Robert W. Butler for 41 years reviewed films for the Kansas City Star. In May 2011 he was downsized.
He couldn’t take the hint.
OKAY, so here’s the deal. I write mostly about movies. One good thing about no longer writing for the paper is that I’m free to ignore the big dumb Hollywood turkeys that don’t interest me. So don’t expect every blessed release to be written about here. Many films aren’t worth the effort. Besides, at my age it’s not the $8. It’s the two hours.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT ON THIS SITE: Coverage of the indy film scene…docs, foreign films, American independents.
ALSO, reviews of newly released DVDs that I believe to be of interest.
AND every now and then I’ll throw my net a little wider. For example, I’ve launched a series called NEWSPAPER DAYS about my experiences as a working reporter. I’ve written about a big dumb dog we once owned.
What the hell…it’s my site, right?
UPDATE: OCTOBER, 2014: Well, here’s an interesting twist. The Star wants me back as a freelance film reviewer!!! Apparently enough time has passed that they cannot be accused of firing me so that they can rehire me at a fraction of my original pay (I gather the federal government frowns upon that practice.) So from now on I will probably be reviewing a movie a week for the newspaper.