MoFo's 7-Year Anniversary


Yes, that's right. Movie Forums turns 7 today. That's something like 900 in Internet years. So, I thought it'd be nice to do a quick sum up of the site's history:

The Past
On July 14th, 2000, I registered at my own site (under the username "TWTCommish"), and opened it to the public. I was just 15, and had only a vague idea of what I was doing at the time. I could not have conceived that it'd still be going as I approached 23.

Between then and now, we've seen over 370,000 posts and literally millions of visitors. I haven't kept track of how much time I've put into it, but it must be at least several thousand hours by now.

Roughly a year into the site's existence, it relaunched with the layout you see now, a wonderful creation by a Scottish web designer named Jackie McGhee, who wanted to infuse the site with an Art Deco feel. I can honestly say that I've still not come across another movie site layout I admire more.

A couple of years ago, I had a rather serious offer to purchase the site. After at least one sleepless night and a great amount of thought, I decided to keep it, despite the fact that activity was clearing slowing down at the time. The incredible discussions we've seen here since make me confident that I made the right choice.

There have been times of incredible drama, weeks on end where we did nothing but argue about the issues of the day, and more than a few genuine friendships have formed. Features have come and gone, and come again. The same can be said for countless users, some with thousands of posts to their username.

The Present
MoFo as a whole has changed dramatically. 5 years ago, the site's primary challenge was how to properly channel off-topic banter. 3 years ago, it was how to make the place more inviting to new users.

These days, things have calmed down, but the core of the site feels the same to me as it ever did. Movie Forums has always kept the focus on the discussion and dissection of cinema, and the last year has seen an uptick in the average quality of posts that I can honestly say is completely unrivaled in the site's history.

The Future
Those of you who know me know that the site never stays still for long; I inevitably disrupt it with some kind of overhaul or addition. These last few months, you've all seen the relaunch of the reviews area, the cataloguing of User Reviews (over 400 at the time of this writing; big thanks to Sam for helping with this!), and the organization and cross-referencing of favorite movies.

In the coming year, you can expect more of the same. More focus on user opinions, favorites, and lists. More features aimed at quantifying what MoFos, as a whole, think about a given movie, thread, or post.

Thank you to each and everyone one of you for making this site a part of your day. I promise you all that I'll continue to improve the site, and will always do my best to remain open to new and unusual ideas. This next year looks to be a very important one in the site's history, but with the people we have analyzing and discussion film, I'm confident it will be a good one.

Thank you, everyone, for making this site what it is.

The Adventure Starts Here!
(sniffle) I remember when ....

Hard to believe you were younger than Gracie when you started this, but there it is....

I'm glad you didn't sell, either, Commish.

This is the best movie site I know of. The simple layout, discussions, and arguments make it what it is. I'm glad you've been consistent with this site.

New jumble is two words: balesdaewrd
Previous jumble goes to, Mrs. Darcy! (gdknmoifoaneevh - Kingdom of Heaven)
The individual words are jumbled then the spaces are removed. PM the answer to me. First one with the answer wins.

You ready? You look ready.
I think I speak for all when I say, this site kicks arse!

Keep it up.
"This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined." -Baruch Spinoza

Chris you have an incredible site here and I'm glad to be part of it
"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theater admission and the babysitter were worth it."
- Alfred Hitchcock

Standing in the Sunlight, Laughing
Congrats, Chris! Launching a site isn't all that difficult, but it takes a LOT to keep one going. Thanks for providing such debatable opinions on things. And I'm glad you didn't sell, too. Having an owner-mod seems to make a huge difference in the tone of a site. Glad you have chosen to keep up the good work!
Review: Cabin in the Woods 8/10

I am having a nervous breakdance
Sorry I missed the big day but...'s to you, Chris! You're doing a great job with this place! Always have always will!

This is the only forum I visit on a daily basis and often several times a day.

I'm proud to be a member!
The novelist does not long to see the lion eat grass. He realizes that one and the same God created the wolf and the lamb, then smiled, "seeing that his work was good".


They had temporarily escaped the factories, the warehouses, the slaughterhouses, the car washes - they'd be back in captivity the next day but
now they were out - they were wild with freedom. They weren't thinking about the slavery of poverty. Or the slavery of welfare and food stamps. The rest of us would be all right until the poor learned how to make atom bombs in their basements.

The People's Republic of Clogher
I missed the party too. But I've got a note from me mum!

Thanks for keeping this place well-oiled Chris.

This site has done a great deal to improve my anger management skills - when someone calls me a MoFo now, I usually resist the urge to punch them in the face.

I just whack them over the head with Terry Gilliam.
"Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how the Tatty 100 is done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves." - Brendan Behan

I ain't gettin' in no fryer!
I'm a little late on this, but I remember the old site, and seeing the new version for the first time was exciting. I used to post quite frequently, now I can't even bring myself to post semi-weekly. The ride has been fun and will continue to be fun for as long as you let us "The Warning Track" LOL I remember when you were asked what the TWT meant. Well, time to get ready for work.
"I was walking down the street with my friend and he said, "I hear music", as if there is any other way you can take it in. You're not special, that's how I receive it too. I tried to taste it but it did not work." - Mitch Hedberg

A system of cells interlinked
All I can say is, Mofo is, hands down, my favorite cyber-spot EVER. I cannot imagine life without all my MoFo friends I have grown to care about so much. What a fantastic group of people. You are all the best. Thanks to everyone for helping me learn so much about film over the years, and for all the great fun and friendship!
“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” ― Thomas Sowell

There have been times of incredible drama, weeks on end where we did nothing but argue about the issues of the day, and more than a few genuine friendships have formed.
We wouldn't fight if you'd just admit I was right and you were wrong. lol


Wow… seven big ones… and I've been here for five of them (almost)… where does the time go….

Happy Anniversary MoFos and Mofoetts… here's to another seven…

Congrats O' Wise One…
You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.
~William Blake ~

AiSv Nv wa do hi ya do...
(Walk in Peace)

Revenge of Mr M's Avatar
Get off my island
Congratulations on making it to seven years, that's the mark of a community that has solid foundations
Mr M Rides Again

MoFo Survivor - r3port3r66 wins!!!!!!