 08:57:30 AM
My work schedule the past couple of years has limited my personal trvels on the internet to just a few sites a night, and and this site have been two of my few frequent stops on the web, places to call home and to gab with folk with a common interest.  It is sad to see Gerry Carpenter hang up his webmaster cloak--the site hosted a great review section and a flamer-proof (for the most part) discussion board frequented by a number of the posters here at  I wish Gerry the best.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on June 27, 2007, 09:41:56 AM
Thanks for the kind words and wishes, onionhead.  Even Batman eventually retired.

The secret to a flame-proof message board?  Asbestos underwear.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Menard on June 27, 2007, 10:04:23 AM
Check your e-mail Gerry.

The rumor I heard was that you were going to be spending more time on the pageant circuit.

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Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Ash on June 27, 2007, 10:17:33 AM
So Gerry...
If you don't mind me asking.

Why exactly are you shutting your site down?

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on June 27, 2007, 12:18:20 PM
Yes, Menard, I have pageants lined up all through the summer.

Ash, there are lots of reasons I could give, but mostly it just comes down to the fact that it's the right thing to do. I always promised myself that if it stopped being fun, I would stop doing it, and it's not been fun for quite a while now.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Ash on June 27, 2007, 12:58:20 PM
and it's not been fun for quite a while now.

Why is that?

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Jordan on June 27, 2007, 01:17:46 PM
Sorry to see you go Gerry. Sci-Film was also a frequent stop of mine on the web. I'll keep a link up to the site in memorium!

Ash, I myself thought of throwing in the towel months ago. I was trying to get the Vault back up to snuff and writing monthly for Rogue Cinema and I just snapped one night. I declared that the end was nigh for my site and I attempted to bow out of the Rogue Reviewers (which I started back in 2002).

While this event may have been the result of an early mid-life crisis, I think it was more because writing had stopped being fun. It felt like I was slaving away on a job, rather than doing something I enjoyed, and I just wanted a break. So, I quit writing for Rogue Cinema and most, if not all of the pressure, was gone. (Coupled with a case of writer's burnout, it wasn't too shocking when I finally hit the roof.)

In any case, good luck Gerry, your site will be missed! (Out of curiosity: Is this a full departure from any type of writing or webmastery, or will you be working on some other projects that may have suffered do to your constant work on Sci-Film?)

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on June 27, 2007, 01:26:20 PM
Ash, see Jordan's reply.  Burn out happens to some quicker than others.  Honestly I'm surprised I lasted as long as I did.

Jordan, I think I'll probably hang out as a fan for a while, but I may eventually dive into the fray again.  It will likely be in a different form.  I'm always looking to do something new.  Maybe I'll invent the Supernet and dwarf Bill Gates with my billions!

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Andrew on June 27, 2007, 04:34:48 PM
Hearing that is going away makes me very sad.  I already spoke with Gerry about it, because the site has been an amazing place and is a great resource.  No matter what, thank you for all the work over the years. 

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: nshumate on June 27, 2007, 05:01:32 PM
Now I feel bad for not having known.

(Trying to ignore all the commentary about bowing out when it stops being fun.  That way lies madness...)

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on June 27, 2007, 05:20:17 PM
Just announced it yesterday, Nathan, so you're not too far behind the curve.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: nshumate on June 27, 2007, 05:31:16 PM
Nevertheless.  I should have felt the tremor in the Force.

So what's the plan for the site as it stands?  Send it down the memory hole?  Leave it standing, embalmed in a natural posture?

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Shadow on June 27, 2007, 06:56:05 PM
This is very sad.

Thanks for all the hard work. Your efforts were a definite inspiration.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: CheezeFlixz on June 27, 2007, 07:38:25 PM
For the love of Gorga .... leave it up at the very least. I haven't read it all yet!!! I get my precious little time to read reviews and watch movies in the warmer months.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: JaseSF on June 27, 2007, 10:53:18 PM
While I'm not surprised at Gerry's decision (Scifilm had been hanging on by something of a thread for quite a time), I have to say I'm terribly sad to see Scifilm, which felt like home to me, go. I do hope eventually to either find or create a new home for the TV Files project (and the Best of Series, not to mention several movie reviews) I was involved with over there elsewhere on the Web [Anyone else who contributed TV Files I hope considers that their own property to do with as they should so desire]. It won't be for a while yet that the TV Files continue whatever the case as I have pressing personal and professional issues in my own life to work out at the moment so I'll probably be around less online over the next few months, maybe more, at least.  And of course I should add a note of thanks to Gerry for all his tremendous hard work and dedication to the site over the last six years. Between my TV Files and Dave's Movie of the Day, that was a tremendous, tremendous amount of archiving not to mention the site's many movie reviews and other output.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Allhallowsday on June 27, 2007, 11:37:51 PM
What I know about Gerry Carpenter is he is truly sensitive to films and filmmaking, plus his kindness, helpfulness, thoughtfulmess...and friendliness; a true human being and gentleman.  I am one of the few that quarrelled with that board, a contrite prodigal son that Gerry welcomed back,  I'll be damned if it wasn't the greatest board...ever! 

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on June 28, 2007, 11:55:53 AM
Sheesh...I'm feeling the love here guys!  Tearing up at least my cubicle is not one of the prime destinations in the office so I can sniffle in peace.  Seriously I guess didn't know how much everyone cared.  Thanks all.

Nathan,  I'm still undecided about the ultimate fate of, but I am working with and/or inviting everyone who has contributed content in the past to find a new home for their writings on the Internet.   

I've received several offers to archive the site wholesale that are much appreciated.  However, I think I would rather see Scifilm spores dessiminate throughout the Internet that can grow into their own fungal sites than simply freeze-dry the dessicated carcass of the old Scifilm.  Some like Jase's TV Files may take a bit longer to germinate, but sometimes patience is required for good things to come to pass.  Some may never be seen again, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a bad thing.  Time will tell.

One thing is for damn sure, no cybersquatter is getting my domain (unless they pay me a hell of a lot of money for it!).

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: trekgeezer on June 28, 2007, 02:25:54 PM
Sorry to see another good site going away. Scifilm was a highly informative site and I enjoyed the reviews tremendously because they were written with great respect to the genre.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on July 01, 2007, 02:51:24 PM
"Nooo!!! The Paaaiiinnn!!!"

While I'm registered to post at any number of websites, Gerry's was one of the few that I visited on a weekly basis.

And to Gerry, it was fun while it lasted. Thank-you. I am sure that all of us here are hoping you will do well at whatever you do next. And stop by here on occasion, so we know you aren't dead yet.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on July 02, 2007, 10:50:41 AM
Nope, not dead yet.  Thanks, BSK.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: JaseSF on July 10, 2007, 10:02:09 PM
So Gerry, is your webmaster address still functioning? I ask because Dr. Mality (those familiar with Scifilm know to whom I'm referring, Doc's site and Message board can be found at ) has told me his most recent e-mails to you have been returned and I haven't heard back from you on the latest e-mail I sent out either. I know it might just be you've been too busy to check it but I thought I ask now as I'm about to take off for a week or two on a working trip (tomorrow morning to be exact) so you'd know Doc was trying to get in touch with you in case you don't already know them details.

Title: Re: shuts down
Post by: Gerry on July 11, 2007, 03:41:15 PM
Yeah, it's still working.  I'm not sure what the problem is.  You can always PM me through this board.  I haven't gotten any e-mails from you or Doc in a while.  I tried registering for Doc's Wormboard, but never got an activation message.